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  • YouTube Videos for Aspiring Astronomers

    Mar 18, 2016 – Space is vast, with immeasurable intricacies. If you're enthralled by the cosmos, there are fantastic and informative videos for you to watch this side of the milky way. In this article, learn about a few films available to stream on Youtube.

  • YouTube Videos for Aspiring Scientists

    Mar 17, 2016 – Although there are plenty of YouTube videos out there that might not seem all too educational, there are some good ones. For the aspiring scientist, we've covered a few on topics like the atom and the big bang.

  • Study History on YouTube

    Mar 17, 2016 – Documentaries are a fantastic way to learn about history, and Youtube is a fast and free medium for accessing documentaries. Youtube also has some lectures and popular movies based on historical events (although be careful about citing these in your papers). This article lists some Youtube films that can expand your knowledge about history.

  • Learn to Cook with YouTube Videos

    Mar 16, 2016 – Learning to cook has never been easier, now that anybody with an internet connection and a mobile device, laptop or computer can search through cooking videos on YouTube. In this article, we look closer at the Food Network's YouTube Channel, a video on the Maillard reaction, and many more resources.

  • Interview: Terri Bourdon, Senior Instructor at the Virginia Tech Math Emporium

    Jan 06, 2015 – This interview is about Virginia Tech's innovative mathematics education structure, the Math Emporium, a gigantic computer lab in an off-campus mall that provides a workplace and test site for undergraduate online courses. Since no one website is especially informative about what exactly the ME is/does, many of my questions are more general, though I'm especially interested in responses to the ME both from students and other educators.

  • Interview: Margaret Vail Anderson of the Digital Librarian

    Jan 06, 2015 – These questions were kind of easy to write, because there seems to be literally no information available on WHY Digital Librarian exists... no 'About' page, no previous interviews, no Web profiles. Tracking down the subject might be difficult, although I believe I found her Facebook page and, I mean, at least we know where she works (kind of).

  • Interview: Principal Charles Conner of Stephen Decatur Elementary School

    Jan 06, 2015 – This interview's focused on the Decatur school's upcoming iPad lab, which gives their entire K-8 student body access to Apple's tablet devices. I'm particularly interested in Connor's emphasis on academic competitiveness; I somewhat wonder if K-8 students aren't too young for this whole thing, though I tried to ask that in not-so-confrontational phrasing.

  • The Best TED Talk Videos on YouTube

    Jan 06, 2015 – YouTube offers many educational opportunities, perhaps more than you might have ever thought there could be. For your benefit, we go over some of the TED conference's best talks on the highly popular video channel.

  • Ways Students Can Have Inexpensive Fun During Winter Vacation

    Dec 14, 2012 – Now that winter break is here, you may want to find ways to have fun. But after buying those Christmas gifts for everyone and putting money aside for books next semester, you might not have much cash left to work with. Never fear! There are many ways to have fun without completely emptying your wallet. Read on to see what options are open to you as a poor student.

  • Smart Ways for Students to Use Holiday Money

    Dec 14, 2012 – If you need help figuring out how to spend your holiday money, look no further. Find out options, such as opening a savings account, building credit, taking personal growth classes, and more.

  • 10 New Year's Resolutions That All Students Should Make

    Dec 14, 2012 – With every new year comes the chance for a fresh start and a new way of doing things. We've listed ten different resolutions for you to consider in the new year.

  • 5 Things Students Should Do During Winter Break

    Dec 12, 2012 – You've studied hard this fall semester, and now it's time to relax for winter break. But does a school break have to mean you can't do anything productive? There are several things you could do to maximize your time while you're away from school for the winter, and this blog offers some of the top ideas.

  • Edupunk E-Book Offers Options for Low-Income Students

    Jul 23, 2012 – With OpenCourseWare lecture notes and assignments, streaming TED talks and even educational YouTube videos, it's become easier than ever to piece together your own education for free - or nearly free - using resources you can find on the Internet. It's with that in mind that education and economics expert Anya Kamenetz has written 'The Edupunk's Guide to a DIY Credential.' What is an Edupunk, and how can students benefit by being one?

  • Ultimate List of Free Online Video Courses

    Feb 23, 2012 – Save money and time on your education and take free online college courses taught by some of the best professors in the world. Find your subject of interest in the list of free online video courses below, and start learning!

  • Grad Student and High School Senior Give Winning Advice in Starving Student Scholarship

    Jan 19, 2012 – Congratulations to Daniel Taxy and Haleigh Hitzing, the winners of's Starving Student Scholarship! We selected Daniel, a graduate student in psychology, as our grand prize winner based on his fantastic money-saving tips. Haleigh, a high school senior, won our bonus $500 prize for receiving the most 'likes' on her money-saving tip posted on our Facebook wall. Read on to learn more about our winners, their career plans and their thrifty advice!

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  • Edupunk E-Book Offers Options for Low-Income Students

    Jul 23, 2012 – With OpenCourseWare lecture notes and assignments, streaming TED talks and even educational YouTube videos, it's become easier than ever to piece together your own education for free - or nearly free - using resources you can find on the Internet. It's with that in mind that education and economics expert Anya Kamenetz has written 'The Edupunk's Guide to a DIY Credential.' What is an Edupunk, and how can students benefit by being one?

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September 2011

  • How to Make Textbooks Cheaper and More Effective at the Same Time

    Sep 21, 2011 – When is a book more than just a book? When it appears as an interactive digital e-book. With several companies introducing electronic textbooks for iPads, Kindles and other devices, it seems technology is poised to make learning more accessible, collaborative and just plain easier. And the fact that in most cases digital textbooks are less costly than standard tomes is definitely an added bonus!

  • Overhaul Your Education with Personal Learning Networks

    Sep 21, 2011 – In its simplest form, a Personal Learning Network (PLN) could be an uncle helping to find his nephew a job in the family business. Thanks to technology, PLNs have become global networks, enabling educators and students to link to experts anywhere in the world. Learn how more and more students and teachers are utilizing PLNs to help with career advice, professional support and even mentoring.

  • Mississippi a Scientific Powerhouse?

    Sep 20, 2011 – Universities in Mississippi are poised to become research powerhouses by the end of 2011, thanks to an upgrade to their communications network. The change will enable the universities to more quickly link to research institutions around the state and share information in the blink of an eye. So what exactly is this 'unprecedented' upgrade?

  • Are Cameras in the Classroom OK?

    Sep 20, 2011 – Teachers and testing monitors in Madison Middle School beware: the next time exams are administered, you will be watched. Closely. The Louisiana middle school decided in August, 2011 to use cameras in classrooms and hallways to keep a close eye the next time the Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP) test is given. So what prompted the tightened security?

  • How Your Smartphone Could Save (or Earn!) You Money

    Sep 19, 2011 – Smartphones give users the chance to make their lives easier through the many features and apps available. By taking advantage of some of those free apps, smartphone owners might be able to not only save some money, but to also make some money.

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August 2011

  • More Employers Looking to Facebook for Job Candidates

    Aug 31, 2011 – According to social networking giant Facebook, over 750 million active users take advantage of its product - that's a lot of people. It was only a matter of time, then, before the job search process found its way onto the king of social networking. Why would companies want to use Facebook to recruit, and why might employees not want them to?

  • Mobile Apps for Autism

    Aug 31, 2011 – Autism is a combination of neurodevelopment disorders marked by, among other things, an inability to communicate openly and effectively. But what if there were ways to use mobile devices to help those with autism improve their communication and comprehension capabilities? With apps for iPads, iPhones and other devices, parents of autistic children no longer have to ask 'what if?'

  • CA Student Record Database Goes MIA

    Aug 31, 2011 – Established in 1974, the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) was tasked with coordinating student records between the state's three major collegiate systems, as well as working on ways to improve education policies for students within those systems. In July 2011, the recently re-elected Governor Jerry Brown eliminated CPEC from the state budget, prompting concerns about the future of academia in California.

  • Mobile Devices that Can Improve Your Job Search

    Aug 30, 2011 – If you're looking for a job and wondering how to make your search a little easier, check out this list of mobile devices and applications that can give you a leg up in the job race.

  • New Braille Touch Screens on Mobile Devices Assists Blind Users

    Aug 29, 2011 – Touchscreen smartphones are becoming more and more popular with consumers. Unfortunately, visually-impaired users are unable to take full advantage of these 'super phones.' However, a new technology called E-Sense developed by Senseg, a Swedish company, allows blind users to feel different textures on the screen of a mobile device. This enables them to read messages and webpages, and potentially opens doors for future applications of this exciting innovation.

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July 2011

  • How Effective Are Mobile Apps for Promoting Campus Events?

    Jul 29, 2011 – For big events, it can be a good idea for colleges to use mobile apps to help get the word out and keep interested people up to date. In a world where technology plays such an important role, why shouldn't schools take advantage of it?

  • University of Iowa Offers Scholarship for the Best Twitter Essay

    Jul 29, 2011 – Getting paid to Twitter? How about $265 a character? That's about what University of Iowa is offering to certain applicants: a full-ride scholarship for the prospective student who writes the best Twitter essay when they apply to the graduate program at the university's business school. The Twitter essay is meant to replace the usual second essay required in the admissions process.

  • Top Librarian Blogs on the Web

    Jul 28, 2011 – Bloggers post content about almost every topic under the sun, and many bloggers include subjects that relate to their work. The blogs and sites listed in this article are written by and/or for librarians, and cover topics such as library-related news, information rights, and research tips and guidelines.

  • Video Games for Fun and Learning

    Jul 28, 2011 – Most teachers would likely agree that the best way to teach students is to keep them engaged. And probably all would agree that video games certainly keep kids engaged. So melding the two seems like a sure way to improve students' comprehension and even eagerness to learn. Can video games change the face of conventional teaching?

  • New Medical School Tries to Teach Bedside Manner

    Jul 28, 2011 – Doctors go to school to learn everything they need to know to diagnose patients, treat disease and save lives. While incorporated into medical school curricula and residency programs, bedside manner often takes a backseat to more serious and life-preserving lessons. Continue reading to find out how medical schools and hospitals are attempting to develop compassionate caregivers.

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June 2011

  • Finding Creativity All Over the World: Nelle Sacknoff Speaks to

    Jun 30, 2011 – Nelle Sacknoff is a graduate student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), a graduate school of Middlebury College. Last winter, she traveled to Latin America on a 'scavenger hunt for innovation' to assess the role of innovation and technology in international management in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and practice her Spanish along the way. caught up with her recently to learn more about what she found on this trip.

  • Professors in Egypt Use Online Resources to Create Living History

    Jun 30, 2011 – How does one live through history? Textbooks tend to convey a detached narrative, somebody else's story, but history happens to all of us. Take citizens in Egypt, who're currently enmeshed in a gigantic national revolution. A team of activists, historians and professors led by Khaled Fahmy of the American U. in Cairo are working to change the way Egyptians, and possibly the rest of the world, experience the history around them.

  • Are Virtual Competitions the Future of College Sports?

    Jun 29, 2011 – Technological advancements have now made it so swimmers can compete virtually, saving money associated with traveling to meets. Although not all sports competitions could be conducted virtually, it could actually be the future for some.

  • Why You Can't Say 'Facebook' on French TV

    Jun 28, 2011 – France doesn't share the United States' approach to free speech. The French government exercises a comparatively strict control over language used in the media, and certain words - like Facebook and Twitter - are banned from use. It may seem draconian, but it's part of a law designed to protect consumers from sneaky advertising.

  • Students Can Virtually Explore James Joyce's Dublin with Walking Ulysses

    Jun 27, 2011 – 'Walking Ulysses' is a website dedicated to providing a virtual tour of Dublin, Ireland, through the explorations of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' characters. But the program is not just for Joyce fans. Learn more about this online tool developed by a Boston College professor, his students and the college's instructional design department.

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May 2011

  • New App Can Take You Back in Time

    May 31, 2011 – iPads may seem like they're from the future, but they can actually provide insight into the past. The New York Public Library has released an app that allows access to the famous library's stacks. The first issue is a virtual ticket to the 1939-1940 World's Fair. So step right up!

  • Top Sources for Creative Commons Content

    May 31, 2011 – Do you conduct research on the Web? Would you like to know which sites and organizations allow you to use, edit and reproduce their information? If so, read on to learn about Creative Commons and some of the top sources that provide open access to online content.

  • Electronic Curb Cuts Have Benefits for All

    May 27, 2011 – Can initiatives designed to improve the lives of individuals who are disabled have a carryover benefit to the rest of the population? Most definitely. Learn about how technological developments intended to help those affected by disabilities have led to large-scale societal improvements.

  • What Is Digital Exclusion?

    May 27, 2011 – The development of the Internet has revolutionized the way we live, but around the world there are countless individuals who are unable access the power of the Web. Learn about digital exclusion and efforts to bridge the digital divide so that more can benefit from the use of new technologies.

  • Spy Vs. Student: Professors Monitor Student Laptop Use

    May 26, 2011 – Everyone seems to have an opinion on laptops in class, and if you ask professors what they think, their opinion probably isn't going to be favorable. Two new studies have taken surprising measures to find out what students are doing on their computers.

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April 2011

  • Library 2.0: Video Games in College Libraries

    Apr 29, 2011 – University libraries offer students a number of benefits and services, from massive collections of literature and films to a quiet place to study or unwind. Some school libraries around the country are now augmenting all that with a surprising addition: video games. Once confined to toy stores and basements, are video games becoming a more culturally legitimized medium?

  • Tech Tricks to Being a Better Student: Useful Tools

    Apr 29, 2011 – In this edition of tech tricks to being a better student, we discuss useful tools on the Internet to make learning and studying much more fun and informative. Invigorate your sense of the world with these useful resources.

  • Tech Tricks to Being a Better Student: Using Databases

    Apr 28, 2011 – Using digital databases is an easy way of exploring new information on any given subject or topic. Plenty of options exist out there in the digital domain for resources of information, and in this article we've covered a few for your benefit.

  • Virtual History: The Civil War IPad App

    Apr 28, 2011 – In the last decade, Apple's gadgets have revolutionized how we consume digital media and even how we interact with the world. It's not too surprising, then, that their iPad might now change the way people immerse themselves in history. The History Channel has just released a real-time Civil War app, Civil War Today.

  • Tech Tricks to Being a Better Student: Microsoft Office Shortcuts

    Apr 27, 2011 – In this edition of tech tricks to being a better student, we discuss shortcuts in Microsoft Office. These tricks will help you move at a much quicker pace while you're working, so you can stay 'in the groove.'

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March 2011

  • Online Brain Training Resources: My Brain Solutions Reviewed

    Mar 31, 2011 – The Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at online brain training resources. Today's review: My Brain Solutions.

  • Albert Einstein in the 21st Century

    Mar 31, 2011 – In March, Hebrew University in Israel announced that it will be digitizing the Albert Einstein Archive, a collection of 80,000 documents that the scientist bequeathed to the school upon his death. The digital archive will make the documents available to the public worldwide.

  • Online Brain Training Resources: Brain Metrix Reviewed

    Mar 30, 2011 – The Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at online brain training resources. Today's review: Brain Metrix.

  • Tim Wu's Battle for the Internet

    Mar 30, 2011 – Can you imagine the Internet being controlled by a few massive media companies that govern what users can and cannot access online? Tim Wu can - in fact, he says it's already happening. Learn how this advocate for a democratic Internet is working with the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Campus Spotlight: Ohio Wesleyan University

    Mar 29, 2011 – Nestled on 200 acres just outside of Delaware, OH, Ohio Wesleyan University offers a rigorous liberal arts education, experiential learning and a long history of service-oriented studies.

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February 2011

  • Business Innovation at Harvard

    Feb 28, 2011 – Harvard Business School is already renowned as one of the best places in the U.S. to study finance and management. A new initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation is set to further solidify the school's reputation for excellence.

  • Education Trade Publications Online: Chronicle of Higher Education Reviewed

    Feb 28, 2011 – Like much traditional print media, education trade publications are beginning to form an online presence. In a series of articles that will continue this week, the websites of some prominent education trade publications will be discussed. Today's article focuses on the website of 'The Chronicle of Higher Education.'

  • Right Cite: Citation Issues with E-Books

    Feb 28, 2011 – You may love e-books for their convenience. A single hand-held device can carry hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers, immediately accessible at the touch of a button. But what do you do when you want to cite an e-book?

  • Playing the Learning Game: Degree Directory Speaks with Tom Chatfield

    Feb 28, 2011 – Tom Chatfield is a U.K.-based game theorist and author of the book 'Fun, Inc.' - an analysis of the role that video games play in the 21st century. In 2010, he gave a talk at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference - a forum that includes big thinkers in all areas of knowledge production - about how fun and games can be harnessed as powerful tools for learning. Degree Directory caught up with him to learn more about his research and what lessons video games have to offer education.

  • Could Technology Make College Cheaper?

    Feb 25, 2011 – A college education is as important as ever for tomorrow's professionals. Unfortunately, the cost of earning a degree has risen so dramatically in recent years that many prospective students have been priced out of higher ed. Education analysts are examining these exorbitant costs, including the role technology might play in lowering them.

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January 2011

  • Campus Spotlight: Grinnell College

    Jan 31, 2011 – Grinnell College may just be the best school you've never heard of. Located in rural Iowa, the college has an impressive reputation among national higher ed analysts for its rigorous academics and high quality of campus life. Learn more about why students love Grinnell.

  • Online Tools for Writers: WriteWay Reviewed

    Jan 31, 2011 – Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is reviewing writing tools. Today's review: WriteWay.

  • Online Tools for Writers: Scrivener Reviewed

    Jan 28, 2011 – Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week and next, the Techie is reviewing writing tools. Today's review: Scrivener.

  • Educational Self-Indulgence: Fun Online Learning Games

    Jan 27, 2011 – There's plenty of distraction available on the Internet, but playing around online doesn't need to amount to a total lack of intellectual stimulation. There are free games and quizzes out there than can allow you to relax and play around while building skills and testing knowledge. In this article, the Education Techie takes a look at some of these games and quizzes.

  • Online Test Prep Resources: 4Tests Reviewed

    Jan 27, 2011 – Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is reviewing test prep resources. Today's review: 4Tests.

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December 2010

  • Welcome Freshmen: Roomsurf Exposed

    Dec 30, 2010 – Between settling into the dorm, registering for classes and getting used to the ins and outs of college life, incoming college freshmen have plenty to worry about. Now the digital age has added another challenge: Avoiding being suckered by Facebook-based marketing tactics by Roomsurf, a fee-based roommate search service.

  • Top Gear: The Best Audio Visual Equipment for Online Learning

    Dec 30, 2010 – Plenty of options exist for audio/visual equipment, that can make for a better online learning experience. Choose from webcams, headsets, to desktop speakers and more.

  • Online Brainstorming Tools: SmartDraw Reviewed

    Dec 30, 2010 – Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is discussing brainstorming tools. Today's review: SmartDraw.

  • Online Brainstorming Tools: Mindjet's MindManager Reviewed

    Dec 29, 2010 – Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is discussing brainstorming tools. Today's review: Mindjet's MindManager.

  • Figment for Imagination

    Dec 29, 2010 – Calling all aspiring teen writers. . . . Figment is a cool new website where teens can post their work and get feedback from others. The online community features writing from all genres, including poetry, fiction and even cell phone lit. Learn more here.

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November 2010

  • Teachers and Technology

    Nov 30, 2010 – Technology has often been seen as a classroom distraction with detrimental effects on learning. But many teachers in American schools are now using electronic media and devices in ways that are designed to improve academic achievement. Learn how technology is being incorporated into the 21st century curriculum.

  • How Schools and Students Are Handling Digital Distractions

    Nov 29, 2010 – Technology is a double-edged sword for education. It offers new ways to present information and connect with students, but it can also create a serious 'digital distraction.' Read on to learn how some educators are confronting this problem.

  • Academic Integrity in the Digital Age

    Nov 29, 2010 – Students who plagiarize may be handed severe punishments, including expulsion. Unfortunately, this doesn't stop many individuals from trying to cheat their way to a college degree. Professors know this and are acting vigorously to track down offenders, including through the use of anti-plagiarist software like TurnItIn. Learn how you can avoid committing academic fraud.

  • Weebly for Education: Classroom Websites and Blogs

    Nov 29, 2010 – This week we've been exploring the role of online learning communities in higher education. We've already looked at Blackboard and Moodle, two virtual learning environments that function like online classrooms. Today we're going to talk about Weebly, a free website creator designed to make it easy for teachers and students to manage class websites, student portfolios and project pages.

  • Using Your Moodle: A Virtual Learning Environment

    Nov 24, 2010 – Yesterday we looked at Blackboard Learn, a popular online learning tool from the Blackboard suite of education applications. Today we're all about Moodle, an open-source learning management system that offers many of the same features - for free.

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March 2010

  • 20 Social Networks for Academics

    Mar 29, 2010 – Looking for intelligent conversation? Why not explore one of the many social networks that offer a place to meet and share knowledge with like-minded individuals. Here are 20 academic-oriented social networks to try today.

  • 10 Twitter Tools and Apps for Students

    Mar 05, 2010 – If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of students who use Twitter each day to network, communicate with classmates, get news, research papers and search for internships, you'll love these handy Twitter tools and apps.

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February 2009

  • 10 Sites to Search for College Scholarships

    Feb 17, 2009 – You should begin searching for college scholarships as soon as you decide to go to college. If you're not sure where to start, here's a list of 10 reputable sites to search for college scholarships. If you're a high school student, you also can talk to your guidance counselor or a financial aid representative at your prospective school for scholarship leads.

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March 2008

  • Top 10 Paying Technology Majors

    Mar 26, 2008 – A foundering economy has led to high unemployment and diminished job security for countless Americans. Many fortunate enough to have jobs have seen salaries stagnate. While these realities have affected virtually every part of the American economy, the technology sector has weathered economic turbulence better than most industries. Learn about ten of the top paying technology majors.

  • Top Education Blogs on the Web

    Mar 14, 2008 – Education blogs are a way for students, teachers, administrators and education activists to share experiences and interact with one another online. There are literally thousands of education blogs on the web. Here's a list of the best.

  • List of Salary and Career Reference Sites

    Mar 06, 2008 – To say that there are a lot of salary and career reference sites would be an understatement. We've assembled a comprehensive list of the Internet's best, for the benefit of your job search.

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