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Nano simulations better than reality? A materials scientist from Sandia National Laboratories argues that nanoscale computer simulations can actually provide more detailed info than "real" experiments. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Over 9 years of events since Duke Nukem Forever was announced. Mario has appeared in 58 different video games, the the price of gas has doubled, and the International Space Station was constructed. The list contains tons of other fun facts and events that have taken place during Duke Nukem Forever's development. How much longer will it go on? Only George Broussard knows for sure. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Nintendo DS Lite Enhancements Outlined Side by side comparisons with the DS, PSP, and a quick look at screen enhancements. "While the original DS had the look and feel of a toy, the DS Lite has successfully shed both the image and the feel all at the same time." From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Trying to Keep Pace with Cybercrooks is Proving Difficult Authorities are cracking down on phishing and botnets, but the threats are advancing instead of diminishing, two law enforcement officials said. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Einstein's Writings on Science and Religion "The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove. There comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.” From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

The EU will *require* Web accessibility by 2010. The 25 European Commission member states and nine accession countries have all signed up for a plan that could make e-accessibility mandatory. Better not forget thoe ALT tags! From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Hillary Clinton wants a White House 'privacy czar' I am not a big Hilary fan, but I can get behind this. Senator Clinton urged creation of a "privacy bill of rights" Friday to protect people's personal data. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Portable Nintendo 64 - L64 The L64 (L337-N64) is a portable N64 game console. It will play any N64 game made, including those requiring the expansion pak. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Becoming a father changes your brain Becoming a father tends to change a man's outlook, but now scientists are showing it might also change his brain. This ScienCentral News video explains that new research in father mice reveals how time spent with their young benefits the brain. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

CBS responds to 'fabricated' 'teen sex orgy' claim CBS was recently hit with a record fine of US$3.3 million, courtesy of the FCC. CBS affiliates are now protesting the fine: "There were no true complainants from actual viewers," the stations said. To be valid, complaints must come from an actual viewer in the service area of the station at issue, the filing said. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

How to boycott the Music Industry and still enjoy music The article offers alternatives to buying CDs and DRM infested files. Alternatives include listening and recording internet radio, audio blogs and a large list of free music download sites. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

FBI seizes 20,000 CyberHome DVD players It's all fun and games until the FBI comes a knocking. CyberHome USA of Fremont, CA just had more than 20,000 of their CyberHome-branded DVD players seized from a warehouse by a task force which included local, state and federal agencies. Turns out they've neglected royalty payments to Philips, to the tune of millions of dollars. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Ubisoft on Wii vs. Original Xbox "I do not have the right to speak in details of what Wii can do graphically. What one can say, it is that on the sum of all that it can do, Wii is more powerful than Xbox. But there are things which Xbox can make and which Wii cannot make." From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

NAND-based MacBooks just around the corner? Apple is said to be working on some ultra-portable notebooks equipped with NAND memory only. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Slick, FREE multi-clipboard Dashboard widget Inventive just released iClip lite 2 today. This is the widget that won the DashboardWidget's favorite widget award, and the update adds auto Clipboard recording (copy copy copy paste paste) and is a Universal Binary. Slick animations, great execution, and it's one of those really RARE widgets that's actually useful / appropriate for the Dashboard. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Skype gets a Jumper. "...which lets you use your standard landline phone as a Skype phone. Clever bits include call forwarding to your mobile phone, 3 way conferencing between Skype and standard PSTN calls, voice recording and voice mail." From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

NASA to Announce Answer to Black Hole Paradox Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory for research are hosting a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 21, to explain how black holes light up the universe. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

PayPal Security Flaw Allows Identity Theft Scammers are exploiting a security flaw in the PayPal web site to steal credit card numbers belonging to PayPal users. The scam tricks users into accessing a URL hosted on the genuine PayPal web site, which has been modified by the fraudsters via a cross-site scripting technique (XSS). From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Mac OS X 10.4.7 to deliver audio fixes, more An update to Apple Computer's Mac OS X Tiger operating system due within a matter of days will deliver audio enhancements for several of the company's applications, AppleInsider has learned. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Revealing How Marijuana Affects the Brain A new imaging method could show how cannabinoids affect diseases like schizophrenia. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Top Ten Strangest Computer Setups Some crazy and useful computer setups. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Cell could offer dramatic boost for scientific computing A new paper from a group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "The Potential of the Cell Processor Scientific Computing," explores the performance of IBM's Cell processor on some specific types of code commonly found in high-performance computing (HPC) applications. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

How much should broadband really cost? "My wife usually pays our bills," "But one day, when I saw how much we were paying Comcast for our cable TV and broadband, I was shocked. It was outrageous." From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Robot Walks on Water and Land We know you're still reeling from the awesomeness that is the robotic panda and other more aquatically-inclined robots we've seen in the past, but the Strider is actually as useful as it is impressive. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Windows Media Center Preview (Vista Beta 2) "With Beta 2 now out for several weeks, I thought I’d finally look into what changes Microsoft made to the Media Center platform. Many of the changes are only skip deep but there are some new features that make the platform even more exciting than ever before." From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Dreaming about a free software competitor for Skype? A new, full-featured free software application pops its head into the VoIP world, and it nominates itself as the most serious competitor of Skype. It’s name is Wengophone. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Top 5 Most Gorgeous 2D Games With the advancement of technology, it's rare to play a game that doesn't incorporate 3D graphics. While 3D games are great, classic 2D side-scrollers are beautiful in their own way. GameDaily takes a look at what they believe to be the most visually striking 2D games, with less text and more screenshots because that's what you want to see. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

US Senate has no idea what videogames are On Wednesday the Senate fired many angry blows against the gaming industry and the ESRB for "poor ratings" and violence, but nobody at that hearing seemed to know what they were talking about. They thought you could STILL buy hot-coffee-capable GTA and they showed the most violent GTA footage possible and claimed it was "part of the game". From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

Proof that U.S. Gov't Involved in Pirate Bay Shutdown "...the Pirate Bay (shutdown) can be traced to an April meeting in Washington between the Swedes and the U.S. government... A little more than a month later, Swedish police hit the headquarters of the Pirate Bay and closed the site...(PB) was back up and running three days later, sporting a logo of a pirate ship sinking the word "Hollywood." From digg on June 16, 2006 at 10:30 p.m..

First Casualty in Gambling Sting, Not Even Gambling on Site The first casualty in Washington state's war on Internet gambling is a local Web site where nobody was actually doing any gambling. From on June 16, 2006 at 2:50 p.m..

136,500+ DS Lites Sold In North America In Two Days "A number of retailers across the territory report sell outs as New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Training take two of the three top spots..." From digg on June 16, 2006 at 2:31 p.m..

Russian mission to Mars in 2009 Russia plans to send up a space exploration capsule to analyse the surface of Mars and collect test samples from one of the red planet's moons in 2009, Russia's space agency said Friday. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 2:31 p.m..

Data-Theft Malware Targets Google's Orkut A new type of Malware is targetting users inside the Orkut.com community, stealing their login details to online banking sites, dumping them into a Botnet and trying to spread automatically via their "scrapbooks". Screenshots and a movie file of the infection mailing home the data, which is pretty interesting. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 2:31 p.m..

MySPACE says Cease & Desist to SingleStat.us MySpace’s friendly lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to David Weekly, the engineer who built SingleStat.us, demanding he take the site down and claiming that his “activities are causing and will continue to cause MySpace substantial and irreparable harm From digg on June 16, 2006 at 1:31 p.m..

Google Calendar: More new features! Google just released 2 New features for their calendar service! You can now add your so loved calendar to the google homepage as well as now you can place an interactive, graphical version of your calendar into any page that you manage! From digg on June 16, 2006 at 1:31 p.m..

List of control schemes for Wii games A list of the control schemes (that Nintendo has made public) for Wii games. Seems like developers are incorporating the Wiimote into the games very well. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 1:31 p.m..

Amazing 3D flash menu! Check this rotating flash menu, where the letters blur out of focus as you move the mouse. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 1:31 p.m..

At Netscape, the Bloggers Take Over Digg has grown to eight million users a month from 30,000 over the past year, according to Jay Adelson, the chief executive. Next week, Digg will introduce a redesign that will allow it to cover a broader range of topics, including world affairs and business, Adelson said. From digg on June 16, 2006 at 1:31 p.m..

Cheap Laptop With 100GB Hard Drive For Under $450 Reporter Matt Brodsky has unearthed a deal on a brand new Compaq Presario v2000Z for under 450 dollars. This notebook would more likely suit a student or light business user not a gaming aficionado or graphic artist. From Read laptop reviews and notebook news at the laptops weblog - Laptopical on June 16, 2006 at 12:30 p.m..

Robot Hall of Fame inducts 5 new members A robotic pet, an industrial robot and three robot stars of classic movies will be inducted into Carnegie Mellon University's Robot Hall of Fame. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Feathered fossils suggest aquatic ancestry for birds An early web-footed diving bird that lived about 110 million years ago in China hints that all living birds might have had aquatic ancestors. The newly unearthed fossil also fills a key gap in the avian evolutionary record. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

The irresistible rise of cybersex "Clad in a PVC mini-dress, fishnet stockings and studded knee-high boots, Cheri Horton leads me through the corridors of her Gothic castle. We stop to chat for a few minutes about the architecture of the building, before she takes me to bed, undresses me, and we have sex." From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Google: GBuy To Speed Online Purchases, Not Like PayPal At All CEO Eric Schmidt says "GBuy" system aims to speed purchases on the Web but that it's "not like PayPal at all." From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Online Gambling Not Only Illegal, Now Also Unmentionable Apparently, the state of Washington doesn't feel that classifying online gamblers as felons is draconian enough, as it's now looking to crack down on internet speech as well. The first victim of the new law is not charged with gambling itself, but of maintaining a website that discussed, reviewed and linked to online gambling sites. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

One-third of Japanese engineers willing switch to desktop Linux So, it seems that more than half of this group would at least consider moving to Linux. Interesting. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Why Ballmer should leave Microsoft Now that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has started his two-year goodbye from a day-to-day role at the company, it's time for CEO Steve Ballmer to set a resignation date, too. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

MacBooks Now In 24 Different Colors Those guys at ColorWare PC have updated their product line now to allow you to have a MacBook that stands out from the rest of the crowd. For a premium price of course. Why doesnt Apple get in on this market and offer more stock color choices like they did in the original iMac days? From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Yahoo Hack Day Today Yahoo has had a a couple of regional “Hack Days”, which are day long events where engineers stop everything they are doing and just build stuff that they think is cool. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Anyone up for paintball? Paintball will never be the same again From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Are all AJAX homepages doomed? Dozens of personalised homepages have emerged over the past 18 months as developers started to programme lovely drag and drop interfaces, allowing users to customise the layout of their personal homepage. Cool technology, great use of AJAX, but is there trouble ahead? From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Movie theaters getting 5000 x 2000 pixel movies Three German companies yesterday demonstrated what could be considered the ultimate movie experience of the future: If you thought it just doesn't get better than a 1080p high-definition home theater, think again: Cinevision 2006 runs at a stunning 10 megapixel resolution and promises to improve to 16 megapixels down the road. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

DVD-RW at 18x for the first time ever. Samsung is releasing the WriterMaster SH-S182D for a mere $69.99. It's an 18X rewritable DVD and 12X DVD-RAM writable drive, The SH-S182D features a speedy 8X double layer recording and quick 12X DVD-RAM recording, providing a 5-minute improved RAM writing time over current drives. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Forget What You Know About H2O Despite its ubiquity, we still have a lot to learn about water. We take the properties of water for granted. Yet scientists assure us that we have a lot to learn about our biologically essential old friend. "Liquid water is one of the most mysterious substances in our world." From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

CNet: "Netscape's Digg killer is actually something very different" "The new Netscape, with its blend of user-generated and editor-promoted links, feels like the three-way love child of the current Netscape portal, Digg, and About.com (which also employs anchors to organize its content areas). It may well be what the mass internet audience needs, but it's no Digg." From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

How the Wii Controller Works Analysis of the Nintendo Wii's motion-sensitive controller has raised some interesting questions about the nature of the device and how necessary the control strip is for game play. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

XBOX Live Anywhere Screenshots! Images of the new Xbox Live Anywhere service, which will be debuting soon, have popped up over at the Xbox.com forums. One of the features of this service is the ability to use your mobile phone to make your Xbox360 download live media and demos when you are out! Pretty cool, images at the link! From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Three new “Trojan” asteroids found sharing Neptune’s orbit Three new objects locked into roughly the same orbit as Neptune—called “Trojan” asteroids—have been found by researchers from the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) and the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Cooling Computers with Tiny Jet Engines At Hewlett-Packard, they've found one answer in an unexpected place: model jet airplanes. HP is adapting fans from radio-controlled jets to relieve heat-stressed computer servers. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Apple's Growing Bite of the Market By 2008, assuming IDC forecasts for worldwide PC sales of 279 million units are correct, the Mac could account for 3.7% of the worldwide market. The company's share starts to approach 5% by 2010. That's more progress than Mac users have seen in many years. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

DS Lite: Time's Gadget of the Week Time magazine sings the praises of Nintendo's new (in America) DS Lite gaming system. They are particularly impressed with its potential to appeal beyond the known gaming crowd. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Quick Tips on How to Cancel a Service "I've worked for a telecomm company that I would prefer to go unnamed, and I'd like to offer some tips to anyone trying to disconnect a service they no longer want. The biggest tip is to call well outside of normal business hours... It can turn a twenty minute phone call into a two minute phone call." read on for more tips... From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Cool Vacation Gadgets A summer getaway is a great way to disconnect yourself from work, but you may want to stay connected to your entertainment. The good news is that today's gadgets make that easier than ever. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Build Your Own AIM Answerbot The easiest way to solve a thorny problem is to ask a guru... yet when you don't have access to a resident expert just across the office, what can you do? IRC bots solve this problem. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Scientists close to unravelling universe's origins Acclaimed British physicist Stephen Hawking has told a Hong Kong lecture humanity is finally getting close to understanding the origin of the universe. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Coming soon: Native Wi-Fi support for Linux Software developers who build products for the Linux platform will no longer have to worry about embedding drivers to offer wireless support. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Digg CEO Jay Adelson responds to Netscape challenge "Digg CEO Jay Adelson took time out of his busy schedule to email me some thoughts about Netscape's new digg-inspired community news site." From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Man Eats Innovative Plastic To Prove It's Harmless Some crazy Aussies are eating Plantic -- a corn-based bioplastic, to prove its completely harmless. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Vitamin D: The Wonderdrug? New studies are suggesting that simply taking vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, can help a person's body in numerous ways possibly even against cancer, MS, and diabetes; some doctors are recommending that we take more, much more of it every day. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Popular Science: 10 Steps To End America’s Fossil-Fuel Addiction "There are no silver bullets here. Rather, a suite of new technologies, assembled with the help of dozens of scientists and energy experts, shows that by 2025 we can cut our oil consumption in half, and slash our reliance on electricity-producing fossil fuels, like coal and natural gas, almost entirely." From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Analysis: What Bill Gates's Departure Means for Microsoft Bill Gates may be the public face of Microsoft, but his departure from daily operations at the company could actually strengthen it--and even pave the way for better products. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Why S Korea is the Future of the Internet Ninety percent of the country has blazingly fast, 3-megabits-per-second broadband at home, and similarly high-speed wireless connections on the road. As a result, South Korea has become the world's best laboratory for broadband services - and a place to look to for answers on how the Internet business may evolve From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

The International Space Station as Seen from Earth You can photograph the international space station as it passes by, check these photos. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Blu-Ray Ships Next Week! Blu-ray, one of two much-hyped high-definition DVD formats, debuts next week, but the launch is expected to be muted amid device delays and consumer confusion, industry analysts said on Thursday. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Microsoft AJAX Framework Forges Ahead "Microsoft's planned AJAX faces difficulty with its development, but promises to be a topnotch offering for the trendy Web scripting technique, a moderator of a TechEd 2006 session said on Wednesday." From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Getting to Know Ray Ozzie : Microsofts New Chief Software Architect On June 15, 2006, Ozzie assumed the title of Microsoft chief software architect previously held by Chairman Bill Gates, and is working side by side with Gates on all technical architecture and product oversight responsibilities in anticipation of Gates’ departure from a day-to-day role in Microsoft in July 2008. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

How to build the best paper airplane in the world The perfect weapon for that boring meeting. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Today only: HoudahSpot 1.2 - desktop search tool - for FREE The past weeks have been marked by hard work. Today we announce the immediate availability of HoudahSpot 1.2: Desktop search perfection for the Mac! MacZOT.com is hosting a special event. Crazy as it may seem, our goal is to give away 5'000 licenses. Offer valid only Friday June 16, 2006 (midnight to midnight, PST) From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Yahoo 'Strictest' Censor in China, worse than locals Yahoo is stricter than any other search engine in China when enforcing censorship, said a journalism-advocacy group Thursday. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Google's AdWords Feature Now Lets Advertisers Schedule Campaign Breaks Google is set to launch on Thursday evening a new AdWords feature that will allow advertisers to increase or reduce bids for keywords and pause the ad campaigns during a specific time or day. From on June 16, 2006 at 11:54 a.m..

Ocean Explorer expeditions Enter the oceans here in virtual expeditions conducted by the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Multi media are used to capture the virtual experience of exploring the deep with top ocean scientists. Earth sciences, via Scout Report exploration, NOAA, ocean From Golden Swamp on June 16, 2006 at 11:30 a.m..

4th Annual Focus on Corals Workshop This workshop is designed to show marine educators how they can use a simple coral bleaching monitoring technique both in the classroom and on the reef. Attendees learn how they can use the CoralWatch technique to collect valuable scientific data while increasing awareness about coral reefs and environmental issues. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 6:30 a.m..

May Day - NT Also known as International Workers' Day or Labour Day. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 4:31 a.m..

Personal Learning Environments - JITT Personal Learning Envionments are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to set their own learning goals; manage their learning; managing both content and process; communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 4:31 a.m..

Information Strategic Plan 2004-2007 This plan outlines strategies to employ information and knowledge management to meet the emerging challenges for the Department of Education and the Arts. The objectives and strategies outlined in the plan will guide the Department's investment in ICTs and support toward improved educational organisational outcomes. The four dominant themes for information and knowledge management over the next three years are sustainability, utilisation, investment and transformation. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 4:31 a.m..

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) EBLIP is an open access, peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services and supported by an international team of editorial advisors. EBLIP uses the Open Journal Systems journal management and publishing system. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published res From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 4:31 a.m..

Profile of TAFE Institutes This report presents a profile of technical and further education (TAFE) institutes for the 2003 calendar year. The project was undertaken to illustrate the extent of variation in the sector. The report also provides data on TAFE institutes that can be used by the institutes for planning, performance monitoring and marketing purposes. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 3:30 a.m..

Professional Development Requirements of Workplace English Language and Literacy Programme Practitioners This report examines the extent and nature of professional development required to meet the current and future needs of Workplace English Language and Literacy Programme practitioners. Barriers preventing the recruitment of new practitioners are explored and possible strategies to support renewal of the profession are proposed. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 3:30 a.m..

Informing Post-School Pathways: Investigating School Students' Authentic Work Experiences Through classroom-based interventions this project sought to assist students' and teachers' understandings of 'authentic' work experiences. Reflection upon work experiences, when directed effectively by teachers, enables students to critically appraise the world of work beyond school and post school pathways. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 3:30 a.m..

DECS Strategic Plan for Learning and Business Technologies 2006–2010 The aim of the DECS Strategic Plan for Learning and Business Technologies is to create an environment where the main business of everyone in DECS—education and care—is conducted in the most effective and efficient way possible. The savings created by time and resources being used in the most expeditious way can increase and improve the services reaching learners and their parents/caregivers. The six objectives of the plan describe how this will be done. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 3:30 a.m..

Teacher-Proof Ring Tone Latest 'Teen Buzz' Students have discovered that a ultra-high frequency sound used to drive teenage loiterers away from shopping centres can be used to create an inaudible(to adults) mobile phone ring tone. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..

Third Asia Information Retrieval Symposium AIRS 2006 The Third Asia Information Retrieval Symposium will bring together international researchers and developers to exchange new ideas and the latest achievements in information retrieval (IR). The scope of the symposium covers applications, systems, technologies, and theoretical aspects of information retrieval in text, audio, image, video, and multimedia data. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..

Social Software and Learning An Opening Education report from Futurelab that explores the relationship between the emergence of social software and the personalisation of education. It suggests that there is a changing view of what education is for, with an emphasis on the need for young people to develop the skills necessary for today's evolving global knowledge economy. Alongside this development is the rapid growth of social software, characterised as software that supports group interaction, and by combining these two trends there is significant potential to see a new approach to education. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

2006 Middleware Forum and CAMP CAMP (Campus Architectural Middleware Planning) Meeting The Middleware Forum will provide a strategy and policy overview of middleware for the research and higher education sector. This is an opportunity to learn about Australian and international middleware initiatives and to debate about middleware strategy and policy issues with some of the world's leading experts. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

Knowledge Transfer and Engagement Forum - Keynote Address by the Honourable Julie Bishop MP Minister for Education, Science and Training The Minister spoke about three key issues for the higher education sector. First, the Research Quality Framework – as a result of which the sector is heavily engaged in a debate on 'third stream funding', of which knowledge transfer and community engagement are but two possible examples. Second, she outlined her preliminary views on knowledge transfer – what she meant by knowledge transfer and what type of knowledge transfer may be supported through Australian Government funding. Third, she discussed briefly the notion of the 'engaged university', which underpins some o From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

Using Wikis in Schools This paper addresses the potential uses of wikis as learning tools in schools. It places wikis in the context of current relevant literature about collaborative learning, summarising major theories of learning in communities and knowledge-building in networked groups. Using wikis in school is explored further through a case study in a UK secondary school. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

Potential of Open Source Approaches for Education - an Opening Education Report from Futurelab The paper does not discuss the pros and cons of schools adopting open source software systems, but examines the possibilities opened up by pursuing an open source philosophy. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

Micro-Conference: Understanding Culture, Building Capability The Canberra Institute of Technology's Centre Undertaking Research in Vocational Education (CURVE) will host this August 2006 Micro-Conference, which will report on the ongoing work of the Consortium Research Program (http://consortiumresearchprogram.net.au/). Speakers from the Consortium are Professor Roger Harris and Thea Fisher. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

LAMS Interactive Tutorials LAMS is a tool for designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning activities. It provides teachers with intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities. These activities can include a range of individual tasks, small group work and whole class activities based on both content and collaboration. These interactive tutorials cover the main features for LAMS 1.0.x. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

Learning Design Tools Project: Design for Learning in Virtual Learning Environments - Insider Perspectives. Project Report The purpose of this project was to develop a better understanding of how Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are used in designing for learning in blended or face-to-face settings. Accelerated by Open Source initiatives, VLEs have recently become a standard feature of post-16 educational institutions. They offer a range of affordances which demand varying investment of time, imagination and effort. By focussing on the experiences of teachers, learners and learning technologists, this project explores how VLEs are being incorporated into educational practice. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

VLEs: Beyond the Frindge and into the Mainstream. Guidance on the mainstreaming of Virtual Learning Environments, Drawn from the Proceedings of the 2004 Online Conference from Becta's Ferl Service At the beginning of 2004, Ferl ran a highly successful online conference which brought together practitioners from all sectors of education, to discuss how to embed Virtual Learning Environments within an educational institution - to move them from small scale pilots, into the mainstream. The report aims to be a guide to institutions who want to move from the pilot stage into mainstreaming the VLE. From EdNA Online on June 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m..

Seminars on International Student Markets In June 2006, Australian Education International is conducting a series of seminars on the markets for international students in South Korea and India and the new online Education Agent Training Programme. Seminars are planned for Sydney, on Monday 26 June, and for Melbourne, on Wednesday 28 June. A third Seminar in Adelaide, which is being organised by Education Adelaide, is scheduled for Thursday 29 June. From EdNA Online on June 15, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..

Bilby Awards Voting Closes - QLD The Bilby Awards are Queensland's children's choice awards, run by the Children's Book Council of Australia's Queensland Branch. Children read from titles on the list then vote for their favourite. Voting closes Friday 23 June. From EdNA Online on June 15, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..

School Cell Phone Fight May Be Heading To Court Mayor Michael Bloomberg said they're a distraction in the classroom. Parents and students said cell phones are a necessary lifeline in case of an emergency. From EdNA Online on June 15, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..

Shell Questacon Science Circus The Shell Questacon Science Circus is an outreach programme of Questacon, Australia's leading interactive science and technology Centre, based in Canberra. The Circus tours around regional Australia for 18-20 weeks each year. Sixteen enthusiastic science graduates staff the Circus as it travels, bringing lively presentations of science to towns and schools. The Science Circus webpage provides science activities and demonstrations, and programme and teacher notes. They also run professional development workshops for teachers. From EdNA Online on June 15, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..

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