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eSchool News: Microsoft explores new

eSchool News: Microsoft explores new game-based learning environment
With the intention of revolutionizing current pedagogy, Microsoft Corp. is bringing researchers and businesses together to develop a game-based computer learning environment to be used by classroom teachers.
The idea behind this partnership

Wired: Cyber School Flunking First

Wired: Cyber School Flunking First Year
Before Einstein Academy could hire its first teacher, the online-only school gets hit with lawsuits from educators concerned about its practices.

Wired: 3-D Med School, Hold

Wired: 3-D Med School, Hold the Cadavers
The facility places scientists right in the picture, with four projectors displaying representations of the body onto the walls of a 2.5-cubic-meter room. Researchers view the images through glasses that are a bit like the old-fashioned stereophonic glasses -- using a shutter flicking 30 times a second, and a special trigger to manipulate the images, they create an immersive effect.

European Schoolnet: eLearning Award Winners

European Schoolnet: eLearning Award Winners announced at EMINENT II in Lisbon On 6 December 2001 the winners of European Schoolnet

Guardian Unlimited: Schools scheme aims

Guardian Unlimited: Schools scheme aims to swap blackboards for computers
Tony Blair today launched a

Yahoo!: European Biz School launches

Yahoo!: European Biz School launches e-learning programme
Top European business school Insead is entering the growing field of computer-assisted distance-learning with the launch of an online training curriculum, the university announced on Thursday. At a fee of 325 euros per course, Insead Online students will get training in seven course areas, including financial accounting and management instruction, the school said.

First Monday: Computer-Mediated School Education

First Monday: Computer-Mediated School Education and the Web
The addition of the Web to the range of technologies which humans have used to mediate between themselves and the world has contributed to problems as well as advantages in the area of school education. Historical antecedents in areas such as writing, printing and industrialisation provide a context in which mediated experiences can be examined. In the 21st century, the availability of online education increases the possibility that virtual experience will be substituted for reality. There are also concerns that there will be a blurring of appearance and reality, and that cultural imperialism will continue to spread by use of the Web. Together with the observation that computer-mediation via the Web tends to reframe the central role of the teacher in the educational process, these factors are considered in terms of the need to establish future guidelines to reduce the adverse impact of the Web on school education.

Open Source Schools: Open Content

Open Source Schools: Open Content Encyclopedias in Education
It is, therefore, very intriguing to consider the possibility of the use of open content textbooks (see opencontent.org, public domain texts (e.g., the works of Shakespeare found on Project Gutenberg), open content encyclopedias (e.g., Nupedia and Wikipedia), and other open content (and public domain) materials. How might such materials be used in education? What sort of pedagogical, political, and economic impact would their use have?

CIO: Online Unschooled By focusing

CIO: Online Unschooled
By focusing solely on academic issues, online universities fail to give their students the social context that allows information to become meaningful, claims Brown, Xerox's innovation officer and former director of Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, Calif. "Take away the social context and what you have is essentially a person with a computer and no education," he says.

Europemedia: 90% of EU schools

Europemedia: 90% of EU schools have an internet connection
Although teachers across the EU are embracing the use of the internet in the classroom, there are still varied degrees of enthusiasm since take-up between the 15 EU member states still show discrepancies...

Yahoo!: British Schools Flocking to

Yahoo!: British Schools Flocking to the Internet
British schools are flocking to the Internet and gearing up to let their pupils surf the web in droves, according to a government report published on Tuesday. The report said 96 percent of British primary schools were now connected to the net -- up from just 17 percent in 1998.

Electronic School: Online Learning Grows

Electronic School: Online Learning Grows Up
Students turn to online classes and schools for varied reasons, but they have one thing in common: They all want or need something that's not easily available in the traditional brick-and-mortar school building. Students in rural communities can take classes such as Latin or AP calculus that their schools are too small or too poor to offer. Sick or hospitalized students can finish their class work without falling behind. Gifted students, students who have problems in the regular classroom, students traveling with their parents -- increasingly these youngsters are turning to online learning as an alternative to regular education -- No longer an experiment, virtual schooling is here to stay.

China Daily: Online schools have

China Daily: Online schools have much to learn
Online colleges will become one of the most promising Internet businesses in China despite dim prospects for profitability in the near future, according to industry executives and experts. Between July 2000 and March 2001, 38 universities enrolled 240,000 students for their online colleges, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said.

First Monday: Technology, Schools and

First Monday: Technology, Schools and the Decentralization of Culture
Most analyses of culture and technology have been fascinated, even transfixed, by all the wonderful things that can be created and shared using digital tools. Rarely have these cultural analyses explored the issue of how such technological tools are going to impact how individuals interact and organize around cultural content that is fluid and contested. This is particularly problematic for schools as technological tools allow students to reject, share and contest the fixed content that has historically been disseminated through a narrow range of books and pedagogical strategies. This paper seeks to develop a theoretical model of culture that can account for change in what was, and still is, considered by many social scientists to be impermeable structural boundaries. By conceptualizing technology as a symbolic tool, it is hoped that the model of culture developed in this paper can begin to explain how social relations in institutions such as schools can change in a manner that will upset existing hierarchical social relations.

CNET: School’s out for virtual

CNET: School's out for virtual university
Harcourt Higher Education, which launched a much-ballyhooed online college in Massachusetts last year, is closing the school's virtual doors this fall without a single mortarboard tossed in the air.

Salon: Why can’t Johnny respect

Salon: Why can't Johnny respect copyrights?
In Britain, elementary-school classrooms prepare to preach reverence for intellectual property -- and to denounce the evils of file-sharing.

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