Don't believe everything you read in the newspaper (or on a news site). Headlines can be deceiving so model digital literacy skills inclusive of source evaluation and critical reading. However, I am finding an increasing number of articles of interest that cause me to pause and think about how technology impacts our culture, lives, students, and ultimately, our educational context. I'll try to update some articles here from random places that might be of interest to educators.

Robot as 2nd language? Korean kids learning it (CNet) Phone texting "helps pupils to spell" (BBC)
State to launch online textbook pilot next year (AP)
Teachers and community members practice TLC with PLCs (Edutopia)
Burnley-Moran Kindles an interest in reading (The Daily Progress - Charlottesville, VA)
Pupils could study Facebook and Twitter for new English GCSE (
ICC basketball players team up with fifth graders for math lessons (PJ Star - Peoria, IL)

Game consoles to teach lessons in literacy (The Scotsman - Edinburgh)

Teacher's worries blossom into district's online program (Star Telegram - Fort Worth, TX)

US students use Australian lab equipment (United Press International)

Students discovering online collaboration (The Star-Ledger)

O'Fallon students using Macbook laptops at school and at home in pilot program (Belleville News-Democrat)

More schools opening the door to technology (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Teaching kids how to soar (The Star - Canada)

E-book revolution on the way says iRiver CEO (The Korea Herald)

McGraw-Hill "Connects" to Digital Education (Wall Street Journal)

Blackboard 2.0: Area schools are going online to use wiki as a teaching tool (The Baltimore Sun)

Laptop for every child in Uruguay (BBC)

Small schools become technology pioneers (The Des Moines Register)

Brandeis Elementary's podcast project earns creativity prize (The Courier-Journal)

Make-up work goes high tech (The Sun News)

Online high schools test students' social skills (Wall Street Journal)

Digital newspaper is boon to learning (Collier Citizen)

Student develops website for peers (Issaquah Press)

New South Wales students gain from $616 million (AUD) laptop fund (Australian IT)

Program provides schools with refurbished computers (The Arizona Republic)

Web-based evaluations aid student learning (The Arizona Republic)

3-D video coming to education (eSchool News)Schools dump textbooks for ipods, laptops (ABC News)

Technology "makes lessons fun" (Northern

Technology workshops for teachers make computer connections (Edutopia)

NYC school uses collaborative wikis to cut costs and save time (Unified Communications)

Games Lessons (The Economist)

Digital Pens: Mightier than MS Word? (eSchool News)

Deaf children tune into lessons at hi-tech school (The Times - South Africa)

Tech How To: Podcasts (Scholastic)

Robotics Program Thrives in Hawaii Schools (Edutopia)

California Kids Use -- and Teach -- Digital Story-telling (Edutopia)

Schools just keep getting SMART-er (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Study finds that online education beats the classroom (New York Times)
I'm not sure if this is a commentary on the quality of our online programs or a critique of our classrooms...perhaps a bit of both.

2nd Life for Computers (The Huntsville Times)

Startup helps teachers learn their lesson (CNET)

Back to School on the Cheap: Another round of Mac vs. PC (Seeking Alpha)

Moodlin' through class (Daily Times)

Textbooks offered for iPhones, iPods (Wall Street Journal)

"Virtual" computers span digital divide (AFP)

Teens tackle real-world math in Oklahoma (Edutopia)

Student enjoy chats with Afghan youths (Howard County Times)

Program improves students' writing (The Jackson Citizen Patriot)

Schwarzenegger seeks online revolution in schools (San Francisco Chronicle)

21st century skills movement grows (eSchool News)

Teens take on technology at school

Website now offers students a virtual tour of virtually all major colleges (Naples Daily News)

Tweeting your way to better grades (US News & World Report)

Connecticut district tosses algebra textbooks and goes online (NY Times)
An interesting article about adapting textbooks to meet the curricular goals.

Pine Grove Elementary School students write a cookbook... (St. Petersburg Times)
This article is not so much about tech as integration across the curriculum and tying ideas together across age levels. It relates to much of what I promote on this wiki so I think it is an applicable inclusion.

Talk to Teens in their Native Langauge: Social Media (Psychology Today)
This is a nice little write up about engaging students and some practical ways one university is trying to reach out to today's students.

Wakayama plans cyber patrols (The Japan Times)

Tech company helps Korean students ace entrance exams (NY Times)
If you are familiar with the Korean hakwon (tutoring) culture, this just facilitates it in a different way.

Human anatomy for everyone (Boston Globe)

Park plays high-pitch tone to discourage vandals (Reuters)
This is a bit random but an interesting application of technology to meet some needs.

Psst! Do you need the answer to #7? Click here. (NY Times)

Tech-savvy teens "adopt" teachers (

Norway tests laptop exam scheme (BBC)
I'm not sure scheme has the best connotations in the title but it is interesting to look at this in light of academic integrity.

More Technology, Fewer Textbooks Touted for Kids (
This article is in relation to a report to the Ontario Public School Boards' Association. The comments to the article are interesting as well.

Blue Zones online project shows Longleaf Elementary 5th graders keys to living a long life (St. Petersburg Times)

Addicts' Words & Pictures Confront MS and HS Students (

Universities will be Irrelevant by 2020, according to David Wiley (Deseret News)
Despite an extreme view, this professor is authentically implementing an unusual philosophy.

Praising a Grown Up Digital Generation (NPR)

Closing the Bandwidth Gap (ASCD)
This article talks about some potential breakthroughs that may impact the ability of schools to access internet tools.

Online Charter School Rings Bell with Parents, Students (Chicago Tribune)
This article talks about some of the flexibility and growing support for online learning programs.

Technology links museum to students in hi-def (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up (The Guardian)

HS Journalism Begins to go online (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Podcast Trumps Lecture in One College Study (eSchool News)

Teacher's Secret: Energy & Love (Charlotte Observer)
Read about a teacher who is engaging students in the science field.

Open Up Government Data (Wired) is an interesting concept and it is something to see how the "open" idea plays out on a large scale.

Online Classes Help Preserve the Navajo Language (Edutopia)

Can Skype Help Close Achievement Gaps? (Science Daily)
Would you like to read fairy tales to poor Indian children from your living room?

Backers of 21st Century Skills Movement Take Flak (Education Week)
As I look at this article, I am reminded of 2 things: 1) balance continues to be important; 2) we cannot just throw everything out that is "old" and usher in the new. A merger needs to take place. However, I do say our world is different and we need to adapt education to reflect that.

Project Management Keeps Learning on Track (Edutopia)

Mobile Devices Seen As Key in the 21st Century (Education Week)
If you want to read more about the role of mobile devices in the 21st century, you might also take a look at The Horizon Report put out by the New Media Consortium.

In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update (NY Times)
This article talks about how one librarian is incorporating 21st century skills into her instruction of students in the library.

At Parkland, Other School Districts, More Students Learning Online (The Morning Call)
After spending the last few summers at Lehigh University, I am happy to post a link to an article out of their local newspaper.

The Curse of the Digitally Illiterate (From The ASCD Community Blog)

Moms, Daughters Discover Engineering Through Robots (Miami Herald)

Is Technology Producing a Decline in Critical Thinking and Analysis? (Science Daily)
As I read the diverse opinions on technology use in the classroom, ineffective application of any tool renders it useless. However, a well applied tool can be hugely beneficial. How much of the diversity of opinion compares ineffective and effective use rather than the tools themselves? This article emphasizes the need for multiple mediums, strategies and balance in technology integration which I believe is important.

Citizen journalism is an interesting phenomenon...a recent article referring to it is Twitter and a Classic Picture (BBC) about the sharing of photos from the plane landing on the Hudson River.

This article reports on a court ruling regarding the accountability of students for what they post on the internet (in this case, a blog specifically). (Hartford Courant)

Rethinking Computers in the Classroom (Business Week)

Discovery has some great resources for educators. They are also a company that is having to rethink some of their business to fit the 21st century.
Discovery's Old TV Footage Lights Up Classrooms (Business Week)

How to Teach and Manage 'Generation Net' (Sci-Tech Today)

Kits allow children to build their own robots (NY Times)

A colleague sent me this article. It caused me to pause and reflect on what ethics and values are embedded in the skills we teach our students. As I heard Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach say, we have "clickable" kids, but they need our guidance and wisdom to use their skills in productive, advantageous ways for their learning.
Students Lie, Cheat, Steal, but Say They're Good

In reading about the tragedy in Mumbai, I ran across this article about how some used Twitter and the mobile devices to keep others up-to-date and also inform themselves.
Mumbai: Twitter's Moment (

Teenagers' Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing (NY Times)

Teaching Students 21st Century Skills (The Boston Globe)

Mourning Old Media's Decline (NY Times) -- I'm sorry but you'll have to register with the NY Times to read this one (registration is free). Thanks for my colleagues for noting the article.

Study: Creativity is important but neglected (eSchool News)

Virtual Tour of Ancient Rome compliments of Google Earth

Can MySpace make better writers? (The Miami Herald)
Many teachers are embracing social networking sites, blogs and text messaging as a way to revive interest in creative writing.

LAFD's One-Man Geek Squad Brings Web 2.0 to Firefighting

The Future of Reading by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Okay, so this isn't a news article, but it's a blog entry in Techlearning from November 2007. I thought it was interesting and caused reflection.