Tuesday, November 23, 2010

iPad Update and Using Technology to Fight Evil (or Cheating, at Least)

Two snippets for you this week in technology land. The first is only exciting to you if you have an iPad (or have been considering buying one). Apple has finally updated its operating system to 4.1. What does this mean? It means you can now have more than one app going at a time. It means you can stream from your iPad to your Apple TV. It means you can print wirelessly. It means there are all sorts of cool new things you can do with your iPad. So if you have one, bully for you. If you don't, and you've been waiting for another reason to buy, now you have it. I haven't installed it on my iPad yet, but I will as soon as I can finish this blog post.

The second tidbit I have for you is this cool lecture from a university professor. Why is it cool? He used statistics and technology to discover that 1/3 of his students cheated on the midterm. I don't want to go into detail on how he did it--it's explained in his lecture. I just really got a kick out of how technology was used in this case to help fill a need. Yes, it's just automatic test statistics, but the professor knew how to apply that tech to figure out what he wanted to know. So many times, technology isn't about how many bells and whistles you have--it's about using the tools available to do the task at hand as best and efficiently as you can.

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