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The Great Adaptive Learning Experiment

Teaching and Learning | Feature<p>Higher education is in the midst of a kind of Renaissance. A flurry of activity and experimentation around adaptive …

How Adaptive Learning Can Improve Your Classroom – Higher Order Teachers

What is adaptive learning?<p>Adaptive learning refers to instruction that is based on a student’s progress. It is educational technology that adjusts …

Why The World’s Largest Provider Of Online Courses Thinks It’s The Answer To Getting Ahead In The New Economy

Coursera’s Director of Business Development Julia Stiglitz is all for traditional education models that focus on general skills and knowledge, but she says it’s not enough. Here’s what she believes online education can do for you.<p>Two years out of college, Andy was working for a think tank in …

This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

From MOOCs to HARVARDs: will online go mainstream?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) draw a spectrum of responses. Should we be spruiking MOOCs? Spooked by MOOCs? Or hoping the hype will fade and …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

Google augmented-reality game Ingress to expand to iOS in 2014

Ingress, an augmented-reality Android game from Google's Niantic Labs unit in which players try to conquer territory in the real world, will come to iOS in 2014.<p>Arriving on the scene a year ago, the closed-beta software Ingress has been gradually updated with bug fixes and new features. One thing …

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BuzzFeed is crowdsourcing translation with language learning startup Duolingo

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Viral content site BuzzFeed plans to launch French, Spanish and Portuguese homepages this month — but to do so, it won’t rely …

With 1M Users Now On Board, Learnist Brings Its “Pinterest For Learning” To Android

When Grockit first emerged back in 2008, it had set its sights on building a full-service, social learning service that would give students a better way to study for standardized tests, among other things. It enabled students to study solo or in groups by connecting with live instructors or …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Skaffl Launches To Help Teachers Get More Out Of Mobile Technology In The Classroom

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a young, teacher-led education technology startup called Skaffl announced the impending launch of an iPad app that aims to help teachers make better use of technology in the classroom. Its first product, “Braket” allows teachers to plan lessons, manage document …

Google teams up with Harvard and MIT to help boost free online courses

Google said today that it will develop software for edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT that solicits and distributes online courses for free. Open edX, as the effort is called, is a platform for creating courses that can be taken by anyone with internet access. The move builds on Google's …

Udacity Ignores Reality, Founds Open Education Alliance

Massively Open Online Courses were upheld as the future of learning during a panel on new models in online education at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference yesterday in San Francisco. But in reality, the program is getting low marks on its actual implementation in the state of California.<p>The …

Desire2Learn continues its shopping spree, snaps up startup Knowillage

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Desire2Learn is at it again. On Monday, the Canadian ed tech company said that it had made its third acquisition of the year …

Cerego Hacks Your Personal Learning Style to Help You Remember Anything

Cerego today launches a tool that aims to help us actually retain what we’re learning.<p>It’s an educational product that caters to the individual …

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UK teen launches Thinkspace, seeks to bring software development to high schools around the world

Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.<p>Anderson …

Making the grade in Massive Open Online Courses

Back to school isn't just for kids. As professors at top universities put more of their course materials online, everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to teens at Ghana Internet cafes are taking advantage of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, to expand their minds.<p>Some subjects don't lend …

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Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads

Schools around the world are trading in desktop PCs for tablets, netbooks and increasingly Chromebooks, especially in the United States, new research shows.<p>The unexpected popularity of Chromebooks, which were dismissed when they first came out as stripped-down machines with limited appeal, is a …

Google Surveys Can Make Anyone A Professional Pollster

Nate Silver and I are big fans of Google’s Consumer Surveys tool. “Perhaps it won’t be long before Google, not Gallup, is the most trusted name in polling,” wrote Silver, on how Google conducted one of the most accurate polls of the 2012 election cycle.<p>But I didn’t know how useful they’d be for …

Higher ed leaders urge slow down of MOOC train

As scores of colleges rush to offer free online classes, the mania over massive open online courses may be slowing down. Even top proponents of MOOCs …

Swipp's New Email Insights Widget Helps Gauge Sentiment From The Inbox

Swipp, a social intelligence platform for businesses, today released a new product offering for the inbox. Users can embed a widget right into the body of their email to help gauge reaction and sentiment.<p>Akin to the scale at the bottom of an answer on an FAQ where it asks “<i>Was this answer …

ICT needs a makeover to keep the Silicon Roundabout flowing

British politicians adore the spurious concept of Tech City. Give David Cameron half a chance and he'll wax electric, fingers clicking, about the …

Jonathan Zittrain: 'Digital books are under the control of distributors rather than readers'

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UK School Children Will Soon Learn Coding and Use 3D Printers

School pupils in England are set to get a boost to their digital skills following proposed reforms to the education curriculum from September 2014.<p>The document, published today (PDF), reveals that more of a focus on technology-related skills will be among the priorities for primary and secondary …

Teach Yourself: Start A Project

I wrote this for High School Students, but it’s applicable to anyone. It’s an address to education and self-fulfillment.<p>More high school and college students should start projects. Projects are a means to bite-size, practical, and self-driven education. They help you navigate interests and learn …

Everything Gmail knows about you and your friends

When Google hands over e-mail records to the government, it includes basic envelope information, or metadata, that reveals the names and e-mail addresses of senders and recipients in your account. The feds can then mine that information for patterns that might be useful in a law-enforcement …

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Where Chefs Eat And You Should Too

A new international restaurant guide relies on chefs to pick their favorite spots around the world. If the mammoth book doesn’t fit in your luggage, no worries: wait for the app, which is coming soon.<p>Looking for a breakfast spot in Argentina, a local fave in Latvia, or a late night tapas bar in …