Plug in – but tune in, too @timeshighered

Inspiring stuff from Duke University, where they issued all first-year students with iPods, with no particular idea of what they were going to do with them pedagogically: Well, not so fast. I believe strongly in the importance of education addressing the urgencies of the moment, but I also oppose "techno-determinism": the tendency to think that a technology in and of itself promotes systemic change. The point of our experiment was not that an expensive technology…

"An iPod for each pupil … will help school to stay in touch"

"A pioneering school is staking a claim to make its pupils among the most technologically advanced in Britain. The oldest students at the Essa Academy in Bolton have each been issued with an iPod Touch. Next month all 900 children and their teachers will have one of the handheld computers, worth £149 each. A bespoke wi-fi system, with 130 access points around the school, means that children never lose connectivity. If teachers are pleased with…