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May 30, 2001

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Digital Renaissance: I Diverge Useful article dissecting the various meanings of the term 'convergence.' By Harry Jenkins, Technology Review, June, 2001. Submitted on May 30, 2001

Creating and Maintaining a Campus RSS Channel This guide shows how the University of Texas is using RSS (Rich Site Summary), an XML format, to maintain a campus news and information channel. An example of their sevice displays international headlines daily. Next step: using RSS to broadcast campus news. Submitted on May 30, 2001

Toon Boom Studio Animation company Toon Boom - known as a supplier of 2D animation software for major film and television studios, including Klasky-Csupo (Rugrats in Paris) and Warner Bros - has just released a beta version of its animation authoring software, a package that promises to put high quality animation authoring into the hands of everyone. See also the pre-release announcement from April 10 and a related product review. Submitted on May 30, 2001

Using Corel Linux OS Pretty good example of an online course (though best viewed without any toolbars operating in your browser, as it's a bit large for the screen otherwise), this online course offered by Corel is free, timely, and an excellent way for a company to promote its product and offer customer support at the same time. It looks really nice, too. Submitted on May 30, 2001

Effort Afoot to Provide Wireless LAN Roaming If the convergence between online learning and traditional learning is going to happen, this is how it's going to happen: wireless LAN roaming. This is the technology that will allow a user's wireless laptop or PDA to pick up a LAN connection from whatever provider happens to be around, be it home, school or office. By John Cox, Network World, May 28, 2001. Submitted on May 30, 2001

Some Fight 'Cyber' Schools in Pa. The story's angle is that people are opposed to funding this particular charter school because it provides online learning exclusively. But forget this angle; newspapers crave conflict, but the conflict isn't the real story. The real story is that among the many flavours of education available in the new education environment, online learning will be one of the options available. Indeed, the trends toward online learning and alternative education are marching hand in hand. But supporters of public education should not identify the two (as they do in this article): the best way to support a public education is to ensure that it is available in the many varieties private operators are beginning to explore. By Martha Raffable, Associated Press, May 29, 2001. Submitted on May 30, 2001

Don't get Funny about Politics Here Heh - a student who promised to give everybody a cookie if he was elected class president in his Pennsylvania high school was suspended from classes and punted from the election. By Jake Wagman, Philadelphia Enquirer, May 25, 2001. Submitted on May 29, 2001

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