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an iPad for every teacher

Say what you want about an iPad.  Sure, it’s a little bourgeois.  It’s a play thing for wealthy people with too much time on planes sporting a big honking Y chromosome.  Whatever. I decided to get me one of these bad boys because it a light, portable, and pretty useful device.

Oh who am I kidding.  Dr. Icepick left it in my car, and I babysat for a few hours.  I fell in love.  I decided I really needed to have one.  The thing is, when you get such an extravagant object, there is a need to justify it as useful.  You can’t just have things because you want them anymore.  So for all of you teachers toying with the idea, let me give you the justification.

In this next series of posts, I will be going over the tools that I have been using.  I have done some trial and error with different ones, so my mistake amounts to your solution.  Okee doke? Read on, McDuff

again with the favorite android apps

Edited April 14, 2009: I added another one…

It’s been a long while since my last list of favorite apps, so I guess it’s time to make a new one.

Let me start off by saying that I am not what you would call an early adopter.  I am not one to look for all the bleeding edge apps, and I could care less if I get the first post on the reviews.   With that said, here is a list of the apps that I am using constantly.   By the way, they are all still free.

my favorite g1 apps

When I first got my G1, I thought “goody for all the apps!”  Of course, not wanting to load my new toy with junk, I looked long and hard at all of the app reviews.  From what I can tell, every major review was posted shortly before the release of the G1.  Why do I say this?  Well, it seems that most of the must-have apps are also must-have-been-nice apps.  

Seems that Google did a little house cleaning before setting up the Android market.

Inasmuch as I would have liked to have a retinal scan available, I am making due with what is there.  Let me tell you, there isn’t a whole lot.  Don’t get me wrong, there are things being added every day (and believe me when I say that I am looking).  I guess I was hoping that what was there would be more… I don’t know. Useful?

On to the list…

Quote of the week: Keli Goff

Thank goodness for Eliot Spitzer. Or at least, I am guessing that is what the Clinton campaign is saying. With his fall from high, the news is focusing a teeny bit less attention on the comments of my former hero, Geraldine Ferraro:

If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color), he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Ms. Ferraro followed it up with this:

Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?

And this:

If anybody is going to apologize, they should apologize to me for calling me a racist.

And her resignation letter:

The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won’t let that happen.

I think that’s enough of that. With all of the commentary flying fast and furious in every which way, my favorite remark was delivered by Democratic analyst Keli Goff:

The real crime in all this was not the initial statement. It was how she behaved afterwards. You know, people tend to give the benefit of the doubt, to allow people to explain the context and what have you. And to come back and say that she’s the victim after making such… It was like she inserted one foot in her mouth, Dan, and was so hungry she had to go for the second. It’s ridiculous.

Word Keli. At some point, Hillary needs to take Gerry aside in a calm and rational manner and tell her to “SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UP!”