Educational Technology

A Course Experiment Tackles Textbook Costs

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 00:31

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Students in a political science class at California Polytechnic State University embarked on an unusual challenge last year. They drafted legislation to see if they could get it passed by the state Legislature. The bill became law this past summer. In the process, the students learned how lawmaking works and got invaluable experience on using the political process to push for change — even if it’s only incremental change — on a higher ed issue close to their hearts. The students in the California Bill Project class set out to write a bill that would benefit fellow California students but not cost the state any money.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/10/california-students-take-publishers-legislatively-reduce-textbook-costs

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​How to empower superintendents and connect technology with learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:40

By Stacey Pusey, EdScoop

“If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. But with recognition of the disconnect between school and district leaders, the realities of the technology infrastructure and classroom needs, an initiative guided by more judicious thinking is now underway. The Consortium for School Networking and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have created the Empowered Superintendent initiative, which is dedicated to helping superintendents, aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build their knowledge, skills and confidence as technology leaders.

 

https://edscoop.com/how-to-empower-superintendents-and-connect-technology-with-learning

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Securing Democracy With Blockchain

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:35

Scott Foreman, Udacity

Nimit Sawhney’s company Voatz is pioneering the use of blockchain technology to help overseas military personnel vote securely in West Virginia.  Sawhney says:  “It’s incumbent upon us to keep evolving, keep learning, and keep enhancing our concept for democracy. That’s a strong driver for us. Regardless of your political affiliation, if more people vote, if everyone votes, then that’s a fair fight. If you lose, it was a clash of ideas, and you can accept you lost the argument, and you can move on. But if people who are eligible to vote don’t, then it doesn’t seem like a fair fight, and it feel likes a flawed system. That’s a big driver for us. Can we make it easier for people who aren’t voting to do so, in a very secure way?”

 

Securing Democracy With Blockchain

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5 things helping schools implement high-speed internet

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:30

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
State leaders and better infrastructure are helping schools connect students to the high-speed internet necessary for digital learning.  More and more students have access to high-speed internet in schools, but there are still students left without the connectivity they need to grow and learn, according to the annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway (ESH). Today, 98 percent of public schools have next-generation fiber infrastructure, and 96 percent have enough internet connectivity to make digital learning possible in classrooms, says ESH CEO Evan Marwell in the report’s introduction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/09/ivy-tech-cc-rolls-out-interactive-adaptive-digital-biology-course.aspx

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Four Keys to a Modern IT Approach in K-12 Schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 00:40

by Andrew Graf, Tech Edvocate

The majority of school district IT departments are short on time and resources, and this makes it hard to implement technology effectively. In a recent survey of K-12 IT leaders, 45 percent said they don’t have enough IT employees to support their existing technologies well, never mind trying to add new devices and systems. This problem has serious implications for student success. As education becomes more personalized and data-driven, teachers and administrators are increasingly reliant on technology to help them diagnose students’ precise learning needs and deliver highly targeted instruction to fill these knowledge gaps. If school district IT departments are going to support the demand for new technologies successfully, they will have to learn how to do more with less. Fortunately, IT staff can work more intelligently and use their existing resources more effectively by become more proactive in their approach.

Four Keys to a Modern IT Approach in K-12 Schools

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There’s a changing enrollment landscape, and QU is trying to accommodate that change

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 00:35

Steve Eighinger,Herald-Whig

A college student was once looked upon, for the most part, as recently graduated from high school and somewhere in the midst of a plan that would allow for graduation from college in what was considered the traditional four-year period. Those times have changed and quite dramatically. Today’s traditional student has become yesterday’s nontraditional student. The U.S. Department of Education estimates somewhere between 80 to 90 percent of current undergraduates would have been categorized as nontraditional students 25 years ago. The times are more than changin’. And they have changed right before our eyes.

https://www.whig.com/20181006/theres-a-changing-enrollment-landscape-and-qu-is-trying-to-accommodate-that-change#//

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Math walk colloquia present the benefits of creative learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 00:30

Alex Hubbell, the Appalacian
For most students, the world of academia lends an unbounded amount of creative possibilities yet it seems math is in an exception. Sharareh Nikbakht, a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, intends to change that for K-12 students with the concept of the Math Walk. Nikbakht spoke about this concept during “ASU Math Walk: Promoting STEM using creative activities for creative student learning” Friday at 3 p.m. in Walker Hall. The event, hosted by Travis Weiland, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, focused on a concept called a Math Walk, which takes learning outside the classroom.

Math walk colloquia present the benefits of creative learning

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9 ways college is different for millennials than it was for previous generations

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 00:40

Hillary Hoffower, Business Insider

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of college-educated young adults with a bachelor’s degree is at its highest point yet — 40% of millennial workers aged 25 to 29 had a bachelor’s degree in 2016, compared to 32% of Gen Xers in 2000 and 26% of baby boomers in 1985. But they’re attending college in a different environment. From the price of college textbooks to online learning opportunities, here’s how college differs for millennials.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-college-is-different-now-then-millennials-vs-baby-boomers-2018-9

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Why Traditional Trades Will Prosper In A Technology-Focused Workforce

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 00:35

Andy Rosenband, Forbes

As the CEO of a manufacturing company that relies both on our workforce of dedicated employees as well as making investments in new technology solutions, I continue to examine whether and when one side will override the other. But I don’t think this will happen. I think we’ll have a continued need for a strong employee workforce in addition to advanced machinery. Technology — both digital and mechanical — is changing the way we work. While this is unsettling to many workers, especially those in seemingly volatile positions and industries (which at first glance may appear ripe for takeover by an automated workforce), there’s an upside to traditional trades.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeschicagocouncil/2018/10/05/why-traditional-trades-will-prosper-in-a-technology-focused-workforce/#7a76c7e26ffd

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What is Machine Learning?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 00:30

Chris Meserole, Brookings

The core insight of machine learning is that much of what we recognize as intelligence hinges on probability rather than reason or logic.  Recognizing someone, planning a trip, plotting a strategy—each of these tasks demonstrate intelligence. But rather than hinging primarily on our ability to reason abstractly or think grand thoughts, they depend first and foremost on our ability to accurately assess how likely something is. We just don’t always realize that that’s what we’re doing. Back in the 1950s, though, McCarthy and his colleagues did realize it. And they understood something else too: Computers should be very good at computing probabilities.

What is machine learning?

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California CS Standards Designed to Increase Access to CS Instruction for All Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:42

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

By the end of grade 2, a student should be able to explain the functions of common hardware and software components in a computer. By the end of grade 5, he or she should be able to determine potential solutions to solve simple hardware and software problems using common troubleshooting strategies. By the end of grade 8, the student should be able to explain potential security threats and security measures to mitigate threats. And by the end of high school, he or she should be prepared to create data visualizations that can help others better understand real-world phenomena.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/10/01/california-cs-standards-designed-to-increase-access-to-cs-instruction-for-all-students.aspx

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Community colleges see success with varied semester start dates

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:36

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Flexible semesters could help nontraditional students complete degrees at community colleges.  Nontraditional students make up more than half of today’s higher-ed student body, and community colleges are stepping up to meet their unique needs in big ways. Research from the American Council on Education shows that almost 60 percent of U.S. undergraduate students are nontraditional, meaning they are 25 or older, work full-time, and have work, family, or other obligations that require flexibility in their educational options.

Community colleges see success with varied semester start dates

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DeVos explores potential of virtual learning in the Delta amid harsh conditions public schools face

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:35

BY KELSEY DAVIS, Mississippi Today

But the U.S. Secretary of Education wasn’t in Lexington on Thursday to answer any of those questions. She was there as part of her “Re-Think School” tour, observing the Global Teaching Project – a program designed to bring advanced placement (AP) classes to schools in highly rural areas. The program, also available in other rural schools in Mississippi, has the potential to expose students to rigorous academic curriculums in districts where obstacles to such opportunities are all too familiar.

DeVos explores potential of virtual learning in the Delta amid harsh conditions public schools face

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FutureLearn launches fully online BA

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:30

by Patrick Atack
FutureLearn, the online learning platform attached to the British Open University, has launched its first undergraduate full degree program, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Australia. The degree will be available across four subject areas of: Film, Media and Cultural Studies; English and Writing; History; and Sociology and Anthropology. Students will choose major and a minor subjects, picking individual courses accordingly. “It’s an important expansion of the university’s long history of flexible delivery” Each of the programs will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, broken down into four, three-week courses.

FutureLearn launches fully online BA

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Does your college have a math concierge?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:30

BY ANGELA PASCOPELLA, eCampus News

The Math Emporium at an Arizona community college pairs technology with human help to increase student success. The Math Emporium, located on the campus of Rio Salado College in Phoenix, Arizona, is an informal, cafe-style study and practice space to help students navigate basic math. But that’s not all. The emporium is staffed by a math “concierge” who acts as tutor, small-group presenter, and coach. As with many community colleges, some Rio Salado students tend to be older than the average college student and/or some left high school early, so they have little memory or knowledge of math concepts. “Less than 20 percent of students can get into and pass a college-level math class,” says John Jensen, faculty chair of mathematics. “A lot of them need practice with lower-level and developmental math; they simply lost [the knowledge] due to lack of use.”

 

Does your college have a math concierge?

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Online teachers help students, staff at Refugio High School

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:30

by Madeleine Dart, KIII
n the small town of Refugio, Texas, where evidence of Hurricane Harvey still remains, a lack of teachers has left a high school to rely on technology. During the 2017-18 school year, Refugio High School was in dire need of a Spanish teacher after their’s retired. Principal Brandon Duncan searched for the right candidate but could not fill the position; so he had to get creative. Duncan reached out to Proximity Learning, an online classroom program.  “It’s just the age we live in,” Duncan said. “It’s very accustomed to computers. To technology.” During that school year, with the help of Proximity Learning, Duncan saw a 100-percent passing rate for Refugio High School’s Spanish classes.

https://www.kiiitv.com/article/news/local/online-teachers-help-students-staff-at-refugio-high-school/503-600994772

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A comparison of human-machine working hours for 2018 and 2022.

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 00:40

Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum

Will we humans lose more jobs than we gain when machines take over the world of work, or will it be just the opposite? The experts are still trying to figure that out. In December 2017, a report from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” predicted that between “almost zero” and a third of work activities could be displaced by 2030, with wide variation among countries. (The more advanced the economy, the more likely the impact of automation.) While workforce transitions could hit between 75 million and 375 million people, overall, McKinsey found, more occupations will change than will be lost in a machine-driven world.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/03/the-future-of-work-when-machines-take-it-over.aspx

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Houston CC Opens Online Campus

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When one Texas community college system launched its seventh campus, the ceremony was digital: At the appropriate moment, event attendees armed with tablets were invited to swipe their fingers across their screens to “cut” the virtual ribbon on Houston Community College’s new online college. HCC Online launched with 31 fully online programs, including 15 associate degree-level and 16 certificate offerings in both academic and workforce areas. It expects to expand the total to 70 by fall 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/04/houston-cc-opens-online-campus.aspx

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Reaching Parents with YouTube

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It’s important to involve parents in their child’s learning process. One way the Temple Independent School District has reached out to parents is through the use of a YouTube Channel. The school district already had a YouTube channel with lessons targeting students across grade levels. To this, they added a “Just for Parents” section. One reason to reach out to parents via YouTube is to help them help their child. While students may have trouble with classwork and homework, parents might too. Many parents want to help their kids succeed but it’s been a long time since they covered the relevant materials and teaching methods have changed.

Reaching Parents with YouTube

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Introducing Bumo Blockchain

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:40

by Blockgeeks

BUMO is a next-generation commercial-grade public Blockchain for ubiquitous and trusted value transfer, which is aimed to build a decentralized application ecosystem featured with extensive digital trust, free-flowing value and public-sharing apps.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/introducing-bumo-blockchain/

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