Reducing barriers: About the new “iPad” 2017

Hello everyone,

today I wanted to address something hardware related. You may have heard that Apple has replaced its former mid tear iPad Air 2 with a new iPad, simply called “iPad”. Usually, we are used to new products becoming thinner, lighter and faster. This time, Apple opted for a new strategy. Sure, the new iPad got an A9 SoC that is already working in the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. Many have already noticed that the new iPad has not reduced its overall size and weight. Instead it has become 1,5mm thicker and round about 40 grams heavier, which makes it more comparable to the 2013 released iPad Air 1. Generation. Furthermore, the tablet’s touchscreen is not glued to the display anymore which makes for a noticeable air gap between the glass and display.

So why has Apple made this stepdown in quality? Continue reading “Reducing barriers: About the new “iPad” 2017″

This semester’s first outputs

Over the course of the winter term our students (at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany) have to complete different practical projects in groups. They also have to document the progress and insights of their projects. They are allowed to use different digital tools, which can help them to organize and improve their projects. These tools can be also used for mobile learning and working together.
During our first meeting on Friday we brainstormed about the digital tools they know and the purpose or learning scenario for which they could be used. The picture above shows the output of the group.

Re-thinking the use of audio recordings (podcasts) in higher education

Imagine you are sitting in a lecture and you participate in a great lesson. Wouldn´t it be nice to have that audio recorded? But what to do with an 2 or 3 hours long audio file? It will be hard to find somebody who is willing to listen to it from the begining to the end. Did you know that you can make audio-files “read-able”? Continue reading “Re-thinking the use of audio recordings (podcasts) in higher education”