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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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How to Improve the College Admissions Process (New York Times - Debate)
The Times columnist Frank Bruni's new book, "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be," appeals to teenagers and their parents to relax, because the college decision won't matter as much as they think it will. But as those thin and thick envelopes arrive in mailboxes across the country, don't colleges and universities share some of the responsibility for the absurd competition' What can selective colleges and universities do to improve the admissions process'
Cash Monitoring List Unveiled (Inside Higher Ed)
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, for the first time, named most of the hundreds of colleges whose federal aid it has restricted because of concerns about their finances or compliance with federal requirements.
Rating Colleges (Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion)
Stuart Dorsey, President, Texas Lutheran University writes: PIRS is a poor tool both for providing information or establishing accountability. It's a bad idea in concept and is likely to be a train-wreck in implementation. That consumers do not have sufficient access to information is debatable, given the enormous amount of information about colleges that is easily available from private ratings and rapidly growing social media sites. Further, independent colleges and universities have worked hard with this and the previous administration to deliver more comparative information to families. But there is a big difference between the government providing information, and evaluating that information. PIRS attempts to do the latter.
A New Debate About College - Opinion (The Hill)
Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis writes: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is the latest in a string of high-profile policymakers and employers who have questioned whether a college education is vital to success in America. This conversation is certainly worth having, but it's only going to work if we start to come to grips with the fact that "college" is a very different notion than what many people assume. It's time to start defining college in a new way that accurately reflects the needs of today's students and the realities of the 21st century workforce.
There Is an Unprecedented Crisis Facing America’s Historically Black Colleges (Business Insider)
Historically black colleges and universities -- known as HBCUs -- have been part of American higher education for over 150 years. In the past few decades, though, the financial health of many schools has taken a turn for the worst. HBCUs have struggled with unequal government funding, declining enrollment, and poor leadership.
The End of College? Not So Fast (Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece)
Donald E. Heller writes: The biggest risk for the higher-education industry and society more broadly is not that Kevin Carey's vision will be realized, but that it will be realized only in part. If policy makers responsible for the funding of higher education institutions and student financial aid buy into Carey's model, we could see a large disinvestment in higher education, leading to an even more bifurcated system than we have now.
New Proving Ground for the Presidency: Student Affairs (Chronicle of Higher Education)
College presidents whose previous positions were in student affairs made up just 4.5 percent of presidents in a 2011 survey conducted by the American Council on Education. More recent data aren't available, but the past four years have seen a number of private colleges, regional public institutions, and historically black colleges hire presidents with student-affairs backgrounds. According to search consultants, more and more candidate pools include student-affairs leaders among the finalists.
Racist Graffiti Prompts Connecticut College to Cancel Classes, Reflect (CTNow.com)
Connecticut College suspended life as usual Monday as students, faculty and administrators came together for a dayong dialogue on racism and hate speech prompted by the discovery Sunday of racist graffiti in a college bathroom. College President Katherine Bergeron, who canceled classes and worked with students and faculty late into Sunday night to arrange the mandatory Monday program, said it's been a "difficult month."
How This Private College Maintains a $1 Billion Endowment Without Charging Tuition (Business Insider)
Berea College, a liberal arts college located in Kentucky, has a massive $1 billion endowment. But unlike other private liberal arts colleges with whopping endowments, Berea has accumulated its endowment all while offering four-year degrees to students tuition-free. Now that student loan debt is the second-largest source of consumer debt in America, it might be time to glean some lessons from Berea.
Cyber Attack Hits Fairleigh Dickinson; Rutgers Works to Restore Internet Service (NJ.com)
Fairleigh Dickinson University officials confirm that a cyber attack attack shut down the university's computer network Saturday. Both the Teaneck and Florsham Park campuses were affected.