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16 years ago
If anyone is looking for DVDs about education to put on their Netflix queue, I can recommend two movies I recently viewed. To Be and to Have is a documentary about a one room school in rural France. In stark contrast to the almost bucolic nature of this film is The Boys of Baraka a film about an experimental program that takes 6th and 7th gra...
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16 years ago
In an article about online advertising (“The ultimate marketing machineâ€?), The Economist featured Snap.com. The founder of the site, Bill Gross–who also founded Idealab, a group responsible for creating Overture, which “pioneered the market for “paid searchâ€? or “pay-per-clickâ€? advertisingâ€?–is pursuing the “Holy Grailâ€? of advertising: CPA. CPA is a model where advertisers only pay for advertising if they sell their produc...
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16 years ago
The Australian paper The Age ran an interesting article on academic blogging. In it, the author described edublogs/org, a site that provides and hosts free blogs for teachers, researchers, librarians and other educational professionals. They feature recent posts, so it is fairly easy to get a sense of the quality of these blogs by scanning this page. The issue...
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16 years ago
If you haven't visited the site in a while, take a look at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's education page. In particular, take a look at the Stand Up website. Now here is a publication aimed at the public. Check out the downloadable toolkit (this, I am disappointed in; I think of this more as a flier and less as a tool kit (What would a better toolkit actually look like?).
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16 years ago
The Book Review section of The New York Times ran two articles in support–one directly, one indirectly–of traditional books. The first, Black Cloud, is about the digital age and its dependence on coal. The sidebar reads, “Our shiny white iPod economy is propped up by dirty black rocks.â€? The second article was a tiresome speech that John Updike delivered in front of a group of booksellers. This essay was a rea...
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16 years ago
While doing some research on liberal think tanks, I came across Barak Obama's website. His vision for the future of education stresses innovation, technology and the global economy. I don't believe that this vision of education is widely held by politicians (it seems like most are locked in debate over NCLB and are thus wed to an ideal of schooling that may not hold for the 21st century); I imagine if Obama becomes as successful as some cla...
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16 years ago
This Los Angeles Times article reports what I see as a positive trend: instead of lamenting the fact that students are cheating, or spending more time on vigilant surveillance, teachers are actually changing their assignments. The fear that students will not be able to do independent research and writing is certainly justified; forcing students to do assignments that do not require either and becoming upset that they cheated may not be justified. Before we treat cheat...
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16 years ago
The Economist’s Technology Quarterly (June 10th 2006) reports the advance of translation devices that can process languages in real time. If successful, these devices will become universal language translators. A woman wearing an inconspicuous earpiece (in any country) will be able to hear anyone who speaks to her in her own language. Alan Black at Carnegie Mellon is at the front of this technology...
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16 years ago
In the United States, more on the college laptop ban; in Japan, a return to prewar values; while in Australia, a school where students are seen but not heard. I don't want to disparage these movements out of hand; nonetheless, it seems as if many adults are more than happy ...
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16 years ago
The Center for New Media at Berkeley is holding a conference on electronic publishing. This conference is covered in the Contra Costa Times. After reading this article, I am even more skeptical about journal-publisher 'partnerships'; why does Berkeley need Elsevier? It is clear–to me–what Elsevier gains from the relationship, but it is not clear what Berkeley stands to gain.
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