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Jul 11, 2001

How Apple Is Reclaiming the Classroom Good analysis of why Apple maintains a lead in sales to schools. The verdict: wireless networking, lightweight portables and smart web-based software. By Charles Haddad, Business Week, July 11, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

The Simple Joys of Technology: A Tale from Camelot This article is primarily a case study of how one school used the web. The strength of this article is in the sidebar, where some good lessons on how to integrate technology into classroom learning are drawn.By by Cara Bafile, Education World, July, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

UB Uses Instant Messaging to Recruit Prospective Students Using AOL's instant messaging service, recruiters made contact with more than 1,100 prospects. Gleaned by University Business. University of Buffalo press release, June 26, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

Jargon Paves Kemp's Pathway to Knowledge "School Innovation: Pathway to the Knowledge Society" is a 269-page report commissioned by the Australian Federal Government to examine how schools can innovate without fear of bureaucratic frustration. No link to the actual report - if anyone has it, send it to me and I'll pass it on. By Annabell Crabb and Misha Ketchell, The Age, July 11, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

Microsoft to Schools: Give Us Your Lunch Money Software giant Microsoft is embarking on a campaign to crack down on what it calls software piracy in the school system. What they should be asking is whether it makes sense for a school board to have to pay $150 per teacher to allow them to read a document once a month or so? What I have always wondered is: why doesn't the document reader software come with the document? Now there's a market opportunity... By Damien Cave, Salon, July 10, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

Motorola's V100 Personal Communicator to Revolutionize e-Learning This interesting item was picked up by elearningpost. The press release describes a software application that will distribute campus information to students using wireless Motorola V100 personal communicators. But. Advice to campus administrators: avoid any wireless technology that requires that students use one certain device (such as a Motorola V100). Students will have a variety of wireless devices: focus on standards based, not device based, software. July 10, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

The Next Big Things: 13 Trends You can't Afford to Ignore This unfortunately brief article has one key point in its favour: in my view, it's dead right on 12 of the thirteen points. By David Coursey, ZD Anchordesk, July 11, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

Top 5 Downloads for Self-Improvement These programs resemble the educational CD-ROMs you would find at the computer store. They are not online classes. But they point to a divergence of thought: is the fiture of learning with interactive tool, like these, or online courses, such as are offered by colleges and universities? CNN.Com, July 4, 2001. Submitted on Jul 11, 2001 [Refer]

Digital Partners Launches VSyndicate, Enabling College Newspapers to Seamlessly Sell Stories This is an interesting idea which may have an even more interesting business plan. In its simple form, the VSyndicate service will allow college newspapers to share stories. This is the online version of a practice which has existed for many years (so I remember from my days with Canadian University Press - CUP). But a service like this also provides an excellent opportunity for marketers to add their own stories to the mix. Stories like, well, movie reviews. Now this is just speculation - the announcement doesn't say so explicitly - but: marketing, presented as news, in student newspapers. Perfect. Digital Partners Press Release, July 3, 2001. Submitted on Jul 10, 2001 [Refer]

Canned Content This interesting article gets at the heart of what is becoming a tangled and convoluted mess - sharing learning content. The article asks, can ASTD certification ensure the quality of off-the-shelf courseware? Well, something would help, as the market today is fragmented and frantic. And there are those who believe cetification will help. The courses will be reviewed by staff at LGuide based on standards which are, in ASTD's words, a "work in progress." But it's expensive, and it's not clear that all the publishers will play ball. Why would they, if they are selling now? And it's not clear that expensive standards are the way to go - whatever happened to that old standby, the peer review process? Or how about five star rating in E-Learning magazines? At any rate, this article taps into a major problem in the industry. By By Michael Rosenberg, E-Learning Mag, July, 2001. Submitted on Jul 10, 2001 [Refer]

Online Libraries Compete for University Presses This article from the Harvard Crimson points out that while several universities have provided free online access to journal publications through a service called Ebrary, Havard has yet to do so. Instead, Harvard uses a service called Questia, which charges a monthly subscription. By Garrett M. Graff, Harvard Crimson, July 6, 2001. Submitted on Jul 10, 2001 [Refer]

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