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September 09 2013

Inside the Coursera Hype Machine

Inside the #Coursera Hype Machine
http://www.thenation.com/article/176036/inside-coursera-hype-machine

The quest continues among venture capitalists to find the next Facebook, the next Google, the next eBay—and the Silicon Valley hype machine is suggesting that it might be Coursera, the “leader of the pack” among companies trying to make money with massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

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Tech Mania Goes to College
http://www.thenation.com/article/176037/tech-mania-goes-college

Are MOOCs—massive open online courses—the utopia of affordable higher education, or just the latest fad?

August 30 2013

At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait - NYTimes.com

At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?pagewanted=all

LOS ALTOS, Calif. — The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.

But the school’s chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.

#éducation #silicon_valley

July 28 2013

Pas d'ordi à l'école pour les enfants des cadres de Google ou d'eBay

Pas d’ordi à l’école pour les enfants des cadres de Google ou d’eBay
http://www.vousnousils.fr/2012/02/28/pas-dordi-a-lecole-pour-les-enfants-des-cadres-de-google-ou-debay-522349

Les employés de socié­tés high-tech de la Silicon Valley dépensent une for­tune pour envoyer leurs enfants dans une école Waldorf dépour­vue d’ordinateurs.

[…] La péda­go­gie de cet établis­se­ment repose avant tout sur l’éducation phy­sique et le tra­vail manuel. Il n’y a pas d’écran en classe : seule­ment du papier, des sty­los, des aiguilles à tri­co­ter, par­fois de la terre glaise. De bons vieux tableaux noirs, des pupitres en bois et des ency­clo­pé­dies sur des étagères contri­buent à l’ambiance rétro.
Les par­ti­sans de la péda­go­gie Waldorf estiment que les ordi­na­teurs inhibent la créa­ti­vité, le mou­ve­ment, les inter­ac­tions sociales et la capa­cité d’attention. Les trois quarts des parents d’élèves tra­vaillent dans des firmes high-tech et sont sur­con­nec­tés, mais ils n’y voient pas de contra­dic­tion avec ce choix d’éducation pour leurs enfants.

#éducation #TICE #NTIC

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