Digital Media


Rethinking Technological Literacy

As more and more digital technology finds its way into academic, business, and social domains on higher education campuses, and as the world into which students are received when they graduate demands greater technological competency, the pleas for "digital literacy" heard at colleges and universities make sense. Sherry Turkle also argues that institutions should foster a deeper understanding of how new digital tools affect students’ work and lives, though she proposes a somewhat different focus--she suggests "rethinking technological literacy."

Adobe Ships Creative Suite 5.5

Adobe has released Creative Suite 5.5, a major mid-cycle update to its flagship digital media production suite. For educators and students, Adobe is supporting the new version with professional development, learning resources, and educational pricing.

Quark Gives Teachers a Free Ride

Quark is making its recently released QuarkXPress 9 available to faculty members free for a limited time.

QuarkXPress 9 Adds ePub Export, App Design Studio

Quark has released a major update to QuarkXPress, its flagship page layout and publishing tool, adding an app design tool for building iOS apps, plus more mobile development tools.

ShareStream 5 Gets Unlimited File Uploads

ShareStream has released version 5.0 of ShareStream Rich Media Platform.

Needed Now: A Re-Mediated Education Blueprint To Improve Retention and Employability

Higher education seems stuck in a tricky dilemma: how to move, en masse, to new learning models that seem, on the surface, to require a lower teacher-student ratio. But the dilemma is tricky only if the basic assumption about how students learn remains in the box of behaviorism. And it is tricky only if technology is seen as peripheral--handy but not transformative.

Wacom Revs Interactive Pen Display for Education

Wacom has released an update to its DTU-2231, an interactive, pressure-sensitive tablet display targeted toward education.

Creative Suite 5.5 Boosts HTML5 and Mobile Development

Adobe is gearing up to release an update to Creative Suite, its flagship development environment and digital media production package. The upcoming version 5.5 release, due out within a month, incorporates new features for creating HTML5 applications and apps developed specifically for tablets.

Faculty 'Buy-in'--to What?

The phrases "faculty resistance," or the "lack of faculty buy-in" to adopting information technology for the core teaching/learning paradigm, have become by-words in academia. Yet both phrases are empty and lead nowhere.... Technology advocates urge faculty members to go away from what they've been doing but don't explain what they should go toward.

Digital Media Room Controller Adds Video Scaling, Audio Amplification

Crestron has debuted an AV receiver and room controller that scales video, amplifies audio, and offers room control capabilities as part of its Digital Media line of AV networking devices.