So not exactly open source or education related, but something pretty important…
PDA Net, the popular way to tether an unrooted phone to your computer now comes in a tablet edition. I will caution you right away, as this ‘beta’ version comes with a line from its makers ‘We understand this solution is not ideal but it is as good as it gets without root access. We made this application free in hope that it will be useful to you when there is no other way.’ But even with that, it sounds like a pretty good alternative to no access on your 3G-less tablet. Mine, the Viewsonic gTablet running T-n-T Lite, does not come with 3G, so I would be interested in trying this. What you do, in essence, is share the connectivity of your phone with your tablet through Bluetooth. Probably not a huge amount of connectivity, but certainly enough for basics like checking email.
You can read more and find the app at: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pdanet.tablet
Yeah, as the quote below the video on Youtube says, there is no delete button on the internet. I assume Volkswagon wanted this removed, since it did not speak highly of them. Kudos to Greenpeace for their efforts. Are your students using tools (open source and otherwise) for purposes like this? If not, why not?
On a related note, this video was originally posted to Vimeo. When I checked recently, this short, one minute clip was removed due to a request from Lucasfilm, LTD, makers of the Star Wars series. Really? Infringing? So you can infringe if you slide Lucasfilm a cool, fat paycheck (Volkswagon), but brief, Fair Use parodies are not allowed? Glad to help in the effort to replicate this across the interwebs…
Ever have a document in analog form, maybe a student’s paper, that you wanted to digitize to file in a folder or send to parents? We are beginning to see lots of apps that take a photo from your camera and digitize it. We first noticed the Android Google App to do this (http://www.k12opensourceclassroom.org/?p=1164), and I recently ran into another app.
You sign-up for an account, then can begin snapping away. It is a little different than Google’s. Google you snap a picture and it uploads it as a pdf to Google Docs. Office Drop scans it, and eventually turns it into a searchable document. Much more powerful. But with great power comes…not great responsibility but great cost…$9.99 a month after the trial period expires. So a huge benefit, and some may need that…me, I’ll stick to Google.