Universities Try Out New Digital Devices

From iPods and video cameras to the high-speed Internet2, schools experiment with ways to improve how teachers teach and students learn
Brown University in Providence, R.I. Brown is part of a consortium connected by Internet2, a fiber-optic network begun in 1996 that allows downloads and uploads many times faster than over the commercial Internet. Wikimedia Commons

Duke University made headlines in 2004 when it handed out Apple (AAPL) iPods to every incoming freshman. The Durham (N.C.) school began giving away the popular digital music players to see whether it made sense to record lectures and make digital copies available outside the classroom.

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