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March 19, 2017

Online alternative high school puts St. Louis students on path to graduation, but rigor questioned

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By CAMILLE PHILLIPS, St.Louis Public Radio

The school — Workforce High — uses the same online curriculum as the district’s three alternative schools and four credit-recovery programs. But some experts question whether at-risk students are learning what they need to by watching video lessons and taking online quizzes at a rapid pace. It’s hands-on support that sets Workforce High apart, says Alice Prince, who helps oversee the school. “It’s the exact same rigor,” said Prince, a director at SLATE. “I ask our students what is the difference, and they say ‘Well it’s a family atmosphere. The education mentors care if you get it or not.”

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/online-alternative-high-school-puts-st-louis-students-path-graduation-rigor-questioned

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Projections see 7.2% expansion in e-learning by 2027

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Online learning platforms and devices are likely to follow a trend set by wearable technology, gaming and other digital industries, with a new report suggesting that instructional tech will grow by just over 7% in the next ten years. Report Linker makes its projections based upon the rise of technology use in instructional design, content created for web-based production and consumption, and the growth of virtual reality and artificial intelligence as academic support tools. Authors say that the report is based upon the revenue performance of several leading tech companies with impact in the educational industry, and trends in domestic and international institutional business models.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/projections-see-72-expansion-in-e-learning-by-2027/437819/

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3 Lessons Learned About Taking Online Courses

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By Olena Reid, US News

Building relationships virtually is challenging, but not impossible for online students. Before deciding to pursue a two-year, rigorous online MBA program, I completed eight short free online classes. My go-to platforms were Coursera and FutureLearn, but there are many more options now that offer high-quality lectures and materials. These online courses combined with my online MBA program taught me a few lessons about learning virtually that might help a prospective or current online student answer their questions and know what to expect in an online program.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-03-10/3-lessons-learned-about-taking-online-courses

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March 18, 2017

How to create a Makerspace in any space

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Makerspaces are spaces for hands-on interactive learning. These spaces have become popular in many communities, schools, and libraries due to their emphasis on creative learning and STEAM subjects. The primary aspect of any makerspace is the fact that creative hands-on learning opportunities are provided to users. One important fact regarding makerspaces is that there is no perfect model or formula that must be followed. In fact, it is not necessary to have a space set aside solely for use as a makerspace. If there are available study rooms, meeting rooms, or classrooms that are not always in use they can easily be converted into a makerspace. Converting a room into a temporary makerspace can be easily accomplished by bringing in the equipment for the maker activities.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-create-a-makerspace-in-any-space/

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A new technology is fundamentally changing learning–here’s how

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BY CHRISTOPH SCHELL, eSchool News

Middle school students across the U.S. are learning how the body works by studying the anatomy of a frog, a vertebrate with an organ system similar to that of humans. But unlike school lab work that uses real specimens or images of a virtual frog on a screen, a new approach to this standard experiment is taking the act of learning to a unique interactive level, thanks to the use of technology known as blended reality. Blended reality combines the physical and digital with augmented reality that takes sensory inputs – sounds, scents, sites and haptic or “touch” feedback–to blur the lines between the real and virtual worlds.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/03/08/technology-changing-learning/

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Unexpected advantage I saw taking online classes

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By Jager Robinson, Newsday

The next shift in higher education is coming online. Whether it be through full online programs or select courses offered as part of an on-campus degree, online learning is taking large steps toward becoming a mainstream approach to higher education. Contrary to common beliefs, early results provide no data to suggest that accredited online degrees, like Georgia Tech’s, teach less than their in-person counterparts: Several Harvard economists, who studied GA Tech’s program, concluded students “finish their courses with at least as much knowledge as their in-person counterpart.” With the introduction of prestige into the affordable online environment, online learning is taking a shift for the best. Whether it be fully online, or a hybrid degree, colleges and universities across the country are taking the necessary steps to provide for an increasingly online world.

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/commentary/unexpected-advantage-i-saw-during-online-classes-1.13227353

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March 17, 2017

Embrace the Unexpected: New Tools Transform Teaching and Learning

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by Dave Doucette, EdTech Magazine

This notion — that “faculty resistance” is so pervasive that instructional designers would benefit from advice on how to overcome it — speaks volumes about this relationship. Faculty and technical staff have great potential for collaboration, but there’s a decent chance that friction may occur instead. Bridging this gap may require more than simply teaching faculty to use new tools. For some instructors, adopting significant changes to the teaching profession requires a deep shift in thinking and in culture. It’s worth understanding where faculty may be coming from. It’s also worth remembering that everyone on campus has the same objective: giving students the best education possible and preparing them for rewarding futures.

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/03/embrace-unexpected-new-tools-transform-teaching-and-learning

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Personalized Scam Emails on the Rise

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By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Smaller institutions report an increase in sophisticated attempts to gain access to financial and personal information. Hackers are taking the time to get to know smaller colleges. IT departments at smaller institutions are reporting that they are spending increasing amounts of time protecting against the kind of sophisticated, personalized attacks that once plagued mostly large research universities. Gone are the days of typo-ridden emails with questionable grammar addressed to “Dear Sir.” In their place are emails seemingly from legitimate senders — administrators and local businesses among them — that seek to gain access to financial and personal information. The fraudulent emails often asks recipients to double-check a payment, forward copies of tax paperwork or initiate a wire transfer. “You can’t just hide behind your small size,” said Nathan Phillips, chief information officer at Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university just outside Portland, Ore. “What seems to have changed in the last year or two is that the attacks seem to be more directed. People are clearly doing research on who they’re targeting.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/03/08/smaller-institutions-report-increase-personalized-phishing-attempts

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Immersive Education: AR Comes of Age

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Despite all the headlines and conference coverage of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for education over the last year, the technology is still gaining speed — residing at that sweet spot in the hype cycle where, when you place headsets on people and gently guide them to turn around to gain a full view, they tend to gasp and say, “Oh, wow.” So imagine how your students would respond if, in that next geography lesson, instead of handing them a flat map of Peru, you pass out pre-loaded smartphones to each table along with a $15 Google Cardboard and ask them to pull up a walking tour that places them in Machu Picchu. “Seeing is believing,” said Colin Messenger, a senior market analyst with a focus on education at FutureSource Consulting.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/03/06/immersive-education-ar-comes-of-age.aspx

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March 16, 2017

The truth about MooCs and bootcamps: Their biggest benefit isn’t creating more coders

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By Nick Heath, Tech Republic

The world needs more software programmers and MooCs and coding bootcamps promise to deliver the needed skills. But as an on-ramp to becoming a developer, they have debatable value. No one can fault the ambition of the companies that run Massive Open Online Courses. One of the pioneers of these online learning hubs, Udacity founder and chairman Sebastian Thrun, recently summed up their mission as nothing less than democratizing education.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-truth-about-moocs-and-bootcamps-their-biggest-benefit-isnt-creating-more-coders/

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Amazon extends AI development race to college classrooms

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Amazon is betting that college students will help them to discover new frontiers with its Alexa technology, and is using college fellowship programs to recruit the nation’s best and brightest engineering students to develop intellectual property for the company. The Alexa Fund Fellows program is currently in schools like Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California and Waterloo University. It pairs students with professors to help develop innovation in voice recognition technology and is backed by a $100 million investment from the company’s foundation.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/amazon-extends-ai-development-race-to-college-classrooms/437540/

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Ransomware-An executive guide to one of the biggest menaces on the web

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By Danny Palmer, ZD Net

As ransomware continues to evolve, it’s therefore crucial for your employees to understand the threat it poses, and for organisations to do everything possible to avoid infection, because ransomware can be crippling. Cybercriminals didn’t use to be so obvious. If hackers infiltrated your corporate network, they would do everything possible to avoid detection. It was in their best interests not to alert a victim that they’d fallen victim to cybercrime. But now, if you are attacked with file-encrypting ransomware, criminals will brazenly announce they’re holding your corporate data hostage until you pay a ransom in order to get it back. It might sound too simple, but it’s working: cybercriminals pocketed over $1bn from ransomware attacks during 2016 alone. Everything you need to know about ransomware is at the link below: how it started, why it’s booming, how to protect against it, and what to do if your PC’s infected.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-an-executive-guide-to-one-of-the-biggest-menaces-on-the-web/

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March 15, 2017

Groundbreaking school blends high school and college together

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BY DAVE KNOCHE, eCampus News

The way we prepare students for the future is beginning to change because our economy is undergoing a makeover. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce published a report stating that by 2020, 65 percent of our economy’s jobs will require post-secondary education or training beyond high school. That means that students without these post-secondary milestones will only be applicable for 35 percent of jobs. Because of this, it is important to create programs that encourage students to pursue post-secondary education. However, a four-year degree may not be the right path for every student.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/alternative-pathways/ppec-high-school-college/

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4 good computer habits every teacher should have

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BY JESSICA CARRELL, eSchool News

During the past two years, I’ve visited Apple’s Genius Bar eight times. I’ve watched a student cry in front of her PC after she found a Word document she had worked on for days corrupted. I’ve witnessed someone spill coffee on my colleague’s MacBook, and then felt enraged when he had to spend almost half its price to make the thing work again. Now you may ask me: What’s going on with our computers? Well, there is nothing wrong with the computers. It’s us. It’s our bad habits that led to these tragedies. That’s what I’d like to share with you today: four good computer habits every teacher should have in the digital age. These habits may affect your productivity, data security, and health. Health…seriously? Yes: A survey claims that Americans spend two hours a week waiting on their slow computers, which are sources of immense frustration and constant stress.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/03/06/computer-habits-teachers/

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The 2 edtech fields with the most potential under Trump

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BY BRIAN PEDDLE, eCampus News

Edtech investors and users could see significant growth in specific areas if the Trump administration sees its campaign rhetoric through.Though it’s too early to predict what impact the administration’s higher ed policies will have on the education technology sector, last year’s electoral campaign and executive actions in the early weeks of the administration may offer some insight into education priorities, pointing attention—and, potentially, funding—toward workforce development and institutional accountability. Neither area is a major departure from longstanding trends in higher education, but the administration’s emphasis will create opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors alike.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/trump-microsite/2-edtech-fields-potential-trump/

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March 14, 2017

The Rise of Online Education: Why More NJ Students Are Opting for Online Courses

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by NJ Today

A few years ago, a lot of high school graduates would move out of New Jersey to pursue the degree of their choice. The same can be said for professionals wanting to pursue a master’s degree in their fields. Today, however, that same pattern is becoming less and less obvious. The main reason behind this is the increasing popularity of online programs. Online education has changed a lot over the years. Today, even undergraduate students prefer to take online programs instead of the equivalent offline course. There are a number of reasons behind this new rise of online education.

http://njtoday.net/2017/03/03/rise-online-education-nj-students-opting-online-courses/

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CHEATING AND TECHNOLOGY – UNETHICAL INDIFFERENCE

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BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

A study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics interviewed 23,000 high school students and asked them a variety of questions about academic ethics. Of the teens surveyed, 51 percent said that they had knowingly cheated at some point on an exam but that they had no qualms about the behavior. A Common Sense Media survey found that 35 percent of students had cheated via cell phone, though the parents surveyed in that particular study did not believe their kids had ever cheated. In many cases, students did not realize that tactics like looking up answers on a smartphone were actually cheating at all. In today’s K-12 classrooms, students who cheat are rarely caught. There are no formulas written on in the insides of hands or students looking across the aisle, or whispering answers to their classmates.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/cheating-and-technology-unethical-indifference/

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Technology and the Future of Online Learning

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By Ruth Reynard, Campus Technology

What are the latest technologies to impact the evolution of online learning? According to eLearningIndustry.com, there were “5 Amazing eLearning Trends in 2016″: Mobile Learning; Gamification; Video-Based Training; Competency-Based Learning; and Big Data. I would suggest that these were not trends specific to 2016, as they were emerging through the years along with the technology changes and developments I’ve briefly outlined. What has taken place more recently, however, is a clearer impact on learning and specifically the delivery, organization, presentation and engagement/interaction involved in the learning process. I would agree, though, that gamification and big data have emerged more strongly as critical aspects of full engagement with and application of learning — they are the product of new knowledge and information scope.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/01/technology-and-the-future-of-online-learning.aspx

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March 13, 2017

Courseware, Learning Analytics See Most Acquisitions in Ed Tech Market

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By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The ed tech market is restless. With vendors constantly acquiring and merging with other companies and startups popping up every other month, it can be difficult to keep track. Courseware, learning analytics platforms and constituent relationship management (CRM) platforms are the fussiest, with these market segments seeing the most consolidations. Cloud-based student information systems (SISs) are slowly being adopted, while adaptive learning and online program managers (OPMs) seeing the most growth at disproportionate levels.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/03/report-courseware-learning-analytics-see-most-acquisitions-in-ed-tech-market.aspx

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Infographic: 6 Career Change Stories From Online Students

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By Jordan Friedman, US News

Among the greatest benefits of online learning for working adults, many students say, is the ability to pursue a new career or advance a current one as they work full time, and to apply what they learn in class to their job, and vice versa. That’s the case whether they’re returning to school to earn an online bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Here are stories from six past and current online students about how online education enabled them to change careers, and the advice they offer prospective students aiming to follow a similar route.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-03-02/infographic-6-career-change-stories-from-online-students

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Embrace Mobile Technologies as an Online Student

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By Joe Chapman, US News

Prospective online students should ensure that video lectures can we viewed on all their devices. The ways that people today access information have become increasingly mobile. With that, universities are providing opportunities for students to learn on the go. Reports indicate that internet usage on smartphones in the U.S. will soon surpass desktop computers. Since many online students juggle time-consuming obligations at work and home while also working toward a college degree, having the option to learn through mobile devices like smartphones and tablets is important. When choosing an online degree program, make sure the technologies available for learning fit in with your daily life and will benefit, not hinder, your education experience.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-03-03/embrace-mobile-technologies-as-an-online-student

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