One nice discovery from my cell phone free agency process was to find out that teachers get monthly discounts on their cell phone plans. I cannot believe that I have taught for 11 years (5 private, 6 public) and have been paying full price for all of them! Perhaps, I am the last one to find out, but if not, here's the deal:
Image by Funkbreaks via Flickr As a teacher, I have created and collected hundreds of documents over the years, ranging from worksheets to lab experiments to tests and quizzes. I would store them both on my home computer and on a portable flash drive to take to and from school. Thankfully, I never experienced a loss of the small and potentially elusive thumb drive, but I have begun to think about alternative arrangements, especially as my access to the Internet has become so widespread.
Image via CrunchBase When I first saw the Apple iPad in action, I could not wait to see what publishers would have in store for their native applications. I imagined those moving pictures and cool animations as depicted in Harry Potter movies. Unfortunately, while some magazines such as Popular Science have excelled in engaging the reader in the new medium, and others such as GQ have managed to deliver content at a reasonable price ($2.99 per issue), others have begun their iPad journey with either lackluster innovation, a high price tag ($5.99 for SI, really ?), or both (e.g. Time). This led me to Zinio.