iPad, other tablets make technology cool at campuses such as ACU
Prentiss Ashford wouldn’t call himself a big fan of economics, but the sophomore at Abilene Christian University in Texas says this semester he found himself turning to his econ textbook whenever he had spare moment.
“Just the fact that it’s on the iPad and it’s all on there, makes me a lot more interested,” Prentiss says.
Abilene Christian University paired with digital publisher Inkling and McGraw Hill to test-drive new interactive textbooks in a handful of classes this year, as part of the school’s three-year old mobile-learning initiative.
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FeedbackNow if we can just get ACU Press to publish via “e”. I’d like some audio versions of theology resources for rush hour commute in the States and mobile phones mission globally but as of yet no joy.
I also commend your involvement with volunteer distributed computing projects where you give your unused compute cycles to crunch numbers for cancer research. You may have heard of SETI@home which used desktop computers to search for signs of extraterrestrial life by finding patterns in radio signals from space. The software behind it, Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), has projects like Rosetta@home (http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/) which use this non-commercial middleware system for volunteer and grid computing to aid researchers sift thru their research results. Other projects: like Progress Thru Processors on Facebook, GridRepublic, World Community Grid. Please check them out and encourage your contacts, friends and congregants to do so. Thanks.Ed DoddsJune, 25 2011And to think I was going to talk to someone in person about this.FlossyJuly, 19 2011