Online Classes, OER in World Education & More in this Week’s EdTech Report

Every week, Boundless collects the best education and edtech news to keep you up-to-date.

Saying Yes to Cellphones in Class
via Inside Higher Ed

In some classrooms cell phones are strictly forbidden, but one City College professor recounts how his feelings toward this rule changed over time. Now, phones have become a crucial part of his curriculum. The student response to his cell-themed homework assignments has been overwhelming and changed his grading process.

How Will Student Data Be Used?
via MindShift KQED

In the digital age it’s become easier to gather all sorts of student data on everything from testing programs to learning management systems. The question now, though, is what to do with all this data? A new initiative plans to provide a place in the cloud for states to store student data and connect student achievement information to apps and resources. Before states can jump on board, questions about privacy, technology and more must be addressed.

Personalizing Flipped Engagement 
via Smart Blogs

Blogger Will Richardson reflects on what he learned about “personalization,” “engagement,” and “flip” at ISTE12 last week. He argues that tossing these words around in the education conversation intends to promote a better learning experience for students, but some users are forgetting the real definitions behind those terms. As it turns out, Richardson describes those three terms differently than you might expect.

5 Steps to Getting the Most Out of Online Education
via Getting Smart

Before committing to a single online course, Getting Smart recommends students do their homework on online schools first. Several independent agencies, including The Distance Education and Training Council, set a specific level of criteria schools must meet to provide a standard level of quality in their education. Checking out if a course meets these criteria first helps students understand where to best learn online.

Are Open Educational Resources the Key to Global Economic Growth?
via The Guardian

At the inaugural UNESCO World Open Educational Resources Congress in late June, educational leaders discussed how OER could solve the global education crisis. OER, which are adaptable and accessible to almost anyone, provide a low cost option to education. Now experts wonder how an increase in OER education could impact the global economy.

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