It's not hard to predict where I fall in the debate over whether technology has made 'millennials'—or the group of people born in the mid-'80s to about the year 2000—the smartest or dumbest generation to date, which was the question at hand at a recent luncheon hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, considering that I am a millennial. Mark Bauerlein, who wrote a book called The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future—Or Don't Trust Anyone Under 30, not surprisingly (considering that title) took the side that this generation of kids ...


It seems it's getting a little scary to be a textbook publisher in the digital age. At least that was the mood at a meeting that the school division of the Association of American Publishers, the industry's trade group, held recently in Arlington, Va. Publishers who gathered at the one-day "technology summit" on Oct. 2 contemplated a rash of challenges to the decades-long dominance of school textbooks over other curriculum materials and methods, and to their historical grip on school budgets. Use of open content, virtual schools, and "authentic" content from original sources were among the upstart trends that attendees ...


This blog post on Ewan McIntosh's edu.blogs.com points out a new peer-reviewed study that links Web 2.0 to academic improvement. The report found that Web 2.0 tools encourage participation and engagement, especially for those students who are timid; help students continue classroom discussions outside of the classroom; let students who are so inclined continue researching anytime, anywhere; and instill a sense of ownership and pride in students for the work they publish online, which can lead to more attention to detail and a better quality of work. The report also found that one of the biggest ...


Here's an interesting post over at PBS's Learning Now blog that talks about a recent court decision that upheld a school's decision to discipline students who made a fake MySpace profile for the school's principal containing offensive and vulgar information. The judge ruled that even though the offense happened off school grounds, its effect directly disrupted the school, and the students could be held responsible. Punishing kids for what happens online, especially on social networking sites like MySpace.com, is a murky subject that educators are still feeling out at this point. As Digital Directions reporter Michelle Davis wrote about ...


A bill passed by Congress on Sept. 30 is likely to boost understanding of two crucial aspects of the vast online world that occupies a growing part of our lives: broadband access and child safety. Of most immediate concern for schools is the bill's second section, authorizing a nationwide program to educate citizens about threats to children’s safety online and strategies to promote their safe use of the Internet. The bill, numbered S. 1492, which President Bush is expected to sign, directs the Federal Trade Commission to start an advisory group that will evaluate the status of industry efforts ...


A new report released by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, found that technology has improved the overall quality of life for citizens and has had a generally positive impact on the world. Specifically in regards to education, the report identified three areas where technology has made significant improvements in learning: * Improved learning outcomes * A variety of different instructional methods to meet different learner's needs * Increased access to education Technology, and specifically the Internet, has made it possible for more people to access information they would never have been able to get otherwise, said ...


Is technology in the classroom just about academics? Some educators see it as a way to forge rich connections between students and their communities. I spoke recently with Vicky G. Cline, the technology director for the Greenbrier County schools in West Virginia, who has a vision to use technology to help build students’ “pride of place.” Though known for the ritzy Greenbrier resort, the county offers limited economic prospects to its young people, and many move away after high school, Cline says. But she has led a project that puts “global positioning system” devices into the hands of math students ...


Last week's chat on edweek.org may be of particular interest to readers of this blog. Susan Patrick, the president and chief executive officer of the North American Council for Online Learning; Julie Young, the president and chief executive officer of the Florida Virtual School; and Cheryl Vedoe, the president and chief executive officer of Apex Learning, answered questions from readers about trends and approaches in online teaching and learning. The conversation touched on such subjects as online security, student engagement, online courses for at-risk students, technical difficulties, teacher quality, online professional development for teachers, and student evaluation and assessment, ...


This commentary on edweek.org ties in literacy rates with 21st century skills and outlines how an emphasis on digital media and proficiency can help increase academic achievement. Using new, innovative technology can help students who are struggling with language to increase their vocabulary and form associations between what they're learning with the real world, say the authors of this commentary. Also, becoming familiar with technology helps kids gain the skills they need in order to be successful in a global economy. What I thought was most interesting about the article was the suggestions they outlined to promote technology in ...


A few months ago, I wrote a post in another edweek.org blog called Motivation Matters about the pros and cons of online classes. This growing trend is something my co-blogger Andrew has written quite a bit about, and something we're both keeping our eyes on as the number of students taking online classes increases. But recently I've had an experience that I think gives me a little more insight into the world of online learning. This summer, I moved from my home in the Washington area to Portland, Ore., and in the process my work environment has changed from ...


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