Let’s Talk Edtech: Today’s Top News

Welcome to your Wednesday edition of “Let’s Talk Edtech!” Each day on Technapex, we’ll be assembling and posting the top edtech news of the week to keep you in the loop of all things education and technology related. Have a tip for us? Shoot it over to editors@technapex.com, and make sure to follow us at @Technapex.

MOOCs face challenges in teaching humanities – The Stanford Daily

  • Are humanities courses better suited for the personal interaction present within the classic brick and mortar classroom atmosphere?  Cara Reichard brings together the opinions of professors from multiple higher ed institutions as she investigates this controversial question.

As Data Floods In, Massive Open Online Courses Evolve – MIT Technology Review

  • Tom Simonite reports how online course providers are are adapting, improving, and customizing their courses as they collect data on students.

Leading Stanford in an Age of Change – Wall Street Journal

  • Amir Efrati interviews Stanford University President John Hennessy, who talks about the impact online education will continue to have on higher education.

Bill Could Allow Teens to Take More Online Courses – San Francisco Chronicle

  • Senate tentatively passes new legislation, which dissolves all limits to online credit counting toward students receiving a high school diploma.

Six Big Tech Trends in Education to Follow - MindShift

  • Katrina Schwartz dives into this year’s NMC Horizon Report on K-12 education, which lists the top trends in edtech. Among major themes are big data, open content, mobile learning, and digital printing.

Signia Venture Partners forming $100M fund for mobile, gaming, ed-tech startups – VentureBeat

  • Rebecca Grant writes that early stage fund Signia Venture Partners (co-founded by Playdom Inc. founder Rick Thompson) is raising a $100 million dollar fund. This fund could benefit edtech startups, according to an SEC filing.

EdTech Map – NewSchools Venture Fund

  • NewSchools Venture Fund re-released their K-12 edtech market map, which shows and organizes ventures within the market by the categories of data, curricula, instructional systems, and talent management.

The Socratic Method for Edtech Entrepreneurs – EdSurge

  • Alex Sarlin lists the graduates of edtech accelerator Socratic Labs’ first cohort, including Careerosity, NuSkool, PenPalNews, Student Loan Hero, Teachley, and Unbound Concepts

School database loses backers as parents balk over privacy – Reuters

  • Stephanie Simon reports that Bill & Melinda Gates-backed K-12 database InBloom is encountering controversy as parents raise concerns about student privacy.