A Book without Photos, Imagine K12 & More in Our EdTech Report

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Above: The Sharp Center for Design at Ontario College of Art and Design

Each week, Boundless keeps track of the best edtech news and brings you the highlights.

What Were They Thinking: University Students Sold $180 Art Textbook with URLs instead of Pictures
via Treehugger

When studying a subject like art history that draws on countless visuals for examples, it’s hard to imagine any textbook for this course would be strictly text-only. Unfortunately students at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto had to fork over $180 on a art history book that contained no images. Treehugger writes,

There are so many things wrong with this, be it the cost of the book, the waste of paper, the complete silliness of even bothering when art is such a visual medium. No wonder the students and their parents started petitions.

As Online Courses Grow, Sites Offering Unauthorized Academic Help Get More Brazen
via Wired Campus

Anyone in education could point you to a websites that offer to write students’ papers or finish their assignments for a price. With the growth of MOOCs, new sites have emerged, including one that says, “We do it all. Tests, Homework, Discussions, Projects, and More!” The website says it employs about 30 people qualified to teach at the college level and charges anywhere from $20 to $50 per page for students’ papers.

Attention EdTech Entrepreneurs: Imagine K12 Applications Due Next Month
via Technapex 

Think your edtech idea could be the next big thing? Apply for the next class of Imagine K12 in Silicon Valley. Founders selected for the program typically receive around $14,000 to $20,000 in funding. Here at Boundless, we’ve chatted with a few startups from this incubator program and have heard amazing tales.

12 Reasons We Need to Reinvent the School Desk
via Edudemic

We’re pretty vocal champions of the standing desk at work, but recently started to wonder if this type of work setting could be applied to schools too. Lucky for us, Edudemic pulled together a list of 12 reasons school desks need to change, and the research shows sitting all day isn’t healthy for students. Take a peak at some of the top reasons we need to reinvent school desks:

  1. Sitting increases the risk of a heart attack.
  2. Sitting increases the risk of obesity.
  3. Yoga balls instead of chairs build muscle.
  4. Standing increases energy.

What edtech news were you following this week? Tell us in the comments below!

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