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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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New Rules Would Judge Teacher-Prep Programs on Job Placements and Student Learning (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Teacher colleges aren't feeling very thankful for new rules that could make some of their students ineligible for Teach Grants. The proposed rules, which the Education Department announced two days before Thanksgiving, would require states to evaluate teacher-training programs based, in part, on how many of their graduates get and keep jobs and how much their graduates' future students learn. Only programs deemed effective by their states would be eligible to award Teach Grants, which provide students with up to $4,000 a year.
How Colleges Bend the Rules to Keep Their State Funding (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Public universities are gaming their admissions and grading systems so they can hang on to state funding under strict new standards, a new study shows. After some states enacted regulations that tie funding for community and public colleges to the academic success of their students, many schools began denying admission to students with less potential and inflating student grades, researchers said in a Columbia University study released last week.
Promiscuous College Come-Ons (New York Times - Op/Ed)
Swarthmore is hardly alone in its desire to eliminate impediments to a bounty of applicants. Over the last decade, many elite colleges have adjusted their applications in ways that remove disincentives and maximize the odds that the number of students jockeying to get in remains robust -- or, even better, grows larger.
La Roche College to accept up to 90 credits from community college students (Pittsburgh, Penn., Tribune)
Tiny La Roche College in McCandless carved out a niche in the increasingly competitive student recruitment game Tuesday when officials announced the school will accept as many as 90 transfer credits from community colleges. That's about three quarters of the credits necessary for most bachelor's degrees.
More Student Protests on Lack of Indictment in Ferguson (Inside Higher Ed)
While some campuses saw protests Monday night over the lack of an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, many more campuses saw protests on Tuesday.
Can Digital ’Badges’ and ’Nanodegrees’ Protect Job Seekers From a First-Round Knockout? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Critics have argued that a college degree does not say much about a candidate's abilities apart from the ability to get into, and graduate from, a particular college. Employers themselves complain that a college degree doesn't predict whether a graduate will make a good employee. Purveyors of alternative credentials have rushed to fill the gap, designing "badges" and "nanodegrees" that are more specific about what skills applicants actually possess. And yet--how much more information can applicants really hope to get across if a recruiter is spending only a few seconds sizing them up'
St. Louis-Area Campuses Brace After Decision on Teen’s Shooting (Chronicle of Higher Education)
A number of St. Louis-area colleges will be closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests that erupted on Monday night following the announcement that no charges would be brought against a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9.
Winning Raises Without Contracts? (Inside Higher Ed)
Most of the new adjunct faculty unions affiliated with Service Employee International Union's national Adjunct Action campaign haven't yet achieved contracts. Those who have negotiated collective bargaining agreements, however, say they have better pay and working conditions as a result. Take adjuncts at Tufts University, for instance, whose newly inked contract guarantees significant pay increases, longer-term contracts and the right to be interviewed for full-time positions.
US treasury collects $150m in student loan payments from social security benefits (Guardian, U.K.)
While young people have earned most of the attention for the burden of student loans – the national plague of debt that now numbers $1tn – baby boomers are suffering too. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 3% of those 65 and older carry student loan debt – which adds up to 706,000 older households that owe $18.2bn into their golden years. About 82% of the loans taken out by retirees were for their own education. Overall, about 3.75 million of students enrolled in college in 2011 are 35 or older.
Boston Lawmakers Subpoena BU President (Boston Globe)
The Boston City Council, in a rare step, issued a subpoena Monday to Boston University President Robert Brown to compel him to appear at a hearing next week on employee and student diversity at local colleges. The council said it acted after BU failed to comply with a request to send a representative to a hearing last month.