Archive for the ‘Educational Technology’ Category

The 9 Best Ideas From CES 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

by Shelly Palmer

You won’t find a journalist alive who covers the annual Consumer Electronics Show and doesn’t find it a miserable experience. You’re basically trapped in the bowels of Las Vegas casinos, staring at 200 identical TVs and trying to distinguish the difference. But it’s all almost worth it. Because every year, a few standout products pave the way for an entire industry of innovation. These are nine artifacts, seemingly sent back from the future to show us what’s coming next.

http://www.shellypalmer.com/2014/2015/1/8/the-9-best-ideas-from-ces-2015

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The Globalized Classroom: 18 Key Resources for 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Edudemic

All humans are citizens of the world, and teaching that fact to children in school can make them more sensitive to global issues and inspire them to look outside their own walls. A globalized classroom helps students to see the local significance of international events. How can you help your pupils adopt such a broad point of view? The following resources will inspire you to plan lessons that foster global awareness.

http://www.edudemic.com/globalized-classroom-2015/

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16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Edudemic

In February 2014, Edreform.com published a paper on digital and blended learning that points out over “68 percent of parents support digital learning” and “digital learning has tri-partisan support, with 61 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Independents, and 67 percent of Democrats in favor.” Such strong support may make blended learning the future standard for education. How can you make blended learning a success in your school or classroom? The following resources explore the topic from various angles.

http://www.edudemic.com/16-of-the-best-blended-learning-resources/

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Schools use cold day to try out ‘e-learning’

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By Naomi Pescovitz, WTHR

Many school districts canceled classes Wednesday so students wouldn’t have to stand at bus stops in the extreme cold, but several districts decided not to call a snow day – they had e-learning days instead. Students got lessons and did their course work on their computers at home instead of going to school – 30 minutes online for each course. “I was a little stressed,” said Jacquie Chitty, a senior at Frontier Junior Senior High School in Chalmers. “I didn’t think the teachers were going to give us that much on the second day back from school.” Last year, Jacquie’s district had to make up more than 10 snow days by extending time in school. This year, each student rented a slim laptop to do the work from home, and principal Jeff Hettinger said “attendance” is required.

http://www.wthr.com/story/27785328/schools-use-cold-day-to-try-out-e-learning

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Deep Learning: Gaze into the Web Abyss, and It Gazes Also into You

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

by John Hayward, Reuters

Americans are accustomed to the dominance of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo as search engines, but on the global stage, a Chinese service called Baidu is now second only to Google in popularity. Baidu hasn’t announced any firm plans to move into the U.S. market yet, but, in addition to the huge market in China, they’ve expanded services to countries such as Egypt, Thailand, and most recently Brazil. They’ve also recently hired away one of Google’s top researchers, Andrew Ng, a specialist in artificial intelligence who has taught courses at Stanford University.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/01/05/deep-learning-gaze-into-the-web-abyss-and-it-gazes-also-into-you/

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The future of online learning

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

by the Telegraph

When you can speak another language, your world becomes bigger, richer and more inspiring. And, say the Babbel founders, it should be easy and effective. The lessons are quick, bite-sized and entertaining and 50pc of Babbel users learn with apps as their primary resource. Witte says, “This mobile language learning supports Babbel’s idea of easy learning. The touch display allows for much faster rehearsal of vocabulary, simply by swiping cue cards left or right and users can check their pronunciation or record a speaking role in a dialogue, which contributes to stilling the fear of talking in an unfamiliar language.” Says Witte, “Online language learning owes a big part of its popularity to being easily accessible. It allows for getting your feet wet, to get started with learning without devoting too much time, money, or energy to organising a language class.” It’s the ultimate tool for the modern, time-pressed worker.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/education/learn-new-language/11327933/The-future-of-online-learning.html

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Purdue University, edX Join Hands For High-Tech Online Courses

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

by iSchoolGuide

According to Education News Org. the partnership between Purdue and edX, which will run for two years will bring in advanced undergraduate and a few graduate-level courses.  Like Us on Facebook “From science and art to technology and nanoenginereering, edX is pleased to partner with Purdue and its impressive lineup of online classes offered by some of the best professors in the world,” said Anant Agarwal, chief executive officer of edX. “Edx invites everyone anywhere to access our peer-to-peer social learning tools to connect with smart and passionate people from around the world.”

http://www.ischoolguide.com/articles/5895/20150105/purdue-university-edx-high-tech-online-courses-science-art-technology.htm

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Outsourced Online Learning Trial Period

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Like most colleges, online institutions are under pressure to improve their graduation rates. Some are getting more selective about which students they admit, turning away those who appear less likely to complete. But rather than just shutting its virtual doors to applicants, Western Governors University has begun referring underprepared students to StraighterLine, an unaccredited online course provider that does not offer degrees. “We can hand those students off,” said Daren Upham, vice president for enrollment at Western Governors, “to help them gain those skills at a much lower cost than we can provide.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/01/06/western-governors-deepening-partnership-straighterline-creates-new-path-completion

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Free, Online Courses Through Siouxland Libraries

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

by Sammi Bjelland, KELOland

If you’re looking for something to do indoors on this cold, snowy night, there’s a new online education program offered through Siouxland Libraries. The online courses are now available to anyone with a library card, and it could help you further your career. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and the occasional inclement weather, it can be hard to try new things. But a new program through the Siouxland Libraries website is designed to make that easier. It’s called Gale Courses. This online program allows you to sign up for classes, taught by credible teachers, for free. “Libraries are really about education. And this is one way that we can share the role that we play in education,” Mary Johns, Director of Siouxland Libraries, said.

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/free-online-courses-through-siouxland-libraries/

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Claim Welsh government’s online learning tool ‘barely used’

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

By Carl Roberts, BBC

The Hwb+ project has cost around £4.5m since it was set up in 2012. One teaching union has questioned the government’s decision to spend millions of pounds on it rather than investing in training for teachers. But the Welsh government said the project is “hugely popular with teachers and pupils”. Hwb+ allows pupils and teachers in Wales greater access to online resources and allows them to access and share information. Pupils can access videos and tutorials on the site via a personal Hwb+ account – 529,481 have so far been set up.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-30689069

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What’s Hot and What’s Not in Ed Tech for 2015

Friday, January 9th, 2015

By Greg Thompson, THE Journal

This year, we presented our virtual roundtable with 10 instructional technology topics, and they offered their prognostications about what will be HOT ⇧, LUKEWARM ⇔ or LOSING STEAM ⇓ in 2015. While all of our experts agreed that student data privacy will continue to be a major concern, there was lively debate in most other areas. This divergence of opinion centered on a question that districts around the country are grappling with: With such an abundance of technology options, how do educators pick the right solution and — most importantly — deploy it in a way that truly helps students learn?

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/01/05/whats-hot-and-whats-not-in-ed-tech-for-2015.aspx

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16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources

Friday, January 9th, 2015

By Edudemic

In February 2014, Edreform.com published a paper on digital and blended learning that points out over “68 percent of parents support digital learning” and “digital learning has tri-partisan support, with 61 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Independents, and 67 percent of Democrats in favor.” Such strong support may make blended learning the future standard for education. How can you make blended learning a success in your school or classroom? The following resources explore the topic from various angles.

http://www.edudemic.com/16-of-the-best-blended-learning-resources/

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Smart Classroom Market Growth Driven by Learning Analytics and its Globally Increasing Adoption

Friday, January 9th, 2015

by Virtual Strategy Magazine

“Global Smart Classroom Market 2015-2019″ has released an 83 page research report on education and smart classroom industry to the IT & Telecommunication intelligence section of its online business research and data library. Growing at 14.5% CAGR to 2019, the worldwide smart classroom market is forecast and vendors are gradually shifting to technology that is likely to provide easy-to-use teaching and learning tools, which will enhance the learning experience of students in the classroom. In today’s educational environment, educational institutions are taking advantage of new technologies and resources to change existing teaching and learning patterns.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/01/05/smart-classroom-market-growth-driven-learning-analytics-and-its-globally-increasing-adopt#axzz3NxABOOlX

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How Asia is Emerging as the World’s Edtech Laboratory

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

by Todd Maurer, EdSurge

If the US is the world’s education technology leader, Asia is fast becoming its most critical testing ground. The reasons are unambiguous: Asia has the world’s largest pool of K-12 and college enrollments with acute needs for further educational access; deep internet and social media penetration; hypercompetitive examination systems and a wide dispersion of household affordability. Yet the most profound impact from Asia’s education breakout is going to be felt on many US-based education companies, universities, investors and entrepreneurs who are operating today in what is arguably a mature but relatively low-growth American market.

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2015-01-02-how-asia-is-emerging-as-the-world-s-edtech-laboratory

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Six Education Stories To Watch in 2015

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

by Claudio Sanchez, NPR

As the senior member of the NPR Ed team with 25 years on the education beat, here are the top stories that my expert sources and I believe will be ones to watch in 2015. For more predictions, check out our crowdsourced list.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/03/374010172/six-education-stories-to-watch-in-2015

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Blended Learning, Kindergarten Entry Tests And More Education Predictions for 2015

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

by NPR ED

In 2014 we’ve covered education as the world-changing story it is and you’ve been along for the ride. And so at year’s end, NPR Ed reached far and wide to bring you a set of provocative predictions for the education world in 2015

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/12/26/373268439/15-education-predictions-for-2015

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Let YouTube be your teaching guide, says expert

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

By Richard Vaughan, TES

Teachers should stop relying on traditional teaching methods and opt for 10-minute video lessons to capture the “wandering minds” of their students, according to Sanjay Sarma, director of digital learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Sarma believes that schools and universities have been slow to come to terms with the reality that most of today’s young people are doing their learning online, particularly through websites such as YouTube. “The way we teach today is based on lectures, which is still a factory-style system,” he said. “But cognitive science and cognitive psychology tell us that students learn in a way that, frankly, isn’t compatible with lectures.” Students learned “in a more organic way”, he said. In order to absorb knowledge they had to be given it when they needed it.

https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6455175

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60 Free Computer Science College Courses You Can Take Online in 2015

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

by Ronald Barba, Tech.co

Published on a recent Hacker News post by user denismars, the 60 following computer science courses are all online classes that are provided completely for free by various professors, departments and universities across the world through each respective university’s website. According to GitHub user prakhar1989, the originator of the list, the 60 computer science courses are all relatively unknown but deserve some attention. While most people are familiar with MOOCs through platforms like Coursera or MIT OpenCourseWare, the courses listed are provided directly from University pages and include everything from beginner courses on programming languages, to more advanced courses in machine learning. Consider checking out one of the free computer science college courses. Classes come from places like Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and MIT. The classes are sorted by focus: Introduction to CS, Systems, Programming Languages/Compilers, Algorithms, CS Theory, and Miscellaneous.

http://tech.co/60-free-computer-science-college-courses-you-can-take-online-in-2015-2015-01

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New classes starting with Literacy Lubbock

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

By Karen Michael, Lubbock Online

Literacy Lubbock is starting a new semester for adult education this month. The organization offers classes for people with dyslexia, for people who never learned to read and for people who speak another language and need help with their English skills, said Nyla Wesner, director of volunteer programs at Literacy Lubbock. An assessment test is given to each student so teachers will know where to start, and it costs $25. “But from that time on, all of our classes and materials are free of charge,” Wesner said.

http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-01-01/new-classes-starting-literacy-lubbock#.VKf41dLF-dc

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The EdTech Trends To Look Out For In 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

by Nick Morrison, Forbes

For many educators, technology is now a key tool in their practice, and in some cases even shapes the way they teach. While technology is undoubtedly a useful weapon in any teacher’s armoury, there is a lot of talk about the latest gizmo and not enough about what helps students learn. Not so much a trend as an aspiration is that 2015 will see more inquiry into how technology aids teaching and learning, with less emphasis on the technology and more on showing how it makes a difference. After all, technology in education is a means to an end, not an end in itself. So I thought it would be useful to round up some of the key trends in educational technology to look out for in 2015.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2015/01/01/the-edtech-trends-to-look-out-for-in-2015/

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Computers, coding focus of science center’s Hack Shack club

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

by Palm Beach Post

Welcome to the Hack Shack. It’s South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s newest technology club for students in fifth to eighth grade (no hacking involved!) who want to explore computers and coding. Fox Lopez is one of them. “I really want to make my own apps and games for mobile devices and I thought the Hack Shack would be a good way to learn,” says the 11-year-old Delray Beach resident. “I also enjoy seeing what the other Hack Shackers are working on. I enjoy the interaction with other kids who like what I like.” Chris Pait with Spencer Brown, 10, of Wellington at the December session of Hack Shack. The club, which meets monthly, provides a relaxed and informal environment where kids can explore and experiment with different kinds of computer-based technology, says Chris Pait, the center’s technical programs coordinator.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/computers-coding-focus-of-science-centers-hack-sha/njWhH/

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