Educational Technology

September 13, 2018

Chrome 69 released with new UI and random password generator

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By Catalin Cimpanu, ZDnet
After celebrating Chrome’s ten-year anniversary on Sunday, Google released today version 69 of the Chrome browser, one of the most feature-rich versions in recent years. With today’s release, Chrome now joins Mozilla and Microsoft as browser makers who completely redesigned their browsers. Firefox went through two major UI updates with the Aurora and Quantum releases, Microsoft replaced Internet Explorer with the lighter Edge, and, today, Google gave Chrome its first major facelift since its release in 2008. This new user interface is easy to spot because it uses a predominantly white color tone along with rounded tabs, a big shift from Chrome’s regular grayish UI with angled tabs.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/chrome-69-released-with-new-ui-and-random-password-generator/

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New Resource Offers Ideas for Advocating OER Adoption

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by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Lumen Learning has created an online resource to help proponents of open educational resources make the case for OER use on campus. The OER Champion Playbook offers a collection of ideas, tips and tools for building effective OER initiatives. The content spans five categories: Making the Case for OER; Measuring Impact with OER; Building Awareness & Enthusiasm; Supporting Faculty through Change; and Sustaining Change & Impact. Each category provides a variety of suggested activities, each with links to additional information, worksheets, examples and more.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/09/04/new-resource-offers-ideas-for-advocating-oer-adoption.aspx

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7 Reasons to Use a Digital Assistant (like Alexa) in Your Classroom

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

We have come a long way from chalkboards and gradebooks. When you take a look at today’s modern classroom, you will find edtech taking over – Smartboards and mobile devices are becoming commonplace in the classroom. And, now, teachers are embracing another form of technology: the digital assistant. We are using digital assistants, such as Siri and Alexa, in our daily lives, so why not use them in the classroom? Just as they help us navigate our lives with reminders and directions, they can help our students navigate lessons. Still unconvinced? Here are seven reasons to use a digital assistant in your classroom:

7 Reasons to Use a Digital Assistant (like Alexa) in Your Classroom

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September 12, 2018

Mobile FAFSA ‘Step in Right Direction’

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
The U.S. Department of Education has debuted a mobile app for students applying for federal financial aid. This beta version of the “myStudentAid” app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Development of the new release was done in parallel with a redesign of the FAFSA.gov website. The goal for both: to make it easier for students and families to fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. However, the beta version of myFAFSA doesn’t include all of the same features as FAFSA.gov. An enhanced version of the app is expected to be released in October and will include additional functionality.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/08/29/mobile-fafsa-a-step-in-the-right-direction.aspx

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5 Steps for Teaching Your Child to Unplug

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by Jacob Baynham, Outside Online

It’s much easier to teach your tween about smartphone use if they reach middle school with a healthy digital diet. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for kids before 18 months, just an hour a day until age five, and consistent limits for kids over six. Need to be in touch with your nine-year-old about carpooling? Give them an old-school flip phone.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2339696/teach-child-unplug

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Learning Blockchain

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by Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
Juha Mikkola, co-founder of Wyncode Academy, a coding school, said some developers are being paid double the going rate for their blockchain experience. “It’s not just tech companies that need this talent, it’s real-estate, non-profits, and banks,” Mikkola said. Leading university computer science programs have been quick to respond. According to new research, 42 percent of the top 50 universities in the world offer at least one course on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. MIT offers a six-week online blockchain certificate program (in partnership with 2U). Oxford offers a similar six-week certificate program (also powered by 2U).

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/09/01/learning-blockchain/#1e107701b04f

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September 11, 2018

The Age of Automation Demands that Students Learn Soft Skills

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It’s a hard number to comprehend: 800 million jobs could be lost to automation in the next decade. While some doubt that the number will be quite so high, even if it is off by a factor of ten, it will have an enormous impact on society. Wise educators and other stakeholders need to ask: How best do we prepare students for the coming age of automation? It is hard to determine all of the contours of the answer, but one seems clear: the age of automation demands that students learn soft skills. While there is no one universally accepted definition of “soft skills,” the basic idea is simple: soft skills include everything an employee needs to be successful in her or his position other than academic skills. It should be apparent that, while we may be able to automate cars in the next decade or two, we are nowhere close to automating the work of social workers, therapists, educators, and others whose jobs focus around soft-skills—or on the softer aspects of other jobs, such as the need for surgeons to communicate with the patient’s family.

The Age of Automation Demands that Students Learn Soft Skills

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Higher ed administrators can better serve adult learners — here’s how

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by James Paterson, Education Dive

Enrollment experts caution: Don’t make assumptions. Adult learners typically bring a wider variety of concerns and struggles — as well as strengths and skills — than do traditional prospects. Thomas Gibbons, dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University, said colleges must develop deliberate efforts to better understand adult learners and their concerns. Wayne Smutz, dean of the Extension program at the University of California, Los Angeles, said colleges need to show these students — perhaps even more so than traditional students — how they can pay for their education and how their investment will pay off.  “Time is a critical resource for adult learners,” he said. “Having to stand in line, being put on hold on the telephone for extended periods of time, and other delays or confusing messages are critical problems for adults. Universities need to find ways to have expedited services.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-administrators-can-better-serve-adult-learners-heres-how/530932/

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How to Get Back on Track in Your Class after Falling Behind

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By Trudy Doleman, APUS

Just as you hit your stride finding the right balance between study times, work, family and personal time — something happens. It could be a 24-hour illness, an increase in your workload, a death in the family or even an unexpected deployment to a part of the world with spotty Internet connectivity at best. Any number of factors have the potential to cause you to miss at least one of your weekly class deadlines. Before you know it, one missed assignment grows into several missed assignments and you have fallen way behind in your class. What are your options? Is it possible to recover and complete the class? Yes, it is possible to recover and there are several options available to you.

How to Get Back on Track in Your Class after Falling Behind

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September 10, 2018

Teaching Students about the Interplay of Ethics and Technology

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Philosophers have had thousands of years to ponder the deep issues of human ethics. Modern tech adds unanticipated twists to the classic questions about the relationship of the self to others. It will require not only ethicists but also technical specialists and curriculum experts in order to ensure that today’s students learn what they need to know about the interplay of ethics and technology.

Teaching Students about the Interplay of Ethics and Technology

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Using a Learning Glass to Deliver Exciting Lectures

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The days of teachers writing on the whiteboards behind them are quickly becoming a thing of the past because technologically advanced schools are using learning glass to deliver lectures. Lectures are not usually the most exciting delivery method for instruction, but the traditional lecture method can be improved exponentially with a learning glass. Learning glass allows for dramatic illumination of ideas in lectures. The latest in presentation board technology consists of two sheets of glass framed by LED lights. Fluorescent marker ink attracts and refracts the LED light. The instructor stands behind the glass to illustrate essential points in lectures.

Using a Learning Glass to Deliver Exciting Lectures

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Closing the digital and economic divides in rural America

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By Nicol Turner-Lee, Brookings

Digital exclusion comes with costs. Rural residents are at risk of being marginalized in an information-rich economy where digital transactions and commercial sharing services are becoming more relevant. Already facing diminished life chances, people with lower incomes, people of color, the elderly, and foreign-born migrants in rural areas run the risk of being on the wrong side of the digital divide that further exacerbates their economic, social, and political marginalization.

https://www.brookings.edu/longform/closing-the-digital-and-economic-divides-in-rural-america/

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September 9, 2018

Parents See Tech as Beneficial to Education

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By David Nagel, THE Journal
A new survey of more than 1,000 parents of students aged 17 or younger found that technology is viewed largely in a positive light, at least when it’s used in schools as part of a child’s education. According to the survey, a vast majority of parents (86 percent) said they see technology as a benefit to their children’s education. The survey, conducted by Microsoft and YouGov, polled 1,011 parents of school-aged children to gauge their attitudes toward technology’s role in education.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/08/30/parents-see-tech-as-beneficial-to-education.aspx

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The Promise (and Pitfalls) of AI for Education

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By Dennis Pierce, Alice Hathaway, THE Journal
Artificial intelligence could have a profound impact on learning, but it also raises key questions. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are no longer fantastical prospects seen only in science fiction. Products like Amazon Echo and Siri have brought AI into many homes, and experts say it’s only a matter of time before the technology has a profound impact in education, as well. Already, there are interactive tutors and adaptive learning programs that use AI to personalize instruction for students, and AI is also helping to simplify some administrative tasks. But Kelly Calhoun Williams, an education analyst for the technology research firm Gartner Inc., cautions there is a clear gap between the promise of AI and the reality of AI.

“That’s to be expected, given the complexity of the technology,” she said.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/08/29/the-promise-of-ai-for-education.aspx

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Reimagining and Transforming Educational Learning Environments in Higher Education

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

If there is one institution in America that is resistant to change, it just might be higher education.  It’s surely a challenge to reimagine and transform higher education, but there are several emerging trends in edtech that might positively impact what happens on America’s college campuses—and beyond. First, the maker movement is poised to impact higher education in a big way…. Second, with online classes increasing at a rapid rate, it’s time to rethink learning management systems…. Third, LMS (Learning Management Systems) aren’t the only issues with online classes that need to be addressed.

Reimagining and Transforming Educational Learning Environments in Higher Education

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September 8, 2018

The best way to get close to students? Teach a course online

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by Bill Bergman, eCampus News
For educators who find today’s classrooms eerily quiet with students hiding behind their laptops, I recommend taking a break next summer from international travel or the usual research activities. Consider teaching a course online and joining students in their digital world. There is no better way to understand how college students communicate and relate to one another than to spend a summer session with them online.

The best way to get close to students? Teach a course online

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5 game-changing TED Talks about education

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By Cynthia Silva, TED-Ed Blog

All over the world, there’s growing consensus that our education systems are broken. Here are 5 TED Talks from educators who want to transform how students are taught:

http://blog.ed.ted.com/2018/07/03/5-game-changing-ted-talks-about-education/

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Empowering All Students through Mobile Device Filmmaking

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

If you stepped into a classroom to find a student holding up an iPad and diligently filming the action and dialogue of several other students, it would be reasonable to think you’d walked into a filmmaking class. But in the case of Anthony Stirpe’s classroom, you’d be wrong. He’s teaching English Language Arts. Snthony, a teacher in New Rochelle, New York was recognized by Apple for his use of technology in the classroom. He has been teaching for twenty years, but four years ago he decided to significantly change the way he taught English in an attempt to better engage his students.

Empowering All Students through Mobile Device Filmmaking

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September 7, 2018

Arizona State online biology students getting hands-on experience in virtual labs

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by James Paterson, Education Dive
Thirty students registered for Arizona State University Online’s general biology course are using ASU-supplied virtual reality (VR) headsets for a variety of required lab exercises, according to Campus Technology. When new classes start in October, the university will make 140 headsets available and will launch an online-only biology degree program. The VR equipment, which costs ASU $399 per student, allows learners to complete lab assignments in virtual space using goggles and a controller to maneuver around a simulated lab. Content for the online course was developed and assessed by ASU biology professors and was evaluated this summer. Students also can use their own VR headsets and access the content on their laptops, as 370 other students are doing.  A university official told Campus Technology the initiative will help online students have the experiences provided in brick-and-mortar labs as well as new ones that were impossible previously. The effort also will ease a problem on campus with limited lab space.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/arizona-state-online-biology-students-getting-hands-on-experience-in-virtua/531039/

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AAC&U’s Lynn Pasquerella on the need to ‘connect curriculum to career’ for college students

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by Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Gads are prepared for the entry-level jobs they take up after college, but they’re less able to advance up the ladder from there. Newly minted graduates lack the skills needed to rise in the ranks at work, an analysis of two parallel surveys of business executives and hiring managers found. That’s according to a report released today from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) based on two parallel online surveys of roughly 500 business executives and 500 hiring managers and others involved with hiring at private sector and nonprofit organizations. Both groups rated skills such as oral communication, critical thinking, effective teamwork, self-motivation and written communication as important. But they found new graduates lagging in critical areas.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/aacus-lynn-pasquerella-on-the-need-to-connect-curriculum-to-career-for-c/531050/

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How to Incorporate Self-Directed Learning in Your Online Course

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By Laura Lynch, eLearningLearning

Overbearing pedagogy is a recurring problem for many adult learners. As children, we’re usually taught in a way that emphasizes a “follow the teacher” mentality. The instructor lays out the lesson, delivers a lecture, sets homework, and marks grades. Children seldom take part in determining the course of their educational curriculum, and are mostly trained to follow the plan laid out for them. But for adults, the situation is the reverse. We’re used to setting our own priorities, and we’re far beyond the point where we’re willing to sit through lessons that don’t have an immediate bearing on our objectives. We already know what we want, and we’re looking for a course that delivers. If you can find a way to incorporate self-directed learning in your course, you will see happier learners, who feel more satisfied with their courses, are more motivated to complete the course work, and retain what they’ve learned better. Here’s how to start.

http://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-microlearning-developing-elearning-2018-08-18?open-article-id=8763857&article-title=how-to-incorporate-self-directed-learning-in-your-online-course

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