Kno's smart textbook metrics system for students and parents, titled "Kno Me," is now launching for the iPad, Windows 8, and other browser platforms. Kno Me works by providing detailed sets of data on the way you (or your child) studies by observing patterns and durations of interaction with subject matter, pages, annotations and more. By learning how you, or your child, learns, you will have a better chance of perfecting habits which allow for improved knowledge retention.
Kno Me is currently available for the firm's interactive text books, and will be coming to Android and Windows 7 by the end of the month.
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Whether you’re a college football fanatic, or just love your university, boy do we have a gadget for you: One-for-All’s Universal Remote Control with college logos and colors! The device controls just about everything video-related, from DVD players to Plasma TVs, using a huge code library for numerous brands. It also has Closed Captioning, a “FAV” key that scans your favorite channels, and maintains its memory during battery changes. It’s also compatible with Digital Cable and Satellite TV systems. This writer is the long-time owner of an “old-school” One-for-All, and is still very pleased with its features and durability. Target and Amazon have a selection of 18 different colleges for $19 USD.
We recently told you about the Banana Guard, a plastic storage case that protects the squishy yellow fruit. What better to go with it than the self-explanatory Sandwich Shaped Lunch Box? Fortunately, the large plastic case not only holds your ham on wheat, but is big enough to hold chips and dessert too. Now if we can only find a plastic “Juice Box-Shaped Juice Box Holder”, our life would be so complete. Available for approx. $18 USD.
School supplies have certainly become more sophisticated. Seeing a commercial from Crayola spurred us to investigate their new line of Total Tools. Their Audio Ruler measures in 1/8-inch increments with disappearing ink. Open the lid, turn it on and it talks to you. All this and/or “silly, nonsensical measurements” for only $7.99. The Staple Free Staple uses a paper punch to cut a small tab that folds into a slot and is good for up to 4 or 5 sheets of paper, and features a self inking stamper. Its MSRP is only $4.99. Check out Crayola’s Total Tools Page for more innovative gadgets. If you purchase up to $15.00 worth, you get free Silly Putty. Who could refuse an offer like that?
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We recently reported on how PSPs are being used as teachers’ aids in England. Unfortunately, iPods (and Microsoft Zunes) are being used as cheating aids by students from the U.S. to Australia, and are now being banned from schools. Kids are downloading crib sheets onto the players, and using voice recorders to speak answers into the devices—to be played back during the test through a single earphone. Since the devices and headphones are small, they are easy to hide during exams. However, teachers and administrators (many of whom aren’t as technologically-savvy as their students), are slowly catching on. Schools around the world have started banning portable media devices, including one in no-nonsense Australia that prohibits iPods, CD players, electronic dictionaries and even spell-check devices! We’re now wondering if the aforementioned British school with the PSPs is now experiencing similar problems…
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