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Rip-Off

According to the students, the less they were taught, the better. But I knew better. And I had been on the receiving end of some of these half-taught students. One of my colleagues at a large community college in California had confessed that he passed any student who would sit through his course. With no work to grade them, he simply gave them all C’s. He was not the only…

Witnesses to History

Community voices have always contributed to local and national papers. Citizen journalism is different. It often covers a wide territory from soliciting arts and entertainment coverage to providing the angle on the city council budget that the cub reporter might have missed. The London attacks moved the trend to a new level. Web sites from the BBC’s to the Guardian’s provided eyewitness accounts, some showing up as little as an…

Rip. Mix. Burn.

Media firms should be able to protect their copyrights. And without any copyright protection of digital content, they may be correct that new high quality content is likely to dry up (along with much of their business). Yet tech and electronics firms are also correct that holding back new technology, merely because it interferes with media firms’ established business models, stifles innovation and is an unjustified restraint of commerce. The…

More and more e-savvy educators using blogs

Self-reflection is a hallmark of many teachers’ blogs, according to the creator of weblogg-ed.com — the first stop for most teachers who want to try blogging. But thinking of them only as online journals shortchanges the medium, said Will Richardson, the nationally known lecturer on the topic who runs the site. “More and more teachers now are finally starting to wrap their brains around the idea that you can do…

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Bloggers Need Not Apply

In some cases, a Google search of the candidate’s name turned up his or her blog. Other candidates told us about their Web site, even making sure we had the URL so we wouldn’t fail to find it. In one case, a candidate had mentioned it in the cover letter. We felt compelled to follow up in each of those instances, and it turned out to be every bit as…