Multiple Choice is written for educators who are leading the way in building secure online learning and testing environments at schools and universities across North America. The blog is written by staff and friends of Software Secure, developer of technology that secures the computing environment from cheating and digital distractions.
Nice post over at Assorted Stuff about school laptop programs. Among other things, he points out that giving laptops to increase student motivation to learn isn't necessarily going to work in the long term, once the novelty effect wears off. He concludes his post:
"However, American education will not improve without some major alterations to everything from the calendar to curriculum to organization. Just adding laptops to the mix will not work. Computers should certainly be part of that change but just computerizing a classroom (or a kid) in the long term will make no difference to teaching and learning. None!"
From Edu-tech News: a report about a Georgia school district cutting back on a laptop program (from eSchool News) and an item about a West Virginia initiative to survey students and teachers about technology.
From Education Technology - Tim Lauer, a post about a new book that highlights the use of the Internet in the classroom
From Educational Technology, a great news summary blog, three interesting items:
an article from techLearning about learning communities and educational technology
a little story from The Scotsman about a survey of Scottish students
a good article about overcoming technology integration barriers