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August 28, 2001

Beating Web Cheaters At Their Own Game Cheating on schoolwork has simmered on as long as there have been students averse to studying. But the age of the Internet has woven a host of new twists on the perennial problem of plagiarism. Relatively straightforward article, no links (which is too bad). By Christina McCarroll, The Christian Science Monitor, August 28, 2001. [Refer]

Elmhurst School A Wireless Pioneer The field of wireless 'pioneers' is getting pretty crowded these days and this article illustrates how commonplace wireless networks have become in the educational environment. Another prediction, thought unthinkable only a couple of years ago, now a reality. By dave Newbart, Chicago Sun-Times, August 28, 2001. [Refer]

Off to the 'Techno-Dorm' Ignore the bit about Ethernet cable - that's so last year. The main point of this story is to emphasize that, "If you don't have a 'techno-dorm' room, you're behind the curve." By Martha McNeil Hamilton, Washington Post, August 28, 2001. [Refer]

Adobe to Unveil Approval Adobe announced yesterday (Monday) the release of Approval, a software package that allows users to fill out forms and electronically sign PDF documents. Analysts observe that Adobe's approval meets all the creteria for being a secure legal document, a significant advance in online transactions. Now if you only didn't have to use that little hand icon to move the page. By William Matthews, FCW.Com, August 27, 2001. [Refer]

New Microsoft Web Browser Released Online Monday marked the release of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) as Microsoft makes latest upgrade to its web browser available to users as a download from its web site. By Matt Berger, InfoWorld, August 28, 2001. [Refer]

Forecasts of an E-Book Era Were, It Seems, Premature The New York Times weighs in to the eBook discussion with the observation that, "the main advantage of electronic books appears to be that they gather no dust. Almost no one is buying." Cost and clunky technology are cited as major factors; publishers and software execs vow to "push harder." By david D. Kirkpatrick, the New York Times, August 28, 2001. [Refer]

Site Helps Teachers Target Lessons You've probably seen items like this before: "Grade school mathematics teachers in Massachusetts can now use the World Wide Web to build lesson plans directly linked to the state assessment needs of the children they teach." But what's the moral of the story? Tight data integration - it means that decisions made at a political can be reflected 'downstream' at the software level. By Brian Robinson, Civic.Com, August 28, 2001. [Refer]

IBM Gets Smart with its Own Tags This one is making the rounds in e-learning lists so the record must be set straight. The story is that IBM is creating Microsoft-like smart tags by means of a partnership with a company called Atomica. Not so. First of all, Atomica, originally called GuruNet, predates smart tags by at least two years. This means that Mircosoft was copying Atomica when it created smart tags, not the other way around (as the story implies). Also, Atomica does not insert 'links' into pages. It lets you alt-click any word to obtain a dictionary definition, thesaurus entry, and other resources (you get a list of resources). Very different from smart tags. I have Atomica on my desktop. I love it. No student or instructor should be without it (see Atomica). By Matt Berger, IDG News Service, August 27, 2001. [Refer]

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