Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing?

Flickr:Bark Rules are important in any civilized society. Without them, chaos would ensue. But some rules are worth questioning, especially when the consequences negate their very purpose. Teachers are grappling with how to address regulations they consider unnecessary at best and harmful at worst. There’s no question that helpful guidelines can and should be put … Continue reading Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing? →

The Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks

Great roundup of alternatives to expensive traditional college textbooks. “Professors can save students thousands by assigning open textbooks,” one sources says. Source: Nytimes Exorbitant college textbook prices have given rise to a “textbook rebellion,” which may be coming to a campus near you. A coalition of students, parents, professors and organizations including the Student Public … Continue reading The Guide to Finding Cheap Textbooks →

Beyond YouTube: Khan Academy Videos Featured In E-Textbooks

It was inevitable… Source: Fastcompany Long gone are the days when your otherwise drab textbook might be lightened up only by the occasional graphic or stock photo. Now, while perusing your electronic textbook, you’ll be able to get videos from the educational gurus at Khan Academy, which has teamed up with e-textbook startup Kno to … Continue reading Beyond YouTube: Khan Academy Videos Featured In E-Textbooks →

Open Yale Courses

The Ivy Leagues are going populist! Source: Time Who says that Ivy League educations are too pricey for anyone but the privileged few? Like Harvard, Princeton and other schools, Yale is making some of its lectures available in Web-based form for… — www.time.com

Stanford for Everyone: More Than 120,000 Enroll in Free Classes

Stanford Artificial Intelligence class By Anne Raith Professor Sebastian Thrun has given his lecture on artificial intelligence at Stanford University more than once. He knows that a lot of students are interested in his introductory course – almost 200 students have showed up in past years. But this fall, it will be different, even for … Continue reading Stanford for Everyone: More Than 120,000 Enroll in Free Classes →

The Question-Driven Life

Fascinating piece by David Brooks about Kenyan Philip Leakey, who grew up in the Kenyan outback, and how his education had absolutely nothing to do with grades. “Some people center their lives around money or status or community or service to God, but this seems to be a learning-centered life, where little bits of practical … Continue reading The Question-Driven Life →

Five Changes Every School Should Make

Flickr:ShineaLight In her book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking), Duke University professor Cathy Davidson talks about how the education system must be overhauled. “Her recommendations center on one of the most astounding revelations of the digital age: Even academically reticent … Continue reading Five Changes Every School Should Make →

To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies

Flickr:From_Ko Last week, a  study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that cellphones have become “near ubiquitous”: 83% of American adults own one. Over half of all adult mobile phone owners had used their phones at least once to get information they needed right away. And more than a quarter said that … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies →

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next?

When most of us were deciding what to major in at college, the word Google was not a verb. It wasn’t anywhere close to being conceived at all. Neither was Wikipedia or the iPhone or YouTube. We made decisions about our future employment based on what we knew existed at the time. We would become … Continue reading How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? →

Weekly News Roundup

Fans of Google’s Android App Inventor can breathe a sigh of relief. Following on last week’s news that Google planned to shut App Inventor down, the company announced that it was open-sourcing the project and handing it over to MIT Media Lab. The Media Lab in turn, and with seed funding from Google, announced it … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Back to School: 42 Digital Resources for Students & Parents

The mother of all ed-tech lists: a greatest-hits compilation from Mashable. Source: Mashable It’s getting to be that time of year. Your chances of seeing school supply commercials have increased exponentially. Kids are breaking out last year’s Elmer’s in anticipation of glorious glue feasts. Teens are cramming their entire summer reading into the last week … Continue reading Back to School: 42 Digital Resources for Students & Parents →

Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

In the past two days, I’ve received a few comments and emails from readers about different articles that all point to the same problem: frustration over lack of money to take advantage of all these transformational tech tools that we write about here. In response to The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back to School, … Continue reading Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”? →

A Web-Based Microscope for the Pros is Open to All Students

One of the promises of the Internet is to put resources into the hands of those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access them. We often think of that in terms of information and data. But as the Imaging Technology Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign demonstrates, the Internet can … Continue reading A Web-Based Microscope for the Pros is Open to All Students →

Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 People Want This Course

Source: Nytimes The course is one of three being offered experimentally by the Stanford computer science department to extend technology knowledge and skills beyond this elite campus to the entire world, the university is announcing on Tuesday. The online students will not get Stanford grades or credit, but they will be ranked in comparison to … Continue reading Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 People Want This Course →