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High Tech = Higher Costs in Higher Ed?

July 14, 2011

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the expression “high- tech” in the context of higher education? iPads? Blackboard? Notebook computers? Online classes? Course lectures on iTunes?

How about waste? When innovative technology is implemented correctly, it can save money. Simple enough, right? When it’s not, you get excessive waste and cost burdens, as CCAP’s Andrew Gillen stated earlier this week in a post tweaking colleges and universities for always trying to cultivate their own versions of existing technologies in-house as opposed to adapting the (cost-effective) ones that already work.

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The Kahn Academy | Colbert Report

June 28, 2011

You may remember a post we featured a while back on Salman Kahn, creater of the Kahn Academy. Recently, Mr. Kahn was featured on the Colbert Report … take a look:

Mr. Kahn has recieved funding from Google, as well as the Gates Foundation. He’s posted thousands of lessons on everything from the French Revolution to macroeconomics.

Sites like the Kahn Academy continue to redefine the way we think about education.

Have you taken any of the lessons? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments section.


Mad Skills Watch: Blended Learning Edition

June 23, 2011

In this era of budget cuts, smart schools do whatever they can to keep efficient. Yesterday’s “Story of the Day” from NPR showed how a couple elementary charter schools in California make use of blended learning to improve instruction while saving money.

Blended learning, as the name suggests, is a combination of a computer-based lesson with traditional classroom instruction. When schools need to raise class sizes, one way to preserve individual attention is to divide the class into two parts—one on self-guided computers, the other in a small group with a teacher—and then swap half the time.

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Academics, Take Charge of Your Science! | Wikipedia Update

May 31, 2011

Not long ago we talked about the relative lack of academic credibility on Wikipedia.org.  It’s clear why: Anyone with a computer and internet connection can edit Wikipedia articles. And while some scholars have lent their expertise to the site, a large number still read without contributing. Wikipedia is looking to attract more authoritative authors, and it looks like they’re getting some help from the Association for Psychological Science:

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Wikipedia is Looking for Smarter Contributors

May 19, 2011

Wikipedia has acknowledged its scholarly shortcomings and is trying to make a change:

Wikipedia’s reputation as a less-than accurate source for information stems from the fact that any chucklehead with access to the Internet can edit and add information to the site. [Education Nation]

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Twitter: Moving the Back of the Class Forward Through Backchannels

May 13, 2011

A New York Times article today looked at teachers who use Twitter and other “backchannel” technologies in the classroom to enhance participation. While most people (and educators) might be skeptical of the merits, Trip Gabriel points out the benefits that some teachers see in the form of increased student participation. He cites one high school class in Detroit where participation in a class of 30 was thought to be up around 66% when backchannels were used.

The other answer to the skeptics’ fears that having Twitter in class would negatively affect learningas cited in a recent Pearson survey (PDF) by the Times—you are more likely to keep students on task if they are engaged with the technology for an educational purpose. The big argument of pro-backchannel users is that you harness students’ interest through technology instead of prohibiting it. While the hope that giving students freedom to do classwork through Twitter would make them less likely to use the technology for non-class purposes is a bit defeatist, it does strike me as a realistic way to properly incorporate social media in school. Instead of being afraid of technology or going retrograde in a society and economy where digital communication is increasingly important, everybody wins.


Using Video to Reinvent Education [TED Talks]

May 12, 2011

A while ago we talked about the Khan Academy, a free online education resource:

If I’d known about the Khan Academy in college, math class might have been less of a drag.  The Khan Academy, which is now available as an iPhone web app, is a collection of video lessons primarily focused on mathematics, with a few other subjects thrown in. Salman Khan, the founder of the Academy, teaches most of the lessons, which range from quadratic functions to banking principles, and even brainteasers.

Mr. Khan recently appeared at the illustrious TED Talks to promote his idea of education through video. Watch:

Check out more posts on technology in education here.


U. of Texas Video-Game Archive Houses Nation’s Inner Child

May 3, 2011

Somewhere in that building are the innumerable lost hours I’ve spent guiding Link and Mario through imaginary worlds.

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Creating Education Connections Close to Home: TeachStreet Review

April 8, 2011

Every so often, this blog takes a look at various websites that use Education 2.0 (read: web-based) technologies to provide learning opportunities and communities for students and teachers. Today, we look at TeachStreet, the self-described “online community for people who love to learn.”

What it does
It allows would-be students to find thousands of courses in whatever subject interests them (cooking, piano, GMAT prep), either by connecting them to local teachers or online classes. Teachers are also given access to potential students and can post profiles and their subject areas of expertise. For added teacher marketing power, three different subscription options exist for recruitment and lead-generation. Students can see upcoming classes in their area (one sampling is at the bottom of the home page): Fitness, particularly yoga, seems big in Cleveland.

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5 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a College Computer

March 29, 2011

 

Your personal computer is one of the most important items you’ll bring to college (after an EasyBake Oven). You’re going to use that computer for everything, everyday, for four years, so it’s important to get the right one. And don’t forget to ask about student discounts.

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