I’m a pretty big gadget freak. If it’s shiny and has a battery in it, I’ve probably owned it or a variation of it at some point or another. From the Palm to the Pocket PC, Archos Jukebox to iPod, I thought I’d tried them all.
During yesterdays Ed-Tech Connect webinar with Kathy Schrock I learned just how wrong I was! Kathy’s webinar was a blitz of the hundreds of gizmo’s, gadgets and tools that are on the open market right now, all with an educational spin. If it can be plugged in or powered on, it was probably in her presentation.
Now I know what you’re thinking, who has the money to buy all of those gadgets? She had a phrase that nicely sums up the same philosophy I’ve been embracing for years. "Buy it, try it, sell it on eBay!" It really is true. I’ve had a new PDA just about every year for about 8 years now. When a newer model comes out, I package up the old one, sell it on eBay and then put that money towards a new one. It’s amazing how long gadgets hold their resale value online.
I really can’t do the presentation justice, you’ll just have to watch the recording of it for yourself. You can find both the archive of the presentation as well as her list of resources at the Ed-Tech Connect web site.
If you’ve been considering buying a new flash drive, mp3 player, pda, hard drive, laptop, wristwatch or anything else that beeps or lights up in any way, you should check the webinar out. Now you’ll have to excuse me, I’m off to eBay!