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What would you describe yourself as doing right about... now? As in, right now. This very moment. Are you educating yourself? Taking a breather? Blowing off steam? Perhaps you're wasting time on the Internet, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. Starting in a few months, the University of Pennsylvania will be offering an official on-campus course entitled "Wasting time on the Internet." For those unaware, UPenn is an Ivy League school that's rather difficult to get into, and even more difficult to afford. A degree from there goes a very long way -- just ask any number of lawyers, doctors, and... Read more...
Including room and board, it now costs over $50,000 per year to attend Stanford University. That's a lot of cash to cough up to send your son or daughter to the second ranked university in the world (according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities), but money well spent when you consider your offspring will be tackling the tough issues, like iPhone addiction.Huh? Believe it or not, a new Stanford study set out to discover just how attached college kids are to their Apple-inspired smartphone, and as it turns out, the results are pretty creepy.Out of the 200 students with iPhones who participated... Read more...
Next time your college professor glances at his phone or stops to type something on his laptop, check your Twitter stream.A survey of about 1,958 higher education professionals - professors, instructors, deans and others - across the nation found that nearly a third are using Twitter in some way, shape or form. Even so, more than half said they had never used Twitter in any way, shape or form.Some highlights of the 20-page study, "Twitter in Higher Education: Usage Habits and Trends of Today's College Faculty":30.7 percent of those surveyed are using Twitter in some capacity56.4 percent have never... Read more...
Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute? Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone 3GS to new students for "mobile learning." As the first college to do so, ACU has already handed out a wave of the handsets to incoming freshmen so that they can get familiar with the features over the summer. According to ACU, the second phase of implementation... Read more...
Well, it now appears that an 11-year-old has raised the bar so high that others entering college can just give up. Yes, we said others entering college, because Moshe Kai Cavalin, 11, has just graduated from  East Los Angeles College, with a 4.0 GPA, no less. His favorite subject: astrophysics. Yep, we pull open astrophysics books every day for casual reading. Cavalin is the only child of a Taiwanese mother and an Israeli father. To embarrass us still further, Cavalin is also an accomplished martial artist, who has won several national martial arts championships. As opposed to sports figures,... Read more...
While one study indicates that a little Internet leisure time at work can increase productivity, a second study now shows college students who regularly use social networking site Facebook have lower GPAs than those who do not. My comment, or rather question: they actually found college students who didn't use Facebook? Researcher Aryn Karpinski conducted the study with a colleague at Ohio State University. They questioned 219 undergraduate and graduate students about their study habits and Internet use, as well as their specific use of Facebook. The study showed that 68% of the students who used... Read more...
College students are always looking for new and creative reasons to ditch class.A new study has just given them teflon ammo: New psychological research suggests that university students who download a podcast lecture achieve substantially higher exam results than those who attend the lecture in person.The reasoning behind it, according to study author Dani McKinney, a psychologist at the State University of New York - Fredonia, is that the students who attend via podcast can rewind parts they miss or don't understand the first time. They can take better notes that way and absorb the content of... Read more...
It use to be that video game developers were geeks in their basements crunching code for hours on end until their eyes bled, with hardly a business plan behind them, never mind a justifiable business case that would support making a career out of their artform.  In fact, gaming itself only really took off in the mass market as recent as the past ten years or so.  Let's face it, back then, with a customer base of predominantly kids in their teens or less, the average PC or Console game consumer just didn't have the disposable income to support anything more than a niche' market. ... Read more...
Some sites are making a big deal about this, but when you think about how much tuition costs: who cares?Choosing a college or university is no easy task.  There are so many factors to consider: social life, breadth of majors, sports reputation and gadgets.  Abilene Christian University (ACU) has become the first to offer iPhones or iPod touches to incoming students making the gadgets standard equipment for learning.  Almost makes me want to go back to school.Some people might think that the money would be better spent on say, lowering tuition.  Naaaah.... Read more...
Federal financial aid is always an arm-twisting manuever used against colleges, and this is no different.  Colleges must, according to Congress, make more of an effort to police their students, or face the "music" (pun intended).New federal legislation says universities must agree to provide not just deterrents but also "alternatives" to peer-to-peer piracy, such as paying monthly subscription fees to the music industry for their students, on penalty of losing all financial aid for their students.The U.S. House of Representatives bill, which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians,... Read more...
It's not USC or UCLA, but you will get college credit. Pitzer College in Claremont, California is offering a YouTube course this fall. The class is called "Learning From YouTube," and most of the class time is spent watching videos and commenting on them (seriously). Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One class member, for instance, posted a 1:36-minute video of himself juggling. Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, said she was "underwhelmed" by the content on YouTube but set... Read more...