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Archive for September, 2011

Princeton U. Adopts Open-Access Policy

Wired Campus: “The movement to make research freely available got a high-profile boost this week with the news that Princeton University’s faculty has unanimously adopted an open-access policy. “The principle of open access is consistent with the fundamental purposes of scholarship,” said the faculty advisory committee that proposed the resolution.”

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ReadWriteCloud: “We have written earlier about ways to dress up your PowerPoints with Zurb’s Reel and Arctic Fox. There are several other players getting into the game with presentation apps and add-ons that go beyond just making your slides more attractive. New this week are tools from Zoho.com, and Trivantis’ Snap by Lectora.”

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Fire vs. iPad: Pick Your Garden

TechNewsWorld: “Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet lacks many of the features of the Apple iPad 2, but its price is very compelling. However, buying a Kindle Fire also means that you’re willing to buy into Amazon’s walled garden of content, just like buying into iPad puts you in Apple’s. For lots of buyers, the question will come down to: On which island would you rather be trapped?”

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Inside Higher Ed: “A full software bake-off, one that involves an in-depth comparison and review of competing software platforms and and solutions from a variety of vendors, is the gold standard for software selection.”

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My Favorite Collaboration Apps

ReadWriteWeb: “Collaboration apps are not new but they are gaining prominence in this brave new world where crowd-sourcing trumps individual pontification. Leaders such as Google Docs have already gained notoriety but the purpose here is to share information about great collaboration apps that may not be as well known but are certainly worth knowing about.”

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Wired Campus: “Today Amazon unveiled a new tablet computer, the company’s long-awaited competitor to Apple’s iPad. Though it won’t go on sale until November, some gadget-happy college professors and administrators are already speculating about the impact it will have on campuses.”

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Inside Higher Ed: “Will Devices and Content Merge?”

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