Monthly Archives: October, 2013

GATech’s MS in CS MOOC

Source: WSJ, Oct 2013 In the past three weeks, Georgia Tech received nearly twice as many applications for a new low-cost online master’s program as its comparable residential program receives in a year. The degree—which uses Massive Open Online Course technology—is the first of its kind, and its popularity suggests a growing demand for online …

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Fail early, often and cheaply

Source: Acton Academy website, Oct 2013 One of our mantras at Acton is “fail early, often and cheaply.” This applies to everything from arguments with friends to writing a best-selling book or building a business. The choice to work hard without excuses is a decision made by each learner at Acton Academy. Embracing rigor is …

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Employers Value Int’l Experience

Source: NYTimes, Oct 2013 The third annual Global Employability Survey, designed and commissioned by the French education consulting firm Emerging and carried out by the German market research firm Trendence, asked recruiters and senior international executives to profile an ideal university graduate — and the ideal university producing such graduates. “Recruiters are more and more …

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Columbia B-School Explores Flipped Classroom Approach

Source: Businessweek, Oct 2013 To free up time for greater student engagement in the classroom, professors will now ask students to watch five-minute to 10-minute video lectures online before class. For example, you might watch a video on distributions before stats class so you can jump right into the conversation without needing a lengthy lecture …

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Standardized Testing

Source: USA Today, Oct 2013 In an American society that values originality and creativity, it makes no sense to subject millions of students to “one size fits all” testing that inspires uniform skills and conformity. Culturally speaking, I also understand why standardized tests might be popular in societies that value conformity, such as Japan. But conformity …

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Student-Led Learning

Source: Wired, Oct 2013 Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy. … our educational system—which routinely tests kids on their …

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Florida’s 2011 TIMMS Results

Source: NCES, Oct 2013   Related Sun-Sentinel story, Oct 2013 On the math exam, for example, Massachusetts’ eighth-graders posted an average score of 561, compared with an international average of 500 and a U.S. average of 509. The New England state was ranked sixth in the world, but its score was still well below top-ranked …

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Research Driven Education Trends

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 BRAIN-BASED TEACHING Many educators are using researchers’ insights into how children best learn to inform their teaching practices. Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s research on encouraging children to develop a growth-mindset continues to grow in popularity, as educators try to praise effort, not outcomes. Dweck writes that if children believe their abilities are …

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Flipped Classroom Improves Learning

Source: NYTimes, Oct 2013 Like everything disruptive, online education is highly controversial. But the flipped classroom is a strategy that nearly everyone agrees on. “It’s the only thing I write about as having broad positive agreement,” said Justin Reich, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard who studies technology and …

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SG Teachers: Highest Paid (US$) in the World

Source: EdVantage, Oct 2013 Singaporean teachers are the highest paid among 21 countries according to a study, earning an average annual salary of US$45,755, ahead of the United States’ US$44,917 and South Korea’s US$43,874.  Singapore came in third with regard to confidence and trust in the national education system.  Finland took top position, followed by …

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