Coursera Scores $43M in Funding, Khan to Hold In-Person Workshops: Today’s EdTech News

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Coursera nabs $43M to bring online education to emerging markets - VentureBeat

  • Christina Farr provides details of Coursera’s new funding and gives insight to the company’s future goals. With $65 million now backing the venture, the company plans to double its staff and begin to work with universities around the world.

Lessons from the first millionaire online teacher – PandoDaily

  • Sarah Lacy shares the story of Scott Allen, a computer programming professor at Allen has earned $1.8 million through his teaching efforts over the past five years, and while the money is a nice bonus, Allen is really just a passionate educator doing his best to help people succeed.

Beyond MOOC Hope – Inside Higher Ed

  • Ry Rivard discusses the “hype cycle” of MOOCs and questions whether or not they will be anything more than a short-lived trend. Rivard then talks with Andrew Ng, a co-founder of Coursera, about the future goals of the company as well as Ng’s own beliefs about the digitization of higher ed.

BlikBook, a ‘Quora for higher education’ focused on boosting student engagement, raises $1.3m – The Next Web

  • Martin Bryant covers BlikBook, an online service that allows students to ask questions, communicate with one another, and work out any academic issues they may be having surrounding their online courses. BlikBook has just received funding and is building its headquarters in Dublin in order to stay on the cutting edge of edtech.

Keen On… Draper University Of Heroes: Tim Draper Is Looking For The Best And The Brightest (Is That You?) - TechCrunch

  • Andrew Keen reports on entrepreneur Tim Draper’s newest project, a higher ed boarding school that aims at teaching entrepreneurship. The school has no faculty, but features an impressive slate of guest lecturers and Silicon Valley heavyweights all helping to teach the unteachable and give students a new platform of thinking and creating.

55 MOOCs for the Dog Days of Summer – Open Culture

  • Dan Colman shares a long list of MOOCs to help keep readers entertained, challenged, and cool during the hottest days of summer. All of these classes start between July and September, and are a great way to stay sharp and maybe even earn a certificate for finishing an awesome online class.


Khan: Coming to a City Near You – EdSurge

  • Khan Academy is now holding in-person workshops to help teachers boost their STEM teaching skills. The company is looking into creating an in-person approach for the future, but as of now there are only a few short workshops featured on their summer tour.

Wonder Years: Schools and Teachers Catch Up with the 21st-Century – Education Week

  • Peter Gow writes about the future of K-12 education and details the shift from Behaviorism to Connectivism that we are currently experiencing. He does not aim to be a “cheerleader for change” that disrupts and annoys hesitant teachers, but he would like to make sure that teachers are aware of the great movement that is underway and help them best prepare for the future.

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About - MindShift

  • Katrina Schwartz introduces readers to incredibly helpful online web tools that assist educators and streamline education. Many of them are organization and simplification tools that help teachers improve their tech handle and revitalize lesson plans.

Teachers union got its digital learning policy right – Clayton Christensen Institute

  • Heather Clayton Staker takes note of the NEA’s new policy on online learning, and sees this as a means of increasing the “motivators” helping teachers’ job satisfaction as they begin to implement new education technologies into their classrooms.