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

Posted in Knerds on July 9, 2011 by

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.