Pros and Cons of Using eLearning Software in Your Classroom

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Although some academic institutions and educational professionals still doubt the high value of eLearning software, technology-based education is no longer a myth. Lockdown aside, why are more teachers turning to online educational software? Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Great Apps to Connect to Your Google Drive

Kyle Pace

Google Drive is fantastic for many reasons. The “out of the box” uses for Google Drive are what makes it great – Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings. When you first go to their site you will click the Connect with Google Drive button on the home page.

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How Is Cloud Computing Revolutionizing the Education Industry?

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Many renowned names in the game, such as Blackboard and Google, are now offering their own cloud-based virtual classroom suites. When I started teaching, syncing work between school and home was impossible.

The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education

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In a world where the largest software vendors like Apple and Google don’t write the apps, we are at a tipping point as the worldwide gap widens between skills delivered by the current educational systems and those required by the digital economy.

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To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning

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In addition, external and internal learning and development content is increasingly being curated and linked to formal educational opportunities for working professionals—via offerings such as Coursera for Business and “ learning experience platforms ” like Degreed.

How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

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But both Coursera and EdX, two of the largest providers, do release lists of their most popular courses. Here are the top 10 most popular courses for each provider: Coursera Top 10 Most Popular Courses (over past 12 months) Source: Coursera edX Top 10 Most Popular Courses (all time) Source: edX Like bestsellers, some of these courses are bringing in serious money. Both edX and Coursera have top courses on teaching Python, one of the most widely-used programming languages.

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Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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The assumption—especially in the marketing messages from major providers like Coursera and edX—is that the winners of traditional higher education will also end up the winners in the world of online courses. In fact, three of the 10 most popular courses on Coursera aren’t produced by a college or university at all, but by a company. In fact, Ng’s original Stanford MOOC remains the most popular course offered by Coursera.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated.

Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

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Apple and Google continue to up the ante in their quest to win adoption in classrooms. billion on education software each year. Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. Former Google Design Ethicist: Relying on Big Tech in Schools Is a ‘Race to the Bottom’. Google’s 12 Education Updates Include Classwork and a (Slight) Classroom Makeover.

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Are Free Educational Videos Worth It?

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The majority of teachers who responded to our survey reported they tend to search for videos online using search engines such as YouTube (83%) and Google (61%).

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Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017

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MOOC companies typically account for the bump in the “Post-Secondary” category, but aside from Coursera’s $64 million Series D round, few other companies focused in higher education scored a large deal. We’ve seen the most interest in SaaS (software-as-a-service) models where the product is complementary to an existing platform.”. Will Google make a strong acquisition in the next year or two to solidify its position,” asks Palmer, “or will it mainly be an infrastructure player?”

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Higher Ed Has Now Split Into Dual Economies: Online and Traditional

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A number of colleges have partnered with big MOOC providers, principally Coursera and edX, to offer large-scale online courses at far lower prices, in part to attract new students to their higher-priced online degrees. "It’s

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EverFi Rocks the Edtech Industry With $190 Million Fundraise

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not just deliver software, but also be able to engage with big brands and marry our interests.” So, too, do companies such as AirBnB, Google, Oracle and Whole Foods. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Coursera CEO Rick Levin. EverFi is a rare breed of education technology company that can boast a wide reach. It not only covers the K-12, higher education and corporate training markets, but its staff also work in some of the most remote corners of the country.

‘Talent’ Has Become the New Theme Uniting Education and Employment

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On the talent-acquisition side of the equation, demand—especially in the technology field–is so great that firms such as IBM , Google , Microsoft , Hubspot and a host of others are providing their own public-facing education and credentials. As learning and credentialing increasingly take place on the job, online, and from a mix of accredited institutions and other providers, a new generation of corporate software is emerging to organize and document this learning.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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Carnegie Mellon announced it would open source its digital learning software. Coursera raised $109 million in venture company because investors are cray. Google was fined $170 million for violating children’s privacy on YouTube. Google got into the anti-plagiarism business. billion (which certainly explains why Google got into the anti-plagiarism business, eh?).

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From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from deeplearning.ai on Coursera.” is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) Via Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.” ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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But during that same fifteen-year period, we also witnessed the birth and growth of highly influential firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba. ASU Global Freshman Academy, Coursera and edX have taken the StraighterLine model—and pushed it even further. Observing the internet revolution, Marc Andreessen famously wrote “ software is eating the world.”

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. Coursera (online education): $210.1 Investors in tutoring companies this year included Warbug Pincus, Goldman Sachs, Learn Capital, Y Combinator, the Omidyar Network, Sequoia Capital, TAL Education, Tencent, Google, and of course, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” More on Coursera and certification in the certification section below.).

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

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But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." Tagged on: March 9, 2017 Move Fast and Break Trust | Slate → Google’s alternative facts and Uber’s self-driving accidents are symptoms of a deeper problem that is only going to get worse: we are beta-testing the future - with increasingly serious consequences.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. In 2018, Mozilla said it would retire Backpack, its platform for sharing and displaying badges, and would help users move their badges to Badgr, software developed by the tech company Concentric Sky.

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Coursera highlights its mentors – its volunteer mentors – on its blog. Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face). Google has also rebranded Google Apps for Education as G Suite for Education. ” And his partner Michael Feldstein : “ Student-Centered Educational Software.”

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From the Coursera blog : “Coursera pilots a new course format.” ” More via I Programmer on Coursera ’s decision to remove old courses from its platform. In other Coursera news : “ Atlassian sponsors computer science learners on Coursera.” Department of State and massive open online course provider Coursera are partnering to launch Coursera for Refugees , a program to offer career training to displaced people around the world.

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Coursera ’s Daphne Koller announced in a blog post that she’s leaving the MOOC company she co-founded to work at a Alphabet (a.k.a. Google) biotech company, Calico. Coursera’s other founder, Andrew Ng, left the startup several years ago to join the Chinese search engine Baidu. Various updates from Google : The company is “killing Google Hangouts on Air,” says The Verge. Education Politics.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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Silicon Valley does include Mountain View, where Google is headquartered. To become a platform is to be “the next Facebook” or “the next Google” (and as such, to be a windfall for investors).

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Coursera ’s 2018 Revenue Estimated to be $140 million,” Class Central estimates. Via The New York Times : “How Google Protected Andy Rubin , the ‘Father of Android ’ ” “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out. Remember: the biases of engineers and managers get baked into the software you use. Enjoy your Google for Education products !

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“ James Damore is moving his lawsuit against Google out of court,” The Verge reports. Via Forbes : “This Company Could Be Your Next Teacher: Coursera Plots A Massive Future For Online Education.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Google Brings Computing Courses to 10 Colleges.” Sponsored content on Edsurge this week, paid for by MacMillan Learning , by ReadingPlus , by Google , and by Gutenberg Technology.

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” That’s Joel Rose ’s School of One software. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” ” The Google Memo. ” Via The Guardian’s Julie Carrie Wong : “Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech.” (National) Education Politics.

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“ ‘Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years’ ” says the BBC, citing a prediction made by Coursera ’s Daphne Koller. Via Fortune : “ Android Co-Founder To Lead Google ’s New Education Project.” ” In recent years, Rich Miner has been an investor in Google’s venture capital wing, Google Ventures. Well, this one was of the longest short weeks I can remember… Education Politics.

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development.” More MOOC job changes: Techcrunch reports that “ Coursera ’s chief product officer just left to become a VC.” It’s one of a number of departures from Edsurge recently: Mary Jo Madda is now at Google. Once upon a time, Coursera updates went in the MOOC section. (National) Education Politics. From the White House Press Office : “ President Donald J.

Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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So instead of a zeppelin, we got to ride in one of Google’s self-driving cars, which was of course the project that Thrun had been working on when he gave his famous TED Talk in 2011 – and that, in turn, was where he heard Salman Khan give his famous TED Talk. Google versus Uber.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ Coursera Removes Biometric Identity Verification Using Keystroke Matching,” Class Central reports. An update on Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng’s employment status in the HR section below. Via Google’s blog : “ Howard University opens a new campus at the Googleplex.” ” It’s a three-month summer program with classes taught by Google engineers and Howard faculty.

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Headline changed from “ Coursera ’s Update Will Eliminate Hundreds of Courses” to “Coursera’s Update Will Migrate Hundreds of Courses to a New Platform.” ” Coursera, initially only emailing former students about their old course work, decided finally to blog about its platform change. Investors in this round were the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CRE Venture Capital, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, Google Ventures, and Spark Capital.

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Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” “ Google is jeopardizing A frican-American literature sites ,” says The Outline. ” There is no mention here about mind-reading robo tutors in the sky , but there are some questionable claims about what the software can do. Via The Chicago Tribune : “ Google’s art selfies aren’t available in Illinois.

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That seems to be Coursera ’s business model. Google has launched a curriculum called “ Be Internet Awesome ” to encourage digital safety and citizenship. So many reasons why Google is the wrong entity to claim any sort of leadership position here, but hey. Via Edsurge : “How U of Michigan Built Automated Essay-Scoring Software to Fill ‘Feedback Gap’ for Student Writing.” Education Politics.