Top picks from WiredAcademic- August 26, 2012

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Flip Video Co-Founder Launches Rival To Khan Academy: Knowmia Led by Flip video co-founder Ariel Braunstein and former Flip marketing executive Scott Kabat, Knowmia will offer video lectures … but on a wider spectrum of subjects and with a wider variety of teachers than Sal Khan’s project does. MORE

Roundup: Khan Academy Launches Computer Science Academy Khan Academy turned a major corner in its evolution and development this month as it launches a computer science training program that could rival CodeAcademy and others. Here’s a roundup of how the tech media covered the announcement. MORE

America’s Math Problem: Should The US Subtract Algebra Education? Half of community-college students take remedial classes, and only 10 percent of those who do graduate within three years, Business Week reported in May. And a fifth of four-year college students enroll in remediation, of whom only about a third graduate in six years. MORE

Mark Cuban Calls On Universities To Invest In Digital Job Skills Training “I’m talking about FREE educational resources, anyone with the focus and inclination and access to a pc on the net has a chance to learn a digital skill that can be of value to these new digital companies ...

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Flip Video Co-Founder Launches Rival To Khan Academy: Knowmia Led by Flip video co-founder Ariel Braunstein and former Flip marketing executive Scott Kabat, Knowmia will offer video lectures … but on a wider spectrum of subjects and with a wider variety of teachers than Sal Khan’s project does. MORE

Roundup: Khan Academy Launches Computer Science Academy Khan Academy turned a major corner in its evolution and development this month as it launches a computer science training program that could rival CodeAcademy and others. Here’s a roundup of how the tech media covered the announcement. MORE

America’s Math Problem: Should The US Subtract Algebra Education? Half of community-college students take remedial classes, and only 10 percent of those who do graduate within three years, Business Week reported in May. And a fifth of four-year college students enroll in remediation, of whom only about a third graduate in six years. MORE

Mark Cuban Calls On Universities To Invest In Digital Job Skills Training “I’m talking about FREE educational resources, anyone with the focus and inclination and access to a pc on the net has a chance to learn a digital skill that can be of value to these new digital companies and allow you to change worlds.” – Mark Cuban MORE

The Advent Of MOOC-Bot, OpenStudy Courses From Peer 2 Peer The project from Peer 2 Peer University called OpenStudy aims to teach a computer programming language by bringing together content and resources from several open-learning sites. And, most of all, the new Mechanical MOOC banishes the instructor… the idea of “Superstar Professor” is rendered null. MORE

Video: Lisa Guernsey On The Teacher’s Role In EdTech Instruction “If you see teachers simply showing children how to login or pick a font color, I’d question how much value that teacher is truly adding. Another test is to ask: Is the technology merely allowing for an electronic form of printed worksheets or homework assignments, or is it enabling kids to do something they couldn’t do without the technology?” – Lisa Guernsey MORE

Cable Co. Discovery Explores Textbook Replacement: Techbooks Discovery joins Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., The Washington Post Co., Pearson, NBC Universal, Walt Disney & Co., McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in growing field of media companies that are investing in digital education products. MORE

Election EDU: New York Group Tries Tying Romney To Anti-Union Group A New York-based group released a report this week trying to tie Mitt Romney to StudentsFirstNY, an education organization known for opposing teachers unions and supporting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s often controversial education policies. MORE

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Learning Analytics 101, How Data Could Change Everything Data in the classroom is not new, it’s just that new tools and software have begun to harness all the information and digest it. Here’s a primary on what’s next. MORE

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