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Research archive

October202008

Campus Technology and the Expectations Game

A new survey explores the question of whether U.S. universities are truly becoming 21st century campuses, such as utilizing distance learning or addressing the digital divide. Most interestingly, though, it sheds light on the high expectations students have about universities...

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August222008

Coming Soon: A National Center for Edtech Research

This past week, President Bush signed into law a bill that will establish a new national research center for studying digital technology and learning. The center aspires be to edtech what the National Institutes of Health have been for medical...

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April022008

Strengthening Student Resilience to Online Risks

A new report commissioned by the British prime minister tackles the thorny challenge of addressing online safety for young people. The report urges people to put the relative threat of online predators in perspective, while at the same time noting...

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February192008

Questioning the Notion of Online Predators

A new study published by the American Psychological Association (APA) raises tough questions about the conventional wisdom regarding online predators. The study takes aim at the mainstream media’s coverage of online predation, labeling its portrayal of the phenomenon as “largely...

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February152008

Students and Copyright: Discipline and Punish?

Microsoft has just come out with a new survey on student’s attitudes towards online copyright. The research suggests that very few students have a strong understanding of the issue, but it also makes me wonder just how they’re defining the...

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February132008

Harvard Faculty Revolt Against Publishing 1.0

In a vote that could potentially rock the publishing world, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) have unanimously adopted a new policy that would allow them to retain the copyright of scholarly research. As a result, students and the...

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December142007

Coming to an Archive Near You: Lots of Research Data

Two of the Internet’s most important archive initiatives are teaming up in an attempt to capture the raw notes of researchers from around the world and preserve them for public access. It’s an ambitious goal, but will they be able...

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October312007

Identifying Best Practices for Student Wikipedia Projects

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of educators assigning students the task of creating Wikipedia entries as a way of teaching them about research techniques, while at the same time involving them in the...

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October262007

Overcoming Media Illiteracy among Media Literacy Educators

Now I know I have a habit of examining a lot of research reports in this blog. Yeah, I realize I overdo it sometimes. Today, though, please bear with me, as there’s a new report that examines what I believe...

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October222007

When a Stranger Calls

A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project examines the percentage of teens that have received unwanted contacts from strangers over the Internet. And I can’t say I’m surprised by their finding that certain behaviors - such...

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August172007

Pitch Your Digital Learning Project to the MacArthur Foundation

Got a great idea for an education project that brings together students and digital collaboration? Here’s your chance to back up that idea with some serious cash....

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August142007

New NSBA Report on Social Networking

The National School Boards Association has released a new report on student use of social media tools. The report contains a multitude of findings that have already started an online debate about the role of social networking in the classroom....

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July302007

Senate Hearing on Online Safety: More Emphasis on Educating Kids

Last week, the U.S. Senate held a committee hearing regarding children’s online safety and what steps need to be taken to prevent predatory behavior. Interestingly, much of the testimony emphasized the importance of online safety education over the use of...

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July062007

Got Broadband?

After posting my interviews with several of the Democratic presidential candidates last week regarding the digital divide, some of you emailed me and asked about the actual status of the divide here in the U.S. As it turns out, there’s...

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July032007

Balancing Gaming and Education: No Easy Task

Recent public debate about the impact of video gaming raises some interesting questions on the role of gaming in education. And like so many debates in education, there are no simple answers....

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June222007

New Study Analyzes Parental Practices Regarding Children’s Internet Use

A new report on parents’ attitudes towards their children’s media consumption suggests that parents are doing more than ever to promote online safety. Is that actually the case, or do we just feel like we’re doing a better job?...

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May042007

Schools drop laptop programs - but are they dropping the ball as well?

The New York Times is reporting today that some schools have been dropping their student laptop programs, labeling them a failure. But what’s the actual failure taking place here? I fear it’s a failure of expectations and imagination....

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May012007

The iPod of the Beholder: Can MP3 Players Enhance Learning?

First it was cell phones, and now it’s iPods. K-12 schools around the country are beginning to ban students from carrying MP3 players, fearing they may use them for cheating. Yet at least one university is embracing the exact opposite...

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April132007

What Goes Up Must Come Down?

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen the release of a pair of research reports that on the surface have nothing to do with each other. But as one report details how the U.S. is struggling to figure out...

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March062007

Study Examines the Proliferation of Online Courses

A new report suggests that the number of K-12 students enrolled in online courses has risen dramatically in recent years. If the trend continues, researchers suggest that millions of K-12 students may soon be participating in virtual classrooms....

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March022007

Has MySpace Contributed to Generation Me?

A new study out this week suggests that today’s college students are more self-centered than ever before. The question I keep asking myself, though, is why so many people are blaming MySpace and other social media tools for this apparent...

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February142007

Wikipedia Receives a Citation

Middlebury College is now informing students that Wikipedia is not appropriate for research, and that they use it at their own academic peril. Somewhat surprisingly, Wikipedia doesn’t necessarily disagree with them....

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January082007

Are Kids More Responsible Than We Thought?

A recent study suggests that many young people who use MySpace are more responsible online than conventional wisdom might suggest. Let’s take a peak at what teens are doing - or aren’t doing - with their MySpace pages....

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December112006

Should Schools Teach Responsible Gaming?

A national watchdog group has just published a report card on efforts to protect kids from the effects of violent video games. While progress is being made, there are still serious shortfalls - which raises the question of what role...

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December012006

Understanding the Impact of Online Communities on Civic Engagement

This week, the USC Annenberg School published a major study on the impact of the Internet on American society. Their research suggests that the online world is becoming equally important to people as the offline world - and it’s affecting...

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November032006

The Semantic Web and the Online Educational Experience

Yesterday, the inventor of the World Wide Web announced the formation of a new research center to study how the Web really works. (Yes, it’s such an amorphous and complicated space that even he doesn’t understand it.) And the work...

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October232006

A $50 Million Investment in the Future of Learning

One of the things that’s frustrated me about education technology is the limited amount of philanthropic investment focusing on identifying the full potential of information and communication technology to engage youth. Thanks to a new $50 million initiative by the...

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September082006

New Govt Report Exposes the School-Home Digital Divide

I might as well have fallen off the map. This past week, I moved from Boston back to the DC area. Because of a mix-up with our new telecommunications provider, we won’t have phone, cable or Internet access until next...

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August112006

New Study Shows Rise in Youth Exposure to Porn & Cyberbullying, Decrease in Online Solicitations

This week, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) released a new study on the prevalence of children being exposed to online porn and unwanted solicitations. The results of the study were somewhat mixed, even defying some of...

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May172006

Technology Counts 2006: Did Your State Make the Grade?

In case you haven’t seen the last issue of Education Week, they’ve released their latest Technology Counts report. Each year, Ed Week takes an in-depth look at education technology in all 50 US states. They assign the states edtech report...

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May042006

Does Home Internet Access Improve Academic Achievement?

One of the questions I’m most often asked by journalists is whether there’s any evidence that having Internet access will raise student test scores. Not surprisingly, this is a question that gets knocked around by policymakers, too, particularly those who...

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