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


Solving the Math Readiness Problem

"Several years ago, 75 percent of graduating high school seniors in Tennessee were not ready for college-level math. "It was clear that this was not acceptable and something needed to be done," said Robert Denn, dean of honors and special programs at Chattanooga State Community College(CSCC). "The lecture and homework model was not working." | 0 Comments


Don’t Ban Laptops in the Classroom

"I get it,” the professor for my short-story course said, going over the syllabus on the first day of class. She was referring to her cellphone policy, which is basically a have-some-sort-of-decorum-I-beg-you rule. She asks us to be polite and use our good judgement." | 0 Comments


Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

Apple’s says it can no longer give customer iPhone data to the cops. Its iOS update takes encryption keys out of the company’s hands. It’s an engineering solution to a legal quandary—but data stored in iCloud is still fair game for law enforcement. | 0 Comments


Google Expands Map Resources for Educators and Students

Google is opening up its Google Maps Gallery service with an expanded array of historical and contemporary maps, as well as tools for students and educators that will allow them to create and edit their own maps. | 0 Comments


MOOCs Are Dead -- Long Live the MOOC

"The “e-vangelists” were out in full force with the over-promising and under-delivering of ed tech rhetoric. MOOCs were going to save Higher Education (or destroy it, depending on the session you attended); MOOCs would finally allow tiny State schools or small private colleges the ability to play on the national stage and compete with R-1’s and the Ivy League; and MOOCs would make education a true commodity, thereby creating a financially viable education-for-all system. MOOCs even made popular news media outlets like The New York Times and Time Magazine." | 0 Comments

Essay criticizing the TEACH Act

"Unfortunately, while we share the goal of improving the accessibility of digital instructional materials, TEACH is written in such a way that it would inadvertently work against that goal. It would impose on higher education – and only on higher education – a new standard for accessibility that would essentially eliminate the existing provisions of accessibility law and regulation that allow institutions to meet a student’s need in relation to the curriculum in question and the technologies available.

Instead, it would restrict campus technology use to only those digital instructional materials and related technologies that are fully accessible from the start to all students regardless of the nature of the disability, the commercial availability of such materials and technologies, and the availability of reasonable accommodations. The bill also includes no provision for the “installed base” of campus technologies and materials, so at a minimum, the full scope of campus instructional technology could be impacted." | 0 Comments


Apple Watch: Coming to a Classroom Near You?

Wearable technology has entered the mainstream. The Apple Watch, announced on Tuesday, ushers in the possibility that, one day soon, campuses across the country will contend with students who are literally attached to their gadgets. | 0 Comments


How Apple and you can improve iCloud security

"Apple's iCloud attack is in the spotlight, but
it's nothing compared to the attacks you can expect. Apple and every user must
take immediate action to protect your digital lives."


Google Classroom: First Impressions

Beyond a clean interface, Google Classroom in its current form does not offer anything that Moodle or a host of other learning-management systems do not already provide. | 0 Comments


How Social Media Silences Debate

A new study suggests that social media makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they differ from those of their friends, the New York Times reports. The research, by the Pew Research Center and Rutgers University, also found that those who use social media regularly were more reluctant to express dissenting views while offline. | 0 Comments

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