Certifications gained through free online classes might do little to help job seekers find a position unless they already have a four-year degree, companies such as Intel and Apple say. “Intel focuses on candidates with traditional degrees,” Intel spokeswoman Gail Dundas says.
Location-based social networks, such as Loopt and Foursquare, are having trouble accumulating a critical mass, Saad Fazil writes. These networks are meant to help users know where their friends are, so many people are reluctant to join unless their friends are already members. Fazil predicts the sites will become more popular as they begin to offer more features, better incentives and more robust technology.
Electronic textbooks have received mixed reviews from some college students, with many complaining that they make reading awkward or inconvenient. Educators are also divided on whether electronic texts are cost-effective, because they carry a high upfront cost. One California superintendent said elementary-school students quickly became engaged in course work with electronic textbooks, but there are no indications whether learning improved.
Few things have done more to derail science education than English and math standardized tests, according to some science educators. As new NCLB science tests kick in this year, some hope it means more attention will be paid to science education.