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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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Higher-Ed Leaders Worry Most About Declining Enrollment, Survey Finds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
KPMG released its annual survey of 120 senior executives, mostly chief financial officers, chief academic officers, and controllers, at public and private colleges across the country. This year's survey of higher-education executives underscores the dilemma that many colleges face as they deal with a declining number of high-school graduates (in much of the country) and falling state and federal spending on higher education.
Why the Government Will Not Let Colleges Reduce Tuition (American.com)
Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way that would be beneficial for them -- which would be for a large group of private colleges to jointly reduce tuition.
Centre College Launches Scholarship Program for First-Generation College Students (Lexington Herald-Leader, KY)
Centre College is starting a new scholarship program aimed at first-generation college students. Starting next fall, the Grissom Scholars Program -- with funding provided by Marlene and J. David Grissom -- will provide tuition for 10 high-achieving students whose parents did not receive a four-year degree, with 40 enrolled by 2018.
Coe College Boasts Record Enrollment (KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA)
Despite a hypercompetitive higher education landscape that has Iowa's public, private and community colleges working harder to fill classrooms, Cedar Rapids' Coe College this fall is boasting record enrollment. Coe's 1,340 full-time students for the fall term bests the previous high of 1,338 set last year after topping the 1,323 count in 2011. Coe this fall also has a record 423 new students, surpassing the previous high of 418 set last year.
Local College Lowering Tuition, Offering Free Books (WSBT-TV22, Mishawaka, IN)
According to government statistics, college is getting more difficult to afford. But, not at one area college. Grace College in Winona Lake is hoping to make higher education more affordable to students through a new program meant to attract and retain students. The small evangelical Christian school on the outskirts of Warsaw, will offer a 9 percent tuition reduction for freshmen next year.
Paine College President Resigns (MetroSpirit, Agusta, GA)
Paine College Board Chairperson Silas Norman Jr. announced in a press release today that Dr. George Bradley, president of the college, has resigned effective immediately. Bradley indicated a desire to "spend more time with his family" and stated that the college is "well positioned to achieve future success."
Millennials Splinter on Where to Attend College Based on Demographics (University Business)
Millennials who grew up as unwitting subjects of niche marketing and narrow-casting are taking the lessons they've learned since childhood to the college selection process. A new national survey of college students presents some surprising results. African-American males were less influenced by financial aid/scholarship awards than white females were. And Hispanic males were much more inclined to pick a school based on where a friend is going than Hispanic females were.
GOP Blocks Warren Student Loan Bill (The Hill)
Senate Republicans blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from bringing up her bill to allow students to refinance their loans. Warren asked for unanimous consent to vote on her bill, S. 2432, but Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) objected unless there would be an open amendment process. Warren said she couldn't agree to unlimited amendments.
National View: Let Students Pay Off Debt with Pre-Tax Dollars - Commentary (New Bedford, Mass., South Coast Today)
John Mantia writes: Allow graduates to pay off student loans with pre-tax income. Similar to the commuter benefits and pre-tax retirement incentives (think 401K) most Americans are familiar with, allowing students to pay off their loans with pre-tax dollars will have two enormous benefits. First, it will aid recent graduates in paying off their debts while increasing their economic activity. Second, it will benefit federal, state and local governments through increased economic efficiency, jobs, and cost reductions.
What a Consumer Watchdog Suit Against Corinthian Could Mean for Other Colleges (Chronicle of Higher Education)
It's a pretty safe bet that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won't see much of the half-billion-plus dollars it demanded from Corinthian Colleges Inc., in a lawsuit the bureau filed on Tuesday that accused the company of predatory lending and illegal collection tactics.