MOOC Harbor Less-Than-Great Results, Schoolzilla Consolidates K-12 Student Info: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

A New Academic Year and a National Commission – The Huffington Post

  • Richard Legron explores how universities and their boards will transition into the 21st century and take advantage of the new educational technologies available. There will be a new National Commission on College and University Board Governance, which will meet four times to deliver interim reports regarding the preparedness of governing boards to deal with education’s latest challenges.

MOOCs Are Going to Ruin Your College Education – Policy Mic

  • Polina Krok shares her opinion surrounding the effectiveness of MOOC-based learning strategies. MOOCs are a convenient and cost-effective strategy for tackling higher ed courses, however, recent outcomes suggest that they may not deliver the deep learning and comprehension necessary to succeed.

Jisc fund backs students’ technology plans – T.H.E. Journal

  • Chris Parr discusses the University of Edinburgh’s latest program entitled PitchPatch, which aims to form an online noticeboard that connects students with differing skills across campus. This program is funded by Jisc, and allow for increased connection and productivity among students on campus.

Four Ideas to Fix Higher Education – The Wall Street Journal

  • David Wassel outlines Obama’s latest efforts to improve our nation’s system of higher education. Ranging from putting an end to colleges with ever-rising tuitions to increasing transparency between administration and students, there are many ways to better our nation’s institutions of higher ed.

K-12

The Heart of Darkness: Launching a Venture in the Ed-Tech Market – Education Week

  • Tom Segal shares his views on the best ways to launch a successful edtech product. he speaks out to both startup entrepreneur as well as teachers (he calls them “teacherpreneurs”), and gives helpful advice regarding what an investor hopes to see in a new edtech product.

Changes to Rocketship’s Learning Lab Puts Teachers in Driver’s Seat – EdSurge

  • Christina Quattrocchi discusses Rocketship Education’s latest update, as the online learning provider gives teachers more control and incorporates in-person activities into it’s tech-based learning approach. Students will now have more direct interaction with teachers, and be able to work together as they complete activities in their virtual online classroom.

Why one charter school system founded an ed-tech startup – VentureBeat

  • Christina Farr covers “Schoolzilla”, an independent edtech startup founded by Aspire’s former vice president of technology. Schoolzilla aims to provide a centralized system to contain student data, ranging from students’ strengths and weaknesses to attendance records.