Free ‘Video Book’ From MIT Press Challenges Limits of Scholarship

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David Zentz for The Chronicle

Alexandra Juhasz, a professor of media studies at Pitzer College, talks to a class at the U. of Southern California in front of the online video book that she developed.

David Zentz for The Chronicle

Alexandra Juhasz, a professor of media studies at Pitzer College, talks to a class at the U. of Southern California in front of the online video book that she developed.

By Marc Parry

When Alexandra Juhasz began teaching a class about YouTube in 2007, journalists poked fun at the Pitzer College professor. Academic credit to watch goofy kitten videos? TechCrunch, a popular blog, said it might be the most ridiculous class any college had ever offered.

3D TVs without the glasses – And More…fromTPiazza

Not to sound like a “know-it-all” but after Philips had that Viral Video of their 3D TV at some obscure tech convention (2+years ago) I was kind of surprised that glasses in the living room was still the plan of companies like Samsung.

However, I’m not surprised after seeing this commercial:

It’s obvious from the, omission of glasses, that they just wanted to be the first to offer 3D in the living room…


Nokia wants to use 3D in their mobile devices (Unclear of whether they meant real 3D or 3D like an iPod/iPad until they mentioned the possibility of Hologramssss?!)

Mobile Youtube? Finally…

HTML 5 might not disappear, so soon… This iPad version may keep it alive for some time.

Galaxy Tab (Running Android OS) = Competition for iPad = Good IMO

New iPod??? Better not be a let down like the iPad’s Anti-Climactic Revealing — (Don’t Hate Me, “Uncle Pat”) <— Do they really call you that???

Update on inkling – amazing breakthrough in ebooks…

Inkling brings textbooks to Apple’s iPad, wins funding from Sequoia

By Frank Michael Russell

Posted: 08/20/2010 09:43:09 AM PDT

Updated: 08/20/2010 09:02:39 PM PDT
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San Francisco startup Inkling’s app puts biology and other college… ( Courtesy of Inkling )

Inkling, a San Francisco startup that provides college textbooks for the iPad, on Friday released its app for Apple’s mobile device and said it received funding in a round led by Menlo Park venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

The amount of the investment wasn’t disclosed, but a company statement said Kapor Capital, Sherpalo Ventures and Felicis Ventures also participated.

“Inkling has produced a groundbreaking platform for interactive content publishing in a market that’s primed for innovation,” Sequoia partner Bryan Schreier said in the news release. Schreier and former Netscape Chief Financial Officer Peter Currie joined Inkling’s board of directors.

Inkling, founded in 2009, is putting titles from publishers Cengage Learning, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill and Wolters Kluwer on the iPad. Unlike printed textbooks, Inkling’s app will include features such as multimedia and allow classmates to share notes.


Gaming is changing

GameTheory online……

The irony of discussing and debating issues of relevance to gaming these days is that there is no one single “video game industry” to speak of; you’re actually talking about dozens of individual and equally diverse businesses. Likewise, endlessly opining about when retail software revenues will cease slumping is all but irrelevant, as outside of specific tentpole AAA releases, the field’s mot promising growth areas (social, mobile, free-to-play, etc.) are all digital. But don’t take it from us: Just ask today’s most accomplished business leaders and game designers, who feel it’s high time that we finally woke up and realized that both the field, and fundamental playing habits, have permanently changed.

It’s a topic we explore in-depth here in the debut episode of Game Theory, which takes a deeper, more informed look at the topics and trends which shape today’s interactive entertainment sector. Offered alongside our eponymous new online magazine, which you currently have the pleasure of reading, the pair provide industry leaders with a more enlightened public forum through which to address today’s top concerns, including the magnitude of the changes currently rocking the interactive entertainment market. Their biggest immediate worry: Surviving the complete and utter transformation of a business that once was dominated by packaged goods to a new paradigm ruled by downloadable, online, social, community-driven and service-based offerings.

To put things in perspective, we turn to Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, who sums matters up succinctly: “I’ve never seen a period like this – there’s so much disruption. The industry is really being turned inside out.” Maybe so, but as you’ll see in the above video, it’s also one poised to elevate new captains of industry, and potentially leave even the field’s most iconic firms capsized in its wake. Consider it a simple reminder – rather than focus on random fancies such as motion controls and 3D special effects, perhaps we’d all do well to remember that behind the scenes in 2010, there’s a much larger game at stake.

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Reaching the Last Technology Holdouts at the Front of the Classroom – PA

Reaching the Last Technology Holdouts at the Front of the Classroom – Chronicle of Higher Education

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Rick Friedman for The Chronicle

Chris Dede, a professor of learning technologies at Harvard U., helped write the Department of Education’s new National Educational Technology Plan, which challenges educators to leverage modern technology to create engaging learning experiences for students.

By Jeffrey R. Young

Every semester a lot of professors’ lectures are essentially reruns because many instructors are too busy to upgrade their classroom methods.

That frustrates Chris Dede, a professor of learning technologies at Harvard University, who argues that clinging to outdated teaching practices amounts to educational malpractice.

“If you were going to see a doctor and the doctor said, ‘I’ve been really busy since I got out of medical school, and so I’m going to treat you with the techniques I learned back then,’ you’d be rightly incensed,” he told me recently. “Yet there are a lot of faculty who say with a straight face, ‘I don’t need to change my teaching,’ as if nothing has been learned about teaching since they had been prepared to do it—if they’ve ever been prepared to.”

And poor teaching can have serious consequences, he says, when students fall behind or drop out because of sleep-inducing lectures. Colleges have tried several approaches over the years to spur teaching innovation. But among instructors across the nation, holdouts clearly remain.