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crowdsourcing in education

Crowdsourcing in Education – How to make it work

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera -straight talk on edtech.


Way back in the days, in August 2009 to be precise, I hosted a webinar series called the E-Teachers Conference. Around that time crowdsourcing became quite a popular topic among education startup people, especially in the language learning space. The reasoning behind that trend essentially was: if Wikipedia can do it, so can we.

Most notably Livemocha, which used to be the leader of the pack at that time, crowdsourced nearly all of its freely accessible language courses from its global community. While this enabled Livemocha to add new language options at a rapid pace, it also showed the flaws of such an approach: the localizations were mediocre at best.

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On the Ed - Alpha

On the Ed – Alpha – 004 Free SAT Prep, Community Marketplaces, Robots and more

Yesterday we live-streamed our fourth episode of On the Ed, and although we are still in Alpha this work in progress slowly takes shape. It definitely shows that it adds new and interesting layers to the discussion when I do an episode with at least two guests. So regularly having three or more people in the Hangout is one of the objectives for the weeks to come.

This week my guests are Alicia Chang, content lead at San Francisco robotics company Play-i, Matthew Burr, co-founder of NYC startup Nomadic Learning, Shiv Rajendran of London-based Affectively who came on for his third time in a row, and Bhavin Parikh of test prep startup Magoosh who joins us exclusively to share his thoughts on the Khan Academy and College Board partnership.

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Khan Academy SAT

HEDLINE: The College Board partners with Khan Academy to offer free SAT Prep

Abstract

Along with the announcement of the new SAT that will be implemented in 2016 by the College Board comes a partnership with Khan Academy to provide free, top quality SAT preparation for everyone.

The new SAT aims to offer greater access opportunities by making the test more relevant and get more students from low-income families to take the SAT.

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EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of February 24th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we find out that professors were surprised to learn they don’t own the content they create for online courses, the Hour of Code is not a PR stunt, a Colorado company is programming your next professor, edtech startups with boring business models tend to be successful and more.

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Khan Academy Comcast Partnership

Khan Academy and Comcast Partnership – MOOCs will follow suit

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edCetera – straight talk on edtech.


On Monday Comcast announced a partnership with Khan Academy to promote affordable Internet access and free access to quality education to low income families throughout the United States.

Inside the urban tech bubbles people often forget that the devices and high speed Internet access they enjoy are not a commodity for everyone out there. If you remember, part of the reason why Udacity and San Jose State University put their pilot on hold earlier this year was based on the “revelation” that many students could not take part in the MOOCs due to insufficient access to computers and high speed Internet which is essential to stream the video lectures.

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Salman Khan student testing

Student Testing: Where Sal Khan and I Differ

Editor’s note: This article was first published on Fahad Hassan’s personal blog.

In Sal Khan’s book, One World School House, he talks about testing generally as a bad and incomplete concept. I don’t entirely agree with his premises that testing doesn’t tell us as much as we might want to know about a particular student. Let me give an example of his synthesis and what went through my mind as I read one particular paragraph:

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ENT Audio Podcast

From Salad Bars in Schools to Uni Wheels – ENT #13 05-16-2012 (Audio)

ENT Audio Podcast

Ed News Ticker #13

From Salad Bars in Schools to Uni Wheels

  • recorded: May 16th 2012
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Tech & Startups

Honda presents robotic stool UNI-CUB

Honda’s latest personal mobility device UNI-CUB appears to be a robotic stool with an omnidirectional wheel (dubbed the Honda Omni Traction Drive System, no less). You control speed and direction of the UBI-CUB by shifting your weight in the saddle, and the unit is designed to keep you at eye-level with non chair-riding pedestrians. Obviously this is no all-terrain vehicle, but it does claim to be able to handle gradients, has a top speed of six km/h and a range just under four miles.
If you follow the link in the shownotes, you can watch a demo video of UNI-CUB.

Source: Engadget


Teens In Tech Launches A Job Board For High Schoolers

There are lots of internship sites. However, they’re primarily targeting college students, not high schoolers — who are, after all, almost certainly cheaper, while still being able to accomplish some of the same basic tasks.
Founder and CEO Daniel Brusilovsky says that “The goal of Teens in Tech is to help young entrepreneurs, and a lot of those young entrepreneurs are still in high school, and they don’t get the same opportunities that college students get with internships.”

Source: TechCrunch


BenchPrep Teams Up With The Princeton Review To Gamify Test Prep

BenchPrep, a young edtech startup backed by $2.2 million from Lightbank, launched last year to convert content from big educational publishers, like McGraw-Hill, into interactive web and mobile courses. While the startup expanded beyond college admission test prep in January, today it’s announcing that it is teaming up with Princeton Review to contemporize test prep for students, using game mechanics, leaderboards, and social features to make the tedious and teeth-grinding process of test prep more engaging and, hopefully, more effective.
GRE ScoreQuest is an iOS app that gamifies the study process for students taking the GRE. Obviously, the target audience is fairly limited, as it is intended for those studying to take the standardized test to get into grad school.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/14/benchprep-teams-up-with-the-princeton-review-to-gamify-test-prep/


Share your Khan Academy badges on Facebook

With its new Facebook integration, users can now click the “Share” button on any badge, and, once permission is granted, the badge will appear on users’ Timelines. (This share functionality also works for Twitter and email.)
After a user shares a couple of badges a dedicated section will appear in your Timeline, in this case for Khan “Badges Earned.” Users can, thankfully, edit or remove that view and if you’ve collected and shared more badges than can fit in the view, you can customize which badges appear and change settings for individual badges.

Source: TechCrunch


K12 & Higher Ed

Vatican Investigating Girl Scouts for Links to Safe-Sex Education Groups

The Catholic Church is not investigating the Girl Scouts for their sinfully delicious cookies, but rather for the organization’s ties to nonprofits such as Médicins Sans Frontières and other groups that teach safe-sex education. Barbie Latza Nadeau on how one U.S. official’s claim that the GSA has links to Planned Parenthood has snowballed.

Source: The Daily Beast


CollegeBudget Acquires Munch On Me To Bring Food Deals To Campuses

CollegeBudget is moving more aggressively into local offers, particularly around food. For hungry, cash-strapped college students, food discounts can be extremely appealing, especially when one of the alternatives is the school’s cafeteria. This is where Munch On Me comes into the picture. Munch On Me is a daily deals site for food.
CollegeBudget has two million students and features deals from over 250 merchants at more than 100 campuses. The growth saw a big jump in January, when the startup launched national deals with American Apparel and Skype.

Source: TechCrunch


Why HBO Is Opening Salad Bars In Elementary Schools

HBO’s new miniseries The Weight of the Nation is an ambitious look at obesity, but it’s also a massive public health campaign with the weight of a massive media company behind it. The miniseries is paired with a companion book, tens of thousands of free copies for community organizations, and a companion children’s version.
Approximately 40,000 copies will be distributed free of charge to community organizations along with a bilingual (English-Spanish) discussion guide.
The companion children’s program, The Weight of the Nation for Kids, will air on HBO starting on May 16.
Significant support for the children’s program was offered by Whole Foods’ Whole Kids Foundation. In preparation for the documentary’s airing, HBO and the Whole Kids Foundation entered into an agreement to fund 100 salad bars in schools across America. Whole Kids has been engaged in a long-term project to install 6,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide.

Source: FastCo Exist


Judge comes down hard on publishers, Apple in e-book case

In a strongly worded opinion, US District Judge Denise Cote rejected requests by Apple and five book publishers to throw out a class action suit that accuses them of price-fixing.
Citing ongoing state, federal and international antitrust investigations, Cote turned down arguments that Apple and the publishers had acted independently when they changed the pricing model for e-books.
Judge Cote’s ruling came in response to a request by Apple and five publishers to dismiss the case. It does not mean that the companies are liable for price-fixing, but rather that the class action lawyers can go forward in bringing the case to trial.

Source: Paid Content


Study & Research

Where Do College Grads Want to Work?

According to new research, Google was the most desired employer for business and information technology students. The company was also fourth on the list for engineering students and students with other majors.
While Google was the top choice among business and IT majors, NASA was the most desired place to work for engineering students. Among students majoring in liberal arts, education and humanities, working at the Walt Disney Co. was the top choice. Apple was also top choice among students from all majors.
The survey of nearly 60,000 undergraduates also revealed that undergraduates were most concerned about job security and work-life balance as they begin their job search. In particular work-life balance was both a top priority and a large point of contention among students and their future employers.

Source: Mashable


Can a game console help diagnose autism? Microsoft’s Kinect in a promising study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console and Kinect sensor in an experimental effort to pick up early signs of autism, Popular Science reports.
The Kinects are set up in the Institute of Child Development to track the individual children by size and the color of their clothing, and can monitor about ten children at a time. Software takes the raw visual data from the Kinects and runs it through an algorithm to look for possible markers of ASD, like an unusually hyperactive or unusually quiet and calm child.
“Researchers and scientists believe that psychiatric disorders display subtle physical abnormalities in childhood well before the onset of a full disorder,” lead researcher Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos said. “We believe that we can use new computational tools, including computer vision and robotics, with a unique new computer vision algorithm to observe and detect abnormalities in motor and emotion in children to automatically analyze them for abnormalities.”

Source: GeekWire


MIT’s Brainput reads your mind to make multi-tasking easier

The Brainput project combines near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) with an input system designed to read changes in a user’s brain state and translate those signals into an adaptive multi-tasking interface. Sounds like heady stuff, but if successfully implemented into high-stress environments like air traffic control, the low-cost, experimental tech could go a long way to boosting individual performance and reducing overall stress levels. For now, the team still has a ways to go before the system, presently capable of interpreting three distinct mental states, could make its way into end user applications.

Source: Engadget

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ENT #13

From Salad Bars in Schools to Uni Wheels – ENT #13 05-16-2012

ENT - The Ed News Ticker

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Mingoville Fun Clock

ENT is brought to you by Mingoville Fun Clock. – Mingoville Fun Clock is an educational game that will teach you kid to tell time. Fun Clock is created by the award winning educational company Mingoville and available for Android and iOS devices. Visit mingovillefunclock.com and follow them on Twitter @Mingoville.

Tech & Startups

Honda presents robotic stool UNI-CUB

Honda’s latest personal mobility device UNI-CUB appears to be a robotic stool with an omnidirectional wheel (dubbed the Honda Omni Traction Drive System, no less). You control speed and direction of the UBI-CUB by shifting your weight in the saddle, and the unit is designed to keep you at eye-level with non chair-riding pedestrians. Obviously this is no all-terrain vehicle, but it does claim to be able to handle gradients, has a top speed of six km/h and a range just under four miles.
If you follow the link in the shownotes, you can watch a demo video of UNI-CUB.

Source: Engadget


Teens In Tech Launches A Job Board For High Schoolers

There are lots of internship sites. However, they’re primarily targeting college students, not high schoolers — who are, after all, almost certainly cheaper, while still being able to accomplish some of the same basic tasks.
Founder and CEO Daniel Brusilovsky says that “The goal of Teens in Tech is to help young entrepreneurs, and a lot of those young entrepreneurs are still in high school, and they don’t get the same opportunities that college students get with internships.”

Source: TechCrunch


BenchPrep Teams Up With The Princeton Review To Gamify Test Prep

BenchPrep, a young edtech startup backed by $2.2 million from Lightbank, launched last year to convert content from big educational publishers, like McGraw-Hill, into interactive web and mobile courses. While the startup expanded beyond college admission test prep in January, today it’s announcing that it is teaming up with Princeton Review to contemporize test prep for students, using game mechanics, leaderboards, and social features to make the tedious and teeth-grinding process of test prep more engaging and, hopefully, more effective.
GRE ScoreQuest is an iOS app that gamifies the study process for students taking the GRE. Obviously, the target audience is fairly limited, as it is intended for those studying to take the standardized test to get into grad school.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/14/benchprep-teams-up-with-the-princeton-review-to-gamify-test-prep/


Share your Khan Academy badges on Facebook

With its new Facebook integration, users can now click the “Share” button on any badge, and, once permission is granted, the badge will appear on users’ Timelines. (This share functionality also works for Twitter and email.)
After a user shares a couple of badges a dedicated section will appear in your Timeline, in this case for Khan “Badges Earned.” Users can, thankfully, edit or remove that view and if you’ve collected and shared more badges than can fit in the view, you can customize which badges appear and change settings for individual badges.

Source: TechCrunch


K12 & Higher Ed

Vatican Investigating Girl Scouts for Links to Safe-Sex Education Groups

The Catholic Church is not investigating the Girl Scouts for their sinfully delicious cookies, but rather for the organization’s ties to nonprofits such as Médicins Sans Frontières and other groups that teach safe-sex education. Barbie Latza Nadeau on how one U.S. official’s claim that the GSA has links to Planned Parenthood has snowballed.

Source: The Daily Beast


CollegeBudget Acquires Munch On Me To Bring Food Deals To Campuses

CollegeBudget is moving more aggressively into local offers, particularly around food. For hungry, cash-strapped college students, food discounts can be extremely appealing, especially when one of the alternatives is the school’s cafeteria. This is where Munch On Me comes into the picture. Munch On Me is a daily deals site for food.
CollegeBudget has two million students and features deals from over 250 merchants at more than 100 campuses. The growth saw a big jump in January, when the startup launched national deals with American Apparel and Skype.

Source: TechCrunch


Why HBO Is Opening Salad Bars In Elementary Schools

HBO’s new miniseries The Weight of the Nation is an ambitious look at obesity, but it’s also a massive public health campaign with the weight of a massive media company behind it. The miniseries is paired with a companion book, tens of thousands of free copies for community organizations, and a companion children’s version.
Approximately 40,000 copies will be distributed free of charge to community organizations along with a bilingual (English-Spanish) discussion guide.
The companion children’s program, The Weight of the Nation for Kids, will air on HBO starting on May 16.
Significant support for the children’s program was offered by Whole Foods’ Whole Kids Foundation. In preparation for the documentary’s airing, HBO and the Whole Kids Foundation entered into an agreement to fund 100 salad bars in schools across America. Whole Kids has been engaged in a long-term project to install 6,000 salad bars in public schools nationwide.

Source: FastCo Exist


Judge comes down hard on publishers, Apple in e-book case

In a strongly worded opinion, US District Judge Denise Cote rejected requests by Apple and five book publishers to throw out a class action suit that accuses them of price-fixing.
Citing ongoing state, federal and international antitrust investigations, Cote turned down arguments that Apple and the publishers had acted independently when they changed the pricing model for e-books.
Judge Cote’s ruling came in response to a request by Apple and five publishers to dismiss the case. It does not mean that the companies are liable for price-fixing, but rather that the class action lawyers can go forward in bringing the case to trial.

Source: Paid Content


Study & Research

Where Do College Grads Want to Work?

According to new research, Google was the most desired employer for business and information technology students. The company was also fourth on the list for engineering students and students with other majors.
While Google was the top choice among business and IT majors, NASA was the most desired place to work for engineering students. Among students majoring in liberal arts, education and humanities, working at the Walt Disney Co. was the top choice. Apple was also top choice among students from all majors.
The survey of nearly 60,000 undergraduates also revealed that undergraduates were most concerned about job security and work-life balance as they begin their job search. In particular work-life balance was both a top priority and a large point of contention among students and their future employers.

Source: Mashable


Can a game console help diagnose autism? Microsoft’s Kinect in a promising study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console and Kinect sensor in an experimental effort to pick up early signs of autism, Popular Science reports.
The Kinects are set up in the Institute of Child Development to track the individual children by size and the color of their clothing, and can monitor about ten children at a time. Software takes the raw visual data from the Kinects and runs it through an algorithm to look for possible markers of ASD, like an unusually hyperactive or unusually quiet and calm child.
“Researchers and scientists believe that psychiatric disorders display subtle physical abnormalities in childhood well before the onset of a full disorder,” lead researcher Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos said. “We believe that we can use new computational tools, including computer vision and robotics, with a unique new computer vision algorithm to observe and detect abnormalities in motor and emotion in children to automatically analyze them for abnormalities.”

Source: GeekWire


MIT’s Brainput reads your mind to make multi-tasking easier

The Brainput project combines near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) with an input system designed to read changes in a user’s brain state and translate those signals into an adaptive multi-tasking interface. Sounds like heady stuff, but if successfully implemented into high-stress environments like air traffic control, the low-cost, experimental tech could go a long way to boosting individual performance and reducing overall stress levels. For now, the team still has a ways to go before the system, presently capable of interpreting three distinct mental states, could make its way into end user applications.

Source: Engadget

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C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode 7 K12 News (Audio)

C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode #7

K12 News

  • recorded: May 3rd 2012
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Links

  • Vogel, Blocker: Florida’s school accountability system will fail
    Source: Orlando Sentinel
  • MIT Partners With Khan Academy, Developing Short Videos to Fuel K-12 STEM Education
    Source: BostInno
  • Watch out, Raspberry Pi: Intel unveils ultra-small Next Unit of Computing PC
    Source: Extreme Tech
  • DIY.org
    Source: DIY.org
  • Making Smarter Computers By Teaching Them To Learn Like Children
    Source: FastCo Exist
  • Police arrest 6-year-old who threatens, kicks principal
    Source: Yahoo News
  • Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey
    Source: Tomorrow.org
  • N.Y. Plans to Unveil Online System for Teacher Evaluation Plans
    Source: Education Week
  • Standards Open the Door for Best Practices From Special Ed.
    Source: Education Week
  • The Clear Consensus on Education Reform: Voters Want Major Change
    Source: The Atlantic
  • A state that just says ‘no’ to charters, other reforms
    Source: Washington Post
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C12 #7 K12 News

C12 Episode 7 K12 News

C12 #7 K12 NewsIn this K12 News roundup Christopher Dawson comments on teacher accountability, the wish for and resistance to education reform, collaboration between the MIT and Khan Academy, raspberry pie, DIY.org and a six old getting arrested for kicking the principal.

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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

  • Vogel, Blocker: Florida’s school accountability system will fail
    Source: Orlando Sentinel
  • MIT Partners With Khan Academy, Developing Short Videos to Fuel K-12 STEM Education
    Source: BostInno
  • Watch out, Raspberry Pi: Intel unveils ultra-small Next Unit of Computing PC
    Source: Extreme Tech
  • DIY.org
    Source: DIY.org
  • Making Smarter Computers By Teaching Them To Learn Like Children
    Source: FastCo Exist
  • Police arrest 6-year-old who threatens, kicks principal
    Source: Yahoo News
  • Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey
    Source: Tomorrow.org
  • N.Y. Plans to Unveil Online System for Teacher Evaluation Plans
    Source: Education Week
  • Standards Open the Door for Best Practices From Special Ed.
    Source: Education Week
  • The Clear Consensus on Education Reform: Voters Want Major Change
    Source: The Atlantic
  • A state that just says ‘no’ to charters, other reforms
    Source: Washington Post
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