How Technology Is Helping Students Take Ownership Of Their Work

August 9th, 2014

By mrspepe, Edudemic

After finishing a unit about Newton’s Three Laws we decided to write a children’s book for the iTunes Store about the way that Newton’s Three Laws relate to the rides at Six Flags/Great Adventure Theme Park in Jackson, New Jersey. The students loved working on their books. Once the book was published my students were filled with pride about their work and they are constantly asking me to show them the metrics about how many copies have been downloaded and what is the geographic location of the people who downloaded them. There were so many learning opportunities that presented themselves throughout this process.

http://www.edudemic.com/technology-ownership-students/

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media

August 9th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edutopia

A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the way to Instagram have found their way into lesson plans across the globe. Whether you’re using all of the social media sites, some of them, or none of them at all, chances are that your students are using them. The handy infographic below takes a look at the social media use of teens and tweens

http://www.edudemic.com/teens-are-really-using-social-media/

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Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

August 9th, 2014

by Suzie Boss, Edutopia

Until recently, only a small number of schools have had access to the high-powered geographical information system (GIS) software that enables detailed, layered mapping and analysis of data. Thanks to a recent $1 billion pledge from software developer Esri, free access to cloud-based mapping software is coming to 100,000 K-12 schools across the country. The donation of ArcGIS Online, the same software that governments and businesses use, has been pledged through ConnectED, a White House initiative to improve education in the STEM fields. This sets the stage for students to take learning and problem solving in new directions by developing their geospatial literacy. Being able to analyze data and present information visually are important skills, whether you are investigating global issues or trying to solve problems in your backyard. Adding GIS to the project-based learning toolkit opens all kinds of opportunities for rich inquiry.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/students-map-real-world-issues-free-geospatial-tools-suzie-boss

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Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

August 8th, 2014

by BENJAMIN WINTERHALTER, the Atlantic

An expanding body of research suggests that providing students with feedback in real-time has a big impact on how much they retain. And this just so happens to be something that MOOCs—and automated grading—do exceptionally well. As Mitros put it: “We have study after study suggesting that you learn very little as a result of me talking at you for an hour. Whereas if I convey information to you for five minutes and then assess you on it, and repeat that for an hour, you learn a lot more.” For the time being, MOOCs seem unlikely to take the place of physical campuses—or even replace for-profit universities, as Lue hopes they will. In order to do that, MOOCs would have to begin offering meaningful credits—the kind someone could take to a job interview and expect to have taken seriously.

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/how-online-courses-are-becoming-educations-new-wave/375152/

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6 Steps to Preparing Schools for Flipped Learning

August 8th, 2014

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

Jonathan Bergmann, who came up with the idea of the flipped class in the 2006-07 school year with fellow teacher Aaron Sams, said, “That’s a good place to start, but we want teachers to go beyond that.” Now the flipped class is giving way to flipped learning, which allows teachers to leave the front of the room and go deeper into learning with strategies such as project-based learning, inquiry and games, Bergmann said. As education leaders consider bringing flipped learning into their schools, flipped learning practitioners suggest at least six steps to go through with their staff to make sure everyone is equipped to implement it.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/6-Steps-to-Preparing-Schools-for-Flipped-Learning.html

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Can data analytics make teachers better educators?

August 8th, 2014

By Thor Olavsrud, IT World

Teachers are an excellent example. They’ve always been data workers — assessing students’ understanding of the material based on test scores, classroom engagement, quality of homework, etc., with the goal of improving that understanding. Knowing that individual students learn in different ways, many schools today have adopted the idea of personalized learning as their pedagogical approach: They assess each student on their learning needs, interests, aspirations and cultural backgrounds to create a personalized education program designed to maximize education outcomes.

http://www.itworld.com/it-management/428921/can-data-analytics-make-teachers-better-educators

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E-transcripts accelerate in higher ed

August 7th, 2014

Nancy Mann Jackson, University Business

Some colleges and universities take offering to the next level by tapping data to improve business processes and better serve students. A transcript highlighting the full student experience at Elon University—including study abroad, research and service learning participation—is offered. When an e-transcript request is made, both the traditional one and the Elon Experiences Transcript can be combined into a single PDF file. The process allows administrators to capture lots of valuable electronic data, but the majority of schools are not utilizing that information beyond sending or receiving the transcripts.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/e-transcripts-accelerate-higher-ed

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1:1 assumptions v. reality

August 7th, 2014

By Steven M. Baule, CIO Advisor

What does 1:1 mean? To many people outside of educational technology, a 1:1 classroom is envisioned as a place where students watch videos and work directly with their computer, tablet or iPad. They imagine a classroom without student-to-student or even student-to-teacher interactions. The vision some have is that 1:1 educational programming will stunt social and emotional growth and lead to a nerdocracy where interacting with a keyboard or touch screen will replace nearly all human interaction. Others simply see the automation of traditional classroom instruction where the device is simply an expensive spiral notebook. In reality, the best 1:1 classrooms are much more engaging.

http://www.schoolcio.com/Default.aspx?tabid=136&entryid=7929

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Open Online Classes and International Learning

August 7th, 2014

by MICHAEL S. ROTH, e-International Relations

Much of the euphoria and hype around MOOCs has died down in the last year, and some of the fear-mongering, too. That’s a good thing. Online classes that reach an international audience won’t solve all the problems of higher education, but they are an effective tool to use for increasing awareness, stimulating research and creating widely dispersed networks of learning and action. Rather than fear them or celebrate them as “disruptive forces,” we should work at making them more effective for reaching an international group of “learners” who want to connect with important material and with one another.

http://www.e-ir.info/2014/07/26/massive-open-online-classes-and-international-learning/

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FutureLearn Offers a Wide Range of Free Online Courses

August 6th, 2014

by Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers

FutureLearn, a subsidiary of The Open University, offers a wide range of free online courses. FutureLearn offers online courses on academic topics in history, science, literature, and political science. You will also find FutureLearn courses on topics like public speaking, developing a resume, and digital marketing. Courses range in length from two weeks to eight weeks. Some of the courses, like this public speaking course, require you to submit assignments to participate.

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/07/futurelearn-offers-wide-range-of-free.html#.U9V5euNdW2o

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Roane State professor develops online course he will teach while living under the sea

August 6th, 2014

BY ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Cantrell and faculty member Jessica Fain will live and teach from an underwater habitat for 72 days this fall. While they live in a space the size of a college dorm room submerged about 25 feet, Cantrell and Fain will host weekly shows titled “Classroom Under the Sea.” The shows, presented in partnership with the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, Florida, will feature scientists and explorers and will cover topics such as underwater archeology and ocean exploration. In addition to the weekly programs, Cantrell will also teach his dream class online, BIOL 2600: Living and Working Under the Sea. Enrolled Roane State students can register for the class now, but only 30 spots are available.

http://oakridgetoday.com/2014/07/27/roane-state-professor-develops-online-course-will-teach-living-sea/

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SEMO: Online courses enhance class offering

August 6th, 2014

By Ruth Campbell ~ Southeast Missourian

Depending on whom you ask or what you read, online programs mean easier access to higher education — or the end of brick-and-mortar colleges and universities, especially in these times of limited state funding. For Southeast Missouri State University, online education falls into the former category, and it’s helped the university reach students it might not otherwise. Provost Dr. Bill Eddleman said online courses and majors have become a key component of the school’s offerings.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/2104394.html

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How apps are surpassing the traditional tutor

August 5th, 2014

By Gaby Arancibia, eSchool News

Deciding if you want to use a tutor, or if you’d just rather download an app to help you, is becoming more difficult these days. Technology has and will continue to amaze us with its new inventions, but when people question if professions are necessary, should we become concerned? A tutor has historically been an instructor who meets a student at their home or a library to help with assignments or a specific subject–but with apps, students often have more on-demand academic help. Learning from an app can be ideal for the new generation because it offers flexibility and little or no cost.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/25/apps-traditional-tutor-492/

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Illinois Virtual School looks to expand offerings

August 5th, 2014

By Pam Adams, Peoria Journal Star

Cindy Hamblin, director of Illinois Virtual School, wants enrollments to grow 20 percent in the coming school year, to about 3,600. She also wants to expand courses for middle school students. Illinois Virtual School’s main feature is almost 150 courses and 22 credit-recovery classes for high school students. Courses include core English, math and science classes; six languages, including Arabic and Latin; and electives such as meteorology, oceanography and Java programming. Like its students, the virtual school’s 62 part-time teachers live throughout the state. The school also reaches other teachers and school nurses through online professional development courses.

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140724/NEWS/140729635

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5 laptops for college students that won’t break your budget

August 5th, 2014

by Consumer Reports

College may be the best investment for the future, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap. To help stretch your budget, we combed our computer Ratings to find some of the best laptops in terms of price and performance in the $600 to $800 range. These budget laptops, all equipped with a 14-inch or larger screen, can handily surf the Web, run productivity software, and stream Netflix while maintaining a respectable battery life. Some of them even have enough power to do a decent job with computer games. The models we’ve chosen all use the Windows 8 operating system. (There are some great Apple MacBooks in our Ratings too, but a similarly equipped model costs considerably more.)

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/07/5-laptops-for-college-students-that-won-t-break-your-budget/index.htm

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Tweeting to Learn: Extending Social Classroom Learning Via Twitter

August 4th, 2014

By Debra Beck, Evolllution

There are myriad ways to use Twitter, both to support classroom management and increase student engagement. One example of the latter usage comes from a colleague who asks student peer groups to research topics and share discoveries on Twitter using a common course hashtag (a way to identify messages related to a specific topic in social media). Students not only share what they learn with classmates, expanding the group’s collective knowledge, but with others who read their tweets. This opens discussion and learning opportunities to not only fellow class members but to a larger global audience. Similarly, students can follow content-related hashtags or terms (e.g., #nonprofit or #governance for students in my classes) to access live discussions and news related to topics germane to the course.

http://www.evolllution.com/featured/tweeting-learn-extending-social-classroom-learning-twitter/

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Higher Education Funding Committee Discusses Open Textbook Library for NDUS

August 4th, 2014

By Corina Cappabianca, KXNET

Heavy textbooks could soon be a learning tool of the past for North Dakota University students. The Higher Education Funding Committee discusses partnering with the University of Minnesota to access an online Open Textbook library. Students would be able to visit the website and download their course materials. They could then view the digital files, or print them out. NDUS representative Dr. Tanya Spilovoy says Open Textbooks would help students learn on the go.

http://www.kxnet.com/story/26087295/higher-education-funding-committee-discusses-open-textbook-library-for-ndus

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NSA seeks college students to fill cyber professionals shortage

August 4th, 2014

By: Jenna Lyons, USA Today

In response to a shortage of cyber professionals in the U.S., the National Security Agency is reaching out to a younger crowd: college students. Beginning in 2012, the NSA started its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program at select universities across the nation to attract students to the field. On July 14, the agency announced that five new schools would join the program, bringing the number of participating universities to 13. The new recruits include New York University, Towson University in Maryland, The United States Military Academy, University of Cincinnati and University of New Orleans. RAND Corporation released a report in June on the nation’s cyber professional shortage, citing the NSA as the largest and leading employer of cyber security professionals.

http://college.usatoday.com/2014/07/22/nsa-targets-college-students-to-fill-cyber-professionals-shortage/

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Three new developments in K-12 technology integration

August 3rd, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Technology skills for students and educators are essential for college and workforce success, particularly in an increasingly global economy. But how does technology integration match up with education leaders’ goals? Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to increase across the nation, and an annual school technology survey reveals that BYOD use or immediate planned use in secondary schools jumped from 60 percent in 2013 to 66 percent in 2014. According to the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 2014 Vision K-20 report, 85 percent of secondary, 66 percent of elementary, and 83 percent of K-12 district survey participants said mobile devices will be allowed in schools in the next five years.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/23/technology-integration-findings-934/

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Report: Global MOOC Market Continuing to Grow

August 3rd, 2014

By Julia Sufrin, Campus Technology

A new report issued by TechNavio and available for purchase in the Sandler Research online store says that the global market for MOOCs will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 56.61 percent over the period 2013-2018. According to Sandler Research, “Global Massive Open Online Courses Market 2014-2018″ was conducted using a combination of primary and secondary information. The report found that growth of the global MOOC market is driven by several factors — chief among them the rising cost of higher education. On the other hand, the report states that the future of the market is constrained by factors including the low completion rate of students enrolled in MOOCs.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/22/new-research-report-shows-mooc-market-to-grow-at-51.61-percent-cagr-by-2018.aspx?admgarea=news

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Cornering a Missed Pocket of the Ed-Tech Market

August 3rd, 2014

by Julia Freeland, Entrepreneur

Pegged at an estimated $8 billion in 2013 by the Software & Information Industry Association, the education-technology market is reaching unprecedented heights. According to EdSurge, the ed-ech industry received more than $327 million in venture-capital investment in the second quarter of this year alone. Yet amid the boom in private investment and technology talent migrating into education, entrepreneurs don’t always know how new apps and tools will align with schools’ day-to-day needs. Technology companies would have a better chance of developing products that school systems would actually pay to use, if they had better insight into the market and knew what schools were trying to accomplish as they integrate technology, the variety of tools that schools are currently using and where schools’ demands remain unmet.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235795

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