Screw University, Course Hero Curates YouTube Into Free Business and Coding Classes You can learn just about anything from YouTube…if you’re willing to dig through millions of videos. Luckily, Course Hero has done the work for you, offering coherent classes by hosting collections of the best educational YouTube videos and other content. The newly launched courses section of the eduTech startup’s site now has classes in entrepreneurship, business plan development, and programming in a variety of languages. Khan Academy is great, but isn’t as scalable since it create the content itself. So here’s how you get schooled. Rather than put you at the mercy of long-winded professors, Course Hero trims videos and articles down to their most important teachings. Course Hero’s CEO and co-founder Andrew Grauer tells me he wanted to find out “what would the Internet’s version of university look like?” Investors see that too. The startup has an innovative business model. Over the last six months, a slew of online learning startups have turned education into a consumer product.
To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their focused attention. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have a significant impact in a minimal amount of time. Leaders must recognize that it’s essential to work at enhancing their ability to direct their attention and minimize unhelpful distractions, and one of the most important steps in this process is managing emotions. Consequently, awareness and regulation of our emotions are central to the productive use of our attention. Build Capacity. While these activities are often enjoyable in themselves, they aren’t indulgences–they’re investments in our ability to operate at peak effectiveness. Plug Leaks. Another attention-destroying practice is what we’ve come to call “multi-tasking,” an utterly misnamed concept. Create Space.
Education Elements Retools Predicting the tempo of an emerging market--especially how fast it moves and what customers will be willing to pay--is hard. Just ask Education Elements. Last week, the San Carlos-based startup company, which has been a leader in helping schools adopt "blended learning," let go a significant portion of its sales force. Anthony Kim, chief executive and founder of the company, declines to comment on the scope and numbers involved in the layoff. "We thought the market would be different in terms of the demand side," Kim told EdSurge in an interview. Restructuring the sales team, Kim says, should not affect Ed Element's current customers. The restructuring comes at a poignant moment for Ed Elements, which counts NewSchools Venture Fund as an early investor. Ed Elements got its start in late 2010 by advising schools on how to create "blended learning" programs. Even so, Ed Elements' services are not cheap. The company is working hard to address these points.
ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. The 30-second set up provides a classroom code students can text to participate, so teachers and students don’t actually have each other’s phone numbers. That means better grades with no prank calls and no inappropriate advances. Let’s say a teacher wants to check if students understood an in-class math lesson. Teachers can also send homework questions, remind students of quizzes or supplies to bring, or ask them to vote on a class decision. ClassPager is free for students, and since it works over SMS, even feature phones can use it. Raythattha was formally a teaching assistant at CalTech. Lackluster education is a huge problem.
LearnSprout - Home About | iversity iversity.org is a platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs offer unprecedented opportunities for students and professors alike. We believe that open courses can make a difference by enabling students from all over the world to take courses from professors all over the world. Conversely open courses enable professors to extend their reach by teaching tens of thousands of students worldwide. Access to education can both vastly improve people’s lives and bring about real change to communities as a whole. We work in close cooperation with instructors, universities and knowledge-based companies to build high-quality courses that are engaging, interactive and fun. In short: iversity makes higher education more accessible, more affordable and more personalised. We believe in the transformative power of online education. Meet our Team We want to support the universities on their way into the digital age. Meet our Management Hannes is one of the founders of iversity. Advisory Board
How digitally engaged is your organisation? How can you tell your boss that your organisation is lagging behind in the adoption of internal social media? Or how do you know how well you are succeeding compared to other organisations in your sector? The SMiLE Index (Social Media in the Large Enterprise) is the most comprehensive and accurate analysis available - and it's free for all to use. Engage for Success, a movement committed to the idea that there is a better way to work has launched a Social Media and Digital Engagement Network dedicated to applying new social enterprise tools in the quest for building employee engagement. The first part of their work is to support the SMiLE Index as the diagnostics tool for you to use to benchmark your own organisation against others on the digital index. The Index helps you assess where your organisation is on its journey towards a collaborative internal social network. Are your colleagues co-creating across the silos or are they stifled by the hierarchy? How the Index works
Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive? Last week the Clayton Christensen Institute published its fourth major paper on K–12 blended learning , titled “ Is K–12 blended learning disruptive? An introduction to theory of hybrids .” Clayton Christensen joined Heather Staker , who has authored all four of our papers, and me in writing this paper, which takes a different approach from our past discussions of blended learning. Whereas our past work took a descriptive approach in defining blended learning, in this paper we analyze blended learning for the first time through the lens of disruptive innovation theory to help people anticipate and plan for its likely effects on the classrooms of today and schools of tomorrow. The paper represents another first: we introduce formally a new concept to the world of disruptive innovation: the theory of hybrids. The process of disruption is often painted as a straightforward phenomenon. What we see from our research, however, is that the transition is rarely that clean. Yes and no.
Remind101 Is A Private Twitter For Teachers Ten companies from the Imagine K12 incubator in Palo Alto pitched their wares onstage this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. In order to participate in the three-month Imagine K12 program, which runs out of the AOL offices, a startup has to have an education bent but otherwise can focus on any product. When I asked Imagine K12 participant Brett Kopf why start an incubator focused solely on education he responded,”There are a lot of problems in education, so there’s a lot of room to be solving problems.” Fair enough. Kopf’s startup, remind101, is a private “Twitter for teachers,” providing educators with a “safe” way to broadcast messages like test reminders (hence the name) and notes of encouragement to their students; With remind101 no participant has any access to any other participant’s personal and sensitive contact info like social networking profiles, phone numbers or email addresses. “It’s not that we don’t trust teachers.
Free Online Student Organizer | Schoolbinder Learnable - online learning for web designers and developers How Accelerators Lead Digital Transformation More CEOs are setting bold IT innovation goals for their company. Meanwhile, CIOs are tasked to quickly build the required business technology infrastructure. What’s the primary motivation? In fact, a recent study found that 55 percent of survey respondents said their environment will be changed ‘significantly’ — 20 percent actually said it will be ‘completely transformed.’ The apparent benefits extend beyond the traditional commercial enterprise. The HBR survey respondents also said that IT-enabled innovation would change the way employees do their work (48 percent significantly changed; 15 percent completely transformed), the company’s products/services (46 percent changed; 11 percent transformed), and business models (42 percent changed; 13 percent transformed). Recommended for YouWebcast: Advanced Social Media: Finding, Engaging, and Converting Consumers Why Some Organizations Surge Ahead of Their Peers Innovation Accelerators Share Six Characteristics