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    Twitter, YouTube, iPad, and other Marvelous Ways to Really Connect with Your Students -- Collanos Workplace
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    Panelist: Rick Lillie, California State University, San Bernardino
    presentation session:
    Panel 6.2
    presentation date:
    August 3, 2010 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    brief description:

    My part of the panel discussion focuses on using Collanos Workplace, a virtual workspace, to guide MSA students through IFRS related independent study projects.


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    • Robert E Jensen

      Rick Lillie has to be frustrated. First his beloved TokBox software became vaporware. Now his highly acclaimed Collanos is possibly history.

      "Collanos Workplace — Seems to have died!" by Rick Lillie, Thinking Outside the Box Blog,October 22, 2010 —

      In a previous posting, I introduced you to Collanos Workplace and told you how great the collaboration software is, especially for use with distance teaching and learning projects.  I have used it successfully with both undergraduate and graduate students.  For example, during Winter Quarter 2010, I used Collanos Workplace to guide five grad students through independent study projects.  Collanos Workplace made it easy to communicate with students and keep the whole process under control.  In a nutshell, I felt that Collanos Workplace was a great collaboration tool!

      Jensen Comment
      Collaboration software sees to be particularly vulnerable. Google Wave crashed on shore. However, Google Docs lives on with great prospects for the future.

    • Robert E Jensen

      iPad versus Galaxy Tab versus Cius

      "Samsung's Galaxy Tab Is iPad's First Real Rival," Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2010 ---

      After seven months of unchallenged prominence, Apple's hot-selling iPad now has its first credible competitor in the nascent market for multitouch consumer tablet computers: the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

      The Tab is being introduced over the next week by three major U.S. wireless phone carriers at $400 with a cellular data contract, or at $600 with cellular capability but no contract. The iPad starts at $499 for a Wi-Fi model with no cellular-data capability or contract, and is $629 for the least expensive model with cellular data capability but no contract.

      Like the iPad, the Tab, which uses Google's Android operating system, is a good-looking slate with a vivid color screen that can handle many of the tasks typically performed on a laptop. These include email, social networking, Web browsing, photo viewing, and music and video playback. It also can run a wide variety of third-party apps. But it has major differences, most notably in size.

      The Samsung Galaxy Tab has less than half the screen real estate than that of the iPad. .The Tab has a 7-inch screen versus the 9.7-inch display on the iPad. That may seem like a small difference, but the numbers are deceptive, because screen sizes are always described using diagonal measurements. In fact, the actual screen real estate on the Tab is less than half of the iPad's. That's a disadvantage, but it allows the overall unit to be much smaller and lighter, and thus more easily used in one hand, something some users will welcome.

      The new tablet will be introduced in coming days by Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, with a variety of cellular data plans. AT&T also will carry the Tab during the holiday season but hasn't announced its timing or data-plan pricing. Although it is being sold by cellular carriers, the Tab, like the iPad (which offers optional month-to-month cellular data through AT&T) can't make cellular voice calls.

      More Mossberg's Mailbox: Macs vs. PCs .
      I've been testing the Tab for a couple of weeks and I like it. It's a serious alternative to the iPad and one that will be preferred by some folks. It includes the three most-requested features missing in the iPad: a camera (two in fact); the ability to run Web videos and applications written in Adobe's Flash software; and multitasking, though, to be fair, the latter feature is coming to the iPad imminently via a software update. Another strong point is that like Apple, Samsung has rewritten some of the standard apps, such as the email and calendar programs, to make them look more like PC programs and less like smartphone apps.

      . . .

      On balance, however, I still prefer the iPad. For one thing, I like getting twice the screen size for a little more money up front—as little as $29 for the no-contract model with cellular capability. For another, the iPad has vastly more apps specifically designed for a tablet versus a smartphone—about 40,000 according to Apple, compared with just a handful for the Tab. And it can run about triple the apps overall, if you count smartphone apps that aren't optimized for tablets.

      On an iPad, if you opt for cellular-data service, there is no contract and only two monthly prices—$14.99 for 250 megabytes and $25 for 2 gigabytes. On the Tab, it's much more complicated. Verizon, which is selling only the $600 no-contract model, says its pricing will start at $20 a month for 1 gigabyte of data. Sprint charges $29.99 monthly for 2 gigabytes and $59.99 for 5 gigabytes. T-Mobile has different prices for no-contract and contract models, and different rates for new and existing customers. Just two examples: a new customer under contract on a Tab can pay $30 monthly for 200 megabytes or $50 for 5 gigabytes.

      So, I urge Tab buyers to do the math carefully on the overall cost of the device under various carriers and plans.

      Bottom Line The Tab is attractive, versatile and competitively priced, though monthly cell fees can add up. It's different enough from the iPad, yet good enough, to give consumers a real choice.

      Jensen Comment
      The Galaxy Tab only weighs about half of an iPad and fits more neatly into one hand for book reading and holding a drink at the same time. The screen is smaller and does not have the USB and VGA ports we've been waiting for in tablet computers. The cameras and Flash playback are clear advantages over the iPad. Other advantages and disadvantages are discussed above and in the links below.

      Other tablet alternatives ---

      Official Tab Site ---

      Video 1 ---

      Video 2 (longer)  ---

      The Cius --- Click Here
      Relative to iPad, I like the fact that Cisco's new tablet connects to a docking station.
      The iPad has zero USB ports, whereas the Cius has three USB ports
      Relative to iPad, I like the fact that Cisco's new tablet has a port for external display such as an LCD Projector
      Unlike an iPad, the Cius will play Adobe's Flash Videos served up at millions of sites in the world
      Why didn't Steve Jobs think of these for the iPad (I suspect he did but feared that an iPad with these would blast a hole in Mac laptop sales)

      Expanded capabilities through:  Click Here

      • 3 USB ports
      • 3.5-mm headset jack
      • 10/100/1000-Gbps switch ports for wired connections and Power over Ethernet (PoE)
      • Additional speaker for wideband hands-free communications
      • DisplayPort to connect to a larger display for an immersive video experience and for a virtualized desktop experience
      • Two handset options: standard and slimline


      The Cius is also much more friendly toward applications developers than the greedy iPad's Orwellian Big Brother
      I’ve been an open-source advocate from get go!

      Video --- Click Here

      "Cisco Debuts Android-Based Tablet," by Jeffrey Schwartz, T.H.E. Magazine, July 1, 2010 ---

      Cisco Systems is the latest vendor to enter the tablet device market and, like other players, the company is looking at its entry as an alternative to traditional Windows-based PCs.

      The Cius, announced this week, is a device that to some degree looks like Apple's iPad, though it is based on Google's Android platform. Cisco becomes the second major vendor to launch an Android-based tablet in as many months: Dell in late May launched the Streak. With its 5-inch display, it was described by Dell as a hybrid smartphone and tablet.

      But that's where the similarities end. Cisco's Cuis is clearly targeted at professional, not consumer use. It will support an optional docking station, enabling individuals to mount it to the IP-based handset.

      When undocked, the Cuis can connect to an enterprise network or the Internet via 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi or 3G cellular services. Ultimately it will support 4G services as they become more broadly available, Cisco said. Through Bluetooth and USB communications, the device will be able to share data with a PC, Cisco said.

      The Cius is not slated to be available until the first quarter of next year, though Cisco said customer trials will begin in the third quarter of this year, which begins July 1. The company has not set pricing though a spokeswoman said it will carry a street price of less than $1,000.

      Cisco is pitching the Cius as a virtual desktop that will allow for data collaboration and communication. It will support real-time HD video, messaging, and Web browsing, allowing users to share content in cloud-based services, Cisco said.

      Weighing slightly more than 1 pound, it will have a front-mounted 720p camera and a 5 megapixel rear-mounted camera, dual noise-cancelling microphones, and a 7-inch Super VGA display.

      The Cius will be designed to cork with Cisco's various lines of collaboration products and services, including WebEx Connect, Cisco Presence, and its high-end TelePresence videoconferencing systems.

      Cisco said it will also reach out to developers with an SDK that includes its Collaboration APIs. The Cius will be made available through Cisco's network of Unified Communications and Collaboration partners, according to the spokeswoman.

      With all these features, Cius owners may only have to carry the Cius tablet from conference-to-conference or class-to-class. The burdened down  iPad and Galaxy Tab users will most likely have to lug their laptops along with their iPads.

      But iPad still wins hands downs in terms of tens of thousands of apps.

    • Robert E Jensen

      "Apple secretly working on wearable, Siri-compatible computers," by Sam Oliver, Apple Insider, December 19, 2011 ---

      Bob Jensen's threads on ubiquitous computing ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      A study reveals that many Twitter followers might in fact not be human

      From the Scout Report on November 16, 2012

      Beware the tweeting crowds

      How fake are your Twitter followers?

      Analysis of Twitter followers of leading international companies

      Status People Fake Follower Check

      Twitter Guide Book

      The Beginner's Guide to Social Media

      Bob Jensen's threads on social networking ---