CourseNotes 2.1: Printing, Calendar syncing & multitasking on iOS 4.2

Posted: November 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: CourseNotes App, iPad | Comments Off on CourseNotes 2.1: Printing, Calendar syncing & multitasking on iOS 4.2

We’re happy to announce the release of CourseNotes 2.1 for the iPad, a release which takes full advantage of a number of new features available in iOS 4.2!  We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of iOS 4.2 and the new functionality it would bring to the iPad ever since it was announced.

Here’s what CourseNotes 2.1 adds:

• Printing

It’s finally possible to print over the air from the iPad, and CourseNotes is among the first apps to support this feature!  Choose a printer on your local network and print your CourseNotes notes right over the air!

• Calendar integration for ToDo notes

Now when you add a ToDo note, you can choose to sync it as an event to your iPad’s calendar.  Assignments and other ToDos will show up in your calendar with your title and note content, set to the due date you specify in the note.  And with the help of other tools that can sync with your iPad’s calendar, you can publish events to an online calendar right from CourseNotes!

• Multitasking

What does multitasking mean for a note-taking app–can it keep taking notes while you do something else?  Not quite, but it does mean that when you switch to another app, CourseNotes will remember which subject or note session you were looking at when you come back.  So if you need to switch to another app to look something up, CourseNotes will pick up right where you left when you come back.

CourseNotes 2.1 is available now in the iPad App Store for $4.99.

Kno Tablet: an Uphill Battle

Posted: November 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: EdTech, iPad | Comments Off on Kno Tablet: an Uphill Battle

As a quick followup to my last post on eTextbooks, TechCrunch is now reporting that the Kno Tablet will sell for $899 for the dual-screen version, and that the single screen version will sell for $599.

I just keep asking the questions I raised in the last post: will users really want to pay $600-$900 for a dedicated educational device with limited app support, when the iPad and Anrdoid devices cost far less and can generally do much more?  Will developers and content providers really be compelled to write apps and port content to this new and unproven platform?

The Kno team also says that they’re interested in the app and content market, not in the hardware–so why build a device at all?  Why not build killer educational apps for iPad and Android and make killer content deals?

We’re dying to see technology play a much larger role in education just like these guys, but I just can’t see it happening with this device.  I’m not prone to making tech industry predictions, but I’m going to make an exception: I predict that the Kno as a device is doomed.

I take no pleasure in this prediction, because I want to see wider adoption of technology in education and better educational apps and content, but I feel like the new hardware route is a mistake.  On the other hand, they’ve raised $75 million in funding, so somebody’s betting big on them, and they are well positioned to make some real content deals.  If they do stick around, they may have a strong second act as a software and content provider.