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Education technology has become a busy space in recent years. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates continue to push the envelope with enormous philanthropic gifts toward education reform

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  1. 1. August 17, 2011 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education by batteryfast. 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education by batteryfast. The education system of the 20th century is built around institutions: schools, colleges, academies and universities. Naturally, many companies are aiming to recreate a degree-issuing institution. In this sce- Education tech- nario, a startup has the highest level of control and nology has be- the highest earnings per student. Online-based insti- come a busy tutions have started from several niches (education space in recent for children with disabilities, advanced placement years. Mark Zuc- programs, test preparation) and are approaching kerberg and Bill mainstream education. Gates continue to push the en- We’ve now seen the first online high schools (Keystone velope with enor- School), colleges (University of Phoenix, Kaplan mous philanthro- University, The Open University, University of the pic gifts toward People), certification programs (, enter- education reform; was traded at prise training programs (, art a $1 billion plus valuation; and Google is putting schools ( and test pre- millions into education tech sites like KhanAcademy. paration programs (Top Test Prep, GrockIt, Knew- At Mashable, you’ve read about social campaigns ton, RevolutionPrep, TutorJam, BrightStorm). for education, gaming in education andfree educa- tional resources. At the same time, brick-and-mortar institutions launch experimental online programs. iQAca- With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to demy helps high-schools to offer online classes, get lost. Fortunately, most innovation is centered and 2tor and Altius Education do that for universi- around a short list of fundamental ideas. In this ties. Finally, there are innovative offline programs post, we’ll walk through nine clusters of education like YCombinator, Singularity University and Tetuan tech companies. Valley. 1. New Institutions 2. Learning Managementjoliprint Printed with Page 1
  2. 2. August 17, 2011 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education by To build a new educational institution, one needs to search do the same for the science assemble a lot of pieces. Institutions are also hard community. Salman Khan of re- to scale. That’s why many companies are opting for corded more than 1,000 instructional videos cove- a different path: They focus on a single problem, ring almost all of the secondary school curriculum. create a software solution and sell it to schools. MIT OpenCourseWare and Stanford eCorner are lea- Web-based tools are now used to manage applica- ding examples of free online content from top univer- tions, grades (Schoolbinder, LearnBoost), class ra- sities. Tools for publishing (and charging for) online tings and reviews (Courserank, acquired by Chegg), educational content include, uDemy. schedules, tests, textbooks and student-teacher mes- com,, LearnOutLoud and Leaping- saging. There is also a market for content manage- Youtube.EDU and iTunes U are general ment (Sakai Project, Moodle). purpose content distribution hubs. OERCommons. org is a search engine for open-licensed content. Another important area is analytics and reporting Sites like,HubPages, Instructibles, Asso- systems ( Learning management ciatedContent and eHow collect practical advice on systems are present in every market: schools, uni- everyday topics. versities, corporate education and training cen- ters. Notable examples include Blackboard, Koo- Using the principles that power Wikipedia, eve- fers, ePals,, and GlobalScholar. ryone can now create their own wiki with platforms Solutions for corporate learning include Lear- like PBWorksor Wikified educational ningZen,,, eLearning Bro- content can be found at, Wikiversity. thers and Mindflash. org and Wikibooks. Content libraries are created for career inspiration (, TryEnginee- 3. Online Content, high schools (,aventalearning. com), case studies (StudyNet), and lecture notes (GradeGuru). Flat World Knowledge publishes free digital textbooks, while Chegg is a textbook rental service. InkLing is following the “iTunes for iPad-op- timized digital book” model and adds social features to it. Rosetta Stone publishes interactive language courses on DVD. Fr o a long time, the market of educational content was 4. Networks and Marketplaces controlled by book publishers. Technology is ready to disrupt that picture in several ways. Online video is set to take a share from text-based learning. Re- commendation and search systems are offering new ways for content discovery. As in other forms ofjoliprint content, sales and subscriptions are moving to the web., Big Think, 99 Percent, Pop!Tech, GEL Conference and the Charlie Rose show are notable for video recordings of technology and business Printed with leaders.Academic Earth,, and Re- Page 2
  3. 3. August 17, 2011 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education by lunteers who encourage kids to study using Skype video calls. 6. Learner Tools Te h web is an ideal tool to connect sellers and buyers in any market. Once you get a critical mass of initial users and investment in a brand, the network effect will keep you growing. The first marketplaces are already here, but the bigger fight lies ahead. A number of sites (TeachStreet, BetterFly, School For centuries, learning was based on classroom lec- Of Everything, GuruVantage) offer tutor and trai- tures and books. Can computers and mobile devices ning is a very popu- offer more engaging alternatives? Having a conver- lar Russian language site for “edutainment” event sation with your teacher is much different when is marketplace for your classroom backchannel is powered by Twi- paid/free online video and live training. Student Of jector. Need to memorize something? QuizLet. Fortune is a marketplace for homework help. Gulli- com provides tools for fun flashcard-based learning. verGo is a listing hub for educational travel. Noodle. Commuting? There is a growing number of mobile org is your guide for choosing college. General learning apps including notes (StudyBlue, Wides- purpose employment websites have sections for cript), law bar exam preparation (BarMax, costs jobs for students and internship search.JobSpice. $999), and driving test preparation (uHavePassed). com helps students to create their online resume. Other tools include career orientation tests and edu- cational games. 5. Live Training and Tutoring 7. Collaborative Learning As bandwidth improves, a number of startups are of- fering web-based live training. General purpose tools like, Ustream, and LiveStream can be used for streaming lectures and conferences. Su- percoolschool provide specialized In traditional education, being a part of a campusjoliprint live teaching tools. (languages) and Tu- community can offer as much value as the lessons torVista (high-school help) are tutor-student themselves. It is no surprise that the community networks for live education. Sugata Mitra introduced aspect is moving online too. Services like UnClasses. the concept of “Granny in the Cloud” — senior vo- org allow learners to form Printed with groups and study together. and StackEx- Page 3
  4. 4. August 17, 2011 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education by change are modern question and answering plat- puterized classroom solutions include TimeTo- forms for professional topics. There isa large number Know and SOLE project. of education forums such asLiveMocha (language learning) and (teacher community). Other Business News: 8. Funding and Payments CloudTag: Online , Resources , Transforming , Edu- cation , olympus LI-42B batteries , fujifilm NP-45 batteries , kodak KLIC-7001 batteries , olympus LI- 10B batteries Battery Technology Related Articles: When it comes to financial resources, there are often a lot of questions and almost no answers. How do you keep college prices under control? How do you make education affordable? How do you increase 6 Excelent Products that Could Come from the salaries for the best teachers? How do you create Google-Motorola Deal more competition and less governmental control in education? Sites and GradeFund help NFC: Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile by bat- students get crowdfunded loans and sell shares of their future salaries. It is a good start, but much more innovation is needed. How Today’s Students Use Technology 9. Hardware for Education What a student’s major is important to consider when choosing a laptop Help Tips: Do Your Eyes Have Computer Vision Syn- drome? Lose Your Laptop? Change all Passwords, Quickly Battery Technology | Follow 6 tips To taking care of your Laptop Battery Specialized educational hardware for education can be a controversial topic. While some argue that Top 10 ways to improve iPad battery life | Batteryjoliprint education tech should rely on standard hardware, Technology others see opportunity. One Laptop Per Child has produced and distributed almost 1.5 million inex- Sample Tips for Longer-Lasting Laptop Batteries | pensive laptops optimized for students in developing Battery Technology Printed with countries. Kno is a new tablet computer hoping to be the “Kindle of textbooks.” Other notable com- 6 Ways to Revitalize an Older Laptop | Notebook Refresh Page 4
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