E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed

Worldreader We often talk about the power of the Internet to spread knowledge and information globally, to make digital content accessible and affordable. But as we’re also often caught up in the “latest and greatest” gadgetry, sometimes we overlook that broad promise of global education and accessibility. Such is the case, one might argue, with … Continue reading E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed →

Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All

Flickr:FontFont Open education sites exemplify how technology is democratizing education. These sites allow both learners and teachers to create their own curriculum, whether it’s used in or out of the classroom. Here’s a comprehensive list of open education sites MindShift has covered. As always, we love to hear about sites that aren’t included in the … Continue reading Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All →

Technology Vs. Learning: False, Tiresome Either/Or Debate

TB Last week, we saw two completely different ways to cover technology in schools in the New York Times. On Tuesday, Alan Schwarz wrote a fair and balanced article about an Indiana school district that’s transitioning to digital textbooks. In the story, we heard from a veteran teacher, who said it’s “the most exciting thing … Continue reading Technology Vs. Learning: False, Tiresome Either/Or Debate →

Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning?

Apple held a press event today at its Cupertino headquarters, unveiling a variety of improvements to its line of iPods and iPhones, including an update to its mobile operating system and a brand new version of its wildly popular iPhone. As always happens around these Apple announcements, there’s a flurry of excitement — before, during, … Continue reading Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning? →

An Attempt at Describing the Schools of Tomorrow

TB Overall, we’ve heard these broad messages about the future of education from policy leaders, businesspeople, and teachers. What was conveyed at yesterday’s New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow summit was perhaps less important than the fact that the nation’s most widely read and reputable newspaper (and one that published a highly skeptical article about … Continue reading An Attempt at Describing the Schools of Tomorrow →

Weekly News Roundup

Bert Kimura Pearson, the world’s largest education company announced this week that it had acquired Connections Education, an online virtual school provider. About 40,000 students in 21 states attend the schools, which are funded by the states and districts and free to parents in places where virtual school counts as a public education. On Monday, … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Weekly News Roundup

The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a report this week on women in STEM (PDF). A number of its findings: although women hold about half the jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. But the gender wage gap between women and man is much smaller in STEM jobs, and … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

South Korean Schools Go Paperless. Can Others Follow?

South Korea’s Education Ministry announced last week that it plans to replace all printed textbooks with digital versions in the next four years. It’s part of a larger effort to integrate technology into all aspects of the South Korean education system, including moving all nationwide academic exams online and offering more online classes. The Education … Continue reading South Korean Schools Go Paperless. Can Others Follow? →

Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing

When we talk about the upheaval in educational publishing, we often focus on what students read, via digital textbooks, apps, and e-readers and tablets. But there’s another side to all this, and that’s the production of the scholarly works. For most academics, publishing their work in scholarly journals is a part of their jobs. It’s … Continue reading Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing →

10 Open Education Resources You May Not Know About (But Should)

This week, the OCW Consortium is holding its annual meeting, celebrating 10 years of OpenCourseWare. The movement to make university-level content freely and openly available online began a decade ago, when the faculty at MIT agreed to put the materials from all 2,000 of the university’s courses on the Web. With that gesture, MIT OpenCourseWare … Continue reading 10 Open Education Resources You May Not Know About (But Should) →

Weekly News Roundup

The Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released its study on children’s media usage. Among its findings, television is still popular, but children are engaging in a variety of other media platforms. Almost 25 percent of young children under age 5 use the Internet at least once a week, and just under half … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

By Sara Bernard They’re free, they’re customizable, and they meet state standards. Those are the three biggest selling points of CK12 Flexbooks, digital educational content for K-12 schools. FlexBooks are developed through a combination of author donations, licensing partnerships, university collaborations, and incentives for community-based authorship, and teachers can customize them to their hearts’ content. … Continue reading The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All →

Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t

For all this talk of iPads and Kindles and e-readers and digital textbooks, apparently college students aren’t ready to give up their back-breaking tomes just yet. At least that’s what yesterday’s New York Times article indicates. Despite the fact that in most cases, print books are more expensive, college kids surveyed in two studies said … Continue reading Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t →