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Can Rupert Murdoch Speed the Coming of Online Learning?

First Murdoch snags Joel Klein, and now a company that designs educational software. Will he bring digital learning in K-12 into the mainstream?


GothamSchools reported earlier today that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced it was acquiring a Brooklyn-based startup that specializes in education technology called Wireless Generation. It's the second Brooklyn-born entity with a penchant for using technology to individualize education that Murdoch's acquired this month.

The other was New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who announced his resignation two weeks ago. Klein joined News Corp. as an executive vice president in charge of looking into opportunities in the digital learning space, part of what Murdoch refers to as the $500 billion K-12 education sector. Over the years, Klein has talked about the promise of digital learning—from online learning to so-called "blended learning" situations, where students learn from a mix of both computer-based and live instruction.

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