IT Trends :: Thursday, July 13, 2006

New Technology

Wireless PCs Motivate Students Says Study

At the National Educational Computing Conference, The Center for Research in Education Policy at the University of Memphis announced the results of a survey on Michigan's 2004-2005 Freedom to Learn program. It found that notebook PCs greatly benefited independent student learning. Students are self-directed and get highly personalized instruction with their own computers and Internet access… (TechWeb)

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College Class Spreads Wi-Fi

Professor John McMullen and his Monr'e College Computer Information Systems students have installed wireless Internet access in a Harlem coffee shop, a Brooklyn day care center, and in Bronx restaurants. McMullen teaches his students everything from “Wi-Fi to WiMax to cellular connections and potential “tech of the future,” and then provides them with hands-on experience… (TMCnet)

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Radford University to Require iPods for Music Majors

This fall’s incoming freshman music majors will be required to purchase iPods. Some worry about the $269 price tag, but the Radford teaching staff are quick to point out the even greater cost of textbooks these days. Over the summer, the school will digitize music from its library and store the files on music lab computers. From the lab, students will download the music needed for classes. To avoid illegal file sharing, the students will not be allowed to transfer the music to their own computers… (Collegiate Times)

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School Successes

This blogger, who believes “if a technology will work in schools it will work anywhere,” posts readers’ responses to his query about how open source software affects educational operations. Overall, using free programs seems to benefit schools. You can also post your own experiences in the comment box… (NetworkWorld)

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