Crowd sourcing is poised to affect education in significant ways, potentially revolutionizing how our students interpret and contextualize literature and most every other subject. No longer the domain for programmers (Linux), technical enthusiasts, fundraising campaigns and entrepreneurs (Kickstarter and Indiegogo), crowd sourcing received a big push last July when Rap Genius (now simply Genius) received a whopping $40 million from venture capitalists to expand its focus and grow its business to “annotate the world.”

Started by recent Yale grads, Rap Genius’s initial mission was to make sense of rap music lyrics. The company created an innovative annotation engine that...

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About the Author:

Ed Cuoco

Ed is currently an adjunct faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College and Wentworth Institute of Technology teaching writing and communications. Having studied English as an undergrad and management in grad school, he’s spent most of his career in high technology as an individual contributor, manager and executive. He’s been a program manager at Microsoft Research, overseeing a team that explored virtual communities, and a cofounder of onExchange Inc., an online futures exchange, and Spathe LLC, a cloud application for curating research. Ed has been a consultant to a number of companies on startup and strategy issues, including, Equalogic and Black Lobster.