Google aims at Microsoft with Chromebooks

Google has taken aim at one of the main pillars of Microsoft’s business, as it announced that notebook computers running its Chrome OS software instead of Windows will go on sale next month.
However, analysts predicted that the company would struggle to find a big market for the first of the new computers, dubbed Chromebooks. | 0 Comments


Yale Offers Free Online Access To Its Collections

Yale University announced Tuesday that it will offer free online access to digital images of millions of objects housed in its museums, archives and libraries, and the school said it's the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible that way.
No license will be required for the transmission of the images and no limitations will be imposed on their use, which will allow scholars, artists and others around the world to use Yale collections for study, publication, teaching and inspiration, Yale said. | 0 Comments


UI gets $6 million for cloud-computing research

The University of Illinois is getting $6 million from the U.S. Air Force to create a center that could revolutionize shared computer resources called "cloud computing."
The University Center of Excellence in Assured Cloud Computing was established Thursday by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Urbana campus. | 0 Comments

The Rise of Teaching Machines

"All are anticipating this summer's debut of Knewton, a new computerized-learning program that features immediate feedback and adaptation to students' learning curves. The concept can be traced back a half-century or so to a "teaching machine" invented by the psychologist B.F. Skinner, then a professor at Harvard University. Based on principles of learning he developed working with pigeons, Skinner came up with a boxlike mechanical device that fed questions to students, rewarding correct answers with fresh academic material; wrong answers simply got them a repeat of the old question. "The student quickly learns to be right," Skinner said." | 0 Comments


When One Person's Tech Treasure Is Another's Trash

Evangelists for wikis say that type of Web site, which anyone can edit, is the perfect technology for encouraging collaboration among students. The same kind of teamwork used to hone entries on Wikipedia can be used by students to jointly create projects, papers, and Web sites.
But Glenn J. Platt, a marketing professor at Miami University, in Ohio, has tried wikis and just doesn't like them. | 0 Comments

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