Archive for August, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| August 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Paul Wood U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held his first Twitter Town Hall on Wednesday. People were asked to use the #askarne hashtag in order to direct questions to Duncan, which were asked in turn by journalist John Merrow. The Department of Education has posted a selection of the Q&A on its website, but […]

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Back to School with Google Chromebooks

Back to School with Google Chromebooks

| August 25, 2011 | 7 Comments

Yesterday was the first day of school for Grace Lutheran School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Among the various tasks that the students had to accomplish today were establishing their Google accounts and setting up their new Chromebooks. There’s already a certain excitement that comes with a new school year, but according to principal Peter Iles, the […]

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Class, Turn On Your Cell Phones: It’s Time to Text

Class, Turn On Your Cell Phones: It’s Time to Text

| August 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

Getty As we noted earlier this week, cell phones are in the hands of the vast majority of adults and whether schools like it or not, they’re in the hands of most students. While many schools still see cellphones as a distraction rather than as an educational tool, it’s hard to deny that these devices […]

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Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful?

Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful?

| August 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Source: Smithsonianmag “Whatever it takes” is an attitude that drives not just Kirkkojarvi’s 30 teachers, but most of Finland’s 62,000 educators in 3,500 schools from Lapland to Turku—professionals selected from the top 10 percent of the nation’s graduates to earn a required master’s degree in education. Many schools are small enough so that teachers know […]

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Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing?

Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing?

| August 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

Flickr:Bark Rules are important in any civilized society. Without them, chaos would ensue. But some rules are worth questioning, especially when the consequences negate their very purpose. Teachers are grappling with how to address regulations they consider unnecessary at best and harmful at worst. There’s no question that helpful guidelines can and should be put […]

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The Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks

The Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks

| August 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Great roundup of alternatives to expensive traditional college textbooks. “Professors can save students thousands by assigning open textbooks,” one sources says. Source: Nytimes Exorbitant college textbook prices have given rise to a “textbook rebellion,” which may be coming to a campus near you. A coalition of students, parents, professors and organizations including the Student Public […]

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Beyond YouTube: Khan Academy Videos Featured In E-Textbooks

Beyond YouTube: Khan Academy Videos Featured In E-Textbooks

| August 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

It was inevitable… Source: Fastcompany Long gone are the days when your otherwise drab textbook might be lightened up only by the occasional graphic or stock photo. Now, while perusing your electronic textbook, you’ll be able to get videos from the educational gurus at Khan Academy, which has teamed up with e-textbook startup Kno to […]

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Open Yale Courses

Open Yale Courses

| August 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Ivy Leagues are going populist! Source: Time Who says that Ivy League educations are too pricey for anyone but the privileged few? Like Harvard, Princeton and other schools, Yale is making some of its lectures available in Web-based form for… — www.time.com

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Stanford for Everyone: More Than 120,000 Enroll in Free Classes

Stanford for Everyone: More Than 120,000 Enroll in Free Classes

| August 23, 2011 | 2 Comments

Stanford Artificial Intelligence class By Anne Raith Professor Sebastian Thrun has given his lecture on artificial intelligence at Stanford University more than once. He knows that a lot of students are interested in his introductory course – almost 200 students have showed up in past years. But this fall, it will be different, even for […]

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The Question-Driven Life

The Question-Driven Life

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Fascinating piece by David Brooks about Kenyan Philip Leakey, who grew up in the Kenyan outback, and how his education had absolutely nothing to do with grades. “Some people center their lives around money or status or community or service to God, but this seems to be a learning-centered life, where little bits of practical […]

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