A Chip for Longer-Lasting Wearable Computers

September 5th, 2014

By Tom Simonite, Technology Review

Wearable computers could find many uses but are hampered by short battery lives. Existing wearable devices such as Google’s head-mounted computer Google Glass require battery charging at least once a day, even with light use. A new kind of low-power chip aimed at such wearable devices could not only extend battery lives but also allow the devices to constantly listen for voice commands. The new chip, made by startup company Ineda Systems, is intended to work alongside the main processor inside a device, performing functions such as listening for voice commands and running simple apps. That saves energy by allowing the main processor to spend more time powered down.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/530341/a-chip-for-longer-lasting-wearable-computers/

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Massive Internet Outage Points to Flaws in Policy and Technology

September 5th, 2014

By David Talbot, Technology Review

The Internet is critical infrastructure for homes, businesses, and government. A system crash blacking out broadband service for all 11.4 million of Time Warner Cable’s customers for three hours early Wednesday morning raises questions about the stability of U.S. Internet infrastructure and the potential impact of Time Warner’s proposed mega-merger with Comcast, experts say. A human error that cascaded throughout Time Warner’s Internet routers appears to have triggered the outage. The company said in a statement that during overnight network maintenance, “an erroneous configuration was propagated throughout our national backbone.”

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/530431/massive-internet-outage-points-to-flaws-in-policy-and-technology/

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Victoria University taps analytics to provide blended learning

September 5th, 2014

by Shahida Sweeney, CIO

Victoria University (VU) has gone live with an integrated learning platform that uses data analytics and mobile apps to help design, deliver and manage anywhere, anytime learning programs for more than 40,000 students. The university is using D2L’s data analytics tools for more detailed reporting, assessment and collaboration to revitalise its e-learning environment. “A big component of our blended learning strategy is to be able to support our students effectively,” Dr Germany said. VU’s CIO Professor Peter Creamer, said the concept of blended learning offers a completely different experience. “Learning can be sourced from different places, quite unlike the traditional model.”

http://www.cio.com.au/article/553337/victoria_university_taps_analytics_provide_blended_learning/

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MOOCs: learning about online learning, one click at a time

September 4th, 2014

by Gregor Kennedy, the Conversation

One reason institutions like Stanford University and Edinburgh University embraced MOOCs was that they provided a wonderful opportunity to learn about online learning. These institutions recognised that MOOCs were a vehicle for educational research, particularly through the use of learning analytics. Learning analytics use the digital data trails that students leave in online learning environments to develop an understanding of students’ learning processes. Every video watched, quiz answered and comment posted can be tracked, mined and analysed to better understand how students are learning online. Researchers are able to capitalise on the big data sets generated by tens of thousands of MOOC students to uncover productive and unproductive patterns of learning behaviour.

http://theconversation.com/moocs-learning-about-online-learning-one-click-at-a-time-30782

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How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education

September 4th, 2014

By LindsayH, Edudemic

Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits.

http://www.edudemic.com/open-badges-in-education/

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The Device Debate: What Tablet Is Right For Classrooms?

September 3rd, 2014

By Jeff Dunn, Edudemic

We have been examining education technology products for more than 4 years now at Edudemic and it’s given us a unique perspective. We’re able to look back at where things were with vivid detail since it’s all documented right here on this site. In fact, Edudemic launched the same week as the announcement of the iPad! Back in April 2010, though, there was only one tablet. Now, there are a lot of other players in the game. So let’s get the device debate going. What tablet is right for your classroom? In the interest of providing some real-world concrete examples, we’ve tested a few of the tablets we think would make a decent fit in most modern classrooms. We chose one tablet for each major operating system and tried to ensure each had a price that was reasonable for a school or district’s budget. Linked below are some of the newest tablets on the market.

http://www.edudemic.com/device-debate-tablet-right-classrooms/

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Six Tips To Use Google Hangouts For Synchronous Learning

September 3rd, 2014

by Christopher Pappas, eLearning Industry

There are a variety of advantages associated with synchronous learning, such as increased collaboration and immediate feedback for learners, just to mention a few. To get all of the benefits you have to know which eLearning tools will help you enhance your synchronous learning strategy. In this article, I will share 6 Google Hangouts Tips for synchronous learning that will help you utilize all of the features that Google Hangouts has to offer you.

http://elearningindustry.com/6-tips-use-google-hangouts-for-synchronous-learning

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Design and Development of Educational Technology

September 3rd, 2014

by MITx

edX is offering a MOOC starting on 8 October 2014 called Design and Development of Educational Technologyfor anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding of this field. This project-based course explores educational technologies and the theories underlying their development through interviews with experts in the field. To be effective, educational technologies must be designed based on what we know about how people learn. Through interviews with multiple experts in the field, this course examines educational technologies, outlines the theories that influenced their development, and examines their use. The course leads up to a final project – a kickstarter style pitch for a new educational technology – which is worked on iteratively across the weeks. It involves active weekly participation.

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-11-132x-design-development-2686#.U_5JnPmwJ-1

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Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom

September 2nd, 2014

by Jason Llorenz, Huffington Post

Having experimented with social media for learning — especially Twitter — across my courses, I am convinced that social media offers powerful opportunities to connect with students, by providing new ways for them to own the learning. But doing it well takes a good deal of planning and structure, especially if social will be part of your graded class activities. Below are 10 strategies and tactics for integrating Twitter into your college course.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-a-llorenz/ten-steps-to-using-twitte_b_5692021.html

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Parents warned over the use of ‘educational’ mobile apps

September 2nd, 2014

By Emily Bryan, Australian Broadcast News

Parents been warned by an expert that some mobile apps that claim to help children learn have little educational benefit. Recent national test results showed Tasmanian students were well below average in literacy and numeracy. And educational researchers have said teachers and parents embracing technology could be one way to turn that around. However, they have warned that not all educational technology is as useful as developers had hoped.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-26/parents-warned-about-27educational27-technology/5698528

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How online education can help Colorado adults

September 2nd, 2014

by Gabi Zolla, Denver Posts

If Colorado is to maintain an economy and living standard that is a model for other states, extending online education opportunities to low-income and working adults is a vital step in that direction. The technological breakthroughs of the Information Age have been impacting education at both the K-12 and college level. This has caused many debates about the value of online education, and criticism of newer online programs with open and free resources. But no matter one’s views, the truth is that online education will only continue to expand at all levels, and when it comes to making virtual learning opportunities accessible for all, the higher education world has been doing just that.

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_26388299/how-online-education-can-help-colorado-adults

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Will learning coding boost kids’ college, career prospects?

September 1st, 2014

by eSchool News

Interest in computer coding is surging for a growing number of students stoked by popular computer gaming and smartphone apps–and hoping for a crucial leg up when applying to college and launching careers. Students and their parents view coding as an indispensable skill in the digital era, especially since the number of programming-related jobs is projected to soar in the next decade. Interest in programming among students and parents springs partly from the omnipresence of technology in children’s lives. The ability to develop a computer game or smartphone app has become–if not cool–at least a lot less nerdy. About 46 percent of recent college graduates say they are underemployed, according to a survey this year by management consulting firm Accenture. That’s up from 41 percent last year.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/26/computer-coding-prospects-897/

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University of Southern Maine Will Teach Students How to Hack, and How to Stop It

September 1st, 2014

BY J. CRAIG ANDERSON, Government Technology

University of Southern Maine students are preparing to infect networks with malicious software, hack into hardware, secretly monitor user activity and lure Web surfers to predatory Internet sites. And they’ll even get credit for doing it.

That’s because it will all happen within a controlled setting as part of a new cybersecurity curriculum in which they will examine technical, legal and ethical issues surrounding the collection, sharing and theft of sensitive data. USM’s new Cyber Security Lab, which officially opens at the Portland campus Tuesday, will be a playground for hackers and other students seeking jobs in the booming high-tech industry. But the interdisciplinary curriculum developed in the lab will extend far beyond information technology into areas such as corporate communications, law and even philosophy.

http://www.govtech.com/education/University-of-Southern-Maine-Will-Teach-Students-How-to-Hack-and-How-to-Stop-It.html

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How Students Learn From Games

September 1st, 2014

by James M. Lang, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Kurt Squire, director of the Games+Learning+Society Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, says “Games are a good model for introducing a topic and raising interest,” he said, “because they situate content for learners so that they understand why it’s relevant.” The games accomplish that by establishing immediate goals that students can attain only by learning and applying course content. We often spend weeks throwing content at our students, and perhaps by the end of the semester we hope to have convinced them that what they have learned is relevant beyond the classroom. In a simulation game, by contrast, you are confronted immediately with the realization that what you are learning will help achieve a goal, one usually based on a real-world scenario.

http://chronicle.com/article/How-Students-Learn-From-Games/148445/

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10 Free Online Courses That Every Professional Should Take

August 31st, 2014

by RICHARD FELONI, Business Insider

We asked Salman Khan, founder, executive director, and lead tutor of Khan Academy, for the top 10 lectures professionals in any industry would appreciate, and included them below. Not every lecture is the first one in its respective series, but Khan thinks each is a good indicator of whether you’d like to spend more time going through all the videos and exercises in that course.

http://www.businessinsider.com/essential-khan-academy-courses-2014-8?op=1

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Blended learning design advice for collaboration & retention

August 31st, 2014

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

According to a new roundup of case studies spanning multiple universities in Australia, blended synchronous learning can improve student retention rates and ease the concern that online students aren’t getting the same education as on-campus students. However, that’s only if blended learning is done right. Researchers from Macquarie University, Charles Stuart University, and the University of Melbourne identified seven recent case studies from leading universities using diverse technologies in blended synchronous learning to enhance student and faculty collaboration, ultimately leading to better retention rates for online students and more effective learning.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/blended-learning-design-763/

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5 important higher-ed conversations on Twitter

August 30th, 2014

By Michael Sharnoff, eCampus News

See what higher-ed professionals are saying on Twitter about some of the most pressing ed-tech issues. How will colleges and universities find a more sustainable business model in higher ed?  Whether discussing the latest trends in online learning, cybersecurity, or tuition costs, there are plenty of ed-tech conversations to follow on Twitter.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/twitter-higher-ed-382/

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Get ready: iOS 8 is almost here

August 30th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Apple’s new iOS 8 release has big potential for education, but school networks must be prepared, experts say. But as most school IT leaders will agree, iOS 7 posed problems for school networks, in many cases leveling those networks as students attempted to update at least one, and often more than one, device on their school’s network. Apple has a huge stake in the education market, and iOS 8 promises some next-level features for educators and students. A major feature, called “extensibility,” enables apps to work together better and share more information. According to Business Insider, this means less time switching between apps and more time for productivity. Extensibility, coupled with other iOS 8 features, promise to put the latest upgrade at the top of Apple users’ priorities.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/22/ios-8-almost-here-376/

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Critics of online degrees start from a false premise

August 30th, 2014

By PAUL LeBLANC, Concord Monitor

The higher education that tends to most shape our debates is the one of four-year, first-time, full-time students going right from high school to college – the college most often depicted in movies and television and novels and cherished by most who had the privilege of being educated that way. That higher education is about getting a degree and an education, and it is about coming of age. And these students now make up less than 20 percent of all college students in America. Online programs, in contrast, mostly serve working adults who have had all the coming of age they need. For this population, the four C’s that shape adult students’ needs are: credential (getting the right degree that advances their work and careers), completion (getting a degree as quickly as possible while maintaining quality), cost (a major issue for much of this population) and convenience (having delivery methods that work for them).

http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/13187082-95/my-turn-critics-of-online-degrees-start-from-a-false-premise

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

August 29th, 2014

by Alison Derbenwick Miller, Edutopia

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 there will be 1.4 million new computer science jobs. However, between current professionals and university students, we will only have 400,000 computer scientists trained to fill those roles. Since it can take as many as 25 years to create a computer scientist, and since computer science skills are becoming increasingly integral for jobs in all industries, this skills gap is on track to emerge as a formidable economic, security, and social justice challenge in the next few years. Teachers, schools, parents, and industry must act on multiple fronts to address student readiness, expand access to computer science curriculum and opportunities, and help foster interest in computer science to ensure that it becomes a core component of every child’s education.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/computer-science-future-of-education-alison-derbenwick-miller

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Class with Google Hangouts

August 29th, 2014

By Jennifer Carey, Edudemic

If you are familiar with Google Tools, then you have probably heard of Google Hangouts or even used them yourself. Hangouts is Google’s video conferencing tool, and it’s an incredibly powerful way to engage with others. In addition to standard conference calls, Google Hangouts provide a broadcasting option called Hangouts on Air. This allows you to conduct your Hangout LIVE and record it to post on YouTube. You can participate in a Google Hangout from a web browser on your computer or use one of the free mobile apps for your Apple or Android device. It is important to note, however, that participating in a GHO does require that you enable Google+ (Google’s Social Media Service) and that you be at least 13 years old. However, people of any age may view a GHO broadcast “On Air” or posted to a YouTube channel.

http://www.edudemic.com/4-ways-enhance-class-google-hangouts/

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