QuickLinks - e-Learning
Issue no. 137 - 18 December 1999
- USA - Push for Computers in Classrooms Gathers New Foes
(New York Times)
The conventional wisdom in education policy circles in recent years has held that children need to be introduced to computers early and that technology should be a strong presence in their school lives. Now, a new group of educators, doctors, psychologists and others is challenging that notion.
Issue no. 136 - 12 December 1999
- France - Les technologies de l'information entrent difficilement à l'école
L'informatique est utilisée lorsqu'elle est partie intégrante de l'enseignement. Les chiffres de progression de l'équipement des établissements scolaires en ordinateurs masquent une réalité moins optimiste. Il manque aux professeurs la formation indispensable pour intégrer les outils multimédias et Internet dans l'enseignement de leur discipline.
Issue no. 135 - 5 December 1999
Issue no. 134 - 27 November 1999
- Le Web, jeune auxiliaire de l'éducation
Une étude de l'institut Démoscopie pour France Télécom montre la spectaculaire percée du Web dans le monde de l'éducation. Selon ce sondage, 38 % des enseignants sont équipés de l'Internet à domicile, soit deux fois plus qu'en octobre 1998. Dans les établissements disposant d'un accès Internet, ils sont 59 % à se connecter «dans un but pédagogique», le plus souvent pour préparer leurs cours.
Issue no. 133 - 18 November 1999
Issue no. 131 - 4 November 1999
- Conference addresses World Wide Law
The 15th Annual International BILETA Conference entitled "World Wide Law" will take place in Coventry, UK, on 17-18 April 2000. The event takes as its theme the impact of technology-led globalisation on legal education, practice and law.
Issue no. 130 - 23 October 1999
- Germany - Lernen im Netz
(heise online c't)
Medien- und Online-Kompetenz sind die Leitbegriffe für die nächste Generation. Bereits in der Grundschule sollen Schüler sich auf die Anforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts einstellen, betonten Redner auf der 4. Fachtagung von 'Schulen ans Netz'.
Issue no. 129 - 16 October 1999
- Microsoft and M.I.T. to Develop Technologies Together
(New York Times)
In a move that is expected to have a significant impact on the role of technology in university education, the Microsoft Corporation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announce a singular partnership to develop educational technologies.
- Courses That Teach How to Learn Online
(New York Times)
A free class offered through the Web site of Pennsylvania State University is known formally as World Campus 101. But a more descriptive title might be: How to Take a Course Online.
- Exams go online
Students around the UK are trying out a computer program that lets them take exams at home - or anywhere else with Internet access.
- Government not doing enough to wire schools
The government is not doing enough to get UK schools online, claims Chris Thatcher, president of the National Association of Head Teachers.
- Net solution for expelled pupils
Disruptive pupils should be taught via the Internet, says Birmingham's director of education.
- Pupil citizens in Web link
Primary school pupils in the British Isles have used the Web for a live video link to launch a site promoting good citizenship.
- Teachers Block Microsoft Deal
Teachers in the Australian state of Queensland have complained about an exclusive educational software licensing deal with Microsoft causing the local teachers' union to issue a ban on its implementation.
- Canada - E-Mail Harassment
A teacher in a small Ontario town has reportedly lost his license to teach following allegations he sent inappropriate e-mails to a 14-year-old female student.
- Germany - Hamburger Lehrer machen Dienst nach Vorschrift
Die Netzadministratoren der Hamburger Schulen sehen sich gezwungen, nur noch die dienstplanmäßige Arbeitszeit für den Aufbau und die Wartung der Netze aufzubringen. Durch entsprechende Webseiten kündigen sie an, dass die Hamburger Schulen deswegen auf Dauer aus dem Netz aussteigen werden.
- USA - Kentucky Reaches for High School Students With Internet Courses
(New York Times)
Beginning in January, students in Kentucky who wish to delve into Catullus, Cicero and other masters of Latin will be able to log on to a new Web site and work through the classics in a course offered entirely online.
- USA - Skepticism About Online Law Degrees From a Supreme Court Justice
(New York Times)
Earlier this month, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched off a lively discussion among law school professors, law students and others when, during a speech on the history of legal education, she criticized efforts to offer law degrees online.
Issue no. 128 - 28 September 1999
- UK - Four million "hits" for clearing website
(UCAS Press Release)
The number of "hits" on the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) internet website by students looking for courses during Clearing topped four million in just one month, according to new figures. see also How the education systems work higher education.
- USA - Teachers disappointed with classroom software
More and more of the nation's classrooms are getting wired for the 21st century, but little attention is being paid to the quality of the software on classroom computers or how they're used, says "Technology Counts," a survey of the nation's teachers and state education technology policies published by the newspaper Education Week.
- Ziff-Davis Plans Online Learning Community
Ziff-Davis is placing a bet on the growing number of virtual communities with plans to start a for-profit online learning community, called SmartPlanet.com. Initially, membership will be free but starting in October, people can subscribe for $99 a year and gain access to myriad online courses.
Issue no. 122 - 7 July 1999
- Site helps kids assess the Web's usefulness
Kids are being urged to be Net savvy by learning to assess for themselves the information they find on the Web. And a new Web site called Quick - The QUality Information ChecKlist - launched by the Health Education Authority (HEA) is helping them do it.
Issue no. 121 - 25 June 1999
Issue no. 100 - 11 December 1998
- France - Francophonie : rapport du député Patrick Bloche
Le rapport intitulé "La présence internationale de la France et la francophonie dans la société de l'information" commandé par le Premier ministre dans le cadre du programme "préparer l'entrée de la France dans la société de l'information" vient de lui être remis. Patrick Bloche préconise "la mise en ligne gratuite des contenus nécessaires aux cursus scolaires jusqu'à la terminale et notamment, de mettre à disposition sur l'internet une grande base de textes littéraires français". Le député propose "la mise en uvre d'un accord global de licence contractuelle". A défaut d'accord, "dans des délais acceptables" un système de licence légale pourrait être mis en place.
Issue no. 98 - 30 November 1998
- MIT teens create cyberspace forum for children
A group of teenagers have created a country for children named Nation 1.0 that exists in cyberspace as a forum for children to express ideas and argue their rights. The cyber country was one result of a weeklong "Junior Summit" hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab that concluded on Saturday.
Issue no. 94 - 7 November 1998
- UK - £700m boost for Net learning
A £700m investment in computers for schools has been announced by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mr Blair formally launched the National Grid for Learning - which will give schools throughout Britain access to online information and teaching materials.
- USA - Survey Shows a Sharp Rise in Net-Savvy Academics
(New York Times)
According to the 1998 Campus Computing Project survey, parts of which were released this week, increasingly, professors are discovering and embracing the pedagogical possibilities of e-mail and the Web.
Issue no. 89 - 8 October 1998
Issue no. 87 - 1 October 1998
- France - Internet à l'école
Jean-Marie Meyssier, PDG de Vivendi (ex Générale des Eaux), a lancé mardi au salon Multimediaville de Reims (Haute-Marne), l'offensive de Cegetel sur le marché de l'Internet à l'école en présentant "une offre globale pédagogique" destinée, dès le mois d'octobre, aux établissements scolaires et aux collectivités locales. see also.
Issue no. 86 - 25 September 1998
- USA / Germany - Multimedia macht schlau
Dank der Nutzung des Internets und anderer neuer Medien erbringen Schüler deutlich bessere Leistungen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kam die Bertelsmann-Stiftung nach Leistungstests, Unterrichtsbeobachtungen sowie Schüler-, Eltern-und Lehrerbefragungen an zwei Modellschulen in den USA und Deutschland.
Issue no. 84 - 18 September 1998
- USA - The Latest Academic Vice: Computer-Assisted Cheating
(New York Times)
In a troubling reminder of technology's darker side, Virginia Tech, the state's largest university, has acknowledged that computer-aided cheating by students is growing rapidly. Officials at the university say that the number of cheating complaints has grown from 80 in 1995-96 to 280 last year and includes reports of plagiarizing information from the Internet, sharing answers or other information by electronic mail or diskette, and stealing information from a fellow student's computer screen or electronic mail system.
Issue no. 79 - 11 August 1998
- USA - College forces students to apply online
Students wanting to attend a business school in the United States will have to send their applications through the Internet. Applications will no longer be accepted on paper from people wanting to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It says that the move to electronic form-filling will save hundreds of hours of staff time.
Issue no. 77 - 31 July 1998
- EU - Huge interest for Netd@ys Europe 1998
(Commission press release)
First reports on Netd@ys Europe 1998 show encouraging results : the number of applications has been multiplied by four; that of funded projects by two. Launched by Mrs Edith Cresson, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Training and Youth, the initiative aims at stimulating the use of information technology in schools and, more generally, in all learning environments. 15,000 schools have participated in the first Netd@ys operation in 1997, and this figure should double in 1998. Covering a large variety of projects and themes, the initiative is centred on three key-words : awareness-raising, networking and dissemination of educational experiences. Netd@ys Europe will take place in the week of 17 to 25 October 1998.
Issue no. 74 - 10 June 1998
- France - Internet à l'école: prochain accord
Le ministre de l'Education nationale Claude Allègre a indiqué qu'un accord devait intervenir prochainement entre son ministère, France Télécom et les opérateurs privés sur les modalités de connexion des écoles à internet. M. Allègre s'est toutefois refusé à préciser le contenu de cet accord. Le 27 mai, le Conseil de la concurrence avait bloqué l'offre tarifaire de France Télécom pour connecter les écoles à internet, jugeant ses tarifs discriminatoires à l'encontre des concurrents.
Issue no. 73 - 8 June 1998
- Singapore - New educational link-up on the Net
People in Singapore, Canada and Pennsylvania in the United States are now plugged into a network that provides courses and training programmes on the Internet. The three parties yesterday formed the Global Learning Consortium, with which they hope to enable students, parents and teachers to share information, experiences and educational resources. The consortium established a website yesterday, which will be the platform from which Internet users can obtain information on the programmes offered by consortium members.
Issue no. 64 - 2 May 1998
- USA - Schools And Libraries Rush For Internet Discounts
Schools and libraries around the country have requested about $2 billion in discounted Internet hook-ups, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday. The program is limited to $2.25 billion each year and is funded through fees telephone companies pay to the universal service fund.
Issue no. 55 - 21 March 1998
- France Télécom autorisé à casser les prix pour faire entrer Internet à l'école
Le gouvernement a autorisé France Télécom à casser les prix pour faire entrer Internet dans les établissements scolaires, suscitant la colère de l'ART, le gendarme des télécommunications, qui y voit un abus de position dominante. Après six mois de négociations serrées, le ministère de l'Education nationale a annoncé qu'il avait obtenu de France Télécom des tarifs forfaitaires de connexion à Internet "quatre à cinq fois inférieurs aux prix habituels".
Issue no. 42 - 2 February 1998
- Schools apply for Net access deals online
Schools and libraries competing for lucrative Net access discounts can now apply for the federal program--get this--online. The Schools and Libraries Corporation (SLC) launched an all-inclusive Web site today that leads applicants through the process for obtaining the so-called e-rate and accepts completed forms over the Net.
- Schools learn to manage Olympics
Designing a snowboard, managing a ski resort's snow, maintaining ice quality at a skating rink: they may not be your usual grammar school pursuits, but thanks to PBS, thousands of students across the country will soon be tackling these tasks virtually. The US Olympic PBS Cyber School, launching 6 February, is tapping student passion for action sports to create online lesson plans. The result, its creators hope, will be increased interest in online learning from both kids and their teachers.
Issue no. 37 - 19 January 1998
- Homework Heaven - or Hype Hell? by Steve Silberman
Is it a commercial Web site beaming banner ads for stereo speakers, software, and virtual pinball games into the eyes of thousands of schoolchildren, or is it a genuine online research center - and a boon for schools that don't have the wherewithal to rent space on a Web server?
Issue no. 35 - 14 January 1998
- UK - Schools get Internet boost
A group of companies have joined together with the backing of the Government to boost the use of computer technology and the Internet in schools. The private-public sector partnership is an effort to raise awareness of the potential of the Internet as an education tool. Called UK NetYear, the year-long initiative is launched on Monday at venues in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Issue no. 34 - 8 January 1998
- USA - Cal State delays MS pact
California State University officials are delaying a controversial plan that would set up a partnership with four companies to wire campuses, including Microsoft.
Issue no. 33 - 6 January 1998
- School as you've never known it
An ambitious educational technology scheme is linking 400 Staffordshire schools in what could be a prototype for the Government's proposed National Grid for Learning.
- Web surfers bond with super spy at 007 site
(Yahoo! Internet Life)
With the new James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies in theaters, what better time to delve even more deeply into the legend that is James Bond. Well, at least that's the thinking of the creators of Internet-based courses on Bond being offered by Eastern Caribbean University
Issue no. 31 - 23 December 1997
- Is education spending too much on high-tech?
(Nando.net - Scripps Howard)
School boards throughout America are in the process of spending, in the aggregate, billions of dollars to wire classrooms so that will have access to the Internet. Why? Is there clear evidence that children learn better when they have access to the Internet? The answer is "no".
- Cash for classes -- on the Internet
(Nando.net - Scripps-McClatchy Western)
Companies are scrambling to cash in on the growing market for classes on the Internet. The ability to reach millions of new students by offering classes over the Internet is one of the hottest trends in higher education. It's also big business.
Issue no. 27 - 12 December 1997
Issue no. 25 - 5 December 1997
- USA - Internet and distance learning at 'Virtual U'
(Nando.net - Scripps Howard)
At Florida Gulf Coast University, the catalog boasts: "Tradition is challenged; the status quo is questioned; change is implemented." This is the home of Virtual U, a brash new university where tenure is a quaint memory, where administrators base their course offerings on what their "customers" prefer, and where the campus is so steeped in technology, the Internet and distance learning that roughly a fourth of its students seldom see a classroom.
Issue no. 23 - 3 December 1997
- EU seeks ways to connect schools to cyberspace
European Union countries agreed on Monday that every schoolchild in Europe should have access to the Internet as a way to prepare for the 21st century -- but predictably differed over who should foot the bill. France, Belgium and Italy argued at a meeting of EU telecommunications ministers that phone companies or other industry players should put up money to help ensure that all schools could hook up to the Internet at an affordable price. But others including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland pushed for a free-market approach, saying increased competition in EU telecoms markets would drive down prices and prompt companies to offer good deals to schools. The televised debate touched on the EU's goal of preserving a principle known as "universal service'' when it throws open its telecoms markets to full competition on January 1, 1998.
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