Latest from Christopher Dawson
Amazon ate my homework, or why DRM stinks for education
The phrase "Amazon ate my homework" may certainly have been uttered on more than one occasion since the New York Times reported on Amazon's deletion of specific editions of George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 from Kindle e-book readers (and no, the irony wasn't lost on anybody). Unless you live under a rock, you know that this has been a bit of a discussion topic in the blogosphere.
Going paperless...Are we really saving money?
I've been continuing to kick around the idea of going paperless in K-12 education, particularly at the elementary level. It's becoming something of a personal crusade as I watch teachers crank out reams of worksheets for their students and find money to buy toner to support their habit.
XO sold through Amazon this year...Who cares?
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program will begin selling its XO laptop via Amazon this year in a reprise of its Give One Get One (G1G1) program, according to Ars Technica and several other outlets. Although the Ars piece paints this a real boon for OLPC, whose G1G1 program last year saw distribution problems of comic proportions, I have to ask, who cares?