Raleigh adult learners to take classes in Google startup hub

July 26th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Shaw University has announced the placement of an continuing education center in Durham’s American Underground entrepreneurial development facility, a Google for Entrepreneurs authorized tech hub. The university’s Center for Alternative Programs in Education (CAPE) placement in the entrepreneurial working space will allow adult and non-traditional students to have access to Durham’s burgeoning startup community, and provide engagement with employers and potential investors. With eight sites established throughout North Carolina, the CAPE initiative has graduated more than 4,000 non-traditional students from North Carolina metropolitan and rural communities since 1994.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/raleigh-adult-learners-to-take-classes-in-google-startup-hub/422978/

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Facebook Commits $15 Million to Code.org to Diversify Computer Science Education

July 26th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

Facebook is pledging $15 million over the next five years to Code.org to enable the nonprofit to expand access to computer science education, in an effort to improve diversity in the technology industry. The news comes after Facebook released a report on the diversity of its own employees earlier today. Data indicates the company still has a long way to go before it has a diverse employee base, particularly for its senior leadership and technical employees. For senior leadership, 27 percent are women, 3 percent are African American and 3 percent are Hispanic. Only 17 percent of technical workers are women, 3 percent are Hispanic and 1 percent is African American.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/14/facebook-commits-$15-million-to-code.org-to-diversify-coding-education.aspx

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Former Resident Helps Bridge Language Barrier With Online Classes

July 26th, 2016

By Katrina Fuller, Post-Journal

A classroom at Sinclairville Elementary School and a teacher in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, have connected in a new way, thanks to Homeschool Spanish Academy. The pilot program coordinated by former area resident, Connor Sitzenstatter, in cooperation with the Cassadaga Valley Central School District and Martha Pashley’s second-grade classroom, offers students a six-week Spanish language vocabulary online class taught by a teacher located in Guatemala. Pashley, Sitzenstatter’s mother, said she couldn’t be happier with the program or more proud of her son.

http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/696465/Former-Resident-Helps-Bridge-Language-Barrier-With-Online-Classes.html?nav=5192

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Indiana CIO Brad Wheeler Provides Update on Unizin

July 25th, 2016

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Unizin’s co-founder describes the consortium’s focus on content, learner interaction platforms and analytics, and what it hopes to achieve this year. During a July 14 Future Trends Forum video chat hosted by consultant and futurist Bryan Alexander, Wheeler described Unizin’s focus on giving institutions control over their own content and data. “It is pretty exciting that we can go from faculty-authored content delivered through a platform owned by the academy to all the digital tracks coming off of it into repositories owned by the academy that are available for IRB-approved research,” he said. “We don’t have to ask for our data back. It is our data, and our students’ data. That is an important thing for the future. We are hoping to enable the means of improving digital education through the institutions being able to assert a much greater degree of control around content, learner interaction platforms and analytics.” By the end of the calendar year, Wheeler added, Unizin anticipates that researchers from different institutions will be able to coordinate research efforts with cross-institutional data sets.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/18/indiana-cio-brad-wheeler-provides-update-on-unizin.aspx

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Stanford Debuts Online Communication Course for Teachers

July 25th, 2016

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education has launched a new online course, Effective Conversation in the Classroom, designed to help educators learn to create rich and meaningful conversations in their classrooms. “Each session includes expert video screencasts, classroom video clips, readings and resources and assignments that will help participants create a strong foundation of communication within the classroom,” according to a news release. “The course has been developed by Understanding Language/SCALE, a Stanford research and practice center focused on K-12 language and performance assessment. The teaching team consists of Stanford Professor Emeritus Kenji Hakuta, Senior Researcher Dr. Jeff Zwiers and Lecturer Dr. Sara Rutherford-Quach.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/19/stanford-debuts-online-communication-course-for-teachers.aspx

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Delft University attracts one million students for its online courses Education

July 25th, 2016

by DutchNews.nl

Delft University of Technology has signed up its one millionth student for its online lectures or Massive Open Online Course programme. The university launched its first courses, on solar energy and water treatment, in September 2013. It now offers 36 different MOOCs, ranging from ‘leadership for engineers’ to aerospace. There is even a programming class, in Dutch, geared towards children ages 8 and up Students can select which courses to take via edX, a non-profit platform for online education that is also used by MIT, Harvard and other universities to make their courses available to anyone on the planet with access to the internet. Some 20% of Delft’s subscribers hail from the United States and 13% are based in India. The most popular course so far has been solar energy, which has drawn 131,000 enrolments. Creative Problem Solving, the second most popular, has attracted 113,000.

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/07/delft-university-attracts-one-million-students-for-its-online-courses/

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Considering a mobile app for your institution? Keep these 5 things in mind

July 24th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Understanding the goal of how to best help students is one of several points to consider in developing an institutional mobile app. Researching best practices among peer institutions, gathering intel on price point and maintenance, and testing strategies are vital considerations before selecting a developer for an app creation and launch. Branding the app presents an ideal opportunity to dive into institutional photo repositories and to engage students in creating and designing the function and appeal of the app.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/considering-a-mobile-app-for-your-institution-keep-these-5-things-in-mind/422932/

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Hack the Classroom

July 24th, 2016

by Microsoft

Small steps to big impact: Teaching in the 21st century classroom. As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to know what and how to incorporate new technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. The key is to start with just a few small steps. By attending Hack the Classroom online event, you will:

Hear from inspiring speakers and thought leading educators

Learn from teachers by taking a glimpse into their classrooms to see how small changes, result in huge student impact

Engage, interact, and pose questions with speakers and other educators

Gain access to professional development resources and tools to get started

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/events/hack-the-classroom/default.aspx

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Tulsa City-County Library launches three new services for expanded online learning and entertainment

July 24th, 2016

by Skaitook Journal

In an effort to connect library customers with more digital options for education and entertainment, Tulsa City-County Library is unveiling three new services that are free to use with a library card. Beginning today, eBook readers, future musicians and gamers will have the opportunity to expand their use of library services with more resources for learning. Each new added service is in response to customers’ suggestions and will be of interest to all library customers.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/communities/skiatook/news/communitynews/tulsa-city-county-library-launches-three-new-services-for-expanded/article_4dce02c2-2a8c-5511-a8c3-859ae75009c8.html

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E-Learning – The future landscape of learning and development

July 23rd, 2016

by VINAY AGRAWAL, Your Story

Mobile, relevant, personalised and self-paced content coverage at point of need. These are the things learners want. Unfortunately, in traditional classroom courses, learning is often very different and tend to disappoint. The boom in digital revolution and mobile-phone sales has triggered dramatic changes in how we come across, view, ideate, propagate and share content. Naturally, the shift is also seen in learning. Whilst many want to learn at point of their need, many prefer learning at convenient timings or during weekends or on their daily commute to and from work.

http://yourstory.com/2016/07/e-learning-future-landscape/

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Why to Consider Game-Based Online Learning

July 23rd, 2016

By Joe Chapman, US News

Games can make online education more fun and allow students to apply what they learn to real-life situations. One of the primary benefits of game-based learning is that it offers custom learning experiences for students, which is important as every student learns differently. Throughout games, students can make mistakes, course correct and revisit concepts, allowing them to better understand course material and specific concepts they may struggle with. Another important benefit is that game-based learning is fun, and students enjoy learning.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-07-15/why-to-consider-game-based-online-learning

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‘Blended learning’ growing in popularity

July 23rd, 2016

By KIRSTEN JOHNSON Hawaii Tribune-Herald

The Volcano School of Arts &Sciences, a kindergarten to eighth-grade state public charter school, is adding a “blended learning” pilot program next year. The term “blended learning” traditionally entails a mix of face-to-face instruction with online learning. Students enrolled in Volcano’s Kula ‘Amakihi Community-Based Education Program will receive a blend of home-based, experiential and online learning, coupled with weekly face-to-face time with a licensed teacher, school Education Director Kalima Cayir said. Volcano will cap the program at 30 students the first year, in grades one to eight. The school’s also hiring a teacher to oversee the program. Kula ‘Amakihi is open to any student currently enrolled at Volcano or not. But school officials hope it particularly appeals to nearby students who are currently homeschooled.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/noodleeducation/2015/05/28/more-than-half-of-college-faculty-are-adjuncts-should-you-care/#74faa6fe1d9b

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Facebook Commits $15 Million to Code.org to Diversify Computer Science Education

July 22nd, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

In an effort to increase the number of women and other underrepresented groups in the computer science field, Facebook is pledging $15 million over the next five years to Code.org to enable the nonprofit to train teachers to teach computer science in urban public school districts and to expand learning opportunities for students. Facebook released a report on the diversity of its own employees earlier today, admitting the company has a long way to go before it has a diverse employee base, particularly for its technical departments and senior leadership. Only 17 percent of technical workers are women, while 3 percent are Hispanic and 1 percent is African American. For senior leadership, 27 percent are women, 3 percent are African American and 3 percent are Hispanic.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/14/facebook-commits-$15-million-to-code.org-to-diversify-coding-education.aspx

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La Serna High Student Inspires Launch of STEM Classes

July 22nd, 2016

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

A girl who knows how to code can change the world. At least, that’s what Markie Wagner of Whittier, CA, thinks. She’s a soon-to-be senior at La Serna High School in Whittier, and she believes all girls should try their hand at computer science. Her efforts and enthusiasm have inspired her school to launch two new STEM classes in the fall — Intro to Engineering and Advanced Placement Computer Science. “That was very exciting to hear,” said Wagner, who recently finished a computer coding immersion program at UCLA. Last summer, she participated in an eight-week program offered by Girls Who Code, a nationally respected nonprofit organization that aims to close the gender gap in technology education and the industry.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/14/la-serna-high-student-inspires-launch-of-stem-classes.aspx

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Getting Through a Wireless Overhaul

July 22nd, 2016

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Michigan’s Oakland University is in the throes of its third major wireless network rollout in 10 years. Here’s how the institution is tackling user demand, the Internet of Things, signal management and more. For its third-generation network, the university wanted to provide pervasive high-density service, such as at a hotel conference center or football stadium, but throughout the entire campus. The IT team sent out a request for information (RFI), considered several vendors, conducted some prototypes and then settled on Aruba.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/14/getting-through-a-wireless-overhaul.aspx

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Welcome to the harsh new IT reality: You are the battlespace

July 21st, 2016

By David Gewirtz, ZDNet Government

If you haven’t already been attacked, you will be. You will be a purposely-selected target of enemy attackers. Welcome to the 21st century. You are the battlespace. Back in World War II, Allied bombers flew mission after mission to destroy the Nazi ability to make war. The bombers attacked munitions factories, aircraft factories, communications junctions, fuel supplies — just about anything that could provide infrastructure and war materiel. The Allies also bombed bridges, including civilian ones, in order to hobble the enemy’s ability to move resources and weaponry. In other words, enterprises in Nazi Germany were just as much fair game as military bases. In cyberwar, everyone is fair game. Let’s take a quick moment to answer Steve’s question about whether cyberwar is too narrow a topic when the sphere of battle now encompasses multiple battlegrounds.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/welcome-to-the-harsh-new-it-reality-you-are-the-battlespace/

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Microsoft’s new online certification program kicks off with data science specialization

July 21st, 2016

By Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

Microsoft is launching the pilot of an online certification program, called the “Microsoft Professional Degree”, with a data-science-focused competency. The new degree program is in beta/pilot at this point, said officials on July 13. The first certifications, which Microsoft will award this September, will be in the data science area. According to a website for the program, Microsoft consulted data scientists and companies employing them to figure out what the core skills required are in that field. Microsoft then developed a curriculum to teach the skills via online courses and hands-on labs. Graduates will receive a Microsoft Professional Degree in data science.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-new-online-certification-program-kicks-off-with-data-science-specialization/

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Big Data, Coding, Security: 8 Sites That Offer Free Online Courses

July 21st, 2016

by Kelly Sheridan, IT Life

A growing number of online learning platforms have begun to offer free courses in tech topics like programming, web development, enterprise security, data analysis, and machine learning. IT pros can use these resources to build on their current skills or develop new ones. Here, we spotlight eight platforms where you can find free online tech classes and suggest some courses in each site. Have you used any of these platforms? Would you consider it? Feel free to add your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.

http://www.informationweek.com/it-life/big-data-coding-security-8-sites-that-offer-free-online-courses/d/d-id/1326254

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Coursera Relaunches Classic Computer Science Courses

July 20th, 2016

by Sue Gee, I Programmer

Many of the Computer Science courses that we feared had been assigned to the scrapheap have reappeared in Coursera’s catalog. This has been done unobtrusively and without any announcement and so might miss the attention it deserves. Based on information received by several course providers, many believed that in the move from the original to the new Coursera platform a large number of courses were likely to be lost. On request Coursera provided a list of 90 courses that have transitioned to the new platform since the old one shut on June 30th and it includes the following 25 Computer Science ones; they are listed at the link below.

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/150-training-a-education/9910-coursera-relaunches-classic-computer-science-courses.html

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6 Reasons To Start Thinking About A Virtual Reality Career — NOW

July 20th, 2016

By Christopher Watkins, Udacity Blog

Today, Virtual Reality still offers opportunities to get in on the ground floor. The field is set to grow exponentially in the next few years, and if you join late, opportunities will be fewer, competition will be stiffer, and established experts will be tenacious about maintaining their positions. Betting on VR now by jumping in while it’s still comparatively early days is arguably a risk, but it’s only a bad bet if the field goes belly up, and no one believes that’s going to happen.

http://blog.udacity.com/2016/07/6-reasons-start-thinking-virtual-reality-career-now.html

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Palm Beach Schools To Unveil Online Learning With Unfortunate Name

July 20th, 2016

by BocaNewsNow

We don’t mean to be mean, but Palm Beach County School District’s latest foray into online learning may need quick rebranding. “I-Ready” sounds like something spoken by kids in need of grammatical help. “Are you ready for lunch? I ready!” “Are you ready for a great day at school?” “Yes, I ready!” “Hey Cookie Monster, are you ready for a cookie snack?” “YES! I ready!” Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa — who BocaNewsNow.com is a fan of — is announcing the new online math system early next week at Omni Middle School. To be clear: Dr. Avossa didn’t name the system, just approved, with the School Board, the $5.6 Million cost.

http://bocanewsnow.com/2016/07/15/palm-beach-schools-to-unveil-online-learning-with-unfortunate-name/

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