By Steve Rhine
“I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will
look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today
and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.”
John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1968
Clarions marking the demise of traditional K-12 education have repeatedly been heard over the years. Technological advances are usually the motivating culprit. Edison (1922) wrote that “the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.” Needless to say, history said otherwise. From televisions to VCR’s to computers to handheld devices, the promise of a new age in education always seems to disappoint in the end. Cuban (1986) describes a cycle that is often repeated in the quest for change in education through technology: “exhilaration/scientific credibility/disappointment/teacher-bashing” (p. 5). The status quo is a powerful force. We develop comfort with our practices and institutionalize policies and attitudes that ensure a stable and predictable future. At the beginning of the decade there were great hopes that the Internet would be a place in which learners could interact and share knowledge as a way to transform the educational process (Kozma & Schank, 1998). Has the rise of the Internet changed K-12 education?
By Robbie Pock
In a few weeks, an eight-week, online freshman composition course will begin, and I will be teaching it. One of the first assignments my students will complete is a forum post and response discussing their thoughts on traditional versus online classes. I have assigned this forum topic every class for the past five semesters, and the responses are almost always the same. Students consistently say that while traditional face-to-face class formats are “easier” and offer a “better” experience, online classes are more convenient and are often the only way students with full-time jobs, families, or military deployments can pursue a college education.
By Maria Walters
Adam and Eve ate the apple. Babies grow up. Frankenstein’s monster ended up with a mind of his own. Great literature, and great life, is made by people and things that rebel against their maker’s wishes and evolve into something more.
By Nicole Nowlin
“I’m a believer in digital,” said Kuo-Yu Liang of Diamond Distributors in an article published by Publisher’s Weekly. “I’ve preferred reading an e-book over a ‘real’ book for over 10 years, so I’m excited about every new thing… But, it doesn’t matter what I believe. Look at what’s happening to music, movies, newspapers, magazines, and gaming. The future of reading is in the digital format, get used to it.”  The Japanese digital market was estimated at $654.5 million in 2009 and expected to reach $797.3 million in 2010. The 2011 estimate was even higher at $904.4 million. Growth of downloads was expected in multiple formats, with a decreasing growth trend expected, but a steady overall download rate. The industry also estimates that 89% of digital publishing in Japan is manga. 
By Jeffrey Barlow
Edgar Award Nominees, 2011, and the Impact of the Internet
Harlan Coben’s, Caught (Dutton Adult, 2010)
David Gordon’s The Serialist: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
This is another installment in an Interface series weighing the impact of the Internet by analyzing award winning detective or mystery fiction.  The works we examine are selected from the nominees of the most highly regarded of U.S. awards in this category, the annual Edgar Allan Poe awards presented by the Mystery Writers of America.  The Edgar nominees for 2011 (for books published in 2010) were announced on January 19th 2011 on the 202nd birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. The winners will be announced in New York on April 28, 2011. 
By Jeffrey Barlow
Google has brought out applications and various cloud-related services so very quickly that it is sometimes quite easy to miss them. Google’s Ngram Viewer is such an application from late 2010.
Ngram is simultaneously a service, a site, an application, and a search device—all summed up in the name “Viewer”. It surveys the many millions of books in the humanities scanned and indexed to date by Google. The Viewer permits the user to scan for strings of up to five words found in any or all of the works in a search process largely defined by the user, and in a variety of languages, too.