The only classrooms that will be made irrelevant are the bad ones in which professors simply stand at the front, lecture, and ask "does any one have any questions?" Classrooms and laboratories that encourage student participation and require hands-on activity will never be made irrelevant. If human contact was that unimportant, then nerdy 14 year olds would stay home and play Halo with each other over the internet instead of sitting on the floor sharing a bowl of Flaming Hot Cheetos. Humans are social creatures. They like to hang out together, whether its learning, playing, or working.
One solution would be for universities to offer a CIS degree track that carries teacher certification. Right now, I don't know of any schools where you can get an education degree in computer science or information systems. As a result, you get people teaching IT/CIS who have their primary training in another field. Like the coaches who get stuck teaching social studies because they need to fill time, some IT teachers are the English teachers or Librarians who get thrown into the computer classroom because they are really good with Google or know how to change themes in PowerPoint.
An anonymous reader writes: Linux developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, who leads the development of several kernel subsystems including USB and PCI, admits that his January offer of free Linux device driver development was "marketing hype" — but says it has brought companies and developers together anyway. http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php/id;5859012
mrspin writes: When Apple released its set-top-box, many were dissapointed that the AppleTV was a closed device, strictly tied to the iTunes download store. But, that didn't deter the hackers, who, once they got their hands on the device, have been hard at work building plug-ins and workarounds to add lots of new functionality. In fact, so much progress has been made, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Apple purposely left the door unlocked, perhaps to learn from these early adopters about what future direction the product should take." To add credability to this theory, Apple's CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, was recently quoted as saying "...we plan to periodically provide new software features and enhancements, at no charge, to our Apple TV customers." So what might the future hold for the AppleTV? Rather than try and read the mind of CEO Steve Jobs, let's takes a look at a few of the hacks that have already been released or are in development.
Ploum writes: "Like each year, May 25th is the Towel Day ! Carry your towel everywhere with you to show the world that you are a true galactic hitchhiker. If someone ask you why you are carrying a towel, just reply that it might be useful if you encounter a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a creature that will eat anything. If you are to encounter one you should wrap a towel around your head. This creature is so mind-bogglingly stupid that it assumes that if you can't see it, then it can't see you.
In any case, DON'T PANIC !"
In any case, DON'T PANIC !"
Overly Critical Guy writes: A BSA survey shows a 24% drop in illegal downloading in the last three years among 8 to 18 year olds. Fear of parental reprisal rose 40% in the last three years to reach #4 on the list of fears involved with illegal downloading, topped by receiving a virus, getting into legal trouble, and accidentally installing spyware.
Mateo Slovinsky writes: Is the XBox 360's controller the best controller of all time? CNet seems to think so in its line up of the top five gamepads of all time. "Did you expect the Wii? Sorry. It's a brilliant piece of innovation, that's not in question, but there simply aren't enough games to judge it against the best controllers ever. The Xbox 360 pad has proven itself over a longer time and on a wider selection of titles — and it has its own claims to originality."