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Technology and Education

Nickie Phillips

This post is not about criminology or crime and justice issues, but is about education and technology. This is useful if you are interested in learning more about the potential for technology in the classroom, improving workflow, and increasing productivity no matter the topic of study. The Mac Power Users podcast recently featured an excellent episode (#093) with guest Fraser Speirs from the Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland.

Speirs discusses the use of technology inside the classroom, some of the difficulties and rewards of implementing 1-to-1 programs, and how learning is evolving along with technological advances (e.g. why learning to type is not a necessary skill for the future, student creativity and productivity on the iPad, etc.).

For more on technology and education, check out Speirs podcast, co-hosted with Bradley Chambers, Out of School

This episode is also recommended for the discussion of the process of going paperless.

For a superb guide to going paperless, see David Sparks’ book titled Paperless. Sparks, along with Katie Floyd, co-hosts the Mac Power Users podcast.

UPDATE: Researchers and academic writers (who are Mac users or those looking to transition away from EndNote) may be interested in Episode 100 that provides a useful overview of Papers for Mac for researching, organizing PDFs, and cite-while-you-write.  I've been using Papers years and find it invaluable.