What Are Educators Looking For in an App? Imagining the One EdTech App to Rule Them All

Brad Moriarty says that “the devices, apps and other bits of technology are mostly focused on improving specific areas within education or delivering old-fashioned education in a glossy digital wrapper. We are waiting for some unifying concept that will enable teachers to easily innovate and improve their teaching without the enormous effort that it takes right now.”

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AMC, Instructure and UC Irvine to Offer Cross-Disciplinary MOOC based on “The Walking Dead”

Enrollment in the course is currently available to anyone in the world via www.canvas.net/TWD. The first class is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, the day after the Season 4 premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The course will run for eight consecutive Mondays through Dec. 2. Because the series will air at different times around the world, Canvas Network will put in place provisions to help international participants avoid spoilers.

While using pop culture references in the classroom is nothing new, this MOOC represents a unique level of experimentation in teaching and learning by formally infusing an academic syllabus with contemporary media. It’s also the first time a technology firm, entertainment company and major university have collaborated in this way.

UC Irvine, which is ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education, has been a leader in the MOOC movement and a pioneer in open education for more than a decade. This partnership reflects UC Irvine’s next step in utilizing popular culture and flexible technology to improve outcomes in the open, online learning environment.

“As an educator, I’m always looking for ways to make scholarly ideas come alive for my students,” said Bic, who regularly employs pop culture analogies in her teaching on public health issues. “‘The Walking Dead’ provides many poignant case studies related to the scholarly areas covered in the course, and it helps that it’s one of TV’s most popular shows. There will be something for everyone in this course, which will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment.”

“The Walking Dead” is the most-watched TV series in basic cable history and was the No. 1 show last season among adults 18 to 49, across all broadcast and cable networks.

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Teachers’ Day Gift From WizIQ: Teach Online for Free

WizIQ Offers One-year Free Membership Worth INR 46,000, Gives Access to a Range of Online Teaching Tools
WizIQ celebrates National Teacher’s Day by offering academic free membership worth INR 46,000 ($690)to all teachers working in schools, colleges or universities. As part of this offer, this award winning education platform gives educators at accredited institutions free access to a range of online teaching tools that are generally available only to paying members.

Eligible teachers can use their school/college/university email address to register on WizIQ beforeSeptember 30, 2013 and get features equivalent to WizIQ’s Solo Unlimited Premium account, completely free.

The free membership is valid for a period of one year.

With the WizIQ’s free membership, teachers can:

Create unlimited synchronous and asynchronous courses
Invite unlimited students for their online classes
Get 40GB of storage for private content
Conduct unlimited live online classes
Record all online classes
Share attendance reports with parents
Use advanced Virtual Classroom features:
multi way audio-video
multilingual support
screen sharing
breakout room
polls and more
Manage class with automated email notifications
Co-brand with WizIQ’s virtual classroom
Get 24/7 human support

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