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Open Source e-Textbooks?

June 14th, 2009 Comments off

Maybe I’m just using outdated thinking on this, but I have trouble seeing how e-Textbooks could be widely adopted in a course like ours.  Even with a Kindle-like device, the convenience of flipping between pages to quickly look up little nuggets is going to be very hard to overcome in the digital world.  Of course I’ve never bought a song online either and still buy entire CDs because I like one song so I’m admittedly not cutting-edge on this kind of thing.

Still, it will be interesting to see where the recent proposal of Governor Schwarzenegger in California for schools there to adopt open-source, electronic textbooks goes.  Think of it as Wikipedia for the classroom.

Schwarzenegger’s Push for Digital Textbooks. The Calif. Gov. Wants to Save Money by Dumping Printed Books for Online Texts; Is it Feasible? ABC News. By Michael B. Farrell. June 14, 2009

Carbon Footprint on Food Labels

April 19th, 2009 Comments off

According to this ABC News report I found on YouTube, food companies in Britain are beginning to label foods with the amount of carbon produced to make the product in question.  I’m not sure how accurate these estimates really are or whether consumers here will demand this kind of thing soon, but in the context of what we’ve looked at in terms of Environmental Costs becoming more in-focus with consumers, this is interesting.