Pay attention, class: Copying is not free

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Financial Post article on the implications of recent Supreme Court rulings on copyright for Canadian classrooms.

Photocopied education – textbook publishers fear copyright changes will kill their market

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National Post article on Bill C-32 and its implications for the publishing industry in Canada

How accessible is online learning in Canada?

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report on virtual education in Canada released by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning finds that online learning is available throughout the country, but it is typically reserved for students who cannot access traditional schools. “K-12 online learning has historically been viewed as a substitute to be used when face-to-face learning is not available, particularly for students in rural areas,” the report’s author states. Education Week/Digital Education blog

Digital ed. counsel issues “road map” for reform

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In a recently released report , the group led by former Govs. Jeb Bush and Bob Wise shows how states can use digital learning as a catalyst for school reform. The report offers 10 policy suggestions that would help improve online learning and reform other aspects of education. Enhanced online and blended learning options, more student choice and flexibility on seat-time requirements for students are among the report’s recommendations. Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, a leader of the council, said the report offers a “road map” for governors and education policymakers for changes that can be implemented immediately.Education Week/Digital Education blog

Copyright law threatens Canadian content

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The following OpEd item by 2010 CERC Chair Chris Besse — on the subject of the current copyright reform legislation –- appeared in the Edmonton Journal on October 6th, 2010: Copyright bill threat to our identity

As it Happens” interview on copyright and CanCon

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Greg Nordal, President and CEO of Nelson Education was interviewed on CBC’s “As it Happens” on the subject of the new copyright bill and its implications for Canadian content in learning resources. Here is that interview:

http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=1641015908

Children need both print and digital books

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There need not be a battle between digital and print books for students, writes Gabrielle E. Miller, the national executive director for the nonprofit Raising a Reader. Each option has benefits for young readers and both are needed to ensure that children are comfortable with e-book technology as well as with the simple act of reading a book. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog

What’s next for educational technology?

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Past and present directors of the federal Office of Educational Technology discuss in this article the history of education technology and what technology educators can expect to be using in the coming years. Educators and experts provide insight on how digital textbooks, iPads and social media will change education T.H.E. Journal magazine

Author points to new technology

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Palm tree

Harvard University professor and author Paul E. Peterson advocates technology as a tool for teachers to reach each student’s individual “price point,” or the difficulty of material they are ready to learn. Peterson makes his case in this opinion article for customizing instruction through more online courses and other adaptive and interactive technology. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org)

The education paradigm shift

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A brief and entertaining overview of Sir Kenneth Robinson’s thinking on the paradigm shift that needs to happen in education: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&sns=fb