April 2013

  1. NPR's new Kickstarter is a clever commentary on the crowdfunding reward system

    Pop-quiz: Name an organization funded by users' contributions who receive cheap swag in return. Is it the latest hot new Kickstarter? Nope, it's National Public Radio.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  2. The real problem with the tech workforce? Computer science moves faster than educators

    We've got two more clips from our in-depth sit down with Udacity's founder Sebastian Thrun. In previous segments we talked about what has worked for Udacity as a business and Thurn's radical thoughts on teaching.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Let’s breathe interactive life into the common textbook

    Students learn in a variety of ways -- they listen, read, create, speak, share, engage, ask, get assessed, receive feedback, get mentored, and eventually maybe become a mentor themselves. Some need to read less and listen more, others need to “do” first then read. Some need to ask, others need to share, others need to drill. The permutations are endless.

    By Smita Bakshi , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Want your ed-tech product to survive? EverFi's Tom Davidson says to think about a distributed work force

    For every seemingly (key word) useless thing we learn in high school, whether it's the Pythagorean theorem, the difference between ionic and covalent bonds, or just what in the hell "onomatopoeia" means, there's something applicable to so-called (key phrase) "real life" that goes untaught, such as the importance of credit and the dangers of substance abuse.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. How a 2G feature phone can outperform an iPhone

    Last week, I wrote about an Australian entrepreneur who sold an ad-serving company to 25/7 Media for $75 million only to see its value evaporate in the dotcom crash. He then built up a search engine marketing company that he eventually also sold to 24/7, this time for $30 million when the Internet industry was in recovery. In that post, I mentioned that Gour Lentell was also working on a new startup, biNu, which offers an app platform that gives feature phones smartphone-like functionality.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  6. PIGLT turns to the crowd to help fill higher education piggybanks

    There has been a lot of innovation in recent years in the way education is delivered. But technology has done little to change the way that higher education, specifically, is paid for. Students still lobby for grants and scholarships. Families still save for years only to still require massive loans in most cases. As the rising cost of education far outpaces inflation, this problem continues to grow.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Just an ordinary day

    I woke up this morning feeling a little grumpy, completely lacking in motivation, and with not much to do besides send out a few emails and go to the gym. In other words, it was a fairly ordinary day. I dallied around the house for a few hours reading meaningless tech news and leaving comments on Facebook until I came across an article in the Washington Post that made me realize how much I, how much all of us have failed to appreciate the everyday joy in our lives.

    By Francisco Dao , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Why BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is both right and wrong about tablets

    Reading BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins' predictions for the future of computing feels a lot like reading the script to a particularly ludicrous, tech-focused episode of "The Colbert Report" or "The Daily Show," except, unlike the hosts of those shows, Heins isn't in on the joke.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

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