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App of the Week – GoodReader

This week’s app of the week is called GoodReader. As their website highlights: “GoodReader® is the super-robust PDF reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Its iPad version was the#1 selling non-Apple app for iPad in 2010 in USA! Mashable describes it as “a Swiss Army knife of awesome!” Reviews worldwide hail it as “essential,” “the best,” “magnificent” and “the killer app”. With GoodReader on your iPad/iPhone, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you’ll be hooked. If you work with documents, soon you’ll be wondering how you ever managed to use your iPad or iPhone without GoodReader.”  To download it for $4.99 for […]

Use your Cognitive Surplus with the Spring Book Club

I’ll admit, this wasn’t my first choice for the spring book club book. I wanted to do something more directly related to college teaching, focused on critical thinking. But the original book I picked was too expensive, so we turned back to Clay Shirky. I am glad we did, because I think Cognitive Surplus is illuminating, provocative, and relevant for higher education. Shirky’s thesis is that, since World War 2, American’s have had increasing amounts of free time and energy, but most of that has been taken up by consumer activities, particularly watching TV. The advent of the social web has changed that. We can now collaborate easier than ever […]

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