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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Thanks for the post. The sound I made is more like the classic Shift+[assortment of keys in the top row of the keyboard]. Maybe I’m simply more struck by it now that I’m outside the US, but this fetish for monitoring and control really sounds as if it’s become pathological in the past few years. Ditto for micro-level performance management of education.

    “Smart ebook” seems to have a variety of meanings, though, and despite a variety of searches I wasn’t able to find links to stories of the type you mention. (Maybe Google is punishing me for customarily grazing in other sorts of pastures.) Could you please provide a couple of pertinent links?

  2. Sarah Waldeck says:

    Hi A.J.,

    Smart e-book was my own term; sorry if it sent you in the wrong direction.

    Here is a link to where I first saw the story, in today’s New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/technology/coursesmart-e-textbooks-track-students-progress-for-teachers.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.

    The topic was also on my local public radio this morning, although they were probably inspired by the New York Times article.

  3. A.J. Sutter says:

    Thanks. Here is a wonderful quote from the article that seems poised to bite someday the person who uttered it (a Texas A&M dean): “‘It’s Big Brother, sort of, but with a good intent,’ said Tracy Hurley, the dean of the school of business.”

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