Oregon is heading for the cloud. On Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Education began offering Google Docs to every school district in the state, introducing the power of cloud-based computing to boost collaborative, interactive learning. With school funding taking a big hit in the recession, this move will save Oregon more than $1.5 million a […]Read More..
From the traditional classroom to à la carte online open courseware and everything in between, the options available to post-high school learners have never been more varied—or more daunting. In this interview, Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, talks with David Wilk of WritersCast, the podcast […]Read More..
Eco-builder Will Anderson (Homes for a Changing Climate: Adapting Our Homes and Communities to Cope with the Climate of the 21st Century) built a home that actually produces more energy than it consumes. Anderson modeled his home after the tree that forms its central pillar: the tree regenerated new solar cells every year and shut […]Read More..
Since 1987, rates of mental disability have increased drastically—as has our culture’s reliance on medication to treat it. Is this increased prescription drug use a result of rising rates of depression, or is the correlation more subtle and more destructive than that? Are people more depressed because of rising rates of over-medication? Is the depression-medication […]Read More..
A Presidency in Peril author Robert Kuttner is concerned that the Democratic party may lose a generation of voters. The reality of Obama’s presidency is proving to be too centrist and too incrementalist to really invigorate the nation’s economic future. By cozying up to Wall Street and appointing Wall Street friendly people to positions of […]Read More..
Shannon Hayes proposes that a modern woman can and should be able to find fulfillment in a domestic role outside the traditional workplace—and that goes for the modern man, too. Corporate life is warping women’s sense of self just as surely as the oppressive role of 1950s housewife. Some, however, see the concept of radical […]Read More..
I discovered this fascinating blog post by following Tim O’Reilly on Twitter (@timoreilly). It asks the question “What will the textbook of the future look like?” By looking at the way children learn new information and gain problem-solving abilities, the new nimble and (needless to say) digital textbook will be interactive, adaptive, participative, and globally […]Read More..
When it comes to the deficit, Robert Kuttner, author of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama’s Promise, Wall Street’s Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future, thinks we have two choices: he calls them “the austerity cure” and “the prosperity cure.” We could tighten our belts and slash budgets, but […]Read More..
Author James McCommons spent a year riding the rails, talking to railroad officials and fellow passengers and experiencing the highs and lows of passenger rail travel in the US. He wrote about his experiences and insights in Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service. Now you can download the first chapter […]Read More..
Protesters plan to send a message to the Senate that ordinary working people won’t stand for the kind of rapacious profiteering Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street companies specialize in anymore. They want real reform to ensure that there won’t be another financial collapse like the one that nearly took down the global economy in […]Read More..