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The ‘Blue Books’ of the Future

An article by the Chronicle for Higher Education looks into a student start-up seeking to create the college blue book of the future.

As a student of the University of Pennsylvania, Alex Rattray struggled to fill his exam blue books with legible responses. It wasn’t long before he realized that he wasn’t the only one suffering, professors and teaching assistants were also struggling with reading illegible answers.

His solution was to create a desktop application that will allow instructors to administer tests and quizzes securely without the need for pencil and paper.

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Distraction-Free Editing

WordFlow is a great word processing app if you are looking for a distraction-free interface, claimed a review in the Chronicle of Higher Education. It is plain and simple and to the point with a live word count and built-in spell check. A big plus is that it works offline and automatically saves your work via Google Chrome. The only down side? It doesn’t automatically save to Google Drive, Dropbox, or SkyDrive. That’s right, you have to manually upload your files to a cloud service.

If you are a fan of the automatic upload, or easy save to a cloud service, other alternatives to WordFlow are Editorially and Draft, though these apps are not necessarily distraction free.

The UTeach Institute Partners with Verizon to Help Teachers Integrate Mobile Technologies into STEM Teaching

In an article published by MarketWatch, the UTeach Institute Launch Program has recently partnered up with Verizon to launch a program that aims to provide teaching support and assistance for future teachers wishing to effectively integrate mobile technology into STEM programs. Students, who are interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), will benefit from this program, which ultimately hopes to improve student learning and interest in STEM at the higher education level by providing a relevant and exciting approach to teaching and learning in the STEM subjects.

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6 Ways Technology Will Change Education in the Future

Just recently, a group of academics, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs gathered at New York University’s Stern School of Business to discuss educational technologies and their effects on the future of higher education. A critical question was posed about the future of higher education as technology continues to play a crucial role in the accessibility and distribution of education: How will higher education and/or the notion of “college” change as platforms, such as MOOCs, become common for others to use as alternatives to the traditional classroom and campus environment?

Stepping in to learn more about what was discussed during the meeting, Issie Lapowsky, a writer for Inc.com, explains how, even though many posed opposing viewpoints on the topic of technology and higher education, all came to a consensus on the simple fact that higher education will have to be restructured and that the “status quo is not an option”, as stated by NYU’s President John Sexton.

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Berklee College of Music Will Offer 120-credit Online Degree in 2014

In an article written by Carl Straumsheim for Inside Higher Ed, the Berklee College of Music will offer their two music programs, music business and music production, as fully online accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Berklee, for some time now, has had established online courses and has made subsequent steps in bundling these courses together to create certification programs. They have now made the next major step in providing two full online degree programs where students can receive a bachelor’s degree in music business and music production at a reduced cost.

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