Jul 26 2013

Google’s Chromecast: A Cloud-First Approach to Digital Content in the Classroom

Here’s a roundup of the best higher ed stories this week.

This is part of our series of weekly roundups curating the best higher education technology news, articles and resources from around the web. Tweet us to suggest an article.

Chromecast in the Classroom

Google just announced Chromecast, a new tool that will connect computers and mobile devices to TVs. Chromecast connects to a television via an HDMI port and requires Wi-Fi access. Users can send content from an Android or Apple mobile device and any computer running Google’s Chrome browser. At just $35, educators are already speculating that this could be a hit in classrooms.

San Jose State University Puts Its MOOC Experiment on Hold

What does this mean for the future of for-credit massive open online courses (MOOCs)?

San Jose State Provost Ellen Junn said disappointing student performance will prompt the university to stop offering online classes with Udacity this fall as part of a "short breather."

Junn wants to spend the fall going over the results and talking with faculty members about the university’s online experimentation, which extends beyond the Udacity partnership and has proved somewhat controversial. She said the plan is to start working with Udacity again in spring 2014.

Read more on Inside Higher Ed.

Number of the Week

85 percent of college students who own smartphones are intermediate or advanced users. (Source)

The Best of EdTech

We covered some important topics this week, including wearable technology, gamification and mobile apps.

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