IT Trends :: Thursday, July 6, 2006


New Technology

Indiana University Claims Fastest Supercomputer

According to a new list announced at the International Supercomputer Conference, Indiana University’s Big Red IBM with its 2,048 processors and 4TB is the fastest university-owned computing machine in the United States. The fastest in the world is the United States government’s BlueGene IBM, which boasts 131,000 processors… (NetworkWorld)

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Strayer University Launches Pioneering Virtual Commencement Ceremony

One third of Strayer’s students take all of their classes online, so it only makes sense that graduation occur on the Web, too. The school’s provost said, "This virtual event is the logical evolution in online education… It is a perfect fit for students who have earned their degrees using an e-learning platform.”… (IT Business Net)

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A Lesson in Finance: Teachers Sell Their Original Work Online

When students buy others’ work online and pass it off as their own in class, it’s called plagiarism. When teachers do it on TeachersPayTeachers.com, it’s called “eBay for educators.” This new Web site allows teachers to create, sell and buy lesson plans. It’s only $29.95 to sign up and the best part may be that purchases are tax-deductible… (CNN.com)

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Capella University Launches 'Inside Online Education' Podcasts

Capella, an online university, is launching a podcast series that explores the benefits of Internet education through interviews with administrators, instructors, and students. The school’s public relations director said, "Our learners have many inspiring stories to tell, and their experiences highlight the many different paths by which people come to online education."… (IT Business Net)

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