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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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University of Chicago Acts to Improve Access for Lower-Income Students (New York Times)
With elite colleges under growing pressure to enroll more low-income students, the University of Chicago is taking a series of rare steps to make applying faster, simpler and cheaper, and to make studying there more affordable. The package of measures includes eliminating the expectation that low- and middle-income students take jobs during the academic year, guaranteeing paid summer internships after the first year in college, and providing career counseling beginning in that first year.
After Wellesley Debate, a Push for Scrutiny of Overseas Ties (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Last September, Wellesley College found itself embroiled in a debate about academic freedom in China. Led by Thomas Cushman, a sociologist at the college, a group of faculty members rallied support for a Peking University professor who said he was under fire for his political views. Mr. Cushman and others argued that the high-profile case raised questions about Wellesley's work in China and challenged the administration to reconsider a nascent partnership with Peking. A year later, the liberal-arts college still works with the Chinese institution, but it has overhauled its process for setting up international collaborations, giving faculty a much louder say.
St. Pauls College President: Federal Funds to House Border Kids Like Manna From Heaven (Watchdog.org)
When it closed its doors last year, Lawrenceville's private St. Paul's College had some serious debts to pay: $2.9 million to the guaranteed pension fund for former employees, bank debt of $1.3 million, and $250,000 in other debts such as utilities. So accepting the federal government's offer to pay the historically black college $160,000 a month for housing children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally made financial sense.
The Obama Administration Is Building a Consumer Reports for Colleges (Vox)
The Education Department is working on a project that will make it the Consumer Reports of higher education: a system that rates colleges based on quality. The Obama administration sees college students as consumers in an expensive, confusing higher education marketplace.
Goddard College Official Defends Student Selection of Mumia Abu-Jamal to Deliver Commencement Address (PennLive.com, Mechanicsville, PA)
A Goddard College official said he understands not everyone likes his school's graduating seniors' selection of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver the commencement address on Sunday but he also stands firmly behind the decision.Dustin Byerly, a Goddard alum who now serves as its associate director of advancement and alumni affairs, said the college has a history of empowering its students to make their own decisions. In fact, he said that is the educational model upon which this progressive liberal arts college based in Plainfield, VT., is built.
Stable Priorities, Unstable Times (Inside Higher Ed)
As the higher education IT community meets at the annual Educause conference in search the next big thing, a survey shows IT officials still place training and support for faculty, staff and students at the top of their priority lists.
Cornell University Names Elizabeth Garrett as President (Wall Street Journal)
Cornell University named University of Southern California Provost Elizabeth Garrett as its new president Tuesday, making her the first female president of the Ivy League school. Ms. Garrett, 51 years old, will take over for current President David J. Skorton, who is set to become secretary of the Smithsonian Institution next summer. He took the helm at Cornell in 2006.
College Roommate? No Thanks. Many Students Are Opting for Privacy (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Even as college administrators accommodate freshman requests for singles, they worry about the effect on residential life and the transition from high school to higher ed. One research study argues that a first-year roommate can be a critical component to retention and college success.
Video: Gallaudet Takes Action Against Sexual Assaults (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Gallaudet University, the Washington, D.C., institution for the deaf and hard of hearing, has been praised by the Department of Justice for its work in educating staff members and students on sexual-misconduct issues. Aided by a 2012 grant from the department's Office on Violence Against Women, the university has already trained 40 staff members and 100 students in bystander intervention--an essential program, administrators say, that's now gaining traction with students.
U.S. Sen. Alexander Discusses FAST Act in Blountville Today (Bristol, Va., Herald Courier)
Students are faced with more than 100 questions when filling out a federal application for financial aid and they usually need extensive help and maybe even an instruction manual to complete. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, visited Northeast State Community College today to discuss his and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act.