Quick Look: MIT and Harvard announce edX

Another huge disruption in higher education: MIT and Harvard launch edX. From the announcement: “The gathering of many universities’ educational content together on one site will enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating … Continue reading Quick Look: MIT and Harvard announce edX →

Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible

Bao Tri Photography By Anne Collier Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs know this as adults. But in schools, the notion of failure is complicated. Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play and founder of Quest to Learn, the first public school based on … Continue reading Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible →

Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning

This week, we feature the most popular posts of the year on MindShift. In this post The 3 trends: Collaborative Tech-Powered Blended What these trends means In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers. Here’s a look at … Continue reading Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning →

Slowing Down Time With Time-Lapse Photography

By Ken Murphy Watching how the passage of time changing the landscape around us offers a fascinating glimpse into all kinds of natural phenomenon: the change in weather, time, and nature. Time-lapse is a photographic technique that allows us to tune into events that normally unfold at a pace too slowly to observe directly: the … Continue reading Slowing Down Time With Time-Lapse Photography →

Quick Look: DOE Launches Learning Registry; Microsoft Takes Over TEACH.GOV

Two big announcements from the Department of Education 1) A new open-source site for “existing educational portals and online systems to publish, consume and share important information about learning resources with each other and the public” — meaning parents and teachers. 2) The DOE is handing over control of its TEACH campaign—including website teach.gov—to Microsoft. … Continue reading Quick Look: DOE Launches Learning Registry; Microsoft Takes Over TEACH.GOV →

Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All

Flickr:FontFont Open education sites exemplify how technology is democratizing education. These sites allow both learners and teachers to create their own curriculum, whether it’s used in or out of the classroom. Here’s a comprehensive list of open education sites MindShift has covered. As always, we love to hear about sites that aren’t included in the … Continue reading Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All →

School Will Change, With or Without Following Rules

Flickr:CrunchyFootsteps Public education is, by its very nature, tangled with policy, dependent on rules and regulations set by federal, state, and district mandates. What most students do in school at any given moment has been prescribed by legislation passed years before they — or their parents — entered kindergarten. But things are changing — and … Continue reading School Will Change, With or Without Following Rules →

Brightworks: A School that Rethinks School

  Flickr: tinkering-unlimited At Brightworks, a K-12 private school set to open in San Francisco this fall, there will be no tests, grades, or transcripts. Instead, students will participate in activities and interact with professionals in various fields, design a project that they bring to fruition themselves, and produce a multimedia portfolio that they’ll share … Continue reading Brightworks: A School that Rethinks School →

Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing

When we talk about the upheaval in educational publishing, we often focus on what students read, via digital textbooks, apps, and e-readers and tablets. But there’s another side to all this, and that’s the production of the scholarly works. For most academics, publishing their work in scholarly journals is a part of their jobs. It’s … Continue reading Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing →

Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys

School or no school, there’s a world of learning opportunities for kids. When they’re not exploring outdoors, keep kids engaged in learning throughout the summer months with these enjoyable and educational apps and websites. For kids, playing these games is a cool pastime; for parents, it’s another way to get kids to exercise their thinking … Continue reading Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys →

Games, Gadgets and the Cloud: Coming Soon to a School Near You

Cloud computing and mobile learning: That’s the way of the near future in education, according to the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition. Released by the NMC’s Horizon Project, the report distills current trends, challenges, and emerging technologies in K-12 education. “There are so many things to pay attention to in the … Continue reading Games, Gadgets and the Cloud: Coming Soon to a School Near You →