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Musings of a male granny: This retired schoolteacher spends his free time Skyping with Indian schoolkids

Musings of a male granny: This retired schoolteacher spends his free time Skyping with Indian schoolkids

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David Swancott is a retired biology teacher who lives an hour southeast of Bordeaux, France. He spends his free time bicycling, traveling and, for the past two years, being a “Skype Granny.” Swancott is a part of the “Granny Cloud,” a project created by 2013 TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra to make teachers available online to mentor children participating []

A year into his School in the Cloud documentary, Jerry Rothwell shares the highs and lows of watching students teach themselves

A year into his School in the Cloud documentary, Jerry Rothwell shares the highs and lows of watching students teach themselves

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British director Jerry Rothwell, the winner of the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, has spent the past year trailing TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra as he sets up the first locations of the School in the Cloud. Traveling between a remote village in India and a forward-thinking elementary school in the U.K., Rothwell has watched Mitra, a Newcastle University professor, plant the []

MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now?

MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now?

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Whatever your opinion of them, you can’t deny that MOOCs have come a long way in the last few years. To help put the massive online courses into some perspective, Alex Cusack, a contributing writer at Moocs.com, a blog that covers news about MOOCs (edited by Zachary Davis, a producer for HarvardX, a spin-off of []

TED-Ed Clubs: What people are saying in the Twitterverse

TED-Ed Clubs: What people are saying in the Twitterverse

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In the nearly two weeks since the launch of TED-Ed Clubs, almost 700 educators in 50+ countries have completed applications in the hopes of bringing the program into their classrooms. Meanwhile, TED-Ed’s Twitter feed saw a flurry of excitement as educators and students took to their keyboards to share their thoughts. Here, a look at what []

What’s next for MOOCs?

What’s next for MOOCs?

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“Questions Worth Asking” is a new editorial series from TED in which we’ll pose thorny questions to those with a thoughtful, relevant (or irrelevant but still interesting) take. This week: “What’s next for MOOCs?”, those online courses that have thrown a techno-bomb at traditional higher education. Here, a primer to catch you up if you’ve somehow managed []