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The "Hey, Let's Not Wait for Superman and Just Get on With It" Edition

I think accreditation is going to be one of the big challenges that opencourseware faces in the coming years, so this news caught my eye: the National Chiao Tung University becomes the first OCW-publishing university in Taiwan to try to issue the certificate to OCW learners. The school will offer certification for calculus, physics, and chemistry classes.

Via Creative Commons, Hal Plotkin has released Free to Learn: An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials

The FCC is looking at E-rate in order to boost Internet access and speeds at US schools and libraries. An interesting statistic: 80% of E-rate recipients believe their current Internet connections are insufficient.

Kno announces a single-screen tablet/textbook. See my ReadWriteWeb coverage for details.

Hypergrid Business reports that the New York Institute of Technology has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative, interdisciplinary project with Utah State University that will allow teachers in New York and Utah to use information and communications technologies as tools for engaging students in scientific inquiry. Part of the project will focus on developing professional development with OpenSim, the open source virtual world platform.

Wolfram Alpha now has an Android app.

And while not specifically ed-tech related, I want to give a shout-out to the upgrade to the Evernote Chrome extension that now includes your Evernotes in your Google search results. Indispensable tool just got indispensable-r.

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