Educational Technology

New website offers alternatives to class schedule stress

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/13/2016 - 00:36

by Alexander Holcomb, UT Daily Beacon

A new, free website is making it easier for University of Tennessee students to plan and enroll in the classes they need. The website,, notifies its users when a previously filled class has an open seat and creates potential schedules for the next semester. Tara Aida, the co-founder of the site, helped build during her freshman year at Harvard. “We offer two main services,” Aida said. “The first is an online course search engine and planner, and it allows students to browse classes easily, save them to a weekly calendar, save multiple schedules and also see what classes their friends are considering taking — their Facebook friends. And the second service is a notification system which allows students to sign up to receive a text message as soon as a class has an available seat.” Share on Facebook

Buy new technology? You must also invest your time in learning it

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/13/2016 - 00:35

By Darth Vaughn and Casey Flaherty, Legal Rebels

Anyone can take classes at Harvard. Few people get into Harvard. But HarvardX, the school’s iteration of Massive Open Online Courses, is open to everyone. There are similar offerings from MIT, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, et al. The internet has taken the democratization of knowledge to unprecedented heights. And our selective institutions of higher education should be commended for their contribution to the global learning community. Most people still don’t learn. Like libraries, MOOCs are open to all but only used by some.

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Five facts parents should know about online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/13/2016 - 00:30

BY ANDY REID, Rapid Growth

Online learning, while firmly established in colleges, isn’t always an option considered by parents of high school students. But with more and more options available through schools and other brick-and-mortar institutions, online courses have found their place in traditional settings.  Here are five facts that explore what online learning offers young students and teachers throughout Michigan.

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