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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| September 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Bert Kimura Pearson, the world’s largest education company announced this week that it had acquired Connections Education, an online virtual school provider. About 40,000 students in 21 states attend the schools, which are funded by the states and districts and free to parents in places where virtual school counts as a public education. On Monday, […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| August 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a report this week on women in STEM (PDF). A number of its findings: although women hold about half the jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. But the gender wage gap between women and man is much smaller in STEM jobs, and […]

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South Korean Schools Go Paperless.  Can Others Follow?

South Korean Schools Go Paperless. Can Others Follow?

| July 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

South Korea’s Education Ministry announced last week that it plans to replace all printed textbooks with digital versions in the next four years. It’s part of a larger effort to integrate technology into all aspects of the South Korean education system, including moving all nationwide academic exams online and offering more online classes. The Education […]

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Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing

Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing

| June 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

When we talk about the upheaval in educational publishing, we often focus on what students read, via digital textbooks, apps, and e-readers and tablets. But there’s another side to all this, and that’s the production of the scholarly works. For most academics, publishing their work in scholarly journals is a part of their jobs. It’s […]

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10 Open Education Resources You May Not Know About (But Should)

10 Open Education Resources You May Not Know About (But Should)

| May 5, 2011 | 97 Comments

This week, the OCW Consortium is holding its annual meeting, celebrating 10 years of OpenCourseWare. The movement to make university-level content freely and openly available online began a decade ago, when the faculty at MIT agreed to put the materials from all 2,000 of the university’s courses on the Web. With that gesture, MIT OpenCourseWare […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| March 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released its study on children’s media usage. Among its findings, television is still popular, but children are engaging in a variety of other media platforms. Almost 25 percent of young children under age 5 use the Internet at least once a week, and just under half […]

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The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

| January 3, 2011 | 12 Comments

By Sara Bernard They’re free, they’re customizable, and they meet state standards. Those are the three biggest selling points of CK12 Flexbooks, digital educational content for K-12 schools. FlexBooks are developed through a combination of author donations, licensing partnerships, university collaborations, and incentives for community-based authorship, and teachers can customize them to their hearts’ content. […]

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Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t

Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t

| October 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

For all this talk of iPads and Kindles and e-readers and digital textbooks, apparently college students aren’t ready to give up their back-breaking tomes just yet. At least that’s what yesterday’s New York Times article indicates. Despite the fact that in most cases, print books are more expensive, college kids surveyed in two studies said […]

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Karen Cator: “Don’t Get Too Attached” to Devices

Karen Cator: “Don’t Get Too Attached” to Devices

| September 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

“We have to think beyond devices – they come and go, so don’t get too attached,” said Karen Cator, Director of Education Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, addressing the transition of moving from print to digital textbooks.

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FCC Will “Reboot” E-Rate Program: Broadband to Schools and Libraries

FCC Will “Reboot” E-Rate Program: Broadband to Schools and Libraries

| September 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tina Barseghian Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski announced this morning that the FCC will “reboot” the E-Rate program, which offers discounted Internet service to schools and public libraries and promoting increased access. “We fail our students if we don’t teach them basic digital skills,” he said. The move, he said, is expected to boost […]

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