A City of Minneapolis survey found that 82 percent of residents have computers with Internet access at home. However, only 65 percent of Near North residents have such access, and 25 percent of Blacks have no Internet access at home.
Last Wednesday Legislators heard about bills to establish an office of broadband in both the House (1255) and Senate (1128). Unfortunately due to some time on jury duty, I wasn’t able to attend the sessions and the archives aren’t yet available online but I thought I’d at least look at both bills. (Both were discussed last week at the TISP Forum.)
Pew Internet and American Life released a new report this week on teens’ use of technology and the Internet. I’m always interested in these reports – both because of my obvious interest in broadband but also because after a big birthday in February I am now the proud keeper of two teens. And as of this week they each have an iPhone.
As a history teacher at Southwest Minnesota State University, let me weigh in on the debate about online learning. I've taught online within the MnSCU system every year since 2004. I am not opposed to online education nor am I afraid of it.
The University of Minnesota announced last week that it would join a growing number of universities offering free online courses. The university will partner with a group called Coursera, which already partners with approximately 50 colleges and universities to offer MOOCs (massive open online courses).
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