The Weekly Wrap-Up: EdTech News Around the Web (7/16/12-7/20/12)


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Every week, EdCetera brings you a round-up of some of the most interesting edtech news we’ve been following.

Big Data on Campus 
via The New York Times
In a collaboration between The Chronicle of Higher Education and the NY Times, this article is a fascinating look at how big data is being utilized on campuses across the nation. From tracking student grades and classroom engagement to helping them stay on track with their chosen major, data is now playing a major role in increasing student retention and graduation rates. We highly recommend taking the time to read this article.

Edmodo scores another $25M, adds NEA to roster of top investors
via GigaOm
Social learning platform Edmodo announced a few things this week: they’ve doubled their use base from 3 million to 8 million, expanded to 85 of the country’s top 100 school district, and have now raised $25M in a Series C round of funding – led by NEA and including current investors Greylock, Benchmark, Union Square Ventures, and Learn Capital. With $47.5 million total now, they are poised to create a product that effectively lets students and teachers interact on private social networks, while letting school admins track and analyze classroom engagement.  We’re excited to see where they go.

Tech vs. Text: New Study Unveils What Students Are Actually Using To Learn
via Edudemic
Along with a great visual, this article discusses some big trends in how students are using technology on campus. Polling 1,200 full-time students at 4-year colleges, 2 out of 3 students said the iPad was “in” on their campus; 12% owned an iPad; 19% of students owned a desktop computer; 88% of students own a laptop computer; and 20% of students polled bought or rented an e-textbook this past semester. Check out the infographic for more interesting stats!

Universities Reshaping Education on the Web 
via The New York Times
Coursera, the online education platform that is putting web-based courses from the top universities online for free had some huge news this week. They announced a partnership with 12 more schools, including 2 international colleges, and are working to expand their course offering to include more than 100 online courses. This NY Times article discusses what this means for the college experience, tuition, job hunting, and more.

Other Resources
Be sure to check out this week’s Weekly Ed-Tech Podcast from Audrey Watters and Steve Hargadon. This week they talk about content (and data) ownership and content delivery systems.

What edtech news have you been following this week? Leave a comment below and join the discussion!

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