Tablet and phone blogging

landscape view phone

Landscape view – phone

These pictures show you what I can see of my blog on my phone. Yes, I thought the same myself. On my tablet I can see the right side bar and everything else is at the bottom of all the posts. On phones and tablets you scroll down and down to see what else is available on a blog. You might be over it by then. In terms of user experience tablet and phone blogging is less than desirable. You are being cut off from so much information and so much of  the presentation. On a laptop or desktop you get the full experience. All the information. I blogged from my phone once when I was having outage problems with my home phone and internet copper wire connection. Actually blogging is not so hard. Using the blog and trying to do things like follow or find out what else is on the blog is not easy, though.

portrait view phone

Portrait view – phone

The interface is designed to make it hard for you to know there are other things to look at on the blog. Little dot round circles and  menus which can sometimes block even more of your view really do test your patience. The scrolling down to find things can be really annoying to some people. Others would not even know you need to scroll down. If phone and tablet interfaces are being designed to encourage bloggers to leave out all the other things you can do with a blog then it is an attempt to limit access, information and experience. It is an enforced limited experience because we are trying to save system resources on tablets and phones so the actual pages load faster. We are also excluding ourselves from knowledge  in a way which hasn’t occurred until now. Can we do better? I’ll leave that one as a  developer challenge.

Dice-ider

Dice-iderWhen I first started teaching there was a very laid back, popular drama teacher who decided everything with a dice. This was in the 70s before technology, He would write six things on paper next to the drawn dice dots and then roll the dice. It was bizarre but it worked for him and his classes often used to use a dice to make decisions. Never a behaviour management problem and never a student stuck for what to do next. Dice-ider is an electronic version of this where you can fill in your six choices and roll the dice electronically. Their advertised choices are a bit silly for student use in my opinion and it’s a pity they did not just steer clear of what could be deemed unseemly. The app itself, from Google Play or Apple store, runs well and looks really nice. You can also use Dice-maker lite and have a template for making a real dice.

Everything Twitter courtesy Squidoo

Squidoo is a great site for staying up to date with all things technical, so it is absolutely mindbogglingly comprehensive when it comes to Twitter. For those of you who think Twitter does nothing…the amount of apps you can find on Squidoo ought to give you an inkling as to how ubiquitous twitter is and just how entrenched in the internet. Apps do not get that kind of attention when they are fizzers. I am using TweetDeck and am finding it very helpful and can see the real possibilities for classroom and educational use. Email is such a chore and so passée. Twitter streamlines communications so you are not needing to text nor to you have to load an email client when much of what needs to be said or communicated in a working situation really is less than 141 characters. Besides TweetDeck the other popular Twitter app is HootSuite. The site is very well designed and extremely helpful. If you play the video you will be told very clearly how HootSuite works and how it can be useful to you. I applaud them on their capacity to deliver good quality, instructive material which answers the questions…so why would I want HootSuite and what does it do? Having seen the video I have decided to stay with TweetDeck until I can grow into HootSuite because I really like what I saw but I am not yet ready for it.

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