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Cost of Books Weighing Down Education??

The average textbook in US colleges and universities today costs $62.97, and prices are trending upwards. $100 and $150 textbooks are not unusual. An effort is underway to make academic textbooks free through crowd-sourcing and this week, Sharyn Fitzpatrick, author of a new & freely available book on this topic joins us to discuss the Open Textbook movement.

Sharyn Fitzpatrick, Author

We’ll also talk with our Education sector correspondent, Davina Pruitt-Mentle, on numerous activities aimed at incorporating cybersecurity eduction into the K-12 space as well as at 2-year and 4-year institutions through actual cyber attack and cyber defend competitions. Our nation’s shortage of skilled cybersecurity experts is well documented. We’ll discuss what’s being done on a national level to address this need.

Davina Pruitt-Mentle

Those of you sending your kids to College now or planning those campus visits for the Spring will want to listen to this show.

A word about our guest:
Sharyn Fitzpatrick has over 25 years experience in sales and marketing including executive positions with The Learning Company, Knight-Ridder and Sum-Total Systems as well as principal of Marcom Gurus, a high-tech agency she founded in 2000. Her love for education has continued with her taking a leadership role on the College Open Textbooks marketing team.

Davina Pruitt-Mentle is a recognized expert in educational technology and is the Executive Director of the Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach organization dedicated to the design, implementation and adoption of instructional technology into classrooms.


February 14, 2011 - Posted by | Episode Descriptions

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  1. As always, tune into Technology Today on Thursday at 4pm Eastern on the VoiceAmerica Business network.

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    Call in with your questions on the price of textbooks, cybersecurity education and ed technology in general.

    Comment by techtodayradio | February 15, 2011 | Reply

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