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Education in Obesity 

I want to contribute this Trends in Ed to the latest education controversy – Education about Obesity. The Obama government has been putting in strong effort on educating and making America a healthier country – The first lady even started a campaign named Let's Moveto encourage the idea of not being obese. My question …

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Fast track to college 

12 states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Arizona, New York, Massachusetts, and Mississippi) are piloting a new program for high school students that may turn the traditional model on its head. The program is organized by the National Center on Education and the Economy and is funded by the …

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Simple Stretch 

How many times do you get up and stretch or walk around during eight hours of work time? How often do you pop an Advil or Motrin over a headache or back pain instead of standing up and leave the building for some fresh air? These questions may seem unrelated to education, but in my …

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The melting pot 

One of the best learning experiences in my life was a trip I took in high school. It was a trip the international students learning English as a second language organized. Ten students and two faculty members organized the trip at the lowest budget possible ($1500) and through international hostels with interesting characters telling their …

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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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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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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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Search. Find. Learn. 

Einztein is a new search engine for free and paid online courses. The courses contained within Einztein’s database have undergone a careful selection process by the company’s team of Ph.D.-holding employees, who vouch for the quality and relevance of the available courses. Einztein’s true value though, I think, will be in its “knowledge network” in …

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How faculty members use digital media in their research? 

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently posted an interesting study by Ithaka, a non-profit research organization, which surveyed over 35,000 faculty members regarding how they use various digital media. The study focuses on three areas: how faculty members use and perceive their campus libraries how they are handling the print-to-digital shift in scholarly work how …

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China Mobile Trends 2010 Report 

The Youth Research Partners recently released China Mobile Trends 2010 Report, which has some interesting highlights including a comparison of short message services between the U.S. and China. The full report can be viewed here. Some highlights include: * Where SMS (short message service) has continued rapid growth in the US, in China it has …

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Why the switch? 

Welcome to the new home of Trends in Ed. Currently we are publishing both on this site and the original EdLab blog. We decided to make the switch to make it easier to track trends, view related posts and to use Analytics to see what the readers find most interesting. Our first official …

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