Education Innovation Guide

May 2011

New App Can Take You Back in Time

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...

Top Sources for Creative Commons Content

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...

Electronic Curb Cuts Have Benefits for All

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...

What is Digital Exclusion?

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...

Spy vs. Student: Professors Monitor Student Laptop Use

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...

Online Brain Candy: Fun Knowledge Blogs

There's some important information out there on the Internet, from scholarly databases to legitimate journalistic outlets. Sometimes it can all be a bit too much. If you want to take a little break, but still use your time to learn, consider...

Understanding Intellectual Property: Rules for Students

These days, the Internet provides a well of resources on just about any subject. If you're a student, it's important that you understand the basics of intellectual property. Continue reading for some rules you should follow when obtaining...

The University of Chicago Digs Deep to Solve Library Space Problem

Some adverse situations call for people to dig down deep within themselves to find a solution, but how many require literally digging down to solve a problem? In the case of University of Chicago's overcrowded library, the latter was the way to...

Burlington College Emphasizes Individualized Community Learning

America's Northeast is home to a number of small, unique liberal arts institutions. Among them is Vermont's Burlington College. Though it operates across town from the larger University of Vermont, Burlington College offers a lot of incentives to...

Nature Lovers Unite on iSpot

ISpot is a British-based website that provides an interactive platform for anyone who is interested in natural habitats, organisms, plants and outdoor creatures. This wildlife site provides a comprehensive directory of photos and discussion...

High School Teacher Colin Horak's Innovative Anti-Bullying Campaign

Colin Horak is a veteran high school teacher. In his current role as a teacher at Franklin Pierce High School, he helped students to develop an anti-bullying program called Project Unite. The project has been quite successful, and Mr. Horak has...

Citizen Scientist: An Online Community of Uncommon Ingenuity

The Citizen Scientist is a website that provides a sense of solidarity to aspiring, professional and lay scientists. Here, botanists, meteorologists, chemists, science students, teachers and other interested individuals are united by uncommon...

Best College Newspaper Mobile Apps

If you're looking to stay up-to-date with your favorite college newspaper, why not give your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch the power to deliver it to your fingertips? College newspapers are starting to take advantage of mobile technology to give...

Online Instruction Tools: Make Projects Reviewed

The Education Techie writes about tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at online instruction tools. Today, we'll talk about Make Projects.

Online Instruction Tools: ReadyMade Reviewed

The Education Techie writes about tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at online instruction tools. Today, we'll talk about ReadyMade.

The Dog Ate My Video: More Colleges Assigning Multimedia Projects

A few years ago, one might have asked how many hours the average college student kills watching videos on the Internet. Now it may be more germane to instead wonder how many hours those students spend making videos for others' consumption. But...

Online Instruction Tools: Teacher Tube Reviewed

The Education Techie writes about tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at online instruction tools. Today, we'll talk about TeacherTube.

Campus Blogging Dos and Don'ts

These days, it seems everyone's getting into the blogging game. College administrators and students are no different, and there are a couple incredibly popular university blogs out there that cover topics from admissions information to...

Online Instruction Tools: Instructables Reviewed

The Education Techie writes about tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at online instruction tools. Today, we'll talk about Instructables.

Campus Spotlight: Earlham College

Located in Richmond, IN, Earlham College is a liberal arts school with a relatively small student body, but big opportunities for those who attend. Initially founded in 1847 by and for Quakers, Earlham has grown into a high-ranking institution...

Open Learning, Open Research: Introducing OLnet

Thanks to the Internet, there is a vast amount of free information available, including educational materials. The Open Learning Network, known as OLnet, is looking at the Open Educational Resources movement to find out what works and how the...

iUniv: The Social (Learning) Network

Social media sites don't have to just be about sharing photos with your friends or letting them know what you're up to. Through iUniv, social media can also involve learning.

Path Offers Educational Applications For Social Networking

Teachers, you know your students probably spend a lot of time on social networks. They probably even sneak some Facebook time in during class. How do you think they'd respond if you gave them an assignment that used a social network as a tool?...

Unfollow: RISD's Social Media President Receives No-Confidence Vote

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is among the finest art colleges in the U.S. But recently it is controversy, not prestige, that is getting the institution noticed. John Maeda, president of RISD, is under fire for a leadership style that,...

E-Learning Podcasts: The Pulse Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. Today, the Techie is taking a look at ''The Pulse'', an education technology podcast.

What is the Open Course Library?

Spurred on by a desire to save money for their state and the students within it, Washington officials have set out to offer course materials for the 81 most popular community college classes online and for free (or nearly free). Known as the Open...

Outsourced: Distance Learning and Distance Teaching

Many industries are currently dealing with the hot topic of outsourcing, but most people probably wouldn't have thought that issue would come to education anytime soon. Yet two universities, Missouri State and Florida Atlantic, are now doing just...

AlumniDate: An Unusual Solution to Campus Budget Problems

Public and private postsecondary institutions have always had to manage budget problems. AlumniDate.com, a niche dating and social networking site, has devised an unusual solution to attempt to assist colleges with this issue. Learn more about...

What Public Schools are Doing Right: Innovations in the Classroom

Public schools often get a bad rap. They are part of a system and systems, like most other things, lack perfection. However, many public schools are doing things right. Instructional institutions and educators throughout the country are...

ASUS Transformer Tablet: Better Than the iPad?

You may be hearing a lot about Transformers this summer, and that's not just because of the Michael Bay movie. ASUS Computers recently released a tablet PC known as the Transformer that some critics think might provide a real rival to Apple's...

Honoring Innovation: The Thiel Fellowship 20 Under 20

Billionaire philanthropist Peter Thiel has a tempting offer for enterprising young minds. His foundation will give cash grants of $100,000 to the top 20 technological innovators 20 years old or younger that apply to his program. That comes with a...

Remote Libraries: Checking Out Ebooks

Are card catalogs and book stacks things of the past? Maybe not, but with the libraries in even small colleges and universities across the United States offering electronic books you certainly don't have to spend a lot of time poking around the...

Campus Spotlight: Bennington College

How does a college where grades are optional and there is no required coursework remain academically competitive? And how does that college attract a diverse student body with a complete absence of formal athletics? Located in the mountains of...

Can Language Programs Be Saved...Online?

Higher education institutions always seem to be facing budget cuts, which can mean tough choices. When it becomes necessary to eliminate degree programs, those in foreign languages might be among the first to go since they typically attract fewer...

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