Educational Technology

September 8, 2017

Nearly 2,500 students have left NC’s online charter schools: Why did they leave? Where did they go?

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by Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL

Their first year, the schools enrolled nearly 3,900 students combined. By the end of the year, more than 1,200 students – more than 30 percent – left to seek education elsewhere, prompting one State Board of Education member to warn, “We need to monitor this closely.” This past year, the schools enrolled more than 4,400 students and lost nearly 1,200, or about 27 percent. Tracking how many students leave the schools has been a complex and controversial topic since lawmakers granted the schools four-year pilot programs beginning in 2015.

http://www.wral.com/nearly-2-500-students-have-left-nc-s-online-charter-schools-why-did-they-leave-where-did-they-go-/16719011/

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September 7, 2017

Online enrollment increased by almost 40 percent over the last 5 years at UMass.

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By Mike Masciadrelli, WWLP

More students at UMass are going online to get their degrees. More than 75,000 students enrolled in UMass online courses last year, up 6 percent from the previous fiscal year. “Sometimes online classes can be a little less rigorous, you don’t have to go to class all the time,” said Hannah Boyd, Junior at UMass Amherst. “It just makes it easier to get those extra credits.”  UMassOnline offers 150 degrees and certificate programs, along with more than 1500 courses. One of their more recent online programs allows students to obtain a graduate certificate in business analytics at UMass Amherst.

http://wwlp.com/2017/08/29/more-umass-students-are-getting-their-degrees-online/

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7 MUST-HAVE APPS TO MAKE STUDENTS LOVE READING

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Let’s be honest: it’s exponentially more difficult in the digital age to keep students engaged! Because of the allure of apps, games and videos that are so easily accessible, many kids nowadays can’t quite summon the interest in picking up a good book. What if you could leverage children’s love of technology to help build a lasting love of reading? Does that seem like a paradox? You can make it a reality with these apps specifically for the purpose of making your students love reading.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-apps-make-students-love-reading/

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So, What IS the Future of Work?

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By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

For many attending the Future of Work symposium on Wednesday, there wasn’t any question whether automation is going to take over jobs—but rather when, and how education should respond. Hosted at Stanford University, the day-long event brought together dozens of minds who are thinking about what careers and skills students need to prepare for, and how an increasingly digital higher-education system will need to adapt to help get them there. Speakers including edX CEO Anant Agarwal, associate dean and director of Stanford’s Diversity and First-Gen office Dereca Blackmon, and Deborah Quazzo, a co-founder of investment firm GSV, shared their ideas on what that might look like.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-08-31-so-what-is-the-future-of-work

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September 6, 2017

A look at credit recovery results

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by the UFT
New research finds that high school students who have failed algebra and need to make up their grades get better short-term results if they take a credit recovery class in person. But over the longer term, students who take the in-person class are no more likely to graduate on time than those who took an online credit-recovery course.

http://www.uft.org/research-shows/look-credit-recovery-results

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3 Affordable Online Courses to Help You Become a Design Ninja

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by Tishin Donkersley, Tech.co

Buuilding up your portfolio as a graphic designer can take years. To make the field even more difficult, keeping your edge on changing design trends means continuing your education on the latest software and new methods to communicate to customers. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. TechCo has rounded up affordable online graphic design courses from our Shop so anyone can learn to be a design ninja.

https://tech.co/3-affordable-online-design-courses-2017-08

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Storage breakthrough: World’s biggest microSD card crams in a massive 400GB of data

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by Steve Ranger, ZD Net

Western Digital has unveiled what it says is the world’s highest-capacity microSD card — one that crams 400GB of storage into your smartphone. The card can hold up to 40 hours of Full HD video and can transfer data at up to 100MBps: at that speed, users could move 1,200 3.5MB photos per minute over USB 3.0. The card, which Western Digital is aiming at Android smartphone and tablet users, comes with a ten-year warranty and a US retail price of $249.99.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/storage-breakthrough-worlds-biggest-microsd-card-crams-in-a-massive-400gb-of-data/

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September 5, 2017

ACUMEN OZY POLL: ARE WE READY FOR ROBOT TEACHERS? – James Watkins, OZY

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Technology is already invading the classroom, says Joy Harris, director of educational technology at the University of Tampa. She expects to soon see more “ed tech” that integrates more complex human gestures in user interfaces, as well as augmented and virtual realities. However, the distinction between tech that enhances human teachers and that which replaces them is a gray area. “We’re already seeing large-scale increases” in the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom, says Harris, even if that just means asking Siri the answer to a question. Further still, “AI has already been proven effective for teaching rudimentary skills such as colors and numbers, as well as additional languages,” Harris says, adding, “We’ll see that continue to grow rapidly.”

http://www.ozy.com/acumen/ozy-poll-are-we-ready-for-robot-teachers/80095

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Professors must update outdated technology in online courses OPINIONS, Raisa Choudhury, GW Hatchet

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Professors should be required by the University to improve the technology in their courses by using updated software and higher quality equipment. They should use better recording equipment, like a Blue Snowball microphone, and upload files as mp4s or avis, which are supported by most computers. Simply relying on PowerPoints with shoddy voice-overs and outdated files will decrease the quality of learning. Students pay approximately $1,250 per credit for summer online courses – the same amount per credit for traditional courses – and they should be getting the same quality of instruction. As of now, students can only grin and bear through the outdated software because there is no other alternative on such short notice. They can either be fortunate enough to find another way to view the material, or end up just dropping the class entirely.

https://www.gwhatchet.com/2017/08/28/professors-must-update-outdated-technology-in-online-courses/

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How To Start Tutoring Online As A Side Business

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by Vickie Law, Huffington Post

Online tutoring is one of the most lucrative areas of tutoring. It gives the tutor flexibility to teach students anytime, anywhere. While you need to have advance knowledge of a subject, you don’t need any specialized training to be an online tutor. You don’t have to quit your current job to teach online. It affords a flexibility that allows you to work at your convenience. If you’re prepared to start an online tutoring business for yourself, here are some of the steps that will guide you through the process.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-start-tutoring-online-as-a-side-business_us_599f176ae4b0a62d0987ad97

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September 4, 2017

How Should School Districts Measure ROI

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In education, ROI (Return On Investment) is a big deal. Resources are finite, and whenever they’re spent those holding the purse strings want to know if the investment is justified. When it comes to new technologies and innovative approaches, ROI can be difficult to calculate; which can put edtech in an awkward position when it comes to justifying the expenditure. It’s important that educators and administrators have a sense of what they hope to accomplish with edtech: what are the goals which edtech can help achieve? Progress towards these goals needs to be tracked wherever possible, as this is the most straightforward way of presenting a case regarding ROI.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/school-districts-measure-ed-techs-return-investment/

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Andrew Ng’s Next Trick: Training a Million AI Experts

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by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review
Andrew Ng, one of the world’s best-known artificial-intelligence experts, is launching an online effort to create millions more AI experts across a range of industries. Ng, an early pioneer in online learning, hopes his new deep-learning course on Coursera will train people to use the most powerful idea to have emerged in AI in recent years. The thing that really excites me today is building a new AI-powered society. Even though a lot of the buzz in AI has been around large tech companies—and clearly the large tech companies are creating huge amounts of value with AI through better Web search, online advertising, better maps, better payment systems, and so on—if you look across an entire economy, really any Fortune 500 company can create a lot of value with AI as well.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608573/andrew-ngs-next-trick-training-a-million-ai-experts/

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How to stay human in the digital age

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by Leslie Barker, Dallas Morning News

George Siemens knows all about tug-of-war between social and technological networks. As executive director of the Learning Innovation & Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, he studies it, along with researcher Catherine Spann and their team. They live it. They ponder it. And in this swirling juxtaposition of person and machine, this question guides them: What does it mean to be human in the digital age? To help answer that question, or at least contemplate its implications, UTA has teamed with the Free Life People School of Yoga in Arlington — where Spann, Siemens and other LINK colleagues have taken classes — to offer a six-week course beginning Oct. 16.

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/healthy-living/2017/08/25/stay-human-digital-age

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September 3, 2017

3 ways to enhance communication at a multi-cultural school

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by MELANIE MORGAN, eSchool News
A kindergarten teacher working on a military base shares her best practices for connecting with ELL students and their parents. As more and more ELL students enter the U.S. public school system, teachers are facing the twofold challenge of communicating not only with these students, but with their families as well. After all, non-English-speaking families have the same desires as native English speakers to know how their child is doing academically, emotionally, and socially.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/08/25/communication-multi-cultural/

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How are your local districts handling online school?

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by  Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News

Enrollment in purely online schools is dropping in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Education, but local districts are offering more online education within their schools, as laptop computers and iPads become the norm. Sometimes that’s just a single math lesson, and other times it’s a formal online curriculum.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/how-are-your-local-districts-handling-online-school/zBhtI4jWKPUmu2tHDBc6JL/

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Technology Brings Past to Life in Some History Classrooms

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by  JULIA MCCANDLESS, Center for Digital Ed

The issue of technology is complex when it comes to the subject of social studies, which lends itself to discussions and debates that science or math don’t in some ways. As Swan pointed out, “My goal now is to get kids to be able to have a real face-to-face discussion for 30 minutes. I’d rather use the technology for kids to be prepared and be excited about [social studies]. Then coming together, we’ve all got the same base experience so we should have something to talk about.” Dan Krutka will soon begin as assistant professor of social studies education at the University of North Texas and has a background in research focused on social media and social studies education. He notes that 21st-century educators should address the benefits and challenges that social media platforms bring to the classroom.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/k-12/technology-brings-past-to-life-in-some-history-classrooms.html

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September 2, 2017

Amazon Writing Tool Taps AI to Help Students Become Better Writers

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By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal
Amidst back-to-school season, Amazon Education today released TenMarks Writing, a new online curriculum designed to help students improve their writing skills. The company back in 2013 acquired TenMarks, an ed tech startup that allows individuals to develop easy-to-understand mathematics curricula for students. For the last year, Amazon has been working with teachers to develop a writing version of TenMarks that employs the same underlying artificial intelligence technology: natural language processing that can detect spelling and grammatical errors, as well as argument and story structure, and provide students with automatic and differentiated feedback.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/08/23/amazon-writing-tool-taps-ai-to-help-students-become-better-writers.aspx

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Teachers and Historians to Develop Free, Open Online Curriculum

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
Teacher Laura Rangel, left, works with a group of other educators to plan a world history lesson using primary sources during a summer teaching event at the University of California, Davis. Historians and teachers in California are working together to develop free, open, online instructional materials for teaching history and social sciences in K-12. Scheduled to be available by July 1, 2019, the new content will adhere to a history-social science framework adopted by the state’s Department of Education in 2016. The curriculum will include digital versions of primary and secondary sources, lesson plans and related instructional materials.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/08/25/teachers-and-historians-to-develop-free-open-online-curriculum.aspx

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Smartwatches Take Up Nearly a Third of All Wearables Sales

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By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Wearables generated $30.5 billion this year, with smartwatches raking in roughly a third of total sales, according to a new Gartner forecast. In 2017, there will be approximately 41.5 million smartwatch units sold, compared to 34.8 million units last year, according to the market research firm. Gartner researchers predict smartwatches from Apple and Fossil will take the lead in sales for the segment. “We expect other consumer electronics brands such as Asus, Huawei, LG, Samsung and Sony to sell only 15 percent of smartwatches in 2021, because their brands do not have as strong an appeal as lifestyle brands for personal technologies,” according to a news release. Notably, smartwatches for children ages 2-13 are forecast “to represent 30 percent of total smartwatch unit shipments in 2021.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/25/report-smartwatches-take-up-nearly-a-third-of-all-wearables-sales.aspx

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September 1, 2017

People as important to data security on campus as tech, California Community Colleges chief says

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by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Debra Connick, the vice chancellor of technology, research and information systems for California Community Colleges said in a recent interview with Ed Tech Magazine she hopes the system can improve the accessibility of its IT systems. Connick said proper data governance could help ensure the proper administrators have the information they need to make clear and informed decisions, but she stressed the importance of maintaining human processes and approaches to digital safety, saying people are just as essential as security tech in keeping college data secured. Connick also cited the utility of data systems to help keep costs reasonable and reduce the amount of unnecessary credits students take. She also espoused the benefits of initializing and growing the use of a centralized learning management system that can support robust communication between educators, students and administrators.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/people-as-important-to-data-security-on-campus-as-tech-california-communit/503355/

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Rural schools turn to high-tech teacher training solutions

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by NICHOLE DOBO, Hechinger Report
In an isolated area deep in the Appalachian Mountains, finding enough teachers can be a challenge, to say the least. And once teachers arrive, schools have to contend with another problem. Educators must meet annual requirements that dictate how much time they spend improving their craft – even though teachers’ colleges aren’t often nestled in such remote locations. The courses are really focused on [teaching] real kids with real challenges. executive director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative
One collective of 22 school districts in southeast Kentucky is working on a solution. The group is taking the idea of online delivery of teacher training and amplifying it, turning it into something that can be custom-fit for individual teachers and leaders. The goal is to create not just a replacement for, but an improvement on, the typical courses teachers take to improve their work.

Rural schools turn to high-tech teacher training solutions

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