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EdTech News Roundup: Proficiency-Based Learning, Facebook in Schools, and How Students Use Technology

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about college students’ technology use, what Facebook does to kids’ brains, and UCLA’s new minor in digital technologies.

1. How Students Use Technology

Check out this infographic for a perspective on students’ use of — and dependence on — various forms of technology.

2. What Facebook Does to Kids’ Brains

Check out this Atlantic Wire article about the impact of Facebook — good and bad — on kids. Also check out a few related articles from Mindshift: 50 Reasons to Invite Facebook Into Your Classroom and Questioning Facebook in School.

3. A Beginner’s Guide to Integrating Technology

Want to start bringing your classroom into the modern age, but unsure of how to start? This helpful article will help guide you on your journey toward technology integration.

4. Students Assess Their Professors’ Technology Skills

The Chronicle of Education had four students make videos assessing their professors’ proficiency levels with technology. Spoiler alert: everyone’s over Powerpoint.

5. UCLA Offers Minor in Digital Humanities

The minor will cover “the use of new technologies for non-technological study” and allow students to apply their learning on the subject to their individual fields of interest. Read more in this article from ReadWriteWeb.

6. Beyond Seat Time: Advancing Proficiency-Based Learning

In this article from THE Journal, read about the movement to replace traditional advancement with advancement based on subject mastery — and the role that technology is playing in the shift.


EdTech News Roundup: Missouri Bans Student-Teacher ‘Friendships'; Universities Join Together to Promote Broadband; Apollo Group Acquires Carnegie Learning

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out news about universities banning together to support open access policies, Missouri’s Bill 54, and Apollo Group’s acquiring Carnegie Learning.

1. Missouri Outlaws Teacher-Student Facebook Friendship

Missouri Senate Bill 54 prohibits teachers and students from communicating on any social network that allows for exclusive contact. Read more in this article from The Atlantic Wire. For more on Bill 54, check out Audrey Watter’s reaction: “Missouri’s Misplaced Social Media Law.”

2. Universities Join Together to Support Open Access Policies

22 universities are joining forces to form The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (Coapi), a new group to “collaborate and share implementation strategies, and advocate on a national level.” Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Wired Campus” blog.

3. Inkling Opens Textbooks on the iPad

Inkling, a San Francisco-based start-up formed to bring next-generation textbooks to the iPad, has raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Tenaya Capital. Read more in this article from USA Today.

4. Apollo Group to Acquire Carnegie Learning for $75M

Apollo Group Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit college chain, said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire Carnegie Learning Inc., a publisher of research-based math curricula, for $75 million. Read more in this article from BusinessWeek.

5. Gig.U. Hopes to Seed Development with Ultra-Speedy Campus Networks

“Over two dozen U.S. universities have thrown their support behind Gig U, a program that aims to bring 1 Gbps broadband connections to campuses and their surrounding areas. Gig U’s goal is to foster the development of research and businesses in universities and their surrounding areas by providing ultra-fast networking abilities.” Read more in this article from TechNewsWorld.

6. Ed-Tech Leaders Push Closed Captioning, Compliance Monitoring

In an effort to comply with disability laws, colleges are looking to companies to help make their lessons accessible for all. Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

7. Facebook Buys Digital Bookmarking Service Push Pop Press

Facebook acquired Push Pop press, a service intended to help authors and publishers convert physical books into iPad and iPhone-friendly formats. Read more in this article from TechCrunch.

EdTech News Roundup: Competition for Virtual Students, QR Codes in Higher Ed, and Textbook Rentals on the Kindle

computer lab - 4th gradeIn this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about competition for virtual students, social media’s place in the classroom, QR codes in higher education, and more.

1. Competing for the Virtual Student

As the for-profit sector gets into the virtual school business, public schools focus their attention on attracting online students. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

2. Social Media Find Place in Classroom

As social media grows in popularity, schools are not only allowing students to use it — they are encouraging it for educational purposes. Read more in this article from USA Today.

3. Has Tech Reached the Tipping Point?

Yeshivas Ohev Shalom, a 15-student Orthodox Jewish high school in Los Angeles, is the first U.S. Jewish school to offer all of its secular studies via a virtual charter school. Read more about the yeshiva’s decision to go digital — and about the larger edtech-related discussions taking place in the Jewish educational community in this article from The Jewish Week.

4. Campus Tech a Top Factor in College Selection and Perceived Career Success

College administrators value technology, but other priorities often get in the way, according to CDW-G’s 2011 21st-Century Campus Report. The report is based on a survey of more than 1,200 college students, faculty, IT staff and administrators. Read other highlights of the report in this press release from BusinessWire.

5. Quick Response Codes Catching On in Higher Education

QR codes are gradually catching on in American higher education for everything from promoting an on-campus event on a flyer to directing a student to supplemental reading material from a course syllabus. Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

6. Amazon Launches Kindle Textbook Rental Service, Allows Students to Store Notes in the Cloud

Students can now rent textbooks on their Amazon Kindle, saving up to 80% off textbook list courses. Read more on TechCrunch.


EdTech News Roundup: High Stakes Online Testing, Apps to Treat Autism, and Khan Academy’s Future

ExamIn this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read about the future of standardized testing, News Corp.’s future in edtech, and how Khan Academy is changing education.

1. High Stakes Online Testing: Coming Soon

As dissatisfaction with “fill in the bubble” standardized tests grows among parents and teachers, the federal government is allocating funds to develop new testing solutions using technology. Read more in this article from T.H.E. Journal.

2. S. Korea Leads Way for Paperless Classroom

As South Korea prepares to transition completely to digital textbooks by 2015, educational leaders in the U.S. are evaluating our own plans for digital education. Read more in this article from The Washington Times.

3. News Corp. Scandal Clouds Murdoch’s Move into Education

News Corp. recently acquired Wireless Generation and had been planning to expand its education holdings further; now, after the phone-hacking scandal at News of the World, these plans might be affected. Read more in this article from Education Week.

4. High Speed Internet Service to Be ‘Leveling Agent’ for West Virginia Colleges

High-speed internet will soon be available at colleges and K-12 schools across West Virginia, thanks to another local campus agreeing to share its Internet2 connection. Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

5. Using Touch Screens and Apps to Treat Autism

New apps specially designed for children with autism have, parents and educators say, “led to near-miraculous breakthroughs for children with a variety of disabilities.” Read more in this article from Education Week.

6. How Khan Academy is Changing the Rules of Education

Wired Magazine has written an in-depth article about the philosophies behind Khan Academy, a popular educational site run by Salman Khan. The site has some 2,400 videos (all recorded by Kahn) on subjects like math and science. Be sure to check the article out, as well as Audrey Watter’s “The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy” on her blog, Hack Education.

7. iPad Training 101

A private school in  Michigan is taking a proactive approach to help familiarize its teachers with new technology. Read more in this article from T.H.E. Journal.

8. K-12 To See Double-Digit Growth in E-Learning Through 2015

K-12 e-learning is expected to grow in the double digits at least through 2015, according to a new study from Ambient Insight. Read more about the details in this article from T.H.E. Journal.

9. NYU Professor Vows Never to Probe Cheating — and Faces a Backlash

A NYU professor wrote a controversial blog post about why he’ll never use Turnitin, an anti-plagiarism software program, again. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Education’s “Wired Campus” blog.

EdTech News Roundup: Wikipedia in Academia, College for Free, and Kids Predict the Future of Technology

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about job help via Twitter, West Virginia’s plans to switch to online textbooks, Wikipedia’s partnerships with educators, and more.

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1. Kids Predict the Future of Technology

A recent study found that “kids ages 12 and under are predicting that the future of media and technology lies in better integrating digital experiences with real-world places and activities.” Predictions from children in different parts of the world also varied in interesting ways. Read more about their projections in this article from eSchoolNews.

2. Educators Cite Research to Shift Ed-Tech Focus from ‘Why’ to ‘How?’

As educational technology becomes more widely accepted among teachers, students, and school districts, there has been a call to redefine the edtech debate to focus on practical, effective ways to bring the classroom into the 21st century. Read more in this article from Education Week.

3. Marist College Official Provides Job Help to Students Via Twitter

Does the future of recommendation letters lie in 140-character tweets? If the actions of Timmian C. Massie, chief public affairs officer for Marist College, is any indication, the answer might be yes. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

4. A College Education for All, Free and Online

The University of the People, a free tuition-free online institution, hopes to serve students with no access to traditional higher ed. They take advantage of open-source educational content and use simple, asynchronous technology models to deliver content. Will their model work? Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

5. West Virginia Asks Counties to Prepare for Online Textbooks

West Virginia, in preparation for a shift to digital textbooks, is initiating a 2-year suggested hiatus on buying social studies textbooks. Read more in this article from eSchoolNews.

6. Wikipedia Aims Higher

Wikipedia is taking steps to create and strengthen ties with academic institutions; two dozen universities now have courses that explicitly incorporate work on Wikipedia into their coursework. Read more in this article from Inside Higher Ed.

7. Judge Sides with For-Profit Colleges in Challenge to ‘State Authorization’ Rule

The Education Department’s “state authorization” rule, which required schools to be certified in all states in which they operate, has been struck down by a U.S. District Court judge. Read more about the decision in this article from The Chronicle of Education.

8. Building Agility into the Tech Budget

Rather than ask the school board to approve budgets for specific technology purchases, the superintendent of a New York State school district came up with a multi-year purposing plan, which he compares to a mortgage, to allow him to purchase the technology he needed and pay for it over the long-term. Read more in this article from T.H.E. Journal.


EdTech News Roundup: Blackboard Buyout, What Google Plus Means for Schools, and the Disruption of Blended Learning

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about Blackboard’s buyout, the launch of Google Plus, and South Korea’s initiative to make all textbooks digital by 2015.

1. Private Equity Firm to Buy Blackboard for $1.64 Billion

The maker of college course-management software agreed to a $1.67 billion buyout by Providence Equity Partners. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Wired Campus” blog.

2. Google Plus: Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For?

Read about the potentials of Google Plus for schools (privacy, educational hangouts) as well as its potential downfalls (limited access, Google Apps integration, web filtering), in this article from ReadWriteWeb.

3. The Disruption of Blended Learning

Heather Staker, senior research fellow and project manager for the education practice at the Innosight Institute, speaks to THE Journal about blended learning’s potential to transform education.

4. In South Korea, All Textbooks Will Be E-Books by 2015

In this article from The Christian Science Monitor, read about South Korea’s $2.4 billion dollar initiative to transfer all its school textbooks to digital textbooks in the next 4 years. South Korea’s goal is to create “smart schools” across the country, building on their current learning initiatives.

5. Intel’s Little Laptop That Could Bring Tech to Millions of Children Around the World

Intel has created a low-cost, durable laptop designed to bring education to children worldwide. Read more about the initiative is this article from Mashable.

6. West Virginia U. Helps Local Papers Go Mobile

Since 2008, the University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism’s “West Virginia Uncovered” project has helped over a dozen local paper create websites, solicit electronic subscribers, and in some cases, even create iPhone apps. Read more about the program in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

7. Top 10 Youtube Videos Posted by Colleges, and What They Mean

The Chronicle of Higher Education used data from Youtube to determine the top 10 videos posted by colleges on the site. The top 10 list includes commencement speeches, a tutorial on U. Chicago’s new library, and a lecture by the Dalai Lama at Stanford University. Read about what else did – and didn’t – make the list in this article.

8. The Seven Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools

In this article from MindShift, take a look at the “seven golden rules” that Adam S. Bellow, author of The Tech Commandments, and founder of eduTecher, identifies for using technology in schools.

EdTech News Roundup: The Dept. of Ed. Announces New EdTech Initiatives, Liberal Arts Colleges Go Online, and Colleges Turn Away from Mobile Apps


In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about mobile websites, the dearth of college-ready teens, and new edtech initiatives from the Department of Education.

1. More Students and More Cuts Mean Tough Choices

As enrollment at community colleges increases along with budget cuts, schools are scaling back on some tech services while also looking to effective web-based classroom solutions. Read more in this article from Campus Technology.

2. As Mobile Devices Multiply, Some Colleges Turn Away From Building Mobile Apps

As more and more smartphone users emerge, some colleges are beginning to move away from creating mobile apps to creating mobile websites, which can be accessed by phones on any platform (unlike apps, which must be developed and updated separately for individual platforms). Read more about the pros and cons of this approach in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

3. To be Tech Leader, is ‘Savvy’ Necessary?

When it comes to ed tech leadership, is it more important to be savvy or enthusiastic? Read more in this blog post from Education Week’s “Digital Directions” blog.

4. College-Ready Teens in Short Supply

The number of high school graduates will drop significantly over the next decade. As a result, according to a report by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Center for Higher Education Management, it’s crucial that nontraditional students have access to college coursework in order to “help close the gap between qualified workers and jobs available.” Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

5. Four New Initiatives from the Department of Ed

At a panel discussion at the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference, Karen Cator, director of educational technology at the Department of Education, outlined the department’s priorities and plans to continue to bring education into the digital age. Read more in this post from Mindshift.

6. Liberal Arts Colleges Venture into Unlikely Territory: Online Courses

Still convinced that online courses are only the purview of for-profit institutions like the University of Phoenix? Read about how Bryn Mawr College and other similar liberal arts institutions are considering implementing online learning into their courses, in this blog post from The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Wired Campus” blog.


EdTech News Roundup: New Massive Open Online Courses, Teachers Warm up to EdTech, and Academic Publishing Goes Open Source

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In this week’s edtech news roundup, read articles about new ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ at U of Illinois – Springfield, teachers’ increasing affinity for educational technology, and a bill in Oregon expanding online charter schools.

1. Technology Keeps Students Tethered to Parents Longer than Previous Generations

With email, Skype, text messaging, Facebook, and other new ways of communication, the distance between college students and their parents is shrinking. Read more about the positive and negative implications of this cultural shift in this article from eCampusNews.

2. U of Illinois at Springfield Offers New ‘Massive Open Online Course’

A growing number of educators are making a push toward “open teaching” by offering “Massive Open Online Courses,” or “MOOTS,” which anyone can join. The University of Illinois at Springfield recently announced it would offer a MOOC on the state of online education and the future of e-learning. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

3. The More We Use It the More We Love It

Results from an annual survey indicate that as teachers’ use of technology increases, so does the amount of value they place upon it. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

4. Blogs Elbow Up to Journal Status in New Academic Publishing Venture

PressForward, a new project from The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, seeks to bring academic publishing into the 21st century with a platform that will highlight blog posts and conference papers. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

5. Oregon House Passes Bill Expanding Online Charter Schools

The controversial bill would allow up to 3 percent of the students in any local district to enroll in online charter schools. Read more in this article from The Huffington Post.



EdTech News Roundup: Computer Studies Made Cool, Using Cloud Computing to Collaborate, and the ATTAIN Act

Sculpture: OMG LOL by Michael Mandiberg / Eyebeam Art + Technology Center Open Studios: Fall 2009 / 20091023.10D.55420.P1.L1. / SMLIn this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about increased interest in computer science, new edtech legislation in the Senate, and new uses of cloud computing.

1. How Slang Affects Students in the Classroom

LOL, IDK, BTW… the list of abbreviations used in text messages and social media is nearly endless. But how is this shorthand affecting students’ ability to write academic assignments? Read more in this article from U.S. News and World Report.

2. Is the iPad Ready to Replace the Printed Textbook?

According to the results of a classroom poll at Abilene Christian University, 3 out of 4 college freshman said that they’d be willing to purchase an iPad personally if at least half of their college textbooks were available digitally. Read more in this article from Campus Technology.

3. Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus

Enrollment in college computer science programs is growing, thanks in part to the buzz from films like The Social Network and the celeb status of entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerburg and Steve Jobs. Read more in this article from The New York Times.

4. On Cloud Nine

Cloud computing isn’t just for school administrators anymore. Now, students are using tools like Google Apps, wikis, and more to collaborate and learn. Read about nine new projects utilizing the cloud in this article from THE Journal.

5. ‘Second Life’ Struggles to Catch On With Educators

Though educators were initially attracted to the opportunities afforded by Second Life, the expectations have in many ways fallen short. Read more in this article from Education Week‘s Digital Directions blog.

6. Education Groups Applaud New Ed-Tech Legislation

The Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) Act (recently introduced into the Senate) would, if passed, work to bolster technology literacy and increase access to educational opportunities through online learning. Read more in this article from eSchoolNews.



EdTech News Roundup: Interactive Teaching, Twitter in the Classroom, and a Dispute over Online Course Costs

Interactive classroomIn this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read about interactive teaching, Twitter in the classroom, and a new initiative to impose standards for educational metadata.

1. Ten Ideas for Interactive Teaching

Studies have shown that students absorb little information from lectures. If you’re a teacher, check out these 10 ideas for interactive teaching instead in this article from eSchool News.

2. Online Students Dispute Extra Fees They Paid

A student at Foothill Community College in Los Altos is disputing an extra fee to access non-downloadable course content, and state law may be on his side. Read more in this article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

3. College Students Can’t Go Long Without Checking Their Smartphones, Laptops

A recent study found that nearly 4 in 10 college students can’t go more than 10 minutes without checking one of their mobile devices. Read more in this article from eCampus News.

4. Project to Set Educational Metadata Standards Launched

The Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons recently announced a new initiative to improve search results for educational content on the Web. The Learning Resources Framework Initiative would create a standard coding language for all searchable educational content. Read more in this article from Education Week.

5. Twitter Finds a Place in the Classroom

Twitter is helping one middle-school history teacher increase engagement and participation among his students. Read more in this article from CNN.