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  • Consuming (1)

    Mobile and tablet app stores are awash with multimedia distractions costing from 99p upwards. Since novelty ringtones and wallpapers for our mobile phones to the latest single from the charts […]

  • US Kindle sales ‘eclipse paperback sales’

    Link to original article at Richard Adams’  blog Again no mention of how many of the touted eBook sales include free downloads of out-of-copyright classics, but it’s still interesting […]

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    It’s not all doom and gloom

    Perhaps it was the lack of sunlight last winter, coupled with the general feeling of hopelessness when confronted with the actions of the Coalition, but it has been pointed out […]

  • When does it become private education?

    From the Guardian State schools left behind in iPad revolution This carries on neatly from my posts The Apple School and Smile, it’s only a two tier education system. […]

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    Who owns your downloads?

    Who owns your digital downloads? (Hint: it’s not you) Link to the original article at, by Ed Bott 3/1/2011 An interesting little article that addresses a point that I’m […]

  • Reader’s block

    In a fit of facetiousness in a recent presentation on my eBook project I decided to come clean about the pros and cons of ebooks. Yes they may make some […]

  • Codec moments

    This isn’t really eBook related but there are parallels. Many of our schools appear to have bought flipcams for use in school projects. As an ex pat from the world […]

  • the Apple School

    A senior member of school staff recently commented that in the future “we will have to bite the bullet” and assume that all pupils will be able to supply their […]

  • Tablet PCs. The next big thing for schools?

      Elonex has recently caught my eye, mainly because the 7″ touchscreen Android tablet is on sale in Toys R Us amongst other suppliers for around £89. Although I haven’t […]

  • Survival of the fittest

    It’s become apparent to me that I need to keep a close eye on individual eReader manufacturers these days. Earlier this year Interread, the manufacturer of the Cool-er eReader went […]

  • Financial Times – “E-books fail the classroom test”

    “E-books fail the classroom test” Article written by Paul Taylor, published 5/9/10, accessed 8/9/10 There are parallels and conflicts with our own pilot project. The article covers the […]

  • You shall not pass (sorry)

    Well, the iPods came back again today along with some feedback from the pupils. The one criticism of the project caught my eye as especially problematic to solve – the […]

  • Smile, it’s only a two tier education system

    If I was 7 years old today my parents would no doubt have bought me my own laptop, just as around 25 years ago we got our first home computer, […]

  • One down?

    It was innevitable, and I’m surprised they all made it this far, but plucky iPod number 5 has gone missing in action. Presumably another pupil will be thinking that Christmas […]

  • Using technology, parrot fashion

    Parrot fashion was how I (somehow) scraped a C in my French GCSE. I was never literate in the language, but the ability to string together a series of sounds […]

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    The voice of a generation? “I’d rather give up my kidney than my phone”

    Link to Guardian blog As a rule I frown on Daily Mail readers but I understand their twinges of outrage whenever I too get drawn into that warm zone of […]

  • eBooks project summary

    "Do you work for Apple?" was the rather intuitive question that I was asked by my first group of guinea pigs. If I'd been bag searched at Mile End tube it would look as though I'd just mugged Steve Jobs.