Academic Technology Links for June 28, 2013


The links this week include WYSIWYG editors, courses and resources for courses available online, and a critique of providing iPads for students.  Enjoy!

  • Karen McGrane questions what “What you see is what you get” editors are actually accomplishing. If we think about this in terms of using the Web in the classroom, does using a WYSIWYG editor mean that we are missing good “teachable moments?”
  • Three posts from Open Culture came up recently: Download 60 Free History Courses from Great Universities, Redesigned Google Art Project, and the National Gallery Makes 25000 Images of Artwork Freely Available Online (these images are really high resolution, I encourage you to take a look).
  • The Los Angeles school district signed a contract with Apple to provide iPads to 655,000 students.  In a post by former education professor and educational technology expert Larry Cuban, he suggests that “there is no body of evidence that iPads will increase math and reading scores on state standardized tests,” and that the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the iPads will be much higher than the cost of the iPads and the contract with Apple itself.  Since, as Cuban says, most students in the LA school district come from low-income families, these costs will be significantly higher (two to three times more than the initial cost for the school district). TCO, he says, “is the true cost and administrators and school boards eager to buy devices hide TCO in separate documents or glossy verbiage.”
About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.