As students cut costs by buying books from cheaper online retailers or by downloading e-textbooks, campus bookstores sell fewer and fewer textbooks. That’s triggering an identity crisis for one of the oldest institutions on campus and leading some college officials to ask: If textbooks go digital, does the campus even need a bookstore?
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Survey: Mobile learning at a tipping point
Parents say they support mobile technology in the classroom; teachers getting more comfortable with it, too
By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor
According to a recent national survey, access to mobile technology in the classroom has more than tripled among high schools students in the past three years—and even more interesting, parents say they are more likely to purchase a mobile technology device for their child if it’s for classroom use.
The information comes from Project Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up survey and was presented at a conference on mobile learning in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29.
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Laptop orchestras ……
Similar events done, last year with iPods at Michigan.
In case you are not aware of this.
Another interesting trend is the rise of laptop orchestras on college campuses, such as PLOrk, Princeton’s Laptop Orchestra. “We started PLOrk… as a way to explore new ways of making music together with technology,” said Dan Trueman, Professor and PLOrk co-founder, along with Professor Perry Cook. Sound familiar? Libraries have a long history when it comes to innovatively sharing resources and finding creative solutions to serve their users, but innovation labs are also popping up in academic and public arenas around the world.
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