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A Textbook Dilemma: Digital or Paper?

My friend Joanne was packing her youngest child off to college this month and wrestling with a modern dilemma: Is it better to buy textbooks in digital form or old-fashioned print? One of her son’s professors was recommending an online text for a business course: lighter, always accessible and seriously cheaper ($88 vs. $176 for a 164-page book). But Joanne’s instinct was that her son would “learn better” from a printed volume, free of online distractions, and with pages he could dog-ear, peruse in any order, and inscribe with marginal notes. Her son was inclined to agree.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. While these online courses have seen massive enrollment, perspectives on their impact have been decidedly mixed. And an undercurrent has run just below the surface, questioning how accurate it is to call these courses "open."

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Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

Investor pitch events are a dime a dozen, but no one does it with the flair and furor of Y Combinator. Now in its 25th Demo Day, the Silicon Valley accelerator has created a machine for turning fledgling ideas into businesses that get investors salivating—and writing checks. Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. Its graduates have gone on to raise more than $13 billion in total.

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Free Webinar - Telling Stories & Illustrating Concepts With Storyboards

This Thursday afternoon at 4pm EST I am hosting a free webinar all about using storyboards to tell stories and illustrate concepts. In this webinar sponsored by Storyboard That you will learn how students can use storyboards to:

Girls Who Code’s Rally For Women in Tech Takes Over New York City Square

“The future of tech is female!”

“We are here to challenge the status quo!”

“Join me in this fight for equality!”

Those were just a sampling of the chants from the Rally for Women in Tech hosted this evening in New York City’s Union Square Park by Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to close the gender gap in technology.

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The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Brook Avenue Elementary School in Waco, Texas has been in the papers before, but not for shiny new laptops or flexible classrooms. The school has served as the model for poor performance in the area—listed in both Waco Tribune-Herald and on KCEN-TV for falling below state standards for the last six years.

‘Weapons of Math Destruction’: A Data Scientist’s Warning About Impacts of Big Data

These days algorithms have taken on an almost godlike power—they’re up in the (data) clouds, watching everything, passing judgment and leaving us mere mortals with no way to appeal or to even know when these mathematical deities have intervened.
That’s the argument made by Cathy O'Neil in her book “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” If algorithms are gods, she’s one of the high priests, as a data scientist and mathematician.

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To Develop Future-Ready Students, Project-Based Lessons Teach Real World Skills

Higher test scores. Better graduation rates. Increased lifetime earning potential. Incorporating social-emotional learning and character education into K-12 classrooms improves students’ lives—measurably. 

Chicken Soup for the Liberal Arts Soul

The futility of a liberal-arts degree was drilled into me early on. Surrounded by friends and family who touted how their children were on their way to becoming doctors and engineers, my parents often struggled to explain why their son picked history.“Well, maybe you can be a lawyer,” their friends would say. (I had, and still have, no intention.)