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Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going? | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going? | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Everyone’s going MOOC-crazy these days. The question is not just whether MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are going to disrupt traditional education, but how.

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Everyone’s going MOOC-crazy these days. From frequent media coverage of online courses and platforms like Coursera, edX, Udacity, and Udemy to discussions about the complexities and business models of online education, the excitement around MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has finally “bubbled” over.

 

The question is not just whether MOOCs are going to disrupt traditional education, but how. Is it just about lower costs and access? Is it really going to be a Napster-like moment with entrenched “Teamsters in tweed” worried about the erosion of their research, publishing, and teaching?

 

This is where we can leave the realm of hype and commentary to draw on our own years of research into disruption theory. Because the curious thing about the MOOC wave of disruption is that the market leaders — not just upstarts from the edges — are the ones pioneering it. And that rarely happens.

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Torsh Inc. and New Teacher Center Launch 'Ask a Mentor' powered by Torsh

Torsh Inc. and New Teacher Center Launch 'Ask a Mentor' powered by Torsh | Shift Education | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Torsh Inc. and New Teacher Center Launch 'Ask a Mentor' powered by Torsh, a pioneering 'just in time' synchronous remote mentoring service.
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It's an exciting day for Torsh Inc and New Teacher Center as we announce 'Ask a Mentor'

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The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations | Shift Education | Scoop.it
And what managers need to know about negative ones.
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This has great application in education as well. Think about our interactions with peers, coaches and mentors, education leaders, and students.

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Starbucks offers workers free college tuition

Starbucks offers workers free college tuition | Shift Education | Scoop.it
TEMPE, Ariz. — Starbucks employees nationwide will be eligible for a free college education through Arizona State University's online program beginning this fall.
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Education Department Could Give Billion-Dollar Contract To Company Accused Of Cheating Soldiers

Education Department Could Give Billion-Dollar Contract To Company Accused Of Cheating Soldiers | Shift Education | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Education is seriously considering granting a potentially billion-dollar, decade-long contract to a former unit of Sallie Mae, the student loan company the Justice Department last month accused of cheating U.S. soldiers.

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Teaching Trust and Breakthrough Collaborative Incorporate Torsh TALENT™ into Programs for Educator and Leadership Development.

Teaching Trust and Breakthrough Collaborative Incorporate Torsh TALENT™ into Programs for Educator and Leadership Development. | Shift Education | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Teaching Trust and Breakthrough Collaborative Incorporate Torsh Inc. TALENT™ into Programs for Educator and Leadership Development. Leading non-profits find Torsh's video-based reflection and collaboration platform a valuable solution for deeper coaching of emerging educators and aspiring leaders.
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Adventures in Instructional Coaching: It's Time to Teach

Adventures in Instructional Coaching: It's Time to Teach | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Working as an Instructional Coach is a delicate balance of learning how to balance being a coach who frequently talks teachers "off the ledge" and not losing your teaching credibility....
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Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.: A Commonsense Solution to School Inequality

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.: A Commonsense Solution to School Inequality | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Neighborhood public schools are outdated. They were designed to keep children close to parents, especially when many had mothers at home.
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Are Common-Core Conspiracy Theories Drowning Out Real Issues?

Are Common-Core Conspiracy Theories Drowning Out Real Issues? | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Or, how the Common Core State Standards were actually designed to sell butter substitutes.
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Are we really, finally going to start a discussion around the true pros and cons of Common Core?

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What It Takes For Public Schools to Move Forward

What It Takes For Public Schools to Move Forward | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Word to the wise: "Catch yourself every time you're systematically mis-predicting who can and who can't do what among your children. We mis-predict among race, gender, socio-economic status, and standardized test. It's not democratic and it's not moving us forward," says Larry Rosenstock, co-founder of High Tech High.
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Four Reasons Why Schools Win By Switching Their LMS

Four Reasons Why Schools Win By Switching Their LMS | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Raise your hand if you are worried about managing a transition to a new campus learning management system (LMS).No doubt you already have more work than people or time to do that work. You are juggling 24/7/365 educational technology demands with a staffing and organizational model designed to suppo
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How can a conversation about changing your LMS lead to discussions about new ways to think about teaching and learning?  This is an interesting article giving some background about how that happened on one campus.

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A brief history of education's big data debate

A brief history of education's big data debate | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Concern over the collection and sharing of student data dates as far back as the 1970s.
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It's interesting to see the evolution of this discussion and how one organization ended up the target when "95% of schools and districts are currently using data storage systems similar to inBloom (i.e., third-party clouds)"

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Google Developing Free LMS as Part of Apps for Education

Google Developing Free LMS as Part of Apps for Education | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Google is now taking applications for a limited preview of a new app called Google Classroom — a tool that brings learning management functionality to the Google Apps for Education suite.
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Interesting.

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Google halts student Gmail scans

Google halts student Gmail scans | Shift Education | Scoop.it
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So is that what happens with "free"?  There is always a price.

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Pearson, N.M. Officials Push Back in Common-Core Contract Battle

Pearson, N.M. Officials Push Back in Common-Core Contract Battle | Shift Education | Scoop.it
New Mexico state officials describe a protest over a major common-core testing contract by the American Institutes for Research as "frivolous," in a filing with the state purchasing director.
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Can a challenge, like this, to the RFP process change the game going forward?

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' I have very real concerns about the sustainability of public education ... - Washington Post (blog)

' I have very real concerns about the sustainability of public education ... - Washington Post (blog) | Shift Education | Scoop.it
' I have very real concerns about the sustainability of public education ...
Washington Post (blog)
Josh Waldron is an award-winning teacher in Waynesboro, Virginia — or rather, was an award-winning teacher in Waynesboro, Virginia.
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"When times are tough, human beings and institutions have the rare opportunity to reflect and refocus, to think differently and creatively"

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Delay Urged on Actions Tied to Tests by Schools

Delay Urged on Actions Tied to Tests by Schools | Shift Education | Scoop.it
In an open letter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — a strong backer of the new academic guidelines — said more time was needed to make the standards work.
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Time is a good thing but even more important are things like 1) plans need to be put in place for educators to be able to deliver content and curriculum aligned to common core, 2) fair and realistic accountability is defined, and, 3) if assessments are actually a component of this, we need to make sure they are tested.

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Tough Week For The Common Core

Tough Week For The Common Core | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Two more states opt out. Politics are heating up. What's next?
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In New Orleans, traditional public schools close for good

In New Orleans, traditional public schools close for good | Shift Education | Scoop.it
City devastated by 2005 hurricane shifts entirely to public charter schools, the first to do so.
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I'm interested to hear thoughts around this.  

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New Dallas ISD teacher pay-for-performance plan is key part of district reform ... - Dallas Morning News

New Dallas ISD teacher pay-for-performance plan is key part of district reform ... - Dallas Morning News | Shift Education | Scoop.it
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I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack

I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack | Shift Education | Scoop.it
How do you persuade young women to enter one of the most lucrative, flexible fields in the economy? Duh: Create a TV show.
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Diane Ravitch: Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core

Diane Ravitch: Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Over the years, we have seen a steady dumbing down of American culture, especially in the mass media. Whether newspapers, radio, or television, we have lost many of our well-educated, cultured, well-informed thinkers.
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Do I actually agree with some of the Ravitch proposals?

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High School Students Come Up With A Genius Plan For Getting Ketchup Out Of The Bottle

High School Students Come Up With A Genius Plan For Getting Ketchup Out Of The Bottle | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Give a kid a vague prompt--"it really bugs me when..."--get an awesome answer.
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Go STEM!  Very clever and exciting.  The mechanical engineer side of me wants to try this now!

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New European ruling game-changing for U.S. companies

New European ruling game-changing for U.S. companies | Shift Education | Scoop.it

Europe's highest court ruling Tuesday that people have the "right to be forgotten" and can ask Google to remove some sensitive information from Internet search results is "huge," privacy experts say.

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This could have serious implications for the US and, more specifically, education.

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Big Data and the Mathematics of Effectiveness : Learning to Watch the #Reality in Motion...

Big Data and the Mathematics of Effectiveness : Learning to Watch the #Reality in Motion... | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Why are some people so scared of big data in education? There seem to be a few main arguments they use to try to scare everyone else away from big data...

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The Tale of Two Schools

The Tale of Two Schools | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Fieldston and University Heights are in the same borough but are worlds apart. How much understanding between their students can a well-told story bring?
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Powerful.

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