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Google Prepares American Students For the Digital Revolution

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December 23, 2013

The future workforce is being prepped for the digital revolution.

Schools are changing their focus to direct student toward learning how to program computers and become involved with emerging technologies.

Being called the globalized technological culture, this next American generation must be integrated or will be “left behind”.

An answer to this new development is being sold on its flexibility to foster “anytime, anywhere access [to] digital home schooling models video-game learning environments.”

President Obama addressed the issue of teaching our children to write computer code earlier this month, saying that American students need to learn “these skills” because they are “important for America’s future.”

The Open Education Alliance (OEA) is dedicated to providing “access to cutting-edge and relevant post-secondary education that empowers individuals to pursue successful careers in technology.”

The OEA specializes in bridging the distance between “necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to modern society” by providing courses of “high quality education” to students in an effort to “eliminate the skills gap.”
Tech corporations working with the OEA are:

• Google
• Autodesk
• Intuit
• AT&T
• Cloudera
• 23andMe
• Cadence
• NVIDIA
• KHAN Academy

Indeed, the skill set supported by the OEA involve developing standards for technological careers for a future workforce.

Dan Clancy, director of research for Google, explained the corporation’s involvement with the Open edX platform.
Clancy said : “Google and edX have a shared mission to broaden access to education, and by working together, we can advance towards our goals much faster. We support the development of a diverse education ecosystem, as learning expands in the online world. Part of that means that educational institutions should easily be able to bring their content online and manage their relationships with their students.”

edX was created by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which have opened the platform to open source developers to “use, improve and share” to contribute to a new class of “open-source software”.

This includes:

• Real-time chat
• Bulk email
• New installation scripts
• Operations tools
• Integral external survey tools

Last September, Google made public their involvement with the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to influence educators and private sector companies “to create their own digital course and share it with the world.”

MOOC is collaborating with “universities, institutions, businesses, governments and teachers to build and host their courses for a global audience.”

Anant Agarwal, president of edX said: “We have long admired Google’s commitment to open access to information, and we believe they will be a perfect partner to work with as we shape the next generation of open education and learning. Google shares our mission to improve learning both on-campus and online. Working with Google’s world-class engineers and technology will enable us to advance online, on-campus and blended learning experiences faster and more effectively than ever before.”

Online learning, built on Google’s infrastructure, will “provide a platform for colleges, universities, businesses and individuals around the world to produce high-quality online and blended courses.”

Agarwall explained: “We envision that the site will become an ideal way to develop and refine novel online learning experiences. Faculty, for example, new to online learning could get their feet wet, and learners who may not want to take a full course could also just get a taste. Moreover, we will be able to learn how to improve our platform by having more individuals build and use content.”

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