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New Apple Computer Operating System Debuts

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Apple Computer has announced that its newly designed operating system , Mac OS X v10.5 (code-named Leopard) will hit store shelves this week.

PC Magazine calls it “. . . by far the best operating system ever written for the vast majority of consumers, with dozens of new features that have real practical value”.

That means more bells and whistles — about 300 of them – for those who upgrade their Apple computers or purchase new ones.

And what does Apple’s Leopard have to do with online schools?

Actually, each time computer technology moves forward, online learning moves forward as well. Many of Apple’s new innovations will likely be used by millions of online students in completing their e-learning classes. In other words, upgrades to personal computers become upgrades to online learning.

One of the new features in Apple’s Leopard system, called ‘Time Machine’, is an automatic, regular back-up of everything on the computer. This feature will help students to avoid losing all of their data in hard drive crashes. In the case of a disaster, a recovery mode is available to find and retrieve lost documents.

Currently, the Mac OS  X v10.5 sells for $129.00 for a single user when ordered directly from the Apple website. The Family Pack is $199 for mutiple household computers; and shipping is free.

New Apple computers will already be configured with the new operating system.

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Outlawed iPods Return to School as Educational Tools

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Frustrated middle school and high school officials across the country have outlawed iPods in the classroom. Students have used them to cheat on exams and are not attentive when listening to their downloaded music during class.

However, creative schools are using the popular technology to connect with students and spur interest in educational topics.

Jose Marti Middle School in Union City, New Jersey, uses iPods to help bilingual students learn English grammar and vocabulary. The students listen to songs in English as a supplement to their language studies. School officials believe strongly enough in the use of iPods for educational purposes that they plan to distribute 300 of the devices to children in poor New Jersey schools. This $130,000 experiment has already gained the interest of school districts all the way to California who are taking a second look at the usefulness of iPods.

New Jersey schools have already used iPods to teach English, French, Spanish and science. The iPods used in classes cost about $250 each and are equipped with a video screen. Headsets are also provided to students.

Colleges have already begun to make use of the popularity of iPods. In 2004, Duke University provided iPods to the freshman class that contained preloaded orientation information. A number of Duke classes now require an iPod; but the university no longer provides them free of charge.

The use of iPods is just another way that today’s technology is showing up in the classroom. Laptop computers have already become a fixture among students in college. Mini-devices like the iPod, which are light and portable, may lay the groundwork for a future cross between a laptop computer and an MP3.

The use of the latest technology in early education is a smart move. New Jersey is leading the way in combining proven educational strategies with the technology culture of today’s generation. And thankfully, students — like those at Jose Marti Middle School — will discover that learning really can be fun.

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