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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).

It's Tough Out There for New Ph.D.'s, but Some Colleges Give Them a Leg Up
On one campus, a "boot camp" prepares candidates for job interviews. On another, they can join a postdoctoral fellowship program. Those are among the ways universities prepare new doctoral students for life after graduation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2009

They Thought Globally, but Now Colleges Push Online Programs Locally
Colleges experiment with "local online" classes to compete with national for-profit universities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2009

Q&A: Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education
The newest official in the Education Department went to Paris to share the American community-college model with the world at a Unesco conference.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2009

Cell Phones Used to Deliver Course Content
eCampus News, July 6, 2009

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

Say Hello to Underachieving
The New York Times, July 2, 2009

Expert Panels Named in Common-Standards
The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have named panels to write college and career-ready standards for grades K-12 in math and reading and to review state versions of these standards.
Education Week, July 1, 2009

NECC Airs Ideas about Best Ed-Tech Practices
Education Week, July 1, 2009

Assessing Accountability
According to a report by Education Sector, only 38 states have systems in place to measure college students' learning outcomes.
Inside HigherEd, July 1, 2009

Community Colleges See Demand Spike, Funding Slip
The Washington Post, July 1, 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

Obama Administration: Technology at the Heart of Education Reform
During a panel discussion at the State Educational Technology Directors meeting, Aneesh Chopra, chief technology officer in the White House, discussed why "technology in education is less about hardware and software and more about what we teach, the method in which we teach it, and professional development and support for educators."
T.H.E. Journal, 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

In Uncertain Times, Valedictorians Look Ahead
The New York Times, June 26, 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

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