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Devon Dickau

New Social Software Tries to Make Studying Feel Like Facebook - Technology - The Chroni... - 3 views

  • Students live on Facebook. So study tools that act like social networks should be student magnets—and maybe even have an academic benefit.
  • "Our mission is to make the world one big study group,"
  • some of their business plans rely on a controversial practice: paying students for their notes.
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  • College students study in groups to some degree, but from what students say they don't find them terribly beneficial.
    Interesting look at a few sites and technologies targeted toward college students to "assist" them in learning and studying. The question is...are these actual beneficial to students or is the focus simply on making money for the companies producing these sites?
Devon Dickau

News Corp Buys Education Tech Company 'Wireless Generation' For $360 Million - 3 views

  • he acquisition of Wireless Generation is News Corp's first major foray into the education industry since it hired New York City Education Chancellor Joel Klein earlier this month. The New York City School System is a client of Wireless Generation.
  • Education in the U.S. is a $500 billion sector “waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching,” said Murdoch in a statement, and Wireless Generation is at the “forefront” of individualized, tech-based learning.
Devon Dickau

Education Week's Digital Directions: Calif. Department of Ed. Now on iTunes U - 0 views

  • providing educators with free resources for professional development
  • With districts and schools under tremendous pressure to make every dollar count, teachers can now download top-rated educational content at no charge
  • Available content meets the CDE's criteria, which includes high-quality video, audio recordings, presentations, PDF documents, and other education-related information
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  • free professional development resources that are produced primarily by districts and private education institutions throughout the state
Devon Dickau

BBC News - The rights and wrongs of digital books - 2 views

  • The latter part of 2010 may mark the point from which future historians date the transition to screen-based reading for literary fiction as well as reference works
  • However, even they are not yet willing to accept that the price of electronic texts is too high, and that readers will not pay the same for a bunch of bits as they will for a bound book, since the market knows that it costs less to send electrons over a network than it does to buy paper, make books out of it and ship the physical objects around the world
  • When you buy an digital copy to read on your e-book reader, phone or laptop all you get is the copyrighted bit, and what you pay for is a licence to have a copy or copies of the text.
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  • Amazon recently announced that it will let Kindle owners "lend" books, but only for two weeks and only once per title.
  • The idea of "intellectual property" deliberately conflates the two and allows politicians to pretend that laws about physical property should extend to digital downloads. We need to challenge this unjustifiable elision if we are to think seriously about copyright and business models in the age of electronics.
Devon Dickau

New report highlights barriers to online learning | 21st Century Education | eSchoolNew... - 1 views

  • The report, Enabled by Broadband, Education Enters a New Frontier, highlights success and growth in online education programs across the country. It also outlines the need for increased broadband access and suggests policy measures to ensure that barriers to continued growth in online learning are removed
  • keeping students engaged and in school
  • more than 1 million K-12 students were enrolled in online education programs in 2007
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  • The latest Pew Internet & American Life Project survey indicates that one-third of Americans do not have broadband access at home. And the U.S. Commerce Department just released Census data indicating that the nation still faces a significant gap in residential broadband use that breaks down along incomes, education levels, and other socio-economic factors
Devon Dickau

New Jersey District Boosts Bandwidth for Classroom Instruction -- THE Journal - 0 views

  • Technology is extremely important to our school district because we realize the tremendous impact that it can have on improving education opportunities,
  • we can focus on making education the best it can be for students and teachers
Devon Dickau

Gates Announces $20-Million for New Education-Technology Program - Wired Campus - The C... - 1 views

  • new program aimed at harnessing technology to prepare students for college and get them to graduation
  • the first wave of grants will focus on four areas: blended learning, open courseware, learning analytics, and increasing engagement through interactive technology like games and social media.
  • By 2018, 63 percent of all job openings will require postsecondary education, according to the foundation. But fewer than half of Americans have earned a college degree by the age of 30.
Devon Dickau

Need a college? There's an app for that - 1 views

    How can mobile apps help students select colleges and universities?

    Two Spelman College students designed a phone app to educate others about historically black colleges and universities.
Devon Dickau

California Higher-Education System Needs Drastic Reforms, Report Says - The Ticker - Th... - 1 views

  • John A. Douglass, the paper’s author, says the state should create a centralized online university
  • California Higher-Education System Needs Drastic Reforms, Report Says
Devon Dickau

The End of the Textbook as We Know It - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 3 views

  • For years observers have predicted a coming wave of e-textbooks. But so far it just hasn't happened. One explanation for the delay is that while music fans were eager to try a new, more portable form of entertainment, students tend to be more conservative when choosing required materials for their studies. For a real disruption in the textbook market, students may have to be forced to change.
  • saying that e-textbooks should be required reading and that colleges should be the ones charging for them
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  • Here's the new plan: Colleges require students to pay a course-materials fee, which would be used to buy e-books for all of them (whatever text the professor recommends, just as in the old model).
  • they're far cheaper to produce than printed texts
  • publishers could eliminate the used-book market and reduce incentives for students to illegally download copies as well
  • When students pay more for new textbooks than tuition in a year, then something's wrong
  • Tricky issues remain, though. What if a professor wrote the textbook assigned for his or her class? Is it ethical to force students to buy it, even at a reduced rate? And what if students feel they are better off on their own, where they have the option of sharing or borrowing a book at no cost?
  • In music, the Internet reduced album sales as more people bought only the individual songs they wanted. For textbooks, that may mean letting students (or brokers at colleges) buy only the chapters they want. Or only supplementary materials like instructional videos and interactive homework problems, all delivered online.

    And that really would be the end of the textbook as we know it.

Devon Dickau

Cal State Bans Students From Using Online Note-Selling Service - - 0 views

  • selling their class notes online
  • NoteUtopia is meant to function as an online community where students can share information, discuss courses and rate professors - a supplement to, not a replacement for, offline education
  • levels the playing field
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  • Indeed, the provision of the state education code does some raise questions about intellectual property and the ownership of ideas and course content. If the students don't own their class-notes - or at least, cannot sell them commercially - who does? The professor? The university? The state?
    Interesting article about how technology is changing the way we define and share intellectual property. Is a professor's lecture the property of the professor, the University or neither? Does a student "own" the notes he takes in class?
Devon Dickau

New College Networks, Unlike Facebook, Connect 'Social' to Studies - Technology - The C... - 4 views

  • Universities are turning to social networking to create online learning communities that mix serious academic work, and connections among working scholars, with Facebook-style fun.
  • write and share blogs, join subject groups, and participate in academic discussions
  • "You may not want to friend your dean on Facebook, but you still want to be connected to your dean
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  • open for user input, allowing it to evolve over time
Devon Dickau

Will technology kill the academic semester? - 1 views

  • online program that lets students start class any day they want and finish at their own speed
  • The open format of Jefferson's program, called Learn Anytime, means students don't move through classes in groups. None of Mr. Smith's 400 online students will have a discussion or do a group project with classmates
  • "It doesn't allow students to get a deep understanding of the content."
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  • Regardless of criticism like that, the model is spreading.
  • ther than programs like Learn Anytime, online education generally mimics the familiar face-to-face template. A group of students moves through course work at a set pace and discusses the lessons, typically in a course forum.

    Jefferson's effort to break that mold grew out of a dual-credit project with a local public-school system. Since 2007, Learn Anytime has exploded from a couple of hundred students to nearly 1,300

  • Mr. Johnson's classroom isn't just virtual. It's also largely automated.
  • "The next frontier in online learning," says Mr. Anderson, "is to merge the social stuff with the self-paced stuff."
Devon Dickau

One Step Closer to a National Digital Library - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher ... - 0 views

  • Can the nonprofit world create a national digital library to put America's collective intellectual wealth within everyone's reach?
  • the idea of "a Digital Public Library of America," envisioning it as "an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources" drawn from the country's libraries, archives, museums, and universities.
  • the biggest obstacle to the Digital Public Library, in his view, is not money but "finding our way through our baroque copyright laws," especially those that govern so-called orphan works, whose copyright status is unclear.
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  • It didn't take long for people there to arrive at a conclusion, which is: We can do it.
Devon Dickau

'Chalk and Talk' Colleges Are Challenged by India's Company Classrooms - Technology - T... - 0 views

  • The most high-tech classrooms in India are not at a university but at a technology company's training facility.
  • To make up for those perceived deficiencies, Indian companies spent more than $1-billion last year on corporate-training programs for new employees, according to an industry group that has been pushing for change at universities.
  • Each classroom bears the name of a famous innovator—Archimedes, J.P. Morgan, Steve Jobs. In a morning class in the Benjamin Franklin classroom, I observed about 100 students learning the Unix programming language. Each seat had its own PC, and most students had opened a copy of the instructor's PowerPoint presentation and followed along on their own screen, sometimes scrolling back to see what they had missed, sometimes looking ahead.
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  • The trainees, called "freshers" because they are fresh out of college,
  • The trainees said that their undergraduate teaching had been delivered mostly in chalk-and-talk form, with the professor lecturing at the front of the classroom. A few professors had tried PowerPoint, they said, but even that was unusual.
  • "More technology would have meant a lot more knowledge."
  • It turns out, how wired the classrooms are is not the point—the style of teaching is much slower to change than the gear in the rooms.
    Indian college classrooms have not integrated technology into learning and teaching, so private companies - teaching the skills needed to perform in their specific career paths - are taking the lead, showing that universities need to catch up.
Devon Dickau

BBC News - 'Fair trade' solution to learning a new language - 1 views

  • in our ever-shrinking, networked world, the chance to learn new languages direct from the communities that speak it naturally is just a few clicks away.
  • There are lots of different ways of learning languages.

    "Different people learn in different ways. I think these kinds of virtual environments are really great, really good. Kids in school respond very well to these sorts of approaches."

    "Anything that brings language alive, whether that's in the real world or the virtual world, is a good thing."
Devon Dickau

Audio: Wikipedia's Co-Founder Calls for Better Information Literacy - Tech Therapy - Th... - 1 views

    How valid is Wikipedia use in education, teaching and research, especially in Higher Education?
Devon Dickau

BBC News - US schools may get unused fibre links - 0 views

  • high-speed web access for schools was vital "in order to participate in a 21st Century economy"
  • looking at the role of technology in learning
  • educational opportunities like properly wired classrooms, the right kinds of software or textbook opportunities they should hav
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  • We are falling behind and it's obvious in a global economy that other countries are doing a better job than we are
  • The back-to-school forum highlighted three main goals to help move the country towards a digital future that puts the US back on the map:

    • ensuring every child is digitally literate by 8th grade, around 14 years old
    • educating parents about technology and its value
  • making every classroom a 21st-Century classroom
  • Digital literacy is vital
  • there is a huge entrepreneurial opportunity to fill in that gap
    Really interesting article about the perceived importance of Internet to the K-12 student and suggesting how other entities and organizations are supporting equal access in this way.
Devon Dickau

Classroom iPad Programs Get Mixed Response - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Edu... - 0 views

  • At those early-adopter schools, iPads are competing with MacBooks as the students' go-to gadget for note taking and Web surfing.
  • the iPad's technological limitations—its inability to multitask and print, and its limited storage space—have kept students dependent on their notebooks. "That's the problem with the iPad: It's not an independent device,
  • really excited about the technology but have not been "pushing the capabilities" of the device.
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  • Seton Hill University, which gave iPads to all full-time students, are working with the developers of an e-book app called Inkling to come up with new ways to integrate the iPad into classroom instruction
  • he faculty at Indiana University has formed a 24-member focus group to evaluate iPad-driven teaching strategies.
    What about providing students iPads so that they purchase textbooks on these devices to save resources for both the students and the school? Can we assume that all students will be comfortable using an iPad, or might there be implications for students with learning differences? What about the socioeconomic gap for students who cannot afford a computer to LOAD the books onto their iPads (even if the iPads themselves were provided)?
Devon Dickau

Harrisburg University Plans Week-Long Social Media Blackout - 0 views

  • A Pennsylvania college is requiring students to power down and unplug from social media -- for an entire week.
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      Interesting social experiment
  • He decided to conduct an experiment using a convenient sample: Harrisburg's student body
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      What do you think about using a college student body for this type of experimentation? Do the students feel violated?
    What are the implications of being "off the grid" in terms of the Internet while in college? How dependent are we on this technology?
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