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April 23rd, 2014 at 11:54 am

The ‘impossible’ $10K degree marches on in Texas

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Governor Perry wants public universities to craft four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000 in tuition, fees, and books.

Bill Ayers did not have in mind any endeavors of conservative Texas governor Rick Perry when he observed that “every revolution is impossible until it happens, and then, looking backwards, every revolution appears inevitable.” But Perry may have launched a revolution of his own with his 2011 state of the state address. Perry challenged Texas’s public universities to craft four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000 in tuition, fees, and books, and to achieve the necessary cost reductions by teaching students online and awarding degrees based on competency.

 

 

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April 19th, 2014 at 8:55 am

The Changemakers are the future of education

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Students learning to 3D model in Budapest, Hungary

There’s a lot of talk about  The Maker Movement in Silicon Valley. Over 195,000 people attended Maker Faire events around the world last year alone. Makers are tech-savvy tinkerers. They build robots, program light installations and hack everything from code to IKEA furniture. From Boston to Beirut, community-based makerspaces are popping up in libraries, schools, shipping containers and buses as part of a revolution that has people returning to their workshops and building with their hands.

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April 17th, 2014 at 10:29 am

Harvard professor Clayton Christensen predicts half of U.S. colleges to fail in next 15 years

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Dowling College main administrative and faculty offices building.

On Long Island, New York’s south shore on the Dowling College campus, a fleet of unused shuttle buses sits in an otherwise empty parking lot. A dormitory is shuttered, as are a cafeteria, bookstore and some classrooms in the main academic building.

 

 

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April 3rd, 2014 at 9:12 am

Education reform has led to an education gold rush

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There’s been an unprecedented move to in education to standardize the curriculum in schools. Because of that there has been a flurry of business activity among startups and tech companies to cash in on the education reform.

 

 

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March 31st, 2014 at 11:11 am

Top 7 best ways to learn how to code

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It’s never been a better time to pick up programming. No matter your age or experience, a plethora of tools are available to get you started or to help you refine your programming chops.

 

 

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March 25th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Code Academies Caught in the Government Sausage Factory

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Code academies have proliferated the higher education and vocational landscape over the past few years. They are posing big questions on the value of a formal four-year college computer science degree and answering consumer demand with a savvy proposition: come to us for an indispensable skill and we will line you up for a high paying job, without making you incur $100,000 in student loan debt.

 

 

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March 19th, 2014 at 10:17 am

Experts predict what education will look like in 2025

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This month, the Web is 25 years old. If you think about it, it’s quite astounding how entwined with and dependent our lives are on the internet.  Pew Research published a weighty report this week in honor of the Web’s anniversary, Digital Life in 2025. The results are thought-provoking, even controversial.

 

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March 12th, 2014 at 10:26 am

World Science U: Physicist Brian Greene’s new experiment in online science education

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Physicist Brian Greene

Companies and universities that run massive open online courses are struggling to prove their value. But Columbia University professor and physicist Brian Greene thinks he has a new and potentially more effective way to teach students online: World Science U, a science education platform that offers everything from two-minute educational videos to full-fledged university-level classes.

 

 

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March 10th, 2014 at 10:15 am

How to learn skills for a new field without going back to college

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Breaking into graphic design without spending thousands on a degree.

There are some people in this world who know what they want to be when they grow up and they stick with it for their entire lives. But for the majority of us the path to contentment with our career is more winding. This week’s question tackles that tricky situation of itching for a career change when you are already saddled with college debt from a few false starts.     Continue Reading »

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March 3rd, 2014 at 1:27 pm

9 robots that are actually stealing our jobs

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One day robots will replace humans in certain jobs.

Eric Schmidt, Google chairman, thinks robots have their work cut out for them if they want to replace people. “There’s something about humans that technologists always forget,” he said. “Humans are creative and unpredictable.”

 

 

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