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What you need to know. Arne Duncan offers nine pieces of advice to college freshman including a recommendation to become teachers. (BuzzFeed)
Feeding the children. Boston public schools—which give students free breakfast—will also start giving students free lunch regardless of their family’s financial situation. The meal program eliminates the need for low-income families to fill out papContinue Reading »
President Obama is on fire to make higher education more available at a reasonable cost to more Americans. Addressing the faculty and students at the University of Buffalo on Thursday, he made a convincing case that unless higher education wakes up to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century we will find ourselves uncompetitive and increasingly vulnerable economically and socially.<Continue Reading »
Much of the talk about online education over the past year has been dominated by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In just a little more than a year, MOOC providers like Coursera have attracted more than 2 million students to 200 courses from several dozen university partners.
If you take a look at the list of universities that have partnered with Coursera, it reads like a Who’s Who oContinue Reading »
“I’m the map! I’m the map! I’m the map!” Dora the Explorer (and her map) will no doubt be joining 30,000 others today, taking the world’s first digital-mapping MOOC. Anthony Robinson, course instructor and geographer at Penn State, says the course is geared toward the novice who is curious about maps, but has never made one of his or her own. (Wired)
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Unequal education. Students like 13-year-old Erick Araujo who struggle most in school—frequently failing multiple courses at once—are often among the last who should be taken out of the classroom and put on self-study regimes. But in Kern County, Calif., more than 320 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders who have been expelled from traditional public school programs and enrolled in “community sContinue Reading »
It’s easy to get neck strain from trying to follow the back-and-forth ping-pong game between MOOC fans and foes. This week was a particularly fast-paced match. First came the news, via The Chronicle of Higher Education, that a whopping zero students had signed up for the first for-credit MOOC class in the nation, announced with fanfare by Colorado State University last fall. This notwithstandinContinue Reading »
Colorado State University-Global Campus was in the news last fall as the first college to offer credit for a MOOC course. No one has yet taken up CSU-Global on its offer, though keep in mind it was a single course in computer science.
But offering credit for a MOOC is not the only uncommon practice at CSU-Global:CSU-Global is a public university that is entirely online – no labs, fContinue Reading »
More than “remember” and “tell”. More critical thinking will be required of students in preparation for success on the new Common Core assessments. Mindless multiple choice is being replaced with essay questions and the requirement that students explain and justify their answers. How will new curriculums look different from the old ones? (The Journal)
A one-year fix. Lawmakers are tentatContinue Reading »
A paper released recently by the Community College Research Center reminds the champions of MOOCs and other online initiatives of one very important detail: Not all students prefer an online education; many higher education students still want in-person discussions and on-the-spot feedback.
But that’s not to say it will stay that way.
The CCRC paper is based on a small survey of cContinue Reading »
Being fined for safety. A new budget bill in Ohio would fine teachers $5,000 who educate students on safe sex rather than abstinence. (The Blade)
Musical curiosity builds better learners. An elementary school music teacher is calling for silent lunches during the school day. The reason? She wants to bring in live musicians to expose children to a different range of sounds. (NPR)