5 money-saving gadgets for college students

There’s still time to stock up on essential supplies, electronic devices, and other essentials for your college student, and any frugal student will appreciate a few money-saving gadgets as they head back to campus, reports U.S. News and World Report. Many students count their dollars and find ways just to get by on a part-time income during their school years. Offsetting some daily living expenses makes any student’s standard of living that much more comfortable. Make sure some of these money-saving gadgets are on your college student’s back-to-school shopping list or your gift list this season…

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Most liberal colleges 2012

For most of these campuses, it’s easy to tell where the political ideology rests. And in Beyonce’s words (though politics wasn’t the conversation, exactly), it’s “to the left, to the left,” The Huffington Post reports.

Here are the 2012 rankings for the most liberal colleges in America as determined by Newsweek and College Prowler. Newsweek said it partnered with College Prowler to have students rank their schools by how liberal they felt the philosophy on campus was.

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Paul Ryan on education policy: vouchers, for-profit colleges, local control

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) talks a lot about scaling back the reach of the federal government, but back in 2001, he voted in favor of No Child Left Behind, the signature education program of the George W. Bush administration that gave unprecedented power to the U.S. Education Department to tell states and districts what they had to do to get federal funds, reports The Washington Post.

Ryan, who presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney just tapped to be his vice presidential running mate, has obviously changed his mind. Today his website says: Rather than relying on the federal government to ensure that students are given the capability to fulfill their potential, education ought to be governed by state and local boards more ably qualified to determine student need.

Ryan, as chairman of the House Budget Committee, has authored a budget proposal that calls for deep cuts in federal spending, including in public education.

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Lady Gaga and U-Va.’s Helen Dragas

Helen Dragas, the rector of the University of Virginia’s governing board, probably never thought she would be linked in a headline to Lady Gaga, but she did it to herself with e-mails she sent to the school’s leaders, The Washington Post reports.

My colleague Jenna Johnson reported on her Campus Overload blog about an e-mail exchange that started when Dragas sent a missive to university President Teresa Sullivan and Provost John Simon signaling her concern over a negative 2011 post on a conservative foundation’s blog about courses at four universities that use Lady Gaga to explore some other topic. The University of Virginia was one of them (along with the University of South Carolina, Wake Forest University and Arizona State University).

Dragas said in her first e-mail: “Opinions will, of course, vary on curricular content and direction, but there must be some internal arbiter of what is appropriate. I don’t purport to know what that is, but it is clear to me that that others do (at least purport to know), and that those people can influence our future. We should be mindful of that, in my opinion.”

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Education Technology Innovators Sought for Incubation Program at the 2012 SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum

Education Technology Innovators Sought for Incubation Program
at the 2012 SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum

Finalists Will Receive One-on-One Access to Industry Leaders for Expert Advice, Mentorship, and Growth

Washington D.C. (Aug. 9, 2012) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator Program. Selected developers of promising new technologies in the K-12 and postsecondary space will be invited to participate in SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program at the 11th annual SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum in New York, Nov. 26-27, 2012. The deadline to apply for the Innovation Incubator program is Sept. 26, 2012.

SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and launch of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has helped dozens of companies enrich their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies. The Innovation Incubator program uniquely employs a peer-review process to identify the most innovative and most likely to succeed products. Successful industry leaders and peers also provide one-on-one mentorship to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

“SIIA has showcased over 100 innovative new technologies in 10 full Innovation Incubator cycles,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the Education Division at SIIA. “Our SIIA members are among the first in the industry to witness these innovations; each cycle brings a new group of exciting companies and products that each have the potential to shape the future of K-12 and postsecondary education.”

All education technology companies are encouraged to apply, from start-ups to established innovators. A panel of industry professional judges will then select finalists and alternates to present their products during the Ed Tech Business Forum. One winner and one runner-up will be awarded in the “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed” categories.

Past Innovation Incubator winners include:

  • Filament Games, developer of education games designed to increase students’ interest in science
  • Language Express, creator of interactive multimedia products that teach social and life skills

For more information about the Innovation Incubator Program or to apply, visit http://siia.net/etbf/2012/incubator.asp.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education. To learn more about the Innovation Incubator Program and the Ed Tech Business Forum, visit http://www.siia.net/etbf.

Media Contacts
• Laura Greenback, SIIA Communications, 410-533-1943, lgreenback@siia.net

• Lauren Rothering, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x23, lauren@cblohm.com


New developments in AV technology come into focus

Besides saving money over time, lampless projectors also turn on/off instantly.

A new way to measure the brightness of colors; the ability to recognize inputs from any source, and not just a computer; and the move toward more lamp-free projectors are among the latest developments in audio-visual technology that have big implications for schools.

These developments—along with a wider range of formats that give school leaders new choices for deploying digital signage—were some of the key trends discussed at the 2012 InfoComm conference in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Measuring color brightness

When evaluating projectors, everyone looks at lumens as one of the primary indicators of image quality. But lumens only measure the brightness of white light, not colors. Until now, educators haven’t had a standard way to measure and compare color intensity.

That all changed in June with the introduction of the International Display Measurement Standard (IDMS). Developed by the Society for Information Display along with the International Committee for Display Metrology, the IDMS includes a uniform method for calculating what it calls “color light output.” This measurement gives school leaders an easy way to evaluate the color performance of various projectors.

“Twenty years ago, a typical projector presentation was text-based, usually plain black and white,” said Tanya Lippke, a principal at the market research firm TFCinfo. “Today, users demand high-quality photos, graphics, and video in their daily presentations, driving the demand for superior image quality.”

The new color performance metric applies to digital displays as well as projectors. Besides asking for color light output data when comparing different models, educators also can measure this for themselves with a simple light meter.

“A color light output specification should be of real benefit to … those responsible for projector selection, [making] it possible to properly compare different projector technologies,” said Art Feierman, president of ProjectorReviews.com. “Many projectors produce a hefty amount of white lumens but come up very short when trying to produce rich, accurate colors.”

3LCD, an industry group of projector manufacturers that use a three-LCD-chip design, has long claimed that its red-green-blue chipset produces more vibrant colors than Texas Instruments’ DLP technology. At this year’s InfoComm, 3LCD put its claims to the test by letting visitors to its booth measure the color light output of high-end (7,000-plus lumens) 3LCD and DLP projectors.

When measured side-by-side using what 3LCD claimed was the same standard configuration, the output from the three-chip projectors measured a higher color intensity than that of comparable single-chip devices.

Inputs from multiple sources

Another development worth noting is the ability to control a projector and interact with projected content from a variety of input devices, which gives educators more flexibility when teaching.


Do in-state scholarships discourage students from graduating on time?

Programs meant to keep high-achievers close to home by providing scholarships to in-state public universities reduce students’ chances of graduating on time, according to a study released today by researchers at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, says the Hechinger Report. The study’s authors examined a Massachusetts program launched in 2004 by then-Gov. Mitt Romney that waives tuition for top students who agree to attend in-state public colleges or universities. They found that, while the program has accomplished its goal of keeping more of these students enrolled in Massachusetts, the students’ probability of graduating on time was 40 percent lower than if they’d attended higher-quality private institutions.

“Our working hypothesis is that these kids are giving up opportunities to go to campuses that are more competitive and much better resourced than the public system is,” said Joshua Goodman, an assistant professor of public policy at the Kennedy School and coauthor of the study.

The result, he said, is that the students vie for limited faculty time and often can’t get into courses they need to graduate within four years of enrolling…

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University of Virginia leader Helen Dragas questioned Lady Gaga class

In the last two months, the University of Virginia has released scores of eMails that were exchanged between top leaders in the months leading up to the failed ouster of President Teresa Sullivan in June, the Washington Post reports. These eMails, which are public records, were requested by reporters who are searching for clues as to what exactly happened and why. That means I have spent a chunk of my summer reading these documents — which have, unexpectedly, provided an illuminating tour of the inner workings of a major university and the higher education topics that its leaders care about most. One of my favorite examples comes from a batch of e-mails that were released in late July at the request of C-Ville, a weekly magazine in Charlottesville: On Dec. 9, governing board leader Helen E. Dragas sent an eMail to Sullivan and Provost John Simon with the subject line: “tough headline.” All that was in the message was a link to a blog post by The Heritage Foundation headlined, “The Lady Gaga-fication of Higher Ed.” (The piece questioned why four top-tier universities — “Four!” — offered courses revolving around pop icon Lady Gaga. U-Va. was singled out.)

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Even the well-off are struggling to pay for college

Students coming from families earning six-figure incomes are taking on more debt than previously thought, according to the Huffington Post. The Wall Street Journal reports:

According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of recently released Federal Reserve data, households with annual incomes of $94,535 to $205,335 saw the biggest jump in the percentage with student-loan debt from 2007 to 2010, the latest figures available. That group also saw a sharp climb in the amount of debt owed on average.

In 2007, 19.5 percent of families from this income group had students taking out loans to pay for college. That figure jumped to 25.6 percent in 2010. They’re also carrying an average of $32,869 of student loan debt, up from $26,639 in 2007. Upper-middle income families have seen a sharp increase in amount of student loan debt they are carrying over the past 8 years…

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