Barnes & Noble separates its college business

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Barnes & Noble announced it will separate its retail and e-book businesses from its college offering, making it a standalone company. Barnes & Noble Education will be come a separately publicly traded company in August, the company announced this week. With negative news surrounding B&N [...]

Chromebooks take another bite out of the Apple, get official in New York City schools

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

The recent news on strong K-12 takeup of Chromebooks for education received solid confirmation via the Google for Education official blog, where Hal Friedlander, Chief Information Officer at the New York City Department of Education, posted an item on the recent decision by the New York City [...]

Open Culture puts 110 free philosophy books online

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

The website Open Culture, offering “the best free cultural and educational media on the web,” has announced the release of a collection of 110 works of philosophy, “from Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein,” for free access online. And although, despite the wording of [...]

UK Education Secretary warns against arts, reading, thinking …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Reading, speaking, and thinking in general apparently can damage your career choices, according to the UK Conservative-led government. Their Education Secretary, no less, has got up to warn British schoolkids that arts subjects “will hold them back for the rest of their lives.” UK [...]

Chromebook K-12 popularity implies changes for ereading?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

New figures from IDC and the UK’s FutureSource Consulting, shared by Education Week and elsewhere, indicate that Chromebooks are getting a lock on the U.S. K-12 market, helped by the cheapness of the devices, the Chrome Os’s suitability for cloud-based scalable deployments, and [...]

Story time vs tablet time: the kids eBook debate

By Joanna Cabot
October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The NY Times has a great article up which explores, yet again, the kids vs. technology debate. I feel like many of these articles lack a certain nuance on the issue. It’s like those old ‘is TV good or bad?’ stories. Some television programs truly are educational, entertaining and [...]

Scots wae hae as Oor Wullie teaches yz tae ken Scots

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

For anyone wanting to comprehend the weird dialectical leanings of an Irvine Welsh novel (and no, I’m not talking Marxism), let alone Robert Burns, some kind of primer in the Scottish variant of English might be welcome. Luckily, the Scots Language Centre and Scottish publisher DC Thomson [...]

Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores

By David Rothman
September 22, 2014 // 6 Comments

What if the walls of check cashing stores and other establishments serving poor people did not just carry the usual commercial ballyhoo? Suppose colorful posters also promoted cell phones as a way for the poor to find books to read themselves---or read to their children. [...]

Tablets, books and readers, oh my! Reflections on the first week of school

By Joanna Cabot
September 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

I just finished my first full week of teaching for the new school year, and it’s been so interesting to watch my students react to some of the changes I have implemented this year. In no particular order, here are some points of interest from my first teaching week. 1) God Bless the Internet [...]

Lego Mindstorms: How not to do technology in the classroom

By Joanna Cabot
September 4, 2014 // 2 Comments

It pains me to write this, because I love the LEGO people so much. But I’ve wasted two hours of my life in possibly the worst teacher training I have ever attended, and I feel like all those pundits who wonder why teachers don’t use eBooks and apps and iPads better in the classroom [...]

Why aren’t more teachers using technology in education?

By Joanna Cabot
August 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The excellent blog Teachers with Apps has a thought-provoking write-up on the timeless and eternal question of why teachers don’t use technology in education better. The reasons they list, pulled from an Education Week survey, are varied, and true to my own experience: lack of time, lack of [...]

The roots of English stupidity

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

The roots of English anti-intellectualism and willful ignorance are long, deep, and twisted. The consequences you can see all over, in terms of literacy levels, reading habits, social order, and even prison numbers, and many other metrics that TeleRead tracks, but the causes are buried in the [...]

Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community

By David Rothman
July 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

A friend of mine in his 40s is about to start teaching in Houston, Texas, and he recently shared a discovery. Many teenagers in Houston tote cell phones, but don’t know they can read library e-books for free on their phones. This would jibe with a 2012 poll showing similar ignorance among [...]

Authors add pressure on UK government over school libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dozens of British authors and others have written an open letter to the UK Department of Education calling for action in the wake of a report from the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, urging that the Department should supervise proper standards of [...]

UK rejoices as Gove goes

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Good news for UK teachers, pupils, readers – and incidentally, fans of American literature. Michael Gove, the much-despised UK Education Secretary dismissed by Professor Simon Schama at last year’s Hay Festival for his “insulting, offensive” attitudes, and by author Patrick [...]

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