I can hear the talkbacks already: Why are you feeding the trolls, Dawson? What's with the flamebait? Not enough hits lately? Guess what? I'm getting plenty of hits lately, thank you very much, without resorting to flamebait. You know what I'm also getting plenty of lately? Malware.
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We talk a lot in education about the idea of safety nets. These are support systems that we put into place to figuratively catch kids who might otherwise not be successful.
I read a great article this morning in InformationWeek. It didn't focus on any of my concerns with the Kindle DX (high cost, black and white screen, lack of WiFi, closed standards, DRM, etc.
The latest Conficker news in Ed Tech comes from the University of Utah. According to CNET News,More than 700 computers at the University of Utah have been infected with the Conficker worm.
A report in eSchool News discusses potential updates to the No Child Left Behind legislation, with a focus on "21st Century Skills." While I always look forward to recommendations from fearless bureaucrats whose children attend private schools in suburban Maryland and Virginia, it appears that the chair of the House education committee (George Miller, D-Calif.
So now I'm sitting in another hotel room in beautiful New Haven, Connecticut. The plan, of course, was to be home by now and writing this post from my basement office.
Northern Arizona University is using RFIDs to track student attendance. While this might actually make some sense in certain secondary school settings, it's a hard pill to swallow for paying adults.
Shmoop has figured it out...Anyone else coming up with a good way to license e-materials in a way that makes sense for schools?
This is one from the overstepping-your-bounds-big-time-buddy department: The principal at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, sent an email to parents Wednesday morning telling them to ban their children from social networks and thoroughly police their electronic communications. This was not a suggestion or even an invitation to start a dialog with kids, parents, and the school about social media and cyberbullying.
The iPad is coming, the iPad is coming! And while it might be coming to some schools (or at least some student backpacks) near you, it won't be coming to my schools or my kids' backbacks.