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Is Personalization in Education About Students or Profit?

We graft the free market model onto a wholly incompatible field of ideas in education—markets are driven by profit, not learning.

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A Master's Degree in Computer Science For Under $7K? Georgia Tech Is Making it Happen

Georgia Tech's teaming up with Udacity and they hope to enroll 10,000 computer science students over the next three years.


Had a hankering to pursue an advanced degree in computer science but you've been put off by the prospect of tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt? Here's some game-changing good news: Top-tier Georgia Tech is teaming up with massive open online course platform Udacity and AT&T to offer a master's in computer science degree, and the whole thing will cost about $7,000. Nope, that's not a typo.

Udacity, which was launched in 2012 by Stanford professor Peter Thrun, offers free virtual classes to anyone with an internet connection. MOOCs have received plenty of attention in the past year because of their ability to educate the masses at a fraction of the cost of a traditional university. Georgia Tech's dean of computing, Zvi Galil, told Insider Higher Ed that although they've "been a part" of the rise of the MOOC, he "thought we could be leaders in this revolution by taking it to the next level, by doing the revolutionary step."

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MOOC Hype and the End for the 'Boring University Lecture'

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is pretty psyched about MOOCs. College presidents? Not so much.


Over the past few years, millions of students across the globe have signed up to take classes through online platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udacity. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is so enthusiastic about the potential of these so-called Massively Open Online Courses to transform education that he's now among the growing number of advocates predicting they'll bring abut the end of traditional university lectures and change the way the world learns.

Despite all the technology at our fingertips Wales told BBC News that higher education hasn't changed much since he was a college student. "In university you're still likely to be in a large lecture hall with a very boring professor, and everyone knows it's not working very well," Wales says. "It's not even the best use of that professor's time or the audience." Instead, MOOC supporters like Wales believe that learning through "libraries of video lectures, supplemented with interactive information, that can be used at any time on a tablet computer or laptop," is a much more engaging form of education.

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In Search of Ed Tech Ideas that Reimagine Learning

The U.S. Department of Education is looking to fund a slew of innovative education technology prototypes for five high-need sectors.


Know of a small business with great ideas that reimagine learning? Through the 2013 Small Business Innovation Research Program, the U.S. Department of Education is looking to fund a slew of innovative education technology prototypes for five high-need sectors.

One of the sectors is special education, which doesn't always seem to get the attention it deserves from ed tech hardware and software developers. But that might change since the department is offering awards ranging from $150,000 to $1,050,000 to help develop prototypes and products that will "improve student learning in education and special education settings."

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Best of 2012: Visionaries, Organizations, and Innovations Changing the Way We Learn

Here are the best educational efforts of 2012 that bring us leaps closer to realizing our full human potential.


In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson took the TED stage and delivered what is now the most viewed TED talk of all times. With wit and humor, and in less than 20 minutes, he dissected the modern educational structure, and asked a question few have dared to ask: Are schools killing our dreams? He argued that creativity needs to be instilled in education, and with that, sparked a movement. The talk sent ripples through out the world, inspired millions of people, and started a new conversation around what education ought to be.

Four years later, he returned to the TED stage, this time with a new question around human potential. It’s become very clear that creativity, imagination, and the nurturing of dreams are what education is meant to be.

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Yes, Chuck Berry Can Help Kids With Reading and Technology

The "Kids Like Blues" project has kids rocking with Chuck Berry and learning reading and technology skills.

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Most first graders probably don't know the lyrics of Chuck Berry's 1965 classic "Promised Land." It's a different story at Garrison Elementary in Oceanside, California. With his "Kids Like Blues" project, teacher Jon Schwartz has brought the music of Berry and other early blues artists into the classroom and uses them to teach students "reading, writing, listening, speech, social studies, technology, and the visual and performing arts."

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