The Gates Foundation Supports Online Degrees, Academic Liaisons Help Startups Connect With Schools: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

Online Learning Continues to Prove Beneficial to College Students – U.S. News University Directory

  • Samantha Gordon reports the findings of Google’s recent Digital & the New College Experience survey which explores the ways in which students interact with technology. The data points out the inadequacies of online courses, and may help web developers create more immersive and competitive higher ed classes.

The Gates Effect – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Marc Parry, Kelly Field, and Beckie Supiano work together to share with readers the ways in which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has impacted higher education. They profile Terry Cosgrove, an “average Joe” looking for an online degree, and share how the Gates Foundation has improved his chances of earning a degree through its support of online higher ed ventures such as that of the University of Southern New Hampshire.

Show Me New Money – Inside Higher Ed 

  • Kevin Kiley explores how institutions of higher ed have been outsourcing their public-private partnerships to increase tuition revenues and allow the schools to run on fewer resources. Is this a good way to deal with frequent budget cuts, or will this prove to be too harmful to the institutions as a whole?

Free online MIT courses are an education revolution – New Scientist

  • Alison George sits down with Anant Agarwal, president of edX, and discusses how the program brings cheap and accessible higher ed courses to the masses without sacrificing quality.


10 Signs From NGLC Winners – Education Week

  • Tom Vander Ark covers the Next Generation Learning Challenges’ chosen winners, and describes how these projects point to the focus of the future of blended learning. Districts will begin to integrate more technologies focused on personalizing and deepening individual progress, and will also push to increase teacher training to make educators more fit for the latest technological methods.

A Role for Teachers in Every Edtech Startup – EdSurge

  • Ben Stern gives his opinion on the best ways for edtech startups to reach out to schools. He has recently taken on the role of “Academic Liaison” for young startup Parlor, and argues that many other companies trying to break into the edtech field should follow suit.

Social Media is a must for America’s STEM future – eSchool News

  • Wendy Henry gives insight regarding the potential social media has to improve and publicize STEM education. Through outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine, educators and developers are able to reach out to students, sharing important information or course content as well as marketing possible STEM “challenges” to boost interest in the field.

Flipped-Classroom: Future of Education – LearnDash

  • Justin Ferriman shares how websites and other online services make it increasingly easier for teachers to “flip” their classrooms. The accompanying infographic shows how sites such as YouTube and Edmodo help teachers create online content that is easily accessible to their students, and gives stats on K-12 “flipped” classrooms.