Chicago aims to get computers into poor students’ homes — by The Associated Press

Chicago, IL (USA) Saying there are whole chunks of Chicago where children are falling further behind in school because they don’t have computers at home, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday what he called a first-of-its-kind program to sell discounted computers to low-income families and provide them Internet service at a drastically reduced rate.

“We have done our job working with a great partner, Comcast, who will make Chicago the first city of its kind in the country to deal comprehensively with the digital divide to make sure every child has a chance to compete in the 21st century economy,” Emanuel said at a news conference at a library on the city’s South Side.

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Lifebook or Voltron? — from’s Design Section
This Lifebook concept merges multiple portable devices together to form a single computer.


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Interesting concept! The great convergence continues.


Schools combine netbooks and open source

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Laptops All Around! Now What?
— from by Bridget McCrea

So you’ve decided to give tablets and laptops to all your students and faculty. Now how do you support that? Pennsylvania’s Seton Hill University backs up its newly expanded mobile computing program, now consisting of both Apple MacBook Pros and iPads for students and faculty, with a robust support structure modeled after AppleCare.

When Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA launched its freshmen laptop distribution program in 2009, the institution’s IT team didn’t just match the Apple MacBook Pros up with their new owners and hope for the best. Knowing that many universities struggle to provide adequate “service after the sale” on technological equipment, the school took an active stance on the issue.

ITALICS — an e-journal for those involved with Computer Science

Welcome to ITALICS, Innovation in Teaching And Learning in Information and Computer Sciences, the electronic journal of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). ITALICS provides a vehicle for members of the ICS communities to disseminate best practice and research on learning and teaching within the subject disciplines.

ITALICS aims to highlight current issues in learning and teaching Information and Computer Sciences at the Higher Education (HE) level including:

* Innovative approaches to learning and teaching
* Developments in computer-based learning and assessment
* Open, distance, collaborative and independant learning approaches
* The variety of contexts in which students in HE learn –
* Including work-based learning, placements and study visits
* Improving the student experience
* Continuous professional development
* The integration of theory and practice

ITALICS -- an e-journal for those involved with computer science

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