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Khalid Smith | Occupy EdTech: A Design Challenge

Khalid Smith | Occupy EdTech: A Design Challenge

August 27, 2013

Khalid Smith, Education Leader at Startup Weekend, talks about the process of uniting educators with designers and entrepreneurs and — occupied with the problems of EdTech — using design challenges to understand a problem deeply, create solutions, and then use technology to scale. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

LiveSchool and Mentor Scott Weiss Talk EdTech

LiveSchool and Mentor Scott Weiss Talk EdTech

August 27, 2013

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Scott Weiss and LiveSchool discuss different models for getting the startup’s EdTech product into more school. Don’t get caught up in having to go out and get Silicon Valley-based money, says Weiss.

Udemy targets international students with support for 9 foreign languages

Udemy targets international students with support for 9 foreign languages

August 11, 2013

Online learning platform Udemy announced today that its site will support ten foreign languages and hit the milestone of one million students.

Udemy is a well-known provider of massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs. It offers videos and live lectures from hundreds of expert instructors, giving people opportunities to expand their knowledge base and skill sets.

Utah Teachers trained on new STEM learning technologies

Utah Teachers trained on new STEM learning technologies

August 11, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 150 teachers from across the state met Friday for a demonstration of new educational technologies that will be piloted in schools this fall.

The training session, organized by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the STEM Action Center, presented teachers with 11 technologies aimed at closing achievement gaps and increasing college readiness in mathematics.

“We will see what technologies are the best fit,” said Meredith Mannebach, program director for the STEM Action Center, which was established earlier this year by lawmakers with a $10 million investment.

How Does Silicon Valley Teach Its Children? With A FabLab!

How Does Silicon Valley Teach Its Children? With A FabLab!

August 11, 2013

Instead of giving us so many lectures, wouldn’t it be better to teach us how to build something cool instead. I felt that, by making real objects, we could learn in ways that were more memorable,interesting, and tangible.

This fall, 
Bullis Charter School in Los Altos, California is launching a fabrication laboratory—a “FabLab”—for its kids, complete with computer-aided design tools and a 3-D printer. Students will be able to design their ideas and then make them in real life. My oldest son happens to be one of those lucky children. What I only dreamed about in school—making real things based on the subject matter taught in class—is becoming the reality for kids today.

Harvard Innovation Lab’s youngest team launches recommendation engine Side

Harvard Innovation Lab’s youngest team launches recommendation engine Side

August 11, 2013

Many spend their freshman year of college sleeping through Psych 101 and drinking cheap beer at parties. Nithin Tumma, James Ruben, and Neel Patel, however, dedicated their first year to building a startup.

This trio of Harvard freshmen launched Side on the Apple store today. Side is mobile application that prompts you with simple, two-choice questions, then recommends products and services based on your responses. You answer a series of two-choice questions about yourself, such as “where would you rather raise your kids” — city or country.

Boundless launches paid online textbooks with new learning tech

Boundless launches paid online textbooks with new learning tech

August 11, 2013

Boston startup Boundless said Tuesday that it has launched a paid version of its online college textbooks, which come with new technologies for improving learning.

The premium products are priced at $19.99 per book, with no expiration, Boundless said.

The new "Boundless Learning Technology" is "part personal tutor, part online search and part textbook," the startup said in a news release. Boundless says it’s spent more than a year gathering data on how students learn online, and has developed new adaptive-learning technologies aimed at helping students to better grasp and retain information.

Online Colleges Won’t Solve Higher Ed’s Problems by Daniel Luzer | Washington Monthly

Online Colleges Won’t Solve Higher Ed’s Problems by Daniel Luzer | Washington Monthly

July 31, 2013

Online Colleges Won’t Solve Higher Ed’s Problems by Daniel Luzer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), large-scale courses developed by professors and offered to students for free online, represent one of the more important trends in higher education today. Their unique structure allows technology to provide high-quality course material to interested students around the world.

Open University’s FutureLearn to Compete With Coursera, Udacity

Open University’s FutureLearn to Compete With Coursera, Udacity

July 31, 2013

FutureLearn, wholly-owned by the UK’s Open University, is working to develop online courses and become a significant MOOC provider to join the conversation with Coursera and Udacity. According to Tim Dodd of Financial Review, FutureLearn Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simon Nelson said he believes “the digital disruption in education will broaden and enter the field of corporate training.”

Board Games in the Classroom

Board Games in the Classroom

July 30, 2013

Glory provided a new and inventive way of learning history through the eyes of four unique fictional characters. Throughout our week-long tournament of sorts, I got to experience a time period about which I knew very little and bond with my fellow Avenues students over one thing we had all grown to love: Glory.

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