Stratepedia picks for March 9, 2012

Aaron

  • Reeder for Mac: I’ve been a long-time NetNewsWire fan for my RSS feeds. Once upon a time it was the only game in town for native Mac RSS readers with feed syncing (meaning I could keep my feeds’ read/not read status up-to-date across work and home computers). Now any feed reader worth its salt provides this service, via Google Reader (which also gives me a de facto web-based reader). NetNewsWire is a good, utilitarian reader (and it’s now available for free) but I finally decided it was time for a change. I used Reeder to catch up on what I missed by being away from computers a good chunk of last week. In just a couple of hours it changed my RSS reading habits. I really like how clean and, uh, reader-friendly Reeder is–the built-in Readability support cleans all the visual noise and lets you focus on content. Very nice and worth the ten bucks.
  • Graphic note-taking at TED 2012: I must admit, I’m mildly obsessive when it comes to finding the best way to take notes (for myself). I’ve tried a lot of different techniques, but tend to always go back to mind maps. That said, I wish I could take notes like these, beautifully crafted by Robert Fabricant at last week’s TED conference.

Amber

  • Miro: This free video conversion tool is available for both Mac and PC. I use this handy app at least once a week to convert different types of videos. Miro also helps download and organize videos from many sources on the Internet, such as TED. Aaron talked about Miro last year here as well.
  • Kindle apps: I have the free Kindle app installed on my MacBook, iPhone, and iPad allowing me to access my books from almost anywhere. You don’t actually need a Kindle to read Kindle books; you’ll just need an Amazon account. Each app allows you to sync your last page read (as well as any highlights and notes) across all devices, no mater which one you’ve used last. I love being able to sit and read on my iPad for long periods of time or catch a couple of pages of the same book on my phone while I’m standing in line. This app is also available for Blackberry, Android, PC, and Windows Phone 7.
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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.