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Update on my Kobo

I had written recently about the fact that my ereader had died and I was wondering if I needed one or not.  Last night, I was getting ready to throw it away when I decided one last time to see if I could get it to work.  It was broken already, so what harm could I do?  So I used a little more force to try to get the internal SD card out, and I was rewarded with it flying out and on to the table.  Then it was a matter of getting an image file to replace the corrupted one I had.  It took very little time once I got the file.

So now it is up and running fine.  And I find I am more angry with Kobo than I was before.  They basically had told me it was too old and couldn’t be fixed.  And yet I fixed it with the help of some folks over at mobilereads and a new SD card that cost me $5.

But now that I have done this, I am thinking about trying to put Debian on it.  My husband would be ecstatic if I did!  Guess we’ll have to see if I am brave enough to try that.

Posted in tech

Back in business!

My new Kobo Touch arrived,  and I got it set up and running on Saturday.  It took a  few minutes to do that and then to re-load all the non-Kobo books I had on it before.  But it was worth it.

The new firmware is much better than older versions.  That or  my old machine was not working well from the beginning.  Pages turn much more smoothly.  I am really happy with it!  So happy that I ordered my husband´s  yesterday!

Posted in reading, tech

It wasn´t as good a month for reading as it should have been

I started the month with great anticipation.  I was already part way through two non-fiction books.  I should have been able to finish them and read three or four more.

And then my Kobo started having problems.  It ends up that they are going to replace it, and I am very happy about that.  But losing it really affected what I read.  I find it hard to believe, but I had trouble reading paper books.  They seemed so limiting.  I had to figure out which ones to pack when I went to my daughter´s overnight.  I have to be careful not to lose my place when I  fall  asleep reading.  I really didn´t expect to become so attached to it so quickly.  But I did.  I am.  And now I am just waiting for the new one to arrive!

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Trouble with my Kobo

I am currently without my Kobo Touch, and I can begin to describe how much I miss it.  Forget the books I had partially read on it — I can get those back easily.  I just miss reading on it.

I have been correspoding with Kobo´s customer care , and so far I am pleased with the process.  I will probably have to send this one in for repair.  And that´s OK.  I don expect every product I buy to be perfect, but I do expect the company to help when there are problems.

I was all set to buy my husband a Touch when this happened.  I am waiting now until mine is up and running again.  Hopefully that won´t be long.

Posted in education, tech

How to improve our classes

Once again Joshua Kim had a post in Inside Higher Ed that caught my attention.  This time he is reviewing the work of a recent graduate, Lucretia Witte, who made a presentation at Joshua’s institution about her research entitled “Student Views on Technology and Teaching”.

Ms. Witte’s work looks pretty good to me.  What I really liked from Joshua’s post about her work were her tips for applying the research.  This is what Joshua said about them:

The four things that every professor can do “THIS WEEK” (Lucretia’s words) to make each course more student-friendly include (with the sentences in quotes pulled directly from the handout):

1. Ensure that all readings, articles, presentations and videos (all course material) are available in the course management system.
2. “Create a weekly reading assessment that asks students to formulate or discuss the most important things you wanted them to get out the this week’s articles.”
3. “Make your syllabus a living document and let students know about changes via class emails – it will put your class in the forefront of their minds.”
4. “Use technology to help students engage with one another – create peer review groups for papers or discussion groups online.”

Some of this isn’t terribly new to me, but it is always good to be reminded.  Also, there are things here that I don’t do on a regular basis — like the reading assessments and the peer review groups.  So I am going to try to incorporate more of those things into my classes this semester.

I really like her idea of making the syllabus a living document.  Mine always changes once I meet the students in any particular class and see that what looked so good on paper over the break just isn’t going to work this time.  And I try to keep students informed of the changes.  But I see her suggestion as embracing those changes more than I have.  If I make a bigger deal of them than I do and really draw students’ attention to them rather than being embarrassed that I can’t ever stick to the syllabus, it could really help students in the class.  So that is something I am going to do.

Kim’s post is a good read and includes a link to an earlier post he wrote about Witte.  Both are worth a read.