What happened to the summer holidays?! There seems to be an increase in edtech news lately, which must mean back-to-school is just around the corner for some states. Yikes!
Here are a number of stories that have caught my attention in the last week:
The American Creativity Crisis: Newsweek reported that for the first time since tracked, Americans' Creativity Quotient is declining. The article blames video games and, of course, the education system.
NOOKstudy: Barnes & Noble announced an e-textbook reader.
App Inventor: Google released the beta version of their App Inventor, which allows a relatively simple way to make one's own Android apps.
National Broadband Plan and the Digital Divide: The FCC update their blog post to reaffirm their support for broadband in the service of education and digital literacy.
2010 Imagine Cup: Winners were announced for Microsoft's 2010 Imagine Cup, a student technology competition. This year's theme was designing technology to help solve some of the world's most pressing issues. Team Skeek from Thailand were the first place winners with their project to help translate sign language.
Using computers to teach children with no teachers: This story from the BBC follows the work of Professor Sugata Mitra, who has introduced computers to the slums of Delhi.
Glenn Beck University: Because yes, sometimes the Internet can make you stupid.