In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles on the pros and cons of virtual education, Facebook essay writing, e-textbooks, the Federal Learning Registry, and yes, the iPad’s effect on education practices. 1. What Do Students Miss with a Virtual Education? Check out ZDNet Education’s Chris Dawson’s take on this much-discussed question. 2. Princeton Professor Gains Cult Status with 3200 Essays on Facebook In this Wired Campus post, check out how one Princeton English… Read more
The Knewton Blog
Welcome to another installment of Knewton’s EdTech News Roundup. This week, read articles about the state authorization rule for online colleges, Google Apps’ accessibility concerns, and digital media consumption among young children. 1. Department of Education Gives Some Clarification on New Rules The Department of Education released a letter clarifying state authorization, incentive compensation, and misrepresentation rules announced in October. Read more in this article from the International Business Times. 2. Google Apps Inaccessible to… Read more
Last week, we featured three of our favorite EdTech blogs. This week, check out three more blogs that make educational technology issues interesting and accessible: The Tech Savvy Educator Penned by elementary school teacher Ben Rimes, The Tech Savvy Educator is a thoughtful, wide-ranging ed-tech blog that focuses on issues large and small (posts range from videos about new ways to use a projector to in-depth discussions of the ways in which technology can reinforce… Read more
The process of integrating technology into the classroom can be challenging; education, more than almost any other field, is notoriously slow to change. As a result, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s not happening with educational technology, rather than what is. But there’s a lot of positive energy in the world of educational technology, too — much of which is coming from our fellow ed-tech bloggers (many of whom are also teachers!). Today… Read more
In this week’s EdTech Roundup, check out articles on Maine’s 1-1 student-laptop program, the National Broadband Plans’ startling data on school internet speeds, MIT’s OpenCourseWare program, and more. 1. A Perfect Storm in Undergraduate Education A column from the Chronicle of Higher Education delineates everything that’s wrong with undergraduate education today — most significantly, the fact that “at least 45 percent of undergraduates demonstrated “no improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills in… Read more
Our Founder Jose was at Davos last week with his fellow 2011 Technology Pioneers. Here’s a wrap-up of what things were like on the ground in the snowy Alps, Twitter-web-comic style! For more updates, you can follow Knewton_Jose for yourself on Twitter.
Our Founder Jose is at Davos this week, hanging with his fellow 2011 Technology Pioneers and other economic bigwigs. The conference’s full programme (yep, they spell things fancy up in the Alps) is on the web, but Jose’s been telling his Twitter followers what’s really going on at the conference–the good, the bad and the snarky. Since the excitement at Knewton headquarters in NYC this week has mostly consisted of tech fish livestreams and the gazillionth… Read more
Keynote 3 – Jose Ferreira from Svc2c on Vimeo. Our Founder Jose recently attended the Silicon Valley Comes to Cambridge conference (or in Knewton’s case, Silicon Alley). Check out his keynote address to learn about the difference between bankers and start-up enthusiasts, reasons someone should (or shouldn’t) be an entrepreneur, Reid Hoffman’s swearing, and a whole lot more.
I had the pleasure recently of spending a little time with Simon Lebus, the Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment (CA). The last time I checked, CA was Europe’s largest assessment agency. During part of that conversation, Simon pointed me to a research report CA produced in 2008 on critical thinking. The research methodology combined expert judgment with a review of relevant literature in order to produce consensus about what critical thinking is (and is not)… Read more
In a press conference on Tuesday, it was announced that Joel Klein will resign from his post as New York City school chancellor. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has appointed as his replacement Cathleen P. Black, the current chairman of the board (and former president) of Hearst Magazine. Immediately, Bloomberg’s pick made a major waves in the education community. Black has an impressive media resume but minimal education experience. For many, Black is a blank slate – as… Read more