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Thursday, October 16, 2008

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Higher education has seen general increases in internet speed and availability--but larger schools still hold a significant advantage
By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor

Bandwidth and internet connection speeds on most U.S. college campuses increased significantly from 2006 to 2007, but the largest universities still have huge advantages in accessing high-performance networks, according to a study released this month.
The Core Data Service Fiscal Year 2007 Report, conducted by the higher-education IT advocacy group EDUCAUSE, shows bandwidth gains at community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities with master's and doctoral programs.
Total bandwidth at the 994 colleges and universities surveyed by EDUCAUSE has "increased significantly" since the 2006 survey was conducted, according to the report. Doctoral institutions saw the biggest gains, showing 60 percent more bandwidth. Bandwidth at bachelor's institutions was up 51 percent, and master's institutions increased by 32 percent. Two-year colleges had the smallest gains, with a 28-percent increase in bandwidth since 2006.

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Science and math education needs an overhaul, candidates say

While much of the final presidential debate of 2008 focused on how the candidates' tax and health-care policies would affect aspiring small business owners like "Joe the Plumber," one of the most important questions of the evening touched upon the issue of science and math competence among American students, reports Wired News.

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New blog helps educators teach writing skills to students

LearningExpress has created a new blog, called The Writing Teacher, for sharing ideas and expertise on helping students become better writers.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 33 percent of eighth grade students in the United States are writing at a proficient level. To help change that, The Writing Teacher includes writing input, content, and feedback--all encouraging participation by those who teach writing every day.
The blog's debut article, "Research-Based Best Practices for Teaching Writing: A Discussion with Steve Graham," features advice from a literacy professor at Vanderbilt University.

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Source: eSchool News