The iPhone is an amazing device that simplifies previously clumsy mobile features in an elegant package. But if you want to dive past Apple’s sparse instruction manual, and especially if you’re looking to hack your phone, you’ll need to learn a few terms.
When people reminisce about their college days, they look back with misty-eyed fondness on the flowing beer and promiscuity. But few get nostalgic for the lectures. So when iTunes U first opened its virtual doors on May 30, 2007, and presented the public with lectures and class notes, we marveled at the range of knowledge presented by some of the world’s finest minds, free of charge--and promptly ignored it.
But in the thirteen months since iTunes U has been available, the content has expanded considerably. (Over 60 accredited universities and colleges, 25 institutions, and several public radio channels have put content online.) Initially, iTunes U only provided the public with lectures, language lessons, and campus tours. Now, if offers music and dance performances, poetry readings, and a wealth of audio and video content that is as entertaining as it is informative.
I got a letter a little while ago that warmed the cockles of my cold, black heart and instantly gave me the brilliant idea for this, my triumphant return to writing blog posts for MacLife.com. This letter was actually a bunch of letters, written by some cutiepants kids at Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco, to thank me for their classroom's new iPods.
We all know the value of education, but a trickier decision parents have to make is when to start formally educating their kids. It’s becoming more common to send toddlers for a year or two of preschool before they start kindergarten at age 5. And the structure is a lot different than in years past—even kindergartners get homework these days.