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How Technology Will Disrupt Learning for a Lifetime, Not Just in the Classroom

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 4:53 PM

Much of the buzz around the educational benefits of Internet technology has focused on the potential for the classroom -- or perhaps, if we add to that, the boom in mobile technology, the potential to bridge the classroom and the home.

But the Internet is doing far more than opening...

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InternMatch: Matching the Smartest Student Interns With the Hottest Tech Startups

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 5:15 PM

In a tight job market, even the best college students are finding that landing a good job after graduation requires more than just a degree. It requires work experience. That makes an internship an increasingly important bridge between school and career.

There are many programs that match students with internship...

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The Teacher Who Gave Me Direction -- What Evaluations Can't Tell You

(120) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 12:28 PM

It's pretty easy for me to say that Mr. Callahan was the best teacher I ever had. Much more difficult is the task of explaining what exactly makes that so. The stakes for making such a claim seem rather high right now, too, as many of the prevailing education reform...

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Mobile Phones, Educational Apps, and the Digital Divide

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 11:48 AM

As an education technology journalist, I see a lot of mobile phone apps. A lot of mobile phone apps. I receive a daily flood of email pitches from developers who've just had theirs submitted or accepted to the Apple or Android stores. It's exciting to see so many new apps...

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Sputnik, DARPA, and Rosa Parks Moments: Metaphors We Reform Education By

(4) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 1:02 PM

I won't lie. I shudder when I hear President Obama talk about the challenges we face in education as a "Sputnik moment." I'm not pleased that the new education technology agency he's proposing -- ARPA-ED -- deliberately echoes the name of DARPA. That's a matter of politics, of...

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Update to Higher Ed Classification System Shows Huge Growth in Private, For-Profit Institutions

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 2:45 PM

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released an update to its classification system today, a revision to one of the leading frameworks for describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education.

The update finds two "striking changes" in higher ed: a dramatic increase in private, for-profit institutions...

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Is This the Year of the Educational Tablet?

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 11:16 AM

Many analysts are predicting 2011 will be the year of the tablet. And in his keynote address at CES's Higher Ed Tech Summit last week, The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg said that he anticipates a deluge of tablets on campuses. They won't all be iPads, he insisted,...

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