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Making lectures personal
The New York Times ran a story a couple weeks ago that finally made its way across my radar today (it's a snow day, so I'm working at home and have a few moments at lunch to troll about the Interwebs). It's particularly relevent, though, whether at the university level (where the article was focused) or at the K-12 level where I've spent the first two days of this week trying to really integrate technology into a set of elementary classrooms.
Harvard Law prof weighs in on RIAA
In the May 1st issue of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson spoke out against the RIAA's stepped-up attempts to turn "librarians and administrators [into] copyright police". While he claimed to understand the RIAA's motivation, he noted that "mere understanding is no reason for a university to voluntarily assist the RIAA with its threatening and abusive tactics.
Some colleges backing student file sharers
North Carolina State University's Student Legal Services Department has advised students to push back on the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as they offer them settlement deals on piracy suits. The group has been sending notices to universities and requesting that these notices be forwarded to offending students based on IP-related information provided to the schools.