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EdTech News Roundup: Competition for Virtual Students, QR Codes in Higher Ed, and Textbook Rentals on the Kindle

Posted in Ed Tech on July 29, 2011 by

computer lab - 4th gradeIn this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about competition for virtual students, social media’s place in the classroom, QR codes in higher education, and more.

1. Competing for the Virtual Student

As the for-profit sector gets into the virtual school business, public schools focus their attention on attracting online students. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

2. Social Media Find Place in Classroom

As social media grows in popularity, schools are not only allowing students to use it — they are encouraging it for educational purposes. Read more in this article from USA Today.

3. Has Tech Reached the Tipping Point?

Yeshivas Ohev Shalom, a 15-student Orthodox Jewish high school in Los Angeles, is the first U.S. Jewish school to offer all of its secular studies via a virtual charter school. Read more about the yeshiva’s decision to go digital — and about the larger edtech-related discussions taking place in the Jewish educational community in this article from The Jewish Week.

4. Campus Tech a Top Factor in College Selection and Perceived Career Success

College administrators value technology, but other priorities often get in the way, according to CDW-G’s 2011 21st-Century Campus Report. The report is based on a survey of more than 1,200 college students, faculty, IT staff and administrators. Read other highlights of the report in this press release from BusinessWire.

5. Quick Response Codes Catching On in Higher Education

QR codes are gradually catching on in American higher education for everything from promoting an on-campus event on a flyer to directing a student to supplemental reading material from a course syllabus. Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

6. Amazon Launches Kindle Textbook Rental Service, Allows Students to Store Notes in the Cloud

Students can now rent textbooks on their Amazon Kindle, saving up to 80% off textbook list courses. Read more on TechCrunch.