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EdTech News Roundup: EdTech Assessibility Concerns, the Wikipedia Initiative, and New ED Rules for For-Profit Colleges

Posted in Ed Tech on June 6, 2011 by

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, read articles about new collaborations between academics and Wikipedia, concerns over the accessibility of new educational technology, and the debate over whether schools are sharing too much information with parents.

1. Academics, in New Move, Begin to Work with Wikipedia

While academics and Wikipedia have traditionally gone together like oil and water, the Association for Psychological Science’s Wikipedia Initiative is bringing the two into close contact. The initiative, which encourages academics to ensure that psychology articles on Wikipedia are accurate and up-to-date, plans to encourage professors to incorporate writing and editing Wikipedia articles into graduate coursework. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2. EdTech Not Immune from Civil Rights Obligations, Feds Advise

As more and more classrooms adopt educational technology, the U.S. Department of Education is reminding school leaders of their responsibility to ensure that all students — including those with disabilities — have equal access to the new tools. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

3. Do Schools Share Too Much with Parents?

In recent years, most schools have implemented some sort of student data management system to manage student information and keep parents up to date. Now, some parents are saying that there’s too much information available, taking away student autonomy and breeding antagonism between parent and child. Read more in this article from CNN.

4. Are New ED Rules an ‘Unconditional Surrender’ to For-Profit Colleges?

Some are claiming that the U.S. Education Department’s new rules for for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University are much less stringent than expected. Read more in this article from eCampus News.

5. K-12 Budgets Begin Shift Toward Cloud

More K-12 schools in the United States have begun allocating their IT budgets toward cloud technologies. Read more in this article from THE Journal.