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Wanted: Single standard for open-content licenses

The movement toward open course materials for education has created something of a problem: Although a number of repositories have been set up to allow users to download sharable online…

Open-content learning portal debuts

A new online content resource center, formally launched March 9 by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), will make more than 8,000 classroom materials available…

Data dump

Sure, compared to what's been happening with the Walter Reed Medical Center, Scooter Libby, the FBI, and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the problems ringing U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings…

Blackboard launches free social-bookmarking service for academia

Blackboard launches free social-bookmarking service for academia

Blackboard recently announced the launch of Scholar, a free social- bookmarking web site aimed at connecting faculty and students, as well as enhancing teaching and learning, at higher-education institutions worldwide.…

PBS debuts comprehensive new online portal for teachers

PBS debuts comprehensive new online portal for teachers

PBS has formally launched a comprehensive new web site for K-12 educators, called "PBS Teachers." In production for more than a year, the site is the front door for all…

“FORA.tv” streams lectures and speeches on a variety of topics

“FORA.tv” streams lectures and speeches on a variety of topics

Teachers hoping to spark classroom discussions on a variety of topics--from politics and current events, to recent developments in the field of science--can turn to FORA.tv, a new broadband site…

Student-created site helps learners master vocabulary

Student-created site helps learners master vocabulary

Created by a high school student in the San Francisco Bay Area, Quizlet is a free, web-based tool designed to help students learn and practice vocabulary. …

“C-SPAN Classroom” provides extensive coverage of the 2008 presidential race

“C-SPAN Classroom” provides extensive coverage of the 2008 presidential race

Teachers and students looking for information about the 2008 presidential campaign should visit C-SPAN Classroom, which allows users to closely track the issues and candidates shaping what promises to be…

Web fuels ‘democratization’ of knowledge

Following MIT's lead, a growing number of colleges and universities are posting entire course materials online, free of charge. Schools that have jumped on this trend say they want to…

Engineering field has designs for women

To spark an interest in engineering among girls, computer maker Lenovo sponsored a 24-hour webcast that brought together female engineers, teachers, students, and others from around the world. A common theme…