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EdTech News Roundup: EdTech Assessibility Concerns, the Wikipedia Initiative, and New ED Rules for For-Profit Colleges

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about new collaborations between academics and Wikipedia, concerns over the accessibility of new educational technology, and the debate over whether schools are sharing too much information with parents.

1. Academics, in New Move, Begin to Work with Wikipedia

While academics and Wikipedia have traditionally gone together like oil and water, the Association for Psychological Science’s Wikipedia Initiative is bringing the two into close contact. The initiative, which encourages academics to ensure that psychology articles on Wikipedia are accurate and up-to-date, plans to encourage professors to incorporate writing and editing Wikipedia articles into graduate coursework. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2. EdTech Not Immune from Civil Rights Obligations, Feds Advise

As more and more classrooms adopt educational technology, the U.S. Department of Education is reminding school leaders of their responsibility to ensure that all students — including those with disabilities — have equal access to the new tools. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

3. Do Schools Share Too Much with Parents?

In recent years, most schools have implemented some sort of student data management system to manage student information and keep parents up to date. Now, some parents are saying that there’s too much information available, taking away student autonomy and breeding antagonism between parent and child. Read more in this article from CNN.

4. Are New ED Rules an ‘Unconditional Surrender’ to For-Profit Colleges?

Some are claiming that the U.S. Education Department’s new rules for for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University are much less stringent than expected. Read more in this article from eCampus News.

5. K-12 Budgets Begin Shift Toward Cloud

More K-12 schools in the United States have begun allocating their IT budgets toward cloud technologies. Read more in this article from THE Journal.


EdTech News Roundup: Twitter for Teachers, Social Media in the Classroom, and Why One Man is Paying Talented Students to Drop Out of School

Day 24.10 tablet testingIn this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about a new fellowships that encourages students to drop out of school, the effect of social media on students, and how teachers can best utilize Twitter.

1. Want Success in Silicon Valley? Drop Out of School

Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, is encouraging 24 talented young people to drop out of school — in exchange for a $100,000 grant and a mentorship to start a tech company. Read more about Thiel’s controversial philosophy and the winners of the Thiel Fellowships in this article from the New York Times

2. Tablets Yes; E-Texts, Maybe

A study by the Pearson Foundation found that while college students are confident that tablet computers have educational value, they’re not quite as keen on e-textbooks — yet. Only 7 percents of the students actually owned a tablet computer at the time of the study. Read more about the results in this article from Inside Higher Ed.

3. Is Social Media Ruining Students?

There’s no doubt that social media has changed the way students interact with one another. Some argue that these changes have helped students stay connected and informed, while others say that outlets like Facebook and Twitter are a waste of time. Check out this infographic from onlineeducation.net for an illustration of the pros and cons. (For another take, also check out “Social Media in Higher Ed: Friend or Foe” in eCampus News).

4. Principals Call For Mobile And Social Technologies In Schools

The board of directions of the National Association of Secondary School Principals recently released a position statement advocating the use of mobile and social technologies in schools. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

5. Why Twitter is a Teacher’s Best Tool

Twitter can help teachers crowdsource problems and stay up to date on educational policy. Read more in this article from GOOD.



EdTech News Roundup: Virtual Snow Days, a Possible Cut for EETT Funding, and the 6 Technologies That Will Change Education

In this week’s roundup, check out articles about virtual snow days, what technologies are most likely to change education in the next 5 years, and how we can improve higher education.

1. Could the Internet Spell the End of Snow Days?

With new possibilities provided by online learning, schools are toying with “virtual snow days” to keep students learning during harsh weather. This way, say proponents of the idea, students won’t fall behind and districts will save money on transportation and electricity fees. Opponents, however, cite uneven Internet access and the loss of an old-fashioned day of leisure as potential downfalls. Read more about the debate in this Associated Press article.

2. 6 Technologies that Will Change Education

The New Media Consortium’s 2011 K-12 version of their annual Horizon Report identifies 6 technologies that will profoundly impact technology and learning over the next 5 years, some of them near-term and others further down the road. Their predictions include mobile devices, game-based learning, and personal learning environments. Read more about their predictions in this article from THE Journal.

3. U.S. Chamber Report Highlights Private Innovations

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce released a report this week on the need to embrace innovative educational technology in the U.S. effort to improve higher education. Knewton was among a group of private-sector “edupreneurs” included in the report. Read more in this article from the Financial, and be sure to check out our blog post about our inclusion in the report here.)

4. Free Websites Use Social Networking Tools to Share Content

As teachers become increasingly interested in incorporating social media into classroom lessons, new websites are springing up to meet teachers’ needs. Read more about the free tools offered by various websites in this article from eSchoolNews.

5. House Bill’s ‘New Priorities’ Don’t Include Ed Tech

State education technology grants are among the targets of the Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act (H.R. 1891), which seeks to eliminate “wasteful” national education programs. Enhancing Education Through Technology, or EETT — the only program providing federal edtech funding — would be among the eliminated programs. Read more in this article from THE Journal.


EdTech News Roundup: Growing Appreciation for Ed Tech Among Teachers, 'Multimedia Literary' Requirements at College, and 24/7 ELL Lessons

1. Seven Questions to Ask About Texting in Class

With cell phones becoming more and more ubiquitous among students, new ideas are being floated about possible ways to incorporate these mobile devices into the classroom. This article from MindShift has some questions to consider about the logistics of using mobile devices in class.

2. Across More Classes, Videos Make the Grade

USC and other universities are pondering new ways to ensure that students graduate with “multimedia literacy” — which means, in part, the ability to create meaningful and compelling graphics and images. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

3. Survey Highlights Changing Teacher Opinions on Ed Tech

According to a recent survey, teachers are becoming more avid users of technology in both the classroom and their personal lives (there’s been a 50 percent increase in teachers using podcasts and videos as part of their classroom instruction since 2008). Administrators too are recognizing the value of online and blended learning in addressing remediation issues and keeping students engaged. Read more in this article from eSchoolNews.

4. ELL to Go

Two schools transform their ELL programs by giving students around-the-clock access to some of the latest mobile devices. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

5. Twitter Meets the Breakfast Club

A professor who incorporates Twitter and Flickr into classroom assignments has found that the public nature of these forums — and the fact that potential employees might stumble upon it later — improves their work. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

EdTech News Roundup: New Blended Learning Models, Online Learning and the Higher Ed Bubble, and Cybersecurity Concerns

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about new models of blended learning, how online education could prevent the higher ed bubble from bursting, and cybersecurity concerns.

1. Report: 6 Blended Learning Models Emerge

A white paper released this week by Innosight Institute sheds light on six emerging models for blended learning in K-12 education. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

2. A College Unfriends Its Social Networking President

John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, tried to establish an open presidency using social media strategies, but recently, a huge majority of RISD faculty voted “no confidence” in his leadership. Read why in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

3. How Online Education Could Stop the Higher Ed Bubble from Bursting

Could online courses prevent the higher ed bubble from bursting? Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

4. ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Catching On In Schools

Many students now own their own mobile devices — a fact schools are taking advantage of by incorporating those devices into school lessons. Read more about the advantages and pitfalls of such strategies in this article from eSchoolNews.

5. Apple Co-founder Wozniak: Computers Can Teach Kids

Wozniak says that technology is getting to the point where computers could be more like a friend than a textbook. Read more in this article on Yahoo! News.

6. Amazon Kindle Not About to Muscle Out College Texts

A recent study involving University of Washington graduate students indicated dissatisfaction with the Kindle’s note-taking options and the ability to look up references on the device. Read more in this article from Techwatch.

7. Educators Lack Training to Teach Online Safety

When it comes to cybersecurity, less than a third of teachers receive training, according to a recent survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Read more about the implications of these findings in this USA Today article.

EdTech News Roundup: Prepping for iPads in Schools, High Demand for Hybrid Classes, and a College Degree for $10k?

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about $10,000 college degrees, prep for iPads in schools, the truth about blocked websites at schools, and more.

1. Texas Could Offer a Stripped-Down Degree for Just $10,000, Commissioner Says

Everyone involved acknowledges that the idea is ambitious, but as Raymund A. Paredes, Texas’ Commissioner of Higher Education, says, “I hope we’ve established that this isn’t a crazy idea.” Online courses would likely be a significant part of the plan. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2. Prepping for iPads in Schools

There’s been plenty of discussion about whether or not iPads are worthwhile additions to the classroom. But once the decision has been made to hand them out to students, what kind of preparation is required? Read more about one Florida high school’s journey to integrate iPads and address concerns about safety and teacher preparation, in this article from THE Journal.

3. Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites

There’s a lot of confusion about federal mandates to block certain websites: what sites are required to be blocked, whether teachers are allowed to access those sites, and whether schools will lose all funding if they break certain rules. In this post from MindShift, Karen Cator (the DOE’s Director of Educational Technology) clears up the confusion.

4. New Director of MIT Media Lab Talks of Encouraging Openness

Joi Ito, the new director of the MIT Media Lab and former CEO of Creative Commons, has plenty of ideas to encourage more open-knowledge projects at the MIT Media Lab, one of the world’s top computing labs. Read more about Joi Ito’s affinity for World of Warcraft (and other things!) in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

5. Campuses Not Meeting Demand for Hybrid Classes

Hybrid classes, which involve both web-based and in-person components, have often proven more popular (and perhaps even more effective) on college campuses. Still, many colleges are not meeting the demand. Read more in this article from eCampus News.

EdTech News Roundup: Calls to Reinstate EETT, Using Technology to Improve Legal Education, and the Debate Over Kindergartners and iPads in Maine

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about educational uses for social networking, efforts to reinstate Enhancing Education Through Technology, and the attempt to use technology to revitalize legal education.

1. Social Networks Used for Study, Friends

Facebook and Twitter aren’t only for socializing, according to a new poll. They’re also useful for studying and networking.

2. Groups Call for Reinstatement of Federal Ed Tech Program

The fiscal year 2011 appropriations bill cut funding for Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), the only dedicated federal funding for technology in education. Read more about how education advocacy groups are lobbying for its reinstatement in this article from THE Journal.

3. Kindergartners Getting iPads

A school in Maine is pulling together funds to ensure that all kindergarten students get iPads. Watch this CNN video for more on this controversial initiative.

4. Technology — and Action — Emphasized as Tools to Improve Legal Education

Legal education has been notoriously slow to incorporate technological advances. Legal educators recently came together at conferences spearheaded by Harvard and NYU to discuss possible ways to embrace innovation.

5. How Technology and Online Learning Could Radicalise British Schools

Read Neil O’Brien’s take on how “School of One,” a program pioneered in NYC schools that creates personalized “playlists” of lessons for students, could revolutionize British schools.

EdTech News Roundup: The Netflix Effect, Student Privacy Safeguards, and Librarians as the Future of EdTech

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about “smart” course recommendations, new student privacy safeguards, and why librarians might just be the future of campus computing.

1. The Netflix Effect: When Software Suggests Students’ Courses

A handful of colleges have begun using software similar to Netflix’s movie recommendation engine–except instead of recommending movies to watch, they’re helping students choose what courses to take. Read more about the pros and cons in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2. U.S. Education Department Launches Initiative to Safeguard Student Privacy

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced new measures to safeguard student privacy, while clarifying the laws around states’ sharing of school data. Read more in this article from EducationNews.

3. Reversing Course, U of California to Borrow Millions for Online Courses

The UC system announced that it will borrow at least $2 million to build online courses–rather than relying on outside grants or donations, as university leaders previously stated. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

4. Idaho Law Favors Tech Over Teacher Salaries

The governor of Idaho signed into law Friday the centerpiece of a major education reform plan that shifts money from salaries to fund new technology and teacher merit pay. Read more in this article from eSchoolNews.

5. 5 Reasons Librarians Are the Future of EdTech

Read more about why the future of campus computing belongs to librarians in this article from Inside Higher Ed. Hint: technology experience, collegiality, and service orientation are all important factors.

EdTech News Roundup: Mobile Learning, NYC Tech Programs, and What Not to Expect from Online Learning

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about mobile learning, the state of tech programs in NYC schools, and what not to expect from blended learning.

1. Moving to Mobile
Read more about the increasing demand (and support) for mobile apps on college campuses in this article from Campus Technology.

2. Experts Give Advice on Mobile Learning
At this year’s Corsortium for School Networking (CoSN) conference, much of the focus was on mobile learning and in particular, strategies for successful mobile learning implementation. Learn more in this article from eSchoolNews.

3. Think You’ll Make Bucks in Online Ed? Not So Fast, Experts Say
E-learning experts warn  universities looking to raise funds from online programs that generating money shouldn’t be the main goal of blended learning. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

4. New Million Syllabi Repository Could Reveal Trends in Teaching
Dan Cohen, director of the Center for History and New Media, has created a database of one million syllabi on his website that he hopes will help researchers understand trends in teaching. Read more in this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

5. NYC Tech Programs Coming Under Microscope
As teacher layoffs and other cutbacks face NYC school districts, increased spending on tech programs is coming under scrutiny. Read more in this article from EdWeek.

EdTech News Roundup: Facebook Essays, the Federal Learning Registry, and How Professors Use iPads

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles on the pros and cons of virtual education, Facebook essay writing, e-textbooks, the Federal Learning Registry, and yes, the iPad’s effect on education practices.
1. What Do Students Miss with a Virtual Education?

Check out ZDNet Education’s Chris Dawson’s take on this much-discussed question.

2. Princeton Professor Gains Cult Status with 3200 Essays on Facebook

In this Wired Campus post, check out how one Princeton English professor is reaching out to students.

3. More Details on Federal Learning Registry

Last July, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced an initiative to create a Federal Learning Registry as a way of better organizing digital educational resources. Check out this post from Education Week’s Digital Directions blog for more details on how the registry would work.

4. The iPad for Professors: Evaluating a Productivity Tool After One Year

Now that the second version of the iPad has been released, check out this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education featuring professors’ thoughts on using the iPad in conjunction with teaching.

5. As California Districts Slash Textbook Spending, Some Consider E-Books

As budgets tighten, some districts consider a possible move to e-textbooks in the near future.