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Text Messaging For Teachers. Living in Public: What Happens When You Throw Privacy Out the Window. 75 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom. MIT launches free online 'fully automated' course. 13 February 2012Last updated at 11:37 ET By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent MIT is creating an online "MITx", offering courses to students anywhere in the world.

MIT launches free online 'fully automated' course

Pic: Jon Fildes Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world's top-rated universities, has announced its first free course which can be studied and assessed completely online. An electronics course, beginning in March, will be the first prototype of an online project, known as MITx. The interactive course is designed to be fully automated, with successful students receiving a certificate. The US university says it wants MITx to "shatter barriers to education". This ground-breaking scheme represents a significant step forward in the use of technology to deliver higher education. Automated university MIT wants to experiment with how much can be taught through online courses Pic: Jon Fildes Study materials and the awarding of grades are all provided online.

'Honour code' The World of Mobile Phones. Cell phones seem like an essential part of an American’s life.

The World of Mobile Phones

I don’t know anyone without one and I’d say most people even have a smart phone. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia have a weird distribution of cellphones per people. I guess having multiple phones is popular in those places. As our society relies more and more on cellular devices for our everyday needs we will become even more helpless when we lose our phones. I drowned two phones this summer. I did research over every single smartphone on the market and finally decided on the Samsung Galaxy II S. Share This Infographic Get Free Infographics Delivered to your Inbox. 'What's Wrong With Education Cannot Be Fixed with Technology' Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com On Thursday, Apple is hosting an “Education Event” in New York City.

'What's Wrong With Education Cannot Be Fixed with Technology'

Thanks to reporting by sister publication Ars Technica, we expect Apple to announce a new digital publishing tool — a “GarageBand for e-books” — to create interactive, HTML5-based texts that can be read on Apple’s iOS devices. However, Apple will still face some serious non-technological hurdles before it can make a serious impact on education and the textbook market. Just how many will depend on what else is announced on Thursday. Apple’s interest in textbook publishing was tipped last fall by Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs. Most of the dinner conversation was about education. For now, let’s stay with that aside by Murdoch — that Jobs was “somewhat dismissive of the idea that technology could transform education.” In a 1996 interview with Wired, Jobs explains his position: I used to think that technology could help education. Mobile Learning. Phonebrain.org.uk.