Published December 3, 2012
android , apple , shopping , tablets , tech , video games
When the IPad Mini was released, the first review I read was negative, but it seems like many prefer the Mini to the fullsize. I think it really depends on your needs. I already have a 10″ Android tablet that gets used around the house primarily for Youtube and Netflix and games. No need for another tablet here. But if I commuted daily on the train, I could see it being useful to have an LTE IPad Mini or Nexus 7.
Background on the Apple IPad Mini
Vs Androd / Nexus 7 / Amazon Fire HD (Pros – price!)
Apple displays are better color wise but the Android 7″ displays hae higher resolution
Overall? IPad Mini or Android 7″ tablet (Google Nexus 7, Amazon Fire HD). I think this really comes down to whether you know there are Apple/iOS only apps or games you want/need. If not, you might be happier with Android because of price and screen resolution.
Price? Android 7″ tablet (Google Nexus 7, Amazon Fire HD)
Games? Apps? IPad Mini
Eyesight/reading? IPad 4 or 7″ Android tablets (all are “Retina”)
Second iPad: IPad Mini
School/Work: Apple Macbook Air / Thinkpad T430 or Dell Laptop!
Wait for Retina IPad Mini? This will take quite a while. Don’t wait.
Published February 29, 2012
alternative education , education , globalization , green , health , homeschooling , homesteading , kids -- freedom and responsibility , local , minecraft , Sudbury Schools and Sudbury Valley School , unschooling , video games
Since we (as in… the world) is going to be in an ongoing struggle between globalization and re-localization for the foreseeable future, along with it’s impact on the education of our kids and ourselves, here are a few more links on the topic of woodworking with kids that I started back here. Nothing compares to the thrill my kids get of doing real things with their bodies — skiing, cooking, gardening, sawing logs, etc. (Except Minecraft. And Wild Kratts. And… well, you see the issue.)
So here we go.
- Kindergrarten Shop Class – NYTimes.com
Mar 30, 2011 – Teaching children construction is gaining momentum across the country as a way to develop imagination and confidence
- If you’re in the Boston area, Wood is Good occasionally offers classes for kids.
- And The Eliot School, Boston MA offers endless courses for kids including “Very Beginning Woodworking – age 4-6″
- In NC, go to “summer camp” with a 5-day workshop from Roy Underhill. Here’s an example
Published December 15, 2011
android , apple , predictions , tech , video games
I think Dave Winer will be proven right on this. Apps will die. The web will live. Why? Because of linking. LINK
And perhaps the ease of making mobile-friendly web pages and “responsive web design”, even websites which act just like a native app on the iPhones or Androids of the world — have you seen nytimes.com/chrome/ in a Chrome browser?
Just about the only thing which will stay apps are video games since linking is not (or at least, less) important in a game since games are usually self-contained universes. And even there I might be a little wrong.
From a remembrance of a Sudbury Valley School alumni:
“The first thing I remember clearly spending lots of time doing was the Plasticene Village, a table in the art room taken over for full-time use for plasticene. On some days, I would do it from the moment I got there to the moment I left. I don’t know how long it lasted, but it seems like it went on forever! We made houses and people; those were pretty basic. The more complicated things were machinery and stuff like that. You had to convince people your machinery worked, so you needed some superficial knowledge of how it ought to work, and you had to be able to point to where the different parts were. It was wonderful fun.
All of us graduated many years ago, and it turns out that it wasn’t a bad thing at all to be doing plasticene all day for a year or so! “
See full article here taken from “The Kingdom of Childhood: Growing Up at Sudbury Valley School – Page 130″
- A really really great set of alumni recollections about the “Plasticene Village” experience is found in: “Reflections on the Sudbury School concept” – Page 24-31