[Itech] Fwd: eSN This Week: ACLU sues over blocked web sites

Teresa Franklin franklit at ohio.edu
Tue May 26 20:53:35 EDT 2009

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   *Top News ...*   ACLU sues over blocked web
Student on computer]

The American Civil Liberties Union and its Tennessee branch sued two
Tennessee school districts in federal court May 19, claiming that the
districts are unconstitutionally blocking students from accessing online
information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Key
words: ACLU, LGBT, Knox County Schools, Metropolitan Nashville Public
Schools, first amendment, education, technology | Read

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In the same way a utility company delivers electricity, natural gas, or
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model say it's simpler, faster, and cheaper for organizations to
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New research suggests overworked and understaffed school IT departments are
spending too much time reacting to technology problems--and not enough time
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  Learning without limits

Zach Bonner is a smart kid, but he's a bit confused to hear that some adults
still assume students in online schools are somehow worse off and spend all
day chained to a computer, never learning to socialize in the real world.
Key words: online learning, K-12 online learning, virtual learning, distance
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New iPod rules touch off heated
A new policy by the University of Missouri School of Journalism requiring
incoming students to have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or similar device has
touched off a heated debate about the limits and possibilities of technology
-- as well as corporate influence -- in academia. Key words: University of
Missouri School of Journalism, iPod, iPhone, Apple, iPod Touch, education,
technology | Read

California considers open digital
In what could be a first-of-its-kind statewide initiative, California
education leaders are working together to compile a list of free, open
digital textbooks that meet state-approved standards and will be available
to high school math and science classes this fall. Key words: open source,
digital textbooks, California education| Read

aims new netbook at younger
Dell Inc., already the largest seller of PCs to schools worldwide, is trying
to extend its lead with its first low-cost "netbook" designed for young
students at a time when schools, businesses, and general consumers are
cutting back on technology spending. Key words: Dell Latitude 2100, handheld
netbook, netbook, education, technology | Read

New device saves money on color
A new Xerox Corp. printer that uses solid-ink technology and a sliding price
scale might be good news for schools and colleges that are trying to cut
costs without taking away from administrative or classroom functions. Key
words: school printers, Xerox ColorQube, solid-ink printer, school
multi-function printers | Read

Duncan outlines school reform
Rewarding effective teaching, expanding the learning time, collecting
meaningful data, and transforming underperforming high schools are the four
key areas the U.S. Department of Education (ED) plans to target in the next
year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told school stakeholders at the Center
for American Progress's "Resource, Allocation, Reinvestment, and Education
Reform" conference May 18. Key words: Center for American Progress, Arne
Duncan, effective teaching | Read More

Bill would fund internet safety
A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced internet safety legislation that, if
passed, would authorize roughly $175 million--$35 million a year for five
years--for internet safety education and training to help make children,
parents, and educators aware of proper online behavior and the dangers the
internet poses. Key words: internet safety, internet education, sexting,
internet safety funding. | Read More

Scribd opens new market for online texts
Hoping to do for the written word what iTunes did for music, the online
document-sharing service Scribd is opening an internet store that will offer
new sales opportunities for publishers and authors -- including teachers,
professors, and others who have written educational texts -- and could spawn
more bargains for students and other readers. Key words: Scribd, iTunes,
digital publishing, education, technology. | Read More

Higher-ed IT costs continue to rise
Technology spending among colleges and universities has swelled in recent
years, but experts project only minimal increases from 2009-13, according to
a report documenting a wide range of trends in higher education. Key words:
IT spending, Software & Information Industry Association, university trends,
education, technology. | Read More

Report: U.S. students lagging in biosciences
Middle and high school students across the country are generally falling
behind in life sciences, and the nation is at risk of producing a dearth of
qualified workers for the fast-growing bioscience industry, according to a
report released May 18. Key words: bioscience, life science, science
curriculum, education, technology, Biotechnology Institute. | Read More
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