Friday, May 28, 2004

Slashdot | Fix a Troubled Mac: "Fix a Troubled Mac

Posted by timothy on 03:00 PM -- Friday May 28 2004
rossetti writes with this review of Fix a Troubled Mac, v1.3. 'If you run a busy creative design business, you've encountered your fair share of Mac problems like failed tape backups, incorrect network settings, missing CD installers, flashing start-up disks. Macs are not as trouble free as one is led to believe. Running a studio environment with 20 or more Macs does cost money to keep everything working smoothly. It may be only an hour here or there, but this can easily balloon your IT support budget to over $10K a year. If this sounds like your problem, then this book is definitely for you. It takes you through step by step assistance for troubleshooting numerous issues, be it hardware, or networking or software, Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. Once you start reading or referring to this book for advice, it really feels like having your own Mac-friendly IT support person with you all the times, but not at the hourly rate that they usually charge.' Read on for the rest of rossetti's review."

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Slashdot | Teaching History In Schools With Video Games: "Teaching History In Schools With Video Games

Posted by michael on Thursday May 27, @12:27PM
from the history-written-by-the-winners dept.

Joe writes 'There's a story about a Massachusetts company, Muzzy Lane Software, creating a Civ-style simulation computer game to teach history to high school and college students. 'Our view isn't that you take the right video game, stick it in a classroom and everything gets better,' Mr. McCool said. 'But with the right tools, this can significantly enhance learning.''"

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Moodle - A Free, Open Source Course Management System for Online Learning: "Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). One of the main advantages of Moodle over other systems is a strong grounding in social constructionist pedagogy.

Moodle is Open Source software, which means you are free to download it, use it, modify it and even distribute it (under the terms of the GNU General Public License). Moodle runs without modification on Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Netware and any other system that supports PHP, including most webhost providers. Data is stored in a single database: MySQL and PostgreSQL are best"

Saturday, May 22, 2004

HotAIR - Unauthorized Teaching MaterialsWe believe that many teaching materials are good at killing students' curiosity. Here are some alternatives. We invite you to contribute others.

These materials can, perhaps, seduce students (lots of other people) into being curious about science (and about everything else). The materials are grouped into the following sections:

* The AIR Teachers Guide, which has been described as "the pithiest, best guide for how to teach science"
* Lessons for Classroom Use
* Techniques & Tips
* Reviews (of Books, CDs, films, etc.) to Assign

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