My masters project on Flash applets for Calculus topics is wrapping up this week. In writing up the applets, I did some research to justify my choices. I hadn’t done real research in a few years, and I was blown away with how different it was. Even though I am constantly engaging in my digital reality, I am always awestruck by how much change has taken place. For example, most of the journal articles I needed (ranging from the early 1980’s to present) were available online. No need to search through miles of stacks to find one 10-page piece. I figured I would find some online but not such a high proportion. There were some, however, that I needed to look up at CSU’s library. The day of this field trip, I forgot all my currency at home. No worry! I just snapped iPhone photos of the pages and uploaded them to my Evernote account. Not only were the articles now available to me on all my devices, but Evernote indexed them to make them searchable. They were as readable as a photocopy.
Who needs a flying car?