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We Want More Women Writing Our Code 

The Digital Divide no longer longer brings to mind the same concerns about the haves v. have-nots it once did. Increasingly, investigations into disparities in internet access focus on the types of access that characterize different demographic groups' ways of connecting to the web. Disparities in access, though widely referenced, only tell one part of …

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Commercialization of Federally-Funded Research 

According to a recent Nature News article, two-thirds of businesses started by professors at US institutions are created without patentable knowledge. The remaining one-third of the 11,572 respondents set up their businesses "to exploit patents obtained through formal university intellectual-property systems". While the lack of patents might be expected in social science academic ventures, non-patentable …

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An International Alternative To Advanced Placement 

The International Baccalaureate, or I.B., is growing in popularity among high schools across the country as an alternative to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The I.B. was created in Switzerland during the 1960s and soon gained momentum in private schools in America, though it is now offered mostly in public schools. The I.B. has become popular …

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Etch a Sketch 5.0 

While South Dakota, Indiana, and a handful of other states have yet to implement any state funding whatsoever for pre-K programs, early childhood education seems to be a growing priority elsewhere. Although ten states did in fact reduce support for pre-K education in 2010, twenty-two are committed to ensuring that children arrive at the first …

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Yo dawg I heard you liked learning apps… 

Mix the physical word with a sprinkle of virtual data, spread it onto a mobile device and what do you have? A recipe for augmented reality, that's what. For those of you who check-in using the location-based social networking app, Foursquare, there’s a new feature for you to check out: location layers. So far, the …

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Know Your Audience (The Twitter Mistake) 

When creating higher education materials (learning environments, admissions information, document archives, etc.) is important to know how students are accessing the Internet , what types of sites/tools their using and the context of use for those sites.  An admissions director at Bloomfield College found this out the hard what happens when we ignore the media …

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IN THE YEAR 2025 

Charting the future of libraries has no simple alchemy to it. Part prediction, part forecasting (and, possibly, part playing the jeremiad), academic research libraries are learning to re-orient their vision. In "Futures Thinking For Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025," the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) spells out 26 scenarios, or …

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eReader Accessibility Update 

Earlier this year, Arizona State University was sued by the The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the American Council of the Blind (ACB) because ASU chose the Kindle  for a pilot eReader program.  The Kindle has some text-to-speech functionality, but no user interface or navigation voice over for users who are blind or …

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The Curious Case of Higher Education 

In case you only managed to scan the education headlines of the past two weeks, allow me to piece together the narrative subtext for you. A country knee-deep in reasons to worry about losing its competitive advantage over the rest of the world turns to its universities to spearhead the effort to maintain excellence, only …

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Smartphones Now Used by 50% of College Students 

According to a recent study by the Institute for Mobile Media Research, smart phones are displacing laptop use for many college students. Nearly 100% of students own a mobile device and 50% of students own a smart phone. The use of smart phone has risen dramatically since the release of other recent reports on student …

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NYC Dept of Ed. To Ban Sexting and Cyberbulling 

In a move that may have huge ramifications for school boards across the country, New York City’s Department of Education is set to impose a ban on “sexting” and cyberbullying. The ban calls for a 90-day suspension for students who are caught sexting regardless of whether or not they are on school grounds. Students may …

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Funding Formulas and the Future: a brief polemic to end the week 

In the past week, two curious stories in education flew under the radar of most national media. The state of Rhode Island finalized a new school funding formula, ending its twenty-year regime as the only state in the union not to have one,  reported the Providence Journal on Thursday. Elsewhere along the BosWash Megalopolis, Philadelphia's …

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The future is open 

In his presentation on the future of education (above), Ed tech blogger Martin Weller describes his vision. Among the trends he notes are the increasing social, open, and informal aspects of education. Weller posed the question, “Why did I make this?” after revealing that he has never met the two people who had asked him …

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Is Low-Cost Kuali Too Pricey for Higher Ed? 

We have been following the progress of  Kuali, an open-source administrative software project,  for almost two years (here and here).  In response to the staggering costs of course management systems, the Kuali project was created to design "a collaborative model for delivering open source enterprise-scale software for higher education". Ironically, it seems the …

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Community Colleges Emerging As Training Centers 

Last year President Obama unveiled a $12 billion program, American Graduation Initiative, aimed at helping community colleges train those students who cannot afford to attend traditional four-year institutions and also train new skills to old workers. His efforts to use community colleges as a sort of training avenue is gaining momentum in California, where community …

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Sports of a Smarter Sort 

With the World Cup starting, soccer enthusiasts, sport aficionados, and anyone who keeps even mildly abreast of developments in the sporting world are bound to rehash the all-too-familiar conversation about the relationship between sports and youth learning and development. With an event of such size and magnitude, newspapers and media outlets that typically relegate such …

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A promising development for mLearning 

Startup KwiqApps has received funding for a word search app for the iPad. The company is currently devising additional ed apps for iPhone, iPad and Android systems. KwiqApps’ founder, Yadong Liu, believes the iPad is the perfect platform for learning apps for children because of the interactivity it affords. Educational apps aren’t a new …

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Walmart U 

Rates of enrollment an for-profit institutions is rising rapidly. Questions are being raised about the quality of education being "sold" at or-profit universities such as the American Public University (aka the Walmart of Higher Ed). APU's nickname may soon be official; on June 3 the university has partnered with Walmart to offer degrees to the …

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Recent Trends in the Overall Child and Youth Well-Being Index 

How will the economic recession impact the well-being of children and youths in the U.S.? The 2010 annual release of the Child Well-Being Index (CWI) by the Foundation for Child Development is the first report offering comprehensive data on the impact of the Great Recession on American children's quality-of-life. The CWI is an evidence-based …

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Feds To Cut Aid at For-Profit Colleges 

A recent article in the NY Times notes the federal Department of Education is on the verge of eliminating federal aid it gives to for-profit schools. The measure, aptly dubbed the “gainful employment” rule, is seen as punishment at for-profit schools whose graduates fail to repay their student loans as a result of lack of …

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