Microsoft’s New Outlook for iOS and Android Is Worth a Try

"As crazy as it sounds, the WSJ’s Joanna Stern writes, Microsoft Corp. may have created the best email app yet for the iPhone and Android phones. Microsoft Thursday released Outlook, really an updated version of the email startup Acompli which the company acquired last year. the app has support for Microsoft’s own Exchange, Outlook.com, Apple Inc.’s iCloud, Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., as well as other accounts." | 0 Comments


University eText platforms, open-source textbooks lower cost of learning

"With the rising cost of textbooks, which can cost hundreds of dollars every semester, more students are turning to e-books.
Milind Basole, principal eLearning professional at CITES, serves as a manager of the University’s textbook platform project. EText is a reading platform developed on campus, based off an Internet browser, for e-books and multimedia." | 0 Comments


Harmonia app brings music theory to life

The National Science Foundation granted $225,000 to Heinrich Taube, a music professor at the University, to continue the development of his computer application for teaching music theory.
The application, Harmonia, which is already available for free on iTunes, can automaticly analyze music, grade it, determine harmony and anomalies and provide instant feedback of the user’s performance. The best way to think about it, Taube said, is that it is a multimedia version of a textbook, where the examples can change. | 0 Comments


EDUCAUSE's 10 higher-ed IT issues in 2015

"Technology is becoming more important as campus leaders try to support business operations and improve student outcomes, according to the annual list of IT issues from higher-ed technology association EDUCAUSE. A panel of IT and non-IT leaders, CIOs, and faculty develop a list of top IT issues, and the EDUCAUSE community votes on the top 10." | 0 Comments


Virtual Reality Comes to the Web—Maybe for Real This Time

"Get ready to take the stage with Paul McCartney. If that’s not your thing, you can test-drive the latest SUV before it's available in showrooms or experience a movie as though you're in the scene. That's been the promise of virtual reality (VR) for years, although stepping into an immersive three-dimensional virtual world has always required expensive stereoscopic head-mounted displays and other specialized equipment." | 0 Comments


A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

"Obviously it is advantageous to draft more complete notes that precisely capture the course content and allow for a verbatim review of the material at a later date. Only it isn’t. New research by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer demonstrates that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more." | 0 Comments


MIT Collaborates with New York City Public Schools for Data Literacy Project

The City Digits project, financed by a National Science Foundation grant, teaches New York City public high-school students about data collection and analysis. | 0 Comments


New Commitments to Support Computer Science Education

The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said Monday. | 0 Comments


Accessibility In Real Life

Who better to explain what web accessibility really means than a user who is legally blind? | 0 Comments


White House and MOOC Providers Team Up on Teacher Training

The White House announced a teacher-training partnership with Coursera and EdX at Wednesday's 'ConnectED to the Future' event, at which the companies committed to providing free professional-education courses for teachers. | 0 Comments


Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith

"the wearable computer that sparked privacy concerns for its surreptitious ability to shoot photos and video, is losing what little luster it had among developers and early Glass users, Reuters reports. Nine of 16 makers of Glass applications Reuters interviewed said that they had ceased building their software because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. “If there was 200 million Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective, said Tom Frencel, the chief executive of Little Guy Games, which put development of a Glass game on hold this year.”There’s no market at this point.”" | 0 Comments


What's wrong with the TEACH Act?

"We believe this would greatly constrain the adoption, development, and use of technology to support teaching and learning for all students, including those with disabilities. The proposed standard would deny institutions the flexibility to meet a student’s individual needs and severely limit the ability of instructors to use all types of content and technologies—from multimedia interactive software to dynamic 3D simulations—that enhance the learning experience for their students." | 0 Comments


Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era

"Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans—some of them tied to traditional notions of civil liberties and some of them driven by concerns about the surveillance of digital communications and the coming era of “big data.” While Americans’ associations with the topic of privacy are varied, the majority of adults in a new survey by the Pew Research Center feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality." | 0 Comments


Microsoft Changes Tack, Making Office Suite Free on Mobile

"But in a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. The free software for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets will do most of the most essential things people normally do with the computer versions of the product." | 0 Comments

What Georgia Tech’s Online Degree in Computer Science Means for Low-Cost Programs

"Among all recent inventions that have to do with MOOCs, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s online master’s program in computer science may have the best chance of changing how much students pay for a traditional degree." | 0 Comments

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