MOOCs Invade Europe, Tech Use in the K-12 Classroom: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

MOOCs are the clever way to keep up to date – The Guardian

  • MOOCs are making their way to the UK. Helena Pozniak shares the plans of leading UK universities as they begin to transition to the MOOC learning platform.

Quinn warns against ‘seduction’ of technology in education – The Irish Times

  • Judith Crosbie reports Ireland’s views on edtech advancement. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn paints technology as a “commercial trap” for educators, and warns against teachers’ seduction and reliance upon such new resources in order to provide comprehensive lessons to students.

In Online Partnerships, Legal Compliance Is Key – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Joseph G. Casion and Joshua E. Gewolb review the False Claims Act, and show readers how this legislation (which punishes colleges for noncompliance with online education) will prove very influential in regards to the introduction of MOOCs within higher ed institutions.

Online universities: it’s time for teachers to join the revolution – The Guardian

  • Anant Agarwal brings to light some of the benefits of the highly controversial MOOC

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    learning platform, and shares with readers data on current courses being taught as well as plans for new MOOCs to be released.


U.S. schools not making the grade when it comes to education technology – GigaOM

  • Ki Mae Heussner shares the newest report from the Center for American Progress, and finds that while K-12 institutions in the U.S. have technology readily available, they are not taking full advantage of the technological tools provided to them.

The Rise of EdTech – The Next Web

  • Ilya Pozin covers the growing edtech trend, and introduces readers to some apps and online services at the forefront of this expanding field.

Virtual school in shopping mall helps Alexandria students graduate – The Washington Post

  • A new virtual school in Alexandria allows students with busier schedules to get the education they deserve. Michael Chandler brings readers into the classroom environment as he goes in-depth and describes the blended learning approach to K-12 education adopted by the school.