Education Innovation Guide

August 2011

More Employers Looking to Facebook for Job Candidates

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...

Mobile Apps for Autism

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...

CA Student Record Database Goes MIA

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...

Mobile Devices that Can Improve Your Job Search

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

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...

Banning Websites at Schools Not Always the Right Choice

Supervising what kids in school can and cannot see on the Internet is of course sensible, but when is too much filtering a bad thing? Some believe that banning certain websites can deprive children access to useful and relevant information....

Video Chat Could Transform Online Education

People who need pointers for smaller tasks such as how to tie a tie or fold a fitted sheet are no strangers to looking online for educational videos. With video chat features, online learning can be about more than just sitting and watching...

Two Duke Students Use E-Mail To Flush Out Cheaters

Would students dare cheat in a class about cheating, one taught by a professor with a special interest in dishonest behavior? A few enterprising pupils decided to test their peers on that very notion, coming upon some surprising results.

Mobile App Helps Schools Respond to Emergencies

Perhaps nothing is more crucial in an emergency situation than response time. Wireless technology exists that cuts down response times to the press of a button. And a mobile app makes an easy-to-use system even faster and more effective! Find out...

Online Mapping Reinvents Ethnic Studies

Digital technology's commonplace in many college classrooms, particularly those that teach mathematics or the hard sciences. One California professor has found a compelling way to integrate new mapping technology into her sociology courses,...

The Degrees That Built the BMW i3

Auto manufacturer BMW recently revealed two revolutionary electric car designs to be made available to the public in the coming years. The BMW i3 and i8, unlike previous electric models, have been conceived of as green cars from the beginning (as...

How Cowboys and Aliens Could Boost Interest in Science and History

Though the title makes the film seem like a farce, director Jon Favreau's 2011 'Cowboys and Aliens' could end up having a serious effect on people's education.

Cursive Writing and the Digital Divide

In recent years, the use of cursive writing in schools has dropped pretty significantly. Less and less states put cursive in their required curriculum, and according to National Public Radio (NPR) in 2007 only 15% of students who took the SAT...

29 Colleges are Faster Than One

From private citizens to large corporations, most everyone seeks bigger and faster. This certainly applies when it comes to network technology. Faster Internet service could, for instance, have a definite impact in many areas, including...

These Guys Want to Get You Hooked on Music Theory

Although lots of people love music, few ever really give a thought to the theory behind it. That's something that science students and music lovers Chris Anderson, David Carlton and Ryan Miyakawa want to change. Enter their new website...

Bridging the Gap Between Industry and Academia: Science for a New Generation

Are U.S. schools doing enough to meet the demands of the country's labor market? That question rears its head time and again, leading some to call for an overhaul of higher education that focuses solely on job preparation. However, in a piece for...

Educators to Celebrate Banned Sites Day

Educators are getting ready to take a stand against the practice of banning some websites at schools. Could the practice of banning websites be hurting the educational process or is it necessary to keep kids safe?

NYU Prof Wants You to Stop Saying 'Hacker'

How does one define 'hackers?' Are they malicious criminals who obtain illicit information from computer systems? Are they simply people who use computers in ways they're not meant to be used? Or maybe it's a slightly ludicrous film from 1995?...

Jobs That Robots Can Never Do

Popular culture is filled with images of machines gone wild - one need look no further than the blockbuster films 'Terminator' or 'The Matrix' to see striking visual representation of humanity's fear of being replaced. But more and more, those...

Kalamazoo College Offers Education for the Global Student

Do you want a college education that can also be a world experience? Kalamazoo College offers a curriculum designed to provide you with that opportunity. Among the 100 oldest higher education institutions in the United States, Kalamazoo College...

The College of Idaho's PEAK Program Prepares Students for Post-College Life

Looking for a great liberal arts experience in the American Northwest? Check out the College of Idaho, a small institution in the Boise metropolitan area that has a rich history of educating some of the state's top scholars. Though there are a...

College Admissions Advice for Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students might require a bit more of advice than the average publicly schooled individual. For that reason, we've listed here a few pointers for homeschoolers looking toward applying for college.

Mobile Apps Keep Alumni Communities Connected

Anyone with a smartphone knows what it's like to have just about any information they could possibly need right in the palm of their hands. Recognizing the benefits of this, many colleges now have mobile apps, including ones that focus...

Helping Low-Vision Students Succeed in the Classroom

Last month, winners for Microsoft's Imagine Cup were announced. Among those competing in this prestigious worldwide competition were students of Team Note-Taker, a group of Arizona State University students who placed second in the Software...

eLearning Africa: Technology and Education for All

eLearning Africa is an annual conference dedicated to increasing awareness about the need for technology in African education and training institutions. Individuals and organizations from around the world gathered in Ethiopia to plan the future...

What K-12 Schools Can Learn About Technology from Higher Ed

When it comes to technology, higher education might be leading by example without even realizing it. While colleges and universities turn more and more to technology to deliver courses and programs, K-12 schools throughout the country tend to...

Mistakes to Avoid When Emailing a Professor

There are a few common mistakes to be avoided when you are emailing your professors at school. Overall, a sense of professionalism and respect should be established and maintained in your emails.

Students Encouraged to Speak Out in NYT Online Contest

The Learning Network, an educational blog hosted by 'The New York Times,' doesn't always have a lot to cover in the summer, a time when many educational efforts pause. In an effort to stimulate student engagement, they used the month of July to...

Missouri Bill Bans Use of Social Networking Between Students and Teachers

A recently passed bill in Missouri is requiring schools to create policies about appropriate communication between teachers and students. It will also address using social networking sites that give the parties a chance to communicate privately....

Get the Benefits of Yale from Home with Yale Digital Commons

Yale University has launched an initiative that will allow the global public access to its vast creative, intellectual and historical collections. Read more about how the university is posting its resources online and making them open and...

The 'Mentally Stimulating Diversions' of Sporcle.com

The Internet has become everyone's favorite time-waster. But websites like Sporcle.com allow you to have fun online while still using your brain. Test your knowledge of a variety of subjects, including world history, religion and geography....

Study Finds That Use of Twitter Corresponds to Level of Education

A recently released study has found that the amount of adults using Twitter continues to increase. As the popularity of this site grows, more adults are sure to follow suit so they too can keep up with what's going on in the world. The study also...

Play Like a Neuroscientist with Cognitive Fun

There are plenty of online games that will make you use different aspects of your intellect. But one site, Cognitive Fun, has a database of tests and activities that were developed to be used in cognitive neuroscience research. Find out more...

Word Processing Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks

This blog from the Education Techie covers how to quickly insert foreign accent symbols into your word processing document. Learn what commands to type on your keyword by viewing the list of shortcut codes for both Windows and Mac computer systems.

Ed Tech 101: A Podcast for Teachers and Techies Alike

Incorporating multimedia into lesson plans is a great way for teachers to increase student engagement. If you're looking for new and inventive ways to use technology in your classroom (or just your life), check out Ed Tech 101.

How to Survive College Without a Smartphone

While many college students rely on their smartphones to help get them through the day, there are still lots of students without smartphones. The good news is that it's possible to survive without one, and not having a smartphone could end up...

The College Student's Guide to LinkedIn

The career-focused social networking site LinkedIn is sometimes jokingly referred to as 'Facebook for adults,' a Web destination where employment-minded individuals (often aged 25 and up) go to connect with each other and look for new job...

DC Schools Look to Singapore for Math Education

When it comes to learning, it always helps to get taught by the best. That was surely the thinking behind the adoption of the Singapore method of mathematics in the Bruce-Monroe Elementary School in Washington, DC. With Singapore ranking behind...

Bloomberg Hopes New School Will Make NYC a Tech Capital

In an effort to stimulate both the economic and educational environment of his city, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced an official Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new, cutting-edge engineering campus within New York's...

Internet Time Traveler Professor Aims to Preserve Web History

To authors, publishing a work bestows on it a legitimizing permanence - those thoughts that once merely lived in one's head now exist in the world for all to see. The modern digital landscape, though, has removed some of that permanence. There's...

Science Education Reform Proposed for US Schools

In an effort to improve U.S. student competitiveness in science - not to mention to improve the quality of students' education in general - the National Research Council recently released a report that aims to transform the way K-12 students...

Intel's Classmate PC Aims to Be Many Kids' First Laptop

Since 2006, computer manufacturer Intel has offered its Learning Series, part of an initiative to get computers and technological education into classrooms around the world. The latest addition to that series: the Classmate PC, a highly durable,...

With Join My Village it's Easy to Support African Schoolchildren

Helping children in Africa is now as easy as going to a website and clicking thanks to the 'click-to-commit social change initiative' Join My Village, which has already raised more than $700,000.

What Reality TV Can Teach You

Reality television can be about more than learning how to fist pump from the cast of 'Jersey Shore' or seeing how much money can be spent in one 'Real Housewives' shopping trip. There are some reality TV shows that can help give you an inside...

Classic Literature Reinvented for the Gamer Generation

TernTV is a Scottish-based company hoping to do for great literature what television did decades ago. With a new generation raised on game consoles and computer screens, they aim to turn classic books into digital adaptations, making them...

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