Education Innovation Guide

July 2011

How Effective Are Mobile Apps for Promoting Campus Events?

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

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...

Top Librarian Blogs on the Web

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...

Video Games for Fun and Learning

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...

New Medical School Tries to Teach Bedside Manner

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...

List of the Best University and College Podcasts

University podcasts offer students and non-students alike an opportunity to learn more about topics that interest them. Courses run the gamut from the arts to the sciences and are often free. As podcast tides can quickly shift and change, we've...

Must Have Web Apps for the Hi-Tech College Student

Web applications are about as diverse as the individuals who utilize them. What ones will benefit the technologically savvy college student? We've listed a few in this article for you to consider.

Using Technology to Keep in Touch While Away at School

When students are away at school, it's important to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Although it can be difficult to call everyone on your contact list, using technology can make it easier to reach everyone.

Apps for Higher Ed Newsies: Inside Higher Ed Reviewed

Mobile apps are a great way to access your favorite newspapers on the go. One education trade publication, ''Inside Higher Ed'', debuted an iPhone app recently. We put it to the test in this review.

Top Reference Sites for Creating a Research Paper

As far as finding reputable sources of information is concerned, creating a research paper has never been easier. Read on for some of the internet's top reference sites.

West Virginia University Brings Digital Age to Several Local Newspapers

Over the past few years, the death knell for print newspapers has been sounded in various publications and backed by figures released by the Newspaper Association of America. Partly in answer to this decline, more and more newspapers are turning...

Online Programs to Be Ranked by 'U.S. News and World Report'

For nearly 30 years, 'U.S. News and World Report' has published a well-known and generally respected guide ranking colleges and universities throughout the United States. Now, it will be turning its sights to ranking online programs. But is the...

Tech Therapy: The Chronicle of Higher Education's Tech Podcast

The Tech Therapy podcast is a great listen for anyone interested in the interaction of education and technology. To learn more about what's it's all about, check out this review.

Mac vs. PC: Which Should You Bring to College?

One of the more important decisions you might make during your college years is which laptop computer to use for school and your studies. Should you choose a Mac? How about a PC?

Piazza: A Homework Help Site for the Facebook Generation

One of the great advantages afforded by social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is the immediacy with which we can communicate regardless of physical proximity. Stanford business student Pooja Nath has come up with a way to harness that...

Useful Sites for Beginners to Creative Writing

Whether or not you're new to creative writing, you might find that you've become overwhelmed with the process and all that it entails. To help you out, we've listed some useful sites for beginners and professionals, alike.

Train Your Brain with these Online Games

Games are fun, but they don't have to be a waste of time. Here are some fun online games to be a little less guilty about playing around instead of working. We can't guarantee that they'll turn you from a dolt to a genius, but they will force you...

Online Community Tools: Wikispaces Reviewed

Students are using blogs and social networking on their own time in increasing numbers. Teachers can make use of this trend by incorporating Internet technology such as wikis in the classroom. Wikis are collaborative websites that are perfectly...

WaPo Writer Uses Twitter to School Interns

There is little doubt that social media have made an impact on almost every walk of life. Many would agree that social networks have certainly impacted the world of academia. But what about when learning and professionalism meet, as during an...

Degree Programs You Haven't Considered Yet

While you're deciding on majors, maybe there are certain areas of study which you haven't yet considered. Some unusual degree programs discussed in this article include a Bachelor of Science in Paper Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in...

High School Students Are Working To Improve the Wheelchair

Engineering students at Staten Island High School recently won an award for a wheelchair prototype they designed. The wheelchair features a built-in massage system, an omni-directional drivetrain that enables lateral and circular movement and a...

The New Dean of Admissions

In years past, the dean of admissions was primarily responsible for counseling students through the college application process. However, our ever-changing global society and technological advances have the profession rapidly evolving into much...

Students, Teachers and Thinkers Gather to Innovate at the Aspen Ideas Festival

For decades the Aspen Institute has been the nation's leading place for scientists, scholars, artists, public officials, business executives and leaders from a multitude of fields and from all over the world to gather together and explore...

Could Indiana Schools Go Textbook-Free?

As educational technology continues to develop, schools nationwide are looking at switching from traditional textbooks to digital content. State legislation took effect July 1, 2011 in Indiana which is helping to usher in the digital era in...

Students At Four Schools to Begin Using Knewton Technology

Educational technology company Knewton is expanding its reach in higher education. Four universities will now start using its technology to help prepare incoming students for college-level coursework.

Adventures of the Mind: A Top Student Summit

175 students met with professors and professionals in areas such as technology, literature, science and art at an 'Adventures of the Mind' summit in Montana. The students who were chosen to attend were picked because they showed an ability to...

Improving Wikipedia: University of Washington Grad Student Teri Kirby Talks About Adding Correct Information

Wikipedia has been taking steps recently to ensure the quality and veracity of information in its database. Part of this effort is a collaboration with the Association for Psychological Science called the Wikipedia Initiative. Learn.org spoke...

Courts to Decide on Classroom 'Fair Use' in Digital Media

What is fair use in copyright law? Even before the Internet, university educators grappled with the extent to which protected works could be incorporated into classroom teaching and materials. In today's world of rapidly changing digital media,...

Tips for Creating a Video Resume

With the advent of technology, the hiring process is destined to be transformed. Sooner or later in your career search, you may find that the video resume might be the best way of standing out from the crowd.

The 21st Century 'Sputnik Moment'

Our fascination with computer science as a field peaked in 2000 and was quickly followed by the dot-com debacle the following year. Ten years later, 'The New York Times' published an article about the ebb and flow of interest in the field and...

What's in Store for the First Graduates of Austin Polytechnical Academy

Before becoming the United States' Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan served as the chief of Chicago Public Schools for a 7-year period. Among his initiatives during that time was Renaissance 2010, a plan to rebuild 100 city schools to give...

How Google Apps for Education is Helping Higher Ed Institutions

Google Apps for Education is giving higher education institutions a chance to take advantage of their products, including e-mail and Google Docs, for free. The goal of these apps is to help increase communication and promote collaboration on...

Ontario Business School Using iTunes to Distribute Case Studies

iTunes isn't just for fans of music. Users can also access educational content through its bookstore. The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario is the latest in a long line of educational institutions to use the...

The Online Academic Identity Crisis

The popularity of Twitter and other social media platforms has created something of a crisis for professors and schools that have multiple interests. Regarding Twitter, many professors have responded by setting up two accounts, one for personal...

Is Google+ The New Facebook?

Google's past couple of product rollouts started with a bang and landed with a thud. Does anyone even know what Wave was supposed to accomplish, anyway? The search giant's newest rollout is generating a lot more positive Buzz (pun intended) than...

Education-Specific Blogging: Edublogs Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews tech products that can help students and teachers. Today, the techie is taking a look at Edublogs, an education-specific blogging network.

Fridge: The Safer Social Network for Students and Career Seekers

There's a need for balance between privacy and sharing in social networks, and not everyone is comfortable with the concept of putting their private information out for public consumption on the Internet. A new social network called Fridge aims...

Geometry in the Amazon: Dr. Veronique Izard Sheds Light on How We Learn Math

Are mathematics concepts innate, or are they learned? That's a question that Dr. Veronique Izard from Paris' Descartes University hopes to answer. She, along with language expert Pierre Pica, are studying the Mundurucu tribe in the Amazon to see...

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