Stratepedia picks for February 17, 2012

We’re trying something new this week, inspired by a podcast I’ve been listening to. Below are a handful of interesting things to share we’ve each found this past week–maybe about technology, maybe not. Have fun and see you next week.


  • Spooled: I’ve wanted to share this handy earbud holder for a while now but never thought it warranted its own blog post. This little storage device keeps those pesky Apple earbuds nicely wrapped and protected. I often carry my iPod earbuds with me to test sound during webinars and this little silicone spool prevents the cords from getting tangled in my bag.
  • Logitech Webcam: Technically this could be one of Aaron’s picks but I always steal his webcam, so I’ll count it as one of my favorites right now. This USB webcam and microphone is so easy to use. Plug it in to a Mac or PC and it will produce excellent video and audio effortlessly. We’ve used this camera in large meetings, webinars, audio-recordings, and classes. It runs about $50 and this is actually a newer version than the one we’ve got now.


  • Downcast: Nate shared this iOS app with me a couple of weeks ago. It’s very handy if you watch or listen to a lot of podcasts on your iPhone or iPad. I really like it because I can subscribe to podcasts directly on my phone versus hunting the iTunes app for new episodes or syncing with my computer. There are some advanced features like speed control and downloading versus streaming I haven’t played with yet, but overall have been pleased with this $1.99 app.
  • OS X Mountain Lion: Surprise! Fresh off the heels of Apple’s Lion operating system comes news of an update coming this summer. Check out the link for the features Apple is showing off right now–if you’re already using Lion you can try out Messages today. I have to admit, though, I’ve not been thrilled with where Apple is taking its desktop operating system–and hope that by incorporating concepts from iOS they’re not effectively dumbing down what is an incredibly powerful and robust operating system.


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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.