Archive for January, 2011
I Must Break You
Forty project management students, mostly undergraduates, were given the devices on loan as part of a yearlong study called the eReader project. While other schools have similar initiatives, Notre Dame is the first to publish early results.
By and large, students said the iPad encouraged them to explore additional course topics, increased their learning, and made the course more interesting. They also praised the iPad for its portability.
Dr. Corey M. Angst, who taught the class, also noted that iPads don’t come with the annoying clickety-clack of laptop keyboards.
The students didn’t know before they enrolled in the class that they would be offered the iPad at no cost, and unsurprisingly, not one of the 40 students opted out.
When they got their hands on the devices, the students were given very few instructions about what to do or not do with them. “We did this because we wanted to understand how or if the iPad changed the way students read, studied, participated, took notes, etc. We also anticipated that students would ‘invent’ ways of using the iPad to improve their course engagement,” the authors wrote in their report.
What’s interesting about this approach is it gives credit to the user to figure things out, something that open-source software, Internet tools, and other user-focused applications do very well—but that education at large has only recently started to do.
Notre Dame’s early success with iPads as e-readers should spark particular interest from two-year colleges, which are eligible for new technology funding that the Obama Administration outlined last week. The $2 billion grant program intends to support accessible online learning strategies, including new ways of delivering core material.
In perhaps the only real negative comment, students overwhelmingly reported frustration at the clumsy highlighting tool and note-taking functions, but were willing to wait for improvements.
By: Jill Duffy
14 Year old goes crazy. Never give hillbilly kids guns and chores in the same day.
A restaurant cook in southern New Jersey was sentenced to 15 days in jail and two years of probation for sprinkling a police officer’s breakfast sandwich with pubic and chest hairs, the Courier-Post reported Thursday.
Ryan Burke, 27, was working as a line cook at Good Foods to Go in Marlton last February when the Evesham Police Department officer, who had once stopped the cook for a traffic violation, placed his breakfast order.
The officer consumed part of the turkey, egg and cheese bagel sandwich before realizing it was laced with body hair. Police then confiscated the sandwich and sent it to the state police lab for analysis.
The DNA in the hairs was determined to be a match for a swab taken from Burke, who was fired from the restaurant and arrested. Police said Burke confessed to the crime, which he said he committed because of ill will toward the officer, the Courier-Post reported.
Burke pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and retaliation for past official action. Police said he will serve his jail time on weekends.
Nicki Minaj arrives at her new hotel after being asked to leave London’s swanky Dorchester Hotel due to her fans causing mayhem outside! She had away filming a TV segment for Channel 4′s “T4″ show as part of her busy promotional tour..Ever since the US rapper landed in the British capital her fans have been following her every move causing noise and disruption outside the Dorchester Hotel.
This Song is the truth. Video, crazy; not happy with the choice in lead ladies, but it’s all good.
Hubert Blackman of New York would like his $275 payment to Las Vegas Exclusive Personals back, according to court documents, as well as a $1.8 million verdict.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Blackman was vacationing in Vegas in December when he ordered a stripper to come to his hotel room. There, the stripper performed a $155 lap dance and a $120 sex act. But then things took a turn for the bizarre.
The Sun continues:
[Blackman] said that the next morning, he called Las Vegas Exclusive Personals to demand his money back, saying he was dissatisfied because the entertainer didn’t stay for the promised one hour and left after a half hour.
Blackman said he also told the company he was incapable of making an informed agreement with the stripper because he was drunk at the time.
When the company refused to refund Blackman’s money, he called the cops, who threatened to bust him for prostitution.
Blackman told the Sun he didn’t know that the trade was illegal in Vegas.