Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Unicon is the open source services company for education

Unicon is the open source services company for education: http://www.unicon.net/

Unicon is a consulting and systems integration company that provides educational institutions with ‘best-fit’ open source solutions to IT business challenges. The company’s focus is enterprise deployments of open source software for campus portals, collaboration, learning, calendaring, email and integration technology for higher education. Institutions confidently select Unicon for achieving the maximum benefit for their open source investment. Unicon provides expert guidance necessary to meet the unique needs of institutions through faster implementation, increased flexibility and reduced risk. At Unicon, our first priority is to understand your institutions vision for the future as well as your current challenges. We work closely together to create a roadmap that addresses those challenges while realizing your unique vision.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Get a Life: Students Collaborate in Simulated Roles (from edutopia)

Get a Life: Students Collaborate in Simulated Roles
Virtual reality provides a shared online universe in which students can play to learn.
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by Laila Weir

Revolutionary Technology:
Students at Suffern Middle School, in Suffern, New York, created these avatars to represent characters from novels they read about the American Revolution.
Credit: Courtesy of Suffern Middle School
When the Whypox -- a plague that causes the afflicted to break out in red spots -- hit, residents had to go to the Center for Disease Control to learn about the epidemic. When the WhyFlu went around, those who got vaccinated were protected. But as new viruses escape from a biotechnology project, residents must scramble to develop new vaccines.
Then there was the deadly red tide, which prompted locals to take water samples to the Oceanographic Institution in an attempt to find solutions. And when Hurricane Alice landed, residents took a crash course on the impact of global climate change.