Educational Technology

October 13, 2017

These 3 game-based components can increase student achievement-here’s how

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BY ANDRÉ THOMAS, eSchool News
What can gaming components of mastery, motivation and merit teach educators about successful student learning? Remember the days of Oregon Trail? How about Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? While learning games have been around for decades, technological advancements are creating an entirely more modern gaming experience—one where quality mirrors the digital literacy expectations of today’s student, one that entices the student to play and play again, and one that aligns a game’s outcomes with the goals of the course. Every game teaches the player something, from the very basics of how to play the game to achieving the game’s objectives, whether it be killing zombies or winning races. As Eli Neiburger points out in the paper “The Deeper Game of Pokémon, or, How the World’s Biggest RPG Inadvertently Teaches 21st Century Kids Everything They Need to Know,” entertainment games are proven to teach very complex skills and knowledge.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/10/09/game-based-learning-achievement/

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5 tips for better makerspaces

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, eSchool News

A successful school makerspace needs an enthusiastic maker community, school-wide participation, and staff support. Challenge-based learning projects in the makerspace have many benefits for students, and can engage and get them excited about new projects. In “Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace,” Diana Rendina, media specialist and writer for Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa, FL, presented tips for design challenges and shared experiences from working in the makerspace during her time at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL.

5 tips for better makerspaces

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VR and AR Headsets to See 50% Growth Every Year Through 2021

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Global shipments of augmented reality and virtual reality headsets will hit 13.7 million units this year as they ride a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 56.1 percent on their way to 81.2 million shipments in 2021, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp. (IDC). VR headsets will account for 90 percent of those sales, and AR will account for the rest until 2019, with AR headsets experiencing exponential growth in the final two years of the forecast to capture a quarter of the market in 2021.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/02/report-vr-and-ar-headsets-to-see-50-percent-growth-every-year-through-2021.aspx

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October 12, 2017

7 Ways to Get More Girls and Women into STEM (and Encourage Them to Stay)

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Ninety-three in 100 STEM-related occupations pay wages above the national average. And programming jobs, specifically, are growing 12 percent faster than the market average and paying $20,000 more than jobs that don’t require coding skills. Well, apparently, women in substantial numbers are making that choice. Women make up only a third of the world’s STEM graduates, and they hold just under a quarter of IT jobs. Plus, the pipeline isn’t looking very promising; less than 25 percent of the students who took the advanced computer science placement exam were women. Those were some statistics shared by Karen Quintos, chief customer office for Dell, during a forum hosted by the Atlantic Monthly titled, “Cracking the Code: The Next Generation of Women in STEM.” The event drew participation from youth, academia, non-profits and the corporate sector to examine questions around what it means “to raise and become a woman in STEM.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/02/7-ways-to-get-more-girls-and-women-into-stem.aspx

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Using EdTech to Get Your Learners Motivated and Active

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BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

Learning by using technology can be fun, productive, educational, and can engage all types of learners, regardless of their ages! Younger students can be motivated to learn through active games, programs, and apps. Older students can be motivated through the use of interactive projects with groups or individually, or viewing media. iPads now being provided by many public schools have a wide variety of apps for student learning that include opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning. Regardless of the age of the student, technology, if used correctly, can provide students the perfect supplement to traditional style classroom learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-edtech-get-learners-motivated-active/

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DeVos champions online charter schools: Pennsylvania’s virtual charters have a 48 % graduation rate

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By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Politico

 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has touted online learning as a school-choice solution for rural America, saying that virtual charter schools provide educational options that wouldn’t otherwise exist. But in Pennsylvania, an early adopter where more than 30,000 kids log into virtual charter schools from home most days, the graduation rate is a dismal 48 percent. Not one virtual charter school meets the state’s “passing” benchmark. And the founder of one of the state’s largest virtual schools pleaded guilty to a tax crime last year.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/08/education-betsy-devos-online-charter-schools-poor-results-243556

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October 11, 2017

Locked Up But Logged In: It’s Online Learning For Arkansas’s Juvenile Detention Wards

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By SARAH WHITES-KODITSCHEK , Arkansas Public Media

Marcella Dalla Rosa is the director of education for the division. She says staffing teachers is complicated because there are a small number of youth at each facility around the state. At Harrisburg, there are about 20. “In the past, like the math teacher might have geometry, algebra, in the seventh grade going on at the same time. And so that’s just a real challenge to be able to teach the kids with the different subjects during your period.” Arkansas isn’t alone in struggling to provide a basic education to kids in detention. In 2015, The Council of State Governments found most incarcerated kids don’t get schooling equal to their public school peers. And those kids in detention tend to need more. About one in three need special education services. Now youth in the lockups are studying a streamlined curriculum in Virtual Arkansas, the state’s online public school. After finishing their game, they will spend much of the rest of the day in front of computer screens being taught core subjects like algebra.

http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/locked-logged-its-online-learning-arkansass-juvenile-detention-wards

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Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045

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by Dom Galeon and Christianna Reedy, Futurism

The singularity is that point in time when all the advances in technology, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI), will lead to machines that are smarter than human beings. Kurzweil’s timetable for the singularity is consistent with other predictions,– notably those of Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son, who predicts that the dawn of super-intelligent machines will happen by 2047. But for Kurzweil, the process towards this singularity has already begun. “That leads to computers having human intelligence, our putting them inside our brains, connecting them to the cloud, expanding who we are. Today, that’s not just a future scenario,” Kurzweil said. “It’s here, in part, and it’s going to accelerate.”

https://futurism.com/kurzweil-claims-that-the-singularity-will-happen-by-2045/

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AI and Robots Will Significantly Threaten Jobs in 5 Years

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by Kyree Leary, Futurism

A report suggests people only have five years before automation and AI threaten jobs and force them to learn new skills for the workforce. The firm PwC surveyed 10,000 people from around the world, revealing people are concerned about automation, but they’re also willing to learn. The report, titled Workforce of the Future, surveyed 10,000 people across China, India, Germany, the UK, and the U.S. to “better understand the future of work.” Of those, nearly 37% think artificial intelligence and robotics will put their jobs at risk; in 2014, 33% had a similar concern.  Automation is happening more slowly than expected, but it’s a clear, impending challenge that needs to be prepared for. Whether the answer is a cash payment from governments, better job training, or other solutions, a decision needs to be made before we’re scrambling for short-term solutions.

https://futurism.com/reports-ai-robots-threaten-jobs-5-years/

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October 10, 2017

Cool Tool: Google Course Builder

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by ATD Staff
Considering that most companies deliver at least some training via e-learning, course authoring software is an important tool for talent development. And while many of these tools have expensive licensing fees, open-source alternatives exist.
One option of note is Google Course Builder. Free to download and legal to modify, it lets you set up a course-building web application for your entire organization or for a specific learning program. Once you’ve set up this app, you can use it to create, deliver, and manage online learning programs.

https://www.td.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2017/10/Intelligence-Google-Course-Builder

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Florida Virtual School to welcome 20,000 Puerto Rican students, Gov Scott says

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by Leslie Postal Leslie, Orlando Sentinel
Puerto Rican students, whether still on the island or resettling in Florida, can take classes through the state’s public online school for free, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday. The Florida Virtual School will accommodate up to 20,000 youngsters from Puerto Rico, Scott’s office said. The offer comes as the U.S. territory continues to struggle after Hurricane Irma pounded it two weeks ago, damaging homes, schools, business, roads and the island’s power grid. The virtual school offers more than 150 online courses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-florida-virtual-school-puerto-rican-students-20171005-story.html

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Online homework help through Gig Harbor library helping Peninsula School District students succeed

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by News Tribune

Students in the Peninsula School District determined to excel in class but concerned they will fall short, need not worry. The Pierce County Library System offers in-library and online resources to help students master core academic standards, successfully write research papers, complete daily homework, and become fluent in a foreign language.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/gateway/g-living/article177247016.html

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October 9, 2017

Learn how to grow your tech interest into a lucrative career

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by Android Authority

Some people go to school for years to learn the skills they need to pass the exam and be proficient IT experts. They may even take additional courses or hire private tutors specifically for exam studying. This is the old model, and it’s expensive. To the ire of university computer science departments nationwide, the landscape is rapidly shifting. Online courses are quickly becoming the norm for educating one’s self to proficiency in a variety of fields, and the places we’re seeing this the strongest is coding, IT, and network security. The landscape is rapidly shifting. These courses can still be pretty pricey, however. Especially if you’re buying the individually. And you’re going to need to take several to get a full curriculum. Just like the traditional route, you can’t take one Biology 101 course and then expect to get your degree in bioengineering. The good news is that online course creators like to bundle together related courses to create a kind of lesson plan. Their benefit is that they increase their enrollment, making their classes more attractive. Your benefit is that you don’t break the bank, and you don’t have to worry about what course to take next: they’re all laid out for you.

http://www.androidauthority.com/learn-grow-tech-interest-lucrative-career-804664/

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MIT Professional Education launches Digital Plus

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by MIT Professional Education

MIT Professional Education is launching Digital Plus Programs, an innovative, collaborative learning portfolio of courses that allows organizations to enhance the skills of their employees by bringing cohorts together to learn and work through a combination of project-based challenges and exercises designed by MIT faculty experts.
The programs create a learning environment that is personal and highly effective for individuals, while offering organizations insights on participant engagement and outcomes. MIT Professional Education leverages some of the world’s most advanced online platforms, which use a variety of collaborative tools in order to meet the needs of individual and corporate participants.

http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-professional-education-launches-digital-plus-programs-innovative-collaborative-learning-1004

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​Can Online Teaching Work at Liberal-Arts Colleges? Study Explores the Pros and Cons

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by Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Deanna Marcum, one of the lead researchers, says the finding that she found the most “puzzling” was that the “instructors were quite worried about student engagement, but the students didn’t seem to be worried about student engagement.” Musselman says in some ways, student engagement in his online course was “more robust” than when he teaches in person. His students had to respond to detailed prompts, for one thing, and they knew how he’d be evaluating their responses. And writing out answers later rather than answering in the spur of the moment in class gave students time to ponder their answers. “Some of that was really rich, and I think it was because they were sitting down five days later in full view in a written form to capture their thoughts,” he explains. But Musselman says the online discussion format meant losing certain nuances that face-to-face classes have, such as being able to see a student’s “furrowed brow.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-10-04-can-online-teaching-work-at-liberal-arts-colleges-study-explores-the-pros-and-cons

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October 8, 2017

CIO Roles in Flux

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By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Nearly all, 95 percent, of chief information officers expect their positions to be changed or remixed owing to digitalization, according to a new report from technology market research firm Gartner. The two largest changes, according to respondents, will be to become change leaders and to assume increased and broader responsibilities. “The CIO’s role must grow and develop as digital business spreads, and disruptive technologies, including intelligent machines and advanced analytics, reach the masses,” said Andy Rowsell-Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a prepared statement. “While delivery is still a part of the job, much greater emphasis is being placed on attaining a far broader set of business objectives.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/04/cio-roles-in-flux.aspx

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Google’s bet is that smartphone hardware is a commodity and artificial intelligence will win the day

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By Larry Dignan, ZD Net

Google launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones in a move that shows how it aims to embed its artificial intelligence knowhow, be a serious hardware player, and ultimately compete with Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Toss in smartphones from the likes of Lenovo’s Motorola unit and LG and you get a feel for what’ll equate one helluva battle. Google’s pitch is that it’ll win with AI. Google’s Pixel will be smarter and more simple in 6-inch and 5-inch versions with three colors: Kinda blue,

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-launches-pixel-2-pixel-2-xl-ai-first-phones-for-649-849/

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The top 2018 strategic IT budget priorities: AI, IoT, conversational systems, security everywhere

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by  Larry Dignan, ZD Net

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and tools such as conversational platforms, digital twins and blockchain are among the most strategic 2018 technology investments, according to Gartner. At Gartner’s Symposium/ITXpo in Orlando, Gartner outlined its top strategic investments. These investments will be pushed into a global It spend of $3.7 trillion, up 4.3 percent from a year ago. Respondents in a Tech Pro Research survey found IT budgets will be up modestly, but there are a number of uncertainty. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said their 2018 IT budget will be up 1 percent to 10 percent.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-a-look-at-the-top-2018-business-technology-priorities-ai-iot-conversational-systems-security/

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October 7, 2017

5 technologies that are transforming corporate learning

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by Paxton Ritter, HR Dive

Will emerging technologies enable the touchscreen generation to make good on Peter Senge’s vision for the “learning organization” 20 years later? Or will today’s tech startups struggle with the complexity and pace of enterprise change at a time when nearly half of the S&P 500 kicked off large-scale reorganization in the past five years alone? As instructional designers, we at iDesign are inspired by the potential for unprecedented demand and emerging technologies that fuel pedagogical innovation across the enterprise. Here are five technologies we’re watching closely, and why they matter for both today’s challenges, and the future of corporate learning.

http://www.hrdive.com/news/5-technologies-that-are-transforming-corporate-learning/506384/

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Higher ed leaders are 10% more likely to use social media than their corporate counterparts

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by Pat Donachie, Education Dive
Many higher ed institutions across the globe are boosting their social budgets to keep up with a new generation of students who rely primarily on social media for their news and information about a variety of topics, according to a new report from Hootsuite, a social media monitoring company. These results and others are found in “The Social Campus Report: 8 Opportunities for Higher Ed in 2018,” which is to be released today in conjunction with a webinar conducted by Phil Chatterton, the industry principle for higher education at the company. Chatterton said the company received more than 800 responses from institutions around the world in regards to their survey. The study revealed that on 70% of campuses, students had spurred the increased focus on social media. Chatterton said the analysis revealed higher ed administrators and executives are increasingly aware of the need to invest in social media, with 66% of executives viewing it as a strategic area of focus and 63% believing it is an important aspect of a school’s strategic planning and the fulfillment of its institutional mission.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-leaders-are-10-more-likely-to-use-social-media-than-their-corpor/506325/

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Data can improve both student outcomes and faculty performance

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by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

 

In response to a realization that students weren’t performing well in class, Pierce College has collected data on course-completion for every instructor, allowing more than 95% of full time faculty to see how students from various backgrounds are performing in their classes over the last three years.  To get instructor buy-in to the data dashboards, Pierce administrators have been engaging in conversations with faculty on specific ways the data can be used to improve teaching — and as a result, the college has added dozens of dashboards to show what types of innovative instructional approaches have positive impacts, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.  The institution has also invested in professional development around the data, offering a $2,000 increase in salary to faculty for using it — with the result of increasing salaries by more than $300,000 since 2012.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/data-can-improve-both-student-outcomes-and-faculty-performance/506421/

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