Optional Homework, Skype Classrooms & More in Our EdTech Report

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How to Succeed in Educational Technology
via BostInno

To make it to the big leagues in edtech, you need to know what it takes to succeed. BostInno has three important tips to ensure your idea takes off and makes a splash. Among the suggestions, “educate the educators.” The article recommends,

While technology can enhance learning and make it more engaging it will never replace a good teacher. If the edtech market is to truly transform education, it must collaborate with teachers and help them realize technology’s true potential.

Click here to see what else you’ll need to make it.

Homework Should Be Optional
via Education Rethink

That headline is enough to make any student giddy. John Spencer, blogger at Education Rethink, says what happens in a schoolchild’s free time should be up to his or her parents. After spending up to seven hours at school and more time at home working on assignments, some students will get antsy and annoyed. He recommends those who think homework is necessary should make it the norm in their own home, but it shouldn’t be expected of all.

How Teachers Use Skype in the Classroom 
via TIME

When Superstorm Sandy struck last month, it left a group of Dallas high school students and their government teachers stuck in New York. The teachers decided class that Monday would still go on despite the storm. While in NYC, the teachers used Skype to connect their students in the northeast with some of the class still in Texas. They then gave a lesson on how the storm was affecting New York and its potential impact on the presidential election. Read more about teachers integrating Skype into their class lessons here.

MOOC Skepticism Persists Among University Presidents, Despite Rapid Growth of Online Courses in 2012
via Huffington Post 

With as many as 50,000 people registered for MOOCs, some college leaders are worrying that these online classes could devalue American higher education. Lester Lefton, president of Kent State University, said about the courses,

If everybody were all to take economics 101 through a MOOC, there would be one view of economics. And I think that’s potentially dangerous, and it devalues what we have been so good at in terms of creating a real diversity of thought.

Not everyone, though, is a MOOC skeptic. Several schools have announced their would offer online classes for credit in a consortium and Indiana University plans to replace its School of Continuing Studies with a MOOC.

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