Obama's Stimulus Plan & Ed Tech
The new $787 billion federal economic-stimulus package includes something that many of my Trends in Ed sources are excited about: funding set aside specifically for ed tech. This booster shot will give $650 million (of the $115 billion sliced for ed) to Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program which is authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act Title II, Part D. While proponents of EETT are disappointed that it fails to meet the proposed $1 billion, $650 million is still more than double the $267 million budget in 2008. Of course, there is a chain of process that each school must go through in order to receive the formula and/or competitive grants dispersed to the state-level department of education. But I'm more interested in what programs are launched, with which private/public partner organizations if any, and how teachers and students gain ‘learning returns' from the nation-wide investment. Count me in for doing a long-term follow ups on this, woohoo.
Most of us are aware of what Amazon's Kindle is and perhaps some of you know that Amazon began shipping its new Kindle 2 to their customers yesterday. Reportedly, the first-generation Kindle's problem was that "demand far surpassed supply," prompting the CEO Jeff Bezos to apologize back in March of last year, and Amazon currently dominates the downloadable e-book market. Google Book Search also is closely chasing after Amazon but with a different business model, said Richard Sarnoff, chairman of the Association of American Publishers. He added his speculation that Google and Amazon will create a duopoly in the e-book publishing market, mainly due to the sweeping legal settlement which covers a wide range of topics from advertising, copyrights, to library subscriptions.
Google mobile app is not new, but so far it has been be the most convenient app and I plan to keep using. Taking a shortcut to my personal user review, here are some bullet points. FYI, I've had my iPhone for only three weeks.
Apps that I Dumped and Reasons Why:
1. Blanks — Vocab quiz/game that spit out same question after a few rounds of playing it.
2. Seafood Watch — Seadfood info app that made me take too much time analyzing my choice of menu; my friend erased it by force.
Apps that I Plan to Keep and Reasons Why:
1. Google mobile — I don't have to type and it recognizes my words pretty well!
2. HopStop — I'm still a fledgling New Yorker and need directions, especially in downtown.
3. Check Please — Tip calculator at best, it splits the bill for multiple people at my finger tip.