Improvements are always being made in education. It was only 60 years ago that my grandpa had to walk uphill both ways in the snow just to get to school. Back in my parents’ day…well, apparently they went to the same school because my dad had to walk uphill both ways too…it just snowed less in his version of the tale (and I’m beginning to think I come from a family of exaggerators.)
While my walk to school was apparently easier, back in my day, textbooks were, well, physical paper books. They were tattered, torn, and had previous owners by the names of “Seymour Butts” and “Anita Bath” (those eighth grade boys were sooo funny.) There were always several important pages that were stuck together with mysterious purple goo (that I prayed was just Kool-Aid). It was smart to hold your breath when you first opened these books because a wonderfully musty smell emerged when you separated the pages. And if you didn’t understand the topic, the teacher would suggest you just read the same pages over again (never mind that you were missing half the necessary information because that chapter was ripped out of the book by someone’s hamster back in 1997). Article Continues…
With the growing use of iPads in the classroom and Apple’s Education Event which concluded today, OWC’s focus on education applications is timely. Other World Computing will demonstrate at Macworld | iWorld 2012 Conference and Expo next week how schools can protect their iPad investments with its GripStand Station and GripStand cases. The GripStand Station is a Plug and Play storage, charging and syncing solution for technologically savvy classrooms as well as office, retail, healthcare, and other multiple iPad user environments.
Designed specifically for use with NuGuard GripStand 2 and GripStand protective iPad cases (sold separately), the GripStand Station allows iPad tablets to slide easily and securely into one of eight bays to store, charge and sync. The new, made-in-the-USA GripStand Station and other unique Newer Technology products will be demonstrated in Other World Computing’s (OWC’s) Macworld booth #513, in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Article Continues…
Those of you who follow these sorts of things will be happy to know that, after hovering around the 2-3 percent mark for about 15 years, Apple now has 5 percent share of the world computer market, according to analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co.
Most of that growth has been due to a recent jump in enterprise sales as well as explosive growth in Asia. During the September quarter, Mac shipments grew 24.6 percent while the rest of the market only grew about 5.3 percent, making it the 22nd consecutive quarter where Apple’s growth outpaced the computer market as a whole.
Much of this has been due to its growth in the business market, where it saw a 43.8 percent increase over the 4.8 percent the rest of the market saw. The home market had similar (if less dramatic) numbers, showing a 25.6 percent increase to the the total growth of four percent. In fact, the only place where it seemed to fall short of the industry as a whole was in its traditional stronghold of the “education” sector, where Apple’s 2.9 percent growth is considerably lower than the 16.9 percent for the market in general.
Both the business and home user gains seem to be due to the iPad and iPhone. While the iPad, with its simpler interface, seems to be eating into Mac sales (as well as other computers) in the education market, iDevice “halo effect” in businesses and homes has users buying the computer these devices were originally designed to work with.
Can Apple keep up this monumental growth streak? We’ll see.
Safely Bring Your iPad to School – Protective Features Ideal for Educational Environments
Newer Technology, Inc. announced today the NuGuard GripStand 2/GripBase Bundle for iPad 2, a multi-use solution for the Apple iPad 2 to bring it everywhere you go — on the run, at your desk, or in the car
Available in black or white and affordably priced at only $39.99 MSRP, the NuGuard GripStand 2/GripBase Bundle offers iPad 2 owners one of the most flexible and low-cost combinations of iPad 2 protection, portability, and viewing available on the market. The NuGuard GripStand 2/GripBase Bundle lets you comfortably use your iPad 2 while standing, walking, commuting, in school, at work, for sales calls, meetings, during lectures, in the library, at your desk, or in the car as an entertainment center. Article Continues…
Last night, OWC paid a visit to the Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, IL to celebrate what would have been the second-to-last Space Shuttle launch. Though the launch itself was delayed until the 29th, it didn’t ruin the mood of the evening, as OWC staffers and their families were given a tour of the facilities by Steve Otten, Executive Director of the Challenger Learning Center, and saw a pair of slide shows presented by Cathy Brinkworth of The Last Shuttle Project that illustrated the work her organization is doing.
After the slide show, there was a brief ceremony where OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor contributed some much-needed storage equipment to The Last Shuttle project, and Brinkworth presented him with a photo print from the Project’s library. Otten, on behalf of the Woodstock Challenger Center, presented O’Connor with an autographed photo of astronaut William Readdy in thanks for all the contributions that OWC has made to the Center over the years. Article Continues…