EdX President Sounds off on MOOCs, Where the U.S. Stands in K-12 Education: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

MOOCs? They’re a cracking good idea – Times Higher Education

  • Chris Parr sits down with Anant Agarwal, president of edX, to discuss everything from his childhood business ventures to the future of online education.

Skipping Campus – Inside Higher Ed

Technology makes the pedagogy go ‘round – Clayton Christensen Institute Blog

  • Michelle Rhee-Weise shares the views of Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors. Nelson is worried about the future of the university professor, and sees MOOCs as the ultimate tool to strip the profession of its creativity and individuality.

K-12

U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows - CBS News

  • How does the U.S. stack up in terms of global education? By comparing money invested, its allocation, and students’ test scores, we can get a good view of where our nation stands.

E-ducation – The Economist

  • After the introduction of film, the computer, and smartphones, will the introduction of cheap tablets and innovative apps really cause a revolution in the education industry? This article explains why this time will be different, and gives specifics on how edtech will streamline the education system.

Harnessing the power of tablets and apps for young students – eSchool News

  • Laura Devaney summarizes Gail Lovely’s ISTE 2013 presentation surrounding tablet devices and apps within the classroom. She shares important precautions to consider with the use of tablets, as well as helpful apps to get students excited about learning.

Catching on at last – The Economist

  • Can a blended learning approach to K-12 education help students learn faster? This article addresses the issues surrounding the implementation of technology in the classroom, and even profiles some schools on the forefront of the edtech movement.