Open Badge Acknowledgment, K-12 Tech Gets App-Happy: Today’s EdTech News

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Edtech startup Treehouse turns to gamification to help fuel growth as it passes 35K users – The Next Web

  • Online education provider Treehouse has found success in gamification. Harrison Weber shares the story of this young company’s growth and points out how startups such as Treehouse are setting new trends as they provide fun and affordable alternatives to an expensive university-style education.

Clinton Project Promotes ‘Open Badges’ Online Credentials - The New York Times

  • Tamar Lewin reports on former President Bill Clinton’s new project to increase the use of Open Badges during the hiring process. Open Badges are often earned through online education programs, and are an alternative to a physical degree from a higher ed institution.

‘It’s My Business’ – Inside Higher Ed

  • Colleen Flaherty expands on the controversy that is the looming MOOC, and shares the worries of current professors who foresee copywriting and patenting becoming a large issue with the introduction of this new learning platform.

Privatize the UC? – News Review

  • Whitney Phaneuf shares the intricacies of S.B. 520 with readers, and predicts the effects that this new bill will have on the University of California public education system.


Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools – The New York Times

  • Motoko Rich shares data collected surrounding the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and explores how (and if) technology is an effective learning supplement.

Virtual Learning for Little Ones Raises Developmental Questions – Education Week

  • Robin Flanigan walks a fine line as she questions whether or not technologies present within K-12 classrooms are developmentally appropriate.

Classroom Behavior? There’s an App for That – Edutopia

  • Lisa Mims places readers within the mind of a 5th grade teacher and shares the benefits of a new app entitled ClassDojo which promises to improve student behavior as well as parent-teacher communication.