Educational Technology

November 21, 2017

4 tips for learning retention

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BY LAURIE DETWEILER, eSchool News

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.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/11/16/4-tips-learning-retention/

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Can analytics help schools hire the best teachers?

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BY NICK MONTGOMERY, eSchool News

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.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/11/16/data-help-hire-best-teachers/

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Updating Education for the Evolving Job Market: Learning at the Pace of Life and Work

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by Sophie Wade, Huffington Post

The static, one-off pre-work learning format is being quickly supplanted by new education models such edX’s MicroMasters programs to provide for evolving job and ongoing career development requirements. New access, availability and pricing options greatly improve opportunities for workers to augment knowledge and qualifications to match with existing and future employment specifications.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/updating-education-for-the-evolving-job-market-learning_us_5a0b67e9e4b06d8966cf335f

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November 20, 2017

Four tips for adult digital learners

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by Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail

MOOCs have become another option, along with the plethora of online courses already offered directly by postsecondary institutions, for busy adults looking to dip into online learning, whether for work or pleasure. And as a result, this has led to rapid changes in adult learning. The design of online classes has evolved dramatically in the past five years. And what is required of students online has also changed dramatically. Prospective students who choose to study online have a few key issues to consider.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/four-tips-for-adult-digital-learners/article36984396/

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How edtech is transforming executive Education

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BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

Educational technology has been disrupting traditional instructional practices in executive education, and for good reason. Learning was once the exclusive domain of schools and universities, especially when it came to delivering executive education in business schools. That meant either taking a sabbatical from your job or choosing a B-school near you. You had to be physically present in the classroom. Edtech, however, is changing that approach by providing customization and interactive experiences for learners. Educational technology also delivers learning at lowered costs.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-transforming-executive-education/

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Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun: ‘Silicon Valley has an obligation to reach out to all of the world’

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by Chloe Cornish, Financial Times

Mr Thrun, who stepped down as chief executive in 2016, and is now company president, is a fan of adaptability. “You very carefully analyse what’s happening and you change course,” he says. To date, some 18,000 students have graduated with nanodegrees, ranging from programmes for artificial intelligence and deep machine learning, to robotics and digital marketing. Course prices vary: Udacity’s four-month introduction to self-driving car engineering, for example, costs $800, while a four-month course teaching a programming tool called React is $499. Other, longer courses cost up to $2,400.

https://www.ft.com/content/51c47f88-b278-11e7-8007-554f9eaa90ba

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November 19, 2017

Richland 1 school district launches first-of-its-kind virtual school in South Carolina

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By Paul Bowers, Post and Courier

Richland County School District 1 launched its Virtual Program this fall, offering a full slate of high school courses to students who can now opt out of ever setting foot in a traditional classroom. A spokeswoman said the district set aside $500,000 for the program in its first year but is not spending the full amount. The new virtual school aims to serve “home schoolers, teen parents, and the academically gifted student, as well as aspiring professional dancers, artists or athletes who must train or practice during the day,” according to the school district website. It is open to students inside and outside of the district.

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/richland-school-district-launches-first-of-its-kind-virtual-school/article_a7e2ba5e-c49a-11e7-bf02-efe636fc5079.html

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Clay students log onto learning with expanded technology, access to educational resources

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By Teresa Stepzinski, Tallahassee News

Clay County schools Superintendent Addison Davis recently visited with third-grade students and teachers at Tynes Elementary School in Middleburg to get their opinions about online learning tools. The district has upgraded its technology, expanded WiFi access in classrooms and increased the number of Google Chromebooks for students to use during classroom lessons.  The district expanded access for students and teachers to instructional technology for the 2017-18 school year. Each core classroom districtwide now has WiFi access. The district currently has a total 2,951 WiFi access points — an increase of more than 1,000 installed by its information technology team since the first day of classes.

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/clay/2017-11-11/clay-students-log-learning-expanded-technology-access-educational

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9 ways that technology boosts student confidence in the classroom

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by Mattew Lynch, tech Edvocate

The inclusion of technology in the classroom has been shown to improve student participation, information retention, and overall test performance. One reason for the success of educational tech is that it boosts student confidence. Students who are secure in their abilities, work harder and take their educations seriously. You may wonder how technology boosts student confidence in the classroom. Well, here are nine ways.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/9-ways-technology-boosts-student-confidence-classroom/

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November 18, 2017

Online Learning in the K-12 Classroom: Advantages & Disadvantages

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by Kristilynn Turney, Study.com

The boom of online learning for K-12 began in the 1960’s. The University of Illinois began the movement by creating an Intranet where student could access course materials and listen to recorded lessons. By 1999, universities began offering online courses and in 2009 the number of online learners grew by 187%. Wow! During this time, online learning became commonplace for K-12 learning as well. In this lesson, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of online learning. We’ll also go over some techniques for success with elementary and secondary students in online learning.

http://study.com/academy/lesson/online-learning-in-the-k-12-classroom-advantages-disadvantages.html

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Google Just Revealed How They’ll Build Quantum Computers

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by Karla Lant, Futurism

Quantum computing: it’s the brass ring in the computing world, giving the ability to exponentially outperform and out-calculate conventional computers. A quantum computer with a mere 50 qubits would outclass the most powerful supercomputers in the world today. Surpassing the limits set by conventional computing, known as achieving quantum supremacy, has been a difficult road. Now, a team of physicists at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Google have demonstrated a proof-of-principle for a quantum computer that may mean quantum supremacy is only months away.

https://futurism.com/google-just-revealed-how-theyll-build-quantum-computers/

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Newly Published Data Highlights Fraud Complaints Against For-Profits

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by Joseph Hong, Diverse Ed

For-profit colleges drew attention again this week after troves of newly public data showed the overwhelming impact the institutions have had on student borrowers. The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, published data acquired through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, consisting of nearly 100,000 applications for loan relief filed by students who say they have been defrauded by their colleges or universities. The data collected includes all complaints filed as of August 15, 2017. According to the accompanying report, nearly 99 percent of these complaints were submitted against for-profit schools.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/104845/

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November 17, 2017

(Mostly) Free Online Courses to Increase Your Digital Skills

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By Brittany Loeffler, Uloop

You don’t need a classroom anymore to learn essential skills to jumpstart your career. Millennials are taking online courses to learn important skills in our now-digital world. They are studying skills that are not taught in classrooms, right from the comfort of their own home, for free. Millennials are known for rejecting the standard 9-5 job in an office and taking on more freelance work. Taking online courses to learn and increase digital skills gives recent college graduates the ability to work from home with multiple clients and make a living on their own terms. Interested in learning more about how you can make money right from your computer? Take a look at the list of online courses and platforms linked below to get started.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/252563/Mostly-Free-Online-Courses-to-Increase-Your-Digital-Skills

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30% Harder to Design for the Online Learning Environment

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by Nanette Miner, ATD

In fact, it is 30 percent harder to design training for the online environment because there is one more entity that needs to be designed for—the technology. By using classroom training design as the benchmark, we know that learning is typically designed for two entities: the facilitator and the participant. The facilitator’s role is to lead the class and make logical connections between the segments of content. The participant’s role is to practice with the content and interact with one other learners during any activities that are designed to bring the content to life. In the online environment, though, the facilitator’s and participant’s roles are a bit different. What’s more, there is the third role of the technology itself, and perhaps someone who is managing the technology in a supporting capacity.

https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Learning-Technologies-Blog/2017/11/30-Percent-Harder-to-Design-for-the-Online-Learning-Environment

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Why edtech companies should care about Amazon’s emergence in education

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by Matthew Lynch, tech edvocate

Amazon is a recent newcomer to education, and edtech companies should take note and care about this new direction for the global retailer.  In an arena where Microsoft, Apple and Google have been the main players, Amazon is quickly moving ahead in education. As the world’s largest retailer, Amazon’s mission has been clear: reach out globally, put the customer first, and offer the greatest product selection with the best service. That’s what they are doing in education, too. Now edtech companies can take advantage of Amazon’s strategy by partnering with Amazon Web Services.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-companies-care-amazons-emergence-education/

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November 16, 2017

Report: Scaling and Sustaining Competency-Based Education Competency-Based Education

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
It’s no longer enough to simply begin the journey of competency-based education. Enough schools are trying to implement CBE that it’s time to write the second chapter by building on what is already known to work. That’s the idea behind a new report from CompetencyWorks, which lays out a course for scaling and sustaining K-12 CBE along four lines: equity, quality, meeting students where they are, and policy.  CompetencyWorks is a collaborative organization that promotes personalized, competency-based education in K-12 and higher education. The initiative is managed by iNACOL, a non-profit focused on K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/11/02/report-scaling-and-sustaining-competency-based-education.aspx

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Do students buy into maker culture?

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Maker culture is going mainstream. The maker industry is projected to grow to more than $8 billion by 2020, and with the maker movement infiltrating classrooms, after-school clubs and homes, it’s no wonder. But where is the maker movement strongest? A new report from robotics and open-source hardware provider DFRobot aims to find out by analyzing DIY-labeled products hosted on Kickstarter.

Do students buy into maker culture?

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Universities should ban PowerPoint — It makes students stupid and professors boring

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by Paul Ralph, The Conversation

Do you really believe that watching a lecturer read hundreds of PowerPoint slides is making you smarter? I asked this of a class of 105 computer science and software engineering students last semester. An article in The Conversation argued universities should ban PowerPoint because it makes students stupid and professors boring.

I agree entirely.

http://www.businessinsider.com/universities-should-ban-powerpoint-it-makes-students-stupid-and-professors-boring-2015-6

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November 15, 2017

Report: Children using mobile devices increases

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by Ashley Rose, Cleaburne Times-Review

Whether it’s playing video games or doing homework, children are spending more time on their mobile devices. According to a new report, it’s up to about two hours a day on average. The nonprofit gave about 1,500 parents, with children ages birth to 8, a survey that focused on their children’s media usage, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The questionnaire was a continuation of two that were completed in 2011 and 2013. Officials found that those children spent an average of two hours and 19 minutes a day using mobile devices — an amount that has tripled in the past four years, according to CSM.

http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/report-children-using-mobile-devices-increases/article_32510aae-c33a-11e7-a3cc-4764c386c66e.html

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Longhorns need fewer online learning tools, not more

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BY SPENCER BUCKNER, Daily Texan

Students are well-adjusted to completing homework assignments online, watching lecture videos from the comfort of their room and checking their grades over the internet. Yet however useful they may be, the programs bring an unwelcome price.  It’s senseless to require students to pay for a single program used for attendance purposes, let alone three. Paid programs can, without a doubt, serve a vital role in expanding educational opportunities. What must be changed is the sheer number of programs that professors expect students to pay for. Quest, another online learning tool, and Squarecap were both developed either here at UT or by Longhorn alumni. Shouldn’t we support university-born programs and encourage their usage by our staff? Of course, these two programs alone can’t cover the needs of all professors on campus, but encouraging their standardization on campus would reduce both the inefficiency and cost of the laundry list of programs that Longhorns are currently expected to use.

http://dailytexanonline.com/2017/11/07/longhorns-need-fewer-online-learning-tools-not-more

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10 free edtech tools for teachers

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
Implementing edtech in your classroom while feeling constrained to your personal or professional budget is difficult. Luckily, there are plenty of edtech tools free for teachers! We scoured the internet and found over 100 free apps, websites, and educational programs. Here are our top 10.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-free-edtech-tools-teachers/

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