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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Inside News Corp's $540 Million Bet on American Classrooms - Mashable

Inside News Corp's $540 Million Bet on American Classrooms - Mashable | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Travis Andrews


News Corp plans to cash in on education with custom-made tablets and curricula. But what's the financial curve, and what does the corporation stand to gain?


"Even so, News Corp.’s $540 million investment shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. We seem to be on the precipice of one of the biggest changes education has seen since Socrates coined his method. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the country, just awardedApple a $30 million contract. For $678 apiece, every student will have an iPad. Meanwhile, Florida is rushing to meet a new statewide standard requiring half of all classroom instruction to use digital materials, by fall 2015.


"Textbook and curriculum creation is a $7.8 billion industry that, until now, Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have mostly controlled. But once 45 states adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative, it opened the door for companies like News Corp.


"Common Core offers a countrywide set of mathematic and English language arts educational standards, effectively making curriculum creation easier. Instead of developing for each individual market, one size fits (almost) all. 


"Potential financial boons like this don't come around often.


"Add in a tablet computer, class management tools and educational video games, and News Corp.'s gamble isn't such a longshot."


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Top Tech Trends and People of 2012

Here is the textbook that I created/curated for teaching my New Media Technology class during the Spring semester of 2012 at Hannam University's Linton Global College. I took great effort to give credit where it is due. I aimed to show my students how they could access enough free info on the web that was of equal or greater value than the wonderful information found in expensive textbooks. Feel free to share and please support the true authors of this book in any way you can (money, likes, blog comments, links, etc.) I am simply the currator of this content.

If you would like a free tablet-friendly PDF file, just email me at kenmorrison30 @ yahoo.com (no spaces)

 


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ben bernard's comment, January 9, 2013 11:37 PM
thanks ! http://www.scoop.it/t/direct-marketing-services my newly made scoop.it :)
Linda Alexander's curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:23 PM

This is a course created by fellow curator Ken Morrison.  It contains enough information on social media that everyone will find something of interest.  Thanks for sharing, Ken!

Toni Plourde's comment, February 1, 2013 2:47 PM
Thanks for the PDF ! It's great!
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Free Resources: Saylor Foundation Opens Thousands of Learning Tools to Colleges and Universities ~ Campus Technology

Free Resources: Saylor Foundation Opens Thousands of Learning Tools to Colleges and Universities ~ Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Nagel

 

"The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.

 

"The Saylor Foundation is dedicated to providing free and open education, with complete courses offered at the K-12 and post-secondary levels. It provides a total of about 300 academic courses, along with workplace skills courses.

 

"Its online Media Library, built on the open source DSpace repository platform, provides a growing list of about 6,000 total resources, including 3,000 open educational resources, 1,300 videos, 124 full-length textbooks, and 2,500 articles. Resources cover the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, business, and test prep. Materials include primary texts (such as Beowulf and Hamlet), references (such as the Catholic Encyclopedia), textbooks (such as The Electronic Introduction to Old English), maps, presentations, audio recordings, assessments, assignments, data sets, and others."

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