MOOCs Painted as Nothing More Than a Trend, Flipping Parent Communication: Today’s EdTech News

Welcome to your Tuesday 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. Have a tip for us? Shoot it over to cdoyle@technapex.com, and make sure to follow us on Twitter: @Technapex.

Higher Ed

MOOCs and Economic Reality – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Clay Shirky reacts to Patrick J. Deneen’s “We’re All to Blame for MOOCs,” and discusses his views on how online education will change higher ed overall.

Why MOOCs won’t revolutionize higher ed – Washington Post

  • Valerie Strauss shares a blog post written by Larry Cuban, a Stanford professor emeritus of education. The post reveals Cuban’s opinions surrounding the recent MOOC craze, and gives a convincing argument as to how this new learning platform will end up a short-lived fad.

The Global Search for Education: Student Loan Solution Will Come – Huffington Post

  • Education pundit C.M. Rubin has added another article to her online series on education issues around the world, this time discussing the student loan crisis. She compares the U.S. higher education model to those of other countries and proposes what she thinks will be a solution to the crisis.

Desire2Learn’s blind workers help make better accessibility tools for classrooms – Venture Beat

  • Christina Farr shares the story of Desire2Learn, an education software company aiming to make online courses more accessible to visually impaired and blind students. She also shares the story of Carin Headrick, one of Desire2Learn’s accessibility testers who helps the company improve its product.  

Online remedial classes get an A for effort but need work – Los Angeles Times

  • Carla Rivera discusses the issues surrounding transferring remedial higher ed courses to an online format. She understands that students taking remedial courses usually need more in-person interaction to build successful study skills, and how online education does not fit the bill.

MOOCs and the Economics of Higher Ed – Big Think

  • Peter Lawler writes on the tradeoffs between brick and mortar and online higher ed. He understands that small, focused courses still require the dedication of an in-person educator, yet he sees MOOCs and other online courses as legitimate substitutions for the large, general ed lectures that take place within a traditional education system.

K-12

Smart Cities: Providence, RI – Education Week

  • Education writer and influencers Tom Vander Ark has added Providence to his list of “Smart Cities” this week. He points to the growing number of edtech companies bringing blended learning to Rhode Island public schools, as well as charter schools across the state incorporating their own blended learning programs.

ConnectEd: Digital technology initiative modernizes U.S. schools – Voxxi

  • The U.S. is behind in the edtech world, but what can we do to bridge the gap? John Benson of Voxxi reports not only on our country’s place in the edtech race, but also on important technologies being implemented within schools.

Schools are failing our children simply because they are technophobes – The Telegraph

  • Allister Heath discusses technology’s lack of integration within the educational environment. He does not believe that the current education system is living up to its potential and shares ways in which schools should consider implementing modern tech.

Graphite: the new educator/consumer guide for edtech tools - School Library Journal

  • Joyce Valenza profiles Graphite, a website set to launch in August that is offering educators a free forum to rate and review the newest education technologies. The  company is still relatively small, but promises big results as it aims to “weed out” the useless or ineffective learning tools to improve efficiency and results within the crowded edtech market.

Take a Risk…Flip Your Parent Communication! – Education Week

  • Peter DeWitt shares his experiences with flipping school-to-parent communication. All in the name of getting parents more involved, Peter has created classroom websites, district Facebook pages, and even school Twitter pages, all met with enthusiastic parent response.