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

Posted in Teacher Tools on June 10, 2011 by

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.