Do Students No Longer Know How to Write?

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According to creative writing professor Verlyn Klinkenborg, who raised the headline’s question in his recent New York Times piece “The Decline and Fall of the English Major,” the answer is a resounding yes. While today’s students can reword and metastasize Continue reading

Making Students Not College Ready But ‘Innovation Ready’

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Whenever I hear the term “college ready,” memories of an awful AP class I took in high school come to mind. The teacher of the class, seemingly determined to assign as much reading and as many essays, quizzes, tests, and Continue reading

To B[YOD], or Not to B[YOD]?

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Cheesy title; I know, but what do you expect from a former dorky English teacher? (Though while I’m no longer an English teacher, the dorky part still stands.) We covered BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the classroom several months back, and Continue reading

Thoughts on Online Education

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With the news of the California bill that could allow state universities and community colleges to substitute MOOCs for their 50 most overcrowded courses coming out last week, everyone’s been talking about MOOCs and online education.  Some are blatantly against MOOCs and Continue reading

Amplify Tablet for K12 Revealed at SXSWedu

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Exciting announcements from the SXSWedu conference abound this week! Tablets will always be a hot topic in edtech (particularly the discussion of Apple’s iPad as an  effective education tool, as evidenced this week in Mashable), but today all eyes are Continue reading

Study: College Students Who Receive Financial Support from Parents Get Lower Grades

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Most parents in this day and age have spent years saving for their children’s college educations and want to provide as much financial support as possible to their children while they complete their degrees to ensure their success later in Continue reading

Can Online Education Be Better Than Classroom Learning?

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  John Markoff, New York Times science writer, recently questioned the effectiveness of MOOCS (massive open online courses) in his article, “Measuring the Success of Online Education.” He explained that while large numbers of students are signing up for online Continue reading

Monetizing MOOCs

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Yesterday the New York Times covered Coursera and the possible options for the company to monetize. The article cited the popularity of online education and MOOCs in particular, all of which seems promising for the future of online education — Continue reading

Last Chance to Get Tickets for Technapex NYC EdTech Event Tonight

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This is your last chance to get tickets for our edtech event tonight in New York. Ticket sales close at 2 p.m. EST today. For those of you who already have tickets, we’re looking forward to meeting you in person Continue reading

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

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This Sunday’s New York Times featured the quarterly Education Life, which is all about higher ed, teachers, public and private schools, tuition, scholarships, financial aid and student loans. Lauren Pappano declared 2012 as “The Year of the MOOC.” In case Continue reading