Wednesday, November 25. 2015
Online learning is hardly a new thing. But new startups entering this space continue to be news. I saw a mention of one recently that is based in India - a market I know almost nothing about. Apparently, it is an extremely fragmented space in India. The first article I read lists test prep startups that I have never heard of (Toppr, Embibe, Plancess) and e-learning startups (Edukart, Simplilearn, Englishleap.com, Purple Squirrel Eduventures) that I also have never encountered.
Wednesday, November 18. 2015
I've been thinking lately about a group of people I call "The Disconnected." They include some sub-groups, such as the "cord-cutters." Cord cutting, in a telecommunications context, is the practice of stopping your cable or satellite television service or getting rid of a landline phone. When it comes to cable and satellite services and phone carriers, cord cutters drop them in favor of less expensive options (individual channels like HBO Go, packages like Hulu or TV and video on the Net) and just owning a cell phone or using VoIP (voice over IP).
Monday, November 16. 2015
Tuesday, November 10. 2015
As Facebook moves towards being more than just your social graph center, Pinterest wants to be more than a image social-sharing site. More Google than Facebook, even though Facebook seems to want to be Google sometimes.
Monday, November 9. 2015
Amazon plans to give money to University of Washington faculty members, students, or anybody on a campus who has a "bold, risky" idea for making the world a better place. It is a newgrant program that taregts research projects that have great potential - perhaps so much so that they wouldn't normally get approval from the traditional funding sources.
Friday, November 6. 2015
Bridging neuroscience and educational practice - brain scans and lesson plans - probably sounds like a good idea and a frightening one. I saw that Pearson asks two experts (one from higher education and one from K12) to apply principles from learning science to classroom practice. This is part one of a series of eight questions.
Wednesday, November 4. 2015
So, you're tired of your research languishing in some journal that no one reads anymore? You want your research to go viral. Good luck.
Thursday, October 29. 2015
There has been more than $750 million in recent years from tech companies to try to help schools bridge the long-acknowledged STEM skills gap. Much of that money was earmarked for what we would term IT. And though I much prefer STEAM (with an arts and digital humanities inclusion) to STEM, most people in any of those areas would probably agree that the gap hasn't narrowed and may have widened.
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