Dr. Salman Khan's Khan Academy got the "60 Minutes" treatment this weekend. Khan has garnered worldwide fame for his 3,000 and growing YouTube instructional videos in a wide range of subjects - but mainly those tough and thorny ones such as math, science, technology, etc..
Scholastic Inc, the publisher of children's books and other products, is launching the beta version of its children's e-book app on March 6th with the official version debuting in the fall - in time for the lucrative holiday market.
Scholastic Inc. is developing an app called Storia, which includes around 1,300 e-books and multimedia e-books that can be bought directly from the publisher or from retailers. Such favorite picture series as "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and "Ready, Freddy!" will be in digital format for the first time. The app also will feature games, quizzes, interactive stories, an e-dictionary and a virtual book shelf that kids can organize.
In the piece "Rethinking of assessment in the age of iPad" the author reports that school districts are turning to iPads to expedite and refine assessment of students. As with past technology advancements, the education of the staff and technical support are key.
Moving assessments onto mobile devices may open the door to quicker feedback for students and teachers as well as richer data, but without proper management of the devices and a strong infrastructure to support them, integrating the devices can be a challenge.