Seton Hall: in a joint initiative with Audible, Inc. technology, Seton Hall armed all its “1,100 incoming freshman . . . [with] an audio download of former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins reading his work.” The audio downloads are part of Seton Hall’s “Progressive Freshman Reading Program.” What’s their reasoning? Listening. The connection between listening and thinking. Very interesting.
Santa Clara University: Like the community broadband developed by the OneCleveland initiative, the Broadband for All Conference at SCU is exploring municipal broadband in California in order to narrow the “digital divide.” Sounds like a great way to be involved with the community.
NC State: The College of Engineering at NC State has a student-owned laptop initiative, requiring students to come to school with a laptop. They also teach a required course “on students taking personal responsibility for their own computers, maintaining them, and interfacing effectively with campus resources.” The hardware requirement might be a hardship, but what a terrific idea to instruct students on caring for and using their computers in an academic/work environment.
Georgia College and State University: GCSU joins a growing crowd of colleges finding ways to use iPods. Their iColony is an interesting addition to traditional campus communities, like their “Honors, Wellness, Fine & Performing Arts, Leadership, [and] International Issues” communities. The iColony is just one use of the iPods on the GCSU campus, which uses podcasting for course projects and campus news.
What would you do with technology?