This weeks links (2013-03-11)

Google has this wonderful graphic today (2013-Mar-11) for Douglas Adams’61st birthday – go and have a play with it.

In brief:

* Father hacks ‘Donkey Kong’ for daughter, makes Pauline the heroine 92013-Mar-10) [The Verge]

* Many of our students are neither digital natives nor digitally literate (2013-Mar-13) [The Weblog of (a) David Jones]
… When we are designing our learning experiences we (i.e. I) cannot assume that they are “digitally literate and agile”. …

* For the Love of Laptops (Winter 2013) [Scholastic]
… As a result of misguided marketing decisions, not science or engineering, the iPad can’t do the things I most value in a computer for learners. Apple disallows the creation of executable files, meaning that you can’t make anything that may be used elsewhere. The most powerful form of computing, programming, is verboten. Robotics is impossible. Filmmaking is theoretically possible, but I suggest you go first.
The business model of selling software for the iPad is such that the best educational developers can’t afford to create iPad apps. There may never be constructive software of the caliber of MicroWorlds or HyperStudio available for tablets. Apple even disallowed Scratch, the free multimedia authoring software used by millions of kids. …

* Dead Drops
Un-cloud your files in cement! ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.

Some reading/listening:

* The io9 Calendar: Your Guide to Everything That’s Astounding in March! (2013-Mar-04) [io9]

* 700 Marvel comics free on iOS and Android (2013-Mar-111) [MSN Tech UK]
First issues of Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic Four and more
Over in Austin, Texas, at the SXSW festival, comic giant Marvel has announced a bumper digital giveaway: 700 of its #1 comic issues – including the likes of Spiderman, X-Men, Hulk and the Fantastic Four – are available for free on iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
The #1 issues are all available through Marvel’s ComiXology app for both Google and Apple’s mobile platforms. The incredible giveaway (prices are usually 69p to £2.49) is in full-swing now and runs until 4am on Wednesday UK time.

Something from Bandcamp:

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