This is part of our series of weekly roundups curating the best higher education technology news, articles and resources from around the web. Use the hashtag #higheredreads to suggest an article.
“Students Taking Online Courses Jumps 96 Percent over 5 Years”
That’s really impressive but not necessarily surprising. The 2013 College Explorer is loaded with great information. Here are a few other numbers that stood out:
- 85 percent of college students own laptops
- 73 percent of college students use smartphones for games (Editor’s note: This sounds like an opportunity!)
- Most college students take notes with a pen and paper
- The most popular social networks on campus are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Read more on Campus Technology.
Finally, Google Glass in the Classroom
Our friends at EdTech: Focus on K–12 have been at ISTE 2013 this week. They interviewed a high school teacher about his use of Google Glass in the classroom and STEM’s role in a 21st-century classroom.
The Best of EdTech
If you missed anything from EdTech this week, you missed a lot. Here are some of the best stories we published:
This quote tells the whole story: “We’ve been stuck in this lecture-based pedagogy for so long, and I don’t think it’s necessary now. There are better ways to help people learn.”
We interviewed Duke University technology consultant Randy Riddle on his experience with MOOCs. This is a must-read for professors and instructional technologists.
Did you know that most college CIOs check their smartphones within five minutes of waking up?
It doesn’t take a doctoral degree in statistics to understand that if the passing rate for a single university class increases by 78 percent in two semesters, something quite powerful is at work.
Send us a tweet at @EdTech_Highered to suggest stories for next week.