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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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Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard? (New York Times - Opinion Piece)
Kevin Carey writes: The mark of a good new college rankings system -- or, at least, an interesting one -- is a deft combination of familiarity and surprise. Publish a list of nothing but unknown colleges and you lose credibility. Simply replicate the U.S. News hierarchy and you haven't done anything worthy of attention. By this measure, the Money rankings are successful.
Paul Ryan’s views on college costs look a lot like Obama’s (Vox)
President Obama's higher education agenda has had trouble attracting supporters from either party in Congress so far. But he appears to have at least one rhetorical ally in the House of Representatives: Rep. Paul Ryan. That doesn't mean Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, will be supporting Obama's higher education proposals anytime soon. But Ryan's new plan to fight poverty reveals that the the two very different politicians have some common ground in their approach to colleges and universities.
Student Debt on Campaign Trail (Inside Higher Education)
Since holding a vote on their student loan refinancing plan last month, many Senate Democrats have been promoting the plan across the country. Most visibly, the proposal's main architect, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, has traveled to West Virginia and Kentucky in recent weeks to campaign for Democratic candidates for Senate.
The Comfortable Kid (Chronicle of Higher Education)
But the kids-these-days diss simplifies the complexity of 21st-century students. They are a diverse bunch with varying needs and wants, some more serious than others. They carry immense expectations through higher education's gates, and in the name of compassion and competition, colleges strive to serve. If students are soft, campuses help make them so.
Close Business Schools / Save the Humanities (Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece)
William Major writes: That there is a general and widespread acceptance in the United States that what is good for corporate America is good for the country is perhaps inarguable, and this is why men like Governors Scott and McCrory are dangerous. They merely invoke a longstanding and not-so-ugly stereotype: the pointy-headed humanist whose work, if you can call it that, is irrelevant. Among the many easy targets, English departments and their ilk are convenient and mostly defenseless.
Looking Ahead at Spelman (Inside Higher Education)
Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College since 2002, recently announced that she will retire in June. During her presidency, she has been a strong advocate for historically black and women's colleges, while continuing to speak out about the state of race relations in America. Her 1997 book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria' is widely read in high schools and colleges -- and Tatum is planning to return to that subject after she leaves the president's position.
U.S. Moves to Align Student Exchanges With Policy Goals (New York Times)
This summer, 500 Africans studied business, leadership and public management on American campuses as part of a new State Department program. The Obama administration has hailed the effort, which is part of the larger Young African Leaders Initiative, as a fresh take on public diplomacy.
Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again (Quartz - Opinion Piece)
Brian McDermott writes: By creating a blended learning classroom--and incorporating external Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)--I can now confidently outsource what's boring, remedial, monotonous and binary to self-guided online lessons.
Top 50 Colleges At a Glance (Time, Money)
Time Magazine looks at the ROI at the approximately 1,500 4-year colleges in the U.S. It narrowed the list down based on schools which had graduation rates above the median in their category.
Student Loans Can Be Worth Every Penny (Motley Fool - Opinion Piece)
Matthew Frankel writes: According to a study by Georgetown University, the average college graduate can expect to earn $2.3 million over their lifetime, and this jumps to $2.7 million with a master's degree. With just a high school diploma, lifetime earning expectancy plummets to just $1.3 million. All of a sudden, being $30,000 in debt doesn't seem like such a bad deal.