Educational Technology

June 25, 2018

2018 K–12 IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey

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By David Nagel, THE Journal
With only three exceptions, salaries are up across the board for technology professionals in K–12 education in the last two years. The biggest gripe continues to be (not terribly surprisingly) budgets. For technology professionals, education has been a rewarding place to work over the last year. Salaries are up for the most part; job satisfaction is high; and the outlook for the future is positive — these according to the results of our third-annual K–12 IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey.  Overall, the average salary for technology professional in education (excluding classroom teachers) was $66,640 in 2017 — up about $3,000 from 2015.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/05/24/it-salary-job-satisfaction-survey.aspx

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8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve Education

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Education is moving away from traditional rows of students looking at the same textbook while a teacher lectures from the front of the room. Today’s classrooms are not simply evolving to use more technology and digital resources; they are also investing in machine learning. What is machine learning? Machine learning is defined as “a field of computer science that uses statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to “learn” (i.e., progressively improve performance on a specific task) with data, without being explicitly programmed.” For example, in education, we see machine learning in learning analytics and artificial intelligence.

8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve Education

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Homeland Security launches new training course to counter online terrorist activities

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by Dave Kovaleski, Homeland Preparedness News
The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Task Force has launched an online training course designed to educate social media companies about how terrorists may seek to exploit their platforms. The training course, called “Countering Terrorists Exploitation of Social Media and the Internet,” was presented to members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) this week.

Homeland Security launches new training course to counter online terrorist activities

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June 24, 2018

‘Virtual High School’ class, real scholarship for Wiscasset student – Vanessa Dunn, Wiscasset Newspaper

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When answering to the question, “How did your VHS teacher or site coordinator impact your online learning experience,” Wiscasset Middle High School senior Corey Campbell responded so well, she landed a $1,000 scholarship. At the beginning of senior year, Campbell underwent open heart surgery, yet was able to maintain all of her school work on VHS. For her entry, Campbell composed a song about Pooler as her VHS site coordinator and the many ways she helped her through her surgery and VHS course.

http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/virtual-high-school-class-real-scholarship-wiscasset-student/103177

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300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

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By Kevin Downey, Komando.com

There is so much information out there that you can’t possibly know about it all. Which is why we want to make sure you know about FREE online classes that you can take from Ivy League universities — the eight extremely expensive universities that are among the best in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia. The best part, besides being FREE, is that it’s easy to register for a class. You visit the site Coursera and sign up, either with your Facebook credentials or by inputting your name and email address.

300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

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STEM: At the Crossroads of Traditional and Online Learning

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By Donald E. Bossi0, THE Journal

In the age of online learning, educators, parents and students around the world — especially including from diverse and rural populations — have more access than ever before to educational resources. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education community, where innovation and hands-on learning experiences are critical, often finds itself at the exciting crossroads of traditional and online learning. The role we play in classrooms and communities across the country has taught us an important lesson: As online learning continues to change the face of education, those of us at this intersection have a tremendous opportunity to embrace digital advancements and, ultimately, enhance traditional classroom environments and hands-on programs for our students. After all, what is online learning but an incredible STEM innovation?

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/12/stem-at-the-crossroads-of-traditional-and-online-learning.aspx

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June 23, 2018

As Demand for Online Schools Grows, So Does Need for Accurate Evaluation

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By Kevin P. Chavous, THE Journal

Families are opting for online and blended education because the models allow for greater customization to meet the needs of each student in ways that many traditional schools cannot. Learning systems used in online and blended schools also empower teachers to more effectively personalize learning — measure progress, adjust pace, and provide extra support when needed for every learner — which is a major advantage for both struggling students as well as high-achievers. This level of personalization can be a challenge to achieve in a traditional classroom. Yet, while the report acknowledges the growing demand for virtual schools, it relies on inaccurate and unavailable data to evaluate the schools’ effectiveness. The report’s claim that virtual schools are less diverse, and serve a lower number of low-income and special needs students are inconsistent with data from K12-partner schools (which make up 39 percent of online schools).

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/13/as-demand-for-online-schools-grows-so-does-need-for-accurate-evaluation.aspx

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Facebook Plans to Team Up With 15 Community Colleges. What Will That Entail?

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By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle
Something rang both haphazard and familiar in the announcement Facebook made last week, promising to create as many as 15 partnerships with community colleges by the end of 2018.  The company is creating those partnerships alongside its larger “Community Boost” program, which is designed to train more than one million people in 50 cities in digital skills. Both moves come as Facebook faces increasing public criticism for how it has allowed members’ private data to be shared with outside companies and political operatives. In the past six weeks it has announced partnerships with Des Moines Area Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, and Greenville Technical College, in South Carolina; on Friday it unveiled two more, at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges, both in Massachusetts. Exactly how those institutions were chosen — or how future ones will be — is unclear.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Facebook-Plans-to-Team-Up-With/243641

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Why Companies Are Taking It Upon Themselves to Help Workers Learn New Skills

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by Lydia Belanger, Entrepreneur

“Companies are having trouble keeping up,” says Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of online learning platform Coursera, of the rapid rate of technological acceleration worldwide today. “Even large companies that have a dedicated learning and development function don’t have the resources and expertise to teach all of those new skills to people spread around the world.” For small companies, such resources are obviously even more limited. According to a Bank of America report, small-business owners listed training and developing existing staff as the number-one priority for using loan capital in 2015. But as Deloitte found in a 2017 survey, more than half of companies do not have learning programs focused on building skills for the future. But the tide could be changing.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/314943

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June 22, 2018

Preparing students for workplace of the future

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By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The workplace of the future will be marked by unprecedentedly advanced technologies, as well as a focus on incorporating artificial intelligence to drive higher levels of production with fewer resources. Employers and education stakeholders, noting the reality of this trend, are turning a reflective eye toward current students and questioning whether they will be workforce ready in the years to come. This has become a significant concern for higher education executives, who find their business models could be disrupted as they fail to meet workforce demands. A 2018 Gallup-Northeastern University survey shows that of 3,297 U.S. citizens interviewed, only 22% with a bachelor’s degree said their education left them “well” or “very well prepared” to use AI in their jobs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-workplace-of-the-future/525536/

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Research partnership to examine factors throughout K-12 that contribute to earning a college degree

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By Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
Northwestern University education researchers are working in partnership with elementary and secondary schools in Evanston, outside Chicago, to learn more about the factors that influence whether a student completes college, according to the Chicago Tribune. Taking at least five semesters of college coursework increases the chances that a student will earn a four-year degree, members of the research team, led by David Figlio, dean of the school of education and social policy, said during a joint school board meeting for Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and the Evanston Township High School District 202. They noted that while some predictors of college success such as grades, test scores and attendance rates are easy to measure, other areas, such as demographic factors and whether or not a student has a strong support network, are more difficult to study.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/research-partnership-to-examine-factors-throughout-k-12-that-contribute-to/525508/

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IIT Hyderabad builds dataset to understand online user-engagement

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by Shubashree Desikan, the Hindu
The annotated datas can be used by deep-learning frameworks employed in AI to learn the model accurately. Understanding user engagement in online interactions is important in many contexts, with online shopping, advertising, e-learning and healthcare being just a few sectors. Now, IIT Hyderabad has built DAiSEE (Dataset for Affective States in E-Environments), the first multilabel video-classification dataset for recognising boredom, confusion, frustration and engagement. The dataset comprises 9,068 video snippets captured from 112 individuals. For each of these affective states, there are further four levels of labels – very low, low, high and very high. These labels are provided by observing the viewer’s reactions.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/iit-hyderabad-dataset-to-understand-online-user-engagement/article24180468.ece

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June 21, 2018

MIT Algorithm Tackles Network Data Congestion

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A research project at MIT has developed an algorithm in which a constantly updating network — of sensors, drones or data-sharing vehicles — minimizes how much new information is received at any moment to avoid data congestion, while still keeping the most important data “as fresh as possible.” Right now, the approach works for “simple” networks; but eventually, the team expects to tackle complex ones as well. The project is important in an era of smart cars, manufacturing and delivery. Sensors are designed to feed fresh data to a wireless network quickly and continuously, to allow the network to maintain a current status on all variables in the system, as an MIT article explained.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/mit-algorithm-tackles-network-data-congestion.aspx

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New Tech Makes Mixed Reality More Interactive

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

In the future, according to a group of German researchers, users of virtual reality will be able to interact with each other more easily, more naturally and in real time between real and virtual worlds. A scene from the real world could, for example, be transferred into VR, after which feedback could be reflected back into the real situation. The Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) recently presented a new “X-reality technology” that makes this possible; the demonstration is being shown during Germany’s CeBIT conference, taking place this week. Fraunhofer HHI does applied research in mobile and optical wireless communications and video signal processing and coding.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/new-tech-makes-mixed-reality-more-interactive.aspx

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Another community college approved for bachelor’s degrees

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By James Paterson, Education Dive
Clark State Community College has joined two-year colleges in Ohio and those in 18 other states offering a four-year degree — but it’s a trend that some four-year institutions find troubling.  Ohio initially rejected Clark State’s proposal because the manufacturing technology management program it proposed appeared to be too similar to degrees offered at nearby four-year institutions, according to the Springfield News-Sun. The college revised the plan, which was approved. Clark State officials said in a statement that local employers have committed to enrolling more than 100 students in the new four-year program.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/another-community-college-approved-for-bachelors-degrees/525562/

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June 20, 2018

10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Trainer

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Google Certified Trainers are education professionals who help other teachers successfully redefine learning by integrating technology into their classrooms. To become a Google Certified Trainer, you must undergo an application process that includes completing a course, taking a skills assessment, and recording an introductory video. So is the process worth it? Let’s take a look at ten reasons to become a Google Certified Trainer.

10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Trainer

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5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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by Global Banking and Finance Review
Gone are the blackboards of yesteryear. Instead, many schools and higher education institutions are using a range of connected devices, both at school and at home, as part of a wireless revolution in the education sector.With the growth of automation, cyber-security and AI, the role that technology will play in the education sector is already shaping a future job market. In preparation for these new advancements, schools and students will need to adapt to a constantly changing way of digital learning. Here Performance Networks discuss 5 ways digital connectivity is revolutionising the education sector, as well as offering insight into how digital learning technology will shape schools in the future.

5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning games provide greater benefits than passing the time in class or entertaining students to keep them occupied. Experienced teachers know that using games in the classroom can invigorate interest in learning, so why wouldn’t eLearning incorporate using gaming in digital courseware and learning tools? Learners who participate in instructional games have improved their performance scores by as much as 30% and increased their confidence by 20%, likely because of the motivation and engagement games produce. In short, gaming in the classroom improves overall retention by 17%. Not only are learners more engaged and better motivated to learn, but they also are more likely to remember what they’ve learned. Games have specific purposes in instruction. Incorporating games at specific instructional points in eLearning can augment the instructional program, and here are four ways to do it:

4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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June 19, 2018

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

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By Michael Sano, EdSurge

Even when tuition is free, attending college can be expensive. Many students need to cover the cost of housing, food and family care in addition to their educational expenses. Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-14-can-online-programs-and-digital-tools-help-students-spend-less-money-dlnchat

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How to Create Successful and sustainable Makerspaces in Low-Income and Rural Schools

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

What if you could offer students in low-income and rural schools a technology-based opportunity to develop the creative genius you know they have? You’d provide a makerspace where students could explore, create, invent, and learn through authentic experiences. To make a dream like this successful and sustainable, the key ingredient lies in finding ways to make it tangible.  Although the idea behind the makerspace is to promote playful exploration, developing pathways within the space can improve sustainability. Sustainability in your makerspace will lead to success, but the caveat here is to monitor the pathways to eliminate possible stereotyping and inequalities. Examples include pathways that are gender or race exclusive. Instead, the focus must remain on inclusiveness, even allowing makers to opt in and out of pathways.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-create-successful-and-sustainable-makerspaces-in-low-income-and-rural-schools/

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An Inside Look at Why Accreditation Works

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By Robert Ubell, Inside Higher Ed

Describing his service on a voluntary visiting team, Bob Ubell defends regional accreditation as a form of “deliberative democracy” and urges us not to hand it over to a federal education police force.  In response to a recent signal that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be exploring alternatives to our present higher education accreditation practices, let’s take a look at what it’s like to be on the inside of a regional accrediting team.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/06/14/inside-look-why-regional-accreditation-works-opinion

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