Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 17:41 UTC
Apple Apple's education event just ended, and just as Ars Technica said, Apple announced better support for textbooks, as well as a textbook authoring tool. The textbook authoring tool is heavily inspired by Keynote and Pages, and hence, I already know it's going to be top-notch and very pleasant to use. In addition, the company also repositioned iTunes U as a Blackboard competitor. As great as all these new tools are, several large red flags went up in my mind: I remember what it was like being the only student who didn't use Windows. Update: "Any e-textbook author that wants access to the iPad-toting masses must make his or her work an exclusive to iBooks 2."
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RE[5]: Ballpoint pens
by MOS6510 on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 09:05 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Ballpoint pens"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Well, when trying to write more I too discovered that it's much better suited for quick note taking and drawing stuff.

Still, when writing long text everybody does this on a computer and print it out. If I made a proposal and handed it in written by hand I'm sure I'd get a few strange looks.

There is a very cool IBM typewriter here, sitting idle on a unused desk. It would be cool to use it, but I'm afraid people will get aggressive over the noise.

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RE[6]: Ballpoint pens
by Neolander on Mon 23rd Jan 2012 09:30 in reply to "RE[5]: Ballpoint pens"
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2010-03-08

Well, it makes some sense to write longer texts directly on a computer, because its ability to keep the content clean as you bring more and more corrections becomes crucial at these scales. Besides, one does not need as much concentration to develop an argumentation as one needs to set the core points and plan of said argumentation. And finally, word processors allow writing better-looking text, and you don't want to copy everything from paper to a computer.

As for electronic typewriters, I've played with one at my grandfather's when I was quite a bit younger, and these stuff are made of awesome. But they are also indeed very noisy, and even if your colleagues could concentrate in spite of the noise I am not sure that you could keep focusing on what you're writing yourself ;)

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