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Chromebooks take another bite out of the Apple, get official in New York City schools
November 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

The recent news on strong K-12 takeup of Chromebooks for education received solid confirmation via the Google for Education official blog, where Hal Friedlander, Chief Information Officer at the New York City Department of Education, posted an item on the recent decision by the New York City Department of Education Division of Instructional and Informational Technology to approve the Google Apps for Education productivity suite as a supported tool for NYC public schools - and the Chromebooks to run it. Friedlander said of the decision: We saw that many schools wanted to use Chromebooks, and in our assessments, found them to be an...

Open Culture puts 110 free philosophy books online
November 13, 2014 | 6:25 pm

plato3.jpgThe website Open Culture, offering "the best free cultural and educational media on the web," has announced the release of a collection of 110 works of philosophy, "from Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein," for free access online. And although, despite the wording of Open Culture's announcement, not all are available to download rather than to read online, this is still a collection worth browsing and, well, learning from. "The list will keep growing at a steady clip," writes Open Culture. "But if you see any crucial texts missing, please let us know, and we will try to get them added ASAP....

UK Education Secretary warns against arts, reading, thinking …
November 13, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Reading, speaking, and thinking in general apparently can damage your career choices, according to the UK Conservative-led government. Their Education Secretary, no less, has got up to warn British schoolkids that arts subjects "will hold them back for the rest of their lives." UK Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan was speaking at the launch of the Your Life campaign, which in itself has the laudable objective of encouraging British students to focus more on the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, maths. The campaign aims "to raise participation in science maths and physics A levels by 50 per cent...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Chromebook K-12 popularity implies changes for ereading?
November 12, 2014 | 4:25 pm

New figures from IDC and the UK's FutureSource Consulting, shared by Education Week and elsewhere, indicate that Chromebooks are getting a lock on the U.S. K-12 market, helped by the cheapness of the devices, the Chrome Os's suitability for cloud-based scalable deployments, and Google's free Apps for Education suite. "Schools tell us that Chromebooks fill three big needs: they’re easy for students and teachers to use, they’re easy to share, and they’re easy to manage," says the Google Official Blog. "That’s critical for schools that often want to give their students the best technology, but don’t have a large IT department...

New words are better than sex?
October 31, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Scholarly research recently published in Current Biology under the title "The Role of Reward in Word Learning and Its Implications for Language Acquisition" suggests that the pleasure principle is a key factor in language learning - with the relevant areas of the brain both linked to pleasurable rewards (including sex) and using those linkages to increase brain integration and function. "Our results showed that adult participants exhibited robust fMRI activation in the ventral striatum (VS)—a core region of reward processing — when successfully learning the meaning of new words," the summary of the research stated.  "Moreover, the VS showed enhanced functional and structural...

Russell Brand to give Reading Agency lecture
October 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

The ever-more-serious UK comedian Russell Brand will deliver this year's Reading Agency lecture, "'a manifesto on reading" and the third lecture since the inception of the series in 2012, as well as the first one to be open to ticket-holding members of the public. "The Reading Agency lecture is a fundraising event, proceeds from which support the charities' core mission, to get and keep the nation reading," as The Reading Agency's materials declare. Previous speakers in the series were Jeanette Winterson and Neil Gaiman, who gave a highly praised talk also on the importance of reading. Brand couched the theme of...

MFA creative writing graduates are (possibly) killing literature
October 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

An ever-so-slightly authoritative critique of the whole system of creative writing courses and grants for writers has been handed down by Horace Engdahl, a Member of the Swedish Academy tasked with awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature. And he is, to put it mildly, not happy with the state of literature in general, and the warping effect that lavish financial support is having on it. In an interview with French publication La Croix, Engdahl condemns "a form of sclerosis in literary creation," which he attributes directly to "the perverse effects of the professionalization of the writer's vocation, linked to a system...

Morning Roundup: Wrong questions about education technology. Lessons from blogging
September 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

education technologyYou Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Education Technology (Forbes) It sounds convincing. We should certainly embrace tools and technologies that will help educators become more impactful. But we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity’s obsession with progress, newness, innovation, and disruption. *** Online Bookstores to Face Stringent Privacy Law in New Jersey (The Digital Reader) That act would make it unlawful to share information about your book use (borrowing, downloading, buying, reading, etc.) with a third party, in the absence of a court order to do so. That’s good for your reading privacy, but a...

Morning Roundup: 3/4 of young people prefer print. When blogging is slogging
September 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

printNearly Three Quarters of Young People Prefer Print (Esquire) The 16-24 generation is still firmly in favour of print books, new research shows, with 73% saying they prefer print over digital or audio formats. *** When Blogging Becomes a Slog (NY Times) After absorbing the criticism, the couple responded in a post titled “Feeeeeelings,” in which they confessed to “feeling off for a while” and missing the days when “we did this for the love.” *** Study Ties College Success to a Student's Exposure to a High School Librarian (The Digital Shift) Attention, educators: training high school students early in digital research, partnering them with a...

Morning Roundup: No penalties for bad reviews in CA. Storybundle’s Cyberpunk bundle
September 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

storybundleStorybundle's Cyberpunk Bundle (StoryBundle) StoryBundle's Cyberpunk bundle is curated by bestselling author Steven Savile, a man who certainly understands the genre. *** One in Six US Students are in 1 to 1 Programs (The Digital Reader) The LA school district’s boondoggle to spend a billion dollars on iPads may have given one to one programs a bad name, but they’re not the only program in the US. *** California Law Says Companies Can't Punish Customers Who Post Negative Reviews (GigaOM) Some businesses use contracts that say customers have to pay large penalties if they say something negative online. A new California law turns the tables on...

Morning Roundup: Nook Press misses payments. Overview of fiction copyediting and more
September 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

Nook PressNook Press Misses Payments, Authors Left With No Explanation or Support (The Digital Reader) Reports are coming in this weekend that Barnes & Noble’s self-pub platform Nook Press has dropped the ball.  An unknown number of authors are saying that their latest payment from B&N, which was supposed to be deposited in their account in the last week of August, never arrived. *** How Can We Prevent Another Event Like the iCloud Celebrity Photo Hack? (GigaOM) Here are a few things we can learn from the iCloud photo hacking scandal — plus steps you can take to make sure that your private photos remain...