IT Trends :: Thursday, April 27, 2006

New Technology

NKU to Expand Wi-Fi Access

Gary Pratt, associate provost for information technology at Northern Kentucky University, says campus-wide wireless access may cost up to $150,000. The school has already spent $40,000 on a physical campus survey to determine the best way to implement widespread Wi-Fi. NKU plans to have its full network operating in time for the fall semester…(The Enquirer)

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Seniors Evaluate the Laptop Program

Each student in this year's graduating class at Framingham State College was required to own a laptop when they started school in the fall of 2002. This student-written article looks back on the program to see exactly what has been accomplished…(The

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New Digital Books Offer Better Readability

E-book readers may seem expensive, priced anywhere from $250-$400. But compared to how much a year's worth of textbooks cost, this may turn out to be a more affordable choice for college students in the future. Project Gutenberg already offers free, downloadable classic texts like Hamlet, and Random House has digitized thousands of its publications. Will portable e-book readers become as important as iPods on American campuses?…(The Washington Post)

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Note-Taking Made Easy, the Israeli Way

Tegrity Inc., a company with offices in the United States and in Israel, introduces digital note-taking software called Tegrity Campus. Students scrawl out their notes on special paper using Tegrity's sensor enhanced digital pen. Simultaneously, the professor's presentation is recorded audio-visually by Tegrity system components. After class, students can call up notes recorded by the pen's sensors while instantaneously reviewing the lecture on archived university Web sites…(

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