FCC’s E-Rate Program Firing Up School Networks

The FCC’s announcement yesterday that it will boost its E-Rate program came as big news in the education space. An article on Wired provides some context. The program will allow schools to use federal technology funds known as E-rate to hook up to unused fiber optic cables to provide speeds up to 1 Gbps to … Continue reading FCC’s E-Rate Program Firing Up School Networks →

Kids’ Websites Installed With Tracking Devices

By Katie Stansberry According to an article that appeared in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, popular Web sites aimed at children, including sites featuring educational games and hosting social networks for kids, install more tracking technologies on personal computers than the top Web sites geared toward adults. About 30% more to be exact. The 50 kid-oriented … Continue reading Kids’ Websites Installed With Tracking Devices →

No Facebook for a Week Experiment: “It Worked!”

Contributor Sara Bernard is a former producer for Edutopia, who also blogs on education for Change.org. Here’s her first post for MindShift. By Sara Bernard Last week, Eric Darr launched a temporary ban on social media sites at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (this included Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and AOL Messenger). It wasn’t … Continue reading No Facebook for a Week Experiment: “It Worked!” →

How to Help Kids Be Safe and Comfortable With Social Media

“Shutting them off is wrong,” said Mandeep Dhillon, CEO and Co-Founder of Togetherville, a social network for kids, at the “Learning in a Digital Age” conference, referring to blocking kids from the Internet in order to keep them safe. “The more transparency we have, the easier we can engage them to help make them safe … Continue reading How to Help Kids Be Safe and Comfortable With Social Media →

DOE: Use Social Networks to Find Best Digital Textbook Resources

When it comes to digital interactive textbooks, the “highest quality resources are important,” said the DOE’s Karen Cator. “We’re trying to use the power of the masses to push the best possible resources out there to bubble up.” “There are entire new ways of looking at textbook adoption,” she said. “It’s very important to find … Continue reading DOE: Use Social Networks to Find Best Digital Textbook Resources →

Department of Education Will Launch Social Media Site for Teachers

The Department of Education is working with Learning Point Associates to create an online community that uses social media to connect teachers to one other, said Karen Cator, Director of Education Technology at the DOE. The idea is to create a central repository for educators to learn the best tech tools in the trade from … Continue reading Department of Education Will Launch Social Media Site for Teachers →

Government Will Not “Take Over Broadband Connectivity” for General Public

“The short answer is no,” said Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski, in response to a question from the audience about whether the federal government will sponsor public broadband access. “Private investment is what has driven and what will drive that,” he said. “We have a unique  competitive advantage in this country that motivates entreprenesurs … Continue reading Government Will Not “Take Over Broadband Connectivity” for General Public →

FCC’s New Website for Parents

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski also announced the launch of its new parent website, FCC.gov/parents. “It’s hard when parents are hearing lots of different advice from different entities, and we want to see if we can all work together to develop a consistent set of basic rules of the road for parents,” he said.

FCC Will “Reboot” E-Rate Program: Broadband to Schools and Libraries

Tina Barseghian Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski announced this morning that the FCC will “reboot” the E-Rate program, which offers discounted Internet service to schools and public libraries and promoting increased access. “We fail our students if we don’t teach them basic digital skills,” he said. The move, he said, is expected to boost … Continue reading FCC Will “Reboot” E-Rate Program: Broadband to Schools and Libraries →

5 Fun Ways to Engage Grade Schoolers

Fred Koch is a K-4 Technology Coach for Lake Forest, Illinois School District, an award-winning music educator, and a Google Certified Teacher. Like most technology coaches working in elementary schools, Fred wears a couple of hats. His primary responsibility is to help teachers become more comfortable with tech tools that offer engaged teaching and learning … Continue reading 5 Fun Ways to Engage Grade Schoolers →

Overview of the Digital Textbook Movement

“It’s a slow-moving pharmaceutical market,” says Matt MacInnis, the CEO of Inkling, a startup working on digital textbooks. “The professor writes a prescription, and the student goes to fill it.” The quote is from a Newsweek story called “Textbooks’ Digital Future,” which describes the the tug-of-war between not just print-versus-digital, but static-digital versus interactive-digital publishing … Continue reading Overview of the Digital Textbook Movement →

Free Webinar: Tech Tools in Education

For educators, parents, and anyone who’s interested in learning about myriad technology tools for learning, a free one-hour web seminar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6 EST, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Listeners will hear about the U.S. Department … Continue reading Free Webinar: Tech Tools in Education →

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