EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of February 17th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we have gathered more interesting stories, research and opinions from around the world.

For example both North and South Korea crack down on private education, the consequences of Net Neutrality on Obama’s ConnectEd program, why basic education software should be free to use and how a 20 minute walk to school or work can help us to perform better throughout the day.


HackHands offers live help from experts for newbie programmers.
via TechCrunch

Tynker is going to launch its iPad app to teach kids how to code at SXSW.
via VentureBeat

ALISON, the original MOOC (or Khan Academy) out if Ireland reaches 3 million users.
via EdSurge

YikYak rides the hype of anonymous messaging and brings it to campus.
via TechCrunch

Pedia Press wants to print the entire English Wikipedia in 1000 books.
via TechCrunch

Rice University’s OwlSpark accelerator aims to create its own network of university based accelerators.
via Xconomy

Harvard and MIT released a tool to visualize MOOC data.
via The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Motley Fool takes a look at Chegg’s shares and the reason why they crashed.
via The Motley Fool


Must Read: Nelson B. Heller takes a look at international edtech sales, the problems and challenges related.
via EdNET Insight

NPR published a report on the latest push for more STEM in K-12, of course focused on coding even at an early age.
via NPR

Forbes published a timeline on the evolution of distance learning from correspondence courses to MOOCs.
via Forbes

Fast Company features Charles Best of DonorsChoose and his advice to ask for money.
via Fast Company 

Fast Company published its list of the most innovative companies in education.
via Fast Company

North Korea cracks down on private education.
via RFA

South Korea passed a bill banning advance teaching in schools.
via Yonhap News Agency

Must Read: PandoDaily takes a look at the potential consequences for ConnectEd in case we lose Net Neutrality.
via PandoDaily

The UN launched an initiative to pilot the use of ereaders in education in Tanzania.
via The Telegraph

For the first time women outnumber men in Berkley’s Intro to Computer Science course.
via TechCrunch

The $1 trillion student loan problem keeps getting worse according to Forbes.
via Forbes


Ranjit Goswami shares his thoughts on the unsustainable higher education model in India and what to do to improve it on University World News.
via University World News

Marguerite J Dennis takes a look at competency-based degrees and their impact on classic credentials.
via University World News

Christopher John Farley asks if we still need libraries in the digital age.
via WSJ

Rob Jenkins thinks that faculty should be more paranoid about social media.
via The Chronicle of Higher Education

Selena Larson shares her thoughts on coding bootcamps and why they should be regulated.
via ReadWrite 

Michael Horn writes about disrupting Vietnam’s education system on Forbes.
via Forbes

The OECD blog shares views on inclusive education innovations in India.
via OECD Education Today

Must Read: Dave Margulius, founder and CEO of Quizlet, thinks that all basic learning software should be free to use.
via Dave Margulius

Matthew Saccaro thinks that saying no to college is the worst decision you can take.
via Salon


Researchers at the University of Oxford found that computer games might help children with dyslexia.
via Geekosystem

Must Read: A 20 minute walk to school or work has a positive impact on the mind and helps us to perform better during the day.
via Fast Company

Switching schools can result in psychotic symptoms in teenagers.
via Futurity

Other News

The EU has halted research and educational talks with Switzerland in the fallout from the Swiss vote in favour of immigration curbs.
via The Globe and Mail

A seventh grader built a braille printer that normally costs $2000 and more with $350 worth of Lego bricks.
via GigaOm

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