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

Posted in Knerds on July 1, 2011 by


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.