This Week on #TalkTech: Mobile Devices Aren’t Social, Schools Move to Tablets and Content Creation on the iPad

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We’re never at a loss for new tech news, apps, and interesting blogs to explore in our weekly chats. Take a look at what we have planned for this week:

Laura and Olivia, two of our BLPers, demonstrating how our mobile phones are less social than we think they are.

 1. Designing for Mobile Devices – and why mobile is less “social” than you think.
Mobile and social are buzzwords that we love to combine when talking about the next great app or learning technology. But how well do they really go together. According to TechCrunch, the average time spent in one session when using a mobile app is 71 seconds. How do you create a user experience that maximizes this bite sized, on-demand mentality?

Article: Your Mobile Phone Is The Least Social Device You Own

2. Cathedral High School in Indianapolis requiring all students to purchase iPads in 2012.

More and more schools are integrating tablet computers into their classrooms…in a big way. And while Cathedral, a private school in Indianapolis is requiring its 900+ students to purchase iPads. Will tablets and eTextbooks save students money and improve learning?

Article: No more books? Cathedral High School requires students to buy iPads

3. Brandon’s App of the Week: Codea lets you create games and simulations and run them…all on the iPad.

The iPad, and all tablets for that matter, are frequently referred to as content consumption devices. The hardcore creation of new materials, people say, is still reserved for a desktop or laptop. Codea is a fine example of an app robust enough to handle content creation while taking advantage of the tablet’s unique strengths. There is even an app in the app store coded entirely in Codea. Would YOU use an app like this for content creation, whether it be development, writing, graphics, or something else?

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