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October 17, 2010 - 6:33pm
My kids are in 4th grade and in 7th grade. Two week ago we had “meet the teacher night” for the 4th grader and last week we had “meet the teacher night” for the 7th grader. For the 4th grader, her education is centered around one teacher. For the 7th grader, the day has nine separate periods — one is for lunch; the remaining 8, for 7 subjects since English has a double period of time. For my middle school daughter, I followed her exact schedule except each of the classes was substantially abbreviated.
October 17, 2010 - 5:34pm
Like most people I know, I was shocked and saddened by the recent suicide of Tyler Clementi.I have to admit, though, that I am also disturbed by the intensity of expressed rage at the two students who violated his privacy. What they did was wrong, even unconscionable — but they are eighteen years old, by definition works-in-progress.When I have expressed this concern to friends, it is most frequently countered with, “Can you imagine yourself ever doing something like this? Can you imagine Ben playing such a prank?”
October 16, 2010 - 6:15pm
The Youth Literature Festival held here last weekend and sponsored by the College of Education featured an appearance by author Jim Aylesworth, whose work you likely know if you have children or are younger than 35.
October 15, 2010 - 10:31pm
Last June, Inside Higher Education noted a legal case against the University of Calgary, filed by two students there who had been punished in various ways for making highly critical comments about a professor whose course they'd taken.
October 15, 2010 - 11:45am
Editors' note: how can we better understand and map out the phenomenon of international research collaboration, especially in a context where bibliometrics does a patchy job with respect to registering the activities and output of some fields/disciplines (
October 15, 2010 - 4:45am
This EDUCAUSE Conference has felt different from all the rest, and the reason I think is Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenges. This is the first EDUCAUSE Conference that I've attended where there is a real feeling of confidence that information technology can be the lever for structural change in our higher ed system.What are the challenges being discussed?
October 15, 2010 - 1:04am
For bloggers of a certain vintage -- those of us who marched into the academic blogosphere around 2004-5 -- the news that Bitch, Ph.D. has called it a day is a bit of a shock.
October 14, 2010 - 11:00pm
I return to one of my favorite subjects, blogging in the academia, but this time with a focus not on the students, as in my previous post, but on the scholar herself. I believe that blogging may be a useful tool for those of us involved in the process of creating (and communicating) new knowledge. How so? Because of the nature of blogging itself.Blogging = Reading + Writing + Linking + Commenting
October 14, 2010 - 7:56pm
Anyone who has taken geometry is probably familiar with the concept of “similarity”, in which two shapes share the same angles and proportions, although they may be of very different sizes. This is often seen in right triangles, which may share the same angles but can be seen as larger or smaller versions of each other. I thought of this concept recently when I re-connected with a cousin, not in the currently common “Facebook” way but in the old fashioned way, over the telephone, as he stopped in to visit my grandmother.
October 14, 2010 - 2:00pm
It is now day 3 at EDUCAUSE 2010. I've been to countless meetings, sat in on a few sessions, and had a great time touring the exhibit hall. The amount of high level strategic thinking that's taking place has been phenomenal. The future of higher education technology is being shaped as I write this post.

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