Ed News Ticker for December 1st 2011
Stanford expands free, online information technology course offerings
After the huge success of Stanford’s tuition free online courses on Artificial Intelligence, Data Bases and Machine Learning the university is planning to extend its offer to 8 more courses including
Software as a Service,Computer Science 101, Machine Learning, Cryptography, Natural Language Processing, Human Computer Interaction, Design and Analysis of Algorithms I, and Probabilistic Graphic Models
UAA Slows Down Internet to Combat Piracy
As reaction to raising numbers of complaints from legal rights holders the UAA is going to slow down the Internet in the campus dorm rooms to 2mb/s. According to the UAA this is enough to do the necessary work online but too slow to illegally download videos and music.
Google+ Now Lets You Conference People Into Hangouts With Free Voice Calls
Google+ users in the US can now add participants via telephone to Google Hangout.
To activate the feature, simply start a Hangout, click the Invite button at the top, select “Phone”, and enter a phone number. If the recipient picks up, they’ll be instantly connected. The free offer is supposed to last through 2012. There’s no support for international calling, but Google recommends you use Google Voice for that.
App Takes Classroom Observation to Tablets
GoKnow Mobile Learning, in collaboration with the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP), has released GoObserve, a classroom observation and walkthrough app for Android tablets and the iPad.
Digital Learning Enrollment Triples: U.S. Department of Education
55 percent of 2,310 school districts had students enrolled in online courses, ninety-six percent of which were given at the high school level.
Source: Huffington Post
Can Online Portals Transform Hebrew Schools?
In January, Behrman House, the leading publisher of textbooks for the Hebrew school market, will roll out its Online Learning Center, a platform [...] offering digital access to its library of lesson plans, games, articles and textbooks.
Source: The Jewish Week
Startup of the Week: Zoomingo
Krishnan Seshadrinathan and Shirish Nadkarni, co-founders of the language learning site LiveMocha raised $1.3 million and launched a new startup in October. Zoomingo is a shopping discovery app for iPhones and Android phones.