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National Educational Technology Plan
At the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference this week, ISTE and the Department of Education held a series of meetings week to invite public comment on what needs to be included in the new national educational technology plan. Visit their website, www.edtechfuture.org, for information and to submit comments about the plan (anyone can participate in the online discussion).

Online-Education Study Reaffirms Value of Good Teaching, Experts Say
A recent Education Department report backs up scholars' views that effective instructional methods are what help students succeed, in any medium.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2, 2009

The Evidence on Online Education
It is superior in student learning to face-to-face instruction, says new "meta-analysis" from Education Department. And "blended" education does better still.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2009

U.S. Push for Free Online Courses
Administration may propose "open" classes and create "National Skills College" to coordinate offerings at high schools and community colleges. Other measures for 2-year institutions may include $10 billion facilities loan fund.
Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2009

Commentary: The $5,000 Approach to Teaching Writing (Bob Kunzinger)
Poor writing persists because students don't try hard enough and aren't pushed to try harder, writes an associate professor of English and the humanities at Tidewater Community College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 29, 2009

Accreditor for Teaching Programs Puts New Emphasis on Research and Real Life
Colleges preparing the next generation of teachers will need to rethink their approach if they want to maintain their accreditation and meet the needs of public schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education says. The group announced new accreditation requirements today.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 24, 2009

Twice As Many Advance out of Language Class
Just as the Supreme Court is ready to rule on whether or not Arizona is spending enough to educate its English language learners, double the number of these students have tested out of a controversial four-hour-a-day English-learner course that focuses on English grammar, reading, and writing.
The Arizona Republic, June 23, 2009
The new report from the National Commission on Writing, Words Have No Borders: Student Voices on Immigration, Language, and Culture, speaks to the immigrant experience in America.

Students and Copyright
The eSchool News article "Dueling Curricula Put Copyright Ed in Spotlight" (eSchool News, June 23, 2009) notes the differing views of the Copyright Alliance Education Foundation (CAEF) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) concerning what students should be taught about copyright and how much they need to respect copyright in their work.
NCTE's view is represented in the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.

Change or Die?
Inside Higher Ed, June 22, 2009

Duncan: States Could Lose Out on Stimulus Cash
USA Today, June 19, 2009

Who Graduates At-Risk Students?
Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2009

Colleges Strive to Ensure Intellectual Diversity
new report names colleges that do present students with a range of intellectual content and is an effort to stimulate the free exchange of ideas on college campuses.
USA Today, June 17, 2009

Getting to the Finish Line
Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2009

Global Competition: U.S. Students vs. International Peers
Education Week, June 16, 2009

Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers
The "Stanford Study of Writing" and a smaller, similar study at Michigan State University reach the same conclusion: students are writing much more outside of class and are much more vested in what they're writing outside of class than they are in their academic writing. Some question the efficacy of integrating the lessons students learn in nonacademic writing into the academic writing classroom, while others, including NCTE, believe we ignore what students are writing outside the classroom "at our peril." NCTE members Kathleen Blake Yancey, Andrea Lunsford, Deborah Brandt, Mark Bauerlein, and Jeffrey Grabill are quoted.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2009

Draft Literacy Bill Would Boost Funds for Older Students
NCTE has collaborated with the Alliance for Excellent Education, the International Reading Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Middle School Association to ask Congress to introduce this legislation.
Education Week, June 15, 2009

AAUP Censures 4 Colleges
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2009

Out of the Loop
In an international survey, college professors indicate that they have little influence on how their institutions do business.
Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2009

The Drive to Digital Publishing
eCampus News, June 2009 (see page 18)

Liberal Arts, Behind Bars
In a student-backed initiative, 15 Connecticut prisoners will be offered an academic college education by Wesleyan University.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2009

Innovation Crowded Out
For the second time in four years, Education Department cancels open grant competition for higher ed reform, as Congressional and White House priorities eat up the budget.
Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2009

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