Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials | TechCrunch

Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/amazon-jumps-into-online-learning-with-inspire-a-platform-for-free-crowdsourced-and-premium-materials/

Education Outrage: Pragmatic Learning: It’s not “fun”

Are games fun? This is an important question for people in training because not only animation but now “gamification” is a new trend. But are “games” fun? Winning is fun. Interacting with others with whom you are playing can be fun. Games can be entertaining and sometime they are fun, but when we think about making training more effective, we need to think less about having fun and more about what it means to learn.

Source: Education Outrage: Pragmatic Learning: It’s not “fun”

How to connect apps to Slack for use in the classroom – TechRepublic

How to connect apps to Slack for use in the classroom – TechRepublic http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-connect-apps-to-slack-for-use-in-the-classroom/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

Learn alongside innovators, thought-by-thought, in context – O’Reilly Media

Learn alongside innovators, thought-by-thought, in context – O’Reilly Media https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/oreilly-oriole-learn-alongside-innovators-thought-by-thought-in-context

Getty Scholars’ Workspace: A Drupal-based platform for collaborative research | Opensource.com

Built on Drupal, the Getty Institute’s Getty Scholars’ Workspace provides a platform for art historians, and researchers in similar fields, to work collaboratively on multiple projects without having to use several different platforms.

A Drupal-based platform for collaborative research | Opensource.com https://opensource.com/education/16/3/getty-scholars-workspace

The platform includes scholar friendly features like importing Zotero files to create bibliographies and collaboration tools like forums and shared documents. If course it is Drupal so it’ll take some take configuration to get it going. With checking out.

Sony Is Building An Education And Testing Platform Powered By The Blockchain | TechCrunch

Sony Is Building An Education And Testing Platform Powered By The Blockchain | TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/22/sony-is-building-an-education-and-testing-platform-powered-by-the-blockchain/?ncid=rss

Why the community needs an open credential system | Opensource.com

Why the community needs an open credential system | Opensource.com http://opensource.com/business/15/11/3-reasons-open-badges-credentials?sc_cid=70160000000x3xCAAQ

Online Course Report lists 50 most popular MOOCs of all time

Unlike regular college/ university courses, MOOCs can attract many thousands of enrollees around the world. They can come in the form of active course sessions with participant interaction, or as archived content for self-paced study. MOOCs can be free, or there can be a charge – either on a subscription basis or a one-time charge. Free MOOCs sometimes have a paid “verified certificate” option.

— The 50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time http://www.onlinecoursereport.com/the-50-most-popular-moocs-of-all-time/

A good list, but be sure to read the caveats at the beginning and end.

New AI could help write your next textbook, using Penn State technology – TechRepublic

Penn State has announced the launch of BBookX—new technology they developed that works with faculty to use artificial intelligence to build textbooks from open resources. The software, which was created in August, works to create personalized textbooks by extracting open source information from the Web, based on user input.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/new-ai-could-help-write-your-next-textbook-using-penn-state-technology/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

This is an interesting development. Trying it out requires an account.

Because profit is more important than innovation, high school testing still relies on the TI-83 graphing calculator.

But this is also a world where high school math students have to shell out $100 for the same TI-83 graphing calculator that their parents used twenty years ago (or one of its descendants, at least)—instead of using a free app that they could simply download to their phone. Why? Mic reports that the main reason is tradition. Texas Instruments has managed to get its calculators written into the standardized tests used by many schools. And inertia being what it is, it’s really hard to change something like that once it gets set down on paper.

Source: In an age of tablets and e-books, high school testing still relies on the TI-83 graphing calculator | TeleRead

This should serve as a reminder that it isn’t just the legal world that drags its feet when it comes to new and obviously better technology. The world is awash in examples of this sort of thing where a powerful incumbency holds back or outright blocks the adoption of new tech simply to preserve some profit margin. Ignoring, disregarding, or suppressing innovation in the name of maintaining profits especially in a near monopoly market is practically a rule of business.