Educational Technology

July 7, 2017

Amid IT layoffs, edtech startups see soaring demand

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Nilesh Christopher&Sanghamitra Kar, ETtech

Amid IT layoffs, edtech startups see soaring demandOnline learning platforms are seeing a double-digit spike in registrations by Indian IT professionals in the last three months, as companies and employees are starting to realize the importance of reskilling in a rapidly changing industry. “The growing realization among Indian workforce that reskilling is the only way to stay competitive led to a 37% increase in Indian registrations during the Feb-April period compared to last year,” said Raghav Gupta, India Country Director, Coursera. Online learning platform Simplilearn saw its growth double in the last quarter. “The spike in January has led to great demand for some courses such as AWS, Azure, Big Data, Data Science,” said Krishna Kumar, CEO, Simplilearn.

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/internet/amid-it-layoffs-edtech-startups-see-soaring-demand/59225667

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5 Types of Online Classes to Check Out This Summer

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By Lorena Roberts, ULoop

Are you behind in your classes? Have you changed your major and you’re going to be “taking a victory lap?” (Or two?) Maybe you just refuse to take 15 credit hours per semester and now you’re three years deep in a degree that you’ve barely scraped the surface of. Don’t fret; I have the solution: take classes over the summer… online. If that sentence makes you anxious because you’ve never taken an online course, stop it. It’s way easier than you think it’s going to be. You get to do all the work on your own time (or ahead of time) and you can creatively collaborate with all your classmates just like in a regular class through apps like GroupMe. Need some recommendations? I’ve got you covered.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/240179/5-Types-of-Online-Classes-to-Check-Out-This-Summer

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Worried by IT layoffs? Open online courses can future-proof your career

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by Vinay Umarji, Business Standard

After being laid-off by an information technology (IT) major in Chennai, Ashir Sharma (name changed) recently bagged a job at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), in Pune, after training himself in data analytics using the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). Sharma is part of a rising number of professionals in the layoffs-marred IT industry who are turning to massive open online courses (MOOCs) platform NPTEL, which is run by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), including IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, and IIT Roorkee, along with IISc Bangalore. In fact, on the back of rising enrolments from job seekers and professionals, the takers for MOOCs on NPTEL have grown from a cumulative one million in the past three years (2014, 2015, and 2016) to 500,000 in the first half of 2017 itself.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/worried-by-it-layoffs-open-online-courses-can-future-proof-your-career-117062000425_1.html

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July 6, 2017

Report: Faculty Support Lacking for Wide Adoption of Digital Learning

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Most colleges and universities are thinking and acting strategically regarding their digital learning initiatives. Most cover digital learning in their school’s strategic plan, and a large number have made it a core aspect of their plans. Yet, execution is uneven and digital learning hasn’t come close to meeting administrator or faculty expectations. That summary comes out ofa new report produced by Tyton Partners in collaboration with the Babson Survey Research Group. A similar subject was undertaken in 2014 when Tyton interviewed more than 2,700 postsecondary faculty and administrators on their use and perceptions of digital courseware. The latest report updates that research and examines findings from two fall 2016 surveys of a national sample of 3,500 postsecondary respondents.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/19/faculty-support-lacking-for-wide-adoption-of-digital-learning.aspx

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MTSU is new national model for online student success advising course

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by MTSU

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is offering the six-lesson, self-paced course titled “A SMART Approach to Student Success: Strategic Management of Advising Reform and Technology” on its website, www.aplu.org. APLU gleaned content for the course from interviews and information from MTSU and four other institutions of higher learning: Austin Community College in Austin, Texas; Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; Georgia State University in Atlanta; and Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

http://mtsunews.com/student-success-aplu-course/

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By 2020, There Will Be 4 Devices for Every Human on Earth

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by John Lewis, Futurism

By 2020, there will be at least 4 internet-connected devices for every person on Earth comprising the Internet of Things. The growth of the IoT is being powered by more 5G access and falling costs, and will equalize opportunities for more people. By 2020, there will be at least 4 internet-connected devices for every person on Earth comprising the Internet of Things. The growth of the IoT is being powered by more 5G access and falling costs, and will equalize opportunities for more people. According to research from Business Insider, more than 24 billion internet-connected devices will be installed around the world by 2020. To give that some context, that’s more than four devices for every person on the planet. Together, these devices comprise the Internet of Things (IoT), and its presence is permanently changing our world.

https://futurism.com/by-2020-there-will-be-4-devices-for-every-human-on-earth/

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July 5, 2017

For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT?

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by By Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed

MIT students reported that taking course online — instead of same course on campus — was less stressful than their in-person classes. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s catalog of publicly available massive open online courses is typically marketed toward the non-MIT public. Last fall, however, the university experimented by offering the MOOC version of a popular class for on-campus students, for credit, in an attempt to help students facing scheduling issues. A recently released study of the class found students not only performed well but also — at an institution known for its rigor — reported feeling less stress and having more flexibility.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/15/credit-mooc-proves-popular-among-mit-students

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School’s effort to stay safe online rewarded

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by Tanya Yilmaz, Swindon Advertiser

Making pupils aware of the importance of staying safe online has saw one Swindon school be presented with a prestigious award. Rodbourne Cheney Primary School has been gifted the online safety award by 360 Degree Safe for all of their efforts at promoting e-learning and e-safety with students. From making up e-safety songs in reception to creating scenarios for children to ponder over in the older years, the school has continually strived to put online safety at the forefront of their work and on Thursday, the school found out about the exciting news – much to the delight of the school’s e-safety ambassadors.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15352957.School_s_effort_to_stay_safe_online_rewarded/

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Missouri Online Summer School Offers Innovative Education for More Students

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by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

Forget summer brain drain for K–12 students in Missouri. They have access to more than 100 free online classes thanks to the Missouri Online Summer Institute, a program open to students in grades 7–12, K12 Inc. reports in a press release. Class offerings range from required electives to Advanced Placement courses and career readiness classes, such as Introduction to Agriscience, Engineering Design and Web Design. K12 Inc. reports that MOSI began as a summer course offering from Grandview R–2 School District and expanded quickly, with enrollment ready to surpass 1,000 this year. “This program allows students to attend summer school on their own schedule,” says MOSI Coordinator Mike Brown. “They can take part in family vacations and summer sporting activities yet still continue their studies online to achieve their academic goals and satisfy graduation requirements.”

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/06/missouri-online-summer-school-offers-innovative-education-more-students

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July 4, 2017

​Artificial intelligence and privacy engineering: Why it matters NOW

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By Michael Krigsman, ZD Net

As artificial intelligence proliferates, companies and governments are aggregating enormous data sets to feed their AI initiatives. Although privacy is not a new concept in computing, the growth of aggregated data magnifies privacy challenges and leads to extreme ethical risks such as unintentionally building biased AI systems, among many others. Privacy and artificial intelligence are both complex topics. There are no easy or simple answers because solutions lie at the shifting and conflicted intersection of technology, commercial profit, public policy, and even individual and cultural attitudes.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/artificial-intelligence-and-privacy-engineering-why-it-matters-now/

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Supercomputing Top500: US knocked out of ‘top three most powerful’ list

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By Liam Tung, ZD Net

A Cray system in Switzerland is now the world’s third most powerful supercomputer, behind two Chinese systems. That means for the first time in 21 years a US high-performance computing system is not one of the world’s top three supercomputers, according to the June 2017 rankings by the supercomputer benchmarking project Top500. The only other time a US supercomputer had failed to make Top500’s top three ranking was in 1996, when the US was edged out by three Japanese supercomputers.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/supercomputing-top500-us-knocked-out-of-top-three-most-powerful-list/

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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By Jason Palmer, EdSurge

My bet is that by 2040, our children will look back on this period between 2015 and 2030 in education technology much the same way internet historians look to the period 1995 to 2010 as the birth of the commercial web. The new millennium started with the dot-com crash which decimated 78 percent of the value of the NASDAQ and hundreds of first-wave internet startups went bankrupt. But during that same fifteen-year period, we also witnessed the birth and growth of highly influential firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba. Edtech, I believe, is going through a similar rebuilding moment powered by three trends: widely available infrastructure, the catalytic impact of spending by both the government and philanthropy in education, and—finally—the embrace of edtech by educational institutions and educators themselves. Not yet convinced? Join me on a quick tour of the past quarter century in education technology history.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-18-why-i-m-optimistic-about-the-next-wave-of-education-technology

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July 3, 2017

What administrators can expect from regulation roll back on for-profit colleges

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by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

The Department of Education is stepping back from two Obama era policies intended to make for-profit colleges more accountable for how they treat students. For one, it is completely withdrawing from the borrower-defense-to-repayment regulation, which provided relief to students who feel they were misled or defrauded by their institution. And, it is rolling back the gainful employment regulation, which holds institutions responsible for whether graduates find work, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is establishing a rulemaking committee to rework the gainful-employment rule, because “it became clear that, as written, it is overly burdensome and confusing for institutions of higher education,” according to the Department’s press release.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/what-administrators-can-expect-from-regulation-roll-back-on-for-profit-coll/445017/

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Why One Napa School Is Opting Out of Online Learning

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By Sarah Craig, KQED

Nestled among rows of wine grapes, Stone Bridge School is a K-8 independent charter school in Napa County. On a recent afternoon, 28 first-graders sang during their main lesson. They can sing, paint, dance and sew. But what they don’t do — and are discouraged from — is use computers. Bill Bindewald, principal at the Waldorf-inspired Stone Bridge School, says their philosophy around technology isn’t a no-tech approach, but a slow-tech one. He says they place an emphasis on hands-on learning. But the school hasn’t gone cold turkey. By the time students reach sixth, seventh and eighth grade, they start doing reports and the state’s standardized tests online. The school has also developed a cyberethics curriculum to learn things like finding truthful sources online.

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/06/18/why-one-napa-school-is-opting-out-of-online-learning/

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21 AMAZING STEM RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS

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BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

As the American K-12 system continues to look for ways to increase student interest and aptitude in STEM learning, technology is playing an increasingly pivotal role. Children who come to classrooms today have an inherent aptitude for technology and educators should encourage that skill set with resources that integrate STEM learning. Where do teachers find resources to incorporate into their STEM instruction? The easiest place would be via the internet. To save you some time we decided to compile a list of websites that provide teachers with the resources that they need to provide quality STEM instruction.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/21-amazing-stem-resources-teachers/

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July 2, 2017

Apple Swift Draws Support from Robotics, Drone Makers

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Alongside other companies that have picked up integration with Apple’s Swift coding language, Lego Education has announced its own support for the iPad programming app for beginners. The company said it would be pairing Mindstorms Education EV3 with the Swift Playgrounds learning platform to allow students to program their Lego Mindstorms robots and other creations with motors and sensors. Mindstorms already comes with its own programming app, which is controlled by dragging and dropping icons into a line to form commands. Swift is a highly visual programming environment that allows the user to tap on assorted options for creation of runnable code.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/06/12/apple-swift-draws-support-from-robotics-drone-makers.aspx

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Raspberry Pi Foundation and CoderDojo Merge

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Two nonprofits in the education business have joined forces. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has merged with CoderDojo. The first foundation is a United Kingdom-based organization that produces credit card-sized devices for use in creating low-cost computers. Ten million of its devices have been sold worldwide. Recently, the foundation introduced a new version of its Raspberry Pi Zero W, an even smaller version that costs only $10 (compared to $35 for the flagship Raspberry Pi) and includes WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. CoderDojo supports a global network of free programming clubs (“dojos”) for young people 7 to 17. At the volunteer-run clubs, the “ninjas” learn how to build websites, create apps and games and explore technology in an informal and social environment.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/06/12/raspberry-pi-foundation-and-coderdojo-merge.aspx

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SCHOOLS TAP SECRET SPECTRUM TO BEAM FREE INTERNET TO STUDENTS

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by Wired

“I give the kids access to all the tools pretty much right off the bat,” said Eric Bredder, with a sweeping gesture taking in the computer workstations, 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines, plus a bevy of wood and metalworking tools that he uses while teaching computer science, engineering and design classes. But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning—broadband internet beyond school walls. “This is an equity issue,” said Bredder. “If some kids can go home and learn, discover and backfill information, while other kids’ learning stops at school, that’s a huge problem.”

https://www.wired.com/story/schools-secret-spectrum-free-internet-digital-divide/

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July 1, 2017

How video cameras help improve classroom learning and campus safety

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BY BOB NILSSON, eSchool News

The topic of video cameras in the classroom has been brewing for years. Schools that have deployed cameras in public areas have experienced dramatic safety benefits. For example, Fraser Public Schools in Michigan found that the incidents of fighting dropped to near zero. Police officers have found body cams provide an important defense against false accusations. College professors are also eager for the protection that video surveillance can provide. In The Case for Class Cams, Amir Azarvan argues that “In an age of narcissism, we need to protect professors by putting cameras in the classroom.” According to False Accusations: A Growing Fear in the Classroom, “one in seven male teachers has been wrongly accused of inappropriate contact with students”.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/06/12/video-cameras-improve-classroom/

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How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education

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by LILLIAN MONGEAU, Hechinger Report

By 2021, students graduating from Maine high schools must show they have mastered specific skills to earn a high school diploma. Maine is the first state to pass such a law, though the idea of valuing skills over credits is increasingly popular around the country. When such a system works, it’s meant to offer students clarity about what they have to learn and how they are expected to demonstrate they’ve learned it. Students have more flexibility to learn at their own pace and teachers get time to provide extra help for students who need it. Ideally, every diploma in Maine would signify that students had mastered the state’s learning standards.

http://hechingerreport.org/how-diplomas-based-on-skill-acquisition-not-credits-earned-could-change-education/

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How Do Low Income Parents Feel about Classroom Technology?

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

There’s no doubt that edtech is transforming education before our eyes. From the way teachers communicate with parents, to the way students are engaged in the classroom, edtech has a large impact on the modern world of education. Fully 80% of low income parents feel positive about classroom technology’s impact on their children. In order to provide you with data-driven info on the subject, we decided to share the infographic linked below.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/low-income-parents-feel-classroom-technology/

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