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EdTech News Roundup: Missouri Bans Student-Teacher ‘Friendships’; Universities Join Together to Promote Broadband; Apollo Group Acquires Carnegie Learning

Posted in Teacher Tools on August 5, 2011 by

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out news about universities banning together to support open access policies, Missouri’s Bill 54, and Apollo Group’s acquiring Carnegie Learning.

1. Missouri Outlaws Teacher-Student Facebook Friendship

Missouri Senate Bill 54 prohibits teachers and students from communicating on any social network that allows for exclusive contact. Read more in this article from The Atlantic Wire. For more on Bill 54, check out Audrey Watter’s reaction: “Missouri’s Misplaced Social Media Law.”

2. Universities Join Together to Support Open Access Policies

22 universities are joining forces to form The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (Coapi), a new group to “collaborate and share implementation strategies, and advocate on a national level.” Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Wired Campus” blog.

3. Inkling Opens Textbooks on the iPad

Inkling, a San Francisco-based start-up formed to bring next-generation textbooks to the iPad, has raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Tenaya Capital. Read more in this article from USA Today.

4. Apollo Group to Acquire Carnegie Learning for $75M

Apollo Group Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit college chain, said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire Carnegie Learning Inc., a publisher of research-based math curricula, for $75 million. Read more in this article from BusinessWeek.

5. Gig.U. Hopes to Seed Development with Ultra-Speedy Campus Networks

“Over two dozen U.S. universities have thrown their support behind Gig U, a program that aims to bring 1 Gbps broadband connections to campuses and their surrounding areas. Gig U’s goal is to foster the development of research and businesses in universities and their surrounding areas by providing ultra-fast networking abilities.” Read more in this article from TechNewsWorld.

6. Ed-Tech Leaders Push Closed Captioning, Compliance Monitoring

In an effort to comply with disability laws, colleges are looking to companies to help make their lessons accessible for all. Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

7. Facebook Buys Digital Bookmarking Service Push Pop Press

Facebook acquired Push Pop press, a service intended to help authors and publishers convert physical books into iPad and iPhone-friendly formats. Read more in this article from TechCrunch.