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How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools

How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools
This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. If the national movement to “reform” public education through vouchers, charters and privatization has a laboratory, it is Florida. It was one of the first states to undertake a program of “virtual schools”—charters operated online, with teachers instructing students over the Internet—as well as one of the first to use vouchers to channel taxpayer money to charter schools run by for-profits. About the Author Lee Fang Lee Fang is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Also by the Author They're using the Ukraine crisis to push for expedited approval of US natural gas exports. News reports and politicians lauding US gas exports as “best for Crimea” don’t disclose the US gas companies pushing the line, or their Russian connections. But as recently as last year, the radical change envisioned by school reformers still seemed far off, even there.

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - National The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence. Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West's reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point. The small Nordic country of Finland used to be known -- if it was known for anything at all -- as the home of Nokia, the mobile phone giant. Finland's schools owe their newfound fame primarily to one study: the PISA survey, conducted every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And yet it wasn't clear that Sahlberg's message was actually getting through. Yet one of the most significant things Sahlberg said passed practically unnoticed. Herein lay the real shocker.

Google investeert in talent 14 december 2011 - Google schenkt 750.000 dollar aan het Platform Bèta Techniek. Nooit eerder gaf een bedrijf zo'n groot bedrag. Het geld gaat naar Eerst de Klas wiskundedocenten en betatech-studiesucces en -keuze acties. "Bedrijven zitten nu al te springen om jongeren met een technische opleiding en dat wordt in de toekomst alleen maar meer. Google laat met de gift zien een vooruitziende blik te hebben." Marja van Bijsterveldt is daarom zeer te spreken over de investering die Google doet in onder meer haar initiatief uit de vorige kabinetsperiode, Eerst de Klas. Taak weggelegd voor Google Het geld gaat ingezet worden om meer jongeren te interesseren voor vooral wiskunde en informatica. "Vanwege de toenemende rol van technologie in onze samenleving zal het aantal vacatures op het gebied van informatica, technologie en wiskunde blijven groeien. Vier op de tien "Nederland dient het belang van bètatechniek scherp in beeld te houden.

Capitalist universities and fightback « Workers Party (NZ) Joel Cosgrove Universities are an important part of modern society. The Education Act of 1989 defines them as being the “critic and conscience of society”. In practice the record has been patchy at best. In the documentary 1951 author Kevin Ireland recalls calling a Student Representative Council meeting to make a stand against the draconian laws passed to smash the locked out watersiders in 1951 and finding his progressive motions drowned out 10-1 by conservative students, bent on supporting the authoritarian actions of the state. Forecast Tertiary Education Funding vs Forecast Inflation Per capita funding for universities rose in real terms through to the mid-70’s and since then has been declining. Initially the various institutions absorbed the increasing costs. Right now at Victoria University budgets have been slashed, pay rises are below inflation, resourcing cut, tutor numbers have fallen dramatically and more people are being crammed into each course. The pressure is mounting.

Adding a Synchronous Component to Online Courses November 14, 2011 By: Linda Macaulay, EdD and La Tonya Dyer in Teaching with Technology Interactive, synchronous web conferencing software such as WebEx, Blackboard Collaborate and even Skype are innovative tools that can be implemented by faculty teaching both hybrid and fully online courses. When faculty at Towson University began using WebEx to incorporate a synchronous component to their courses, they discovered that interactive web conferencing (IWC) delivers many benefits. In this article, we outline some of the benefits we found and share tips for getting started with interactive web conferencing in your classes. Interactive web conferencing increases accessibility. Interactive web conferencing increases student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction. Interactive web conferencing promotes active learning. Do you want to get started with interactive web conferencing? Getting Started Practice using IWC prior to meeting with your class. Classroom Management Dr. Recent Trackbacks

Essay: Washington college grant program favors vocational over liberal education Last year, as Washington State faced a severe budget crisis, legislators embraced a novel way to fund student financial aid: a public-private partnership between the state and private corporations. Called the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, the fund attracts private donations and matches them with public money in order to support students in science, technology, and other “high demand” fields. As Inside Higher Ed reporter Paul Fain wrote, “the thinking in Washington was that if corporations had more direct control of how their donations were used, they might be more inclined to give. “ This is exactly right -- Boeing and Microsoft quickly pledged $50 million -- but the creation of the fund must be placed in the broader context of state defunding of public higher education. The idea for the fund originated in a task force established in summer 2010 by Governor Christine Gregoire, a Democrat. Nowhere on the panel were the other interests of society represented.

scienceguide: Verbind onderwijs met bedrijfsleven 23 januari 2012 - Het leraarschap heeft onder academici vaak geen goede naam. Dat is aan het veranderen, aldus ScienceGuide-student van 2011 én leraar filosofie Simon Verwer. Hij pleit voor een sterkere band tussen onderwijs en bedrijfsleven, zoals in het succes van 'zijn' Eerst de Klas’. Het in 2009 gestarte Eerst de Klas-traject van OCW is een succes. En dus wordt het stevig uitgebreid. Alumnus van het eerste uur uit dit project analyseert Simon Verwer nu waarom dit aanslaat en weet bij te dragen aan een nieuwe blik op en een nieuwe sfeer rond het docentschap als loopbaan. Leraarschap als roeping is achterhaald "Dat het onderwijs in Nederland de komende jaren voor grote uitdagingen staat, is genoegzaam bekend. Het traject 'Eerst de klas' slaat een brug tussen onderwijs en bedrijfsleven, zoals ook in Amerika 'Teach for America' en in Groot-Brittannië 'Teach First' een groot succes zijn. Overtuigend 'ja' Verbind startende leraren met elkaar

Charter schools: Parents protest Charter schools will mean bigger classes elsewhere, says school superintendent Charter schools have been praised for injecting new energy into inner-cities in the United States. But it's not a one-sided story. There are also parents who see them as a threat to local education. Gloucester is a town about 40 miles outside Boston. A fishing port with white clapboard buildings, it's a world away from the inner city. But there is rebellion in the air here. Setting up another rival school will mean taking away money and pupils from the local school system, they argue. They're angry at what they say will be the disruption of their local schools for the sake of what they see as a political gimmick. While charter schools have a strong emotional appeal in the inner city, in this small Massachusetts town there is hard-headed opposition. "When you look at the funding, they're going to be draining away resources to fund this other school," says parent, Jason Grow. 'Abdicating responsibility'

Clayton Christensen on disruption in online education Let’s have a little exercise. Walk me through this school you’d create. What do the classrooms look like? What are the class sizes? Earlier this year we discussed how the Internet is revolutionizing education and featured several companies and organizations that are disrupting the online education space including Open Yale, Open Culture, Khan Academy, Academic Earth, P2PU, Skillshare, Scitable and Skype in the Classroom. In October, Knewton, an education technology startup, raised $33 million in its 4th round of funding to roll out its adaptive online learning platform. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, approximately 5.6 million students took at least one web-based class during the fall 2009 semester, which marked a 21% growth from the previous year. But with its tremendous growth, online education has brought up much debate between deans, provosts and faculty. Christensen is well-known for his academic work on disruptive innovations. “I absolutely do.