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Kindle Limited Time Offers
Amazon have a variety of short-term free books available, but you need to keep checking to see what's around; I mentioned in this earlier post about one of the memory books being free last week....

posted on: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Make reading the number one skill?
An impassioned plea from Roy Blatchford (on Mike Baker's blog) to make reading a top priority for all schools. From the article: "Provisional figures for 2011 indicate that, in England, one child in five reaches age 11 unable to read confidently. Confident, that is, to access the secondary school curriculum they are embarking on this month." This goes alongside numeracy and writing..... and if children can't access the secondary school curriculum at age 11, what are their chances of studying at degree level?

posted on: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Imagining the future of the journal - RGS Discussion Panel
I was invited on to a discussion panel entitled "Imagining the future of the journal" at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference last week (very brief coverage in THES)....

posted on: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Mobile proliferation?
The battle for mobile supremacy is on.... a good article on the proliferation of mobile platforms in a chart. A few older device platforms missing (not sure what Newton ran....) but just highlights that people are largely OS agnostic. They don't care as long as they can email, access Twitter/Facebook and play Angry Birds!

posted on: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Kindle Tablet?
Nice article over at TechCrunch on the possible Kindle Tablet. For those time-stressed..... it looks like a Playbook, runs a completely forked version of Android and is highly integrated in to Amazon services. The Kindle platform and integration to mobile services (aka books, music, video and apps) seems to be taking shape...

posted on: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry