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Rethinking Education: A New Michael Wesch Video

Since 2007, Michael Wesch, a Kansas State University anthropologist, has released a series of viral videos interrogating the ways in which new web technologies shape human communication and interactions with information.Now he’s back with a new video called “Rethinking Education,” a montage that pulls together sound bites of thought leaders (Tim O’Reilly, Yochai Benkler, Brewster Kahle, Ray Kurzweil, etc.) describing how technology is altering the broader educational landscape.

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AMX Names 2011 Innovation Award Winners at EduComm

AMX, a provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, announced the winners of the 2011 AMX Innovation Awards at EduComm. The awards, established with the University Business Leadership Institute, recognize individuals and institutions of the AMX Education Alliance transforming higher education around the world through innovative accomplishment and practices. This year’s three winning institutions were selected from among over 500 nominations around the globe.

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How the Internet Is Revolutionizing Education

Unless there's an outright ban, it's almost impossible to find a classroom anywhere in the United States without at least one computer. And in many college lecture halls, nearly every student will come ready with a laptop or tablet. At the very least, they often have a smartphone that's Internet-ready. These tools, only recently available to a mass audience (relatively speaking), are fundamentally altering education. They allow students to access vast stores of information with the press of a button.

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How to Reverse U.S. Economic Malaise

U.S. unemployment remains high at 9.1 percent (FT) and expectations are grim for creating sustainable job opportunities. But while it is "probably going to stay high for a fairly long time," public sector investment in education, technology, and infrastructure are a way to tackle unemployment by addressing longstanding structural problems on "the tradable side of the economy," says Nobel Prize-winning economist A. Michael Spence.

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Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google

Oracle Corp is seeking damages "in the billions of dollars" from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.

Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle's Java patents. Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

Some see the lawsuit as a sign of a growing business rivalry between the two companies.

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IBM Celebrates a Century in Business

Google, Apple and Facebook get all the attention. But the forgettable everyday tasks of technology - saving a file on your laptop, swiping your ATM card to get 40 bucks, scanning a gallon of milk at the checkout line - that's all IBM.

International Business Machines turned 100 on Thursday without much fanfare. But its much younger competitors owe a lot to Big Blue.

After all, where would Groupon be without the supermarket bar code? Or Google without the mainframe computer?

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Benchmark Your Technology Progress On Campus

Find out how well your educational institution is using technology to meet your educational objectives. The survey measures progress in the implementation of anytime/anywhere access, differentiated learning, 21st Century tools, assessment tools and enterprise support.

Take the 10-minute Survey to see your campus progress toward achieving this Vision at  http://www.siia.net/visionk20/survey/survey.asp?ID=EduComm

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How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

By 2019, it’s estimated that 50% of classes taught will be delivered online, with 75% of public higher education institutions reporting having online learning in their plans. These stats and more are included in an infographic put together by OnlineEducation.net, which provides a comprehensive resource to help current and prospect students learn about all the education opportunities available to them.

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Report: Tuition Is Soaring At Two-Year Colleges

Rising tuition costs at two-year colleges are outpacing increases in household incomes across the country, making it difficult for students to get bachelor's degrees, according to a report released today.

The contrast is especially stark in Virginia, according to the report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. From 1999 to 2009, median household income, adjusted for inflation, rose 6 percent statewide while tuition at public two-year colleges increased 94.4 percent.

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Culinary College Weighing Merger Or Appeal To Avoid Closing

Baltimore International College is exploring possible mergers with other institutions and weighing a possible appeal in its attempts to forestall closing because of lost accreditation, the college's Board of Trustees announced Thursday afternoon.

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Pressure on the Presidents (Inside Higher Ed)
Twenty-eight percent of public four-year college and university presidents say they feel pressure from their governors to conduct their presidencies in ways that differ from their judgment about what's best for their institutions. That is among the findings of the latest snap poll of presidents -- conducted by Gallup and Inside Higher Ed -- on breaking issues.
In the Final Gainful Employment Rule, a Key Measure Vanishes (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Education Department will release on Thursday the final version of its "gainful employment" rule--the subject of years of intense debate, revision, and litigation. When it does so, it will add one last twist to the rule's winding plot: One of two metrics for judging career programs has disappeared altogether.
Colleges Find Micro Grants Keep Some Students from Dropping Out (Wall Street Journal)
When a group of Northeast Ohio colleges teamed up to help more local residents get their degree, they found that many students were in danger of not graduating because they were short just a few hundred dollars for class fees, books and even repairs to cars they relied on to get to campus.
Columbia President Explains His Response to Campus Rape (New Republic)
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and Special Advisor on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Suzanne B. Goldberg write: Universities have long enjoyed the privilege of educating successive generations of young people. This comes, of course, with the responsibility to uphold essential values and to address society's problems through our institutional leadership and our scholarship. Our constructed communities are drawn from and reflect society at large, so it is inevitable that the issues of the day are our issues as well.
Grand Canyon Rethinks For-Profit Status (Inside Higher Ed)
Executives at for-profit Grand Canyon University want to turn the company into a nonprofit, they said Wednesday, because of the "stigma" of being a for-profit. The move, if it happens, would be the first of its kind involving a publicly traded college company. While several for-profit colleges have become nonprofits, none of them were publicly traded like Phoenix-based Grand Canyon Education Inc.
Students Nationwide Carry Mattresses to Protest Campus Rape (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Students on college campuses across the country are dragging their mattresses out of their beds as part of a "national day of action" expressing solidarity with survivors of rape. Article includes a roundup of images from the protests collected from Twitter.
Occidental College Rifts Mar Progress on Handling of Sex Cases, Report Says (Los Angeles Times)
Occidental College, under federal investigation for its handling of sexual assault complaints, has taken "sincere and significant" steps to improve its practices but is riven by bitter campus divisions that jeopardize future progress, according to an outside audit released Tuesday.
An iPad in Every Home (Inside Higher Ed)
Lynn University's tablet initiative is spreading online -- that is, its distance education programs will from next fall be delivered through tablets and at notably low prices. The go-ahead for the revamped program highlights the breakneck pace at which Lynn has hurled itself into a tablet-centric future.
Half of Tennessee Promise Students Likely Will Not Need State Money (Nashville, Tenn., Public Radio)
About half of the students attending community college under Tennessee Promise next fall will get their tuition paid by the federal government, according to state estimates. Those students could have already gone to school tuition-free, even without Tennessee Promise. Low-income college students are eligible for the Pell grant from the U.S. Department of Education each year. At $5,550, it more than covers the cost of community college in Tennessee.
Developing Leaders, Not Followers - Presidential Opinion (Huffington Post)
Sacred Heart University President John Petillo writes: For decades, colleges and universities throughout the United States have attempted to strike the right balance between "book smarts" - developing the intellect and character of students - and "street smarts" - giving students the skills they need to get and keep a job. But the recent news that 40 percent of all those unemployed in the country are millennials tells us that the balance still is far from adequate.