Posts By Gary Webster

  1. New Stuff!

    12:01 PM It’s official. You can start to download iOS 5 promptly at “18:00:00 BST”, according to a British website (no one else knew). Once we sleuth what BST means, we’ll continue. (Don’t you just hate help that makes things worse?) While you say you got the BS part, BST actually stands for British Summer […]

  2. New Stuff? (addendum)

    3:00 AM Yawn!  Still clicking the Update button to get iOS 5 (this might be a dream) and the message states, “This version of the iPad software (4.3.5) is the current version”! So much for Pacific time.    9:26 AM Still waiting for the iOS 5 update. It was a long night. Big article in […]

  3. New Stuff

    Apple said it wouldn’t be available until Oct 12, just after midnight, Tuesday, which is the absolute beginning of Wednesday, the 12th. Don’t you hate waiting for operating system updates? Maybe they meant Pacific time, that’s 3 AM our time. Dunkin still open? Whenever, it’s gonna be huge for iPad, iPhone, and Touch; maybe 200 new […]

  4. A New Angle

    I know you’ve seen them, those panoramic images on Google Earth, shot on the streets of major cities around the world. And now (soon – June) you can shoot your own with an iPhone 4 and this little camera affectionately called Dot360. Gotta wonder what’s gonna happen when this gets into the hands of science […]

  5. Writing?

    I can still hear my 4th Grade teacher, Miss O’Malley say, “You need to say what you mean, then write it.” What’s interesting is I just did that. I’m writing (actually speaking) these words you’re reading, on the iPad … using Dragon Dictation. So now, more than ever, it still helps to say what you […]

  6. iBrary

    Usually when someone raves about a book, it’s about plot, or character development, or imagery. It’s rarely about ease of download or file transfer.  But today (actually no one’s really sure when) Apple changed something and now getting iBooks into your iPad is easier than using a library card.    And this is great news […]

  7. iPad, or iFad?

    If you had an iPad, what would you do with it? Could it help with your day-to-day workflow? Which would you grab for those routine tasks, iPad or laptop? I spent a day tallying my choices. 5:30 AM Alarm Clock (app) I was dreaming. It was warm, no snow, I heard birds, and then this […]

  8. iPad-Take 2

    I had just settled down for a long winter’s nap, after making a list of how to be productive with this new iPad.  There’s no question that it’s fun to use. Typing is fun, iBooks are fun, the new MythBuster HD app and the new CNN app, wow, even Weather is FUN. Now call me […]

  9. Happy Thanksgiving

    For starters I lost my iPad. Yep, left it in a cab (I think) after an friend’s wedding festivities in Bermuda. I’m never gonna see it again. And with DE’s new app for their video library, I’ve become obsessed with finding a replacement. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m feeling moved to share a  bountiful […]

  10. Always On

    We’ve all said terrible things about TV. Bruce Springsteen even wrote a song about his 57 channels with nothing on. But despite the subscription fees, the inevitable price hikes, occasional loss of service, and some mind numbing content, the real problem with TV is, well…,  you need a TV. Until last week. If you want […]

  11. HyperMedia?

    You remember Hypermedia, that crazy 80”s dream of an info-age future where newspapers would just know your info interests and deliver them to some kind of tablet, always current, and totally personalized?   Well that’s Flipboard, new software (circa Wednesday) for the iPad that publishes people and subjects you follow from place like Facebook, Twitter, […]

  12. Gettingthingsdone

    Forget printing on the iPad. And forget file sharing too, for the moment. What you really want is to retrieve your files and get to work on your iPad.   Until today the only way to do this was to e-mail them to myself or transfer them through iTunes.  And then you’re in format Hell, because […]

  13. LC DEN: Plans for 2010-11

    On Saturday, members of Discovery Ed’s New England LCs (Leadership Councils) met to lay some terrific plans for the upcoming school year. And from where I was sitting, it looks like we did.   Lance set the stage with an impressive virtual appearance where he clearly framed the LC’s role: the link for teachers to […]

  14. Taking Posession

    OK, I got it. The WiFi iPad. I went WiFi because no school’s gonna get 3G, with those pesky phone charges. Well, ok, maybe a wealthy town or two, but just for staff!   And so begins my journey on the iPath to true enlightenment. Ironies abound, at least for now! It’s packed in a […]

  15. More File Format Conversion for Free

    Steve’s on the money. If you’ve ever tried to insert video into PowerPoint, you know the wrong format can make it impossible. Even AVI files don’t always make the grade. And if you use a Flip camera on a PC, you’re not going anywhere with the Mac friendly MP4 fies it produces.   So, at the […]

  16. A Little More iPad

    Finally a little good news in the wake of the iPad’s WiFi problems. Not only do Discovery Education videos look absolutely GREAT on this thing, it appears someone’s found yet another keyboard option on the iPad: A PIANO keyboard. Leave it to an artist push the old envelope. Thanks, Lang Lang, the gifted Chinese pianist […]

  17. iPad Videos

    Check out the new iPad App videos.Here’s one I like about, what else, video. Can you see this in the classroom? Clear image, chapters, and 10 hrs of study time? And there’s discussion about SlingBox connections for video streaming in the not to distant future. Great news for the Streaming content folk, like DE!. It’s […]

  18. The Future, Now

    I was leafing through the book The Fall of Reach, by Eric Nylund the other day, and I gotta tell you it was pretty scary. The story exists to explain the video game Halo, where aliens (who by the way have the better weapons) and humans endlessly shoot each other with impossibly infinite supplies of […]

  19. The MPG of Bees

    DiscoveryEducation offers great video for the classroom, on-line, and accessible. But what about the Limitless supply of audio broadcasts (NPR for example) that you hear while driving, eating in some diner, or walking the dog where there’s no Download or Record button? Just yesterday, when I was parking, NPR reported that even though the new […]

  20. Got iPad?

    Too bad we have to wait another month. I watched Apple’s Keynote address showcasing their iPad. Then I read the reviews: The 10 Reasons NOT to Buy an iPad was interesting, but the wiki exploring the “downside of Apple’s product ecosystem” was weird. and there’s more, every day. It occurred to me these people have […]