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October 25, 2001

Ethics Commission Rules Against TV Paying Teachers Channel One has been paying teachers who get their schools to sign up for the in-class television service, but an Oregon commission has ruled that this practice is unethical. I agree with Gary Ruskin, director of Commercial Alert, the organization that disclosed the practice. "This is plainly corrupt," said Ruskin. "It's an offer to pay a public official to take a public action." By Steven Carter, The Oregonian, October 25, 2001.[Refer]

WBC Tools: Evaluation Grid Useful evaluation of nine major learning management systems (LMS) in grid format. Easy to read, great for a quick reference. By , Edutech, .[Refer]

People Can Learn Without Paying Attention: Study Something teenagers have always known... learning is possible even if you're not paying attention. And now they can cite a new study in Nature. By Charnicia E. Huggins, Reuters, October 24, 2001.[Refer]

The Future of the SAT Discussion on whether the SATs, used widely in the U.S. universiy system, have a future. As John Katzman says, "The SAT has been sold as snake oil; it measured intelligence, verified high school GPA, and predicted college grades. In fact, it's never done the first two at all, nor a particularly good job at the third." By Ben Gose, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 25, 2001.[Refer]

The Electronic Paper Chase Detailed discussion of the future of digital paper, a future, it seems, that is not too far away. By Steve Ditlea, Scientific American, November, 2001.[Refer]


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