Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is an education technology writer, rabble-rouser, and folklorist. She writes for "MindShift":http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/, "O'Reilly Radar":http://radar.oreilly.com/, "Hack Education":http://www.hackeducation.com/, and "ReadWriteWeb":http://www.readwriteweb.com/.

by Audrey Watters

You can learn anything you want on the Internet, so the adage goes. But even if that’s true, even if it’s now easier than ever to learn about almost any subject online, there are still very few opportunities to gain formal recognition — “credit,” if you will — for informal learning done online. In September, [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

This summer, Stanford University announced its plans to make three of its introductory computer science classes available for free to the general public. The classes — Machine Learning, Introduction to Databases, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence — were to be taught by Stanford faculty and held online in conjunction with the regular on-campus courses held [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Walk the aisles of any toy store and you’ll see miles of shelves lined with $20-$30 board games and toys. We’re accustomed to paying that amount because that’s where the market set the price years ago. It’s predicated on production costs, overhead for toy manufacturers, distribution, and the store’s cut of the margin, among many [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Click here to read the whole series Reading hasn’t always been seen as a solitary act. Our first experiences with books demonstrate that: before we know how to read, we often have people — a parent, a teacher — reading out loud to us. But once we know how to read, there’s a sense that [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Education content is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry. When Amazon [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Education content is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry. Protecting student [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Education content is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry. Reading and [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

As we noted in August, cell phones are in the hands of the vast majority of adults, and whether schools like it or not, they’re in the hands of most students. While many schools still see cell phones as a distraction rather than as an educational tool, it’s hard to deny that these devices are [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Just as many predicted, sales figures show that more people are opting to buy e-books rather than printed copies. Sales of e-books rose 167 percent in June, reports Publishers Weekly, with sales totaling $473.8 million for the first half of the year. But sales of print books — both paperbacks and hardcovers — continue to [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Last spring, there was a minor outcry when the Auburn School District in Maine announced that it would be piloting a one-to-one iPad program with its kindergarteners. Part of the uproar involved the cost of the program — some $200,000. But much of it involved the notion that somehow young children should not be exposed [...] more »