Blackboard Co-Founder Urges ‘Disarmament’ Between Edtech Companies and Academics

Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. There’s still reflexive distrust in the academy of anything non-profit, he says. And he admits industry leaders bear some responsibility, since many haven’t done enough to understand the unique culture of higher education.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal?
Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Great teachers already do that everyday—with or without technology. It should be a goal both broad and laudable enough to unite teachers and technologists, parents and policymakers.

A Student Agency Game Plan—How to Use Data to Bridge Choice and Accountability

A few years ago, Harvard’s Achievement Gap Institute conducted a study on teaching and student agency. The study recognized agency as potentially “…as important an outcome of schooling as the skills we measure with standardized testing.” Indeed, when students take ownership of their education, they become more invested in the outcome. Learning about things that fascinate them helps them pay closer attention, process more efficiently, and engage in critical thinking.

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad on Creativity, Diversity, and the Humanities Crisis

If he weren’t making podcasts, Jad Abumrad believes he would be teaching high school. The host and creator of the popular series Radiolab has obviously found another calling, but that didn’t stop him from giving educators a little advice on how to engage students. It boils down to this: There’s a benefit to being lost, and that should be shared.

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Teachers at ISTE Share Their Definitions of Personalized Learning...and They’re All Different

Perhaps it was the soft jazz playing in the background, or the tranquil turquoise blue accenting all the signage. Or maybe the frenzy of testing is finally over, giving way to a chance to relax and unwind. Whatever it was, for an event with more than 1400 booths, sessions and workshops and 21,000 attendees, ISTE’s annual conference kicked off with more of a breeze than a bang.

Summer PD Feel Overwhelming? An Improviser’s Mindset Can Help You Keep Cool

With every summer break comes the eight-week-or-so refresh and reset most classroom educators need. But for many of us, professional development opportunities wrestle for space amongst family vacations, home projects, and part-time jobs. A quick tour of the edu-blogosphere reveals numerous reading lists, playlists, conferences, workshops, seminars, webinars, retreats and edcamps to engage with over two short months. It can overwhelm, yes, and...there is a way to manage it all.

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?Major Textbook Publishers Sue Follett Over Counterfeit Sales

Three of the country’s largest publishers, Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning, are suing Follett Corporation, a major textbook distributor, on charges of selling counterfeit textbooks in its stores.The companies claim many of Follett’s textbooks are purchased from questionable distributors that sell illegally-copied versions. “These scurrilous dealers are no better than those selling counterfeit watches on a street corner,” the complaint reads.

How Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Highlights the Hybrid, ‘Omnichannel’ Future of Higher Ed

Last week, tech titan Amazon purchased grocer Whole Foods in a strategic move that captured the attention of the business community and general public.

38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

The college affordability crisis has gained much attention in recent years, yet prices continue to climb. Tuition increased 89 percent from 2002 to 2012, and textbook prices—which cost anywhere from $600 to $1300 today—rose 82 percent over the same period, according to U.S. Government Accountability Office.

ASU’s Starbucks Deal Was Just the Beginning

About two years ago Arizona State University famously inked a deal with Starbucks, allowing its baristas to get steeply discounted (in some cases free) tuition to take online courses from ASU. A cover story in The Atlantic hailed it as the future of college access.

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