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Archive for February, 2011

Wired Campus: “What if a reference librarian was assigned to a college course, to be on hand to suggest books, online links, or other resources based on class discussion?  A media-studies course at Baylor University tried the idea last semester, with an ‘embedded librarian’ following the class discussion via Twitter.”

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Wired Campus: “’An e-book is not an engaging experience, merely replicating a textbook,’ say William D. Rieders, executive vice president for new media at the publishing company Cengage Learning.”

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ProfHacker: “My composition class is reading comic books, and it’s super convenient to have an easy way for students to be able to get a panel or page onto the projector in the class, which doesn’t have a document camera.”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: “New learning technologies prompt a rethinking of traditional course structure.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “This usage by teachers has caught Skype’s attention, says spokesperson Jacqueline Botterill, and the company has just launched the beta version of Skype in the Classroom, an effort to support their efforts.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “But imagine, if you will, a publishing company – oh, let’s say HarperCollins – telling libraries that after checking out a book a certain number of times – oh, let’s say 26 – that they’ve reached the cap on loans. The book can no longer be shared, and libraries need to return the copy or buy the book again.”

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On Writing Longhand

ProfHacker: “Some neuroscientists suggest that the physical act of writing activates the brain differently than pushing keys on a keyboard, perhaps because of the shapes of the letters.”

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