Archive for August, 2011

Five Changes Every School Should Make

Five Changes Every School Should Make

| August 22, 2011 | 14 Comments

Flickr:ShineaLight In her book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking), Duke University professor Cathy Davidson talks about how the education system must be overhauled. “Her recommendations center on one of the most astounding revelations of the digital age: Even academically reticent […]

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To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies

To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies

| August 22, 2011 | 30 Comments

Flickr:From_Ko Last week, a  study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that cellphones have become “near ubiquitous”: 83% of American adults own one. Over half of all adult mobile phone owners had used their phones at least once to get information they needed right away. And more than a quarter said that […]

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How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next?

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next?

| August 19, 2011 | 11 Comments

When most of us were deciding what to major in at college, the word Google was not a verb. It wasn’t anywhere close to being conceived at all. Neither was Wikipedia or the iPhone or YouTube. We made decisions about our future employment based on what we knew existed at the time. We would become […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| August 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

Fans of Google’s Android App Inventor can breathe a sigh of relief. Following on last week’s news that Google planned to shut App Inventor down, the company announced that it was open-sourcing the project and handing it over to MIT Media Lab. The Media Lab in turn, and with seed funding from Google, announced it […]

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Back to School: 42 Digital Resources for Students & Parents

Back to School: 42 Digital Resources for Students & Parents

| August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

The mother of all ed-tech lists: a greatest-hits compilation from Mashable. Source: Mashable It’s getting to be that time of year. Your chances of seeing school supply commercials have increased exponentially. Kids are breaking out last year’s Elmer’s in anticipation of glorious glue feasts. Teens are cramming their entire summer reading into the last week […]

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Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

| August 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

In the past two days, I’ve received a few comments and emails from readers about different articles that all point to the same problem: frustration over lack of money to take advantage of all these transformational tech tools that we write about here. In response to The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back to School, […]

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A Web-Based Microscope for the Pros is Open to All Students

A Web-Based Microscope for the Pros is Open to All Students

| August 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

One of the promises of the Internet is to put resources into the hands of those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access them. We often think of that in terms of information and data. But as the Imaging Technology Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign demonstrates, the Internet can […]

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Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 People Want This Course

Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 People Want This Course

| August 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Source: Nytimes The course is one of three being offered experimentally by the Stanford computer science department to extend technology knowledge and skills beyond this elite campus to the entire world, the university is announcing on Tuesday. The online students will not get Stanford grades or credit, but they will be ranked in comparison to […]

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How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books

How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books

| August 17, 2011 | 8 Comments

Reading hasn’t always been seen as a solitary act. Our first experiences with books demonstrate that: before we know how to read, we often have people — a parent, a teacher — reading out loud to us. But once we know how to read, there’s a sense that we’re supposed to read silently and oftentimes, […]

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Welcome to the Fall Semester

Welcome to the Fall Semester

| August 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

A few tips to keep in mind for students, educators, and administrators. But perhaps the best part of this piece is the link to The Allegory of the Grade. Food for thought. Source: Wired Sharpen your pencils and charge your laptops. It is time for the next semester to start. How about some tips to […]

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