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EdTech News Roundup: Wikipedia in Academia, College for Free, and Kids Predict the Future of Technology

Posted in Knerds on July 15, 2011 by

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about job help via Twitter, West Virginia’s plans to switch to online textbooks, Wikipedia’s partnerships with educators, and more.

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1. Kids Predict the Future of Technology

A recent study found that “kids ages 12 and under are predicting that the future of media and technology lies in better integrating digital experiences with real-world places and activities.” Predictions from children in different parts of the world also varied in interesting ways. Read more about their projections in this article from eSchoolNews.

2. Educators Cite Research to Shift Ed-Tech Focus from ‘Why’ to ‘How?’

As educational technology becomes more widely accepted among teachers, students, and school districts, there has been a call to redefine the edtech debate to focus on practical, effective ways to bring the classroom into the 21st century. Read more in this article from Education Week.

3. Marist College Official Provides Job Help to Students Via Twitter

Does the future of recommendation letters lie in 140-character tweets? If the actions of Timmian C. Massie, chief public affairs officer for Marist College, is any indication, the answer might be yes. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

4. A College Education for All, Free and Online

The University of the People, a free tuition-free online institution, hopes to serve students with no access to traditional higher ed. They take advantage of open-source educational content and use simple, asynchronous technology models to deliver content. Will their model work? Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

5. West Virginia Asks Counties to Prepare for Online Textbooks

West Virginia, in preparation for a shift to digital textbooks, is initiating a 2-year suggested hiatus on buying social studies textbooks. Read more in this article from eSchoolNews.

6. Wikipedia Aims Higher

Wikipedia is taking steps to create and strengthen ties with academic institutions; two dozen universities now have courses that explicitly incorporate work on Wikipedia into their coursework. Read more in this article from Inside Higher Ed.

7. Judge Sides with For-Profit Colleges in Challenge to ‘State Authorization’ Rule

The Education Department’s “state authorization” rule, which required schools to be certified in all states in which they operate, has been struck down by a U.S. District Court judge. Read more about the decision in this article from The Chronicle of Education.

8. Building Agility into the Tech Budget

Rather than ask the school board to approve budgets for specific technology purchases, the superintendent of a New York State school district came up with a multi-year purposing plan, which he compares to a mortgage, to allow him to purchase the technology he needed and pay for it over the long-term. Read more in this article from T.H.E. Journal.