December 18, 2017

New Jersey: Three-Year Study Asserts Benefits of School Libraries on Student Learning

From NJ.com: The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which explored the values of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey. “The findings show that New Jersey school libraries and school […]

Original Content: University of California and YouTube Partnering to Launch UCTV Prime

From a UC News Release: On March 1, University of California Television (UCTV) will launch a new YouTube original channel, UCTV Prime, the first university-run channel to be included among YouTube’s new production partnerships with recognizable brands like the Wall Street Journal, Madonna and TED. Each week, UCTV Prime will debut 15 minutes of fresh […]

ALA's Committee on Accreditation Announces Recent Actions

The following actions were made at the ALA Midwinter 2012 Conference in Dallas. From an ALA Announcement: Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs: Master of Library and Information Science offered by the University of California, Los Angeles. Master of Science offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Master of Library and […]

New State Info Databases From Alaska, Maryland, and Nevada

1. Students at the University of Alaska Release University Employee Salary Database (via ZDNet) Direct to Database 2. Maryland Creates Online Database of Business Incentives (via Washington Post) Direct to Database 3. Brighter Light Focuses on Campaign Spending and Transparency in Nevada with Launch of Aurora Searchable Database Direct to Database

E-Book/Textbook Pilot Project Underway at Five U.S. Universities

From The Cavalier Daily (U. of Virginia): “More than 400 University students in eight different courses will use free e-books this semester as part of a pilot program taking place in four other universities across the country.” “The initiative, sponsored by Internet2, McGraw-Hill and the Courseload eText Pilot Trail Pack, aims to provide students with […]

New Resource For Educators and Students: Beta Version of the Wolfram Education Portal Now Online

From the Wolfram|Alpha Blog: We are happy to announce the launch of the free Beta version of the Wolfram Education Portal. The portal comes equipped with a dynamic and interactive textbook, lesson plans aligned to the common core standards, and many other supplemental materials for your courses, including Wolfram Demonstrations, widgets, and videos. The Education […]

New eBook: Learning, Freedom & the Web

Published by the Mozilla Foundation. Via a Creative Commons Blog Post: Anya Kamenetz and Mozilla have released a great book called Learning, Freedom & the Web. It details many of the activities and ideas generated at Mozilla’s eponymous festival held last year, “a 500 person meta-hackfest that took place in a Barcelona city square,” says […]

MIT Launches Online Learning Initiative

From the MIT News Office: MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will: organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication […]

Canada: Fewer Children Read for Pleasure, Report Finds

Direct to Full Text Report: Reading for Joy (via People for Education) A five page PDF file. Reported on by the CBC: A report published Monday finds that fewer Ontario children are reading for pleasure. The report, published by research group People for Education, shows the number of Ontario Grade 3 students who say they […]

New Research Article: "Back to the 'Wall': How to Use Facebook in the College Classroom"

Article: “Back to the ‘Wall': How to Use Facebook in the College Classroom” Authors: Caroline Lego Muñoz (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and Terri Towner (Oakland University) Source: First Monday (Vol 16, No 12 – 5; December 2011) Abstract The evolving world of the Internet — blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks — offers instructors and students radically new […]