3 Reasons Chromebooks Are Shining in Education

April 27th, 2015

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

For districts looking to get the most bang for their ed tech buck, devices that fall somewhere between tablets and traditional laptops can be just the right fit. The iPad buying frenzy may be over. The late 2013 introduction of the low-cost Chromebook has given school districts an affordable alternative that they’re gravitating to with gusto. Official numbers from market research firm IDC confirmed the news last December when the company announced that while Apple had shipped 702,000 iPads to educational buyers in the third quarter, Google partners had shipped 715,000 Chromebooks. While some observers might refer to this changing of the guard as a “return of the laptop” or the “tailing off of the tablet,” to those doing the buying, that’s not quite the case.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/04/14/3-reasons-chromebooks-are-shining-in-education.aspx

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25 Ways to Get the Most Out of Twitter

April 27th, 2015

By Pamela DeLoatch, Edudemic

Imagine being able to connect with one hundred million people anytime you want. With that many people on Twitter each day (and that’s not counting the additional 184 million users who are on Twitter at least once each month), a great deal of knowledge, perspective, and news is accessible to you, just by clicking a few buttons. It’s no wonder educators are harnessing the power of Twitter to bring cutting edge ideas, trends, research, and best practices to use in their schools and classrooms. But just as Twitter can be a treasure trove of information, it can be overwhelming for new users to figure out how to use it effectively. We’ve compiled this list of the best ways to make Twitter a social media tool that works for you.

http://www.edudemic.com/25-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-twitter/

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How Adaptive Learning Technology Can Help Transform U.S. STEM Education

April 27th, 2015

By Nishikant Sonwalkar, Edudemic

Adaptive learning systems organize content based on individual learning preferences and can maximize learning performance through continuous intelligent feedback. Utilizing technology to customize content helps make various modes of learning available in a single classroom, meaning diverse students can learn in ways that best suit their strengths. One example of the promise of adaptive learning comes from Boston-based intellADAPT, which provides user-friendly technology that can be easily integrated into the classroom and into current curricula.

http://www.edudemic.com/adaptive-learning-technology-can-help-transform-u-s-stem-education/

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Edtech Companies Hail New Rival LinkedIn As Industry Catalyst

April 26th, 2015

Bernadette Tansey, Xconomy

LinkedIn’s $1.5 billion purchase of Lynda.com, a 20-year-old company offering courses ranging from Web design to data analysis, puts it in the pole position to take over a sizeable share of the market for online education and professional training, Stifel analysts wrote after LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) announced the acquisition April 9. Lynda.com’s competitors in the online education industry, however, are thrilled with the LinkedIn deal, saying it affirms that there’s serious money to be made in selling online courses to adult workers who need to keep up with the rapidly changing pace of technology in all industries.

http://www.xconomy.com/san-francisco/2015/04/20/edtech-companies-hail-new-rival-linkedin-as-industry-catalyst/

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5 Tech Trends that Will Drive IT Decision-Making for the Next 5 Years

April 26th, 2015

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Today’s IT organizations face a big data challenge: unstoppable growth. Global data center IP traffic equaled 255 Exabytes per month in 2013, according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index — and by 2018, traffic is predicted to nearly triple. Fortunately, not all of that traffic will land in the data center, but it does call for response from the information technology organization, said Gartner Research Vice President David Cappuccio in a recent webinar. “The real questions that IT centers need to ask themselves are, how much of that traffic is important, how does that data need to be acted upon and how do we do it?” IT has to rethink how it will address infrastructure and operations planning in three important areas, he noted: demand, technologies and the organization itself. Here’s how trends and technologies will impact IT over the next five years.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/20/5-tech-trends-that-will-drive-it-decision-making-for-the-next-5-years.aspx

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‘Flipped classrooms’ provide better approach for instruction of students

April 26th, 2015

by David Lockett, Daily News Journal

Flipping a classroom means switching the activities that normally occur at home versus in the classroom. Thus, rather than listening to an instructor in the classroom, students now watch video lectures from home before coming to class. Then, instead of doing homework independently, students solve problems in the classroom, where the teacher can facilitate this critical step in learning. By taking the burden of presenting content off of teachers, a flipped classroom enables these teachers to focus their efforts on improving students’ learning skills and deeper understanding of concepts. Results are showing that students both like the flipped classroom and also tend to outperform students taught the same material in a traditional classroom.

http://www.dnj.com/story/opinion/2015/04/18/guest-column-flipped-classrooms-provide-better-approach-instruction-students/26010047/

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U.S. teacher sparks online movement with #IWishMyTeacherKnew class exercise

April 25th, 2015

by Larissa Cahute, the Province

An elementary school teacher in Colorado has sparked an online movement encouraging teachers across the world to better understand and support their students. Kyle Schwartz, a third grade teacher in Denver, started a lesson plan called “I Wish My Teacher Knew,” in which she asks her students to write out something that they wish their teacher knew about them. According to ABC News, Shwartz first started this exercise in an attempt to build trust between her and her students, many of whom come from underprivileged homes. “Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Schwartz told ABC News. “As a new teacher, I struggled to understand the reality of my students’ lives and how to best support them. I just felt like there was something I didn’t know about my students.”

http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/04/17/u-s-teacher-sparks-online-movement-with-iwishmyteacherknew-class-exercise/

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Maker app turns 2D into 3D

April 25th, 2015

by Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

MakerBot PrintShop app introduces new Shape Maker feature–turns 2D into 3D. MakerBot’s free iPad app MakerBot® PrintShop® version 1.5 is now available for update in the iTunes App Store and offers a brand new feature called MakerBot Shape Maker that takes drawings and sketches and instantaneously turns them into 3D printable files. MakerBot PrintShop Shape Maker aims to allow users to transform sketches, photos and screen captures into a 3D printable file, without any 3D design experience. Designed for beginners who want to get started quickly with 3D printing, MakerBot PrintShop with Shape Maker is what MakerBot believes to be an exiting new tool that will transform the way the industry moves from 2D to 3D.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/business-news/maker-app-turns-3d-188/

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Could high-speed Internet save Iowa’s schools?

April 25th, 2015

by Jason Clayworth and Rodney White, DesMoines Register

Administrators of a rural school in far northern Iowa believe technology can temper the pain rising from Iowa’s lost schools crisis. And they took their message to the Capitol this month. “Everyone is mourning the loss of their schools when, instead, we should focus on the future of education and how to revolutionize education,” said John Carver, superintendent of Howard-Winneshiek schools. Carver and other employees from Howard-Winneshiek advocate that Iowa promote and invest in broadband so that every corner of the state has access to high-speed Internet. Many Iowa schools are already connected to the Iowa Communications Network, a high-speed fiber optic network run by the state. That’s a bright spot for Iowa.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/lost-schools/2015/04/18/lost-schools-technology-high-speed-internet/25936165/

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Set up your own digital media lab for next to nothing

April 24th, 2015

By Donna DeLuca, eSchool News

With the advent of lightning-quick computers and gorgeous digital media tools, students are now dreaming up PowerPoint presentations, Prezis, websites, wikis, Photo Stories, and more—things limited only by their imaginations. Creating these types of digital projects has become second nature to them, and they have no concept of a time when these technologies were not available. In fact, creating digital media has become a very personal matter. Just look on Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitter and you will see that our students are creating and sharing digital content on a daily basis. As educators, it behooves us to find ways to provide opportunities that allow our students to engage in learning activities relevant to their lives. As a library media specialist, I know there’s no better place to provide them with these opportunities than a school’s own library media center. If you think you would like to create a digital media lab in your school, here are some tips to get started.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/04/17/digital-media-lab-245/

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Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development

April 24th, 2015

By Denise Scavitto, Edudemic

I created my first Twitter account in 2008. Four years later, I finally made the commitment to using Twitter during an edtech conference, where I found myself frantically tweeting, retweeting, and refreshing my feed as I tried to take it all in. Honestly, up until I used it at that conference, I thought Twitter was just another social media blackhole. But through essentially constant use for those few days, I began to see Twitter as an excellent resource for educators and an invaluable tool for professional development – one of the best out there. So, for you teachers wondering about all the hype…I promise, Twitter is worth it. (follow Ray at @rayschroeder)

http://www.edudemic.com/teachers-embrace-twitter-professional-development/

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Colorado Springs high school taking online learning in a new, more individualized direction

April 24th, 2015

By Debbie Kelley, Colorado Springs Gazette

An online high school in Academy School District 20 will shift its focus to what the program creator believes is the next generation of online learning. “Initially, the philosophy behind online education was location – the idea that the student could do school from anywhere – and we built systems around that,” said Nathan Gorsch, principal of Academy Online High School. Now, the online movement is turning toward personalized learning as its main strength, he said, and his school will pilot a program in that direction. “We are going to give it our best attempt at what we think education can become,” Gorsch said. “Instead of building a system and fitting kids in, we’re building our system around the kids.”

http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-high-school-taking-online-learning-in-a-new-more-individualized-direction/article/1549886?custom_click=rss

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U Arizona Girds for Online Undergrads

April 23rd, 2015

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Now that the University of Arizona has launched an online campus, UA Online, the institution is ready to start up its first “General Education Academy” to help students prepare for their virtual education. UA Online is intended to be a distinct division with 21 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs and 23 graduate certificate programs. In an effort to compete for students living outside of Arizona, the school has set tuition rates for online courses the same for out-of-state and in-state students. The university announced the academy last year with several goals: to help the institution “manage the quality of its online general education offerings,” “create a community for online instructors,” and help develop “cutting-edge resources for online students and teachers.” The initial emphasis will be on helping non-typical online students — first-year and early-transfer undergraduates — succeed in their online programs.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/16/u-arizona-girds-for-online-undergrads.aspx

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How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

April 23rd, 2015

By Jeannie Tucker, Edudemic

In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology. In addition, librarians actively seek out new means for creative expression and intellectual growth for student library users, and frequently volunteer as early adopters of these exciting resources. In turn, librarians partner with users in navigating a complex information landscape and in engaging them in enrichment programming. Check out 5 ways librarians are molding their libraries into community spaces for students.

http://www.edudemic.com/help-students-make-local-libraries/

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3 ways to solve international technology access barriers for girls

April 23rd, 2015

By Olimar Maisonet-Guzman, Devex

Every year, the international community comes together to commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day to raise awareness about the gender gap in the technology sector. Nonetheless, every year we continue to hear the same statistics: Women are 14 percent less likely than men to own a mobile phone. Moreover, 25 percent fewer women and girls are online than men and boys; this gap grows over 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa. That begs the question: What does the international community still needs to do to solve the gender gap in the access and use of technology? Closing the usage gap between girls and boys is important for the promotion of the information society. As interactions between governments and society continue to rely more on information and communication technologies, it becomes crucial that the voices of women and girls continue to be represented in the digital world.

https://www.devex.com/news/3-ways-to-solve-technology-access-barriers-for-girls-85929

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PC Shipments Continue Decline Despite Growth in Mobile PC Segment

April 22nd, 2015

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

The global decline of PC shipments continued in the first quarter of 2015, totaling 71 million units, according to a new report from Gartner. That total represents a 5.2 percent drop compared to the first quarter of 2014. “The PC industry received a boost in 2014 as many companies replaced their PCs due to the end of Windows XP support, but that replacement cycle faded in the first quarter of 2015,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a prepared statement. “However, this decline is not necessarily a sign of sluggish overall PC sales long term. Mobile PCs, including notebooks, hybrid and Windows tablets, grew compared with a year ago. The first quarter results support our projection of a moderate decline of PC shipments in 2015, which will lead to a slow, consistent growth stage for the next five years.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/15/pc-market-continues-decline-despite-growth-in-mobile-pc-segment.aspx

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Internet of Things Data To Top 1.6 Zettabytes by 2020

April 22nd, 2015

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The volume of data captured by the Internet of Things (IoT) will exceed 1.6 zettabytes by 2020, according to a recent forecast from ABI Research. That’s a seven-fold increase from last year’s 200 exabytes of data collected by IoT devices. Still, only a small portion of that data has been accessible for analytics. “The data originating from connected products and processes follows a certain journey of magnitudes,” explained Principal Analyst Aapo Markkanen in a press release. “The yearly volumes that are generated within endpoints are counted in yottabytes, but only a tiny fraction of this vast data mass is actually being captured for storage or further analysis. And of the captured volume, on average over 90 percent is stored or processed locally without a cloud element, even though this ratio can vary greatly by application segment. So far, the locally dealt data has typically been largely inaccessible for analytics, but that is now starting to change.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/15/internet-of-things-data-to-top-1-6-zettabytes-by-2020.aspx

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Digital disruption meets education

April 22nd, 2015

by Computerworld Australia

Analyst firms like IDC, Forrester and Gartner are all in agreement that organisations of every ilk are being disrupted by the forces of digital technology: mobile, cloud, social and data analytics. Education, of course is not exempt, and according to Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst, Jan-Martin Lowendahl, traditional educational business models are being fundamentally challenged by digitalisation. “Social and economic pressures are forcing senior education leaders to rethink business models and consider a range of new technologies to bring down the cost of administering education institutions and scale the business,” Lowendahl says. “An increasing number of technical innovations and technology trends are emerging from within the industry, but most will emerge outside the industry, driven by major forces such as digital business and the consumerisation and industrialisation of IT.”

http://www.computerworld.com.au/mediareleases/22106/digital-disruption-meets-education/

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Where Flipped Learning Research Is Going

April 21st, 2015

By David Raths, Campus Technology

While most agree that the flipped classroom model benefits learning, researchers are delving into the details and exploring the many facets of a flip. In general, research has shown that the flipped classroom model has a positive impact on student outcomes. Last year, a University of Washington “meta-analysis” of 225 studies compared student performance in undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses under traditional lecturing vs. active learning: “The results indicate that average examination scores improved by about 6 percent in active learning sections, and that students in classes with traditional lecturing were 1.5 times more likely to fail than were students in classes with active learning,” the study noted in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/15/where-flipped-learning-research-is-going.aspx

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Ten Websites to Help Students Connect with Books

April 21st, 2015

By Sarah Muthler, Edudemic

Teachers might see the Internet as the enemy of old-fashioned books, but the two entities can actually compliment each other nicely. Websites devoted to reading and literacy help children connect with other readers, delve deeper into what they are reading, and discover new books of interest. And they provide teachers with ideas for the classroom. Your students could start an online book group, write reviews on a website, or use Internet tools to research a favorite author. We’ve gathered ten of the best free, reading-related websites to inspire you and your young readers.

http://www.edudemic.com/books-web-tools/

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Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship

April 21st, 2015

By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic

The horror stories of young people not grasping the reach and influence of the content they put online are familiar to all of us. From the loss of job opportunities due to unprofessional pictures or comments on social media, to the more serious threats of abduction, and even the self-harm inspired by cyber bullying, the stakes are high. Digital literacy is something educators can’t afford to ignore. All of the concern over what kids can get into online has pushed schools to start teaching students about digital citizenship – the concept that we’re all interconnected through the Internet and therefore need to understand the responsibilities and risks that come with life online.

http://www.edudemic.com/teachers-guide-digital-citizenship/

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