Educational Technology

Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:39

The future of learning technology is not replacing teachers, but amplifying their ability to meet the learning needs of their students. A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years: teachers will not be replaced by machines. The chart compares a wide array of professions based on required education levels, average annual wages, and likelihood of automation. Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. Yet the debate about machines replacing teachers rages on. Recent opinion pieces claim that teacher obsolescence is inevitable and something we should embrace. Fortunately, a recent article in the Economist gets the narrative right, pointing out that “the potential for edtech will be realized only if teachers embrace it.”

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Infographic: 6 uses for K-12 classroom AR

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:34

AR’s potential to increase classroom engagement is expanding. By now, most educators are familiar with augmented reality (AR) and its application in the classroom. And as it grows in popularity, its potential in the classroom grows, too. Augmented reality overlays digital information on top of an existing environment, and the AR device market is expected to reach more than $659 million by 2018, according to an infographic that analyzes AR’s potential for the classroom. Fun fact: One of the first commercial applications of AR technology was the yellow first down line that started appearing in televised NFL games in the late 1990s. Google glass and heads-up displays in car windshields are probably the most well-known consumer AR products, but the technology is used in other industries, such as marketing, health care, tourism and public safety.

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18 edtech developments set to impact schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:31

Annual report documents how different ed-tech trends and challenges shape K-12 education Coding as a literacy and the rise of STEAM learning are two key trends driving K-12 technology adoption for the next 1-2 years, according to the latest New Media Consortium and CoSN Horizon Report. The report is organized into 6 key trends, 6 significant challenges, and 6 developments in edtech that are going to impact K-12 teaching, learning and creative inquiry. Overall, the report series tracks the five-year impact that innovative practices and new technologies have on K-12 education.

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Most Ed Institutions Unprepared for Data Risks

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:40

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Nearly four in five, 77 percent, of education institutions are unprepared for IT risks, according to a new survey from Netwrix. Respondents told researchers that employees are the biggest threat to system availability and security at the same rate, 77 percent and 79 percent said that they do not use any software for information security or risk management.

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Faculty Say Laptops, Mobile Phones Are Most Popular Student Devices

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:35

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Any faculty member who has looked out at a sea of open laptops in class can tell you that the devices are the go-to technology for college and university students today. In fact, 57 percent of respondents in our 2017 Teaching with Technology Survey, which asked faculty to dish on their experiences with technology in the classroom, singled out laptops as the No. 1 favorite computing device used by their students. Mobile phones came in second, cited by 33 percent of respondents.

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3 ways to build community in a multi-cultural school

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 00:30

A kindergarten teacher working on a military base shares her best practices for connecting with ELL students and their parents. As more and more ELL students enter the U.S. public school system, teachers are facing the twofold challenge of communicating not only with these students, but with their families as well. After all, non-English-speaking families have the same desires as native English speakers to know how their child is doing academically, emotionally, and socially.

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Smartwatches Overtake Fitness Trackers

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 00:36

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Shipments of wearable devices continued to improve in the second quarter of 2017, showing a 10.3 percent improvement over the same period last year, according to a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC). The quarter saw 26.3 million shipments and was also the first period in which basic wearables — those that do not run third-party apps — saw a decline with negative 0.9 percent growth year over year. Smartwatches, on the other hand, saw strong growth at 60.9 percent. “The transition towards more intelligent and feature-filled wearables is in full swing,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, in a prepared statement.

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International High School Students Represent Opportunity

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 00:34

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

According to the report, most of the international students attending high school in this country ultimately expect to enroll in higher education here as well and view their U.S. studies as a leg up on gaining acceptance to the colleges and universities they want to attend. The thinking among families of international students is that the experiences they have of learning in U.S. classrooms, the immersion they receive in English-language instruction and the adjustment they get to American life prior to college “can ease the transition of international students moving from U.S. high schools to higher education.” The largest group of students holding F-1 visas — 78 percent — come from one area of the globe: East Asia. In particular, students from China dominate, making up 58 percent of all international high school students, followed by a smaller number coming from South Korea (7 percent).

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High school students increasingly opting for online classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 00:30

by Amanda Bohman, Fairbanks News-Miner

Alexandra Johnston-Carnes had trouble fitting gym class into her schedule last spring so she decided to try something new, eLearning. The Hutchison High School senior took gym class in a computer lab with other students taking other eLearning classes.  She said it involved more book work than a teacher-led gym class. Johnston-Carnes exercised at home, choosing her own activities, and kept a log.  “It was definitely new and interesting,” she said. She signed up for another eLearning class this term.

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Cloud usage to grow 26% annually in ed through 2021

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:35

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

Research from Technavio shows cloud computing is expected to grow over 26% annually through 2021, with lower ownership cost, greater analytics use and growing mobile learning adoption cited as primary factors, according to EdTech: Focus on K-12. K-12 in particular has seen cloud usage grow alongside the influx of devices into daily learning due to its ability to increase access via productivity suites and virtual desktops. Via these cloud-based platforms, districts have been able to create digital environments where students can receive feedback in real-time and blended learning programs can be easily rolled out across multiple schools.

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Here to stay: 47,000 Arizona students attend schools that offer online instruction

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:30

By Philip Haldiman, Independent Newsmedia

Arizona Online Instruction has existed in this state since 1998, and it appears it is here to stay. In 2015, Arizona had 38 schools offering online instruction totaling 43,994 students, and the next year there were 40 schools with 46,917 students. Between the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, there was a sizable jump of 36 percent in students receiving online instruction. AOIs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and can include full- or part-time instruction, as well as institutions that provide face-to-face instruction and online only instruction.

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Rhode Island models university-industry partnerships for effective workforce development

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:29

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Since the Great Recession, states have continuously struggled with unemployment rates and devaluation of industries vital to local economies — and Rhode Island was no exception, having experienced highest unemployment rate for seven months in 2013-2014. But now, the state has now dropped below the average in its region. Stefan Pryor, the state’s Secretary of Commerce, said a pronounced effort has been placed on workforce development, and particularly in crafting collaborative pipelines between high school, higher ed institutions and private industries. He points to the state’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School Initiative (P-TECH), in which high school students can enroll in specialized programs to take college courses that will let them graduate with a diploma and an industry-specific associate degree.

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The right stuff: Teaching kids about copyright

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:41

By TARA WOODALL, eSchoolNews

It can be hard to get moral compasses to twitch when discussing the intricacies of copyright law, public domain, fair use, and Creative Commons. Those concepts seem abstract and removed from the concerns of adolescents. It can be even harder to break them of the habit of doing a Google image search and grabbing the first relevant and powerful image they see.  But remember that John F. Kennedy famously talked about the importance of doing the “hard stuff” in his “moon speech” at Rice Stadium in 1962. He spoke of the importance of getting to the moon, but I think that we can take the spirit of his words and apply them to teaching this particular tough corner of digital citizenship. I’m here to argue that we should choose to teach copyright not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because the goal of understanding copyright will serve to measure the best of student energies, skills, and citizenship.

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Nearly a third of U.S. teenagers use technology to cheat

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:36


U.S. teenagers think they are savvy about cybersecurity–so much that nearly one-third skirt school safeguards to access banned content and 29 percent admit to using tech devices to cheat in school–but more than twice that many say they know of classmates who have cheated with devices, a survey found. The findings of the survey by the computer security firm McAfee are in proportion with a 2009 survey by Common Sense Media–although the exact extent of cheating, and whether it’s changed over the years, is unknown.

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Chicago’s Path to Become a ‘City of Learning’

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:30

Four years after launching a digital platform to connect students with out-of-school programs, researchers are reaping the benefits: a large pool of data to study the inequity of informal education.  Chicago’s 400,000 public school students are shuffling back into classrooms this week for ice breakers, syllabus rundowns, and the first lessons of the school year. For some, though, the learning never really stopped in the summer months, thanks to the thousands of sports camps, coding academies, art lessons, and other programs available to children in the city. Similar after-school programs are key to keeping kids off the streets year-round—but that’s only the case if the students are able to access the programs designed to serve them. Nearly four years ago, in an effort to help connect students to extracurricular offerings, Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Chicago City of Learning online platform (CCOL). It’s something of a one-stop shop that allows kids to easily search through hundreds of out-of-school programs based on their interests.

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Home schooled: How to evaluate an online degree program

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:35

by Craig Guillot CTW

Institutions like Duke, MIT and Stanford now offer online programs, and many employers are holding some of these degrees in the same regard as they might from a 4-year institution. Some working professionals find it more convenient to pursue online degrees while balancing a career and family, and are also enrolling in a growing array of online graduate programs. While online programs now offer a high level of credibility with employers, students still must evaluate the programs carefully. The FTC warns consumers at its website about signs a school might be a “diploma mill.” Some of these warning signs include advertising a flat fee for the degree, a short completion time, pushy advertising tactics and accreditations from phony agencies.

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Is Your School Prepared for the Future of Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The future of education is digital. We live in an increasingly digital world, where technology is a part of our lives in so many ways. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we incorporate digital technology into education. To prepare students for higher education and future jobs, we must ensure that they are familiar with technology.  Administrators who want to prepare their K-12 school for the future of education should look at the ways they use technology in the classroom. Schools that are future-ready are those that blend technology with learning seamlessly and include technology in nearly every lesson. To prepare for this digital future, many schools are adopting a one-to-one program. In this type of program, there is one computer or tablet for every student. Schools with one-to-one programs have seen a boost in students’ achievement, especially when it comes to their 21st-century skills.

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Google and Udacity offering scholarships to 75,000 aspiring developers

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:28

By Kavita Iyer, Tech Worm

Google Is Offering 75,000 Web And Android Scholarships There is some good news for all those aspiring developers looking to make a career in coding or already pursuing coding. Google in partnership with Udacity are now offering 75,000 Android and Web Development scholarships for aspiring developers and data scientists looking to follow careers in the digital field. Over the past two years, Google and Udacity have been able to roll out 1,000 and 10,000 scholarships for coders in 2015 and 2016, respectively. This year, German media company Bertelsmann too will be involved in their latest initiative.

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Future Higher Ed IT Spending Will Be Driven by Cloud and Mobile

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:35

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, Education Dive
This year, IT spending across industries will increase by 4.5 percent, rising to $2.1 trillion, and then increase by another 4 percent in 2018. IDC, which conducted the research, indicates that cloud infrastructure and mobile devices will be the source of the upswing. “Cloud and mobile are still the big drivers for IT spending, despite the attention devoted to new technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics,” says Stephen Minton, IDC vice president for customer insights and analysis, on Campus Technology. Universities are also prioritizing cloud and mobile as they update their technology. A survey last year indicated that 81 percent of university IT leaders were planning to increase their cloud spending. In 2016, 39 percent of their applications were cloud-based, but that number is expected to rise to 62 percent by 2021.

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Educators grapple with integrating technology into the lecture

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:30

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Most U.S. adults between say they learn more information from technology than through human interaction, with an even greater percentage of millennials reporting the same, according to a new survey — a reality which underscores both challenges and opportunities college educators face with balancing technological integration and traditional in-person instruction. The survey released last week was conducted by Growing Leaders, a nonprofit specializing in leadership training and development, and it surveyed 2,264 adults over the age of 18 earlier this year. In the results, 58% of respondents said they learned more from technology than people, with 69% of millennials from ages 18-34 stating the same.

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