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projectelite - home - 71 views

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    Great resource for Librarians to integrate technology into education.
tab_ras

The Case for the Virtual Classroom - 65 views

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    Online education is often dismissed as a pipeline for expensive degrees of little value and a sponge for veterans' tuition payments. But while it's true that for-profit universities have made a hefty business out of e-learning, it's becoming apparent that learning online can also benefit almost everyone else.
Gerald Carey

21 Things that will become obsolete in Education by 2020 - 321 views

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    One person's predictions.
    Good starting point for a discussion about where we are headed in Education.
Holly Barlaam

Digital Citzenship--Using Technology Appropriately - 110 views

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    Guidelines to responsible behavior regarding technology use. A good resource for teachers when addressing the classroom norms of technology use.
Dallas McPheeters

Power League | A fun and easy way to explore any topic - 93 views

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    Sample group opinions and provoke group discussions - its easy and free. Create your own online leagues or use our existing ones. Power League is a versatile resource that lets you ask tough questions, stimulates debate and creates a visual league table based on votes gathered across your group. Start your own league and get voting ...
Dallas McPheeters

Mathway: Math Problem Solver - 113 views

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    Interesting site allows students and teachers to solve problems, create worksheets, show steps to solving equations, etc.
Dallas McPheeters

How to Create a Rubric in 3 steps - 138 views

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    Good and basic tutorial shows students how to create a rubric. Great learning and practice tool for would be teachers, graduate students.
sha towers

Doctoral degrees: The disposable academic | The Economist - 27 views

  • There is an oversupply of PhDs. Although a doctorate is designed as training for a job in academia, the number of PhD positions is unrelated to the number of job openings. Meanwhile, business leaders complain about shortages of high-level skills, suggesting PhDs are not teaching the right things. The fiercest critics compare research doctorates to Ponzi or pyramid schemes.
  • A graduate assistant at Yale might earn $20,000 a year for nine months of teaching. The average pay of full professors in America was $109,000 in 2009
  • America produced more than 100,000 doctoral degrees between 2005 and 2009. In the same period there were just 16,000 new professorships.
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  • PhD students and contract staff known as “postdocs”, described by one student as “the ugly underbelly of academia”, do much of the research these days.
  • In some areas five years as a postdoc is now a prerequisite for landing a secure full-time job.
  • About one-third of Austria’s PhD graduates take jobs unrelated to their degrees. In Germany 13% of all PhD graduates end up in lowly occupations. In the Netherlands the proportion is 21%.
  • In America only 57% of doctoral students will have a PhD ten years after their first date of enrolment. In the humanities, where most students pay for their own PhDs, the figure is 49%.
  • in 1966 only 23% of science and engineering PhDs in America were awarded to students born outside the country. By 2006 that proportion had increased to 48%. Foreign students tend to tolerate poorer working conditions, and the supply of cheap, brilliant, foreign labour also keeps wages down.
  • The earnings premium for a PhD is 26%. But the premium for a master’s degree, which can be accomplished in as little as one year, is almost as high, at 23%
  • PhDs in maths and computing, social sciences and languages earn no more than those with master’s degrees
  • the skills learned in the course of a PhD can be readily acquired through much shorter courses.
  • In one study of British PhD graduates, about a third admitted that they were doing their doctorate partly to go on being a student, or put off job hunting.
  • The more bright students stay at universities, the better it is for academics. Postgraduate students bring in grants and beef up their supervisors’ publication records.
  • Writing lab reports, giving academic presentations and conducting six-month literature reviews can be surprisingly unhelpful in a world where technical knowledge has to be assimilated quickly and presented simply to a wide audience.
  • Many of those who embark on a PhD are the smartest in their class and will have been the best at everything they have done. They will have amassed awards and prizes. As this year’s new crop of graduate students bounce into their research, few will be willing to accept that the system they are entering could be designed for the benefit of others, that even hard work and brilliance may well not be enough to succeed, and that they would be better off doing something else.
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    article from the Economist "The Disposable Academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time
Javier E

Primero Hay Que Aprender Español. Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen. - NYTimes.com - 15 views

  • Hispanics made up 16 percent of America’s population in 2009, but that is forecast to surge to 29 percent by 2050
  • Spanish is easy enough that kids really can emerge from high school with a very useful command of the language that they will retain for life, while Mandarin takes about four times as long to make the same progress.
  • In effect, Chinese is typically a career. Spanish is a practical add-on to your daily life, meshing with whatever career you choose.
Vonnie Downey

Flickr: Creative Commons - 116 views

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    images for use in education- make sure to refer to the key on the right hand side of the page to make sure you are using the images properly-
BTerres

QR Codes In Education - 86 views

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    Recopilación de información y recursos sobre el uso de los códigos QR en educación
Javier E

Chapel Hill Campus Takes On Grade Inflation - NYTimes.com - 38 views

  • Dartmouth transcripts include median grades, along with the number of courses in which the student exceeded, equaled or came in lower than those medians. Columbia transcripts show the percentage of students in the course who earned an A.
  • “What I like about this approach is that it allows faculty who have a certain philosophy of grading to stick with it, as long as they’re O.K. with having it be shown. If somebody gets an A in a class with a lot of A’s and that’s put out there, that’s good. If the chemists are willing to tell everybody that they grade harshly, that’s good too.”
Dallas McPheeters

Nearly 1 in 4 fails military exam | Around the Web | eSchoolNews.com - 27 views

  • 23 percent of recent high school graduates don’t get the minimum score needed on the enlistment test to join any branch of the military
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    Interesting report portends a bleak trend?
Melanie Weser

Internet Detective | Home - 86 views

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    well-designed, detailed, topics include quality of information on internet, plagiarism & citation, definitions of information sources, much more, geared towards college, could be used in high school 
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    Free Internet Research tutorial takes about an hour to complete
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