Educational Technology

February 12, 2019

No snow days here: Central students go digital to keep learning

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By TERRY FLORES, Kenosha News

Extreme cold and wind chills of minus 50 degrees cancelled school in many areas of Wisconsin Wednesday, but that didn’t stop one high school in Kenosha County from holding classes. Students and faculty weren’t present inside the building at Central High School in Paddock Lake for the normal school day. But make no mistake, classes were taking place, assignments being turned in and collaboration was going on in virtual classrooms from their homes during two-day required “Digital Learning Days” held during the cold snap instead of making up school days missed.

http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/local/no-snow-days-here-central-students-go-digital-to-keep/article_2f95d2cb-b5ed-5c70-97cf-8ee6a62f1703.html

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Parents choosing online schooling over brick and mortar schools

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by Santiago Caicedo, CBS 4

More and more parents are preferring their kids go to school online as opposed to attending class at a brick-and-mortar school. Ana Gault is a teacher in Brownsville, but she won’t be found teaching in a typical classroom. Her home office is the classroom and students see her through a webcam. “[Online learning] is growing; it is scary how fast it is growing,” Gault said. Online learning with schools, like Texas Connections, has an enrollment of 6,000 students a year in Texas, with more enrollment growing every year. “For a lot of parents, brick and mortar [schools] now have so many issues,” Gault said.

https://valleycentral.com/news/local/parents-choosing-online-schooling-over-brick-and-mortar-schools

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Commentary: 5 Myths to Bust About Blended Learning, What It Is, and the Benefits It Has for Students

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Christensen Institute
Over the past several years, more and more schools across the U.S. have been implementing blended-learning strategies for their students. What is blended learning? It is a formal education program that must have three components: It must be part online, with students having some control over the time, place, path, or pace of their learning; it must occur, in part, in a brick-and-mortar location away from home; and the modalities along a student’s learning path must be connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

https://www.the74million.org/article/commentary-5-myths-to-bust-about-blended-learning-what-it-is-and-the-benefits-it-has-for-students/

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February 11, 2019

Online learning replacing snow days for some area schools

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Nick Vlahos , the Journal Star

Virtually every school in central Illinois was closed Wednesday, the result of wicked winter weather. But in some area school districts, the learning process wasn’t frozen. The districts have launched pilot programs that allow students to complete assignments from home, through the internet, on days school buildings are closed because of snow and/or cold. That allows schools to avoid rescheduling attendance days later in the academic year. Peoria Public Schools conducted such a day Wednesday for the first time. Peoria Notre Dame High School has used them, too. A recent change in state law allowed their creation.

https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190130/nick-in-am-online-learning-replacing-snow-days-for-some-area-schools

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Examining Local Issues Can Make STEM Learning Meaningful

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Everyone seems to recognize the importance of STEM education, especially in recent years. But it can be difficult to help students understand how some STEM learning can benefit them. Maintaining student engagement is one of the most important keys to improved learning outcomes, so helping students to make a link between their interests and what they are learning can make STEM studies more meaningful.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/examining-local-issues-can-make-stem-learning-meaningful/

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Top Higher Education Official Calls For More Vocational Education In Tennessee

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By SHALINA CHATLANI, National Public Radio

The executive director of Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission, Mike Krause, says the agency will form a task force to see how local colleges and universities can meet employer demands. The move aligns with Gov. Bill Lee’s mission of creating more vocational education in the state.  During Wednesday’s budget hearing, Krause said he’s fearful colleges and universities in the state aren’t preparing students for jobs of the future. He says they should talk to employers before considering new course offerings.

https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/top-higher-education-official-calls-more-vocational-education-tennessee#stream/0

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February 10, 2019

9 YouTube Channels That Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence

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By Taylor Donovan Barnett, Interesting Engineering

Throwaway the textbook and check out these YouTube channels if you are interested in building a career in artificial intelligence.   AI is on track to create well over 2 million new jobs by 2020. To begin your exploration into the world of AI you are going to need some great sources. Though textbooks can be a great tool, YouTube has a fantastic, reliable, and highly educated community of artificial intelligence experts. Ready to jump into the world of AI? Here are some of the best YouTube Channels for beginners and experts eager to learn more about artificial intelligence.

https://interestingengineering.com/9-youtube-channels-that-will-teach-you-everything-you-need-to-know-about-artificial-intelligence

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Gartner Predicts 70 Percent of Organizations Will Integrate AI to Assist Employees’ Productivity by 2021

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by Gartner

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly making its way into the workplace, with virtual personal assistants (VPAs) and other forms of chatbots now augmenting human performance in many organizations. Gartner, Inc. predicts that, by 2021, 70 percent of organizations will assist their employees’ productivity by integrating AI in the workplace. This development will prompt 10 percent of organizations to add a digital harassment policy to workplace regulation.

https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2019-01-24-gartner-predicts-70-percent-of-organizations-will-int

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Recruiting AI Talent: 4 Ways To Get Ahead Of The Next Hiring Wave

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Recruiting AI Talent: 4 Ways To Get Ahead Of The Next Hiring Wave
Meghan M. Biro, Forbes

While businesses may not be facing this new reality, at least education is. As Fisher told me, “Fortunately, the U.S. education system is in step with the demand for AI talent, and the number of graduates with technical skill sets is starting to expand.” Good news, but on the other hand, consider the laws of supply and demand. If the talent shortage continues, salaries will be high.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2019/01/24/recruiting-ai-talent-4-ways-to-get-ahead-of-the-next-hiring-wave/#1ac47a659b02

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February 9, 2019

Why unlimited content isn’t useful for your learners

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Written by Libby Webb, Training Journal

In a typical learning situation, we can only process one resource at a single time. Now that access to content is far easier than it ever has been, the issue facing organisations has moved to providing the right kind of content, at the right time, via the right channel. For the modern workforce, finding the time to dive into a learning activity when there are hundreds of other tasks to accomplish in the working day seems an impossible feat. This, coupled with an overwhelming list of articles, blogs, videos, podcasts etc to select from, sees many learners giving up before they’ve even started. And with a lack of motivation among learners apparent within organizations globally already, your L&D departments cannot afford for too much content to be the reason your investment doesn’t provide any benefit.

https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/opinion/why-unlimited-content-isn%E2%80%99t-useful-your-learners

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Why Digital Publishing is the Future of Education

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Open educational resources may just be the best part of the edtech revolution: the ability to solve so many different problems in the field of education with one novel idea is truly a phenomenon to be excited about. Here are several reasons why digital publishing is the future of education.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-digital-publishing-is-the-future-of-education/

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Empowering Teachers with Learning Analytics

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The entire topic of data analytics can be intimidating for teachers. There is an understandable reluctance to adopt the latest educational fad, often combined with a discomfort with the mathematical and scientific aspects of the enterprise. The key to making the transition to being a data-savvy teacher is to start small and see how an easy, simple data analytics process can improve classroom outcomes. For example, a teacher could add instant polling applications to their normal slide presentation, using Poll Everywhere or a similar tool, instead of asking one student for the correct answer. Teachers will quickly realize that some problems don’t need review—everyone in the room already understands them. Additionally, they can see precisely which kinds of errors their students make. Errors are not random, but rather reveal misconceptions. With better data, teachers can more easily assess what problems students have and respond to them in real time.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/empowering-teachers-with-learning-analytics/

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February 8, 2019

Don’t worry, grads–robots aren’t taking your jobs (yet)

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
The demand for “uniquely human” soft skills is increasing even though tech and automation are replacing some jobs. Employers are still asking for workers with strong soft skills, despite increasing technological advancements that allow many jobs to instead be automated. Strong “uniquely human” skills, as some call them, are some of the most important when it comes to what employers seek in job applicants–but they’re having trouble finding applicants with these skills, according to a new survey from Cengage. The survey of more than 650 employers and more than 1,500 current and former college students reveals soft skills are most in demand by employers (by at least 65 percent), while quantitative skills and computer and technical skills were less so (47 percent and 50 percent, respectively).

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/01/24/dont-worry-grads-robots-arent-taking-your-jobs-yet/

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8 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2019

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
From artificial intelligence to STEM education, these technologies and topics are worth paying attention to this year.What technologies and trends will have the biggest impact on higher education in the coming year? We asked four university IT leaders to weigh in on the top issues in ed tech and share what they’re seeing both on the horizon and in their own institutions. Here’s what they told us.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/24/8-ed-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2019.aspx

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Technology Addiction: Concern, Debates, and Finding Balance

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Studies show that teenagers are spending more than one-third of their days using technology, amounting to nearly nine hours on average. But is this merely an obsession with technology, or is it a technology addiction? Officially, Internet addiction is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and psychologists are divided on whether it should be included. In China, Internet addiction is already labeled as a mental disorder. The United States may soon follow suit. However, psychologists are still debating on whether people are addicted to the Internet itself or to specific online behaviors such as gambling, shopping, video games, and pornography.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/technology-addiction-concern-debates-and-finding-balance/

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February 7, 2019

The Promise of Personalized Learning, Enabled by AI

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Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

A centuries-old challenge for teachers has been how to adapt learning materials and presentations to meet the varied backgrounds and abilities of students. Emerging technologies, Ray Schroeder writes, can help meet students where they are and customize learning for them. We are on the cusp of a new era in which learning is personalized to the needs and interests of the students. With the advent of the lifelong, 60-year learner, we will see more heutagogical approaches to meet the expectations of the self-determined adult learner.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/how-artificial-intelligence-can-help-achieve-promise

 

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5 ways to use makerspaces to support personalized learning

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BY STACEY PUSEY, eSchool News

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. But many times, tech is only integrated at specific points in the classroom or with a specific tool as determined by the teacher. At St. Albans City School in Vermont, SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, educators encourage the students to find places in their everyday work to incorporate digital resources, especially from their makerspace. In the edWebinar “Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, innovation specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/01/21/5-ways-to-use-makerspaces-to-support-personalized-learning/

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Why Build a Boot Camp?

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ever-increasing numbers of universities and colleges are teaming up with bootcamps to deliver tech training. Does your campus need one too? When Doug Schmidt persuaded his institution to sign on with Trilogy Education Services to launch what has become known as the Vanderbilt University Coding Boot Camp, he considered it one more step forward in a 16-year effort to help improve the technology economy in Nashville, where the university is located. As this professor of computer science and co-director of the Vanderbilt Data Sciences Institute noted, everywhere else that he’s lived, worked and taught — Southern California, Northern California, Virginia, St. Louis, Maryland — has “had a really thriving tech ecosystem.” In Nashville, however, small companies, primarily in healthcare, have dominated the tech scene, making for limited opportunities for the school’s graduates who might want to stick around.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/23/why-build-a-boot-camp.aspx

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February 6, 2019

Do students understand academic integrity?

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Gina Londino-Smolar, Smart Brief

Since November 2017, 3,000 first-year seminar students in University College at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis have taken a voluntary online course on academic integrity. The average pretest scores were 49%, but when these students finished the course, the post-test score averaged 93%. Our team, which developed the course, wasn’t surprised to find that the course was effective. What was surprising, though, was to discover, through the pre-test, that many students do not have foundational skills of proper citation, setting them up for trouble in their academic and professional careers.

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/01/do-students-understand-academic-integrity

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Should Personalized Learning Replace Testing?

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

A 2015 study found that the typical American student is required to take 112 standardized tests between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade. Meanwhile, students in most countries that outperform the United States on international exams are tested just three times during their school careers. Critics of standardized testing argue that the tests put too much pressure on students and take the joy out of both teaching and learning. Plus, the value of all this testing is questionable. Studies have found that many standardized tests are low quality or redundant (high school students may take an AP, end-of-course, and final exam for the same course). So how can we measure student learning without resorting to high pressure testing? Some point to personalized learning as the solution.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/should-personalized-learning-replace-testing/

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5 major online-learning challenges—and how to solve them, pt. 1

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BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

Online learning can be more difficult for instructors as well as students. Not seeing students face to face makes it harder to gauge how they’re responding to the material, and there’s the additional hurdle of mastering the technology. But there are many strategies that instructors can use to help students succeed online, as well as approaches that institutions can employ to support faculty more effectively. In interviews, faculty and administrators who have extensive experience with online learning revealed these five key challenges that often stand in the way of success—and tips for overcoming them.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/01/22/5-major-online-learning-challenges-and-how-to-solve-them-pt-1/

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