How (And Why) Visual Design Matters In e-Learning

July 29th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The use of visual, engaging content is a regular topic around these parts, isn’t it. Getting your students interested and keeping them engaged is a challenge for every teacher in every subject and at every age level. That said, when you’re putting together your class materials, do you give a ton of thought to how things look? The answer is probably yes – with an overwhelming answer being that obviously, content matters more. That said, the handy infographic linked below proposes using the laws of visual perception -aka the Gestalt principles – in e-learning design.

http://www.edudemic.com/visual-design-matters-in-e-learning/

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12 STEM resources for all grades

July 29th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

These sites are intended to help students strengthen much-needed STEM skills. In classrooms across the nation, STEM education is hailed as one of the most important concepts for today’s students. After all, STEM know-how, coupled with skills such as problem solving and strong communication, will help students compete with peers on a global level. We’ve compiled a list of STEM websites for elementary, middle, and high school students. Each grade range features one science, one technology, one engineering, and one mathematics resource.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/17/12-stem-resources-326/

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3 Ways EdTech Is Moving Beyond the Classroom

July 29th, 2014

By Joel Sackett, Edudemic

New tools are meant to help improve educators’ teaching abilities, help enhance the actual learning process and also help students become more tech-savvy. But while such tools are important to the overall education ecosystem, technology can also make an impact long before and after a lesson takes place. As such, technology should have a leading role in the part of the education process that takes place behind the scenes – parts of the process that are often overlooked, but that can also improve student achievement and learning outcomes. Let’s take a quick look are three such areas: human resources, professional development and improved IT infrastructure.

http://www.edudemic.com/edtech-classroom/

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Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges

July 28th, 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/future-of-education-badges/

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How (And Why) Visual Design Matters In e-Learning

July 28th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The use of visual, engaging content is a regular topic around these parts, isn’t it. Getting your students interested and keeping them engaged is a challenge for every teacher in every subject and at every age level. That said, when you’re putting together your class materials, do you give a ton of thought to how things look? The answer is probably yes – with an overwhelming answer being that obviously, content matters more. That said, the handy infographic linked below proposes using the laws of visual perception -aka the Gestalt principles – in e-learning design.

http://www.edudemic.com/visual-design-matters-in-e-learning/

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Three (BIG) Barriers to Student Participation in xMOOCs

July 28th, 2014

by Online Learning Insights

Though there are a variety of factors that contribute to low completion rates, I suggest that three barriers, 1) technology, 2) poor usability & course design, and 3) anonymity contribute significantly to low student participation levels and completion—barriers that deter, discourage and in some cases intimidate students. Also, in some instances, barriers one and two are potential barriers in closed, online classes (as those offered as for-credit courses at public and private institutions).

http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/tag/technology-as-barrier-to-online-learning/

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Here are the 12 most popular free online courses for professionals

July 28th, 2014

by Business Insider

Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/14/from-the-basics-of-programming-to-financial-markets-here-are-the-12-most-popular-free-online-courses-for-professionals/

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A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy

July 27th, 2014

by Anne O’Brien, Edutopia

Two recent documents — NSBA’s Data in the Cloud and the U.S. Department of Education’s Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services — offer good introductions to issues of student privacy in the cloud-computing era. Both also provide practical tips to help protect student privacy. While these tips are geared towards the district level, it is vital that all educators — teachers, principals, school counselors and others — understand the implications.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/starting-point-ensuring-student-online-privacy-anne-obrien

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Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE ‘14

July 27th, 2014

by Ashley Cronin, Edutopia

In an attempt to heed Dave Guymon’s call to share the ISTE learning (see his blog post on Getting Smart, “Don’t Leave Your Learning Behind: What To Do Now That #ISTE2014 Is Over”), here are some resources discussed by a group of elementary and secondary educators during a morning session on coding in the classroom. No matter what grade or subject you teach, you’re certain to find something here you can use. Notes from this and several other sessions can be found on the wiki for ISTE Unplugged; also check out the Twitter stream from the event at #HackEd14 or #HackEducation.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teach-coding-classroom-resources-iste-14

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Studies show significance of using text reminders for millennials

July 27th, 2014

by Brad Mannion and Sam Newton, Red and Black

Conducting their research on a group of 800 community college students, Castleman, an assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia, and Page, a research assistant professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh, used the organization uAspire to send text messages to students concerning the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, along with maintaining academic requirements. Of the students in the treatment or control group, the study found 64 percent of students in the control group, which did not receive text reminders, persisted with aid reapplication to their sophomore year.But for students in the treatment group, who did receive text reminders, 76 percent continuted on to their sophomore year. uAspire also provided an inexpensive way to send text messages at $5 per student during the study. Generation Opportunity, a millennial advocacy group, found that young Americans are more likely to vote in an election if sent a reminder via Facebook messaging or text.

http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/studies-show-significance-of-using-text-reminders-for-millennials/article_024c55fc-09f7-11e4-ac97-0017a43b2370.html

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How Much Multitasking Should Be Done In The Classroom?

July 26th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

We often talk about how the younger generations of students are masters of multitasking because they’ve been brought up in an era of constant stimulation and tons of devices to distract them. At the same time, teachers are still trying to get their students to focus on a task at hand. This begs the question: Should we let them multitask, or is that really not the best option? The handy infographic linked below takes a look at the perils of multitasking.

http://www.edudemic.com/multitasking-should-be-done-in-the-classroom/

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How To Watch The Internet Happen In Real-Time

July 26th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

I stumbled across this neat site via a mention on Twitter recently, and I thought it was definitely worth a share. Sometimes when we talk about internet statistics, the numbers are huge and there isn’t really a ton of take-home besides the fact that lots of people share lots of information on the internet. The Internet In Real Time changes that, at least a little bit. When you access the site, it is as though someone has started a watch – all the counts start at zero, and count up from there. It shows how many new accounts are created, messages sent, searches performed, etc on popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.

http://www.edudemic.com/internet-in-real-time/

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University of Miami reimburses students for student center fees

July 26th, 2014

By Lauren Olson, Dayton Daily News

Complaints from parents and students led Miami University officials to repay $205,244 in fees to students who are taking summer courses through the Oxford campus. Summer fees the university charged and earmarked to pay down the $53.1 million Armstrong Student Center (ASC), which opened in January of 2014, were recently reversed, according to Claire Wagner, the university’s spokeswoman. Students taking courses during any summer session in Oxford or through online classes, were reimbursed for the charges. Senior Alex Kirkpatrick was one of many Miami students charged a student fee for the center this summer. Kirkpatrick said he likely won’t even step foot in the center this summer, so he was taken aback to see the $27.48 charge for his three credit hour online course through the Oxford campus.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/miami-reimburses-students-for-student-center-fees/ngdZr/

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Are tablets about to get a promotion in the workplace?

July 25th, 2014

by Steve Ranger, ZD Net

According to research, nearly three-quarters of organisations are issuing corporate-owned laptops (74 percent) and smartphones (71 percent) to their workforces, while less than half of businesses dish out tablets. But the analysts at Frost & Sullivan said the number of business-issued tablets will rise over the next three years “as many of the more data-intensive mobile applications migrate over to the tablets”. By 2016, enterprise ownership and regular usage of smartphones is expected to decrease from its current base of 66 percent to 58 percent, while tablets are expected to increase from 49 percent to 56 percent — almost the same level.

http://www.zdnet.com/are-tablets-about-to-get-a-promotion-in-the-workplace-7000031259/

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Decoding the hidden messages in Satya Nadella’s letter to Microsoft employees

July 25th, 2014

by Ed Bott, ZD Net

When the CEO makes a big speech, even if it’s delivered on a Snowfall-style web page, it’s carefully vetted by the company’s brain trust (and by its lawyers). And you don’t have to play Kremlinologist to discern major themes for the next year or two. Just as it pays to read annual reports carefully, it’s also worth picking out the substance buried beneath the yadda-yadda in a presentation like this one. Here are five small but meaningful details that caught my attention.

http://www.zdnet.com/decoding-the-hidden-messages-in-satya-nadellas-letter-to-microsoft-employees-7000031472

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Alternative programs show signs of success

July 25th, 2014

by CHERYL BURKE, Carteret County News-Times

Nearly 200 county students were served through public school alternative learning programs last year, and results are paying off, according to County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mat Bottoms. “Results are very positive,” said Mr. Bottoms during the County Board of Education meeting Tuesday in the school system’s central services office on Safrit Drive. Mr. Bottoms said high schools focus mainly on students with high incidents of attendance issues and students who lack enough credits to graduate with their peer group. The high schools use a combination of online learning, computer-based learning and small group settings to assist students.

http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_f50fa266-090d-11e4-86a8-001a4bcf887a.html

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5 anti-bully apps you should know about

July 24th, 2014

By Gaby Arancibia, eSchool News

With proper use, these five apps can help educators and parents combat cyberbullying in schools. No matter what generation you’re from, it’s evident that bullying has consistently played a role in the educational system. In movies, it’s usually the stereotypical intimidating character going for children’s lunch money, or in some cases, it’s the popular kids bullying less-popular students. But for today’s generation, bullies have become more of an unstoppable obstacle for students. While mobile phones have improved communication, they also have heightened the lengths of what being bullied can entail. With social media and smartphones, everything is open. Regardless of what teenagers believe, getting rid of a digital footprint is hard. Often, apps are used for the wrong purpose.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/11/bully-apps-education-329/

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What everybody should know about Google’s new initiative

July 24th, 2014

By Molly Schulson, eCampus News

After analyzing its own gender problem, Google launches code initiative to expose young girls to coding. Usually when someone visualizes coding, they think of a male doing it — a la the movie “Social Network.” Rarely does a woman’s face pop up in one’s imagination when thinking of a computer scientist. When Google recently looked at their company’s composition and realized that women only accounted for 17 percent of its tech employees, they wondered why. After much research, Google then decided to create an initiative called “Made with Code” to attempt to balance the gender scale.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/google-code-girls-268/

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3 cheap ways to amp up campus A/V

July 24th, 2014

By Denny Carter, eCampus News

Budgets for A/V equipment aren’t falling, campus officials say, but they’re not rising either. It’s that budgetary stagnation that leaves many in higher education at a loss for how to approach A/V upgrades that modernize school facilities and make the college or university more appealing to prospective students. Up-to-date — or even cutting edge — A/V systems can be a powerful recruitment tool as prospective students tour campuses before making their final decisions. In other words, good audio and video can be an effective money maker for colleges and universities of every size.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/av-campus-cheap-298/

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Managing Anytime, Anywhere Access to Windows and Mac Apps at USC Engineering

July 23rd, 2014

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Students in the University of Southern California’s School of Engineering no longer need to crowd into busy computer labs to access the specialized software they need. The school has implemented remote access to both Windows and Mac software, so students can do their work from anywhere using their own laptops. And they can access both platforms with a single user account, so the school’s IT team doesn’t have to manage separate Windows and Mac user profiles for thousands of engineering students.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/10/managing-anytime-anywhere-access-to-windows-and-mac-apps-at-usc-engineering.aspx

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2 Tactics for 1-to-1- and BYOD-Ready WiFi

July 23rd, 2014

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Miami-Dade County Public Schools — the fourth-largest district in the country — is working through its ABCDs as it pursues a voluminous infusion of technology into learning. That’s how Superintendent Alberto Carvalho described the digital convergence taking place in the district he oversees. That’s also roughly the order in which each phase of the plan is unfolding. As CIO Debbie Karcher explained, the “A” stands for applications and content that can be accessed at any time on any machine. “B” is for broadband that would deliver a good access experience at every school. “C” — for connectivity — called for a massive implementation of wireless in all of the schools. “Every school, every square foot of our district has wireless in every room,” she said.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/07/10/2-tactics-for-1-to-1-and-byod-ready-wifi.aspx

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