• Teen Digital Media Update
    Brainstorm on February 5, 2010

    For teens (12-17-year-olds), blogging is down and networking is up. That's the finding in a new report from Pew Research, whose Internet & American Life Project is one of the longest ongoing survey initiatives out there. The summary appears here.

    While 28 percent of teen users in 2006 claimed that they keep a blog, that number now stands at 14 percent. And while 76 percent of them claimed


  • The FY 2010 Budget and the Humanities
    Brainstorm on February 3, 2010

    Everyone who cares about federal funding for the humanities has been worried about what the President´s budget would reveal about the commitment of the Obama administration to the sector. Many of us were at least a little disappointed that NEH and NEA did not do better last year, although in the end Congress was more generous than the Executive Office. Of course NEA got a huge bump last year with the transfer of stimulus money, but…


  • The Latest One to Worry About Book Reading
    Brainstorm on February 1, 2010

    At the World Economic Forum last week over in Davos, Switzerland, another figure rose up to warn of the dangers that the digital revolution pose to reading. He stated, "The one that I do worry about is the question of 'deep reading.'" Surveying the plethora of "instantaneous devices," he declared that "you spend less time reading all forms of literature, books, magazines and so forth." The habits damage reading skills, and they damage cognition, too, he maintained, although he took a moment…


  • Jumping to Conclusions
    Brainstorm on January 29, 2010

    In a recent post on Education Week's blog, Debra Viadero offers a caution about President Obama's support for community colleges. Pointing to her recent article on community college research that indicated how much more we need to know about how best to improve completion rates in that


  • Steady Long-Term Trends Rule the World
    Brainstorm on January 27, 2010

    The newly-released Sloan Consortium Report on online higher education finds that the number of college students taking at least one online course increased from 3.9 million in Fall 2007 to 4.6 million in Fall 2008, a 17 percent jump. The overall number of college students grew 1.2 percent during the same time. In 2002, less than 10 percent of students were taking an online class. Today, more than 25 percent do.


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