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Online Evolution

Educational Technology - August 19, 2014 - 7:40pm

by Harvard Magazine

HarvardX and other institutions continue to create new massive open online courses (MOOCs; see the current list at harvardx.harvard.edu/modules-courses). But with hundreds of offerings available on edX, Coursera, and emerging platforms (such as the Business School’s HBX; see harvardmag.com/hbx-14), emphasis is now shifting to research on applications and assessments.

http://harvardmagazine.com/2014/09/online-evolution

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Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed

Educational Technology - August 19, 2014 - 7:35pm

By Timothy Zimmer, Forbes

Online higher education is steadily gaining favor as a credible alternative to the traditional classroom. According to a recent Gallup report, more U.S. adults agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education (37 percent) than did so in 2012 (33 percent) or 2011 (30 percent) when Gallup first introduced the report. Online higher education has been a divisive issue amongst academics for years, seen by many as convenient and affordable but unremarkable in value and legitimacy. When online education went toe-to-toe with traditional classroom-based learning in another recent Gallup report, Americans considered online better at “providing a wide range of options for curriculum” and offering “good value for the money.” Traditional education overshadowed this accomplishment, however, besting online in areas such as instruction, rigor, employer favorability, and student format.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccap/2014/08/13/rising-confidence-in-online-higher-ed/

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Online K-12 education faces challenges

Educational Technology - August 19, 2014 - 7:29pm

by Norman Rozenberg, Tech Page One

Kindergarten-through-12th grade (K-12) cyber schools have yet to receive as much attention as online higher education. For example, brick-and-mortar grade schools have largely resisted the kinds of online options traditional universities have adopted. There are problems with cyber schools that must be addressed, however. Many cyber-schooling programs have not provided students with an education that meets national averages, according to the University of Colorado study. Despite these drawbacks, the virtual option can become a viable alternative to brick-and-mortar grade schools, especially when targeted to specific groups of students for whom traditional schooling is not helpful.

http://techpageone.dell.com/technology/virtualization/online-k-12-education-faces-challenges/

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National Briefing | South: Tennessee: Case Over Test Fraud Is Shut

NYT Education News - August 19, 2014 - 7:29pm
Prosecutors said four people caught in a teacher certification fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving teachers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

U.S. Enrollment Hits Majority-Minority Milestone

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 5:23pm
For the first time, the overall number of Latino, African-American, and Asian students in public K-12 schools will surpass the number of white students.

The Learning Network: Summer Reading Winner, Week 8 | The Art of Cabbage-Walking

NYT Education News - August 19, 2014 - 4:15pm
Our winner this week was ClaireMCHS2014, and our Penguin Young Readers guest judge was K.A. Harrington.






Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson

NPR on Education - August 19, 2014 - 3:59pm

School has been canceled for the week in Ferguson, Mo., as civil unrest continues. While the students are out of the classroom, teachers are helping to clean up the streets.

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Students' Help-Seeking Strategies Offer Clues for Educators

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 3:17pm
Researchers say teachers and policymakers can learn a lot about students' mindsets and school climate by watching how students get the help they need in class.

Teachers Say They Are Not Well-Prepared for Common Core

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 3:16pm
Despite increased professional development for teaching to the new standards, about half of teachers surveyed do not feel the preparation has been adequate.

Popular Child-Poverty Measure Gets Another Look

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 3:14pm
Education data crunchers are seeking an alternative to the current yardstick—the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price school meals.

'Grit' May Not Spur Creative Success, Scholars Say

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 2:53pm
New studies suggest teaching students to be more persistent and conscientious may not be the right strategy for motivating students with a creative bent.

GlassLab Opens Opportunity for Education-Game Makers

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 2:51pm
Developers hoping to transform digital learning games from lightweight classroom fun to serious instructional tools could soon have access to new technologies to help make that happen.

Beyond the 'Model Minority' Stereotype

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 2:45pm
Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders represent a wide range of individuals with varying educational strengths and needs, Rich Lee says.

More States Create Independent Charter-Approval Boards

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 2:40pm
Some see the independent, statewide panels as a way to improve the quality of charters; others aren't so sure.

Congress Making Headway on Higher Education Act

Education Week - August 19, 2014 - 2:33pm
Renewal of the higher education law offers a rare change for bipartisan cooperation in Congress, even as the House and Senate are charting different courses.
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