Tag: Technology

Changing Ed-Tech Landscape

Ms. Sankar said her biggest challenge is convincing professors that they can use a technology tool that is not officially endorsed by their colleges. She intentionally does not seek out deals with campus technology offices because she feels that what type of tool to use should be left up to individual faculty members. That’s a shift that could change the way technology is supported on campuses.

Students Endlessly E-Mail Professors for Help. A New Service Hopes to Organize the Answers.

Free Recycling Through the Mail

Nice offer from USPS. Now, they only need to figure out a way to handle all the Netflix envelopes.

Free and green. Those are the goals of a pilot program launched today by the U.S. Postal Service that allows customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge.

The “Mail Back” program helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices, making it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics in an environmentally responsible way. Customers use free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players – without having to pay for postage.

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Open Source in Zambia

If you’re interested in free and open source software in Zambia then you definitely need to register and sign up at OpenSourceZambia. Supporters of open source software in Zambia have really come together to launch the OpenSourceZambia site and have already got a pretty active discussion list. From the site:

OpenSourceZambia exists to promote the knowledge and use of open source software in Zambia. Open source software presents many benefits to users, from the low cost of acquisition (it is typically given away free), to the security advantages of having the source code available, to the fact that those with the interest can develop their skill in information technology by using it. In a developing country, all of these aspects are crucial advantages of open source software over proprietary alternatives.

More than that, the open source way represents a collaborative, generous and community-oriented way to get things done, and this software development methodology is carried over into how people learn and interact. OpenSourceZambia aims to become a focus, in Zambia, for developing the community of people interested in the benefits of technology for themselves, and for encouraging the international open source community to assist in the advancement of open source software in Zambia.