Big Data Analytics Makes Its Way Onto Campus, Smartpens Improve K-12 Learning: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

An Inside Look at Duke University’s MOOC Initiative – EdTech Magazine

  • Jimmy Daly sits down with Randy Riddle, a Duke technology consultant, and discusses the university’s interest in the MOOC platform of online learning. The interview goes on to explore the details of Duke’s MOOC research and implementation, and what Riddle believes to be the

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Is the Internet killing Shakespeare? – Market Watch

Big data goes to college: ed tech startup Civitas Learning scores $8.75M – GigaOM

  • Ki Mae Heussner covers the growth of Civitas Learning, an education startup. The company has just received new funding, and intends to bring big data analytics to universities in order to draw important insights about the future of higher education.


MOOCs To Bring Personalized Learning, Big Changes to K-12, Ed. Professor Predicts – Education Week

  • Benjamin Herold talks with Lehigh University education professor Scott Garrigan and outlines how MOOCs will impact the future of K-12 education. He predicts a transition to clear, succinct lectures and increased use of apps and online assessment methods are going to become increasingly evident within the K-12 classroom.

Will New Smartpen Innovations

Change How Teachers and Students Write and Draw? – EdTech Magazine

  • Sandra Gittlen talks to educators and gets their take on the newest smartpen technology. She also introduces readers to the Livescribe Sky and it’s current success with educators.

Inside the Data-Tracking RttT-D Projects That Won Millions – THE Journal

  • Dian Schaffhauser profiles two of the 16 Race to the Top-District winners, who are both transitioning over to online data storage of student information. This change allows the schools to tailor the educational experience student by student and create a more immersive educational environment.