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October 27, 2010 - 9:30pm
The introduction of the $249 B&N Nookcolor signals the initial point of acceleration towards a digital textbook future. Why:Device Prices: A $249 price tag will decline rapidly over the next two years, as Amazon and Apple compete and the technology advances. Expect a $100 Nookcolor within 2 years.
October 27, 2010 - 8:13am
(First, an incident that might be slightly off-topic but which I found amusing: ) Last night I get in my car to drive to the local high school seven blocks away for a town hall style meeting with the superintendent of our enormous school system. As I drive up our block, a car turns out onto the street directly in front of me – our new neighbor (at-home father of three young children). He turns, I follow. He turns again, I follow.
October 27, 2010 - 7:15am
Editor's note: the entry below was kindly provided to us by James Vernon, a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley.
October 26, 2010 - 8:45pm
5 Things Netflix Streaming Can Teach Higher Ed:1. Replace Yourself: Offering unlimited streaming for $8.99 a month (1 physical DVD out at a time) may seem like the best way to cannibalize a core business of charging people $16.99 a month for 3 DVDs. But Netflix knew that if it did not take this step then someone else would. Much better to grow the customer base by offering a superior product at a good price than to try to hold on to a limited number of customers using a legacy product. Where can we replace ourselves in higher ed, before someone else does it for us?
October 26, 2010 - 8:45pm
At the risk of e-mail overload, I still find it useful to belong to some old-fashioned discussion lists that engage different communities in discussion. Sometimes they set up intriguing resonances.
October 26, 2010 - 7:45pm
I knew this moment would come. The moment when I would begin paying back my student loans, marking the end of my ability to consider myself a student, despite the collection of .edu email addresses which are still active.
October 26, 2010 - 7:15pm
Have you ever participated in a conference backchannel? Are you wondering what a backchannel is? A backchannel is the conversation that occurs (generally via a Twitter hashtag) simultaneously alongside a conference's primary events, sessions, panels, etc. It's a great way for conference attendees to share information, ask questions, participate in "tweetups," and generally add to their overall experience. Backchannels also serve as access points for folks who are not able to attend an event.
October 25, 2010 - 9:32pm
I spent this past weekend with my daughter, enjoying crisp New England weather and Parents’ Weekend festivities. Actually, we skipped most of the official festivities other than her singing group’s performances, and I spent much of the weekend visiting friends and just hanging out with Mariah, something I miss when she’s so far away.
October 25, 2010 - 9:00pm
Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel, is a book that reminds me why I got into the social science game to begin with. If I were still teaching sociology (and I miss teaching!), the next course I designed would be totally around Patchwork Nation.

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