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EdSurge Makin' The Grade

MIDTERMS: We're thrilled to report that EdSurge made two sweet lists this week: the TED.org blog put us on the top of its list of education websites that "you should know and use."  (Ahead of Khan Academy! Wow! Don't tell cousin Nadia!) And today we heard that we're a finalist for the ...

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Australian Startup Raises $1.2M for Textbook Rentals

ZOOKAL: $1.2 million to Sydney, Australia-based Zookal after paying a visit to Silicon Valley VCs in late 2012, reports BRW. Founded in March 2011, the company provides a platform where university students in the Down Under can buy, sell or rent print textbooks. The website also allows students ...

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Breaking the 'Hype-to-Failure' Cycle of Education Technology in India

HYPERTABLET: Despite earnest efforts like One Laptop Per Child or Aakash tablets, why is it that "ed-tech solutions touted by the mainstream press as innovative in developing countries seem entirely impractical in [these] settings?"

That's the hot-button question presented in a recent report, ...

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Why Teaching is Good For You

A STUDY THAT SHOULD CHEER YOU: This just in from the folks at Gallup, America's pollsters: Teaching is good for you. As a profession, teachers came in second place among 14 professions (trailing only doctors) in "overall wellbeing." Wrote pollmester and executive director of Gallup Education, ...

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School Tool: Thinking Worlds Helps Create 3D Games Code-Free

Free! THINKING WORLDS is a drag-and-drop 3D scene builder and visual programming editor that allows non-coders to build immersive gaming experiences and simulations. It appears more suited for creating virtual training exercises in large organizations, but with a free developer license it should ...

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BYOD Gets a Dash of Digital Citizenship

Free! 1:1 ESSENTIALS PROGRAM: Those digital citizenship dignitaries at Common Sense Media have just released a comprehensive guide for students, educators, administrators, and parents scratching their heads over the transition towards a 1:1 or BYOD classroom. The 1:1 Essentials Program is broken ...

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Why You Should Build an Edtech Tool Belt

AN EDTECH TOOLBELT: Thoughful kickoff keynote address presented at the annual CUE conference by Sonoma, Calif.,  high school English teacher, Catlin Tucker (or @CTuckerEnglish). (Here's her blog with a summary of the talk.)  She points out that teachers have had varying experiences ...

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Research Tool Wiki Helps Expert and Beginner Scholars Alike

Free! BAMBOO DIRT is a well-organized online wiki which helps “digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources.” Though intended for scholarly use, the wiki tags -- analyze texts, publish and share information, and write collaboratively to name a few -- ...

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Assistive Website Opens YouTube for Disabled Learners

Free! (and CC-licensed) ACCESS YOUTUBE provides a barebones interface for accessing YouTube videos through assistive computing technologies. Developed by Mike Thrussell, assistive technology coordinator at Henshaws College (a U.K.-based vocational school for the visually-impaired and learning ...

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Udacity's Sebastian Thrun On the Future of Education

At Commonwealth Club talk, Thrun discusses Udacity, learning and whether he has ever taken a MOOC

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