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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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Obama Relents on Proposal to End ’529’ College Savings Plans (New York Times)
President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of his college access plan, White House officials said Tuesday.
Deep-Pocket Donors (Inside Higher Ed)
Charitable donations to colleges reached an all-time high of nearly $38 billion last year, according to an annual survey released today by the Council for Aid to Education. Donors increased the amount they gave colleges in 2014 by 10.8 percent, up from $33.8 billion in 2013, which was the previous historic high.
Botching Sexual-Assault Complaints Is Costly, Study Finds (Chronicle of Higher Education)
According to a report released on Tuesday by United Educators, an insurance and risk-management firm, the company and 104 of its member institutions spent more than $17-million from 2011 to 2013 defending against and resolving students' claims, including lawsuits and federal complaints, in cases of alleged sexual assault.
Bid to Hold Teacher Colleges Accountable Stirs a Debate Over Race (Chronicle of Higher Education)
As Congress debates whether to scale back testing at the nation's elementary and secondary schools, a quieter fight is playing out behind the scenes over efforts to extend test-based accountability to the country's teacher colleges. At issue in both debates is the question of whether holding teachers and schools accountable for student learning helps, or hinders, efforts to close racial gaps in student achievement.
Free college sounds great, but skeptics ask what’s the cost? (Minnesota Public Radio)
While zero tuition at two-year schools sounds enticing, some ask if it's really the best way to help more low-income students finish college and fill the state's workforce. They also note that money isn't the only barrier low-income students face pursuing a degree.
How Student Debt Harms the Economy (Wall Street Journal - Opinion Piece)
Mitchell E. Daniels writes: To the growing catalog of damage caused by the decades-long run-up in the cost of higher education, we may have to add another casualty. On top of the harm high tuition and other charges are inflicting on young people, and the way their struggles are holding back today's economy, we must add the worry that tomorrow's economy will suffer, too.
Kentucky Teacher Preparation Feedback reports released (Middlesboro, Ky., Daily News)
New data from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) on teacher preparation and retention for 28 Kentucky public and independent colleges and universities has been released. The data provide an initial snapshot at an aggregate level regarding the time to employment upon completion of a teacher preparation program and the retention rates of those programs.
Private and Community Colleges Prepare as Competition Heats Up (Iowa Public Radio)
The new emphasis on funding Iowa's three state universities according to the number of students who are state residents is dramatically increasing competition. The 26 private and 15 community colleges in the state are preparing.
Higher Education Is Not a Mixtape (The Atlantic - Opinion Piece)
Derek Newton writes: Will higher education go the way of music albums and cable TV' Is it inevitable that the Internet will break apart degrees and colleges' Some entrepreneurs think so. Fortunately, they are wrong.
Bending the Cost Curve (Inside Higher Ed)
Online education can "bend the cost curve" of an undergraduate degree, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, but whether the lower tuition is caused by a boost in productivity -- as opposed to more competition -- is still undetermined.