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Cool videos around the subject of math to check out.
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In an unprecedented arrangement that involves aspects of MOOCs and a major technology company's support, the Georgia Institute of Technology will soon begin offering an online master's degree in computer science at an unusually low cost.
Georgia Tech announced on Tuesday that it would work with Udacity, a company that runs massive open online courses by well-known professors, to offer a series of online courses that students could complete to earn a graduate degree from the university.
AT&T is donating $2-million to help get the program started, and the company will play an active role in some courses, if professors agree—offering guest speakers or suggesting class projects.
Courses in the program will be free through Udacity's site, made up of video lectures and computer-graded homework assignments. Students who want the possibility of credit or a degree will have to apply for admission to the university and pay tuition, and those students will get access to teaching assistants and, in some cases, have their assignments graded by people.
The fees put a top-ranked computer-science program at a price point more comparable to a typical community college—about $134 per credit, compared with the normal rates at Georgia Tech of $472 per credit for in-state students and $1,139 per credit for out-of-state students, said Rafael L. Bras, the university's provost. The program is expected to take most students three years to complete, and cost less than $7,000.
The university and Udacity will split the revenue from the paying students, with 60 percent going to Georgia Tech and 40 percent to Udacity, said Mr. Bras. "Udacity and Georgia Tech split the net income of this and, obviously, the net losses, if we have any—which we hope we don't," he said.
A partnership between San Jose State University and another MOOC provider, edX, has sparked complaints from professors there, who worry that the university is headed down a path that could lead to fewer faculty members and lower-quality education.
Georgia Tech believes its project is different. "San Jose State is a different situation, and I'm not going to comment on it," said Mr. Bras. "We're talking about a professional master's degree."
He argued that technology can help reduce the cost of instruction without reducing quality. "This is not going to be a watered-down degree," he said. "It's going to be as hard and at a level of excellence of a regular degree."
Students on the degree track will have to take tests in person at one of 4,000 proctored testing centers run by Pearson VUE, but most of the students probably will never travel to the campus itself.
Georgia Tech officials are betting that there are plenty of students willing to pay to get a computer-science degree from the well-known research institution. By the end of the three-year pilot, officials hope to have thousands of students enrolled.
A New Approach
Russell Poulin, deputy director for research and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, said that while other colleges offer online computer-science degrees, the program at Georgia Tech is unique in that it is trying to reduce costs by adapting teaching for an online setting rather than simply transferring traditional methods online.
"The toughest part typically is overcoming some of the politics around that," said Mr. Poulin, whose organization promotes online education as part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Officials at Georgia Tech say they have won all the necessary signoffs. "This program has been approved at every relevant level of the University System of Georgia, up to and including the Board of Regents," says a fact sheetabout the project.
Mr. Poulin said that the involvement of AT&T could raise concerns, though.
"They'll need to be open in how much influence AT&T has in the curriculum and faculty, and what is taught—and in how much dependence does Georgia Tech have on that," said Mr. Poulin. "That would be the concern as far as keeping the academic integrity of the program so it doesn't just become a training program for AT&T."
But Mr. Bras, the provost, dismissed such worries. "I don't have any concerns of that," he said. The program will use the university's existing curriculum, he said, and AT&T employees will get no special consideration in the admissions process.
AT&T says one of its goals is to preserve a pipeline of qualified applicants. The company is also signaling its willingness to take seriously those who study online.
"These students will never have to set foot in a classroom to earn degrees on par with those received in traditional on-campus settings—degrees that will be equally valued by their future employers," wrote Scott S. Smith, senior vice president for human resources at AT&T, in a blog post. "By harnessing the power of MOOCs, we can embark on a new era for higher education and for the development of a highly skilled work force."
Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the project is how quickly it all came together. That troubled Mr. Poulin, who said that many recent online-education efforts have learned things by trial and error that they could have guessed by reading previous research reports.
"If you run headlong into the forest," he said, "you're probably going to run into a few trees, rather than stopping along the side and saying, Oh, there's a map here; we could probably go through the forest without hitting trees..
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The acronym, which stands for science, technology, math, and engineering education, was created as an easy-to-remember method for referencing these areas of school curriculum.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed the “Entrepreneurial Bill” (Senate File #533) into law following his speech at the Howard County Business & Tourism (HCBT) annual banquet in Cresco last Thursday evening, April 25. The Bill was originally drafted by Rep. Josh Byrnes (R-Osage) who was also in attendance for the signing. Read More...
Rapid change in education—and society—has intensified the debate to a level not seen since the battles over school desegregation.
Teachers, engage and amaze your students. Here you'll find videos, tools and revealing hands-on activities for students in grades 4 through 6 to help reinvent your science class.
14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit
A "student" or learner desire to visit and explore usually leads to success and motivation.
Best news: These are all free.
Yeah, let the kids play! Learning will take place through discovery.
A valuable tool in helping kids navigate difficult and new social situations, the Social Story.
Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).
The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency...
An almost overwhelming but potentially useful list.
As a Teacher it becomes more and more important to visualise complex processes...I think it's great tools like these give teachers a chance to be more visual in there naratives.
Un modo differente di presentare all'interno di un Webinar: usare direttamente le infografiche! Ecco un po' di tools utili!
Emaze vision – to change the way people create presentations through a simple, fully automated process that generate powerful and engaging showcases.
Esageriamo! ma sono davvero troppo curioso!!!
Another new tool to create powerful presentations
Um novo suporte a apresentações. Vamos conferir.
"With this new application in Google Docs ( Drive ), teachers can now record their audio comments and share them with their students. I see this as a better way to give feedback on students' work and I do believe there are things we can express with our voice that no written code could ever capture like the tone and intonation..etc."
Another useful tool by Google. Great for business and teaching!
This is AWESOME!! Teachers will LOVE having the ability to add audio comments.
Update/Tip: I tried it out-if you have to change your original document-just copy it and add voice to it-121 Writing doesn't sync with your Google Docs updates.
Instructors are always looking for ways to add audio feedback-I'd much prefer adding voice messages to my student's Google Docs then just text like I have in the past.
Editor’s note: Steve Wishman is a presentation designer at Prezi. Known for creating rich cinematic presentations for TED presenters and Silicon Valley leaders, engineers, startups, and more, Steve comes to Prezi with a lofty but simple goal: to create breathtaking visual stories that help change the world.
Gives great insight into how to create a good presentation with or without using Prezi.
Think as a cameraman while designing your prezi presentations
Some good insights in the article, but I can't say I'm crazy about the sample Prezis.
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Out standing video by leading futurist Christopher Barnatt. Also has a great book on 3D Printing
The Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a $7,000 online master’s degree to 10,000 new students over the next three years without hiring much more than a handful of new instructors.
Georgia Tech will work with AT&T and Udacity, the 15-month-old Silicon Valley-based company, to offer a new online master’s degree in computer science to students across the world at a sixth of the price of its current degree. The deal, announced Tuesday, is portrayed as a revolutionary attempt by a respected university, an education technology startup and a major corporate employer to drive down costs and expand higher education capacity.
MOOC'S that result in more than just a certificate. A Degree at the end
Ideas for teachers and students about how to become a part of the global maker movement, via a new campaign called the Summer of Making and Connecting.
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Great STEM classroom projects
The booing of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a recent education research meeting revealed the increasingly toxic nature of education debates, Jennifer Jennings writes.
Some states are trying to provide meaningful, rigorous, and flexible academic and career options for their students.
Find out if your state is on the implementation list.
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The first order of business in approaching engineering education change is to stop making it simpler than it is. Let's think more carefully about how we're going to change at the same time we think about what we would like to change.