Minerva Aims to Be an Online Ivy League, Digital Tools Harm Student Writing Skills: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

Validating a Virtual Startup School – EdSurge

  • Tony Wan covers the expansion of The Minerva Project, an online venture looking to establish the first online Ivy League university. The Minerva Project is partnering with the Keck Graduate Institute, and non-profit graduate school that will help with the accreditation of Minerva Project courses.

At Lynda.com Content Is Queen, But The Contributor Model Could Be In Jeopardy – Forbes

  • Megan Casserly discusses the growth of Lynda.com, the online video-tutorial site helping viewers learn the intricacies of software applications. She talks with the site’s founders and details the service’s history in order to provide context regarding this highly influential and powerful online platform.

How Andrew Vanden Heuvel Is Revolutionizing Education from Outside the Classroom – EdTech Magazine

  • Jimmy Daly shares the story of Andrew Vanden Heuvel, an ex-teacher and current Google Glass Explorer who is producing short online video segments to teach viewers about STEM subjects. Through his YouTube channel, STEMbite, Andrew combines his teaching expertise with the latest in wearable tech (Glass) in order to share his knowledge with an audience of over 400,000.

K-12

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools – Pew Internet

  • This Pew Survey report written by Kristen Purcell, Judy Buchanan, and Linda Friedrich explores how digital technologies are affecting student writing habits. One of the main issues discovered by this survey is how technology and use of social media outlets is bringing an informal writing style into formal writing assignments, causing students to miss the mark as they are unable to set tone correctly

3 Dubious uses of Technology in Schools – Scientific American

  • Diane Ravitch shares her qualms with technology’s implementation within the classroom. Ranging from issues surrounding the spending of taxpayer money to doubts about technology’s ability to teach comprehensively, Ratvich makes a convincing argument against the convenient technologies of our time.

PARCC Test Cost: Higher for Nearly Half the States – Education Week

  • Catherine Gewertz explores the financial costs of the new PARCC testing system. As schools try to decide which testing method is best for their institution, it becomes a numbers game as test-makers fight for the most comprehensive and cost-effective student-testing solution.

News Corp.’s Amplify is latest with a MOOC for the high school crowd – GigaOM

  • Ki Mae Heussner gives readers a peek at the latest in high school MOOCs – Amplify’s AP Computer Science online course. She shares how this $200 course will contribute to the influence associated with online learning efforts, and how the MOOC online learning platform is sure to expand in the near future.