IT Trends :: Thursday, December 14, 2006

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Poll: Teens, Adults Separated by 'IM Gap'

Maybe a big deal, maybe not: The fact that youngsters use IM more and working adults use e-mail more could be generational or it could be situational (employees using the tools provided by their employers). Either way, it may be changing the learning processes of the students. Almost half of teens ages 13-18 use instant messaging. That's more than twice the percentage of adults who use it…

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Harvesting Knowledge in the Americas

Not long ago, scholars wanting to conduct in depth research about indigenous cultures in Latin America would have to travel to the region and visit different libraries and repositories. Now, Latin American topics are made accessible to researchers by the Latin America Knowledge Harvester and Portal (LAKH) in this Open Archives Initiatives outcome. One of many recent pointers to an explosion in such access across many academic disciplines…

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From No Computers to Desktop Support, In No Time At All

International students at Penn State: Some grew up without them but now provide support for them: "At first, I did not have any idea what d'es it do, how d'es it work. Now I work with computers everyday and I can't live without them." Some of these students are learning a great deal about computer technology, applying this knowledge in support of the campus' computing environment, and earning good money they can use to help finance their education...

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Official News from Georgia Southern University Comes by Podcast

James Bradford, dean of the College of Information Technology at Georgia Southern University says that just trying to provide official information to students isn't enough. The school is providing in the medium where it thinks students are most likely to pay attention. Using Evoca, a Savannah-based podcast-hosting site, subscribers can create audio files that are hosted via the Internet, and then sign up for the site's RSS feed to receive new content…

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