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The Future Classroom 

Continuing from my last Trends in Ed post, I found this article about future classrooms very interesting. Below are some of the key points of the article: * Classrooms will be “workstations”. * Micro-robots (Roboteach) will help students with advice and resources. * Students will still discuss projects face-to-face. * Classrooms will be re-designed, teachers …

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No more paper !? 

Even though there are still many unresolved issues with transforming into the digital education horizon, it is inevitable that the trend of digital education is growing. Books are shifting to computers/iPads, and YouTube videos are used constantly in classes, and laptops are slowly replacing desks; The technology that we have now is indeed dramatically changing …

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The Apptastic Future of Publishing 

What do Esquire Magazine, Curious George, and huggable plush toys have in common? They all support interactive reading experiences on the iPhone and iPad thanks to ScrollMotion, a NYC-based company that specializes in creating dynamic digital content for mobile devices. I want a Woogie! I love that it's marketed as "huggable." I can learn and

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Social media is classy 

Photo credit: Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspiration Using an Oregon middle school teacher as a case study, Mashable has put together a compelling list of why schools should move with the social media current and not against it. Teachers who want to engage in the use of social media with their students will find this …

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Girls: Get your geek on! 

Fact: Women are underrepresented in tech. The problem starts early but it’s never too late to offer a solution. Sara Chipps, a freelance coder in NYC, might have developed an answer: Girl Develop IT. Chipps’ theory is that in order to close the gender gap we need to get women “to ship software.” The GDI …

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Shake it up 

Education = immovable object. Technology = unstoppable force. What happens when the two shall meet? Chaos and disruption… in a perfect world. In our world, though, ed-tech startups are hit or miss. Boring, uninteresting, and ineffective startups should take a lesson from the truly revolutionary ones that have the potential to change the way in …

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Social media at work 

A recent video has caused some uproar in eLearning communities web-wide. It’s called, “Organizations should ban social media.” It is, of course, not to be taken seriously. Seriously. In fact, the reason it is becoming so popular is because of its obviously outlandish claims like, “social media is a fad” and “employees will goof off.” …

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Colleges and Student Debts/Repayments  ☆

With a new school year set to commence in the coming weeks, US News & World Report recently released its annual list of America’s best colleges with the “usual suspects” Harvard, Yale and Princeton leading the way. When Forbes magazine reared its head into the ranking business in 2008, it took into “account the average …

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Evaluating Teacher Performance 

In keeping with the Obama administration’s emphasis on numbers to guide its education policy, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced his endorsement of publicly releasing data about teacher performance. Duncan’s endorsements come as many of the nation’s school districts are adopting value added measures: “a statistical approach that relies on standardized test scores to …

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Gaming for Good 

Games make headlines.  They do more than intrigue; they endear themselves to us, giving grown-ups opportunities to re-imagine or re-live in the virtual world the "play" lost to adolescence. Maybe that's too biblical an explanation for gaming's appeal. Reasons aside, the political debates of the early 2000s about violent video games, which spilled out of …

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Share and the world shares with you 

The current issue of the EDUCAUSE Review focuses on openness in education; more specifically, its articles cover the topics of the open future/student/course/faculty/ed tech/world. According to the 2010 Horizon Report, openness in higher education will reach mainstream use within 12 months. Openness in higher ed refers to the sharing of content, resources, courseware, and textbooks. …

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New Stimulus to Save Teacher Jobs 

President Obama signed into law a job stimulus package that poured $10 billion into education and served as welcomed news to teachers who have been laid off or facing layoff nationwide due to budget constraints. Every state in the union qualifies for the aid and should state governors fail to apply for the aid, the …

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Three Things in a Scholar’s Web Toolkit 

In a bit of cursory research conducted for last week's post on currents of change and debate in the humanities, I came across Omeka, a web publishing and curatorial tool created by George Mason University's Center for History and New Media (CFNM). Home to an assortment of academics, educators, and developers, CFNM's charges itself with …

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The Importance of Summer Reading for Students 

The summer is often a time for students to indulge in some of life’s pleasures: ice cream, amusement parks, swimming pool, and playing in the sand at their local beach. However, one activity that students seldom engage during their summers is reading. According to the advocacy group, National Summer Learning Association, different studies have shown …

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Oh, the Humanities 

I am thoroughly and completely a humanist, as far as my college education goes. The closest I've gotten to a course that involved any rigorous quantification was an upper level geometry class of four, with no work and no assessments, which the professor encouraged me to take so I could provide a little historical context …

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Getting to the bottom of “Emerging Technologies” 

Emerging Technologies in Distance Education, edited by George Veletsianos, promises to be a useful resource for those interested in the impact of tech in ed (which should be all of everyone at the Lab...). The very first issue that the editor takes on is an interesting conundrum; his method of solving it was even more …

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New Legislation for Affordable Textbooks 

The price of textbooks has increased at four times the rate of inflation since 1994. Earlier this month, new legislation (2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act)  was adopted to get textbook pricing under control. According to the guidelines, textbook publishers and institutions will be required to: Disclose price and copyright dates of the previous three …

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States Adopting National Standards 

In many of the world’s developed nations, there are some sort of national educational sets, with the United States being the lone exception.  In the US, states are responsible for creating their own educational standards. That trend looks set to end as there are a growing number of states signing on to the Common Core …

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The Future of Civics Education 

Pairing big city governments with Web 2.0 talent will change the way municipalities will do business. With a healthy infusion of technologists' skills and sensibilities, some city operations could end up looking more like those of a start-up than of government. At least, such is the hope of Code for America, an incipient venture that …

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New York State To Toughen Standardized Exams 

New York State education officials are on the verge of toughening state standardized exams as they have deemed the exams too easy for students. The primary factors motivating the change is a sharp increase in test scores at all grade levels all over the state while there were no such results on national standardized exams. …

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