Educational Technology

Open online courses offer many opportunities to expand educational horizons

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:28


It’s no surprise that the Internet provides numerous training opportunities for employees who want to improve their skills and advance their careers. “Massive open online courses,” known as MOOCs, are online learning courses that are available to thousands of students at a time. And, many of these courses are absolutely free while others are provided at rates drastically less than traditional courses. While the Army does not endorse any one specific program, MOOCs are freely accessible courses, delivered to large cohorts of learners.

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Wary of Online Degrees? There’s Probably a Residency Program in Your Field

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:40

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The benefits of online education and remote degrees has been proven. It may not be able to replace all in-person, traditional instruction in every field, but it can come pretty close. In some cases, it can even exceed a traditional college course. But online programs also come with their challenges. A singular obstacle is that, by their nature, they can be isolating. “In the 1990s,” wrote Professor Wen-Li Chyr in a recent study, “it was found that students felt physically isolated when they participated in online courses, especially when the instructor could not immediately provide feedback to learners … These issues are still present today.”

Wary of Online Degrees? There’s Probably a Residency Program in Your Field

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Recruiting Gets Smart Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:35

By Dave Zielinski, SHRM

Whether it’s sorting through multitudes of resumes or social media profiles to find the best fit for a job, analyzing the vocal tone or facial expressions of job candidates in video interviews, or keeping applicants apprised of their hiring status, artificial intelligence (AI) is moving rapidly from experimentation to mainstream use in the recruiting world. Recruiters need look no further than the paragon of artificial intelligence, IBM Watson, to understand what’s possible in recruiting today. Watson brings new efficiencies to HR through applications that derive insights from vast amounts of data, continually build knowledge and offer personalized recommendations.

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Five examples of how neuroscience is affecting education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, tech edvocate

The world of educational technology has a lot of facets to consider. One primary focus is the effect of neuroscience on education. To progress and compete globally, we need to use all possible advantages to give our children a leg up. Here are five examples of how neuroscience is affecting education today.

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Girl Scouts Launches Initiative to Put 2.5 Million girls through STEM Programs by 2025

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:39

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has launched a national initiative designed to help close the gender gap in STEM education and employment over the next eight years. The organization aims to raise $70 million put 2.5 million girls through their STEM programs by 2025. The initiative is just the latest measure from the organization designed to address gender equity in STEM fields. GSUSA launched 23 STEM and outdoor badges earlier this year and plans to add 18 cybersecurity badges and a series of space science badges over the next two years.

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Teaching Tolerance Offers K-12 Digital Literacy Lessons

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

An organization focused on reducing prejudice and supporting equitable school experiences for all students is pointing educators to a set of resources that will help them teach digital literacy in their schools. Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has defined digital literacy as a kind of “civic literacy,” enabling people to identify faulty information online, participate meaningfully in online communities, resist malevolent forces online, use the internet for good and understand the online landscape.

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MIT Researchers Speed Up 3D Printing 10 Times

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:30

By Joshua, Campus Technology
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a desktop 3D printer that they say is up to 10 times faster than those currently commercially available. Anastasios John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity and the Mechanosynthesis Group, partnered with Jamison Go, a former graduate researcher in Hart’s lab, identified in a previous paper three issues that slow down printer performance.



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The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:40

BY EARL D. LAING, eSchoolNews

If your school hasn’t thought about cybersecurity as a growing concern, it’s time to learn what the threats are and what you should be doing to keep your school, and its data, protected. You’d be hard-pressed today to find a school that doesn’t consider safety a high priority. We go to great lengths to keep those inside school walls safe, running drills and spreading awareness in case of threat. There’s one kind of threat schools often overlook when it comes to safety, however, and that’s cyber attack.


The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

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District creates revolutionary computer science program for K-12 students

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:35

BY NATE DAVIS, eSchoolNews

Indiana’s MSD of Decatur Township launches innovative computer science pathway program for K-12 students; more than 200 students have enrolled, with that number expected to grow significantly. Through a partnership with nonprofit Nextech and a collaboration with Apple, the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township in Indiana became the first school district in the state to implement a K-12 Computer Science Pathway.

Wow! District creates revolutionary computer science program for K-12 students

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Designing Online Learning to Spark Intrinsic Motivation

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:30

By: Rebecca Zambrano, Faculty Focus

Curiosity, love of learning, the ability to use new knowledge and apply it to one’s own goals: all of these are things that are intrinsically motivating to people. They’re motivating because they’re enjoyable, or because they satisfy an internal psychological desire. Studies by Deci and Ryan have shown that intrinsic motivation tends to produce much deeper and more sustained engagement and learning than extrinsic motivation. And these studies have been followed up by many other studies that tend to have similar results. Most students want to get a good grade, but it is the intrinsic motivators, such as the need to gain competence in a course or the need to have a sense of choice or a sense of directing their own learning to some degree or another, that motivates students to succeed.

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10 video games that teach

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Video games used were originally used to entertain children, young adults, and even adults. The advent of more platforms paved the way to incorporate educational concepts in video games, injecting fun with the aid of technology in subjects that used to be taught conventionally in schools or at home. Kids do not have just to read books or watch documentaries about math, science, art, music or even sports; video games augment what was initially taught to them by engaging them in activities to apply what they have learned. Here are some video games from across different platforms that allow kids to learn while playing.

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4 exciting trends that will define the 2018 education industry

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:29

BY RICKY YE, eSchool News

The most hopeful potential impact of 2018’s edtech landscape is the opportunity for nurturing skills that will help students succeed in the future of work. Considering how robots could replace 38 percent of jobs in the U.S. over the next 15 years, it’s absolutely vital that we’re arming today’s students, from as early as kindergarten-age, with the ability to succeed once they enter the workforce. Let’s examine four key trends that are expected to shape the education industry this coming year:

4 exciting trends that will define the 2018 education industry

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Why small colleges should take the plunge into online education

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:29

By Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Though the future does not look bright for small, private institutions — which have seen a growing trend of closures due to a decline in enrollment and revenue — they may be able to stay afloat by tapping into can online courses and avoid a ‘precarious’ reliance on residential students, writes Robert Ubell, the vice dean emeritus of online learning at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering argues for EdSurge. While many small schools view online courses as impersonal with the lack of mentoring and close relationships between educators and students, it’s inevitable schools ignoring digital opportunities will end up falling behind, he writes — especially as that pool of student enrollees becomes increasingly nontraditional and flexible online programs become more in demand.  Understanding the shift may be daunting, Ubell suggests modest investments in the right staff, online designers and recruiters, as well as a forward-thinking innovator and digital advocate on campus who can support the idea of online learning. He also suggests partnerships with third-party online program managers to handle technicalities, as sometimes such companies also commit to handling much of the initial cost.

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This is the smartest robotics company in the world (and soon to be one of the most important)

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:40

by Greg Nichols, ZDNet

Sarcos Robotics, a Salt Lake City-based robotics company, has three new products at market or debuting soon. One is a small robotic snake, useful for industrial tasks such as pipeline inspection or for first responders conducting search & rescue or tactical response operations. Another is a hulking two-armed tele-operated robot that can be used for heavy construction or in nuclear power plants. The third is an exoskeleton suit that allows workers to nimbly perform the functions of a forklift. The technology is cool and worthy of the recent spate of coverage. But the really impressive thing about Sarcos is that its executive team seems to have figured out something that’s eluded countless other robotics developers: A bomb-proof go-to-market strategy.

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Why Blended (Learning), Why Now?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:35

by Kathryn E. Linder, Tomorrow’s Professor

Over the past several decades, a wide range of technologies has emerged that are designed to assist in teaching and learning. Technology has changed every aspect of our lives, and the higher education classroom also feels that impact (Collins & Halverson, 2009). Distance education programs at institutions of higher education, which are often seen as a means to broaden enrollment and increase gross margins (e.g., see Parry, 2011), are continuing to grow (Allen & Seaman, 2014). Blended (also referred to as hybrid) courses, in which face-to-face interaction is combined with technology-enhanced or online activities to aid student learning, have also been posed as a possible solution to the question of how best to engage busy students in a cost-effective and learner-centered way. Major (2015) points out that, for some, blended is seen to be “the best of both worlds” (p. 82) because of the way it allows for both face-to-face interaction and online support structures. For many instructors across disciplines, a form of blended learning, termed flipped classrooms, has also gained popularity as a method to increase in-class active learning time by shifting delivery of content to the online environment.

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A matter of trust: What are you doing with my data?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:30

by Mike O’Brien, ClickZ

Tech giants like Amazon and Google know so much about us that they can come off as creepy, yet they’re at the top of consumers’ list of trusted brands. It comes down to value exchange and the perception that they’re using people’s data to improve their lives.  What sets the brands dominating digital transformation apart is their ability to make the most of their tech stacks while still making consumers feel like the brand cares about them, even if they never interact directly. According to communications agency Cohn & Wolfe’s 2017 Authentic Brand study, nobody does that better than Amazon. Surveying 15,000 people around the world, Cohn & Wolfe found that 91% of them are willing to reward a brand they consider authentic through purchases and recommendations. Tech brands dominated, with Apple, Microsoft, Google and Paypal rounding out the top five.

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Creating a Space for Digital Media Innovation

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 00:40

by Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios explores the intersection of digital media, film, games and entrepreneurship. The facility breaks down silos between traditional fields such as arts, engineering and computing, and provides a commercial studio for all students, faculty and staff.  Project lead Christopher Egert, MAGIC Spell Studios CTO and an associate professor at RIT’s School of Interactive Games & Media, explained, “The studio serves as a way to help students, faculty, industry partners and the community at large move ideas from prototype through commercial production, while at the same time working to support the educational goals, creativity and entrepreneurial potential of each student.”

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Will liberal arts institutions survive amid growing conservative skepticism of higher education?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 00:34

by Autumn A. Arnett and Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Conservative skepticism around funding for liberal arts education is on the rise, as critics of higher education point out institutions for being “elitist” and “politically correct” centers of student protests that fail to provide skills actually needed for the job market, reports The Washington Post.  With studies showing a majority of Republicans and right-leaning citizens believe colleges and universities have a negative impact on the nation and lawmakers having already cut spending for higher education by 54% since 2008, stakeholders in the industry are now concerned the current congress could lead to further tightening of public funding.  Growing conservative skepticism on whether institutions are sufficiently addressing student ROI comes at the same times congress is considering potential reauthorization of Higher Education Act, which Republicans have already said ought to put the onus of responsibility on institutions to prove they are making college more affordable and worthwhile.

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MUSC program aims to tackle fitness of young people with autism and other disabilities

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 00:30

By Mary Katherine, Post and Courier

The group ranges in age from 14 to early 20s. They meet once a week for a variety of fitness classes, including swimming, yoga and spin classes. Instructors are trained to adapt the class. Experts help the teens and young adults with nutritional skills, too. Lisa Riddle, a mentor with Charleston’s Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs, said typical fitness classes might be daunting for people with autism. Uncomfortable bike seats, locker rooms, the smells and loud sounds of the gym — those things can be a sensory overload for people with these kinds of disabilities, experts said. “For a lot of kids on the spectrum, there aren’t as many opportunities to access fitness,” Riddle said.

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How an Online Personalized Preschool Experiment Could Change the Way Rural America Does Early Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 00:39

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Upstart launched in Utah in 2009 as a low-cost option to expand preschool in a state that didn’t have a state-funded program. Since then, it has been a particular boon for the state’s rural areas. About 30,000 Utah children have gone through the program over the past eight years, with about 14,150 participating this school year. It has also now spread to seven other states, where 700 early learners are enrolled. State and federal policymakers are increasingly recognizing the value of early education, especially in keeping the achievement gap more at bay for disadvantaged children before they enter kindergarten. Preschool programs teach younger children early literacy and math skills alongside essential social-emotional skills. About 1.5 million 3- and 4-year-olds were served in state-funded preschool programs in the 2015–16 school year, more than double the number enrolled in such programs in 2002, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research.

How an Online Personalized Preschool Experiment Could Change the Way Rural America Does Early Education

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