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In 2011: How the Internet Revolutionized Education

In 2011: How the Internet Revolutionized Education

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As connection speeds increase and the ubiquity of the Web pervades,free education has never been so accessible. An Internet connectiongives lifelong learners the tools to becomeautodidacts, eschewing exorbitant tuition and joining the ranks of otherself-taught great thinkers in history such as Albert Einstein, AlexanderGraham Bell, Paul Allen and Ernest Hemingway.We can be learning all the time now, whenever we want, and wherever
we want. And because of that, we‟re seeing explosive growth in online
We‟ve featu
red several companies and organizations in thepast year that are disrupting the online education space including OpenYale, Open Culture, Khan Academy, Academic Earth, P2PU, Skillshare,
Scitable and Skype in the Classroom. Now that we‟ve reached the end o
2011, it‟s time to look back at our previous posts and remind ourselveshow far we‟ve come and catch up on all that‟s happened.
InsiderHow the Internet is Revolutionizing Education
This was our seminal piece on online education, which includesinterviews with UC Berkeley professors and CEOs and Founders of 
today‟s most disruptive education startups. It‟s clear that the world is
moving faster than it ever has before. As we learn more about ourselvesand more about the world around us through massive amounts of datacollection and data transfer at ever increasing speeds, surely thefoundations of learning must change too. After all, our current education
system is broken, from the bottom up. If we‟re going to continue to
evolve as a species and as a culture
, we‟re long overdue for an education
Stay in or drop out? The entrepreneur’s education fiasco
There‟s a lot of debate right now about whether or not paying for a
degree is worth it, a particular problem facing entrepreneurs. Theaverage public university (in the US) is going to set you back nearly$80,000 for a 4-year program. Going to private school? Up that cost toin excess of $150,000 depending on the school of choice. Oh sure, youmight have a piece of paper that says you have a Bachelor of Science orArt degree but what you actually have is something that has become so
ubiquitous that it‟s really not worth much more than the lint inside your 
own navel.
How Technology Has Changed Education
The education of a nation‟s youth to a full height of academic rigor and
standing is a complex process that nearly always spans more than adecade, requires tens of thousands of dollars, dozens of teachers, and of course, technology. Not always the most recent technology, mind you,but even the oldest Pentium One computer was once new.
Skillshare lets you learn anything from anyone
Skillshare is a New York based communitymarketplace that enables users to learnanything from anyone. It aims to democratize learning by tapping intoexisting communities and networks. Contrary to the common notion thatlearning has to occur inside a classroom, Skillshare believes otherwise,appropriately quoting Einstein:
“Learning i
s not a product of schooling
 but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
This year Skillshare helped raiseover $20,000 for Raise Cache and unveiled a new online experience. 
In NYC, Coursehorse is changing the way you search for classes
CourseHorse,a New York City startup, provides a simple, innovativeway to search for classes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and theBronx. Search can be filtered by price and schedule, so you can find amorning meditation class before your 9am sales pitch. To date, 150schools have posted over 4,000 classes on the site.
Education is the next startup GoldRush, Silicon Valley will be at its heart 

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