MIT Collaborates with New York City Public Schools for Data Literacy Project

The City Digits project, financed by a National Science Foundation grant, teaches New York City public high-school students about data collection and analysis. | 0 Comments


New Commitments to Support Computer Science Education

The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said Monday. | 0 Comments


Accessibility In Real Life

Who better to explain what web accessibility really means than a user who is legally blind? | 0 Comments


White House and MOOC Providers Team Up on Teacher Training

The White House announced a teacher-training partnership with Coursera and EdX at Wednesday's 'ConnectED to the Future' event, at which the companies committed to providing free professional-education courses for teachers. | 0 Comments


Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith

"the wearable computer that sparked privacy concerns for its surreptitious ability to shoot photos and video, is losing what little luster it had among developers and early Glass users, Reuters reports. Nine of 16 makers of Glass applications Reuters interviewed said that they had ceased building their software because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. “If there was 200 million Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective, said Tom Frencel, the chief executive of Little Guy Games, which put development of a Glass game on hold this year.”There’s no market at this point.”" | 0 Comments


What's wrong with the TEACH Act?

"We believe this would greatly constrain the adoption, development, and use of technology to support teaching and learning for all students, including those with disabilities. The proposed standard would deny institutions the flexibility to meet a student’s individual needs and severely limit the ability of instructors to use all types of content and technologies—from multimedia interactive software to dynamic 3D simulations—that enhance the learning experience for their students." | 0 Comments


Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era

"Privacy evokes a constellation of concepts for Americans—some of them tied to traditional notions of civil liberties and some of them driven by concerns about the surveillance of digital communications and the coming era of “big data.” While Americans’ associations with the topic of privacy are varied, the majority of adults in a new survey by the Pew Research Center feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality." | 0 Comments


Microsoft Changes Tack, Making Office Suite Free on Mobile

"But in a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. The free software for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets will do most of the most essential things people normally do with the computer versions of the product." | 0 Comments

What Georgia Tech’s Online Degree in Computer Science Means for Low-Cost Programs

"Among all recent inventions that have to do with MOOCs, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s online master’s program in computer science may have the best chance of changing how much students pay for a traditional degree." | 0 Comments


Digital divide exacerbates US inequality

"Most families in some of America’s poorest cities lack a broadband connection, according to a Financial Times analysis that shows how the lack of Internet access is making economic equality in the country worse. U.S. cities such as Detroit and Flint in Michigan and Macon in Georgia, which have become synonymous with urban decay, have broadband subscription rates of less than 50%. There are still 31 million households in the U.S. without a home or mobile broadband connection." | 0 Comments

Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (The Data Kind)

Internet2 has announced advances that will let scientists create and connect to virtual spaces to conduct research across disciplines and to study the nature of the web. | 0 Comments


How Box Plans to Use Design to Beat Microsoft (And Everyone Else)

Box is counting on application design to become a critical factor in determining its success against Microsoft Corp and other vendors in the enterprise. The company hired its first design executive who has the radical idea that enterprise technology should be easy to use. | 0 Comments


CodersTrust providing IT students unique new pathway

"Although the program is mainly suited to existing tech students and freelancers, graduates–even those without experience but who are interested in IT–are also welcome to enroll. However, the program requires a trial month, and promising coders must display appropriate skills to formally begin their pathway." | 0 Comments


How Southern New Hampshire U Develops 650-Plus Online Courses Per Year

In the past two years, Southern New Hampshire University has increased its online course offerings by 67 percent and more than tripled its enrollment, making it the fastest growing not-for-profit online educator in the country. Just how has SNHU managed to create so many new programs and courses and hire enough instructors to deliver them? | 0 Comments


New level of courses now offered on edX

"Unlike free massive open online courses (MOOCs), participants will pay a fee to take these courses, build their professional knowledge and skills and earn certificates and/or continuing education credits. The courses are intended for recent graduates entering the workforce and current professionals seeking to advance their careers or transition into a new field." | 0 Comments


Chicago offers unprecented incentive for students to go to college

Every year, hundreds of Chicago Public Schools students earn decent grades, graduate from high school and then … flounder. Many of them don’t get the encouragement to enroll in college, many can’t afford college tuition. That’s a shame for them, their families and all of Chicago.

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges officials announced a bid to jolt Chicago out of that record of failure. | 0 Comments

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