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Please refer to EdTech Times for the latest. Below is a sample of my writing.

How Teachers Discover EdTech

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“To continue on in the theme of edtech in the classroom, we wanted to find out about how teachers are discovering edtech tools and how they are choosing the ones to use. We turned to some teachers who were experimenting with technology in the classroom to see where they turned to as their trusted sources.”

How EdTech Products Get into the Classroom

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“Many edtech companies want to know – how do I get my product into the classroom? Competition is high and districts are reluctant to adopt new technology. So, how can edtech hopefuls stand out as game changers?”

A New Master’s Degree for Education Entrepreneurs at UPenn

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“Education and entrepreneurship is the modern match, and the evidence of a new thriving industry is pilling up. Makerspaces and accelerators are finding their way into the higher ed space, and schools are putting more of an emphasis on teaching entrepreneurial skills with classes, and more recently, degrees.”

LearnLaunchX’s Demo Day Introduces New Solution to EdTech

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“LearnLaunchX’s second cohort, based in Boston, revealed the progress they’ve made while under the wing of the startup space. After three months of intense collaboration and mentorship these innovative ideas transformed into developed products.”

The Power of Student Data and Who Owns it

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“By now, it isn’t much of a secret that education is at the top of the data mining industry. While ominous data grubbers like Google and Facebook were called out on their greedy data hoarding, edtech companies came in through the cute teddy bear-shaped backroom and have been collecting large amounts of student data.”

SNHU Offers First Nationally Available $10,000 Master’s Degree

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“Southern New Hampshire University is working to change the current landscape of education by offering the first nationally available $10,000 bachelor’s degree. The fully accredited degree lets students gain competencies instead of credits as they work their way through the online courses.”

Boston University’s New MOOCs Created to Enhance Traditional Courses

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“Boston University is the newest university to get in the MOOC game with edX.  BU will be offering four new MOOC courses available to anyone interested in taking a course unique to the university.  The four new MOOC courses are: Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball AnalyticsAlien Worlds: The Science of Exoplanet Discovery and CharacterizationWar of the Greater Middle East, and the Art of Poetry.” 

Ed Schools Wary of Teaching New Tech Tools to Teachers

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More teachers are experimenting with how digital technology can effectively deliver information to students with tools like iPads and social media. Then there are edtech companies offering even more options with programs, products, and services to help instructors realize the potential of the 21st-century classroom. Along with eager techy teachers, there are concerns about poorly supported technology initiatives in schools where teachers are not prepared to incorporate high tech into the classroom.  So, what are education schools doing to prepare future teachers for the new classroom?”

What Georgia Tech Learned From its First Online Master’s Degree 

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“We are still riding the wave of MOOCs; however, with the evolution of MOOCs, universities are closer to figuring out where technology marries education.  Georgia Institute of Technology is leading the way with what some are calling a revolutionary move.”

The Expanding Use of Free and Open Source Systems in Higher Ed 

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Higher education institutions are beginning to realize the benefits of using open source learning management platforms.  In 2013, 50 percent of higher education institutions were run on open source systems like Moodle and CourseSites by Blackboard, according toThe Guardian.  This can mainly be attributed to the cost effectiveness of open source compared to proprietary software schools must pay to use.”

 Digital Badges Gain Traction in Higher Ed

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Digital badges are picking up steam since Mozilla introduced the Open Badges project in 2011. This year there was an Open Badges Summit that brought together nearly 300 participants interested in propelling the use of digital badges and legitimizing them.”

Accelerators and Incubators Explained

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In the hype of media coverage on the latest startups launched, or the latest funding raised by a startup, one can easily lose distinction between accelerators and incubators. We do know that they’re somehow involved in preparing startups for growth and hoped-for success.  While they are different, there does exist an overlap between them.”

The Evolution of MOOCs

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According to The New York Times, 2012 was the year of the MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. If this is the case, 2014 may be the year MOOCs are reimagined.”

Mayor Walsh to LearnLaunch Campus: ‘You are the future of the economy’

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Newly inaugurated Boston mayor, Marty Walsh, visited the LearnLaunch Campus on Wednesday in order to promote education and technology in the city.  Some of the companies in the co-working space had the opportunity to meet with the mayor to discuss their product and what they are doing to improve education.”

Learn a New Language in 2014

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Haven’t thought of a New Year’s resolution yet?  Learning a new language helps connect with a different culture and develop insight into how languages work.  It is a great way to challenge yourself and has a host of benefits such as improved memory, preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s, and making you a smarter human being in general (check out this psychologist’s article to see some more tremendous cognitive benefits of learning another language).”

Big Data in Education: Key Players in Data Analytics Weigh In

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Publishing companies have recently been seen as an entry point for bringing big data into schools.  They have the potential to collect large amounts of data, use it in conjunction with their products, and are large enough to have the resources to analyze the data.”

An Introduction: Big Data

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As everything turns away from paper and moves to electronic – banks, education, entrepreneurs – we are left with an overwhelming byproduct of digitalized data.  Some people are looking into analyzing these massive amounts of data, called big data, in order to come up with more effective strategies for businesses, and it’s getting a lot of attention from competitive companies who want an edge.”

Top 7 Ways Technology is Advancing Education

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After a look at the Top 5 Problems with Technology in Education Today, we are following up with the many ways in which technology is changing education for the better.”

Top 5 Problems with Technology in Education Today

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Technology has been used in most schools since the ‘90s (remember CD-ROMS?), but it still has some hiccups.  We weigh in on some of the most problematic issues facing the edtech world today.”