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  • OK, I'm really interested in this.  I agree, and I wonder about the dos and don'ts.  Memorizing (or recognizing) phrases is a first step, but I would have approached this differently:  if you truly believe that accomplishment is the result of application, work, and sense of ability to achieve, it seems that our attitude toward stu

  • cancelled
  • either Duke nor UC Irvine plan to let their own students use these classes for credit.
  • suing former students who have failed to repay their loans,

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  • 13 U.S. government agencies and NGOs signed a “Declaration of Learning” this week, formally announcing their partnership as members of the Inter-Agency Collaboration on Education, an initiative spearheaded by (now former) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


  • University of Phoenix for its Academic Activity Stream
  • Starter League (a learn-to-code startup formerly known as Code Academy that I covered here) is going to teach Web development to Chicago Public School teachers,

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  • Virtual book club for this seminal education and technology book

  • Between 1990 and 2008, white women without a high school diploma lost a full five years of their lives, while their male counterparts lost three years.
  • I will offer an alternative hypothesis, one which is not explicitly identified in the Times article: inequality. In the U.S., the period between 1990 and 2008, which is a period that saw such steep declines in life expectancy for the least well-off white people, is also a period during which economic inequality soared. Moreover, there is a compelling body of research that suggests that inequality itself -- quite apart from low incomes, or lack of health insurance -- is associated with more negative health outcomes for those at the bottom of the heap.
  • I believe that inequality-related stressors are likely to be the determining factors in declining American life expectancies, as well.

  • When race and education are combined, the disparity is even  more striking. In 2008 white US men and women with 16 years or more of schooling had life expectancies far greater than black  Americans with fewer than 12 years of education—14.2 years more for white men than black men, and 10.3 years more for white  women than black women.

  • Confusingly, people in the United States not only record far lower health indicators on average when compared to other high-income countries, but also score far lower on seemingly unrelated issues related to environmental safety – for instance, experiencing inordinate numbers of homicide and car accidents
  • No single factor can fully explain the U.S. health disadvantage,” the report states. “More likely, the U.S. health disadvantage has multiple causes and involves some combination of inadequate health care, unhealthy behaviors, adverse economic and social conditions, and environmental factors, as well as public policies and social values that shape those conditions.”

  • for-profit education company K–12
  • There’s an infographic, so you know it’s gonna be hugely disruptive.

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  • Aaron Swartz
  • won’t take effect at Dartmouth ’til 2018.
  • Google Chromebooks

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  • blasting children’s app makers for weak privacy protections
  • join forces to create FutureLearn LTD, a new MOOC platform.
  • “Professor Direct”

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  • educational resources developed or purchased with government funds must be made freely available to the public under an open copyright license.
  • David Wiley is taking a leave of absense from BYU to pursue projects associated with the Shuttleworth fellowship he’s just been granted.

  • We define success in ed-tech as building a sustainable company that improves student outcomes, empowers teachers, and increases the reach and efficiency of educational institutions.
  • There are many ways to distinguish between your free service and your service designed for paying customers, especially institutions. Authentication, reporting and analytics, security, look-and-feel customizations, and administrative power-tools are just a few ways you can draw distinctions between a free-for-individuals and paid-for-institutions product. But we've found that it's crucial that your free service is of significant value on its own. It's no good trying to build viral growth based on recommendations for a product that's tantalizingly out of reach. Make sure teachers are genuinely thrilled by your free service.
  • Take down the barriers that come with an enterprise sales mindset. Build a product that students and teachers can start using today. Publish your prices. Empower your customers to generate their own quotes and pay using a credit card where possible. Give institutions trials of your complete product, with all backend integrations enabled and ready to go through self-guided setup. Help your customers sell themselves on your product.

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  • begin selling student data to recruiters and employers, pointing to a revenue stream for the MOOC startup.
  • closer look at last week’s release of state-by-state high school graduation rates.
  • Public Charter Schools (PDF) reports that 5%

  • Arne Duncan as Secretary of State
  • male stripper
  • states’ high school graduation rates

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  • this whole MOOC acronym doesn’t really work any more
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Knewton announced they’ll be offering “personalized learning” to incarcerated youth

  • access the Internet when they sit their final school exams
  • math-learning games
  • Grockit’s “Pinterest for Education” site Learnist

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  • Bennett has been a rising star among ed-reformers, and he’d clashed frequently with teachers unions
  • Proposition 30
  • political purposes

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  • Facebook still required users of its “Pages” to pay
  • license courses from Coursera and offer them for credit.
  • weird that there’s this other university in Alberta where one of the fellows who actually launched this whole MOOC madness works

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  • Reasons for incarceration include flatulence and wearing the wrong color socks.
  • The Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General issued a damning audit of states’ oversight of charter schools
  • French President François Hollande has proposed banning homework

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