The Bookless Library: Teamwork, Communications and Problem Solving

Submitted by Frank Webster on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 10:49am.

The University of Texas at San Antonio designed its new, entirely bookless Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Library to engage students in an online format within a contemporary new space.

The library offers:

  • 425,000 e-books
  • 18,000 e-journal subscriptions.
  • Skilled science and engineering librarians to help students who need research assistance.
  • ultra-modern furniture and space age decor
  • 10 desktop computers, a printer, a scanner and five large LCD screens.
  • group study niches and three group study rooms outfitted with whiteboards.
  • pre-loaded collections of eBooks on eReader devices such as iPad or Kindle for students to check out and take home.

"As our campus becomes a national research university, it is important that we continue to create communities that engage students," said Krisellen Maloney, UTSA dean of libraries. "In this library, we encourage collaboration. We want to hear our students talking and solving problems together. This is the beginning of their training as professional engineers and scientists."

Dell's new laptop tablet

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 9:51am.

Behold: A tablet with a keyboard!

(Video can be found at Engadget)

Despite reservations I have about clumsily flipping the screen and breaking the frame, I want one!

Learning by Playing

Submitted by Michelle Delateur on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 2:30pm.

Perhaps the summary says it all:

One middle school is teaching its students with video games. Can its approach transform education?

Read the NY Times article here.

5k Fun Run @Columbia this Friday @8:00 AM

Submitted by Pranav Garg on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 12:44am.

President Bollinger's Ninth Annual FUN RUN 5K Run/Walk

Date: September 17, 2010 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am EDT
Location: College Walk (116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam) and Riverside Park

Each fall President Lee C. Bollinger kicks off the academic year with the Fun Run, a five kilometer run/walk through Riverside Park. The Fun Run started in 2002 as part of President Bollinger's Inauguration festivities. The event is open to all Columbia students, faculty and staff, and is co-sponsored by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education.

Register here.

Anyone interested? Guess we can have EdLab representation at the run.

Trends in Ed 09.13.2010: California School Districts Face Civil Suit

Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 11:07am.

In a case that may have huge ramifications for school boards across the country, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently filed a civil suit against several school districts in California. Also named in the suit are the State of California and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The suit claims that public school students in over 40 districts in California were forced to pay for textbooks, workbooks and required readings for their courses. In addition, the suit also claims students were forced to pay for their AP exams, which are considered course requirements.

According to ACLU Chief Counsel for Southern California Mark Rosenbaum,

the idea of educating every child at public expense ranks with political democracy as one of the United States’ great original social contribution. Each of these ideas rests on a hallowed belief that every child is capable of reaching his or her fullest potential only when we encourage and honor accomplishment based on merit and hard work and disavow class distinctions.

iPad Competitors

Submitted by George Nantwi on Sun, 09/12/2010 - 11:14pm.

Since its inception and market debut five months ago, Apple’s iPad has had a monopoly on touch screen tablets and having sold over three million units during its first 80 days, it is set to dominate the market for at least another year. However, several companies, namely HP, Toshiba and Dell, are all in the process of or have finished their own high-end tablets meant to challenge the iPad’s dominance. According to this article on CNN (courtesy of Cnet), here are the major competitors for the iPad’s throne as the "best" and most profitable tablet:

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Toshiba Folio

The Streak by Dell

Most Facebook users have low self-esteem: Study

Submitted by Megha Agarwala on Sun, 09/12/2010 - 11:17am.

Soraya Mehdizadeh, a researcher at York University in Toronto, has suggested in a recent study that individuals higher in narcissism and lower in self-esteem spend more time on the Facebook and fill their pages with more self-promotional content.

The future work suggested by the researcher is interesting: "could the usage of such websites improve one’s self-esteem and overall sense of well-being? This sort of finding may have great implications in the lives of the socially anxious or depressed.”

Remembering 9/11

Submitted by Jonathan Asase on Sat, 09/11/2010 - 11:31pm.

It seemed as if it was only yesterday when I was in the third grade when the terrorists attacks on September 11th 2001 occurred. Nine years later, we still remember what occurred on that tragic day. Over 2,700 people died on that day and the victims were someone's father, brother, sister, wife, and mother, among many others.

This time of year, I always think about the lost they have had to endure through the years. I remember the father who had two daughters; one was my age while the other was a newborn. It's sad to know that this little girl will never know her father. Though major attacks have been prevented, some of the major perpetrators of the attacks are still at large. I am also hopeful that they will be eventually arrested so future 9/11 remembrances are about those who lost their lives.

Wiggio (Seminar Snapshot)

Submitted by Skye MacLeod on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 2:17pm.

Google Instant - Behind The Scenes

Submitted by Ankit Ranka on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 8:17pm.

Here is a blog post from Google explaining how they came up with the slick UI of Google Instant and how they did user testing and prototyping.

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