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So far behind. (Thing 2) March 19, 2014

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So I am on Thing TWO of the 23 Mobile Things. And this week is spring break, so hopefully some progress is in the cards. 🙂

This Thing is about mobile tips and tricks. Aleric Heck’s video on iOS 7 shows how to reverse colors, how to make Siri a man, and how to use the phone as a level. (I calibrated my phone’s compass too. I love compasses.) I have to guess my kids, and possibly my husband, already knew some of those tricks, and it’s easy to think that this stuff is just for fun. But so many simple settings can be tweaked for accessibility that it’s clear there’s real work potential in iOS. Though I don’t think I would choose to work on a mobile device if I had another option, I do think it’s valuable for me as a teacher librarian to be able to meet my students where they are and help them get more functionality out of the tools they carry in their pockets.

 

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23 Mobile Things MN / Thing 1 January 16, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christie @ 8:39 pm
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You might be familiar with the 23 Things mode of continuing ed, in which you try out 23 new things and write about them online. I’ve never done a 23 Things challenge before, but the focus this time around is mobile learning and workflow.

Here’s my stance on mobile: I can get a lot more done on an actual computer (witness the fact that I’m typing this on a laptop), but I feel the potential of mobile learning isn’t always realized. I have some things to learn that will help me play better and work smarter, so I’m hoping this challenge will help me with that. I’d like to work with my students to get more productivity/useful stuff on their phones, so it’s not just a toy for them either.

Next step: download a WordPress app for my phone. 🙂