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Trends in Ed: “New” College in Britain 

For those of you who confine your consumption of educational news to the western shore of the Atlantic Ocean, you may not be aware of the controversy that has blossomed this week in England over A.C. Grayling’s plans to open a private “New College of the Humanities,” with a prospective fee set at 18,000 pounds …

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Trends in Ed: Every Man a King! 

For this Trends in Ed, I’d like to talk a little bit about the future of E-books and education.  I am lucky in that there are plenty of brave men and women who have studied for many years to chart our future, so I need only take my cue from them.  In Neal Stephenson’s The …

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Trends in Ed:School Violence 

This week the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a 7 part series, titled “Assault on Learning,” exposing a “climate of violence” within Philadelphia city schools.  The newspaper’s yearlong investigation has revealed that there are, on average, 25 (reported) violent incidents occurring at school, every day, in Philadelphia.   The majority of these incidents were assaults, and students were …

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Trends in Ed: New Common Curriculum 

Yesterday a group of educators and business leaders announced a new proposed common curriculum, which would provide specific guidelines for teachers in every grade.  This continues a trend in greater centralization and standardization of education policy in the U.S. Last year, to capture some of the $4 billion the Obama administration was offering as part …

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Trends in Ed: Gates Goes to TED 

Bill Gates kicked off his guest-curated session at TED yesterday, called “Knowledge Revolution,” with some brash new prescriptions for educational reform.  He castigated states for bad prioritizing and budget gimmickry.  “It really is this old versus young,” he said. “Education will be cut to pay for pensions and health care.” Although the video is not yet …

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Parents are getting schooled 

It’s a humbling scene faced by countless parents: Your child, confused and frustrated, holds up his science homework and begs you to help him figure it out. You sit down with him, confident and certain of your ability to impart some wisdom. Then, as you stare at the problems on the page your eyes squint, …

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Trends in Ed, 12.08.2010 : Bring on the learning Revolution! 

This inspiring talk about learning evolution is a continuation of one of my previous Trends in Ed - To change educational paradigms. Below are a few key points of his talk - The second climate crisis (other then global warming) we should pay attention to is Education. - There are people who endure work, …

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To Change the Education Paradigms 

In Response to a video about Chinese School on Vialogue- I find this video inspiring and answered many questions/ discussions of the Chinese School video- though this video is of Education in America. Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award gave the talk at the …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Use of Mobile Devices in Higher Education 

As members of the Development and Research Group are interested in investing how higher education students use mobile devices in and out of school, the 2009 Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology by Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) might answer our question. The 2009 ECAR study builds on and extends previous studies by …

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Wifi School Buses 

It's not quite the magic school bus but perhaps a step closer. This NPR article tells the story of a local Arizona bus driver J.J who drives a bus route that can last up to two and a half hours for some students. This lengthy commute however may not feel so long as this school …

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