Another Company Enters the MOOC Arena, a Summer Camp for Techies: Today’s EdTech News

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Innovation Exhaustion and a Path to Moving Forward - Inside Higher Ed

  • Dan Greenstein provides coverage of  Stanford’s recent Education Writers Association Seminar. He discusses not only some of the important trends in education innovation, but also weighs the pros and cons of specific programs and points of view.

Japan’s Schoo lands $1.5M to broaden its online learning service as it targets 1M users – TheNextWeb

  • Jon Russell updates users on Japan edtech startup Schoo, a company getting into the MOOC business. Schoo is already popular in Japan, and plans on expanding internationally as it creates more courses and includes some premium content for paying users.

Dear Harvard arts and science professors, it is not MOOCs you have to fear – The Conversation

  • David Glance shares the most recent MOOC controversy. He details the issues some university professors have with the online learning platform, and follows how institutions of higher education are dealing with the transition to online learning.

UC, CSU leaders still back online courses, Jerry Brown says – Fresno Bee

  • Dan Walters updates us on California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent decision to cut ties between UC and CSU funding and online education efforts. While this decision gives the schools additional spending freedom, it is seeming more and more like this money will continue to be poured into education technology.


Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors - MindShift

  • Katrina Schwartz interviews former teacher and managing director of Uncommon Schools Doug Lemov, who explains that the performance element of teaching needs to be emphasized more in traditional training to make teachers more effective and engaging.

Bronx teens will get to canoe, code software at NJ science, outdoor camp – New York Daily News

  • Corinne Lestch covers CampInteractive, a year-round camp that combines normal outdoor activities such as canoeing and hiking with more innovative projects, like helping campers create their own computer and mobile applications. This program aims to boost interest in STEM learning, and is a fun, modern take on the traditional camp experience.

LearnBoost Pivots Out of Edtech – EdSurge

  • Tony Wan details LearnBoost, a company best known for its free online gradebook services, and its recent shift into the online file-sharing market. Wan talks with LearnBoost CEO Thianh Lu to discuss how the company is handling new obstacles and difficulties associated with this change.

Your child’s data is stored in the cloud - CNN

  • While the headline is overly ominous, CNN’s Erica Flink and Laurie Segall have actually written an informative article about the new non-profit inBloom, which offers an internet database for K-12 schools to store student data.

School librarians in transition, pushed by cuts and pulled by technology – South Coast Today

  • Natalie Sherman shares how the introduction of education technology into the K-12 classroom affects the role that a librarian must fill on campus. This new, modern librarian is tech-savvy and in charge of preparing children for our information-rich society.