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Google announced the Chrome OS Notebook Pilot Program last Tuesday and revealed that notebooks running the Chrome OS will be available in mid-2011. Chrome OS is an open source operating system for users who spend most of their time on the Web built around the core tenets of speed, simplicity and security.  Chrome OS is a brand new free operating system built around the Google Chrome browser.  It represents a major step forward for cloud computing.

Google will be distributing a notebook called Cr-48 to early adopters. These non-branded notebooks are not for sale and they are designed as a test unit.  According to Google, the Cr-48 notebook starts up in 10 seconds and weighs about 3.8 pounds with 8 hours of battery life and 8 days of standby time.  The Cr-48 notebook has a 12.1-inch screen, a full keyboard, an oversized touch pad, world-mode 3G, 802.11 Wi-Fi, and a Webcam. It has a solid state drive, the size of which was undisclosed. Processor details weren’t revealed either.  However, the specifications are quite impressive so far.

The Cr-48 is now one of the hottest technology items today.  I wish I had an opportunity to test drive one of them now.  Nonetheless, I am excited about the announcement of the Cr 48 Pilot program and welcome the Chrome OS based notebooks.  I think the Chrome OS based notebooks will help bridges the digital divide and provide great opportunity for students to create, communicate, connect, and share their works to the world.

Chrome Event – 12/07/2010

What is Google Chrome OS?

Google Chrome OS Demo

Using a Chrome notebook

How to remain calm, despite what’s about to happen to your Chrome notebook

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I just returned from attending the Creating Futures Technology Conference (CFTTC) in Biloxi, Mississippi.  The CFTTC is Mississippi’s only statewide technology conference and trade show for post-secondary education.  The first CFTTC was held in 1997 and was sponsored by the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC).  This was my fifth time to present at the CFTTC.  I have always enjoyed the opportunity of sharing my ideas and thoughts on the use of technology to help Mississippi students learn with colleagues at other colleges and universities in Mississippi.  For the past two days, I made three presentations at the CFTTC and thought they went well.  Here are my slideshows.  Hopefully, they are helpful for those who were unable to attend the CFTTC this year.

Presentation 1

Teaching and Learning with the Digital Natives


Presentation 2

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Podcasting Pilot Project




Presentation 3

Open Source in Higher Education



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