Archive for the ‘Educational Technology’ Category

E-transcripts accelerate in higher ed

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Nancy Mann Jackson, University Business

Some colleges and universities take offering to the next level by tapping data to improve business processes and better serve students. A transcript highlighting the full student experience at Elon University—including study abroad, research and service learning participation—is offered. When an e-transcript request is made, both the traditional one and the Elon Experiences Transcript can be combined into a single PDF file. The process allows administrators to capture lots of valuable electronic data, but the majority of schools are not utilizing that information beyond sending or receiving the transcripts.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/e-transcripts-accelerate-higher-ed

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How To Use Social Media As A Learning Tool For Homeschoolers

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

By Sean Lords, Edudemic

Matching, out-of-date sweatsuits. The ability to recite lines from the Iliad in response to your peers’ discussion of a television show. Parroting your parents’ values. If you’ve paid attention to mainstream depictions of homeschooled children, these images are likely familiar. Homeschooled kids get a bad rap and are too frequently associated with social awkwardness due to a perceived lack of socialization with their peer group. However, with the dawn of social media, more homeschooled students—both those who are being schooled by more “traditional” methods and those who are students are virtual cyber charter schools—are able to better connect with their peers and other members of the homeschooling community.

http://www.edudemic.com/socially-awkward-social-media-educational-tool-homeschoolers/

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How Questions Promote Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Learning Across Subject Areas

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

by Maurice Elias, Edutopia

In the last blog, we took a look at the perspective of perspective of Irving Sigel on the importance of asking different kinds of questions as a way of deepening students’ social, emotional, and cognitive learning. Coming from a Piaget approach, Irv felt that students needed to go from understanding the material as presented to generating their own thoughts about it. He referred to this as “distancing” — not the clearest term, but a way of saying that questions could be sequenced toward leading to students’ higher order and constructivist thinking by having them take a range of perspectives about a given reading or topic.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/how-questions-promote-cognitive-social-and-emotional-learning-across-subject-areas-maurice-elias

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Roane State professor develops online course he will teach while living under the sea

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

BY ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Cantrell and faculty member Jessica Fain will live and teach from an underwater habitat for 72 days this fall. While they live in a space the size of a college dorm room submerged about 25 feet, Cantrell and Fain will host weekly shows titled “Classroom Under the Sea.” The shows, presented in partnership with the Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo, Florida, will feature scientists and explorers and will cover topics such as underwater archeology and ocean exploration. In addition to the weekly programs, Cantrell will also teach his dream class online, BIOL 2600: Living and Working Under the Sea. Enrolled Roane State students can register for the class now, but only 30 spots are available.

http://oakridgetoday.com/2014/07/27/roane-state-professor-develops-online-course-will-teach-living-sea/

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A Collaborative for Student Success and Institutional Comparisons

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

The Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework (PAR, http://parframework.org) began in 2011 as a research project to investigate the potential of learning analytics for student success, and was administered by WCET under the auspices of the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE). Now in 2014 PAR is set to receive its 501.c.3 nonprofit status by the end of the year and is operating on its own as a member-supported, not-for-profit, analytics-as-a-service provider. PAR’s innovative work includes software and database development, but focuses more on community rather than developing new software tools. Joined by more than 20 member institutions to date, the organization is a growing collaborative venture that pools normalized (and anonymized) data to support research and create predictive models and strategies for intervention.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/23/a-collaborative-for-student-success-and-institutional-comparisons.aspx

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SEMO: Online courses enhance class offering

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

By Ruth Campbell ~ Southeast Missourian

Depending on whom you ask or what you read, online programs mean easier access to higher education — or the end of brick-and-mortar colleges and universities, especially in these times of limited state funding. For Southeast Missouri State University, online education falls into the former category, and it’s helped the university reach students it might not otherwise. Provost Dr. Bill Eddleman said online courses and majors have become a key component of the school’s offerings.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/2104394.html

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STEM vs STEAM: A Look At Half-Brain Teaching

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Teach coding, get girls interested in all of these subjects. However you slice it, there’s a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions these days. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. While I firmly believe that students need to be well rounded and really need subjects like those to be considered more than ‘extra’, and while there are many people fighting to keep these programs in schools, you can’t deny that the international economy and jobs outlook is demanding more focus on STEM. But does that mean we should drop all focus on the other stuff? The handy infographic below takes a look at why focusing on the skills of half our brain is not enough.

http://www.edudemic.com/stem-vs-steam-graphic-need-sides-brain/

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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

When we ‘research’ things now, we generally aren’t referring to spending time in a library – or even referring to spending time online accessing specific library or school research databases. The word ‘research’ largely refers to the act of typing words into your internet search bar and seeing what the Wise Old Web tells you. There is so much information out there, and while a web search isn’t necessarily a bad thing (and we’d encourage you to head back to the ‘ol library to see what resources they have to offer you), there are definitely some things you can to do get the best search results possible out of a simple web search.

http://www.edudemic.com/better-online-researcher/

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MIT offers a dozen photography classes for free via its OpenCourseWare website

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

by Felix Esser, Imaging-Resource

MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is known across the globe as a powerhouse of technological invention and home to some of the most incredible brains in the world. A little less known is the fact that the MIT also teaches a number of photography classes, some of which have now been made available to the public. Via the MIT’s OpenCourseWare website, select photography classes are now accessible for free. The classes available include both undergraduate and graduate level courses, such as “Introduction to Photography,” “Documentary Photography and Photojournalism,” or “Computational Camera and Photography.”

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/07/25/mit-offers-a-dozen-photography-classes-for-free-via-its-opencourseware-webs

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Illinois Virtual School looks to expand offerings

Monday, August 4th, 2014

By Pam Adams, Peoria Journal Star

Cindy Hamblin, director of Illinois Virtual School, wants enrollments to grow 20 percent in the coming school year, to about 3,600. She also wants to expand courses for middle school students. Illinois Virtual School’s main feature is almost 150 courses and 22 credit-recovery classes for high school students. Courses include core English, math and science classes; six languages, including Arabic and Latin; and electives such as meteorology, oceanography and Java programming. Like its students, the virtual school’s 62 part-time teachers live throughout the state. The school also reaches other teachers and school nurses through online professional development courses.

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140724/NEWS/140729635

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Ga. teen sues for in-home classes during pregnancy

Monday, August 4th, 2014

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

A Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest. According to the complaint filed Thursday, 18-year-old Mikelia Seals was a junior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School when her doctor ordered bed rest seven months into her pregnancy. The complaint says a guidance counselor told Seals the school did not have a program letting her take classes from home. Wilkes County Schools Superintendent Rosemary Caddell says she has not seen the complaint yet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2704657/Ga-teen-sues-home-classes-pregnancy.html

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5 laptops for college students that won’t break your budget

Monday, August 4th, 2014

by Consumer Reports

College may be the best investment for the future, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap. To help stretch your budget, we combed our computer Ratings to find some of the best laptops in terms of price and performance in the $600 to $800 range. These budget laptops, all equipped with a 14-inch or larger screen, can handily surf the Web, run productivity software, and stream Netflix while maintaining a respectable battery life. Some of them even have enough power to do a decent job with computer games. The models we’ve chosen all use the Windows 8 operating system. (There are some great Apple MacBooks in our Ratings too, but a similarly equipped model costs considerably more.)

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/07/5-laptops-for-college-students-that-won-t-break-your-budget/index.htm

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Three new developments in K-12 technology integration

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Technology skills for students and educators are essential for college and workforce success, particularly in an increasingly global economy. But how does technology integration match up with education leaders’ goals? Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to increase across the nation, and an annual school technology survey reveals that BYOD use or immediate planned use in secondary schools jumped from 60 percent in 2013 to 66 percent in 2014. According to the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 2014 Vision K-20 report, 85 percent of secondary, 66 percent of elementary, and 83 percent of K-12 district survey participants said mobile devices will be allowed in schools in the next five years.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/23/technology-integration-findings-934/

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Cornering a Missed Pocket of the Ed-Tech Market

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

by Julia Freeland, Entrepreneur

Pegged at an estimated $8 billion in 2013 by the Software & Information Industry Association, the education-technology market is reaching unprecedented heights. According to EdSurge, the ed-ech industry received more than $327 million in venture-capital investment in the second quarter of this year alone. Yet amid the boom in private investment and technology talent migrating into education, entrepreneurs don’t always know how new apps and tools will align with schools’ day-to-day needs. Technology companies would have a better chance of developing products that school systems would actually pay to use, if they had better insight into the market and knew what schools were trying to accomplish as they integrate technology, the variety of tools that schools are currently using and where schools’ demands remain unmet.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235795

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Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
by Zach Cutler, Huffington Post
The flipped classroom can be a great way to get Millennials involved and collaborating toward their own education. According to the NYU study, retention jumped to 90 percent when students were put in a teaching role. Allowing students to teach each other puts them in control of their own educational journey, getting students involved in the learning process with a hands-on perspective. Millennials are rapidly expanding the traditional college classroom, demanding more online learning solutions and a more collaborative atmosphere between students and teachers. If higher education institutions take note, they’ll be ready not only for Gen Y, but also for the upcoming Gen Z.
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4 Tips for Flipped Learning

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

by Joe Hirsch, Edutopia

As interest in flipped learning continues to grow, so does its adoption among the educational rank and file. By moving entry-level information outside the classroom — typically (but not exclusively) through self-paced, scored videos — teachers can reframe learning so that students spend more instructional time engaged in deeper discussions, hands-on applications and project-based learning. With a focus on more direct contact between teachers and students, greater application of basic concepts, and increased collaboration between learners, flipped learning provides yet another outlet for 21st century teaching. No doubt, making this kind of change can be intimidating. Before teachers flip out, here are four tips to make the transition smoother — and more impactful.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/4-tips-for-flipped-learning-joe-hirsch

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Pearson Launches Competency-Based Education Framework and Readiness Assessment

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

As competency-based degree programs gain momentum among colleges and universities led by organizations such as the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning and the Next Generation Learning Challenges, more institutions may be wondering how far off they are from being able to implement this approach to education. Competency-based education (CBE) allows students to advance based on their ability to prove mastery of a skill or knowledge area in order to improve their workforce prospects. Education technology company Pearson has developed an assessment tool that allows schools to gauge their institutions’ readiness to adopt CBE.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/17/pearson-launches-competency-based-education-framework-and-readiness-assessment.aspx

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What Does Gamification Look Like In Classrooms?

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Using games or game play elements in the classroom to drive learning outcomes is sill gaining popularity. Though most teachers aren’t ready to embrace bringing serious games like Minecraft into their classrooms, many are willing to gamify learning or use other types of games. That said, getting an idea of how many teachers are (or aren’t) using gamification (or are interested in doing so) is a somewhat difficult task: Many people define gamification in different ways, when it may be a more accurate description to identify different levels of gamification. The handy infographic linked below takes a look at gamification and more ‘serious gaming’ in organizational learning.

http://www.edudemic.com/gamification-look-like-in-classrooms/

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How to Survive a Cyberattack

Friday, August 1st, 2014

By Phil Hardin, THE Journal

Here’s how a North Carolina district responded to a denial-of-service attack that came from one of its own schools. At 7:45 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, 23,000 network users in the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s 35 schools were accessing their Web-based curriculum resources and administrative applications when suddenly all Internet connectivity stopped. The outage lasted for about an hour. Teachers had to quickly switch their lessons to a Plan B, since most had components that required Internet access. Internet connectivity returned briefly, but suddenly went down again for another hour. The Internet would go down for a third time before school ended.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/07/16/how-to-survive-a-cyberattack.aspx

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10 ways to tell you’re a tech-savvy educator

Friday, August 1st, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Technology is a necessary part of formal and informal learning today. After all, students will need tech skills as they move into college and the workforce. Using tech in the classroom today will help students develop and build those essential tech skills so that they can compete on a global scale. What does it mean to be a tech-savvy educator? Research and studies point to 10 distinguishing characteristics [2].

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/21/tech-savvy-educator-032/

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3 secrets to a successful digital transformation

Friday, August 1st, 2014

By Frank Portanova, eSchool News

In just one year of becoming all-digital, the Stepinac academic probation rate was cut in half. During the 2013-2014 school year, Archbishop Stepinac High School became an all-digital high school, with each of its 700 students utilizing a fully digital textbook library with more than 40 academic textbooks. This transformation has driven efficiencies in our school, created a more personalized learning environment for our students and, most importantly, has positively impacted student outcomes. I have highlighted three of the most valuable lessons we learned.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/22/school-digital-transformation-395/

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