School’s Around The Corner

Fall term is right around the corner ... time for me to get back to work, here! First, we've launched a new website for the MCDM program - check it out! Second, here's a list of online retailers that provide academic pricing on hardware and software: Academic Superstore, Campus Tech, Creation Engine, Journey Education, School World and Technology Resource Center. Of course, some deals from the UW Bookstore can't be beat (like Adobe products).continue reading →

iPods Take Hold in Rural Georgia University

About 100 of the 300 faculty at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville (founded in 1889; enrollment: 5,500 students) are using iPods for education or research -- a remarkable adoption rate for any campus but particularly for a rural one. Even the President's cabinet is using podcasts! After [President Dorothy] Leland and Jim Wolfgang, the school's chief information officer, began seeing iPods around campus in 2002, they decided to explore educational applications for the devices. They started by farming out 50 donated iPods to faculty who offered the best proposals... Hank Edmondson, a government professor known around campus as "The Podfather," was among the first to use iPods to supplement his course lectures. Edmondson makes lectures, language study programs, indigenous music and thumbnail art sketches available for download to the iPods of students in a three-week study abroad program he leads. During a recent visit to the Prado in…continue reading →

Teaching with blogs

It seems logical to me that blogging is a tool that could be used to improve writing in the classroom. And I tried it spring quarter with not enough thought, perhaps, because the results were uneven. I've been looking around the net for ideas on how to integrate blogs into the classroom, because I want to use them with my first undergraduate class in spring 2005. I found this article in First Monday that explores the use of "blogs" in the classroom -- as a tool to enhance literacy. The author also notes that statistics suggest as much as 40% of those using this technology are under 20. That sounds good for my spring demographic. …continue reading →