Professors Threatened by MOOCs, K-12 Trends to Watch: Today’s Edtech News

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AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors’ Intellectual Property - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Peter Schmidt reports on the American Association of University Professors annual conference, which took place in Washington D.C. this week. Many professors feel their intellectual property is being threatened by MOOCs, and plan to start a campaign urging professors to protect their rights in their contracts.

With new SF studio, online education startup creativeLIVE looks even more like a cable TV channel – GigaOM

  • Ki Mae Heussner shares news of online education startup creativeLIVE’s growth. The company, founded in Seattle, is now expanding into the Bay Area and bringing with it a series of special “master classes” featuring Bay Area CEOs.

Online Education Is No Bubble – Clayton Christensen Institute Blog

  • Michelle Rhee-Weise brings John Tamny to task for calling online education a bubble. Rhee-Weise argues that the traditional college experience Tamny describes is representative of only a minority of students currently enrolled in college courses, and cites examples of how working adults are using online education to return to school.

Get 4-Year Credits with Online Community College Classes - USA Today

  • Devon Hayne warms up readers to the idea of earning transfer credits toward their 4-year degree programs by taking online community college courses. These classes are becoming increasingly prevalent, and are a cost-effective and flexible way to supplement a traditional college course load.


K-12 Education Technology Trends to Watch – Education Week

  • Which technologies should educators begin to consider for classroom integration? Sean Cavanagh shares data from a New Media Consortium study surrounding the latest trends in education technologies.

Arne Duncan Calls Slow School Internet ‘Morally Unacceptable’ – U.S. News & World Report

  • Greg Otto covers Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s call for increased networking capabilities within K-12 schools. Improved internet capabilities will foster more communication within the education system as well as allow for the inclusion of previously inaccessible digital teaching tools to aid learning.

Daily inspiring text messages fail to inspire U.S. students to perform better - The Guardian

  • Richard Adams shares the details of a study in which high school students were sent daily text messages meant to motivate them and boost their exam scores.

Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both? – THE Journal

  • Leila Meyer compares the educational potential of iPads as compared to that of Chromebooks, and reports detailed accounts of schools that have implemented this new technology into their classrooms.