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Five Ways Silicon Valley is Changing Education

Five Ways Silicon Valley is Changing Education

| April 15, 2011 | 8 Comments

There’s no argument that Silicon Valley startups have influenced how businesses operate. The fact that most companies now count social media strategy as a crucial part of their operation is a testament to the Internet culture infiltrating far beyond the Internet-only based businesses. The same phenomenon is happening in education. Here are five ways tech-based […]

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Open Source: A New Paradigm for Language Learning

Open Source: A New Paradigm for Language Learning

| April 4, 2011 | 3 Comments

“Humans tend to use new technology in the same way they used the old technology,” says Cleve Miller, founder and managing director of English360, an online learning and open source model for English language teachers. “The first television broadcasts were of a man in an armchair with a microphone — exactly like the radio! It […]

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Unlocking the Teacher in All of Us

Unlocking the Teacher in All of Us

| March 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

We hear a lot about the importance of “social learning” — the recognition that students’ collaboration on projects is something to praise, not a form of cheating to punish. But we tend to hear little about “social teaching,” and the idea that that collaborative process of knowledge sharing and building involves both learning and teaching. […]

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What’s Next for Open-Source Education?

What’s Next for Open-Source Education?

| February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ten years ago, the concept of a university openly sharing its prized (and expensive) curriculum for free with anyone who was interested, especially one has highly regarded as M.I.T., was unheard of. But in the past decade MIT OpenCourseWare has paved the way for the open-source content movement. On their tenth anniversary, ReadWriteWeb enumerates what […]

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How Free is “Free”?

How Free is “Free”?

| January 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

The article about CK12′s open-source digital FlexBooks compelled a reader to respond with some  questions. He writes: I have developed a strong interest in open or free text ever since I purchased a brand new grey-market, European textbook for 60 dollars, a full third of what Americans pay for the same biology book. I also […]

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The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

| January 3, 2011 | 12 Comments

By Sara Bernard They’re free, they’re customizable, and they meet state standards. Those are the three biggest selling points of CK12 Flexbooks, digital educational content for K-12 schools. FlexBooks are developed through a combination of author donations, licensing partnerships, university collaborations, and incentives for community-based authorship, and teachers can customize them to their hearts’ content. […]

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Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete?

Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete?

| November 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

By Sara Bernard These days, college students have many more options for buying less expensive versions of their required texts. With sites like Amazon, Half.com, and Craigslist, as well as textbook rental programs, they no longer have to rely on those heavy, expensive texts. Online textbooks that use open source software — which are becoming […]

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Alaska Educator Makes the Case for Throwing Out Textbooks

Alaska Educator Makes the Case for Throwing Out Textbooks

| November 23, 2010 | 6 Comments

What’s the wave of the future in education? If you ask John Concilus, it’s doing away with textbooks. Concilus, the educational technology coordinator at the Bering Strait School District in Alaska, which houses the vast majority of its curricula on a fully modifiable, 14,000-page Wiki makes his case on his blog, The Education Bazaar. “In […]

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Could the future of College Education Be In the Ether?

Could the future of College Education Be In the Ether?

| November 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

There’s something in the education zeitgeist about the explosion of online higher education this week. Could it be that the future college experience will exist primarily in the ether? So say the soothsayers… From Inside Higher Ed: “College leaders don’t yet know how to credential the knowledge students are gaining on their own, but they […]

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Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources

Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Flickr: FontFont By Sara Bernard As the open source movement in education grows, so do the number of nonprofits, foundations, and collaborative sites that support it (and vice versa). The following is not an exhaustive list by any means. Stay tuned for more posts on open source textbooks and curricula in the coming weeks. Open […]

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