Edupage, March 29, 2006

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April is National Poetry Month
Speech and Rhythm, are the two elements of language development.
Rhythmic Synchrony governs conversation,
Music and Reading Connections.
National Endowment for the Arts Announces Poetry Out Loud:
Students who were highly involved in the arts had higher grades and standardized test scores.
How to Integrate Music, Poetry and Reading,
Rhythm Syllables, Languages' rhythm and language acquisition
Teaching Poetry in K12 education.
Online Poetry Classroom
Academy of American Poets will launch the first-ever Poetry Read-a-Thon.
Poetry that can be read online.
Poetry Archives
What do poetry and math have in common?
Cowboy Poetry Explained An essay by Hal Cannon
Black Cowboy Poetry
Ray Kurzweil the Cybernetic Poet
Academy of American Poets

  Another Patent Threatens Campus Technology
  Initiative Aims to Help Find Trustworthy Information Online
  MIT Conference Addresses E-Mail Problems
  BT Charging for High Bandwidth Usage

ANOTHER PATENT THREATENS CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY Another company has contacted a number of colleges and universities about a technology patent they might be infringing, this time for systems that transfer money across the Internet to campus cards. in 1998, JSA Technologies applied for a patent, which was granted in 2005, that covers such transfers. Many institutions use campus cards for student expenses such as books, food in snack bars, or campus fees. Jon Gear, vice president of JSA, said the company has no intention of forcing institutions to discontinue their funds-transfer systems. The company, he said, is simply enforcing a patent that protects its intellectual property. Gear said JSA contacted a number of schools, though he declined to say how many or to name them, and will negotiate licensing fees, which he said would be "negligible." Lowell Adkins, executive director of the National Association of Campus Card Users, said his organization is working to clarify the issue. "It's still really unclear what the scope of the patent is," he said. "We need to understand how they're going to exercise their rights." Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 March 2006 (sub. req'd)

A new Web site being developed by researchers at Syracuse University
and the University of Washington (UW) will provide users with tools and
tips for separating good online information from the vast amounts of
unreliable material. R. David Lankes, associate professor of
information studies at Syracuse, and Michael Eisenberg, professor in
the Information School at UW, are codirectors of the Credibility
Commons, which is funded by a $250,000 grant from the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Lankes said that many users assess
the credibility of online information based on what a site looks like
or whether it tells users what they want to hear. The Credibility
Commons will gather computer programs--written by others and by the
organizers of the new site--that can help users find credible
information on the Web. The site will also solicit feedback from users
for how best to locate reliable, accurate information. The tools
developed by the Credibility Commons will be available as open source
applications, which users may download and modify provided they share
those changes with the site.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 March 2006 (sub. req'd)

****************************************************************** Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education <>

FREE service designed for queries
about any online college operating in the USA and costs
nothing for students to query.
U.S. GAO  of Special Investigations

Military and the University Complex
University CEO's Salary INFORMATION
Cyberliberties at the top 50 universities in the United States.
WHO OWNS K-12 IP Online Content?

Attendees at the 2006 Spam Conference at MIT agreed that filters and
other technologies designed to prevent spam from reaching its intended
targets merely address the symptoms without doing anything about the
underlying problem. Many were similarly dismissive of proposals to
charge a fee to senders of e-mail, saying that such an approach runs
counter to the fundamental tenets of the Internet. Phil Raymond of
Vanquish Labs compared a fee system to having first class and cattle
cars on a train, suggesting that "some of [the cattle] cars will be
left behind completely." Presenters at the conference instead urged
adoption of economic incentives that would encourage users to be good
e-mail citizens. Raymond, for example, proposed a system under which
bulk e-mailers would be required to post a bond, against which
recipients of those e-mails could make claims if they deemed messages
to be spam. Opinions were mixed, however, about the CAN-SPAM Act. Jon
Praed of the Internet Law Group said the legislation has done little to
discourage spammers while placing new burdens on legitimate e-mail
marketers. In contrast, Aaron Kornblum, a member of Microsoft's
antispam legal team, said the law was the basis for 70 civil lawsuits
that Microsoft has filed against spammers since January 1, 2004.
CNET, 28 March 2006

***************************************************************** National Children's Folksong Repository Project An historic electronic online archive of children's folk songs. A public folklore project built by the children of the United States and territories. Children pick up the Phone and SING OR CHANT (SAY) THEIR SONG. Children are our unknown culture makers and they get to record and save their songs, then submit them into the database so that they can hear themselves on the net. They collect history, and they will make history at the same time. Watching the streaming video.

Folklore and Traditional Culture Instruction Into K-12 Education Folk music - sung during the days before there was a music industry when the role of music was about your life - about the life and times that most of us don't experience anymore and when the music was sung because it helped people through it and sustained them. **************************************************************************

U.K. Internet service provider BT has sent letters to 3,200 subscribers
letting them know that their usage exceeds the 40GB per month download
limit to which they agreed in the terms of their service. The letters
inform customers that they must either pay a surcharge for the extra
usage or their service will be disconnected. The ISP does not have an
automatic shutoff for users who exceed the limit, and officials from BT
said they are willing to tolerate occasional violations. The users
contacted, however, are regularly downloading far more than the limit,
with some routinely downloading 200GB every month. Such a volume of
downloads corresponds to approximately 50,000 songs. A spokesperson
from BT said it would be fair to call these users "broadband hogs" and
noted, "You would have to be downloading pretty much all day, every
day, to manage that level of downloading." BT sent similar letters to
1,800 individuals in October, and while some users did agree to pay for
their usage, most were cut off from BT.
ZDNet, 27 March 2006

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