16.557 wireless & humanities computing?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty ) (willard@mccarty.me.uk)
Date: Sun Mar 16 2003 - 03:40:59 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 557.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 08:33:01 +0000
             From: Francois Lachance <lachance@chass.utoronto.ca>
             Subject: wireless and the future of humcom


    A short while ago James L. Morrison pointed pointed to the October 22
    Technology Source Author Forums and an interview with Carl Berger, one of
    the pioneers in using information technology tools in education

    They discuss the next killer application in education. Prompted by
    Morrison, Berger offers a snippet of a vision of collaborative
    work-learning-play facilitated by technology.

    I envision a student walking to campus one day when, suddenly, something
    inside her book bag starts to chime. She reaches down and pulls out a
    miniature computer, one even smaller than what we have now. She opens it,
    because it is chiming to tell her that she has received a series of
    messages, notes, and comments concerning group assignments that she is
    completing for a class. Of course, the entire campus is wired; her
    notebook computer chimed because it knew she had walked onto campus. She
    sits down on a bench and opens several documents on her computer. She
    finds a pen and starts sketching on the screen and/or typing on the
    keyboard. She makes changes to an assignment, circles them, sends a note
    to one of her friends, sends another note to her professor, and closes her
    computer, which chimes with a different tone to let her know that all of
    her messages have been sent. She continues her walk across campus, never
    realizing that she just used the next killer app.

    I know that various campuses have been experimenting with wireless
    technologies. Are any observers or participants from humanities computing?



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