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EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of March 17th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we learn about the potential reasons why Coursera is allowed to give access to some of its courses to Iranian students, why VCs tend to get edtech wrong, who owns the rights to a MOOC when the instructor leaves the institution, why students sue Google, how semantic search will improve education, how researchers are chasing pageviews like bloggers and more.

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C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode 8 K12 News (Audio)

C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode #8

K12 News

  • recorded: May 11th 2012
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  • Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans
    Source: MindShift
  • NearPod
  • Classifying K-12 blended learning
    Source: InnoSight
  • CODiE Awards 2012 Education Technology
    Source: siia.net
  • Districts Draw the Line on School Meal Debt
    Source: Education Week
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C12 #8 K12 News

C12 Episode 8 K12 News

C12 #8 K12 NewsIn this edition of K12 News Chris talks about Google’s search curriculum, the CODiE Awards for Education, NearPod, InnoSight whitepaper and school meal debt.

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udemy This Interview is sponsored by udemy - Udemy enables anyone to take and build courses online. Their goal is to disrupt and democratize education by enabling anyone to learn from the world’s experts. Visit udemy.com and follow them on Twitter @udemy.

Links

  • Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans
    Source: MindShift
  • NearPod
  • Classifying K-12 blended learning
    Source: InnoSight
  • CODiE Awards 2012 Education Technology
    Source: siia.net
  • Districts Draw the Line on School Meal Debt
    Source: Education Week

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Khan Academy

Google’s First Employee Craig Silverstein leaves to join Khan Academy

Khan Academy

According to Kara Swisher at AllThingsD Craig Silverstein who joined Google in 1998 as employee number 1 leaves the company to join the team at Khan Academy. Probably the biggest hire of Salman Khan so far but taking into consideration that Silverstein probably does not need to work to actually make money for quite a while already I am sure it was a steal.

Being involved in a lot of different projects on Google from building the original search engine to a mix of different responsibilities lately he will apparently work as developer on the Khan Academy.

From the description Swisher gives in her post Silverstein seems to be a jack of all trades, something a small startup with limited resources is always looking for. The experience and knowledge Silverstein will bring to the table should be critical for the Khan Academy in terms of building a scalable and stable Internet platform. Also insights in search algorithms will be useful to structure the growing library of videos and exercises.

There is no official update from the Khan Academy itself yet but Kara Swisher will update her post as soon as she gets more details. Larry Page already gave a statement through a spokesperson, wishing Silverstein all the best and thanking him for his contributions over the years.

As Swisher points out, for someone who worked there from basically the start giving a statement through a spokesperson is kind of a weak move from Page.

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Famous Dead Sea Scrolls are now Online

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

If you are studying religion or are just generally interested in history you can now read through five of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls online.

The Israel Museum got some help from Google and together they launched The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls today. The scrolls were written between the third and first centuries BCE and then hidden in eleven caves in which they remained hidden until 1947 when a Bedouin shepherd found them.

The scans are done in very high quality so you are able to zoom in on the smallest details. One of the scrolls, the Great Isaiah Roll is also searchable via Google.

conceptboard

3 Days after API Release Conceptboard adds Whiteboard to Google+ Hangouts

That was quick. About three days after Google released its API for Google+ Hangouts the German startup Conceptboard released an extension that implements the companies whiteboard product into Hangouts.

Though the Sketchpad that comes with the new extras might be working OK for a lot of sessions, the Conceptboard extension adds all the features that you would expect from a decent virtual classroom or collaboration tool including freehand scribble, drawing tools, file import, note taking, tasks, screen shots as well as screen sharing.

Another interesting feature is that users don’t need to have Google+ or the Chrome browser extension to take part in a meeting / lesson. They can also join directly via the Conceptboard website.

This reminds me of a post that Kirsten wrote in May 2010, asking if Google Apps have the potential to become building blocks for startups to create education services upon. Google+ Hangouts and its API could become a huge competitor for virtual classrooms and management systems especially if one adds services like calendar and payments.

Via: TechCrunch
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Google+ Hangouts add Screensharing, Sketchpad, Google Docs and Broadcasting

The classic investor question “What happens if Google enters your market?” gets never old. Today the question became more relevant for virtual classroom providers, VoIP services like Skype and live streaming services like Ustream or Justin.tv.

Google announced 9 new features in Google+ and four of them are very compelling for the use in online education. Those features are all in closed beta and will slowly but surely be accessible to all Google+ users.

Hangouts “On Air”

Google+ Hangouts are limited to 10 active participants. With the new “On Air” feature you can not only broadcast them to an unlimited group of spectators but also record the session.

Screensharing, Sketchpad and Google Docs

These three features turn Google+ Hangouts into an online teaching environment similar to using a virtual classroom. The scetchpad is basically an interactive whiteboard and the possibility to share and collaborate in a Google Doc has already proven to be useful in online teaching.

The other features include Hangouts on mobile phones and an API for developers who can now create more applications for Google+ Hangouts.

Last but not least, Google+ is now open for everyone to join.

As Google and Facebook are both battling for the social network crown and Facebook is expected to announce some major releases at the f8 including music streaming, an overhaul of the site and new buttons besides “like” these new additions to the Google+ platform might aim to steal some of Facebook’s thunder.

Via: Hack Education | TechCrunch