Sugata Mitra’s TED talk, Build a School in the Cloud, on developing a learning lab in the cloud encourages students to use technology as a tool to teach one other. An educational researcher well before his time, Mitra experimented with the use of computers to facilitate learning in rural India in the 90s. His longitudinal study revealed some key ways in which technology can enhance learning.
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Evernote’s new product is an effort to convert even the most traditional luddites into digital archivists.
Teaming up with Moleskine the new Evernote Smart Notebook uses Evernote’s Page Camera feature to capture the pages of their enhanced paper notebook with smartphones and tablets. Evernote Squared Smart Notebook features the unique “Evernote squared” page style with dotted lines designed to ensure a clean image during digital capture. Their Smart Stickers allow tagging of content; when capturing a page with Evernote, the Smart Sticker icons become searchable, digital tags.
A great solution for those who want the analog pleasure of pen and paper but the digital luxury of accessing content from the cloud–keeping digital and analog workspaces synced.
Many have moved to the dual, or multiple, display workspace in recent years. A number of studies have been conducted on improved efficiency as a result of using a second screen. Jon Peddie research posits adding a monitor can boost productivity by 20-30% and Microsoft claims the increase in efficiency can be anywhere between 9-50%. Earlier this year the New York Times posted the article, In Data Delgue, Multitaskers go to Multiscreens.
For those of us who travel internationally and find that our workspace is more often at the local coffee shop than the home office carrying an external monitor can be slightly cumbersome (try it on a bike in SF!).
The solution is Air Display by Avatron. Air Display turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a wireless display, to extend or mirror your computer screen (your computer can be either a Mac or PC). It is among my most frequently used iPad apps and a must for the traveler’s productivity app list.