3 Reasons Students Aren’t Into Computer Science—Yet

I attended Everest Public High School in Redwood City, Calif., and during the years that I was in high school, never once did I hear about computer science, coding or hackathons. To this day, I still do not have a clear idea of what those phrases really mean.

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In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

Beijing—The Chinese government is pushing online education these days, and like so many things in this country of 1.4 billion people, that means going big. One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies.

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Employment Outcomes Data Is All Over The Place. This Report Suggests Ways To Standardize It.

Students don’t always choose where to go to school based on where (or if) it might land them a job. But many do. And for those students, accurate employment outcomes data isn’t always easy to come by.

Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral?

Classic economic theory predicts that when demand falls, so do prices. But when it comes to the price of college in the past few decades, it’s been just the other way around.As data from the National Student Clearinghouse Center shows, tuition has escalated even as enrollments fell.

Digital Media Has a Misinformation Problem—but It's an Opportunity for Teaching.

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Jennifer Sparrow was nominated to share her thoughts by futurist Bryan Alexander, who wrote for the project in 2017.

How Anonymous Peer Editing Changed the Culture of My Classroom

Today was the day. I was about to utter the dreaded words “peer editing.” As I began class with my eighth graders, I told them we would be editing each other’s research papers during our double class period. The reactions included the predictable eye rolls, heavy sighs, and for some, visible panic. We’d done this before—but what they didn’t know was that this time we were going to edit each other's work anonymously. As soon as I mentioned that word, “anonymously,” the mood in the room shifted and students sat up a bit straighter in their seats. I began feeling optimistic.

GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. Now It’s Shutting Down.

Since the days of “Oregon Trail,” educational games have teased at the possibility that learning in school can be freed from the doldrum of textbooks and tests. So if games are fun, and learning should be fun, doesn’t it behoove the education and gaming industries to join forces?

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Will 2019 Be the Year of Privacy? Five Things to Look for in Education

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.Buckle up. That white noise you heard around student data privacy in 2018 is about to be replaced with thunder.

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How Google’s Former China Chief Thinks AI Will Reshape Teaching

Artificial intelligence promises to have a dramatic—and yes, disruptive—effect on U.S. education and jobs in the next decade. But that technology won’t be entirely homegrown: Chinese companies, particularly those building products or services laced with the machine learning algorithms, are increasingly playing a role in the tools that we call “AI.” There are few that understand what these forces mean for the world—and for education and learning—better than Kai-Fu Lee.

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Virtual Classes Shouldn’t Be Cringeworthy. Here are 5 Tips for Teaching Live Online

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here.

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