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September 12th, 2014 at 10:55 am

SlideRule searches for the best online courses


SlideRule is a fantastic new tool that will save you some serious time as you search around for the best online course that suits your needs. The service is free to use. SlideRule lets you search for courses based on your specified criteria but also narrows down your search based on your needs. Best of all, you can actually leave a review for courses to better inform other users.


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September 5th, 2014 at 9:46 am

Understanding the value of a Massive Open Online Course


The beauty of the on-demand MOOC format is that the student is in the driver’s seat.

Elliott Masie: After 30 years in a corporate learning setting, I wanted to try something different. So, I decided to experiment in the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs), knowing I could share my passion of big data and learning with an even larger audience (after all, the “M” in MOOC stands for “massive”).



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August 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am

How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

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Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning?

When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go to school for at least 13 years (K-12), plus “some” college or post high school education in the U.S. In  schools in developing countries, we hear about children who can’t go to school past a young age (sometimes around 8 years old) because they need to make money for their family’s survival, because they don’t have the opportunity to do so, because of their gender, or because it would be dangerous or prohibitively expensive to do so.



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August 24th, 2014 at 8:02 am

Students should own their educational data: L. Todd Rose


Technology can help by giving educators detailed data on students and the ability to customize teaching materials.

It may sound logical to Design a textbook or lecture with the average student in mind. But the educational neuroscience professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, L. Todd Rose, argues that doing so means that the lesson is designed for nobody.



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August 8th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Affordable 3D printers are revolutionizing the world of product development

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Printeer is a $450 3D printer for kids.

Cheap 3D printers have been getting a bad rap. They are seen as toys for enthusiasts, most work by squeezing melted plastic filament through a thin nozzle (Fused Filament Fabrication, or FFF). But in reality, these devices are revolutionizing the world of product development. They are set to educate a generation and are home to some of the most innovative developments in the 3D printing world.



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August 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 am

No Homework! Why Finland’s school system is the best in the world


Homework is rarely given until students are teenagers.

Our education system is failing our students. There are also a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do or not to do with our own. (Infographic)


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August 1st, 2014 at 8:26 am

Top 5 things everyone needs to know about the future of math


Yesterday’s math class won’t prepare you for tomorrow’s jobs.

Math is changing, at least in the way we use math in the context of our daily lives. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.

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July 31st, 2014 at 8:18 am

Top 4 technology trends that are changing higher education


Game-based learning can provide students with the right skills and knowledge for their future.

Technology transforms how students learn, share and gather information and has had a huge impact on the education system worldwide.



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July 31st, 2014 at 8:08 am

How five U.S. innovations helped improve schools in Finland even as American’s ignore the same reforms

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Finland has a staggering record of education success.

Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and scholar, is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. He is the author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?”and a former director general of Finland’s Center for International Mobility and Cooperation. Sahlberg is now a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has written a number of important posts for this blog, including “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools,” and “What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform.”



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July 30th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

‘Micro-colleges’ will educate the workforce of the future: Futurist Thomas Frey


The world has a shortage of 18 million teachers.

Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs took to the Rockies, sponsoring an event at the Innovation Pavilion in Centennial, Colorado. Former IBM engineer and noted futurist Thomas Frey addressed a gathering of business leaders, entrepreneurs and community members on an issue he says is increasingly impacting the labor force: With the ever-increasing pace of innovation, traditional colleges and universities are failing to train and retrain workers quickly enough.



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