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Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 20:55

What do three fast and furious days of learning and sharing at the intersection of higher ed, teaching and learning and education technology look like? Those who attended the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2015, which just wrapped up in Anaheim last week (#ELI2015), had a chance to find out.

NGLC hosted two preconference events—one for the Breakthrough Models for College Completion (Wave IIIB) grantees and one for the Breakthrough Models Incubator teams—at which speeding tickets should have been issued.

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Digital literacy for folks with autism and other learning disabilities

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:34

by MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Philadelphia Daily News

Michele McKeone, 33, of Fishtown, is founder and CEO of Autism Expressed, an online learning system that teaches digital literacy to students with autism and other learning disabilities. Autism Expressed won a $20,000 prize from Educational Services of America and was Geekadelphia Startup of the Year for 2013, when it launched publicly. It’s software-as-a-service, both B2C and B2B. Parents can subscribe and pay monthly, quarterly or yearly. Public and private schools and service providers that work with individuals with cognitive disabilities pay an annual license fee per student. For a parent it’s about $30 a month. For an organization it depends on the number of students.

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Online Learning Service Platzi Wants To Teach You Useful Tech Skills

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:30

by Jon Russell, TechCrunch

A couple of things about online learning service Platzi immediately set it apart from the other companies in Y Combinator’s latest batch. First, it is from Latin America — Colombia to be precise. Second, it is profitable. That’s right, it’s already making money. Online learning is hardly a new concept, but two-year-old Platzi is taking a different approach that’s interesting for a couple of reasons. Rather than broadening the availability of the traditional education experience using the Internet, like most MOOC (massive open online course) services, it’s focused on developing tangible skills. They also include a stream of notes from students, which are later gathered together to provide an overview of each session.

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Free college classes available to students in grades 7-12 this fall if they notify a counselor by April 1

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:29

By Karen Farkas, Northeast Ohio Media Group

The program enables students in grades 7-12 can earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses at no charge from community colleges or universities. Students who obtain college credit at no cost have a better chance of completing college and graduating with less debt, research has shown. Under the program, a student can earn up to 30 credits in a school year and 120 credits overall. In most cases, students will travel to the institution for classes or take online courses. In some cases, courses will be taught in the school district. The cost of tuition, books and fees is covered at public institutions. There may be some costs for private colleges. School districts may have agreements with local colleges, but students can take courses from any college.

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