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MOOCs, A High School Teacher’s Perspective

If you haven’t heard of MOOCs yet, welcome to the education blogosphere, it’s nice to have you here!  The New Yorker recently wrote an article challenging the mission and execution of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) offered at places like Coursera, Udacity, EdX, and Khan Academy.  It so happens that …

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Required Readings, 26 September 2013

JREF releases a 10-part Ray Hyman lecture series. Social media audits on the horizon for universities. “SPOCS” are coming? The 99s in New York. JREF releases a free lecture series called “How To Think About Dubious Claims by Ray Hyman” – Well, I think Ray Hyman isn’t making the dubious …

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“Massive Online… OOOOOOKS”

I’m about to embark on a new experience: teaching an online class. It’s a short course, really, just four sessions about my favorite topic ever (radio astronomy). It’s not for credit or associated with a university, kind of a “lifelong learning” experience for funsies type of thing.  I’m not even …

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Required Reading, 12 September 2013

Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety. Trouble in MOOC-land. A link between reading and maths. It’s required readings – night edition! It’s a night edition because I’m, well, a teacher. Pesky students, meetings, and campus events get in the way of blogging sometimes… Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety – Brilliant essay …

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Required Readings, 8 August 2013

Good evening, teachers and learners! New York’s common core test results. MOOCs not so disruptive? Adjunctification! A return to a grammar school model in the UK? All in today’s readings. Test Scores Sink as New York Adopts Tougher Benchmarks – I’ve got very mixed feelings about standardized testing and the …

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Required Readings, 1 August 2013

Good afternoon, teachers and learners! I’m writing to you from a computer lab with a terrible keyboard, so please pardon the brevity of this required reading list. Talking at mealtimes boosts children’s confidence – So says a study, referring to mealtimes at home, not necessarily at school. Paleontology MOOC is …

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Required Readings, 16 July 2013

Good morning, fellow skeptical educators! Here is your Tuesday Required Readings post. I hope these articles will be of some interest to you. -Colorado State University-Global Campus offered credit to students who took a MOOC, but in the year since that announcement no students have taken them up on the …

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Required Readings, 9 July 2013

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to Tuesday. Here are some articles that might be of interest to you: -Is science education in Europe not broad enough? -The state of evolution education in Turkey is not good–both at the high school level and at the universities. –Pennsylvania schools are encouraged to adopt …

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Required Readings, 20 June 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Today, we’ll join up with those clever school librarians to root out a “fake Blake”, soak in additional doomsaying on MOOCs, milk cows for tuition, and listen as a young girl, shot by the Taliban, continues to speak out. Free Online Courses Increase Accessibility To …

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Required Readings, 30 May 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! Have you started your summer sessions yet? Are you taking a break from school for the summer? Even if you are, don’t take a break from learning and reading. In Deals With 10 Public Universities, Coursera Bids for Role in Credit Courses – The MOOC …

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