There is a bit of a thing happening with Campus Editions. First I learnt about Edublogs Campus, a nice new offering…. and then rather belatedly I heard about Firefox Campus Edition.
The Firefox campus edition comes pre-installed with StumbleUpon (for discovering websites, photos and videos), FoxyTunes (lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browser) and Zotero (for clipping web notes and to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.
Providing this tool will make it imperative for us that students have good information and critical literacy skills to navigate successfully in this environment in order to think deeply, creatively and fairly rather than plagiarising or operating outside a creative commons approach to online media.
It’s marketed as being everything you need for a well-rounded College Life!
According to Mashable
It’s probably fair to say this is a marketing drive to get Firefox installed on student laptops before they head back to school.
I wonder, did anyone actually install this on their student machines? I like to be quite choosy about the Firefox addons I use – some of which are great. I think I would prefer to apply the same approach to customizing student delivered web browsers.
…sounds a bit gimicky to me… however, if it helps to promote the edge that Firefox clearly has (and of which many web users are still unaware) then why not?