Sunday, March 22, 2009

At Amherst, a lesson in generosity

Students at Amherst College have donated $70,000 from a reserve student activity fund to boost financial aid and help the school's lowest-paid employees avoid wage cuts. Read more ...

L.A. third-grader basks in glow of a presidential moment

L.A. third-grader basks in glow of a presidential moment
Ethan Lopez, 8, is spotlighted by the media and cheered by his classmates for being selected by Obama to ask the final question at a town hall meeting.

Ethan Lopez became an instant celebrity at his Los Angeles elementary school Friday, the day after President Obama selected the 8-year-old to ask the final question at a town hall meeting. Media crews filmed the boy and his family while the school principal and teachers gushed over his question about teacher layoffs, and classmates cheered.

EduResources Portal Closed

EduResources Portal Closed

The EduResources Portal was closed this month. The Portal, which was formerly at was shut down by Eastern Oregon University (EOU) when the server could no longer be maintained. Because of financial pressures, the University must focus on "supporting hardware and software that directly contribute to the central mission of the institution."

I began the EduResources Portal in 2003 while completing a sabbatical research project; the Portal was established to provide a starting point for instructors who sought to locate online instructional repositories. When I retired from EOU in June 2004, I continued to maintain the Portal from a distance with the assistance of the Computer Center at EOU. The Portal operated in conjunction with this EduResources Weblog; the Portal provided organized links to sites that contain instructional resources for higher education and the Weblog provided commentary about news related to online instructional resources.

I intend to continue the EduResources Weblog for at least another year. I recommend that users who relied on the EduResources Portal make use of the TLT Group's Collection of Collections to guide their searches for online resources: "Exploration Guide: Collections, Repositories, Referatories of Instructional Resources on the Web."

Education News: Autism, Budgets, Stress Reduction, and More.

The weekly digest for March 15-21, including news on increasing autism rates, an earnings gap for those with four year degrees, the new US Education Secretary's stance on science education, and innovative ways for school to battle student anxiety. Read the rest ...