Blended Learning Critique, Klout Scores & More in This Week’s EdTech Report

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

Lackluster Results from School of One Pilot Scrutinized 
via EdSurge

Expectations for School of One (SO1), the blended learning math model championed by New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, were sky-high when the program got started. But last week The New York Daily News featured a harsh critique in which it charged twoout of three SO1 pilot schools dropped out of the program due to lackluster results in a study by the Research Alliance for NYC Schools.

Should Grades Be Based on Klout Scores? 
via Online Colleges

Florida State University instructor Todd Bacile bases a portion of his students’ grades on their Klout scores, a social media analytics tool that measures users’ influence across networks. In Bacile’s class, the higher the Klout score, the higher the grade. He says,

The idea for this project came about after a few conversations with hiring managers at advertising and marketing agencies. I approached them asking how they use Klout. I was surprised to hear some of them say they check their applicants’ Klout scores early on in the application process.

Would you ever base a student’s grade on his or her social media influence?

The MOOC Survivors
via Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs are poised to be the big thing of the moment, right? They’re getting lots of sign-ups, students, and hype… but how well do students actually do in the course, assuming they make it to the end? New data from edX shows students who performed well in specific MOOCs. Take a look at some of the notes on edX’s first course, Circuits & Electronics:

155,000 students registered for the course when it opened in February, but only 23,000 earned a single point on the first problem set, and 9,300 passed the midterm. When the course ended, 8,200 students took the final. Just over 7,000 earned a passing grade and the option of receiving an informal certificate from edX.

Enriching Literacy with Cellphones: 3 Ideas to Get Started
via SmartBlog

To celebrate National Literacy Month, blogger Lisa Nielsen says educators should meet students where they’re comfortable and use cellphones to improve literacy. Check out some of the highlights from her cellphone ideas:

  1. Video: Creating videos will help students improve their speaking and listening skills because they have the chance to see themselves on camera from a cellphone.
  2. Texting: When students start a writing assignment, allow them to write a first draft in shorthand through a text message. This helps them get their ideas out without having to worry about formalities from the start.
  3. Oral Reports: With Google Voice students can record voice segments and send them as messages to their teachers.

Many-to-One vs. One-to-Many: An Opinionated Guide to Educational Technology
via The American

Who are your winners and losers in the edtech game? For Arnold King, MOOCs are out and adaptive textbooks are very, very in. He offers predictions and analysis on lots of edtech trends, some of which he claims are over-hyped. See if you agree with any of his points in this great read.

What exciting edtech news did you read this week? Let us know in the comments below!

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