Ball State and technology: Two peas in an iPod

Topics: College of Communication Information and Media, Emerging Media

October 17, 2008

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Microsoft is working with the university to develop potential educational applications for the Microsoft Surface, a surface computer the company has dubbed the "coffee table that will change the world."
Some things just naturally go together—like peanut butter and jelly, bees and honey, and Ball State and technology.

That's why Microsoft is working with the university to develop code and content for potential educational applications for the Microsoft Surface, called the "coffee table that will change the world." The surface computer provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects.

The partnership furthers Ball State's national prominence for it use of technology and emerging media as innovative teaching tools, both inside the classroom and collaboratively with industry professionals.

Microsoft Surface and other technologies will be put on display during Tech4U, an event designed to introduce some of these emerging technologies through interactive demonstrations and seminars with technology leaders and nationally recognized faculty from Ball State.

"Technology never stops changing. It's always improving and evolving in some way," says Phil Repp, Ball State's interim vice president for information technology. "This university has the reputation, expertise and industry partnerships to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to uses of technology and emerging media in higher education, and this is a fantastic venue to showcase our efforts."

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in Bracken Library on the Ball State campus and will feature other demonstrations including the use of iPhones and iPod touch, Blackboard and Second Life in higher education.

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