Educational Technology

August 13, 2017

7 Must Have Apps and Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Good edtech apps can make a real difference to any child’s learning, and they can be particularly helpful for students with learning disabilities.  Important: different apps are targeted at different learning needs and styles, and matching the app to the student will always be important. Happily, there are now apps available to help with challenges that simply weren’t available a generation ago, and a well-chosen app can have a wide-reaching impact on a student’s performance and enjoyment of school. Edtech is changing lives, and student-facing apps can do this in a way that is empowering and improves self-confidence. Here are 7 essential apps for students with learning disabilities:

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-app-andtools-students-learning-disabilities/

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Urgent: Today’s students need a digitally fluent college website-here’s how

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BY LIZ SCHULTE, eCampus News
Students can no longer remember the world before the technology revolution. Digital fluency isn’t optional for schools; it’s a must. Across industries, companies are scrambling to keep up with the rapidly changing consumer tides — education isn’t immune to these changes. People are naturally gravitating toward businesses and schools whose brands speak to them in an innovative, clear way demonstrating the business understands the wants and needs of today’s students. Those who have held onto older ways of doing things feel the effects of change more than those who are listening and changing. What do students want from schools? Better digital access. They want to be able to use their phones or tablets take care of what they need to complete from class assignments to managing their student financial aid.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/eschool-media/students-digital-fluency-website/

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Techno-Tools For The Classroom | Khan Academy Offline Offers Wealth Of Knowledge

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by Gen Clacken, the Gleaner

Khan Academy, created by educator Salman Khan in 2006, hosts one of the largest collections of instructional videos and related activities for the classroom. Their initiatives have now become invaluable assets to teaching and learning across many countries.  The platform is accessed by approximately 40 million students and 20 million teachers on a monthly basis. In 2012, they launched KA Lite, which is an offline version of Khan Academy.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/art-leisure/20170806/techno-tools-classroom-khan-academy-offline-offers-wealth-knowledge

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August 12, 2017

Learning to learn: a class on rewiring your brain

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BY JOHN SCHWARTZ, NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
Barbara Oakley, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan, in her basement studio in Rochester, Michigan, where she and her husband created “Learning How to Learn,” the most popular course of all time on Coursera There are lessons to be learned from the engineering professor who “flunked” high school math and science — and created what is arguably the world’s most popular massively open online course, or MOOC.   “Learning How to Learn,” has been taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 countries, the most ever on Coursera. The course provides practical advice on tackling daunting subjects and on beating procrastination, and the lessons engagingly blend neuroscience and common sense.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/5499227-151/learning-to-learn-a-class-on-rewiring-your

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Professional Learning Communities Expand Across Arkansas

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By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal
The Arkansas Department of Education (DOE) has teamed up with professional development provider Solution Tree to expand professional learning communities (PLCs) within schools. One school district and 11 schools were chosen to serve as working laboratory schools that will pilot Solution Tree’s PLC at Work Process model, which emphasizes learning for all and fostering collaborative culture at its core. The DOE’s project page explains that selected participants will gain 50 days of training, on-site and virtual coaching and other job-embedded staff development from Solution Tree, the state legislature and agencies.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/08/03/professional-learning-communities-expand-across-arkansas.aspx

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L.A. Teacher Creates Catchy Math Videos That Teach Complicated Concepts

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By Richard Chang, THE Journal
Did you ever wish you could watch a music video to learn and memorize important math concepts? Like the origins and applications of pi? Or what about the tricky quadratic formula? Or the differences between mean, median and mode? Los Angeles math teacher and tutor Huzefa Kapadia has done just that. He has created eight catchy music videos that explain fundamental and sometimes complicated math concepts, such as permutations and combinations, slope intercepts and special right triangles. The lyrics are educational and rhythmic, and the melodies sound like they could have been recorded by the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync or Justin Bieber.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/28/l.a.-teacher-creates-catchy-math-videos-that-teach-complicated-concepts.aspx

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August 11, 2017

5 AR & VR tools for social skills

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
As interest in augmented and virtual reality grows, so, too, do the technologies’ potential to help students with special needs. Virtual and augmented reality, once far-off on the classroom horizon, have moved with relative speed into the realm of possible classroom technologies. In fact, recent data indicates that while few teachers are using augmented and virtual reality, it does show some promise. Speak Up Survey data shows that 5 percent of teachers say they are using virtual or augmented reality in their classroom. Higher percentages of high school computer science and technology teachers (11 percent) and science teachers (9 percent) are using augmented or virtual reality.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/08/02/5-ar-vr-tools-social-skills/

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15 real classroom uses for Minecraft

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
The sandbox game offers unlimited resources, and nearly unlimited ways to use Minecraft in the classroom. These days, it seems like Minecraft is second-nature for many kids. The beauty of Minecraft lies in its sandbox structure–students can create anything, with limitless resources, and often their creations are astounding. Is it any wonder, then, that educators are incorporating the popular block-based game into their curriculum? With a little creativity, educators can use Minecraft with history, math, writing and language arts, foreign language, and more.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/08/04/15-real-classroom-uses-minecraft/

 

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‘Good Jobs’ Still Exist; Most Require Post-High School Education

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by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Good jobs — those that pay at least $35,000 a year — don’t necessarily require a bachelor’s degree. These good jobs have a median salary of $55,000. And 30 million of them exist in this country, compared to 36 million “good jobs” for workers with four-year college degrees. The share of good jobs held by those without a BA has shrunken from 60 percent in 1991 to 45 percent today. Those are the singular findings of a research project undertaken by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co to understand the impact of economic change wrought by the Great Recession.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/03/good-jobs-still-exist-most-require-post-high-school-education.aspx

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August 10, 2017

Designers Building Businesses Learn Digital Skills From These Resources

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By Tracy Leigh Hazzard, INC

Designers learn business via digital means.  I want to talk about where designers are learning their digital business skills these days because: There might be options available out there you might not be aware of that could benefit you, and; I want you to succeed and I know your chances are higher by taking advantage of the resources available to you. I wasn’t exaggerating when I told you this year’s Design In Tech Report was packed full of great information. Some of the most interesting stats I read were the ones breaking down the truth about where designers are learning their digital business skills because I had some assumptions about this, and they were way off. Let’s put this in perspective: 86% of design students surveyed say they learned their digital skills from resources outside their coursework. And it isn’t only coding or design-based knowledge students are seeking, which I am thrilled to hear, because the more well-rounded you are, in terms of business and communication skills, the more successful you will be.

https://www.inc.com/tracy-leigh-hazzard/where-designers-learn-to-go-digital.html

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LSC-Tomball to Host Event for Students Taking Online Classes

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by The Paper
Thirty-seven percent of all Lone Star College-Tomball students take distance-learning courses, those are classes taken completely online with no face-to-face component. This is 13 percent higher than the Lone Star College average. That’s why LSC-Tomball is hosting an Online On-Boarding event covering the basics of taking online/hybrid classes.  “Although this event is for students taking online/hybrid classes at Lone Star College-Tomball, it is a face-to-face event to answer questions and help students become familiar with the online environment,” Jamroz said. Understanding that some online students are unable to come to campus, the event will also be available to watch online.

http://fatcatwebproductions.com/ThePaper_2014/md-thenews/content/lsc-tomball-host-event-students-taking-online-classes

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Online learning startup Codecademy launches paid Pro courses

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by Ryan Lawler, TechCrunch

Codecademy has spent the last several years building a large community of learners with free lessons aimed at teaching its users the basics of how to code. But now it’s betting that many of them will be willing to pay for more intensive courses. Codecademy is launching a paid Pro version of its product, which will offer more intensive courses and more extensive mentoring than it had provided before.  Codecademy determined it would need to come up with something users would be interested in paying for. Since then, the company has quietly been building curriculum and testing it with users to figure out the most engaging lessons and the best price point for a paid product.  The result is Codecademy Pro, which will come in three tiers aimed at capturing different demographics of students with different needs.

Online learning startup Codecademy launches paid Pro courses

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August 9, 2017

America 2.0: Why It’s Time for a Technology Upgrade

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by Knowledge at Wharton

When it comes to upgrading the nation’s infrastructure, Gad Allon, Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, says that strategic emphasis should be placed on the nation’s major airports and high-speed trains. But he also believes that it is important for long-range prosperity and competitiveness to make sure that every person in the U.S. has access to high-speed internet, ideally fiber optic. “Only a fraction of the U.S. has LTE [wireless coverage]; most people have 4G. When people come from [South] Korea to the U.S., they cannot bear the speed here, so they stop connecting to the internet while they are here. This is, for me, first order.”

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/america-2-0-time-technology-upgrade/

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WHY ARE LEARNING ANALYTICS SO IMPORTANT?

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BY Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate
The best edtech software relies on learning analytics to help personalize teaching methods and tailor instruction to meet each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses, learning disabilities, and prior subject knowledge. Without a personalized touch, educators would otherwise stick to the traditional model of teaching and tailor instruction not to the individual, but to a mass classroom filled with supposedly homogenous mental make-ups. Thankfully, educators and policy makers have caught on and realized the importance of personalized attention. Everyone’s brain processes information differently and with the help of learning analytics, the model of education is gradually moving away from the unrealistic institution and towards every individual student.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/learning-analytics-important/

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8 MUST HAVE CHALLENGE-BASED LEARNING APPS, TOOLS & RESOURCES

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate
In 2008, Apple designed an education model appropriate for the learners of tomorrow. Their goal was to replace pencils with iPads, worksheets with real-world problems, and grades with societal growth. After implementing challenge-based learning into classrooms across the United States, young minds have accomplished incredible feats.  With challenge-based learning, students locate community-based or nationwide problems – the overuse of plastic bottles, after-school traffic, local pollution – and work to provide original solutions. The goal is for learners to work in group settings to brainstorm ideas, research logistics, conduct surveys, create a budget, analyze data, present their findings and share an original end product with fellow students.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/8-must-challenge-based-learning-apps-tools-resources/

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August 8, 2017

Creators of Second Life Open Sansar Social VR Platform to the Public

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By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The San Francisco-based company behind the social virtual reality (VR) platform Second Life has launched a creator beta for Sansar. According to the announcement from Linden Lab, “Sansar empowers individuals, communities, schools, studios, corporations, brands and others to easily create, share and ultimately sell immersive 3D social experiences for consumers to enjoy on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows PCs.” All creators can now use Sansar’s platform to start creating VR content. “Sansar democratizes social VR,” said Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab CEO, in the statement. “Until now, complexity and cost has limited who could create and publish in this medium, and Sansar dramatically changes that. It’s been inspiring to see the thousands of virtual creations that have already published with Sansar during our limited preview, and I’m looking forward to the explosion of creativity we’ll see now that we’ve opened the doors in beta.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/01/creators-of-second-life-open-sansar-social-vr-platform-to-the-public.aspx

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Microsoft Offering Students Flexible Leasing for Surface Devices, Deals on Windows 10 PCs

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By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Microsoft on Tuesday revealed a flexible payment plan to lease its Surface computers, and a number of other back-to-school deals and programs for teachers and students. The company calls the Surface Pro its most versatile laptop. First, the company is giving students a 10 percent discount on Surface machines, which double as tablets or laptops, through the new Surface Plus plan. Surface devices aren’t low-priced, with the Surface Pro priced starting at $799 and running as high as $2,999 for the Surface Studio.

Some key features of the Surface Plan include:

Low monthly payments at 0 percent APR over 24 months;

Upgrades to the latest model after 18 months; and

A 30-day hassle-free return policy and access to in-store support.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/02/microsoft-offering-students-flexible-leasing-for-surface-devices.aspx

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Twin Falls School District will provide free online classes for homeschoolers

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by JULIE WOOTTON, Magic Valley

Twin Falls homeschoolers: You’ll soon have access to free curriculum and online classes through the Twin Falls School District. The district is launching a new partnership with Harmony Educational Services, based in Springville, Utah. An informational meeting for interested families is slated for Tuesday at the Twin Falls Public Library. Families can enroll their kindergarten through eighth-graders in the program through mid-September. The partnership essentially allows homeschoolers the flexibility to pick and choose their curriculum and online classes, and have support from the Twin Falls School District. And it allows the district to receive state funding for each student enrolled.

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/education/twin-falls-school-district-will-provide-free-online-classes-for/article_3f6c5dd7-a5cc-5d6a-a8df-120f6d428e49.html

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August 7, 2017

Online Courses as Good as In-Person Classes

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by Fred Lokken, Inside Higher Ed

Transitioning to the virtual learning environment has fostered improved faculty training, student preparation and student analytics. Community colleges have crafted a virtual learning environment that is structured, positive and successful. As someone who has taught online classes since 1999 and managed the online program administration at my campus for 16 years, I am personally aware of the progress we have made, the quality of instruction we do achieve, the access door we have opened wider and the difference we have made in the lives of our students. Traditional and nontraditional students alike have demonstrated a remarkable success in online degree programs. An employer can be confident that graduates of an online program have the same knowledge, skills and abilities as a student in a traditional residential program.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2017/08/02/online-courses-good-person-classes

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Instructional Designers – what they do

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By Sharon O’Malley, Inside Higher Ed

The practice of instructional design emerged during World War II, when the military assembled groups of psychologists and academics to create training and assessment materials for troops. In 1954, Harvard University psychology professor and author B. F. Skinner introduced the concept of programmed instructional materials through his article “The Science of Learning and the Art of Teaching.” Within a decade, noted academics — including Robert Gagne, widely considered the father of the field of instructional design — had embraced the importance of assessment and learning objectives in teaching and learning. Although higher education typically left course design up to the professors who would teach in traditional classrooms, the popularity of online courses created a need for input from professionals trained in the science of teaching, instructional methods and the technology that would make learning possible for remote students. And now, the field is growing. A 2016 report funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation estimated that a minimum of 13,000 instructional designers work on college campuses.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/08/02/what-do-instructional-designers-do

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The New Wave in Digital Humanities

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By Will Fenton, Inside Higher Ed

The digital humanities have supported a remarkable diversity of teaching, scholarship and service pursued by a diverse group of leaders who are shaping the field’s values and priorities. Inside Digital Learning here showcases the contributions of five rising stars of the digital humanities: Alex Gil, Lauren Klein, Marisa Parham, Miriam Posner and Jacqueline Wernimont. While no selection can represent the full scope of a field, these scholars represent the emergent and promising work within digital humanities. “These scholars demonstrate again and again the promise of digital technologies for exploring the most crucial, critical questions in the humanities,” said Kathleen Fitzpatrick, who until recently was associate executive director and director of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association. These five rising stars work in alternative-academic and traditional tenure-track positions at public research, liberal arts and Ivy League institutions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/08/02/rising-stars-digital-humanities

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