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October 2007
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Computer Laboratories Upgrade
Voyage Io , Computer Service Centre, MPI
The Centre has recently upgraded three computer laboratories, as follows:

. Computers in lab. A211 were upgraded to Intel Core 2 Duo (1.86Ghz) CPU, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB Hard Disk and DVD drive.

. Mac Computers in lab A215a were upgraded to Mac Pro computers (Two 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor) and 19" LCD Monitors.

. Mac computers in lab N43 were upgraded to Dual-Core 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processor and 19" LCD Monitors.

Teaching with IT

Metal Project
Mathematics for Economics: Enhancing Teaching and Learning

This web site, from the Higher Education Funding Council for England aims to support teachers in using mathematics for teaching economics and "To maximise student attendance, engagement and participation in mathematics for economics through the provision of an accessible and fully interactive toolkit of varied and flexible resources." The "Resources" section contains films and video-clips, teaching and learning guides, and an online question bank.

Exploring Data
by Rex Boggs, University of Queensland
"This web site provides curriculum support materials for teachers of introductory statistics. It contains "activities, worksheets, overhead transparency masters, datasets and assessment to support data exploration. (...) There is a resources page that gives a select list of the finest resources available to support introductory statistics, including texts, websites, datasets, java applets and mailing lists."

GLOBE
The Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange (GLOBE) is "an international consortium that strives to make shared online learning resources available to educators and students around the world". It provides a specific way to search across repositories - ARIADNE Foundation in Europe, Education Network Australia (EdNA Online) in Australia, LORNET in Canada, Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) in the US, and National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME) in Japan - thus returning good quality online educational results.

ESL World News Report
INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ESL STUDENTS
The ESL World News Report is a free electronic newspaper "for intermediate to advanced ESL Teachers to help keep adult students informed about important global events. (...) Each issue includes a new vocabulary and idioms section to use as an additional lesson."

Real Hope in a Virtual World - Online Identities Leave Limitations Behind
by Rob Stein, Washington Post
This article focuses on "a few examples of an increasing number of sick, disabled and troubled people who say virtual worlds are helping them fight their diseases, live with their disabilities and sometimes even begin to recover. Researchers say they are only starting to appreciate the impact of this phenomenon."

Trends in BadWare 2007: What internet users need to know
"Many of us know how to avoid viruses sent over email as attachments, but a rising trend of malicious software available on the internet coupled with new opportunities for making money through online criminal activity has created new dangers." This report outlines the current badware threats to user privacy and security. "It explains online security issues such as compromised websites, social networking scams, and other badware trends that pose significant risk to the average internet user".
Stop BadWare.org. is a research initiative and community-based campaign against badware, run out of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society in collaboration with Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute.Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute.

Learning with IT

Alison
"The Mission of ALISON is to educate anyone, anywhere via high quality certification-based interactive multimedia courseware for free. ALISON is the world's leading free online learning resource for basic and essential workplace skills. ALISON provides high-quality, engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning. All courses on ALISON are accessible for free to individual learners."

Lecture Fox
In Lecturefox you can find high-quality lectures from selected universities, mainly in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics. The remaining category "faculty-mix" includes miscellaneous subjects, such as chemistry, biology, psychology, economics, history and philosophy.

ELLLO (English Language Listening Lab Online)
This site contains free online listening resources of "over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3." The Weekly updates include at least five new activities. "The listening activities include interviews, newscasts, surveys (Mixer), songs, presentations (Talking Points), and listening games. (...) Mixer is a survey that features six different speakers answering the same question. (...)News Center is an animated newscast. Each Newscast has six stories."

Toolbox
IT Usage Tips

MAc OS X Leopard Guided Tour
It's not really a tip, but an overview of the new features of Mac OS X Leopard, launched on October 26. Viewing files without having to open them, organising files display with stacks, creating custom workspaces to group integrated application windows, and the Time Machine, an automatic backup that keeps a spare copy of every file and remembers how your system looked in the past.

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