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De-Suckafying Apple’s Butterfly Keyboard | Hacker News
Good suggestions for alternative laptops in the comments
2 days ago by simmoril
Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.
Susan Dynarski, in the NY Times: "The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces."
nytimes  laptops  attention  productivity  distraction  edtech 
16 days ago by warnick
Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.
Susan Dynarski, in the NY Times: "The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces."
nytimes  laptops  attention  productivity  distraction 
16 days ago by warnick
Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom
Darren Rosenblum, in the NY Times: "Laptops at best reduce education to the clackety-clack of transcribing lectures on shiny screens and, at worst, provide students with a constant escape from whatever is hard, challenging or uncomfortable about learning. And yet, education requires constant interaction in which professor and students are fully present for an exchange."
nytimes  laptops  edtech  tlos  attention  multitasking  notetaking  pedagogy 
21 days ago by warnick
On Banning Things in Classrooms
John Warner, in Inside Higher Ed: "I am uncomfortable with 'bans' because my philosophy and values bend towards a privileging of student agency and responsibility. They have the right to make bad choices which may result in poor grades or a diminished intellectual experience. That right does not extend to harming others, but this is why I frame the classroom as a community with an ethos including responsibility to others."
johnwarner  ihe  laptops  edtech 
22 days ago by warnick
iPad Pro (2018) Review: Two weeks later! - YouTube
[at 7:40, problems mentioned with iOS on the iPad Pro as-is for Rene Ritchie keeping it from being a laptop replacement]

"1. Import/export more than just photo/video [using USB drive, hard drive, etc]

2. Navigate with the keyboard [or trackpad/mouse]

3. 'Desktop Sites' in Safari [Why not a desktop browser (maybe in addition to Safari, something like a "pro" Safari with developer tools and extensions?]

4. Audio recording [system-wide like the screen recording for capturing conversations from Skype/Facetime/etc]

5. Develop for iPad on iPad

6. Multi-user for everyone [like on a Chromebook]"

[I'd be happy with just 1, 2, and 3. 6 would also be nice. 4 and 5 are not very important to me, but also make sense.]

[Some of my notes regarding the state of the tablet-as-laptop replacement in 2018, much overlap with what is above:

iOS tablets
no mouse/trackpad support, file system is still a work in process, no desktop browser equivalents, Pro models are super expensive given these tradeoffs, especially with additional keyboard and pen costs

Microsoft Surface
tablet experience is lacking, Go (closest to meeting my needs and price) seems a little overpriced for the top model (entry model needs more RAM and faster storage), also given the extra cost of keyboard and pen

Android tablets
going nowhere, missing desktop browser

ChromeOS tablets
underpowered (Acer Chromebook Tab 10) or very expensive (Google Pixel Slate) or I don’t like it enough (mostly the imbalance between screen and keyboard, and the keyboard feel) for the cost (HP x2), but ChromeOS tablets seem as promising as iPads as laptop replacements at this point

ChromeOS convertibles
strange having the keyboard in the back while using as a tablet (Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro, ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA, Google Pixelbook (expensive)) -- I used a Chromebook Pro for a year (as work laptop) and generally it was a great experience, but they are ~1.5 years old now and haven’t been refreshed. Also, the Samsung Chromebook Plus (daughter has one of these, used it for school and was happy with it until new college provided a MacBook Pro) refresh seems like a step back because of the lesser screen, the increase in weight, and a few other things.

Additional note:
Interesting how Microsoft led the way in this regard (tablet as laptop replacement), but again didn't get it right enough and is now being passed by the others, at least around me]

[finally, some additional discussion and comparison:

The Verge: "Is this a computer?" (Apr 11, 2018)

Apple's "What's a Computer?" iPad ad (Jan 23, 2018, no longer available directly from Apple)

Apple's "iPad Pro — 5 Reasons iPad Pro can be your next computer — Apple" (Nov 19, 2018)

The Verge: "Google Pixel Slate Review: half-baked" (Nov 27, 2018)

Unbox Therapy: "Can The Google Pixel Slate Beat The iPad Pro?" (Nov 28, 2018)

The Verge: "Google keeps failing to understand tablets" (Nov 29, 2018)

The Verge: "Chrome OS isn't ready for tablets yet" (Jul 18, 2018)

The Verge: "New iPad Pro review: can it replace your laptop?" (Nov 5, 2018)

Navneet Alang: "The misguided attempts to take down the iPad Pro" (Nov 9, 2018)

Navneet Alang: "Apple is trying to kill the laptop" (Oct 31, 2018)

The Verge: "Microsoft Surface Go review: surprisingly good" (Aug 7, 2018)

The Verge: "The Surface Go Is Microsoft's Hybrid PC Dream Made Real: It’s time to think of Surface as Surface, and not an iPad competitor" (Aug 8, 2018)

The Verge: "Microsoft Surface Go hands-on" (Aug 2, 2018)

Navneet Alang: "Is Microsoft's Surface Go doomed to fail?" (Jul 12, 2018)

Chrome Unboxed: "Google Pixel Slate: Impressions After A Week" (Nov 27, 2018)

Unbox Therapy: "I'm Quitting Computers" (Nov 18, 2018)

Unbox Therapy: "The Truth About The iPad Pro..." (Dec 5, 2018)

The Verge: "Tablet vs laptop" (Mar 22, 2018)

Marques Brownlee: "iPad Pro Review: The Best Ever... Still an iPad!" (Nov 14, 2018)

Engadget: "iPad Pro 2018 Review: Almost a laptop replacement" (Nov 6, 2018)

Matthew Moniz: "iPad Pro 2018 - Overpowered Netflix Machine or Laptop Replacement?" (Nov 8, 2018)

WSJ: "Can the New iPad Pro Be Your Only Computer?" (Nov 16, 2018)

Ali Abdaal: "iPad vs Macbook for Students (2018) - Can a tablet replace your laptop?" (Oct 10, 2018)

Washington Post: "Nope, Apple’s new iPad Pro still isn’t a laptop" (Nov 5, 2018)

Canoopsy: "iPad Pro 2018 Review - My Student Perspective" (Nov 19, 2018)

Greg' Gadgets: "The iPad Pro (2018) CAN Replace Your Laptop!" (Nov 24, 2018)

Apple World: "iPad Pro has REPLACED my MacBook (my experience)" (May 9, 2018)

Dave Lee: "iPad Pro 2018 - SUPER Fast, But Why?" (Nov 11, 2018)

Shahazad Bagwan: "A Week With iPad Pro // Yes It Replaced A Laptop!" (Oct 20, 2017)

Apple's "Homework (Full Version)" iPad ad (Mar 27, 2018)

The Verge: "Intel's future computers have two screens" (Oct 18, 2018)

"The Surface Book 2 is everything the MacBook Pro should be" (Jun 26, 208)

"Surface Go: the future PC that the iPad Pro failed to deliver" (Aug 27, 2018)

"Microsoft now has the best device lineup in the industry" (Oct 3, 2018) ]
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