MOOCs Under My Bed and Education Reform: Today’s Top Edtech News

Welcome to your Tuesday edition of our daily news roundup! 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, and make sure to follow us on Twitter: @Technapex.

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Ma, There’s a MOOC Under My Bed – Inside Higher Ed

  • Justin D. Martin challenges some of the main arguments against the implementation of MOOCs and provides fresh commentary on how and why online education should be seen as a step forward.

Berlin’s iversity wants to play ‘evangelist’ for MOOCs in Europe – Ki Mae Heussner

  • Ki Mae Heussner shares Berlin-based education company iversity’s intentions to begin production of their first 10 MOOCs and how this will impact online education institutions worldwide.

MOOC-utopia: Who Really Wins? – Keith Fowlkes

Study: Millennials Prefer Traditional Classrooms Over Online Ones – Mashable

  • Vignesh Ramachandran reports the preferences of current college students in regards to the use of technology to supplement classroom learning. He also includes their feelings toward online education as compared to a more traditional classroom approach.

MOOCs for Teachers: They’re Learners Too – Forbes

  • New Teacher Center founder and CEO Ellen Moir talks about their partnership with Coursera, and how they’re going to offer professional learning online to K-12 teachers through the Coursera platform.


My Top Three Policy Recommendations for Education Reform – Education Week

  • Researcher and EdTech Teacher co-founder Justin Reich lists his top recommendations for reform in education, and explains why technology doesn’t make the list, even though he’s a staunch edtech advocate.

How districts support social networking in schools - eSchool News

  • Laura Devaney shares important statistics not only about how K-12 students interact with social media and the internet, but also how school districts have become proactive about involving social media in their educational efforts.

Can Technology Save the No Child Left Behind Generation? – Big Think

  • Jack Myers discusses the issues that the “hooked-up generation” will face as it struggles to move the education system into the 22nd century.

Tech firms call for mandatory computer classes – The Boston Globe

  • Michael Farrell writes that executives from leading tech companies such as Google and Microsoft want to require all public schools in Massachusetts to teach computer science in order to fill future programming and engineering jobs.