Education Innovation Guide

December 2010

Welcome Freshmen: Roomsurf Exposed

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...

Top Gear: The Best Audio Visual Equipment for Online Learning

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

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

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

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...

NETS Gain: Technology Scholarship Opportunities for Pennsylvanians

Calling all Pennsylvania college students: Are you studying science, technology or allied health? Don't miss these scholarship opportunities from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Association (PHEAA).

Online Brainstorming Tools: Inspiration and Webspiration Reviewed

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: Inspiration and Webspiration.

Campus Spotlight: Wellesley College

Though some may not consider a single-sex school innovative, Wellesley College features unique programs that help students to be responsible global citizens. The college's latest exclusive endeavor is an institute honoring one very famous alumna....

(Looking) Back to the Future: Past Predictions About the Internet

The first decade of the 21st century is drawing to a close, and everybody's all a-Twitter about the latest iPhone app or social media website. But we here at Education Portal thought it might be fun to take a look backward and see what people...

Online Brainstorming Tools: Gliffy Reviewed

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: Gliffy.

Online Study Tools: Quizlet Reviewed

If you have a memorization test coming up, you may be considering buying a stack of index cards to make some flashcards. While this method is traditional, new online programs like Quizlet offer a range of study tools that go beyond plain white...

Science Wednesday: IG Nobel Prizes

Did you know that riding a rollercoaster can relieve asthma symptoms? Or that swearing helps to relieve pain? For 20 years, the Ig Nobel Prizes have been highlighting offbeat research largely overlooked by much of the scientific community. Learn...

Campus Spotlight: Hampshire College

Are you a self-motivated learner looking for a different kind of school? Don't miss this profile of Hampshire College, where students design their own majors and professors take an in-depth, interdisciplinary approach to education.

Investing in Innovation Fund

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced grant winners from its Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund. A total of 49 school districts, nonprofits and higher ed institutions have been selected to share $650 million in i3 grants. Learn more...

Online Study Tools: Flashcard Machine Reviewed

If you're looking for a totally free way to use web-based flashcards, you might want to take a look at Flashcard Machine. Of the three flashcard programs I reviewed, this was the only one that offers all of its content for free. The site is...

South Carolina Honors Education Technology

The South Carolina Association for Education Technology (SCAET) recently announced the winners of its 2010 Technology Innovation Program (TIP) Awards. Read on to learn about the educators and institutions who have made a difference through...

Online Study Tools: Flashcard Exchange Reviewed

If you're looking for a simple online study aid, you may be interested in using Flashcard Exchange. Though it isn't the best online study program I reviewed, it does have some unique features. Read my review for more details.

Old School/News School

Last month, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. purchased Wireless Generation, an education technology firm that develops software and data systems for K-12 schools. The acquisition is the first foray of News Corp. into the education market and has many...

Technology-Based Scholarships: Is One Right For You?

The most effective way to hunt for college scholarships is to seek out the ones that are tailored to your talents. Like computers? Read on to discover some great scholarships for tech-savvy students.

Online Collaboration Tools: Dabbleboard Reviewed

Are you looking for an online tool that you can use like a whiteboard? You might want to check out Dabbleboard, a virtual whiteboard program. As a concept, Dabblebaord is pretty cool. It has its drawbacks, though, and I will discuss those in this...

Friday Finds: Great Science Podcasts

Whether you want to learn about the stars or how to be more aware of your own health, there are great science podcasts for your listening pleasure. And if you miss your favorite podcast on Friday, the nature of this medium allows you to listen to...

If It Ain't Baroque: Free Art History Resources Online

For those interested in art, there are plenty of options for online resources from museums located all over the world. From the Van Gogh Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, art lovers will find something to pique their interest.

Online Collaboration Tools: Twiddla Reviewed

If you're looking for a versatile online collaboration tool, Twiddla may be right for you. There are merits and drawbacks to this program, and whether you want to use it will likely depend on factors like budget. Keep reading to learn more about...

Campus Spotlight: West Liberty University

At a time when many colleges and universities are cutting programs, West Liberty University (WLU) is in the midst of ramping up offerings in key academic areas. Learn more about this West Virginia school and its new College of Arts and...

Maintaining Academic Integrity: Finding the Right Resources

Are you finding yourself so overwhelmed by a class or project that you're tempted to plagiarize just that one little paragraph? Don't do it! There are resources out there that can help you get back on your feet while maintaining your academic...

Online Collaboration Tools: Google Docs Reviewed

With an extensive database of document templates, Google Docs is a useful free tool. You can share your documents and collaborate with other users as well. Keep reading to learn more!

Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age

The New York Times has launched a new series, 'Humanities 2.0,' which explores the evolution of the humanities disciplines in the 21st century. The first article, published in November, argues that the new frontier for literature, history and the...

Online Creativity Tools: Sketchcast Reviewed

Are you looking for a way to record yourself making a drawing? Would you like to incorporate handmade aesthetics in a recorded presentation? If so, you might want to check out Sketchcast.

Right Click: Hand Held Devices Help Keep Students Engaged

At colleges across the country, students are using hand-held devices known as 'clickers' to check in to class, answer pop quizzes and give instant feedback. While some students complain that the devices feel like 'Big Brother,' professors find...

Online Creativity Tools: Wordle Reviewed

If you like the idea of using words to make art, you will probably enjoy Wordle. A free web-based tool, Wordle is fun and easy to use. You may end up with a word cloud so pretty, you'll want to frame it. Learn more about what this program can do...

Follow Friday: Great Educational Twitter Feeds

Want to stay on top of the latest in education news? Don't miss these excellent education Twitter feeds from reliable sources like The Chronicle of Higher Education, the U.S. Department of Education and the New York Times.

Online Collaboration Tools: Writeboard Reviewed

Writeboard lets you work with others while writing. If you want to learn more about this easy-to-use tool, check out this review. I'll discuss the program's features and give my take on its pros and cons.

Top Ten Best-Paying Jobs for Computer Geeks

If you're confident with computers, choosing a career in IT can be both fulfilling and lucrative. This article introduces ten computer-related positions with great salaries.

This Is Only A Test: Online Test Preparation Tools

Even for the best students, standardized tests can cause intense anxiety. This nervousness can be heightened further during exams that affect college and grad school placement. With so much on the line, it's natural to be anxious. Here are some...

Say Yes to Computer Science: 10 Reasons Why CS Education Will Help You Succeed

Computer science isn't just for techies and nerds. In the digital age, computer skills are necessary for any career. Whether you choose to major in the field or just take some essential classes, here are 10 reasons you should say 'yes' to...

Online Typing Programs: Dance Mat Typing Reviewed

Do you have kids who want to learn how to touch-type? Dance Mat Typing is an interactive typing education tool aimed at children. This fun, free, easy-to-use program is reviewed here.

Online Typing Programs: Typing Master Reviewed

Do you need to learn how to type without looking at your keyboard? If you want a program to teach touch-typing basics, you might consider purchasing Typing Master. This program gives detailed instructions on basic keyboarding techniques, and it...

Celebrate! It's Computer Science Education Week!

Congress has designated the week of December 5-11, 2010, Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) in order to highlight the importance of computer science education in our tech-driven world. Read on to learn how you can get involved in the...

Online Typing Programs: Typing Web Reviewed

If you're looking for ways to improve your touch-typing skills, check out Typing Web. This website offers a variety of tools and lessons that allow you to track your progress, play games and even compete with other users. This review provides...

Keeping PACE: Policy Analysis for California Education

California is often at the forefront of educational innovation in the U.S., and PACE helps keep the state there. Policy Analysis for California Education is a non-partisan research center overseen by three of the state's top universities that...

Ghost Writer: Academic Integrity Spotlight

Plagiarism is a huge issue in colleges. While most students want to avoid committing academic fraud, others are intentional in their efforts to cheat their way to a degree. An eye-opening profile of a 'shadow scholar' in 'The Chronicle of Higher...

International Innovation: Technical Education in Chile

In an effort to increase access to college education, Central University in Chile and LaGuardia Community College in New York have teamed up to launch the Community College of Santiago, Chile's first community college. Modeled after such...

Get Converted: Free Online Conversion Tools

Need to know how many feet are in a kilometer, what time it is in Seoul or the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro? You're in luck. Free online tools provide answers to these and other conversion questions. Here are five sites for...

The Tweet Taste of Success: Could Twitter Improve Your Grades?

Inside Higher Ed recently covered a study exploring Twitter as a tool for college learning. The results may surprise you: Students who tweeted were actually more engaged and attentive to the course material than students who didn't. The take-home...

The Great eDebate:The Pros and Cons of Digital Textbooks

The popularity of digital books is on the rise - ebook sales are expected to reach $1 billion this year. Only a small percentage of these total sales, however, are for electronic textbooks. While the popularity of etextbooks is on the rise,...

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