Archive for the ‘Educational Technology’ Category

6 STEM and research grant opportunities

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

School funding challenges show no sign of abating, and budgets remain stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon. This month’s grants are all relevant to research and STEM teaching and learning.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/11/07/stem-research-grant-039/

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Harvard’s ‘active’ system helping other universities improve outcomes

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

Learning Catalytics, an active learning system developed at Harvard, has led to big improvements for students at the University of North Carolina. Some students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have been improving their test scores by more than 3 percentage points on average in the past year, and it’s largely the result of a Harvard-created software that emphasizes active learning. The software, which is called Learning Catalytics, was implemented by Professor Kelly Hogan, the Director of Instructional Innovation for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Senior Lecturer in the Biology Department, in her non-majors Biology class in the fall of 2013.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/active-learning-harvard-693/

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The growing appeal of a three-year degree

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

by Bruce Kennedy, Moneywatch

In a trend that began during the depths of the Great Recession, some students who needed get a four-degree without a four-year degree’s cost started trying to complete their courses in three years. But even as the U.S. economy is leaving that devastating slump slowly behind it, that trend is apparently hanging on — and perhaps gaining some momentum. About two dozen private U.S. colleges now offer three-year degree programs. The financial advantages of a three-year program seem obvious. College costs continue to rise, with the median cost of a year’s tuition and fees for undergraduate study at both public and private, nonprofit, four-year institutions currently stands at just over $11,000, according to the College Board.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-growing-appeal-of-a-three-year-college-degree/

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Microsoft refreshes Office for iPad, iPhone; more features now free for consumers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

by Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

Microsoft is releasing updated versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad and iPhones that make more of the core functionality available for free. The new Office for iPad and iPhone apps are available as of November 6 in the Apple App Store. The new Office for iPad apps will be available here. Word for iPhone, Excel for iPhone and PowerPoint for iPhone are available separately.

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-refreshes-office-for-ipad-iphone-more-features-now-free-for-consumers-7000035513/

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Once taboo, cellphones now encouraged at some Treasure Valley schools

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

BY BILL ROBERTS, Idaho Statesman

If you want your Boise district school to start bring-your-own-device instruction, talk with your school principal, says David Roberts, district technology administrator. A student caught with a cellphone at school used to face almost certain doom. There was the trip to the vice principal’s office. Or the administrator slipped the phone into his desk drawer till the final bell rang. Or, worst of all, there was the dreaded call to parents. Teachers and principals once viewed cellphones as distractions and enemies of education. Now, increasing numbers of them are encouraging students to bring their electronic devices to class as an instrument that can deepen their learning.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/11/04/3465954/valley-students-cellphones-amp.html?sp=/99/101/

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Getting Started with Google Glass

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

By Jim Dutcher, Campus Technology

SUNY Cobleskill has embarked on a rigorous pilot using Google Glass for hands-on, experiential learning. To kick off a series of articles chronicling the experience, the institution’s CIO shares the origins of the project, the support team involved and the plans that are already unfolding for future campus and corporate collaborations. From the pedagogical side, we will be focused on discovery and answering:

Does the use of wearable technology speed acquisition of student competency?

What effect does the introduction of wearable technology have on instruction and peer (and patient) interaction?

Does the use of instructor point-of-view video help bridge student understanding of theory to applied practice?

How does the use of wearable technology translate across different instructional programs (Paramedic Training vs. Animal Hoof Health)?

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/05/getting-started-with-google-glass.aspx

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Cognitive assessment leaps into the digital age

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

By Dean Delis, eSchool News

Used in conjunction with other data, cognitive testing is a valuable method for gathering reliable information about a child’s learning ability and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. This testing also is used to determine how these factors can potentially influence a child’s academic progress. School psychologists, in conjunction with educators, use information from cognitive assessments to help create personalized learning plans for students in need of remediation. Thanks to recent technological advancements, today’s cognitive assessments provide on-the-fly data that help determine whether a student’s academic progress is matching his or her ability level. This information, when considered along with other factors such as attention and motivation, can help educators develop appropriate learning plans for a student and advocate for individualized support based on specific needs.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/31/cognitive-assessment-digital-429/

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Do states really need an education technology plan?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

By Julia Freeland, eSchool News

Last week, the New America Foundation’s Chelsea Wilhelm wrote about a startling trend in state education technology planning: by and large, it’s not happening. As disconcerting as these findings may be, they got me wondering if a technology plan is really the right level of planning to focus on in the first place. Historically, technology planning had to do with wiring schools and making basic hardware and budget decisions. Today, with the rise of K–12 blended learning, technology planning looks more and more like instructional and curriculum planning with technology playing a supporting role in new school and classroom design. States continuing to focus on technology planning—as it’s been done historically—would seem to risk perpetuating the myth that we can cram technology into the existing instructional paradigm and expect new outcomes.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/11/04/education-technology-plan-349/

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Pearson Partners with LPGA to Launch an Online Course to Help Teach Female Golfers

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

by Pearson

Most of the teaching methods used in the golf industry today were developed by golf professionals based on their experiences teaching men. In an effort to increase instructors’ level of comfort, skills, and teaching methods for the training of women golfers of all ages, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has partnered with Pearson to create a new online program called the LPGA Teaching HER Course. The self-paced course, which launches in fall 2014, consists of four one-hour modules with knowledge checks and interactive video segments.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2304050

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3 predictors of strong digital learning

Monday, November 10th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Overall, more students than ever before have access to digital learning opportunities, including online and blended learning, but state policies and other factors often limit digital learning’s availability. The 2014 edition of Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, researched and written by the Evergreen Education Group, examines the state of digital learning today and highlights the need for high-quality, actionable data on the digital learning tools and methods students use. “Digital learning is not really new anymore, [although] it continues to be innovative in all sorts of ways,” said John Watson, founder of the Evergreen Education Group and the report’s main author.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/11/04/pace-digital-learning-378/

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Open, but Undiscovered

Monday, November 10th, 2014

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

When faculty members choose which textbooks to assign to their students, they look for trusted names and a track record of quality — not the price tag, a new survey suggests. While those priorities may stymie the growth and adoption of open educational resources (OER), the Babson Survey Research Group’s report on faculty members’ attitudes and opinions about those resources contains both “terrible” and “incredible” news for proponents of OER, depending on your interpretation. On one hand, faculty see open resources as just as good — if not better — than the products produced by traditional publishers. On the other, few faculty members have actually heard about OER. David Wiley, founder of the OER support provider Lumen Learning, said the disappointing top-level numbers overshadows the fact that many faculty members are satisfied with the quality of open content.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/11/04/open-educational-resources-perceived-high-quality-even-though-faculty-awareness-lags

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Blackmon: Education is vastly different from training

Monday, November 10th, 2014

By MYRA BLACKMON, Online Athens

Let’s get something straight. Education and training are not the same thing. Training is about skills to do something, such as a job or physical task. It implies reaction to certain stimuli or situations. Education is broader than that. It is the acquisition of general knowledge, the development of reasoning and judgment. Education is a much more nuanced, deeper concept than training. It requires understanding of theory, of the “why” of things. It requires much more than just being able to do a task, even a complex one. Jay Cross, who is credited with creating the term “e-learning,” explains it this way: “If your 16 year-old daughter told you that she was going to take a sex education course in high school, you might be pleased. What if she announced she was going to take sex training at school?”

http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-11-01/blackmon-education-vastly-different-training

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Making math personal

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

by Sarah Elms, Record-Eagle

Students at the Pathfinder School are adding and subtracting not only with paper and pencil — they’re clicking and typing, too. Teachers at the independent nonprofit school in Leelanau County are using an online learning tool called Khan Academy to help personalize math instruction in first through eighth grade. They piloted the program last year and decided to make it a permanent part of the school’s math curriculum, which already blends classroom instruction, textbooks and group problem-solving. “It’s had a profound impact on the engagement in mathematics,” said Rob Hansen, Pathfinder’s head of school. “It’s the new favorite subject around here.”

http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/making-math-personal/article_1469ec5e-4d7e-54d4-a226-0522726c9ff5.html

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Putting web analytics data to use in higher education

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

by Karine Joly, University Business

With so much data now available, it is more challenging to choose what to present to decision-makers. In this context, benchmarking data can offer a welcomed reference frame to evaluate the overall performance of your school website. This is why new benchmarking reports, introduced in Google Analytics in September, are such a step forward for digital analytics. The three available reports let you compare the performance of your website with similar higher ed web properties.By selecting a geographic location and a range of average daily web sessions, you can access dashboards to compare your data on digital marketing channels driving traffic to your website, the location of your visitors and how they connected to your site. For a tutorial on accessing these benchmarking reports in Google Analytics, see my four-minute screencast.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/putting-web-analytics-data-use-higher-education

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Online learning at school ‘prepares students for university’

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

by CHRIS PARR Times Higher Ed

Some 78 per cent of those surveyed said they considered it important in university to be able to plan and coordinate group tasks using online tools such as calendars, scheduling tools and discussion applications, and 94 per cent said having the ability to find academic resources online was valuable. More than four out of five (84 per cent) said it was important to be able to set goals to help manage studying time for their university course, and those who had participated in online learning at school said that they had gained proficiency in a range of online learning tools that they were now using as part of their university working practice. The online learning experience had also helped them to develop confidence in using technology to source information and they were more likely to carry out their research online, the researchers found.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/online-learning-at-school-prepares-students-for-university/2016720.article

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How Should Schools Address Cyberbullying?

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

By MICHAEL GONCHAR, The New York Times

Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older. Is cyberbullying a problem in your school? Have you or any of your friends been taunted, intimidated or called names online? Have you ever cyberbullied anyone? What responsibility do schools have to address online bullying, even if it occurs outside of school hours? How should schools tackle the issue?Room for Debate recently asked readers to weigh in on how schools should deal with online bullies outside of the classroom. Linked below are excerpts from some of the opinions:

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/31/how-should-schools-address-cyberbullying/

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New tech empowers students to ignite own learning

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

by Todd Shields, Glenview Sun-Times

A writer and thinker on the topics of online learning and education, Will Richardson may sound like he favors doing away with school buildings. He doesn’t, but his point is this: self-learning is in the hands of kids while pursing creative interests. “We have access to so much information outside classrooms, and powerful Web technologies really amplifies it. Schools are the most important institutions in communities,” Richardson said Thursday at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview. “But part of learning is leaving the school and that’s the good thing. Students can create their own digital stories, games and animations.”

http://glenview.suntimes.com/2014/10/30/new-tech-empower-students-ignite-learning/

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New Paterson online program for 30 dropouts gets principal

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

BY JOE MALINCONICO, PATERSON PRESS

The city schools superintendent has appointed one of his highest-paid administrators to run a new program designed to help about 30 dropouts get their diplomas by doing their course work online. The superintendent, Donnie Evans, appointed Dorothy Douge as principal of what the district is calling its Extended Learning Opportunity School on Monday. Douge previously had been “principal on assignment” for two years and special assistant to the superintendent for the past year.

http://www.northjersey.com/towns/paterson/new-paterson-online-program-for-30-dropouts-gets-principal-1.1123886

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The Way We Learn Has Changed. Why Haven’t Our Schools?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

by Morning Start Advisor

“Contrary to popular belief, online learning isn’t a substitute for student-teacher interaction—it’s the catalyst for it,” says Horn, co-founder and executive director of Education at the Institute and co-author of Disrupting Class. “By offering a scalable way to bring personalization, access and cost control to K-12 schools, online learning enables teachers to spend more time on other activities like project-based and one-on-one learning.” “We can’t simply write a line item around funding tablets and think that will cover it,” adds Staker, senior research fellow at the Institute. “Technology is a critical piece of the puzzle, but understanding how to apply that technology is paramount. Blended is a comprehensive design manual for on-the-ground application.”

http://www.morningstar.com/advisor/t/98696679/the-way-we-learn-has-changed-why-haven-t-our-schools.htm

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University of Illinois to offer courses in Winter Session

Friday, November 7th, 2014

By Abigale Svoboda, Daily Illini

After longing for winter break, many students find themselves bored with their month-long vacation. Starting this winter, students can earn a few credits by taking newly-offered winter break classes. The University will launch its online winter session pilot program during the 2014-2015 winter break. Students can enroll in one of eight different courses and earn up to four credit hours in four weeks. The University has never offered winter break courses, despite offering a summer session both online and on campus.

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/article_6398c2aa-5e2a-11e4-9561-001a4bcf6878.html

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How to Succeed Taking Online Courses

Friday, November 7th, 2014

by Matthew C. Keegan, Say Campus Life

You’ve finally decided to take an online course, perhaps supplementing your regular on-campus courses with one that you can complete at your own pace. Online learning has been around for years and has provided many opportunities for people to get an education who might otherwise be shut out. Online courses may provide some flexibility for students, but there are some challenges that must be met too.

http://www.saycampuslife.com/2014/10/29/how-to-succeed-taking-online-courses/

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