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How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy

How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy

| January 31, 2012 | 12 Comments

B. Gilliard [UPDATE Feb. 3, 2012: Please see additional clarification from both of the researchers of the studies cited in this article below.] Scientists are notorious for questioning the veracity of publicized research — and with good reason. They want to know: Who conducted the research? Where was it published? What were the survey questions? […]

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Watch Out, Facebook: A New Social Network Targets Alumni

Watch Out, Facebook: A New Social Network Targets Alumni

| January 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

Dave Herholz There has been a lot of excitement about bringing social networking tools into the classroom in recent years. These technologies have been touted as ways to encourage students to collaborate and communicate — both with teachers and with one another. It’s a way for students who might feel too shy to speak up […]

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Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

| January 19, 2012 | 10 Comments

There’s been speculation for months now — at least since the release of the Steve Jobs biography — about Apple’s plans to take on the textbook publishing industry. And today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we finally got a glimpse of what the company has been planning since long before the death of […]

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The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts

The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts

| January 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

Arguably, those who believe a public library is simply a repository of print books haven’t been to a public library lately. Here at MindShift, we’ve been covering the ways in which the library is evolving to change the demands of digital technologies and of its patrons: libraries are becoming learning labs, innovation centers, and makerspaces. […]

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Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched

Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Taking the traditional science fair out of the school gymnasium and placing it on the Web, Google launched its 2012 Global Science Fair yesterday, a follow-up to last year’s inaugural event. The fair is open to any student (age 13 to 18) from anywhere who has access to the Internet and to a Web browser. […]

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A $100 Solar-Powered Tablet: Will This Be “The One”?

A $100 Solar-Powered Tablet: Will This Be “The One”?

| January 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

OLPC At the flashy Las Vegas gathering this week, the Consumer Electronics Show, there will likely be a lot of tablets unveiled, but none are as eagerly anticipated as the OLPC XO 3.0, a tablet version of the famously inexpensive and rugged laptop from One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte. The tablet release comes […]

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Redefining “Cheating” With Homework

Redefining “Cheating” With Homework

| January 5, 2012 | 13 Comments

B. Gilliard Technology is often blamed for encouraging bad behavior, particularly when it comes to academic dishonesty. There’s the notion, for example, that it’s much easier to plagiarize now thanks to the ability to copy and paste information from the Web into a term paper. So at first blush, the new homework help Web site […]

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12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

| January 3, 2012 | 38 Comments

Getty Looking ahead at some of the education technology trends we’ll likely see in 2012, many are already underway. But here are 12 areas where we believe we’ll see significant adoption and innovation in the coming months. MOBILE PHONES: Mobile learning is hardly a new trend, but we have now reached the point with near […]

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Awesome Apps for Science Experiments, Storytelling, Coding and More

Awesome Apps for Science Experiments, Storytelling, Coding and More

| December 30, 2011 | 13 Comments

Every month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated. You can find all the posts in our series here. Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android and Web-based apps. SCRIBBLE PRESS Scribble Press is an iPad app that lets you build and illustrate your own e-books. The […]

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Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees?

Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees?

| December 23, 2011 | 15 Comments

Dave Herholz You can learn anything you want on the Internet, so the adage goes. But even if that’s true, even if it’s now easier than ever to learn about almost any subject online, there are still very few opportunities to gain formal recognition — “credit,” if you will — for informal learning done online. […]

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