Online education company edX expanding to offer free courses aimed at high school students - Metro - The Boston Globe: "The online-learning collaborative edX, a partnership between Harvard University and MIT, is expanding its reach beyond higher education and will begin offering courses geared toward high school students. Edx plans to unveil its first free classes for younger students Wednesday, when most of the new courses will open for enrollment. The 26 high school courses were created by 14 institutions — including MIT, Georgetown and Rice universities, the University of California Berkeley, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Weston Public High School. The online classes, available to anyone in the world, will cover such subjects as computer science, calculus, geometry, algebra, English, physics, biology, chemistry, Spanish, French, history, statistics, and psychology...."
The Trouble With Tenure - NYTimes.com: " . . . a growing number of states have chipped away at traditional tenure or forged stronger links between student performance and teacher evaluations. And the challenges to tenure have gathered considerable force, with many Democrats defying teachers unions and joining the movement. After a California judge’s recent ruling that the state’s tenure protections violated the civil rights of children by trapping them with ineffective educators in a manner that “shocks the conscience,” Arne Duncan, the education secretary, praised the decision. Tenure even drew scrutiny from Whoopi Goldberg on the TV talk show “The View.” She repeatedly questioned the way it sometimes shielded bad teachers. “Parents are not going to stand for it anymore,” she said. “And you teachers, in your union, you need to say, ‘These bad teachers are making us look bad.’”..." (read more at link above)
The educators in Fairfield County School District in rural South Carolina are inspiring their students and providing them with an excellent education with the help of Google tools. In this video, hear from Fairfield County teachers and students about how they use Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, and Tablets with Google Play for Education to transform teaching and learning.
Google Penetrates The E-Learning Market To Expand Chromebook Sales - Google Inc. -Seeking Alpha: "E-learning is a term used to describe the use of technology in education. It includes a number of categories such as computer-based training, web-based training, virtual learning environment, technology-enhanced learning and more. Each category is used in a different stage of education, from pre-school to university, and for different purposes that range between the delivery of lessons and materials to students and online Q&A with the teacher after school hours." (read more at link above)
L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads - LA Times: "... Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation."Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.," Deasy wrote in a memo sent to the Board of Education on Monday...Under the contract approved just over a year ago, Apple had been expected to provide iPads with Pearson as the subcontractor...."