The authors of Connected Learning
By Anya Kamenetz, The Hechinger Report
Last month a high school English class at Sandvika VGS, one of Norway’s most technologically advanced high schools, published a book titled Connected …
Mozilla Ignite is an open innovation challenge sponsored by the nonprofit that makes the Firefox web browser together with the the National Science Foundation. The call was to create “civic apps”–software applications for the public good–that take advantage of some experimental technologies that can run the Internet at speeds up to 250 times faster than today’s broadband. Cities are piloting these networks around the country, from Chattanooga, TN to Portland, OR.
It will be offered, beginning July 15, through the university’s new open-source platform, OpenEdX. Already more than 20,000 people have enrolled. A course listing on the Stanford Online website provides further detail about the lessons and how to register. Boaler will also offer a version of the course designed especially for students from ages around 10 to adult in the 2013-14 school year.
The US may seem like the 800-pound gorilla with MOOC providers such as EdX, Udacity and Coursera signing millions of students and bringing in big-name venture capitalists. But Europe invented the concept of higher learning – from Plato’s Ancient Greece to the medievel universities of Bologna and Paris to powerful universities in places like Germany, Prague, Spain, Denmark and Sweden.
The plan to launch the MOOC with the upcoming free learning version of MOOC provider EdX, which is led by MIT and Harvard. B2P has built more than 100 bridges worldwide so far, helping people cross rivers in 16 countries. They are looking for a smart way to expand their organization’s reach and impact. We thought B2P’s idea represents a new area of growth for MOOCs by non-profit specialists that can offer niche education on topics.
On the role of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in higher education, Duncan said they may help control costs, which are “crushing a lot of Americans.” He said it’s too early to judge how online learning will ultimately change the college experience. “It’s an emerging story,” he said.
Today AI is progressing, most visibly in voice recognition and assistance software like the Siri app for the iPhone. Siri was built to answer questions. Some of the scientists behind Siri are currently working for an educational gaming company, Kuato Studios, on a sort of universal tutoring platform: a computer teacher.