Educational Technology

Schools to begin online program

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 00:30

BY AMELIA HARPER, Rocky Mount Telegram

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is launching a new Virtual Academy to entice non-traditional students back into the traditional public school fold. The new academy, billed as “School My Way!” will allow students now enrolled in non-traditional settings such as home schools, charter schools or private schools the opportunity to take at least two courses per semester in high school. Students enrolled in the new Virtual Academy also will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities offered by Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and to graduate with a high school diploma from Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools if they meet all the requirements.

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A scientific success story

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 00:42

by  Brandon Schreur, Daily News

Beth Christensen, who has taught at Central Montcalm for 20 years now, wanted to find a way to continue that learning process, which could then, in turn, help her students learn more efficiently as well. That’s what led her to the Six Star Science Online Teacher (OT) Professional Development Program. The Six Star Science OT Program, also called Frontiers in Physiology, is a 10-month long online research-based course that educates teachers across the country on how to develop excellent science education for students.  We’re looking for teachers who are highly motivated to improve their classrooms and already have some experience with professional development,” said Margaret E. Stieben, Program Manager for K-12 Education Programs at the American Physiological Society (APS) said. “We want teachers who have a vision for their classrooms and the kind of experience they want to give their students, and then we bring them all together.”

A scientific success story

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When we run out of room for data, scientists want to store it in DNA

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 00:35

by Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends

The reason for this is the unimaginable pace at which we currently produce data. Each day, around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created, courtesy of the 3.7 billion humans who now use the internet. In the last two years alone, a mind-boggling 90 percent of the world’s data has been created. That’s where Park and fellow MIT scientist and co-founder Nathaniel Roquet enter the picture. Their startup Catalog has developed technology they believe could transform data storage as we know it; allowing, or so they claim, the entirety of the world’s data to be comfortably fit into a space the size of a coat closet. Catalog’s solution? By encoding data into DNA. That might sound like the plot of a Michael Crichton novel, but their scalable and affordable solution is serious, and has so far received $9 million in venture funding — along with the support of leading professors from Stanford and Harvard Universities.

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The tech industry leads the way in revolutionizing student loan debt

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 00:29

by JAZZY QUICK, Big Think

With the average student loan borrower owing in the $27,900—$50,000 range, it’s no wonder that national student loan debt in America is at a record high of $1.52 trillion. And to make that statistic worse, STEM-based degree programs are pumping out a considerable portion of the borrowers with debt, due to students taking out massive amounts of loans in order to compete in a saturated job market. A survey shared by CommonBond gave data that depicts how the technology industry might be the most affected the most by student loan debt. Currently, approximately 53% of workers have student loan debts, according to CommonBond, and of those borrows, 65% of them are paying off $50,000 or more in student loans.

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Blended Learning Is Proving More Effective Than Traditional Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 00:40

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

While many work actively to promote the notion that an online setting can serve as an analog to in-person education, there’s a wholly less controversial use of digital technology being used in and out of the classroom. It calls for a blend of online and in-person education, and there’s growing evidence that it surpasses traditional methods. Blended learning has proven itself as not only a teaching strategy that allows greater flexibility, but one that is more effective than traditional methods.

Blended Learning Is Proving More Effective Than Traditional Education

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One small college moves online — carefully

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 00:35

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, believes it has skillfully moved some instruction online without sacrificing the small institution’s best qualities that its 2,500 students expect, according to Inside Higher Education. A 25-person task force with representatives from various departments, the faculty and the student body began investigating online learning options about four years ago and made several recommendations tailored to the college to move it into the realm. The group discouraged the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs). As a result, this summer the college is offering 19 courses online with a maximum of 23 students in each, most with a liberal arts focus.

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Online learning is helping Louisiana inmates stay out of prison

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 00:30

by Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser

About two-thirds of prisoners go back to jail within three years of being released, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But an online learning platform at 15 correctional facilities are helping Louisiana inmates create a new future for themselves.  The state tested Lantern, an educational program for the incarcerated created through a partnership with Ashland University in Ohio, first in the Louisiana Transition Center for Women in Madison Parish.  Kim Barnette, retired state director of correction education in Louisiana, said it was a success in that not only were the women educated, but it also reduced their discipline issues inside the institution. Not only are inmates 43 percent less likely to go back behind bars but they also are more likely to get a job, according to the research.

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Augmented Reality – A Primer On Coursera

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:38

by Lucy Black, I-programmer
A short course from Google on the Coursera platform introduces augmented reality (AR) and Google’s ARCore. Available for free, it starts on July 16th and lasts four weeks. Aimed at beginners ad with no pre-requisites, this class is intended to teach the fundamentals of augmented reality (AR), and how to build an AR experience using ARCore.  Having completed it, there are various options for going forward. Cousera has a 5-week hand-on course from Institut Mines-Télécom.

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Seven Platforms to Publish and Sell Online Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:35

by onlineacademi

So, you love to teach, and you love to share your knowledge of your subject with a receptive audience. Great. Now, what if you had a chance to expand your audience and reach out to a global one? And, would it excite you if we told you that you don’t have to spend a fortune-in fact, you don’t need to spend a dime-to teach to a distinct student community from around the world? Anyone who wants to take up teaching or has already been teaching has the ambition of sharing their learning and knowledge with a wide audience. You may be a teacher or a presenter, or you may be a professional, even a student, or a housewife, or a skilled employee, or just anything, who has knowledge that you think is worthy of being shared with other people. It is now a lot easier to do this. All that you need to do is formulate your own courses in the areas of your interest and upload them with a learning platform.

Seven Platforms to Publish and Sell Online Courses

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Why Online?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:30

by deToledo High School

Online learning is no longer the wave of the future. Today, it is a significant part of many students’ educational experience and estimates suggest that, by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses will be offered online. To accommodate this growing need, deTOP partners with award-winning, UC-approved online providers to deliver content and instruction. Lesson materials are appropriate, flexible, and engaging and include lab activities, written assignments, and discussion questions. Assessments (which range from quizzes to a final exam) test for knowledge at various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Share on Facebook

IT Leadership: Key Facts to Advance Ed Tech in America

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:40

By Keith R. Krueger, THE Journal

This year’s report found that school leaders place a high priority on cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity. When asked to rate the importance of privacy and security of student data, 68 percent of IT leaders indicated that it was more important than the prior year. For the fourth straight year, budget constraints are the top challenge facing school technology leaders, followed by the unavailability of relevant training and professional development, as well as the existence of silos in school districts. In addition, integrating technology into the classroom continues to be the most understaffed IT function in schools — it has remained the most understaffed IT function for three straight years by a significant margin. And 43 percent of respondents said that their staffs are “stretched too thin.”

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Personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than we think

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:35

by LAURA PAPPANO , Hechinger Report

Amid all the bellowing about charters, school choice and vouchers, a potentially more revolutionary reform movement is bubbling up. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers. It feels natural to a generation groomed to presume that everything is calibrated to their needs and wants — whether it’s online shopping, news or math homework — and raised with smartphones in their hands.  It sounds benign, and wonderful, to many parents. Schools, districts and even entire states are embracing it. Teacher unions cautiously endorse it, while flagging the concern that teachers could be replaced by technology. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Which do millennials prefer, online or traditional learning?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 00:30

By Sadaf Ghiasy, Times-Call

Both traditional learning and online learning demand hard work and dedication for students to have the opportunity to achieve satisfactory results. With the increase in social networking resources, the personal interaction for online students has been made as interesting and effective as traditional learning. However, time management remains to be a major concern particularly in online classes where it may encourage laziness, unlike in traditional learning where students are obligated to be present in class, ask questions and get prompt answers. The learning style in traditional classrooms might be important only for auditory learners, but the learning style in online learning is easy because students only need to read the text and see examples to understand. Social interaction is also widely encouraged through traditional education where students get more opportunities that assist them to understand better. Although online learning also encourages social interaction through video chat and online discussion posts, it does not assist students to better understand reading materials.

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Online course design tip: Set clear course goals

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:40

By ocip, New Mexico State University
Simply placing a face-to-face course online is not enough for today’s students. Active learning and opportunities for student engagement and interaction must be planned and provided through the learning management system. Online learning needs to actively engage students to improve learning outcomes and improve retention rates. Online course design tip: Set clear course goals that are achievable and measurable, and then communicate them to your learners. The Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) recommends course mapping to assist in creating a more organized course. A course map will demonstrate in a very clear way the alignment of course components and learning goals or objectives of the course. The course map will also assist in making the job of course development easier.

Online course design tip:  Set clear course goals

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Digital evolution: a new approach to learning and teaching in higher education

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:35

By Renee Patton, Times Higher Education

Technology continually disrupts almost every area of our lives, resulting in constant shifts across all segments of our society. This is something we’ve examined at length in our research “Digital Vortex How Digital Disruption Is Redefining Industries”, developed with IMD, and our book on the same subject, where we studied the ways in which many industries are being impacted by new digital technologies. Today’s students want always-on access to the network and resources, wherever they are on or off campus, for a deeper and more flexible learning experience. Traditional rigid modes of classroom instruction are unlikely to inspire students whose online life outside the classroom is dynamic and evolutionary. Creating an effective digital learning environment is not just about offering convenience and familiarity to students, however. The consequences for their futures if we don’t keep pace are manifold and damaging.

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Trump administration plans to rescind policies that encourage affirmative action in college admissions

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 00:28

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
The Trump administration is planning to rescind Obama-era 2011 and 2016 guidance documents encouraging the use of race in college admissions to promote diversity on campus, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.  Administration officials will argue that the guidelines reach beyond the Supreme Court precedent and oversimplify what is allowed under the law.  The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing claims from Asian-American students who believe they were unfairly discriminated against in Harvard University’s admissions practices. A similar complaint was dismissed last year by the Obama administration.

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Student Data Brokers: Shady Practices Put Private Student Data on the Open Market

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:40

By Ariel Fox Johnson, THE Journal

Most of us are only vaguely aware of the shadowy data brokers, who buy, sell, and bundle our personal information — taking things like age, grocery purchases, education, address, magazine subscriptions, favorite apps and number of children (along with thousands of other data points, per an FTC report) to categorize us into segments like “Thrifty Elders,” “Resolute Renters” or “Metro Parents.” But even fewer people know that a marketplace for student information exists as well. And that this market may be fed by unwitting students, who turn over sensitive information that they believe they must provide in order to learn about educational opportunities and scholarships.

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Guiding Faculty into Immersive Environments

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:36

By David Raths, Campus Technology
In 2015, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) launched the Cube, an adaptable space for research and experimentation housed in the campus’s Moss Arts Center. One of the first things ICAT did was to hire an immersive environment specialist to help faculty members who were incorporating the new space into their curricula.  “I remember Ben Knapp, ICAT’s director, used the term ‘concierge’ when he came up with the position,” recalled Zach Duer, who served in the job for a year and a half before becoming an assistant professor in the school of visual arts.  According to Duer, it’s a common problem that universities invest in new technologies such as immersive learning spaces but fail to create positions like his to help faculty learn how to use them.

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Code Now. Pay Tuition Later.

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:30

by LINDSAY GELLMAN, the Atlantic

Coding schools are offering free classes in exchange for a percentage of future income. But at what cost?  The program would provide comprehensive web-engineering training, and would help with job placement. Once employed, graduates would be required to pay back a set portion of their salary under an arrangement called an income-share agreement, or ISA. The concept of ISAs has been around since at least the 1950s, when the economist Milton Friedman outlined them as a hypothetical model of repayment. Yet ISAs were rarely implemented until the past few years, as student-loan default spiked and schools sought to offer other ways to pay. In 2016, Purdue University launched an ISA tuition option aimed at families who might otherwise take out high-interest private loans or Direct PLUS loans for parents to fill the gap between federal student loans and the cost of tuition.

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IT Leadership: Key Facts to Advance Ed Tech in America

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 00:36

By Keith R. Krueger, THE Journal
In the last few months, there has been no shortage of new data surrounding education. Like the Twitter and news cycle, it’s hard to keep up and make sense of what statistics matter most to help address the needs of districts today. When it comes to advancing 21st-century learning settings, I’m going to catch you up and give you the statistics that you need to know. Earlier this spring, CoSN unveiled the new findings from our 2018 National K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report. Conducted in partnership with Dude Solutions and MDR, the annual survey provides the education community with insights from school system technology leaders on their challenges and priorities.

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