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Professors Regard Online Instructions as Less Effective Than Classroom Learning
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Professors Regard Online Instructions as Less Effective Than Classroom Learning

Many education professionals believe that online courses are less effective than classroom courses, concludes two surveys conducted by the National Association...

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Researcher Calls For New Approach in Computer Education

A paper that proposes a new approach to teaching computer science in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the top presentation at the Seventh Worldwide Conference...

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Leading Futurists, Thinkers to Launch Silicon Valley ­niversity

Leading thinkers and futurists will launch Singularity University, an institution based in Silicon Valley that will offer a wide range of programs focusing on multiple...

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Is Technology Producing a Decline in Critical Thinking and Analysis?

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor Patricia Greenfield says that critical thinking and analysis skills decline the more people use technology...

The First Internet President
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The First Internet President

Barack Obama's presidential campaign utilized the Internet and information technology unlike any previous political campaign. How politicians and the public interact...

USACM's Policy Role
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USACM's Policy Role

ACM members have a professional duty to ensure that the public comprehends and benefits from advances in computing.

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'horizon Report' Names Top Technology Trends to Watch in Education

The use of smart phones and other mobile devices to run more services will be one of the top technology trends to watch in education, according to Educause's Learning...

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New Report Reveals That Girls Have the Edge in New Technologies

More girls are using computers at home than boys, and mothers are usually assisting their children with the technology, according to the new Learning in the Family...

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Girls and Gadgets Computer Conference Held at ­niversity of Teesside

The University of Teesside's recent Girls and Gadgets Computer Conference attracted about 200 teenage girls in the United Kingdom. Organized by Alison Brown, a...

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Nsf Looking For Wicked Cool Visual and Data Analysis Algorithms

The National Science Foundation (NSF) wants to develop highly interpretive mathematical and computational algorithms and techniques to help the U.S. government...

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Energy Drain By Computers Stifles Efforts at Cost Control

Higher-education institutions are having a hard time keeping computing costs under control because of power-thirsty data centers. Experts say colleges and universities...

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­W Med Students Prepare With Cutting Edge Technology

The University of Washington (UW) is increasingly requiring all medical, nursing, and pharmacology students, and those in similar fields, to perfect their skills...

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Get Them While They're Young: Tomorrow's It Pros

The Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow's ICT Skills (CCICT) is hoping to increase the number of students studying information technology through its new National ICT...

ACM's Annual Report
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ACM's Annual Report

I would be hard-pressed to recall in my four decades as an ACM member a time as eventful and exceptional as recorded by ACM in FY08.

A Pioneer Woman
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A Pioneer Woman

Programmer Jean Bartik is inducted into the Computer History Museum's Hall of Fellows.

The Universe in Your Computer
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The Universe in Your Computer

Two virtual astronomical telescopes promise to transform the way people view and study the cosmos.

Calculating the Future
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Calculating the Future

Climate researchers have no shortage of scientific issues on which to expend computer power. The biggest problem is choosing which one to tackle first.

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Teaching Intangibles With Technology

European and Israeli researchers have developed an education system that focuses on teaching students critical thinking, social interaction, discourse, rhetoric...

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More and More, Schools Got Game

Teachers are increasingly incorporating video games, virtual reality, and simulations to improve education. Business and science classes are starting to use sophisticated...

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Information Architecture For Digital Libraries

The libraries of the 21st century will be Web-based, but the technologies, standards, and architecture that future digital libraries will use are still being defined...
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