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

Posted in Teacher Tools on May 27, 2011 by

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 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.