YouTube added support for the Creative Commons Attribution license this week. Now when users upload a video to YouTube, they can select the CC-BY license instead of just the existing YouTube license. This means that it will be easier for people to reuse and remix the video content on YouTube (something that, arguably, people have been doing since the site’s inception — but now they can do so with properly licensed material). YouTube also launched a Creative Commons library, featuring over 10,000 CC-BY videos from organizations like C-SPAN and Al Jazeera.
No surprise here: a study released by CourseSmart and Wakefield research showed that college students are dependent on digital technology. Of the 500 college students surveyed, 73% said they wouldn’t be able to study without some form of technology, and 38% said they couldn’t go longer than 10 minutes without checking some kind of communications device, whether it’s a laptop, phone, or e-reader.
The music industry is set to update its Parental Advisory notices so that digital music and videos are flagged with the same sorts of warnings about strong language, sex, or violence that accompany CDs and DVDs.
Amid the speculation of what will be announced at WWDC next week — Apple’s developer conference, there are rumors that the company will announce an update to its Back-to-School discounts. In addition to offering a free iPod Touch with the purchase of a new Mac, the company may be offering steep discounts on iPads for students as well. Whatever discounts are offered on stage, technology observers will be tuning in on Monday to see what CEO Steve Jobs unveils in his opening keynote.
Language learning company Rosetta Stone finally launched an iPad app. The app is a tablet version of the company’s desktop software, and while it is free to download it does require a subscription to Rosetta Stone’s TotalE software, something that will set consumers back several hundred dollars. Can Rosetta Stone compete with the much cheaper language-learning apps now available on both the Web and on mobile devices?
Despite living in a world of of online dictionaries and spellcheck, the interest in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is as high as ever. Congratulations to 14-year-old Sukanya Roy who won the competition by correctly spelling the world “cymotrichous.”
The long hot days of summer are the perfect time for kids to hone their knowledge of the wizard world, King Arthur’s court or the magical land of Narnia. And while many summer reading lists are sent home with the hope that students will bone up on fiction during the dog days, reading nonfiction can be just as beneficial — and just as exciting — as a great novel.
Reading high-quality fiction may serve a larger purpose than preparing students for college and tests. Several recent studies show that reading great literature makes individuals more empathetic. Here’s a great list of fiction books for kids of all ages, recommended by those who know best — librarians.
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