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Umbrella Newsletter # 47

Umbrella Newsletter # 47

Dear Colleagues,

I have been trying to keep up with the flow of information that is coming daily about new projects, gadgets and devices in an attempt to choose the most interesting things that might help you in your work and I felt I couldn't cope with this. When the information is within easy reach and you take in the world through a screen - new priorities in education should be defined.

I was trying to find some balance between the new technology (you know there's no holding back the future) and the need to "stand and stare" when the following quotation from Powers' article "Be Still, my Smartphone" jumped at me: "there's a momentous turn happening in technology right now, one of those paradigm shifts that begin quietly but eventually winds up changing the world". The story was about the "art of disconnecting while staying connected" and this is what we are facing in this "post PC" era. These new devices that are more than tools (because anyone from 2 years old up to 80+ can use them without any special training) change the way of thinking, studying and working. The year of 2010 was announced the year of iPad, this year is already called the year of iPad2, but how many of us have used these magical devices in our work? With all the discussions on education both in Russia and the U.S. it is time to try and see how well you are prepared for working effectively in the post PC era. So,what is on our radar?
P.S. Please find a few minutes to read at least through the points below and click on the links you liked! :-)

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