MOOCs As A Part of Lifelong Learning, Online Summer Camp Teaches Creativity: Today’s EdTech News

Welcome to your Friday edition of our daily news roundup! Each day on Technapex, we’ll be assembling and posting the top edtech news of the week to keep you in the loop of all things education and technology related. To stay updated on our edtech news, make sure to follow us on Twitter: @Technapex.

Higher Ed

Blackboard May Double or Triple Spending on Software Development – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Jeffrey Young talks with Jay Bhatt, new president of Blackboard Inc. The two discuss not only the future of Blackboard, but also that of higher education in general.

MOOCs being embraced by top U.S. universities – USA TODAY

  • Sean McMinn argues that MOOCs are more than just the latest higher ed fad. He points out that they are widely supported by many of our nation’s public university systems, with the only hesitancy coming from professors who fear MOOCs will take their jobs away from them.

Upskilling with MOOCs for reinvention, reinvigoration – The Seattle Times

  • Lynne Varner makes her case in favor of MOOCs and increased online learning. She believes that MOOCs further the concept of lifelong learning, and lead to more creative and innovative individuals well-equipped for our dynamic and technology-obsessed society.

Can Coursera Take Teachers Beyond The Lecture Hall? – EdSurge

  • Christina Quattrocchi explores whether Coursera and other online MOOC formats will not only help students learn, but more importantly help teachers teach. Quattrocchi shares early ideas of how MOOC professors can get the most feedback from their students, even in such large and detached classroom environments.

K-12

MOOCs Meet “Makers” in Virtual Summer Camp – Education Week

  • Benjamin Herold covers “Maker Camp” an online summer camp program that challenges students to complete creative and fun projects by the end of each day. The campers work on the projects at home alone or in small groups, and then interact with one another online via hangouts to discuss their experiences and difficulties with the day’s assignment.

7 Technologies that Could Revolutionize Education – SiliconAngle

  • Mellisa Tolentino introduces readers to the newest edtech products capable of revolutionizing our education system. Many of these tools focus on personalization and aim to boost the attention students are given throughout the learning process.

Technology is a Tool, NOT a Learning Outcome. – Center for Teaching Quality

  • Bill Ferriter shares his commentary on the recent edtech movement. Not only does he point out the unseen intricacies and difficulties associated with placing new tech in the K-12 classroom, but his thoughts are accompanied by a smart and succinct hand-drawn illustration of these ideas.

Why Social Media Matters – Education Week

  • Peter DeWitt provides commentary on the power of social media, and the enormous influence it has within educational institutions. Most popular within K-12 public schools, social media gives a voice to those previously unheard, allowing teachers, parents, students, and administrators to communicate in an open and honest platform.