BYODD to Worship

BYODD (Bring Your Own Divine Device) may become the acronym of choice at many houses of worship.  Jeff Brumley's recent Associated Baptist Press article, "Divine Devices or Digital Distractions," provides a hopeful, realistic look at the increased use of smart phones and tablets in worship services.  Not only are fewer congregations banning the use of such devices during worship, but many are being intentional about encouraging their use for looking up Bible verses or sharing meaningful Read More …

Becoming a Tablet Family

My wife purchased her first tablet, an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, on Black Friday.  I purchased my first tablet, a Lenovo Ideapad K1, a few days later for the same price.  In the matter of a week we went from living in a tablet-free home to each having a 10.1 inch Android tablet of our own.  And, of course, we both know we have the better tablet. Spec by spec the machines are relatively similar: mine weighs more, has more internal memory (32MB vs 16MB), and slightly better battery life while hers Read More …

How Many Devices Does a College Student Need?

Educause, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, recently released their 2011 report on undergraduate students and technology.  The associated infographic provides a visual overview of the findings divided into the following categories: institutions, instructors, software and hardware.  Since yesterday was Black Friday and Cyber Monday is coming soon, I was drawn to the section on hardware. Percentage Read More …