Submitted by Phyllis C. Self,
Although advocates of digital textbooks have been touting their advantages for years, it wasn’t until California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a free, digital textbook initiative that the movement began to gain real traction in mainstream schools. But some experts say digital textbooks’ lack of purchase price can be offset by the cost of technical support and professional development needed to integrate them effectively into classrooms. Join two experts for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and promise of using free, digital textbooks in K-12 classrooms.
Brian Bridges, Director, California Resource Learning Network
Neeru Kholsa, Executive Director, CK-12 Foundation
Katie Ash, Staff Writer, Education Week Digital Directions, will moderate this chat.
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Submitted by Dawn Sweet
Fellow Broadband Enthusiasts,
In addition to the state and federal broadband funding opportunities made possible by the Illinois Capital Bill and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Google is seeking U.S. communities in which to build between 50,000 and 500,000 fiber-to-the-home connections to “experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone.”
Governor Quinn wants Illinois to embrace Google’s challenge. As such, the Governor’s Office is hosting an open discussion about this on Monday, February 22 at 3pm CST.
Conference Line: 888.273.3658
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To learn more about Google’s project, visit https://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/
Submitted by Phyllis
For faculty, instructional technologists, and others interested in using smartphones for student projects including digital storytelling, mapping, polling, and in-field data collection. Delivered Online In Our Virtual Auditorium Program Description Mobile phones present a familiar challenge as an instructional technology: Since everyone has them, there must be a way to use them for teaching and learning. Seton Hall University has been exploring possible uses through its mobile initiative. In this session Michael Taylor, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Mobile Research and Social Change at Seton Hall University, will discuss the uses of smartphones in the classroom across multiple disciplines. Taylor will present the use of mobile devices in student projects including digital storytelling, mapping, polling, and in-field data collection. These projects highlight the functionality of smartphones to improve classroom communication, collaboration, and connectivity. Discussion will also cover the diverse pedagogical goals that were addressed in these mobile projects, as well as some of the challenges encountered in piloting these mobile projects.
The “Special Topics in Digital Teaching” series offers a sequence of interactive discussions showcasing how faculty are using digital technology for teaching and learning. The series is delivered online via NITLE’s multipoint interactive videoconferencing environment and is designed to help faculty make the transition from learning a new technology to using it effectively for teaching and learning.
Participants are invited to join these lively discussions from the convenient location of their campus offices. Registration Please register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. > Network participant fee (early registration by February 12): $48 > Network participant fee (after February 12): $50 > Out-of-Network participant fee: $65 Questions
For more information about this event or the “Special Topics in Digital Teaching” series, please contact Rebecca Davis at email@example.com . Suggestions for series programming are welcome. Links To Source / SHUmobile (Seton Hall University Mobile) Project Available At [ http://tinyurl.com/yjh9xvs ]
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This issue highlights “Innovation: Rethinking the Future of Higher Education,” as Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams discuss innovating the 21st-century university with collaborative learning and knowledge production, Brenda Gourley uses lessons from the past to look to the future, Diana G. Oblinger explores widening the purpose of higher education from the campus of today to the future of society, and William H. Graves proposes ways to transform educational opportunity into educational assurance.
submitted by Bruce
Frontline aired a 90 minute episode on the “Digital Nation”.
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