Educational Technology

Illinois Lt. Governor looks to expand online classrooms in rural schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:40

By: Lindsey Harrison, Central Illinois Proud

Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is looking to expand the virtual classroom to more rural schools around the state. Sanguinetti stopped by Heyworth High School Monday afternoon to talk to a few students about their experiences in a virtual classroom. Junior Garrett Houston is taking calculus. He says he just couldn’t make calculus fit into his schedule when the school offered it, so he’s taking it online. “I’ve always been ahead in math and now I’m getting to the point where they don’t really have a math course for me after calculus,” Houston explained. But his course options are expanded through the online classes. Houston says he’s also taken Mandarin through the virtual classroom.

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How can tech transfer offices evolve to support innovation?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:35

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Colleges and universities should reframe the goals of their technology transfer offices away from a focus on revenue generation to how technology and innovation in the school can contribute to the health and prosperity of the surrounding community, region and economy, according to a new report from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. “I think a lot of universities have realized that a transaction basis for technology transfer is not going to create an environment they need to be successful in an innovation-based economy,” Jim Woodell, an APLU Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said. “Success needs to not be measured by revenue, but by other signs of contributions universities make to technology.”

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South Dakota university to offer 18-day intensive courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:30

by Associated Press

Black Hills State University-Rapid City will offer block courses for students who want to focus on and finish one subject at a time, the Rapid City Journal reported. University officials said the offering will be the first of its kind in South Dakota. Traditionally, college courses are held at different times based on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or a Tuesday-Thursday schedule, and vary by semester. Under the new block system, students will meet for three hour chunks at the same time in the morning or afternoon for 18 consecutive days. Each course will be separated by breaks of four days. Students will need to enroll in four blocks to qualify as full time. Gene Bilodeau, director of BHSU-RC, said that there’s evidence learning under the 18-day approach is the same as under the traditional structure, if not more encouraging.

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ND rural schools expand class offerings through online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 00:40

By Blair Emerson, Bismarck Tribune

Step into a classroom during sixth period at Wolford Public School and there are 11 students taking nine courses online. About six years ago, the small rural district — with an enrollment of 42 students — lacked course offerings, and Wolford Superintendent Larry Zavada said he longed for more academic rigor and accountability. The district was limited due to finances, and good teachers were hard to come by, according to Zavada. So, he tried something new: online classes.

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Luther to switch from Mac to PC

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 00:35

by Kristen Wuerl, Luther Chips

In January 2017, Luther College’s Information Technology Services (ITS) began implementing changes to update faculty and staff work computers issued by Luther.
ITS will complete two important changes over the course of this current refresh cycle, which began during the 2016 academic year and will last three to four years. ITS is transitioning faculty and staff from Apple Mac computers to Dell computers where they consider it beneficial, and is supercharging computers that the faculty and staff currently have. Supercharging a computer involves increasing its random access memory (RAM) to eight gigabytes and replacing hard drives with faster 240 gigabytes Solid State Drives (SSDs). The supercharged computers will physically look the same but will have better performing processors.

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How to fix EdTech’s diversity problem

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 00:29
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

There’s one problem in EdTech that just won’t go away—the diversity problem. Or rather, the lack of diversity. This problem has two fronts—gender and race. In fact, the tech industry as a whole is dominated by white men. According to Mashable, White people make up about 83% of tech executives. A similar number of tech executives are men. The gender problem is less pronounced in the EdTech field, but it’s still there.  Kimberly Bryant, founder of the non-profit Black Girls Code, argues that the real problem is something she calls a leaky pipeline. There are plenty of women and people of color who begin a career in EdTech, she says. But along the way, they decide it’s not for them. Figuring out why this happens, and addressing the issue, is the real key to fixing EdTech’s diversity problem.

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3 reasons to introduce kindergarteners to robots

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 00:38

The children we teach were born with technology as a part of their lives. They don’t know a world without touchscreen phones and computers in every room. In today’s world, saying that subjects like coding and robotics “are for ‘big kids’” is like saying “reading is for ‘big kids.’” Children need to actually touch, manipulate, and experiment with objects in order to fully understand them. Robots bring this physical interaction to the potentially intimidating process of understanding engineering and programming. If we add in the social interaction of working with friends, we can deepen the understanding through conversation and the sharing of ideas.

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10 habits of tech-savvy teachers

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The start of each new school year brings a barrage of new apps and skills for educators to master. Keeping up with it can feel very overwhelming! But it’s not the apps you use or the skills you’ve mastered that make you truly “tech-savvy.” Rather, it’s a whole attitude of mind. Here are the 10 most essential habits of tech-savvy teachers.

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The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 00:29

About a third of the students with disabilities who enroll in a four-year college or university graduate within eight years. For those who enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data. The dismal outcomes aren’t because students with disabilities can’t handle the coursework. The vast majority of special education students can grasp rigorous academic content. Experts estimate that up to 90 percent should be able to graduate from high school meeting the same standards as general education students, ready to succeed in college and careers. But high schools often neglect to teach these students the soft skills that will help them in higher education — like how to study, manage their time and self-advocate.

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LiveEdu ICO – Bringing a Reform In Global Online Education With Blockchain

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 00:40


LiveEDU is developing a completely decentralized online-learning platform on the blockchain network that imparts real-life project-based learning. LiveEDU ICO will go live next week from Nov 21st. With the huge increase in global connectivity in the past decade, the online-education-industry has witnessed a reformative transformation. Cheap and easily available internet connectivity has made it possible that information is available to anyone and everyone on the planet., which offers live video streaming services for learning, is planning to launch a completely decentralized online-learning platform on the blockchain network.

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E-Learning Academy parents want a good location for the school

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 00:35

By Dedrick Russell, WBTV

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) parents are concerned about the future location of their children’s school. The district is moving the E-Learning Academy to another location because that facility is going to be used for an elementary school. The Academy allows students to come to a facility to learn online and receive critical one-on-one attention from teachers. Students say it’s a stress-free environment.  Parents say the academy has changed the lives of their children.

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Consult Student Services Before Starting an Online Degree

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 00:30

By Joe Chapman, US News

For students embarking on their online education experience, being proactive from the start is key. One way to do that is to take advantage of student services before you start your online classes. Most universities offer a variety of support services to ensure that online students easily transition into managing their coursework – especially on top of work and family responsibilities – and planning for their futures. Here are three steps to take to connect with support staff before starting your online coursework.

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Deep Neural Networks for Face Detection Explained on Apple’s Machine Learning Journal

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:37

by Juli Clover, Mac Rumors
Apple today published a new entry in its online Machine Learning Journal, this time covering an on-device deep neural network for face detection, aka the technology that’s used to power the facial recognition feature used in Photos and other apps. Facial detection features were first introduced as part of iOS 10 in the Core Image framework, and it was used on-device to detect faces in photos so people could view their images by person in the Photos app. Implementing this technology was no small feat, says Apple, as it required “orders of magnitude more memory, much more disk storage, and more computational resources.”

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Sex education online instead of in class? Utah lawmaker exploring the idea

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:35

By Sean Moody, KSL

Rep. Justin Fawson, R-North Ogden, suggested an online program that parents could opt their children in or out of. The main module, he said, would cover the basics of reproductive health. If parents wanted their kids to learn about other topics, they could choose to include other online modules. Fawson spoke with the Utah State Board of Education Standards and Assessment Committee earlier this month about how that change could look. “I tend to feel that we should educate our kids to a point where they can make good decisions, but I also respect parental involvement and parental opt-in,” Fawson said.

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Stephen Curry to teach online courses on basketball skills

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 00:30

by NBA.Com

Stephen Curry list of accolades on the court includes a pair of Kia MVP, a pair of NBA championships, multiple All-Star appearances and many more. Off the court, he’s looking to add to his list of accomplishments, too, as he will soon be serving as a professor of sorts. In an interview with’s Chris Haynes, Curry said he will be partnering with to teach, via video, classes on basketball fundamentals including shooting, using ball screens, finishing on either side of the rim and more. The class is geared toward beginners and intermediates, Haynes reports, and Curry is seeking to help players advance with the overall acceleration of their games. Curry also wants to help players understand the maturation process needed in shooting a lot of his specialty — 3-point shots.

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The rising sun of HEA reauthorization

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:40

by Ken Salomon Christopher Murray, Thompson Coburn

Behind the scenes of the turmoil in Washington this year, congressional staff have been hard at work on the next iteration of the Higher Education Act. At long last, the curtain-raising for HEA reauthorization is expected within the next few weeks. The HEA, which has not been reauthorized since 2008, governs a huge range of federal higher education policy. Everything from college access to student debt, from campus sexual assault to student data will be addressed by Congress when it takes up its rewrite of the law. So what should you expect to happen?

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After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico University Turns to the Cloud to Restore Student Services

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When September’s massive storm knocked out access to electricity, clean water and communications for the entire island, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón needed to get up and running fast. Thanks to an extraordinary IT team and the resources of the cloud, the school was back in action within a few weeks.

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What teachers and administrators want from edtech companies

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:30

By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Teachers, administrators, and edtech companies have a common goal: to meet student needs. Sometimes, though, it can seem like educators and edtech companies are working against each other. Avoid coming across as the panacea for everything. Honesty is a great policy to practice when touting your edtech. If you lie or even exaggerate about your product, you will be found out. You can’t be the solution in every situation, so don’t say that you are. In summary, provide educators what they want in edtech, and everyone benefits.

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4 tips for learning retention

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:38


Tools to memorize and to benchmark references are both great for making learning stick. And great teachers build their teaching on them. It is so important to help children understand that they are not just studying to get a good grade, but to learn. As teachers and parents, we need to foster that love.

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Can analytics help schools hire the best teachers?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:35


Improving the hiring process starts with tracking the basic statistics. For example, measuring how many applicants you receive, and how many applicants get through each hiring phase, including the application, screening and interviewing processes. Tracking provides insights into which jobs are going unfilled and why. In addition, you should track “time-to-hire” statistics to determine whether you are filling jobs as quickly as possible. These data points should include how long it takes you to fill a job and how long applicants sit in your applicant pool after they apply. Best practices suggest making an offer within 30 days or less from when the teacher applies. If you don’t, the odds of a teacher rejecting your offer increase by 60 percent.

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