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Faculty Tech Fundamentals

Some time ago, Michael Froomkin posted a baseline list of technology tools for law teachers and scholars.  My recollection is of the post is that these were what every law professor ought to have at hand (and implicitly, ought to know something about).  (Sorry, Michael, if I’m mis-remembering.)

This summary of a recent law-teaching-tech program at Harvard prompts me to ask a related question:

What technologies — if any — should every law professor be expected to know and use competently in 2007?  The HLS program touched on some edge-technologies — Second Life, for example.  And “know” and “use” might be separated; law faculty might be expected to know something about e-discovery tools, but not expected to be able to use them.

Here’s a preliminary, incomplete list of possible candidates:

  • Reading/writing basics:  Office suite (MS Office, OpenOffice — pick one or some other) (text editor, slideware, spreadsheet, database, HTML editor)
  • Communications/publishing/group work basics:  Email, IM, blogware, groupware (such as Groove)
  • Scholarship tools:  Bibliographic software, statistics software
  • Virtual worlds technologies
  • Peer-to-peer tools

What belongs on the baseline list?  What’s a reach?