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EdTech News Roundup: New Blended Learning Models, Online Learning and the Higher Ed Bubble, and Cybersecurity Concerns

Posted in Ed Tech on May 7, 2011 by

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about new models of blended learning, how online education could prevent the higher ed bubble from bursting, and cybersecurity concerns.

1. Report: 6 Blended Learning Models Emerge

A white paper released this week by Innosight Institute sheds light on six emerging models for blended learning in K-12 education. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

2. A College Unfriends Its Social Networking President

John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, tried to establish an open presidency using social media strategies, but recently, a huge majority of RISD faculty voted “no confidence” in his leadership. Read why in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

3. How Online Education Could Stop the Higher Ed Bubble from Bursting

Could online courses prevent the higher ed bubble from bursting? Read more in this article from eCampusNews.

4. ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Catching On In Schools

Many students now own their own mobile devices — a fact schools are taking advantage of by incorporating those devices into school lessons. Read more about the advantages and pitfalls of such strategies in this article from eSchoolNews.

5. Apple Co-founder Wozniak: Computers Can Teach Kids

Wozniak says that technology is getting to the point where computers could be more like a friend than a textbook. Read more in this article on Yahoo! News.

6. Amazon Kindle Not About to Muscle Out College Texts

A recent study involving University of Washington graduate students indicated dissatisfaction with the Kindle’s note-taking options and the ability to look up references on the device. Read more in this article from Techwatch.

7. Educators Lack Training to Teach Online Safety

When it comes to cybersecurity, less than a third of teachers receive training, according to a recent survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Read more about the implications of these findings in this USA Today article.