Education Innovation Guide

September 2011

How to Make Textbooks Cheaper and More Effective at the Same Time

When is a book more than just a book? When it appears as an interactive digital e-book. With several companies introducing electronic textbooks for iPads, Kindles and other devices, it seems technology is poised to make learning more accessible,...

Overhaul Your Education with Personal Learning Networks

In its simplest form, a Personal Learning Network (PLN) could be an uncle helping to find his nephew a job in the family business. Thanks to technology, PLNs have become global networks, enabling educators and students to link to experts anywhere...

Mississippi a Scientific Powerhouse?

Universities in Mississippi are poised to become research powerhouses by the end of 2011, thanks to an upgrade to their communications network. The change will enable the universities to more quickly link to research institutions around the...

Are Cameras in the Classroom OK?

Teachers and testing monitors in Madison Middle School beware: the next time exams are administered, you will be watched. Closely. The Louisiana middle school decided in August, 2011 to use cameras in classrooms and hallways to keep a close eye...

How Your Smartphone Could Save (or Earn!) You Money

Smartphones give users the chance to make their lives easier through the many features and apps available. By taking advantage of some of those free apps, smartphone owners might be able to not only save some money, but to also make some money.

YouTube videos in Math: Technology in the Classroom.

When a school superintendent says 'you'd be hard-pressed to find a chalkboard' in any of the schools in his district, the statement might give one pause. While videos, iPads and other digital devices are undoubtedly the wave of the educational...

Vail School District Wins Award for Innovation in Education

In Southeastern Arizona, the Vail School District is taking an innovative approach to classroom technology. The biggest reward for their trailblazing is in the results, but the fact that the district was formally recognized with an award...

Ed Tech Merger Could Result in Monopoly

The merging of two large companies is usually grounds for speculation and discussion about the potential for a monopoly. The two merging companies usually try to sell their decision as one that will ultimately benefit everyone, but consumer and...

Students 'Ace' Vocational Skills and Graduate Better Prepared for Careers

Although many education advocates argue that everyone today needs a college degree, the traditional path from high school to college fails many young people. Vocational programs like Long Beach's ACE Academy are working to help young students...

Finger Scanners Revolutionize the Lunch Room

Technology is not only helping students in classrooms and at home, it's also helping them move faster through lunch lines. At the press of a finger students can verify their identification and pay for their food, rather than hold up a line by...

Stanford University Offers Free Artificial Intelligence Course Online

Stanford University is set to offer an exciting introductory series in artificial intelligence in the fall of 2011. Continue reading to find out more about this free online course in A.I.

Get Your Smartphone to Work For You

Students with smartphones can take advantage of many different features to make sure the gadget is helping them throughout their college years. Here are some tips on how students can make the most of their phones.

Who Said American Education is in Decline?

Enrolling foreign graduate students has helped U.S. universities - and local economies - attract some of the brightest and best minds from around the world. And while the number of international students admitted at American institutions dropped...

Do Male Scientists Want More Children?

A recent study found that young scientists at America's research universities frequently report having fewer children than they would have liked. Furthermore, men are more likely to indicate that this has had a strongly negative effect on their...

Should You Get an iPad for College?

There are many reasons that an iPad would appear on a student's back to school wish list. But is an iPad really the best choice, or could students be better off sticking with a laptop or desktop computer?

Stay Informed with CNN.com's Student Daily Discussion

CNN.com is helping students think about current events through its specially focused section that poses discussion questions and tests students' media literacy. This resource could give teachers the opportunity to bring the news into their...

Online Biology Game Could Change Future of Science

Playing an online game might help individuals contribute to scientific advancements. Could the average person end up playing a major role in science in the future?

Is Proficiency-Based Learning the Answer to our Education Problems?

Proficiency- or competency-based educational systems are designed to ensure above par student learning standards. Continue reading to find out if this type of instructional method is the answer to our nation's K-12 education problems.

arXiv: 20 Years of Leveling the Research Playing Field

Although the open education movement is typically perceived as fairly new, one journal has been promoting free access to information for decades. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, arXiv shares the latest scientific information by e-printing...

NYC School Reinvents High School Curriculum

New York City's Greenwich Village has long been a source of innovation and bold new ideas, at least in the artistic world. Some educational officials in the area are now putting their creativity to the test, attempting to design a 'high school...

Learn Science Without Stepping Foot in the Lab

Learning science from home can be challenging - without a lab, how can you run experiments or see scientific theories come alive? Luckily, the Internet has a solution: the virtual lab. Many universities and science organizations are now offering...

More MBAs Looking to Tech Industry for Employment

The demand for mobile devices, computer-based applications, social networking sites and the next best hi-tech gadget have created a need for savvy business professionals who can help manage technological companies. Continue reading to learn how...

Fresh Prep Uses Hip-Hop to Prep Students for Standardized Tests

Fresh Prep is a novel curricular approach that incorporates educational lyrics with one of today's most popular musical styles. The goal is to help students get ready to pass the history portions of New York's Regents exam. Continue reading to...

Rock Band as Therapy? Modified Controllers Make It Possible

Berklee College of Music has long been a pioneer in the aural arts, and its Music Therapy department is among the most cutting-edge in the country (it's also the only one to focus on contemporary, not classical, music). Staff there have recently...

Ohio Schools Turn to Technology to Cut Utility Bills

About 30 years ago, it was generally up to the school custodian to turn down the heat, adjust the air conditioning or shut off the lights at the end of the day. Today, all this can be done without the person being responsible for these tasks even...

Online Job Scams to Watch Out For

Practically everyone uses the Internet to look for employment, which often includes posting resumes or responding to job listings. However, in today's high tech world, jobseekers have to be aware of popular employment cons. Continue reading for...

Security Cameras in Some Chicago Schools Linked to Police Stations

Soon, all eyes may literally be on many Chicago public schools. In some cases, students might feel that Big Brother is watching. But following the beating death of a high school student on the city's South Side two years ago, many school...

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