Education Innovation Guide

June 2011

Finding Creativity All Over the World: Nelle Sacknoff Speaks to Learn.org

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...

Professors in Egypt Use Online Resources to Create Living History

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,...

Are Virtual Competitions the Future of College Sports?

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

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...

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

'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...

Is 3D Technology Moving from the Theater to the Classroom?

Movie studios have been successfully trying to incorporate 3D technology into their newest productions. Critical reception has been mixed, but the technology is getting enough attention that other industries are starting to consider using it as...

Stay Connected to Your Favorite College Sports Teams with Mobile Apps

Your school is playing a big football game against a major rival, but you can't watch it because you have a group meeting for a class project. What do you do? With the help of mobile apps, you can have constant updates about the game right on...

College Student is Using Technology to Bring Campus History to Life

For decades, enterprising college students have found unique ways to present their senior thesis. Jacob Dinkelaker, history and archaeology major at Ohio's Wooster College, took a digital approach: he created a website that offers an interactive...

5 Great Summer Reads for Technophiles

The publishing industry moves fast, but technology changes even faster. Even so, the five books explored in this article can help tech-savvy individuals keep up-to-date on relevant topics and issues today.

Can Twitter Improve Student Performance?

David Silver, a media studies and environmental studies professor at the University of San Francisco, required his students to sign up for a public Twitter account. His hope was that by using Twitter to announce assignments his students would...

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Internships

The thought of getting to work from home is appealing to many people. But when it comes to an internship, is taking one virtually the best way to complete a learning experience?

THATCamp: An Academic 'Unconference' Utopia

A conference without proposals, presentations or papers? Must be THATCamp. Short for 'The Humanities and Technology Camp,' THATCamp events allow attendees to discuss important ideas and collaborate on problems. Infused with a DIY spirit, the...

Department of Education Encourages Digital Inclusion

Online classes are growing in popularity among college students. Some advocates worry, however, that new online learning technologies might not be made accessible to those with disabilities. But action taken by the Department of Education last...

5 Campus Activities You've Never Heard Of

A variety of diverse activities are organized for and by students on college campuses nationwide, and there's usually something for everyone. If the standard clubs don't appeal, read about these more unusual campus activities.

The Benefits of Going Green in Your Dorm Room

There are a multitude of benefits to going green in your dorm room. In this article, we cover some of the ways that you can contribute to a green lifestyle, even while you're away at school.

How Much Can You Learn from a Virtual Campus Visit?

When it comes to campus tours, the question seems to be: To visit or not to visit? Or, more fitting: To visit or to visit virtually? While the answer to this question might vary from one prospective student to another and depend on other factors...

Online Resources for Educators: 23 Things Project Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews technology that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some online resources for educators. Today's article focuses on the 23 Things Project.

Internet-Speak Dominates Additions to Oxford English Dictionary

Hopefully, it's not too insidery to introduce you newbs to the latest words added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. That's right - 'insidery' and 'newb' are among the words that were taken from slang to vocabulary by the Oxford Dictionaries, a...

Online Resources for Educators: Teacher Reboot Camp Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews technology that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some online resources for educators. Today's article focuses on Teacher Reboot Camp.

Is Wikipedia Working Toward Academic Relevance?

Looking to settle a debate about whether a raccoon is a dog, a bear or a rodent? Want to find out where the latest scandalous Congressman went to college? Wikipedia's got you covered. If you're looking for less trivial information, though, the...

Librarians Struggle with Lending Restrictions on eBooks

Libraries around the country have recently received notice that publisher HarperCollins will limit the number of times its ebooks can be checked out. The move has sparked widespread criticism among librarians, and many systems are boycotting the...

Online Resources for Educators: The Edublogger Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews technology that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some online resources for educators. Today's article focuses on The Edublogger.

How to Use Wikipedia for School

At some point during their college careers, many students will wonder if using Wikipedia is acceptable for sourcing research material and other necessary information. We've dissected this issue in the article below, which includes advice about...

Online Resources for Educators: Integrating Technology Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews technology that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some online resources for educators. Today's article focuses on Integrating Technology.

Are Online Instructors More Likely to Burn Out?

To online students, instructors might seem like faceless entities endlessly assigning work and answering e-mails, but on the other end of that bandwidth is a real person; a person, some say, who might be at an increased risk of burnout compared...

'Orphan' Research Resources Kept on Lockdown

Academia relies on research, but sometimes research can be tied up by uncertainty and muddled laws. Such is the case with copyright 'orphans', works that are likely copyrighted but for which no copyright holder can be found. Orphan collections...

Virtual Offenses with Real World Consequences for Students

In the U.S., many college students post regrettable things online, but they're usually protected under the First Amendment. However, virtual offenders can still be subject to backlash from their college or university and even the World Wide Web...

Texas Schools Use Videoconferencing to Bring Rural Students Together

For many rural public schools, lack of funding and geographical isolation makes it difficult to provide a complete education for their students. In Texas, one organization is helping 19 institutions overcome this challenge through new technology...

School District Introduces Bring Your Own Laptop Policy

When Cary Harrod, an instructional technologist in Ohio, decided she wanted to implement a program that provided students access to mobile computers, she submitted her BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) proposal. It took her three attempts before the...

MIT's NB Tool Facilitates Student Collaboration

One of the finest higher ed institutions in the U.S., MIT is known for producing some of the most talented thinkers in computer science. It is not surprising, then, that academics at the school have developed some very innovative technologies...

Naropa University is Transcending Traditional Education

From bowing before and after classes to offerings in meditation, yoga and t'ai-chi, Naropa University presents a unique approach to emotional, spiritual and academic growth. If a learning experience transcending traditional liberal arts teaching...

Study Shows Students Leaning Towards Tablet Use

There will come a day when old-fashioned paper textbooks are obsolete. The movement towards e-textbooks has been slow to gain popularity, but digital tablet sales are on the rise. A recent study released by the Pearson Foundation in May 2011...

Cloud Collaboration in the Classroom

Cloud collaboration is a way for a number of individuals to network, share and manage content in an online forum. With Webspiration Classroom, a digital concept mapping and writing tool, students and teachers can now work together seamlessly...

Keeping Students Safe from Cyberbullies

Bullying, gossiping and rumor spreading has been taken to a new level with the rise of the Internet. Read on for tips that can promote awareness and help keep students safe from cyberbullies.

The Future of History: MIT's Russian Revolution Timeline

Do you know your Russian Revolution history? If you could use some brushing up on the proletariat uprising that took place from February to October 1917, there's an innovative online tool just for you. Learn more about MIT's Russian Revolution...

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