ELI (Educause Learning Initiative) puts out quick briefs on technology tools, which are referred to as the “7 Things” series. These give a brief overview of how a particular tool is used in education, why it matters, and what the drawbacks are.
The latest is on the Android operating system, which is an open-source operating system used on a variety of devices, notably mobile devices such as Smartphones.
Here’s their 7 Things brief on Android: http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutAndro/219427
So, I recently swapped my beloved Blackberry for an Android phone. At first I had a couple of hours of lamentations over the differences (yes, even I get frustrated by change) but I quickly grew to love my device. I’m doing a lot more with it in relation to content than I did with my Blackberry.
Some of my favorite activities (for iPhone, too!):
- Connecting to my WordPress blog to review and approve comments
- Using the speech-recognition tool to quickly respond to emails, text messages, do Google Searches, etc.
- Instant Messaging with Google Talk
- Access my Dropbox account easily
- Play Angry Birds (just being honest here)
- Stream Pandora, which I also plug into my car stereo (did this on Blackberry, too)
- Subscribing and listening to podcasts (NPR on demand, basically, and a couple other of my favorites are Grammar Girl and How Stuff Works, AND Tegrity lecture capture recordings!)
- WSDOT traffic info and maps
- Sharing pictures and videos quickly to Facebook and Twitter
- News and weather
- Monitor police scanners (nerdy, I know)
- I’ve played with Android Kindle. Don’t know if I would want to read an entire book like I would with an actual Kindle, but it’s quite nice in a pinch.
I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting.
What are you favorite mobile activities, whether it’s Android or an iProduct?