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Libraries, patrons, and e-books

Those who have taken the plunge into reading e-books stand out in almost every way from other kinds of readers.

 

The growing popularity of e-books and the adoption of specialized e-book reading devices are documented in a series of new surveys by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that look at the public’s general reading habits, their consumption of print books, e-books and audiobooks, and their attitudes about the changing ways that books are made available to the public.

 

Read a summary of their findings here: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/

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Just click the 'follow' button at the top, right of this page. Trying to find posts on a particular topic? Click 'filter' tab above and choose an area of interest. To view the original article, click "Show original" at the bottom of the box, or simply click on the title.

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Goals Behind Social Media Use - BestCollegesOnline.com

Goals Behind Social Media Use - BestCollegesOnline.com | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Discover how schools are now using social media to reach past, current, and future students.
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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | Campus Life | Scoop.it

The six technologies and the changes they’re expected to bring are detailed in “NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition,” a 52-page document that is available free from the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, which convened the panel.

For each of the trends the panel identified, the report offers examples and a further-reading list, as well as a discussion of whether the changes affect leadership, policy, practice, or some combination of the three.
http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/6-technologies-will-change-colleges-in-coming-years-experts-say/50053


Preview or download the report from this link:  http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed?utm_source=nmc&utm_medium=shortlink&utm_campaign=2014%20horizon%20he%20report

 

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50 of the Best Online Courses and Resources for Learning Web Design

50 of the Best Online Courses and Resources for Learning Web Design | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Interested in learning how to build web sites or improve your web design skills? There's a wealth of resources for you (including our own night school on the topic).
The guide covers tutorials, online courses, live courses, and reference materials—and tells you if they’re free and the level of students they’re best for.
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Here, in one place, is an exhaustive guide to the best tools around covering tutorials, online courses, live courses, and reference materials.
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Free Online Higher Education: 5 Best MOOCs

Free Online Higher Education: 5 Best MOOCs | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Some Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) attract hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world. Read about the 5 best free ones.
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Online education has existed for a while now, but has really taken off in the past year. Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, as they are referred to, have refueled an interest in higher education like never before, with some courses attracting hundreds of thousands of students of all ages from all over the world.  Read the best 5 free MOOCs here:  http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/229640-5-best-moocs-for-free-online-higher-education/

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The Future of Learning, According to Millennials

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A survey asked U.S. college students about the future of learning. What they revealed could affect education strategy, particularly planners and learning professionals as they think about how to best engage and attract this next generation to both their face-to-face and virtual offerings. "The future of education is online, and since they were brought up with the internet, they are prepared for that change,” said Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding, in a press release. “Education should not be a one size fits all model because everyone learns differently, regardless of age, occupation, and location. More online courses should be offered to cater to those who learn better in a virtual classroom.” Survey respondents said that they are more willing to learn online and that they view the future of learning as more virtual and social media driven. However, 78 percent still think that it’s easier to learn in a traditional classroom than online. More here: http://associationsnow.com/2013/06/the-future-of-learning-according-to-millennials/
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From the survey response, more and more college students believe that the future of education is online. Do you agree?
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Report: Four in 10 colleges to offer MOOCs by 2016

Report: Four in 10 colleges to offer MOOCs by 2016 | Campus Life | Scoop.it
A few high-profile rejections have done nothing to doom the future of massive open online courses (MOOCs), according to a worldwide report.

 

 Providing access to MOOCs, in fact, is considered a necessary shift in the ever-changing higher education landscape.

 

Amherst College offered a firm denial to MOOC provider EdX in April. Duke faculty, a few weeks later, voted down plans for the university to offer MOOC-like courses. Philosophy faculty members at San Jose State University, where MOOCs have thrived, said in an open letter that adopting MOOCs was tantamount to watering down students’ college education.

 

The willingness to use MOOCs as a means of expanding higher education and lowering student costs is hardly shared by most colleges and universities worldwide, according to a report from Enterasys, a networking company that works with higher education.

 

Forty-three percent of respondents to Enterasys’s survey said they planned on offering some MOOC courses by 2016, marking a significant jump from the 14 percent of institutions that offer MOOC courses today. Less than half of the schools that plan on offering MOOCs by 2016 will accept course credit from those classes, according to the report.

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The expansion of MOOC offerings is expected to coincide with consistent growth of online education, as 90 percent of schools said they’d offer web-based classes by 2016, an increase of 17 percent of the 73 percent of colleges that offer online options today.

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10 state universities join Coursera in deals that could grant credit for MOOCs

10 state universities join Coursera in deals that could grant credit for MOOCs | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Coursera announced Thursday that it was partnering with 10 state university systems and public flagship institutions -- and that the universities could offer the online courses for credit.

 

The universities involved in the new partnerships are State University of New York (SUNY), the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee systems, the University of Colorado system, the University of Houston system, University of Kentucky, University of Nebraska, University of New Mexico, the university system of Georgia, and West Virginia University.

 

While the exact details of each deal differ depending on the institution, the central goal of the arrangements are similar.

 

“At the core of these partnerships is the motivation to encourage new methods and enhance previous approaches to teaching both on-campus and online,” Coursera stated. “Faculty teaching at these institutions will have the opportunity to develop online courses as well as adapt existing MOOC content, which they can then incorporate into their own classrooms.”

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Which students spend the most time online?

College students of every kind spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet, but engineering and technology students take the proverbial web-surfing cake.

 

Past research has shown that college students can't spend much time without checking texts and social media accounts, and this new survey shows which students are spending the most time on the internet, and  which social media is used across the 26 countries represented in the findings.

 

About one-fourth of social science students were reportedly spending more than five hours online every day. Students interested in arts and humanities were least likely to spend more than five hours a day online, as compared to technology and engineering students who are most likely to spend more than five hours a day online.

 

Europeans, Americans, and Canadians were most likely to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to “keep up to date,” while Latin American and African respondents were less likely to use social media for this reason.the top reasons Americans use Facebook and Twitter.

 

More here:  http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/which-students-spend-the-most-time-online/

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It would be equally interesting to validate this research among our local college students to demonstrate the impact of social media in higher education.

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The youth are knee deep in social media 

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Social media in higher education: Pros, cons, and overall impact

Social media in higher education: Pros, cons, and overall impact | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Once regarded as a passing fad, social media is now an essential language that today’s college students—and officials—must learn in order to remain relevant and well-informed.

 

The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research recently surveyed numerous four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities to assess the use of social media in higher education.  The survey infograph illustrates how universities use social media in multiple ways and shows social media’s surge in popularity in the last three academic years.

 

The infograph also listed the three greatest successes and challenges to using social media in higher education.

 

Most administrators agree that safe communities created within social media—how professors can link students to course materials via monitored virtual environments—is a positive movement. Social media also encourages collaboration among students and professors, and it gives them opportunities to produce good content and further market a university’s unique fingerprint and identity.

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The survey infograph illustrates how universities use social media in multiple ways and listed the three greatest successes and challenges to using social media in higher education.  Check the infograph here: http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/social-media-in-higher-education-pros-cons-and-overall-impact/2/

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Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom

Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom | Campus Life | Scoop.it
The power of funding alone should not be enough to override academic freedom, argues Curt Rice, nor does open access automatically skew the world of scholarship

 

The best argument that open access enhances academic freedom lies in the fact that in open access journals, authors retain copyrights while in the traditional system, they must sign over the copyright to the publisher. Stuart Shieber at Harvard University elaborates: "Traditional publishing infringes academic freedom. Authors assign copyright to publishers as part of the publication process. With this control, publishers can and do limit access to the scholar's writing. Scholars are therefore not free to disseminate their academic work in the broadest way."

 

There is a growing literature suggesting that open access articles are read and cited more, another argument that open access enhances academic freedom.  Also, open access articles are assured of being archived and available for longer access in the future, unlike commercial digital publishing where the responsibility for archiving lies with the publisher who decides until when to keep archived articles available.  The library that subscribes to an electronically published traditional journal cannot simply keep an archive of what it subscribes to.  After all, isn't academic freedom about the right of published works to remain accessible for as long as it takes?

 

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How college websites influence students’ web experience

How college websites influence students’ web experience | Campus Life | Scoop.it
How are today’s students researching higher-education institutions?

 

The two dominant audiences for college websites are prospective students—defined as high school juniors and seniors—and current college students who are searching for support during their experience. A recent Ektron infograph offers insight into the different ways these two student groups locate and are influenced by college information.

 

According to research, college websites are one of the most influential resources for prospective students, second only to a campus tour; friends and family and guidance counselors ranked as the third and fourth most influential resources.

 

To find more on "How social media influences prospective and current college students", read more here:  http://www.ecampusnews.com/research/how-college-websites-influence-students-web-experience/?ps=311435-00130000011Lj0z-00330000019qFFy

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Seven new iPad apps to know about

Seven new iPad apps to know about | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Last month, we launched a brand-new feature called App of the Week, in which our editors highlight a new educational app every week. Here are the first seven apps we've featured.

 

All of these apps are for Apple’s iPad, but in the future, some Android apps will be featured as well. These 7 apps include Voice Dream Reader, MathScaled (free), Grammar Wonderland, Virtual Human Body, ASCD for iPad, ClassDojo (also free), and Thud! Presidents.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 10 advantages of online courses - eCampus News

INFOGRAPHIC: 10 advantages of online courses - eCampus News | Campus Life | Scoop.it

According to a new infographic, online courses provide many new advantages that are propelling online learning past “trend” to mainstay.

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Whether you oppose, support, or are merely ambivalent to the practice of online learning, the proliferation in the number of colleges and universities offering blended and online learning courses skyrocketing, reinforcing the fact that online learning is not a fad, but here to stay. This infographic details the many advantages of online learning, outside of just convenience.

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World's 10 most spectacular university buildings

World's 10 most spectacular university buildings | Campus Life | Scoop.it
If your university memories comprise dull, dusty halls and cold, concrete classrooms, you probably didn't study at these places
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The 10 buildings include Lomonosov Moscow State University, the world's tallest university building; Swanston Academic Building in Australia, which "catches the eye with its wavy and jagged façade"; and Bradfield Hall at Cornell University in the United States, which is "almost entirely windowless."  But my favorite is the image here of the library at Freie Universitat Berlin. Even though it appears to be part of the existing buildings, the library was conceived as a single building.

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7 tech predictions for higher education in 2014

7 tech predictions for higher education in 2014 | Campus Life | Scoop.it
As the new year begins, Pearson's Dr. Jeff D. Borden outlines his top 7 ed-tech predictions for higher education in 2014.
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Here are 7 things blogged about regularly, formally written about in education publications, the subject of grants and other financial opportunities, and represented in numerous conference presentation titles.
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Libraries revamp websites to help community search simpler, quicker

Libraries revamp websites to help community search simpler, quicker | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Rutgers redesigned and relaunched the University library website this past June.
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The primary impetus for redesigning a library website is to make the site easier to use for novice users, with little or no familiarity with library resources. The website should have a search box to allow users to search for a variety of different library resources from an easy-to-use interface, be they articles, books, journals, audio, videos, archival resources, and special collections. Ask a Librarian’ chat box should appear on every page of the website, offering users real-time live assistance wherever they are. More useful tips on redesigning library websites here: http://www.dailytargum.com/news/libraries-revamp-websites-to-help-community-search-simpler-quicker/article_13683916-2724-11e3-834e-0019bb30f31a.html
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Embargoes for Dissertations?

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The American Historical Association has released a policy calling on history departments and university libraries to allow students to place embargoes on the online versions of Ph.D. dissertations in the field for up to six years. The association says that such a policy is needed to enable new Ph.D.s to successfully publish books based on their dissertations. But some historians are upset about the proposal, which they say isn't needed and runs counter to the scholarly mission of sharing research findings.

 

Historically, doctoral granting institutions have required copies of dissertations to be placed in the university library, so these documents have not been embargoed. But most of these library shelves haven't attracted much foot traffic, let alone the kind of traffic that digital copies enable. More recently, many universities have embraced some or all of the open access movement, requiring digital copies to be made available.

 

"History has been and remains a book-based discipline, and the requirement that dissertations be published online poses a tangible threat to the interests and careers of junior scholars in particular," the statement says. "Many universities award tenure only to those junior faculty who have published a monograph within six years of receiving the Ph.D. With the online publication of dissertations, historians will find it increasingly difficult to persuade publishers to make the considerable capital investments necessary to the production of scholarly monographs."

 

Much of the debate that has turned up online about the proposed policy focuses on whether the AHA is exaggerating the danger to new Ph.D.s of having their dissertations online.



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/24/historians-association-faces-criticism-proposal-embargo-dissertations



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Because Ph.D. theses are increasingly freely and widely available in digital repositories, journal and book publishers are not likely to accept work based on digitally available dissertations.  Will embargo as an option answers the nagging academic issue of the faculty - "Publish or perish." 

 



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EdX doubles its size with 15 new universities

The not-for-profit massive open online course (MOOC) platform EdX roped in its first Asian institutions, along with more Ivy League universities, as the number of participating schools doubled May 21.

 

EdX’s educational partners doubled on Tuesday, as Ivy League schools and prestigious universities from Asia and Europe joined the not-for-profit MOOC platform that has stirred debate about the future of higher education. There are now more than 900,000 students taking EdX courses. 

 

EdX, which will also feature classes from new educational partners from Europe, including Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and the Technical University of Munich in Germany, made the announcement weeks after philosophy professors at the San Jose State University (SJSU) criticized EdX courses in an open letter, saying that such courses were inferior to traditional classes.

 

The new EdX insititutions are expected to begin offering classes on the platform in late 2013 or early 2014.

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Bringing online courses from Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Davidson College, and University of Washington, along with Peking University in China, The University of Hong Kong, and other Asian institutions brings the number of EdX online schools to 27 just one year after the Cambridge-based outfit launched.  There are now more than 900,000 students taking EdX courses, some for college credit.

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The latest trends in MOOCs

The latest trends in MOOCs | Campus Life | Scoop.it
The battle for and against massive open online courses (MOOCs) rages on as we head into summer, with new arguments emerging on both sides of the MOOC divide.

 

A newly released infographic provides intriguing breakdowns of how MOOCs are being used -- and will be used -- in higher education, how people feel about the emerging technology, and the biggest value and drawbacks of the massive open online courses. The infographic sheds more light on how many colleges and universities might offer credit-bearing MOOC classes.

 

LearnDash, a blog covering educational technology and learning management, recently published an intriguing infographic summarizing the latest — and emerging — trends in higher education’s adoption of MOOC courses.

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This infographic provides intriguing breakdowns of how MOOCs are being used -- and will be used -- in higher education, how people feel about the emerging technology, and the biggest value and drawbacks of the massive open online courses. 

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How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning

How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Some of the most popular tools that are revolutionizing the educational field and not only are the so called “collaborative learning tools”.

 

If your main educational purpose is to increase student involvement and collaboration, then you may want to consider a mind mapping application as a collaborative learning tool option.

 

What are the benefits of using a mind mapping tool for your teaching activity?

 

A mind mapping tool creates the right context where students can develop their critical thinking, creativity, independent thought process and teamwork skills.

 

When engaging in collaboration using a mind mapping software, there are several benefits that have a great impact on the learner as he interacts with others and discovers different ways of managing new information and content:

 

easy management of content

flexibility in organizing new ideas

collaborative learning at a distance

visible tracking of students’ activity

real time group collaboration

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How can a student use a collaborative learning tool like mind mapping to improve his school performance and information retention?  How can teachers increase student involvement by using mind mapping as a collaborative learning tool?  Read more here: http://edudemic.com/2013/05/how-mind-maps-can-inspire-collaborative-learning/

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Coursera, Publisher Pilot Offers Licensed Content to MOOC Students

Coursera, Publisher Pilot Offers Licensed Content to MOOC Students | Campus Life | Scoop.it

Beginning May 8, instructors providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) via Coursera will have the option to supplement their video lectures with content from major academic publishers Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, SAGE Publications,and Wiley, at no cost to their students.

 

And that’s just the beginning: “Coursera is also actively discussing pilot agreements and related alliances with Springer and additional publishers,” the company said in a statement.

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This is an interesting development because most MOOC instructors rely on open access or public domain resources for readings. 

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Comelec launches web, mobile app for voters' education

Comelec launches web, mobile app for voters' education | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Through a newly launched mobile application, voters can now try filling out a sample ballot, learn more about campaign rules, find their precinct, and report campaign violations through their cellphones, tablets and desktops.
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This is a free app, and works well if you have a strong internet connection. Try it.

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Free eBook: 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms

Free eBook: 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms | Campus Life | Scoop.it
In this free eBook from The eLearning Guild, experts provide 129 tips for educators and designers who want to make the best use of these technologies.

 

Virtual classrooms can be daunting. How do you engage students you can’t see? What if someone’s network or Internet connection drops or is slow? How do you select the appropriate virtual-classroom (or virtual-world) platform? 

In this free eBook from The eLearning Guild, experts provide 129 tips for educators and designers who want to make the best use of these technologies. Whether you are brand new tovirtual classrooms and virtual worlds or have been working with them for a while, you should find something in here for you, in areas including:

Using virtual-classroom and virtual-world features effectively

Instructional design and presentation skills for the classroom

Pros and cons of virtual classrooms and virtual worlds

Pros and cons of physical and blended classrooms

Games for the classroom

Mobile and social learning for the classroom


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Professor’s Wikipedia assignment draws criticism from site’s editors

Professor’s Wikipedia assignment draws criticism from site’s editors | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Wikipedia editors have raised concerns about a University of Toronto psychology professor after he assigned 1,900 students to add content to the free online encyclopedia.

 

A University of Toronto psychology class assignment created a stir among Wikipedia volunteer editors who complained when more than 900 students added content to the online encyclopedia. Wikipedia editors complained that the students were not properly editing the site’s pages using the necessary citations for each tidbit of information added to an entry. Do you think this will have a lasting impact in the way educators use Wikipedia for classroom assignments?

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e-Learning Reloaded: Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Info Junkies, Researchers & Students | OEDb

e-Learning Reloaded: Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Info Junkies, Researchers & Students | OEDb | Campus Life | Scoop.it
The number of resources available online for finding information grows every day. Luckily, we've done a bit of the legwork for you, compiling a list of some of the best Web 2.0 resources out there for academics.

 

These tools that can make finding, organizing, and sharing information a little easier and a lot more productive are sorted out and labelled under "organization", "bookmarking", "notes and markup", "citation", "social", "search tools", and "learning".

More here: http://oedb.org/library/features/e-learning-reloaded:-top-50-web-2.0-tools-for-info-junkies,-researchers-&-students
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Henry BAHM's comment, March 12, 2013 5:12 AM
Many great and useful features
Henry BAHM's comment, March 12, 2013 5:13 AM
Many great and useful features
Sara Akil's comment, March 13, 2013 9:35 PM
Amazing !