Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Techy Trends

I've collected some news about several  major trends. Pretty interesting sutff, partcularly about iPads.


University of Minnesota  CEHD News

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), in partnership with the University's Office of Information Technology, will provide its entire freshman class of about 450 students with iPads, in the largest pilot of its kind at a major research university. . . .  CEHD faculty, who are world leaders in academic technologies and postsecondary education, will research how iPad use relates to student retention, engagement, and learning outcomes. A broad spectrum of first-year undergraduate courses in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning will incorporate the devices.

Michael Liedtke
A.P.: "G
oogle plugs free PC-to-phone calling into e-mail"

Google is adding a free e-mail feature that may persuade more people to cut the cords on their landline phones. The service . . . enables U.S. users of Google's Gmail service to make calls from microphone-equipped computers to telephones virtually anywhere in the world.

Ben Worthen, WSJ: "Businesses Add iPads to Their Briefcases"--
When Apple Inc.'s first iPhone came out in 2007, many companies told their employees that the device wasn't appropriate for the workplace. The iPad is a different story.
The company's tablet-style device seems to be sidestepping the resistance that the iPhone and other consumer-oriented devices have faced in the corporate environment. Indeed, many businesses have raced to snap up iPads.
Apple's updated video vision falls in line with that of such competitors as Amazon's video-on-demand store and the free, ad-supported viewing available at the Web sites of the TV networks and Hulu, which is owned by some of them. All those offerings mean free viewers don't have to pay for things they don't want to watch -- unlike the traditional programming model, in which they subscribe for a large bundle of content and then proceed to ignore most of it.

Netflix announced that it had struck a deal with cable channel Epix that will allow it to instantly stream more box-office hits. Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that in exchange for access to the Paramount, Lionsgate, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer digital libraries, Netflix will pay Epix $1 billion over the next five years, putting the cable company back in the black. Under the agreement, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, Netflix will be able to stream movies 90 days after Epix picks up the rights, or around the time that movies go to DVD. The deal will dramatically expand Netflix's instant-streaming catalog.


 Blog Photo from Notre Dame News


Greg Silverman said...

Wow. That is awesome for those freshmen. At Ohio University, we education students are given only a demand to purchase the $130 LiveText software. This software helps our school with accreditation under NCATE, nothing else. It expires when we graduate. The principals and superintendent I've spoken to about it have never heard about it. Those students will use their free iPads in classrooms during undergrad and after. Clunky, confusing LiveText is nearly useless now, and won't be available when I get a job.

Ann Lusch said...

Go Irish!

Emily said...

The iPads may be great things for the students to have, but the piece sounds like this was motivated by the professors' desire to test the way the devices affect the classroom environment. So their priorities are divided between helping their students learn and using them as research subjects? Not sure that's the best way to mobilize tech in the classroom--and not conducive to winning over the tech-dubious diehards, either.

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