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Technology makes art education a bigger draw

In art, as in life at large, technology has changed everything — or, more precisely, almost everything. In art classes at schools and universities today, new and emerging software is rendering art appreciation and even actual artistic production accessible to a far greater number of interested students and aspiring artists than ever before.

Will ‘wisdom of crowds’ reform patent process?

Some of the biggest players in the technology industry complain that the U.S. patent system is broken, putting too many patents of dubious merit in the hands of people who can use them to drag companies to court. And that, in turn, raises software costs and adds uncertainty for schools and consumers. Now, an experimental program launched with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and backed by the technology industry aims to change that.

Public libraries struggle with internet demands

New studies by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) find that America’s public libraries are serving more people online, including students. But as more patrons demand access to internet resources, libraries are struggling to keep up with this demand–and they say they need more funding, infrastructure, and staff.

New law aims to validate online learning

The higher-education law signed by President Bush last month demands that colleges authenticate test takers in online courses through the use of sophisticated identification technology or with exam proctors. While some high-ed officials believe the law will help lend greater credibility to online learning, others say the new mandate is largely unnecessary.

eSN poll: Leadership trumps experience

Educational technology stakeholders favor Barack Obama over John McCain in the 2008 presidential race, 58 percent to 37 percent, according to an informal eSchool News survey. Though unscientific, our poll suggests a great deal about how the educators, administrators, and ed-tech vendors who read eSchool News view the topics that will shape this race … and the issues that matter most for schools.

Report: Retool instruction, or U.S. will fail

Creating a 21st-century education system that prepares students, workers, and citizens to triumph in the global skills race is the central economic competitiveness issue currently facing the United States, according to a new report from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). The report provides a sobering wake-up call for the nation’s civic and education leaders.

Online textbooks: Hope or hype?

Online textbooks have been touted in recent months as a way to bring relief to college students beleaguered by soaring textbook prices. Now, a study from the Student Public Interest Research Groups raises questions about whether online texts really are better than their printed counterparts–and publishers of online textbooks are firing back in turn.

Congress set to weigh in on key tech issues

Technology and telecommunications issues will be on Capitol Hill’s radar in the months ahead as lawmakers attempt to influence regulators at the Federal Communications Commission and frame the debate for next year’s Congress. Among the issues at the top of the agenda: subsidies for telephone service in underserved areas, ‘net neutrality,’ and online privacy.