Amazon Will Digitize Universities' Books and Sell Print-on-Demand Copies

The books Amazon will offer will include many rare volumes — some that are hundreds of years old and others that are too brittle to be handled by people day after day. With digital scanning and printing technology, such books can be reproduced for anyone who wants to buy them. –Dan Carnevale –Amazon Will Digitize Universities’ Books and Sell Print-on-Demand Copies (Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)) I wonder if they will…

Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

The division is cleanest in communities where the predator panic hit before MySpace became popular. In much of the midwest, teens heard about Facebook and MySpace at the same time. They were told that MySpace was bad while Facebook was key for college students seeking to make friends at college. I go into schools where the school is split between the Facebook users and the MySpace users. On the coasts…

When ''Digital Natives'' Go to the Library

At a packed session for academic librarians attending the annual meeting of the American Library Association, in Washington, the topic was how to help students who have learned many of their information gathering and analysis skills from video games apply that knowledge in the library. Speakers said that gaming skills are in many ways representative of a broader cultural divide between today‘scollege students and the librarians who hope to teach…

Three passengers killed in fiery turnpike crash

The crash involving a tandem tractor-trailer and four passenger vehicles happened around 12:30 p.m. on the westbound lanes, several miles east of the Lebanon-Lancaster exit, state police said. –Three passengers killed in fiery turnpike crash (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) There is a lot of bad news out there, from the disappearance of the pregnant woman in Ohio, to the girl whose feet were cut off on an amusement park ride in Kentucky. My…

An Angry Look at Modern Schooling: An Enclosure Movement for Children

The secret of American schooling is that it doesn’t teach the way children learn, and it isn’t supposed to; school was engineered to serve a concealed command economy and a deliberately re-stratified social order. It wasn’t made for the benefit of kids and families as those individuals and institutions would define their own needs. School is the first impression children get of organized society; like most first impressions, it is…