BYU remixes the Old Spice commercial

BYU Library takes the Old Spice commercial and remixes for their own need. Pretty dang good. I like the cart comment at the end. New Spice | Study like a scholar, scholar

Lindsey Pollack, a Smart Cookie

I met and interviewed Lindsey Pollack today at the Blogging for Business conference…. Lindsey is the author of “Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World.”… Lindsey’s experience and work with Gen Y caused me to reminisce about my work with college students who were using Agilix and Blackboard software.

BYU Ranked #1 Regional MBA Program

The WSJ released their MBA ranking today (probably need subscription to see). Congrats to my many friends with an MBA from BYU. Congrats to my friends who teach at BYU’s Marriott School.

Is Microsoft Begging Students to Buy/Use Office

I was glad to have it compared to the typewriter, a bottle of whiteout, and lots of wasted paper…. That throws out the standard pricing models the rest of the software industry use to calculate value. And what’s included in this “Ultimate Package:” * Word * Excel * PowerPoint * Oulook (with Business Contact Manager) * Accounting Express * Publisher * Access * Infopath * Groove * OneNote Is this another sign that the monopolistic power in Redmond is nervous about Google’s and others web-based apps that allow today’s students to collaborate and work on any computer at any location on or off campus — or even on mobile devices like the iPhone?

A Favorite Podcast: Chris R. Johnson from Univ of Utah

I couldn’t help think that if I could relive my career, I’d want to work on a team with Chris to find cool solutions to medical issues with computers. I first met Chris when he asked the question of Steve Ballmer at the Utah Information Technology Association Hall of Fame award for Kim Kajiya: How are you working with government to increase the number of students in science and engineering programs. Well, I’m putting a plug in for anyone interested in attending the University of Utah where they can use computer imaging to solve big and real-world problems in medicine and science.

Podcasting #1 Improvement to Learning

Podcasting was recognized as the top technology to improve learning (see page 84, Table 6.4). This study is based on quantitative data from nearly 29,000 freshman and senior students at 96 higher education institutions. The focus is on the kind of technologies students are using, with the skill levels, how technology contributes to the undergraduate experience, and the value in terms of learning.

PodCamp West 2006 Wrap-Up

It was cool to hang with the early west-coast podcasting experts at Podcamp West in San Francisco. It was fun to connect with Doug Kaye, the original IT Conversations podcaster, one of the first podcast subscriptions. I made some good contacts with whom I can share best practices.

Millenials to the Rescue

Think of the way technology is reaching across the youth culture, regardless of geographic boundary: U2 requests and gets hundreds of thousands of concert goers to send text message to support One Campaign, an effort to rally Americans to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.Students reach out through MySpace to share insights into “their personality” (Harrison Group poll estimates 58 percent of American teens have a profile on MySpace)…. Real Simple Syndication (RSS) makes it easier than ever to let topics from blog authors or like-minded individual across the Internet come to you, creating a very “informed” audience (of both positive and negative positions).Podcasts on thousands of subjects and topics, from both professional, academic, and individuals, make it possible to stay current on topics from experts in their fields.

WSJ reports NEGATIVE growth at Facebook and MySpace

And as I’ve predicted, it just doesn’t seem like this younger audience wants to be part of this scene once it’s determined the sites are “the thing.””Both MySpace and Facebook lost visitors in September, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, a Web-tracking service. The number of unique U.S. visitors at MySpace fell 4% to 47.2 million from 49.2 million in August, and the number of visitors to Facebook fell 12% to 7.8 million from 8.9 million.”Meanwhile, there’s the internal vs. external number debate:”Facebook spokeswoman Melanie Deitch says the Palo Alto, Calif., company’s own numbers show that the number of registered Facebook users rose 9% to 11 million in September, while the number of individual page views rose 40% to 16.5 billion.”Facebook’s adding adults and other audiences was a mistake–well maybe not the high school students.

Campus Reader Aggregates College Newspapers

Campus Reader which pulls news feeds from all the college newspapers and presents the stories in a rich Ajax interface.

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