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Wired Campus: “This week the makers of Second Life unveiled a new interface designed to make the virtual world more user-friendly, and some professors say it will help their educational experiments.”

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ZDNet Education: “ZDNet’s resident student blogger, Zack Whittaker, suggested yesterdaythat Google was losing the battle for cloud-based groupware dominance in schools to Microsoft’s Live@Edu offering.  To that I say two things:  1. I’m not thinking so and 2. The numbers get in the way of much more important considerations.”

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Electronic Learning Initiative: “In this session, you will be introduced to an instructional strategy, called Team-Based Learning, that virtually eliminates the most common problems with learning groups and that has been used successfully, with students ranging from middle school through doctoral seminars, in hundreds of disciplines and in classes of up to 400 students.”

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MIT Launches iPhone App

Campus Technology: “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has joined other institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas, and Duke University in promoting its MIT Mobile app through Apple’s App Store. The free app provides news on MIT research, does real-time campus shuttle tracking, includes an interactive campus map, offers a searchable people directory, and provides emergency notification feeds.”

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Building a 21st Century Media Facility

Campus Technology: “When the University of Nevada, Reno built its new 295,000-square-foot Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (MIKC), it wasn’t just to replace an old library that was bursting at the seams with books. Rather, it was a conscious effort to make a break from the past and build a multi-purpose, multi-media facility incorporating technology from the ground up.”

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Highlighting E-Readers

Inside Higher Ed: “Now, as several major universities finish analyzing data from pilot programs involving the latest version of the Amazon Kindle, officials are learning more about what students want out of their e-reader tablets.”

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ZDNet Education: “Just when my 7-year old thought Santa had brought him the gift to end all gifts in the form of a Nintendo DSi (and don’t let anyone make the mistake of calling it a Gameboy), Nintendo announced that it’s bringing the DSi XL to the States. I’m hoping no one tells him about the 93% bigger screen. Or the fact that it has a built-in e-reader application.”

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