Maintaining Quality During the Online Transition, Flexibility Granted in Common Core’s Teacher Evaluations: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

Learn How to Start a Company Stanford-Style – Inc.

  • Eric Markowitz shares the details of Stanford’s “Startup Engineering” online course provided by Coursera. The class design is flexible and innovative, as lectures are kept to about ten minutes and the final project involves the development of an open-source mobile HTML5 app.

Online Quality Control – Inside Higher Ed

  • Can online learning really replace the brick and mortar classroom environment? Ry Rivard explores the issue of quality and depth of comprehension that is sometimes lost in online classes.

How online education can create a ‘global classroom’ – CNN

  • Daphne Koller, co-founder and CEO of Coursera, shares her views surrounding the potential of online education.

MOOCs Expand on College Campuses – U.S. News & World Report

  • Devon Haynie reports on the steady growth of MOOCs on college campuses. She highlights San Jose State’s online education program, and gives important stats on course enrollment and completion.

K-12

Education Department listens to (some) reason - The Washington Post

  • Valerie Strauss discusses Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s decision to provide educators some flexibility regarding the implementation of the new Common Core nationwide standards system.

Study: Hybrid Algebra Program ‘Nearly Doubled’ Math Learning – Education Week

  • Alyssa Morones shares data from a study carried out by the RAND Corporation and Educational Testing Service that supports the effectiveness of the Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor when teaching students Alegbra I.

Video Game Developers Snatching Up $7.8 Billion Opportunity in EdTech – Forbes

  • Jordan Shapiro provides coverage of New York’s Games For Change festival, a conference that focuses on social impact gaming. The event showed important insights to the value of the edtech sector and also hosted a variety of panel conversations surrounding digital learning.

Clark County students cleared to start bringing own laptops, tablets to school – Las Vegas Sun

  • Paul Takahashi shares that many five Title I middle schools in Las Vegas are implementing a new BYOD program. In the past, these schools had a very strict “no device” policy in place; however, with the rising popularity of technology in the classroom, students are now urged to bring their tech to school.

Miami-Dade Approves $63 Million Plan to Give All Students Digital Devices – Education Week

  • Benjamin Herold covers Florida school boards’ many recent pro-edtech implementations. Not only has Miami-Dade County committed to supplying all students with iPads by 2015, but Florida has also pledged to increase school bandwidth and require all students to complete at least one online course before graduating.