Educational Technology

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

Educational Technology News Blog - 3 hours 40 min ago

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

Even when tuition is free, attending college can be expensive. Many students need to cover the cost of housing, food and family care in addition to their educational expenses. Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-14-can-online-programs-and-digital-tools-help-students-spend-less-money-dlnchat

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How to Create Successful and sustainable Makerspaces in Low-Income and Rural Schools

Educational Technology News Blog - 3 hours 44 min ago

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

What if you could offer students in low-income and rural schools a technology-based opportunity to develop the creative genius you know they have? You’d provide a makerspace where students could explore, create, invent, and learn through authentic experiences. To make a dream like this successful and sustainable, the key ingredient lies in finding ways to make it tangible.  Although the idea behind the makerspace is to promote playful exploration, developing pathways within the space can improve sustainability. Sustainability in your makerspace will lead to success, but the caveat here is to monitor the pathways to eliminate possible stereotyping and inequalities. Examples include pathways that are gender or race exclusive. Instead, the focus must remain on inclusiveness, even allowing makers to opt in and out of pathways.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-create-successful-and-sustainable-makerspaces-in-low-income-and-rural-schools/

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An Inside Look at Why Accreditation Works

Educational Technology News Blog - 3 hours 49 min ago

By Robert Ubell, Inside Higher Ed

Describing his service on a voluntary visiting team, Bob Ubell defends regional accreditation as a form of “deliberative democracy” and urges us not to hand it over to a federal education police force.  In response to a recent signal that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be exploring alternatives to our present higher education accreditation practices, let’s take a look at what it’s like to be on the inside of a regional accrediting team.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/06/14/inside-look-why-regional-accreditation-works-opinion

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eLearning for Refugees: Three Programs Making a Difference

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:37

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

On June 20th, the United Nations will mark World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations, over 65 million people worldwide are now living as refugees. Millions of these refugees are children under 18 and many more are people in their late teens to mid-twenties who, under other conditions, would be enrolled in university. To address the growing need for flexible forms of education, eLearning continues to be brought to refugee camps around the world. As we prepare for World Refugee Day 2018, eLearning Inside News takes a look at just some of the organizations currently engaged in offering eLearning for refugees.

eLearning for Refugees: Three Programs Making a Difference

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City schools expanding virtual learning program

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:36

By Donald Campbell, Alexander city Outlook

Starting this fall, the Alexander City School system will be offering its virtual learning program, iAcademy, to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. “The state legislature requires us to have a virtual offering for grades nine through 12,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Cooper said. “We started offering this at Benjamin Russell High School three years ago, then added it at Alexander City Middle School.  “This past year, we had 17 students from Benjamin Russell and four from ACMS go through the program.” Open to any student in the Alexander City system at no cost, and out-of-district students who pay a $500 tuition fee, iAcademy offers students who enroll the chance to complete their schoolwork under more flexible hours.

 

City schools expanding virtual learning program

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Here’s How Higher Education Dies

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:29

by ADAM HARRIS, the Atlantic

Futurist Bryan Alexander says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. What does the slide look like? In the spring of 2013, there were 19,105,651 students enrolled in higher ed; this spring, there were 17,839,330, according to recently released data from the National Center for Education Statistics. That represents a roughly 7-percent decrease—and is driven largely by declining enrollments in the for-profit and community-college sectors, as well as stagnant enrollments among four-year non-profit public and private institutions. And the trend of declining enrollment in higher education is likely to continue, he argues, for a couple of reasons, but most notably, a declining birth rate means that there will be fewer 18-year-olds entering academe, and there are fewer international and immigrant students to fill those seats. Why is the dip in enrollment such a big deal? Well, quite plainly, the business model for a lot of colleges is dependent on enrollment.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/06/heres-how-higher-education-dies/561995/

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Apps and Tools that Will Help You Develop and Individualized Family Service Plan

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:26

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

What makes an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) unique is that it is designed for younger children and is family-oriented. An IFSP is a document that outlines a plan for young children who need early intervention services. It is customized for each child, as well as including a plan for the family. For instance, when children are receiving early intervention services, the family may also need the training to support their child’s needs. Since an IFSP is customized for the individual, every IFSP will be different. As you begin the process of developing an IFSP, here are some apps and tools to help you.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/apps-and-tools-that-will-help-you-develop-an-individualized-family-service-plan-ifsp/

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Competitions, experiments a focus in inspiring low-income students to embrace STEM

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 00:39

by Christina Vercelletto, Education Dive
California schools are using various methods to not only get low-income and diverse high school students interested in STEM subject areas, but to increase the odds they’ll actually get a STEM-related degree and wind up working in one of those fields. In schools located a short distance from Silicon Valley, less than 5% of tech professionals are Hispanic, and just over 2% are African American. Interestingly, 57% of students in the area weren’t born in the U.S.; most came from China or India. One charter school, Downtown College Prep (DCP) Alum Rock High, leverages motivational tactics, such as competitions to increase STEM interest. A team of students became part of the Quest for Space program, through which astronauts on the International Space Station used an experiment they designed. Partnerships with non-profits, such as Genesys Works, create part-time or school-holiday internships. Students shadow tech workers to gain insight into what types of jobs are out there.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/competitions-experiments-a-focus-in-inspiring-low-income-students-to-embra/525274/

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Bootcamps Go To College

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 00:35

Matthew Rascoff, Evolllution

Rather than viewing bootcamps as a threat, higher education should integrate the bootcamp model into the undergraduate experience to prepare graduates with the combinations of knowledge and skills they will need in their careers and lives. While the intensity, flexibility and experiential learning of bootcamps are compelling, those features are complementary to four-year undergraduate education. For most colleges, bootcamps are a sustaining innovation that can be absorbed into the core—not a disruptive innovation that must be developed or acquired and protected on the margins. Bootcamps haven’t undermined the bachelor’s degree, for which the return on investment is an annualized 15 percent per year—performance that would make any Wall Street investor envious.

Bootcamps Go To College

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NWLA closes, offers online courses only

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 00:29

by Ennis Daily News

New Way Leadership Academy just announced the end of their classroom approach in Ennis while offering only online courses to their students. Parents were notified of the change in a letter sent by email. While the notice did not specifically state the school would no longer have classrooms and teachers available, the headline made it clear they were “restructuring” to become NWLA Online Private School for grades 3-12 as well as offering an adult high school program online. The letter informing families of the change in format also didn’t cite a reason that led to the end of the young school’s previous format. NWLA classes and offices had been located downtown at 104 NE Main St., where regular operations have ceased. The facility is now empty and external signage removed.

NWLA closes, offers online courses only

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New free online courses launched to help Syrian refugees continue their education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:35

by Future Learn
The first two in a series of twelve new free online courses to assist refugees affected by conflict in the Middle East start on June 18th. The courses are designed for tens of thousands of young people whose education has been interrupted by wars such as that in Syria, helping to prevent a ‘lost generation’ in the region. King’s College London has produced two new free online courses, Basic English 1: Elementary and Basic English 2: Pre-Intermediate so refugees and displaced people in Jordan and Lebanon can learn basic English for everyday situations in order to gain transferable skills and/or help proceed into higher education.

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/17525-new-free-online-courses-launched-to-help-syrian-refugees-continue-their-education

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Amplifying Student Voice while Teaching Digital Citizenship

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:32

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Many educators have been unaware of the need to teach their students about digital citizenship. After all, it is not unusual for students to be more aware of and more comfortable with technology than their teachers are. But that doesn’t translate into students automatically intuiting what they need to know and do in order to be good digital citizens. A solid digital citizenship curriculum will cover such topics as reputation management, civility, data privacy, copyright compliance, security, personal safety, appropriate communication, and information literacy. But, like any curriculum, its success or failure will depend almost entirely on how much students engage in the process. Even the best curriculum won’t have the desired outcome if students aren’t motivated to learn from it.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/amplifying-student-voice-while-teaching-digital-citizenship/

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Middlebury students will use E-Learning as new approach to snow days

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 00:29

by Ed Ernstes, WSBT 22

Middlebury Community Schools will soon be taking a new approach when it comes to snow days.  Starting next fall, students will use E-Learning. They’ll do assignments online when school is called off. Starting with the new school year, 4,600 students in grades K through 12 will have a new way to make up school work when classes are canceled because of bad weather.  It’s known as E-Learning. Middlebury students can go online to make up assignments and course work assigned by their teacher.

http://wsbt.com/news/local/school-board-members-approve-d-learning-plan-for-middlebury-students

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Startup Uses AI and Human Augmentation for Video/Audio Transcription

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Camapus Technology
A startup based in Israel has raised $11 million to expand the growth of its solution for doing artificial-intelligence-powered transcription. Verbit technology, according to the company, will be helpful to schools in addressing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulation. The transcription process for videos and audio recordings typically relies on a combination of approaches: fully automated transcription, which tends to produce partially accurate results, and/or manual transcriptions, which require a much longer turnaround. Verbit has developed Verbatizer, a transcription system that uses a combination of AI technologies for automatic speech recognition algorithms and human-augmented refinement. The corrections made by human transcribers are fed into the Verbit algorithms through machine learning technologies to continuously improve the formulas.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/04/startup-uses-ai-and-human-augmentation-for-video-audio-transcription.aspx

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6 Reasons Blended Learning Works

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:35

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Research suggests that blended learning is more effective than both face-to-face and online education, according to a new e-book released by the Online Learning Consortium and academic publisher Routledge. Online & Blended Learning: Selections from the Field brings together advice and best practices from a number of scholarly publications related to online and blended learning; topics covered include the basics of the blended model, differences between online and on-campus learning, strategies for teaching with technology, data analysis techniques, policy issues and more.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/23/6-reasons-blended-learning-works.aspx

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Newest Apple Watch to Serve as Student ID

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:30

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
During this week’s preview of the latest Apple Watch, Apple announced that watchOS 5 will include the ability to act as a student ID card, enabling users to gain access to dorms, meals in dining halls, gym activities and library services. According to the company, students will be able to “pay for snacks, laundry and dinners around campus” by adding their ID cards to Wallet on the Apple Watch. (The same functionality will be available for the iPhone too.)

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/06/newest-apple-watch-to-serve-as-student-id.aspx

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Making ready for the disruptive future

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:35

by Douglas Elliot, the Star

They are called The Smartphone Generation. They’re the first to grow up with the latest techs and gadgets but while they are more digitally literate than us, a question looms over their future: Can they survive in an era of disruptive technology and economic uncertainty? With that question in mind, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) is once again organising the Youth Transformation Programme (YTP) to help school leavers discover their true talent and equip them with the knowledge of the future as they try to make sense of the world. Following the success of its first session, which attracted 160 participants, the second installment of YTP will commence on July 9-20.

 

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2018/06/04/making-ready-for-the-disruptive-future/

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Should I Study An Online MBA? Admissions Experts Reveal All

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:29

by Thomas Nugent, Business Because

Career advancement comes under a number of banners. For Candy Lee La Balle, founder of LaBalle Admissions consulting firm, it forms the basis for all the questions you should ask yourself before embarking on an online MBA program.  Self-motivation. Autonomy. Strict discipline. These are all things that have to be ingrained within you before you enroll on an online MBA program. “You must make the time and effort to get the best out of the program,” Candy concludes. “For someone who wants the academic aspects of the program; for someone who is limited by geography or mobility; for someone who is autonomous and self-motivated; then yes, I would recommend an online MBA.”

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5287/should-study-online-mba-admissions-experts

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Building the future of the food industry through blending learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:28

by IGD
We know that developing talent, skills and capabilities are major strategic priorities for many food and grocery businesses, but the way people learn has changed. On-the-job experience and peer to peer networks are more widely recognised, and new technology enables different kinds of learning. People now access content in bite-sized chunks, blending online and classroom training to suit their needs. That’s why last September we launched a pilot to test the impact blended learning can have on those new to the food and grocery industry. The pilot comprised a live webinar, online learning modules and an evening networking and career panel event. It was specifically aimed at providing a solid foundation upon which to build a successful career in food and grocery.

https://www.igd.com/articles/article-viewer/t/building-the-future-of-the-food-industry-through-blending-learning/i/19046

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Four lessons for personalised learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:40

By Varissara Charassangsomboon, Gov Insider

EdTech is gaining prominence as schools make space for digital tools in the classroom. Massive open online courses, coding workshops and social skills robots are changing how students of all ages are learning and interacting with educators. However, it has so far been challenging to personalise learning in a traditional classroom, particularly in emerging countries. Teachers may recognise that different students learn differently, but there is little they can do as there is only one of them to a classroom full of students. Today’s new technologies could help make personalised learning for every student a reality. GovInsider explores four initiatives in Asia and Africa to see how technology can be used as a tool to tailor education to individual needs, allowing students to learn at their own unique pace.

Four lessons for personalised learning

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