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Natural Language is Still Our Most Important Technology

In a Web 2.0 world, language and writing skills are essential to success. But our emphasis on STEM skills means we're missing an opportunity for education. Should STEM really be STEM-L?

Emerging Interactive Media: CT 2009 Keynote Preview

Chris Dede, Harvard's Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at the university's Graduate School of Education, will give the opening keynote at the Campus Technology 2009 conference in Boston this coming Tuesday, July 28 on emerging interactive media and implications for teaching and research. We asked Dede for preliminary comments based on a sampling of ideas he'll present.

Beyond Social Networking: Building Toward Learning Communities

Much has been written recently about the impact of social networking tools in teaching and learning and how educators can build on the skills of their students in using these tools. But if educators only integrate the ability of students to connect and socialize, deeper points of learning will be missed. While good teaching and learning rests on effective relationships, in an active learning community, those relationships should evolve into actual idea exchange and knowledge construction.

Life is ATwitter

Twitter has become a valuable network tool for professionals. Brief though they are, little snippets, or Tweets, can tell you a lot if you've taken the time to figure out who to "follow" in your field.

Why Invest in IT Training During a Recession?

Tough economic times are not when you should retreat from IT training for your staff, according to Laurus Technologies CEO John Udelhofen. He gives five reasons why.



Cost Containment at Delta State University

Delta State's president details his university's implementation of an institution-wide cost containment strategy in a challenging economy.

Why Do We Assess?

Just buying an ePortfolio system doesn't guarantee you're going to get the most out of assessment. Better assessment isn't automatically achieved by using new digital methods--it will probably take another approach to assessment as well. The place to start reassessing your assessment strategies may be in trying to capture what learning means to the students.

Sustainability in the Data Center Part II

Two weeks ago we began a conversation with Notre Dame's Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center, opening with a description of Notre Dame's virtualization strategy. Here, Wishon talks about further sustainability initiatives, with particular focus on environmental issues.

Web 2.0's Cultural Therapy

Web 2.0 technologies and social software, particularly Facebook, are reversing the trends set by technologies such as the automobile. Instead of creating the dispersion of people via transportation and other recent technologies, Facebook brings people together via digital technology.

The Social Nucleus Shifts with Inigral

A new Facebook application called Inigral is allowing students to start networking with their peers even before the first day of class--stressing the students' social and learning communities rather than the traditional teacher-centered structure.