Cheaper tablets: Another phase or is this really just the begining
In the beginning, we had Kindles and the e-reader revolution lead by Amazon’s kindle then Barnes and Nobles’s Nook.
Then January 27, 2010 came and St. Jobs ( god rest his soul) came and presented a tablet like device. This device, as one technology columnist pointed out caused almost as much uproar as two unique tablets being brought down from a mountain with writing inscribed by a deity. I am of course talking about the iPad.
Soon companies like Samsung, Sony, Hewitt Packard etc… all began coming out with thier own tablet pcs. A few of them shared the same OS (Google based), but the rest stuck thier guns and created their own interfaces that quickly tanked.
So the questions comes what will happen to the original players in this revolution:the Kindle and nook?
Even as both companies have fought back by introducing their own cheaper tablets featuring an e-book/pdf reader, Video, and Music playback the question still has to be asked; are these devices going survive the tablet wars? Some technology columnist and fan-boys of emerging technology are not sure these cheaper tablets will make the final grade.
Despite having a strong introduction in terms of sales, the jury is still out on the Kindle Fire, for example. Will consumers be content with only 8gb of on-board storage and the rest housed in a cloud based storage medium? Cloud Storage seems to be the immediate present technology that everybody is adopting.
I think the real question is will the original e-book reader giants be able to compete in the long term with carries optional or based tablets like the Samsung Galaxy or iPad? Or will we see a trend where the more expensive tablet become passe by their cheaper counter parts including the Kindle Fire? Time will only tell.
I couldn’t find my post from 2011 forecast, but I remember mentioning that governments would likely start to get more involved with the internet, which ended up being accurate. I wish I could share it so we could see if I were right or not on things.
I was surfing the web and stumbled across your tumblr. It's crazy, first of all, because you're in my state! I don't know why that seems crazy to me. And secondly, you are doing exactly what I want to do. I start UNA in the fall and plan on majoring in history and (maybe) minoring in communications, then getting an online MLS from UA. So tell me - how is it?! When did you know librarianship was right for you?
Mmmm I guess the answer to that question came from the fact that I spent my first 2 semesters in undergrad at the library all the time outside of class. Actually, what tipped me over the edge were two factors: my mother’s passing and two long time friends Gina and Lee. Even before my mom passed, these two ladies pushed me to get on with my life. Also, I wanted to work were I was most happy. That has always been a library. Even in middle school when I got kicked out of the library I would sneak back in. My undergrad years were awesome just because of the library. I pretty much was exposed to every area of librarianship. I even copy cataloged for about 3 1/2 years. I love the job I have now because I get to teach, engage patrons, and talk to people. Nothing more exciting than motivating up to 60 students about something you like; researching for information. Ok this was a cliché answer but it is the truth. You should consider it as a career. I am not going to comment on every aspect of my journey through the MLIS program at Alabama. But let me just say this, it was some best times of my life all the way through graduation. I hope to have more as a professional.
So, we interviewed another reference librarian today and she got me thinking about who I am serving in terms of patrons. Specifically, how do we as librarians handle students from various social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. The result of this thought process manifested the following essay.
Update on Annotation Apps Search and Teaching Diversity
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So, I have been looking at various apps for the annotation of live website. So far, Airsketch seems to be the closest thing I have found that does not require me to install a native software to a desktop or laptop. I may have missed a point during my research. However, I want to be able to run fancy-free through the class room without having a physical cord connected to my iPad. The catch is I want to annotate a live web feed without installing native software to the computer that is projecting the image.
One thought is to see if I can find a Bluetooth compatible product that would transmit the data for me to a Bluetooth enable desktop or laptop. At this point, one might ask, why not ask your OLT department to loan you a laptop. My quick answer is ” Path to Least resistance.” The goal is to make the teaching experience as intuitive as possible. One of the ways to do that is to make the tools easier to acclimate into the teaching regimen.
Finding the right anotation software and conference presentatation
Well, last month I presented at a conference on using the iPad in bibliographic instruction. It went over pretty good considering it was my first conference.
Also, the conference was online so no huge worries in terms of nervousness before a crowd. Actually, it made me even more nervous. As such, I am now in search of an anotation app that I can use in class and project on the screen for all to see. Here are the cons to this venture:
I can’t install software on to the Desktop/laptop that I want to use the app with.
I want to annotate live website feeds. No archiving in Goodreader!
I want to be able to do this through WiFi access. Air Sketch at least allows me to annotate a black white screen via a HTML5 compliant web browser.
Here are the Apps that I have been using so far. Maybe I am missing something: