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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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Unsealing Police Records (Inside Higher Ed)
Sworn police departments at private colleges in Ohio are public entities and subject to state open-records laws, the state's Supreme Court ruled Thursday, saying that a college being a "private institution does not preclude its police department from being a public office."
Program Helps Students Navigate the Unfamiliar Terrain of College (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The director of the High Potential Program insisted that Ms. Perez meet with her weekly after Ms. Perez responded angrily to racial remarks made by others on her dormitory floor, and talked about dropping out of the college. The program's staff helped her get a job on campus, provided emotional support, assisted her in negotiations with the financial-aid office, and directed her toward classes where they thought she would succeed. By her sophomore year, Ms. Perez was thriving.
Sen. Alexander Proposes Colleges Share Student Loan Debt Responsibility (Memphis Business Journal)
Senate education committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) held a hearing proposing universities and colleges share the risk of student loans with taxpayers and students. As part of the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act, introduced by Alexander, the senator is proposing colleges and universities have a responsibility, or vested interest in, encouraging students to borrow wisely, graduate on time and be able to repay what they've been loaned.
Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works (New York Times, TheUpshot - Blog)
Harvey Mudd increased its share of women studying computer science by doing things like including pictures of women in school brochures and hiring female students as campus tour guides. Carnegie Mellon started a formal mentorship program for women studying the subject, since they were often excluded from male students' informal networks.
2 Rivals in College-Application Industry Chart New Courses (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Just as applying to college is a rite of passage for millions of students each year, delivering all those applications to campuses is a big business. Now, as one admissions cycle gives way to another, the industry's two most-prominent operators are poised to move in new directions. The players: CollegeNet Inc., a technology company that builds application-processing systems for colleges, and the Common Application, a nonprofit organization that runs a standardized online admissions form used by 548 institutions worldwide.
Medaille College Names New President (Buffalo News)
The Medaille College Board of Trustees tapped Bethany College provost Kenneth M. Macur, a certified public accountant and former management consultant, to become the college's seventh president. Macur will take the reins of the college June 1. He succeeds Richard T. Jurasek, who announced in October he will retire this summer after eight years.
Students at Private Colleges May Lose Financial Aid Under Proposed State Budget (Seattle, Wash., Times)
Depending on which version of the state's budget wins out in the coming weeks, it looks like Washington's college students won't see a tuition increase, and might even see a decrease, if they attend a public college or university.Not so for students at private institutions who rely on state financial aid to help pay their tuition bills. The Republican version of the budget, which would lower state public-school tuition, would also cut the maximum amount of money that students at private schools could receive in state financial aid.
Lower-Cost Student Loans? Not Really. (St. Louis, Mo., Post-Dispatch - Op/Ed)
Mitchell D. Weiss writes: When the Treasury Department sold a fresh batch of 10-year notes last week at a yield that turned out to be more than a third of a percentage point lower than it was at in the same period in 2014, the headlines touted the corresponding decline in student-loan rates as welcome savings for student borrowers. I suppose that's true if one were to ignore the pace at which tuition prices have been increasing each year and the large number of students who fail to complete their studies because they can no longer afford enrollment.
Preventing College Rape: Why Freshman Year Is Key, Especially for Past Victims(Christian Science Monitor)
A study released Wednesday details the prevalence of rape experienced by first-year college women. It also shows the degree to which sexual victimization before college increases the likelihood of being raped in college. The findings can add new layers of understanding to sexual assault policies and prevention work under way on college campuses, public health experts say.
Robert Hendren, Former College of Idaho President, Dies at 89 (Styrk.com)
Robert Lee Hendren, Jr., 89, died Tuesday, at his home. Hendren served as College of Idaho president from 1987 through 1999.