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CLO: Connections: The Impact of SchoolingCLO: Connections: The Impact of Schooling
"In a world where we don
Cnet: Public schools: Why Johnny can’t blogCnet: Public schools: Why Johnny can't blog
"At issue is a fundamental question heretical to many who have preached the power of computers in education over the last two decades: Does technology do more to improve learning than traditional teaching methods?"
MSNBC: Are Computers Wrecking Schools?MSNBC: Are Computers Wrecking Schools?
"Oppenheimer is brutal in his assessment of the well-to-do "high tech" schools he visits, all too often finding teachers and administrators in a fog of self-delusion, bragging about glitzy student PowerPoint productions that in fact reveal scant understanding. He is equally cutting about the technologic follies he sees in underprivileged schools. This time he lays blame on ambitious administrators and clueless federal programs that ignore the real needs of teachers -- many of whom need careful coaching even to find the "Enter" key."
Wired: Schools Rule on Classroom GadgetsWired: Schools Rule on Classroom Gadgets
"Students who bring their own PDAs to school today mostly use them as organizers and notepads. But many newer models have wireless Internet access, making it ever more difficult for teachers to detect students exchanging gossipy notes or test answers."
Wired: Web Cliques Too Cool for SchoolWired: Web Cliques Too Cool for School
"A clique is traditionally defined as a group of mostly teens who spend a lot of time together, control who hangs out with them and talk about a few specific subjects. But these days, another definition of a clique is a website that serves as a virtual gathering place, where the site's owner picks the topic of discussion, sets rules for joining and vets whose on-topic sites can be linked."
Slashdot: Do Online Schools Provide A Quality Education?Slashdot: Do Online Schools Provide A Quality Education?
An anonymous reader asks: "I am attending an online college for the first time and I am starting to get a bad taste in my mouth about the amount of effort that some of my professors are putting forward in my courses. I feel like some of them are 'skating' and all I am paying for is a book, a posted syllabus, and a final exam. Have any of you been to an online school, and what where your experiences like? How did you feel about the quality of education you were getting?"
NY Times: Schools Look to Wireless to Boost LearningNY Times: Schools Look to Wireless to Boost Learning
"Some teachers have also complained about greater student distraction as they use their laptops to play games or surf the Web during class. Others simply object to seeing a sea of laptops with faces down instead of looking at them.
Even students themselves have admitted to their grades suffering as a result of too much e-mailing or instant messaging during class. For that reason, the more cutting-edge schools are turning to personal digital assistants, which they prefer because they are smaller, cheaper and less disruptive."
SF Gate: Virus pushes schools to go virtualSF Gate: Virus pushes schools to go virtual
"The Hong Kong example may be the first instance in which online learning has been used to replace real classrooms because of a major disruption in the education system. The region could prove to be an e-learning "showcase for other countries."
Harvard Medical School: Evolving a Mob: Wireless Communities of PracticeHarvard Medical School: Evolving a Mob: Wireless Communities of Practice
"Based on experiences with Hiptop Nation, it appears that by having ubiquitous mobile data communication devices and a successful communal blog, it is possible to create an ideal environment within which a smart mob can grow into a goal-oriented mobile community of practice. Communal blogs play a critical role in the creation of three essential elements of community: the establishment of social capital, the creation of weak ties that foster creativity, and the formation of a sense of "place" within which everything can happen. The final crucial ingredient is a complex goal."
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BBC: School bus offers web on the goBBC: School bus offers web on the go
"We use it to travel around the Isle of Man, bringing the big computer room experience to little primary schools"
Law.com: Online Law School’s First GradsLaw.com: Online Law School's First Grads
The nation's first online law school has graduated its first class: 10 men and women whose home study bears little resemblance to traditional law school Socratic teaching. The November graduates face uncertain prospects and high hurdles should they decide to pursue traditional careers in law...since the American Bar Association won't accredit any "correspondence schools."
TIME: Gearing Up For SchoolTIME: Gearing Up For School
Time.com surveys the best computers, peripherals, learning applications and websites to help students get plugged in for class.
Nua Surveys: Canadian school kids do homework onlineNua Surveys: Canadian school kids do homework online
eMarketer reports that 40 percent of Canadian teenagers homework is done online, up from 30 percent in 1999.
WIRED: Schools, Tech: Still StrugglingWIRED: Schools, Tech: Still Struggling
Technology can improve teaching and learning, but just having technology doesn't automatically translate into better instructional outcomes... That outcome depends on a number of factors, which vary by state, district and school. And because of the differences in schools, many educators agree there is no universal formula involving any aspect of new technologies that will raise the achievement level or test scores of students.
New Book: How People Learn:Brain, Mind, Experience, and SchoolNew Book: How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
A fundamental tenet of modern learning theory is that different kinds of learning goals require different approaches to instruction; new goals for education require changes in opportunities to learn. The design of learning environments is linked to issues that are especially important in the processes of learning, transfer, and competent performance. Those processes, in turn, are affected by the degree to which learning environments are student centered, knowledge centered, assessment centered, and community centered.
CNN: Chalkboards slowly erased from schoolsCNN: Chalkboards slowly erased from schools
While the old-fashioned chalkboard remains a fixture in most U.S. classrooms, school designers have all but eliminated it. Taking a page from the business world, they're outfitting most new and remodeled schools with whiteboards, in some cases installing high-tech devices that turn them into virtual computer screens.
CNET: Schools to bone upCNET: Schools to bone up on technology
Public schools in the United States will spend $9.5 billion on information technology by 2006, up almost 16 percent from this year, according to a new report.