Online Classes Cause On-Campus Tension, Can Tech Replace Traditional Education?: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

Online Classes Fuel a Campus Debate – The New York Times

  • Tamar Lewin covers the debates major universities are having as they react to the growing popularity of online education.

The Rise of Mobile Technology in Higher Ed – The Huffington Post

  • Mobile technology has made online education cheap and flexible. Sean Devine covers this trend, and hypothesizes about the expected growth of this niche market.

Universities in Consortium Talk of Taking Back Control of Online Offerings – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Steve Kolowich shares the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s preference that instead of private online education distribution sites such as Coursera, universities themselves should retain the rights over the educational property put online regarding MOOC distribution.

LINC 2013 explores global technology-enabled learning – MIT News

  • Stefanie Koperniak provides coverage of MIT’s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC), and discusses some of the MOOC-heavy debates that took place at the event.

Moocs are a ‘distraction’, warns sector expert – Times Higher Education

  • David Matthews shares the Parthenon group’s predictions surrounding the effects MOOCs will have on higher ed institutions. While the group believes MOOCs are an interesting and innovative education solution, due to the loss in revenue sure to be experienced by universities (especially when considering introductory courses), Parthenon does not see the new platform revolutionizing education any time soon.

K-12

Why new technologies could never replace great teaching – The Guardian

  • Pamela Wright argues against the use of technology to improve K-12 education. She shares her cautious views, and urges readers to be more questioning before they push such influential new teaching approaches on their children.

Are Schools Investing in Education Technology Properly? –  KUT News

  • Kate McGee provides coverage of the Eanes School District’s “iPadpalooza”, and gives insight to the correct way in which technology should be transitioned into the classroom.

LAUSD Approves Phase 1 Districtwide 1:1 iPad Initiative – T.H.E. Journal

  • Leila Meyer explores the Los Angeles Unified School District’s now plan to provide each student with his own iPad in fall of 2014. The plan is costly, but will keep the LAUSD on the forefront of the edtech trend.