Educational Technology

May 13, 2017

3 easy ways to get students future ready

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, eSchool News

Expert recommends simple updates to regular classroom lessons to better prepare students for an uncertain future. Change is inevitable, and while it’s important to design lessons with an end result in mind, it’s difficult to prepare students for a future that doesn’t exist yet. In the recent edWebinar, “The Future Ready Challenge: Improve Student Outcomes in 18 Weeks,” hosted by edWeb.net, Dr. L. Robert Furman, Elementary Principal and author of The Future Ready Challenge, discussed some painless ways to help educators prepare students for an unknown future. “We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…using technologies that haven’t been invented…in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet,” noted Furman’s presentation.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/28/ew-easy-ways-future-ready/

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Study: Tech-Enabled Early Warning Systems Can Have Positive Impact on Chronic Absenteeism and Course Failure Rates

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By David Nagel, THE Journal

A controlled study involving 73 schools and more than 37,000 students found that early warning systems can have a statistically significant positive impact on student outcomes in K–12 schools, even when those systems are not used to their full potential. The report, “Getting students on track for graduation: Impacts of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System after one year,” was prepared by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest for the United States Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. The study was administered by the American Institutes for Research.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/04/25/study-tech-enabled-early-warning-systems.aspx

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May 12, 2017

iPhone Apps to Use in the Classroom

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Many schools support a Bring Your Device (BYOD) policy for teachers. Other schools provide products like iPads and iPhones for teachers to use in their classes. Either way, there are plenty of apps that can be used in the classroom on an iPhone or an iPad. Some apps work well for different things, but they all are designed to do one thing: make the teaching process easier and more productive at the same time. Here are some apps that are essential to use on an iPhone in the classroom to gain that easy productivity to meet all needs and desires a teacher may have.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/teach-iphone-apps-use-classroom/

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Retiring Adelaide University Vice Chancellor wants devices banned in classes for students to focus better

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by Tim Williams, the Advertiser

University students are graduating with the “attention span of a tweet” and tertiary institutions will likely ban smartphones and laptops from classes so they learn to focus, outgoing Adelaide University boss Warren Bebbington says. Prof Bebbington has warned universities against responding to cost pressures by shifting courses entirely online, because technology-obsessed students are losing the capacity to concentrate and absorb complex arguments. “Tangibly, our tweeting, blogging, app-loving students are in danger of losing the capacity to listen at length, absorb a complex argument and summarise, dissect and evaluate what they hear as they hear it.”

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Proceed Cautiously With Online School

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by the Intelligencer Editorial

West Virginia students in grades 6-12 soon may be able to get at least some of their educations without leaving the comfort of home. A new state law permits public school systems to offer “virtual schools” online. They can begin July 1. Students in online classes also may participate in traditional classroom learning, as well as schools’ extracurricular activities. It requires little imagination to understand the boon that may be for many Mountain State students and their families. But with the wonderful opportunity goes an enormous responsibility — ensuring online students are not shortchanged in their educations.

http://www.theintelligencer.net/opinion/editorials/2017/04/proceed-cautiously-with-online-school/

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May 11, 2017

Report: Next 4 years will see AI in education grow by nearly 50%

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by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

The use of artificial intelligence in U.S. education stands to increase by nearly 50% in the next five years according to a new report analyzed by eCampus News. The analysis found that AI-powered educational games are an increasing trend in educational institutions, as they can be utilized to teach students difficult subjects, and many of the AI additions are done in such a way that students can interact directly with the game without human intervention. Supporters think AI can be utilized to offer each student a personalized educational experience, and that it can help students as they start their college careers by addressing specific needs and questions with the time that staff may not have.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-next-4-years-will-see-ai-in-education-grow-by-nearly-50/441210/

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26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter For Teachers and Educators

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By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

Everyone these days seems to be using Twitter, from the President of the United States to your neighbor to your classmates from way back when. For educators, Twitter can be a distraction or a gold mine of resources. You can send direct messages to other teachers or experts, join in on #edchat, which takes place Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and from 8-9 p.m., or add plugins like Grammarly and check your writing or grammar. The school management software company Fedena has put together a handy, helpful graphic that offers 26 effective ways to use Twitter for teachers and educators. The items are listed from A to Z. At least a few of these should prove helpful for teachers looking for inspiration, resources or just a sounding board.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/04/26/26-effective-ways-to-use-twitter-for-teachers-and-educators.aspx

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Professors are hired to teach, but few are ever taught how

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by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

A recurring theme across several sessions at the AACC meeting was the idea that professors are hired to teach, but few are ever taught how to do so. Presenters attempted to tackle this theme from a number of different angles. “When you’re constantly adding new concepts and ideas, you’re also weeding out archaic ideas,” Holland said. And regarding the concern that a huge investment in faculty development would lead to an exodus of faculty from the college to leadership positions at other institutions, he said, “It is better for us to train them and lose them than not train them and keep them.” “We need to prepare our faculty to prepare our students to do that other stuff [in the mission statement] that we’ve spent all that time working through,” said Jennifer Lanter, Dean General Studies Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/professors-are-hired-to-teach-but-few-are-ever-taught-how/441450/

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May 10, 2017

Personal Google accounts can now create classes in Google Classroom

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by Abner Li, 9to5Google

Classroom allows teachers to post schedules online and give out assignments. In turn, students can submit work and collaborate, as well as take quizzes with Google Forms. Previously, personal Google accounts could only join classes already started by G Suite accounts. Now, any regular user can create classes and manage curriculum. Google cites online education classes, clubs, and other informal groups as being able to take advantage of this wider release. The free version of Classroom does not have integration with G Suite for Education and as such does not permit full administration of user accounts, email summaries of student work for guardians, and other paid features.

https://9to5google.com/2017/04/27/google-classroom-create/

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How our minds really DO meet: Scientists say pupils are on the same wavelength when they are enjoying their class

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by Daily Mail

Now it seems pupils really are all on the same wavelength when they are enjoying their class. Using portable scanners, scientists found that the brainwaves of children synchronised with each other when they were engaged with the subject. The New York University study also discovered that pairs of students who were close to each other were more in synchrony. The phenomenon can also occur when two or more people have a good conversation, dance – or even carry a heavy piece of furniture, according to the research published in Current Biology.

\http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4453552/Pupils-wavelength-enjoying-class.html

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Reasons to Consider Online College After High School

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By Joe Chapman, US News

Thousands of high school seniors will soon decide: What’s next for me? But what makes this question different from in years past is that more than ever, students have multiple avenues for earning a college degree. Students can choose a path that best fits their individual goals on their own terms. In the U.S., less than a third of undergraduates are considered “traditional” students, referring to those enrolled full time at a four-year residential college. Further, a recent study from the National Center for Education Statistics found that 62 percent of students work either full or part time, and 28 percent have at least one dependent. For many nontraditional students, pursuing a degree online is ideal, allowing them to achieve their goals and earn an undergraduate credential from anywhere in the world, even if life gets in the way.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-04-28/reasons-to-consider-an-online-bachelors-program-after-high-school

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May 9, 2017

5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning

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BY JULIA FREELAND FISHER, eCampus News

A leading education researcher looks at the evolution of “a disruptive force that is increasingly changing how we teach and learn.” As blended learning practices are becoming more widespread, it is increasingly challenging to collect accurate data on the number of schools that have gone blended, but by examining student enrollments in online courses and edtech vendor data, we estimate the number of students engaging in some kind of blended learning to be approximately 9 million, which represents about 20 percent of K-12 student enrollment. With so many students engaged in this mode of learning, it’s important to examine current trends and technologies to try and predict where blended learning could take students in the future.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/27/ed-future-trends-blended/

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Building Accessibility Into IT Procurement

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By David Raths, Campus Technology

Michigan State has developed rubrics and procedures to help its information technology procurement officers evaluate products’ accessibility more effectively. “Essentially, the university purchases a lot of things, and we need to be able to provide a certain level of engagement in terms of accessibility with all those things,” said James Jackson, Electronic Information Technology (EIT) accessibility coordinator for MSU IT Services. But MSU’s resources are limited, especially with the central team that has the highest degree of knowledge about what constitutes an accessible product. University leaders decided to create a process in which almost every product gets assessed, with particular focus on products that are going to have the highest degree of impact.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/04/27/building-accessibility-into-it-procurement.aspx

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Everfi raises $190 million to teach life skills and touchy subjects online

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by TechCrunch

EVERFI Inc. has raised $190 million in Series D funding to teach students online the life skills and touchy subject matter that they never learned in school. A sampling of courses offered by Everfi range from “Harassment Prevention Training” for the workforce, to “Alcohol EDU” for college students and “Vault Understanding Money” for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. TPG Growth and The Rise Fund led the Series D investment, contributing $150 million combined, along with Main Street Advisors, Advance Publications and earlier backers of Everfi including Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, Ev Williams and Allen & Company, according to a company statement. Everfi CEO and co-founder Tom Davidson said his startup operates as a for-profit, for-good venture. “We look at these major, intractable social problems and aim to eradicate them by educating citizens from second graders to seniors,” he said, “but we also want to be the dominant learning platform for major institutions.”

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/26/everfi-raises-190-million-to-teach-life-skills-and-touchy-subjects-online/

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May 8, 2017

How to Use Augmented Reality in Education

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Pokémon Go did two things for society; introduced us to the capabilities of augmented reality (AR) and showed us how much adults enjoyed catching virtual animals. Augmented reality in the education sector is growing, and as it does, it is important to look how the potential of AR can be harnessed in the classroom. While AR is primarily focused in the gaming industry (at the moment) statistics show that consumers value AR products 33% higher than non-augmented reality products and that students are naturally entranced by how AR can change the world around them. However, while it may be the new “it” technology, educators need to understand how they can incorporate AR into their classrooms if it is to be used to its full potential.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/use-augmented-reality-education/

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The secret behind why Coursera courses are becoming a hit with Indians

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by ANUSHREE SINGH, Business Insider India

Nearly two years after Coursera released a survey reporting widespread career and educational impact of online courses for Indians, it has now come out with ‘2017 Learner Outcomes Survey’ which shows its online learners are reporting even greater benefits than before. 89% of Indian learners among working professionals and job seekers (“career builders”), reported career benefits compared to 84% globally, 84% in the US and 86% in the UK. In India, 46% of career builders reported to have got better in their jobs, and 39% reported to have improved their candidacy for a new job.

http://www.businessinsider.in/the-secret-behind-why-coursera-courses-are-becoming-a-hit-with-indians/articleshow/58382308.cms

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AP English literature class invokes the Bard to win online contest

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by Boothbay Register

Boothbay Region High School students in Mark Gorey’s AP English Literature class put together a hilarious YouTube video that earned them first place in their division in a contest on the online website, Meridian Stories. Their entry fell under the Vocabulary Vine Challenge category. Gorey’s students were tasked with creating a one-minute video made up of six-second clips, or “vines” created to help students expand their vocabulary. They chose words from William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Student actor Jacob Leonard, representing the Bard, was shown in costume cavorting through a series of modern-day scenes sharing his vast knowledge of seldom used or obscure words with 21st century actors.

http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/ap-english-literature-class-invokes-bard-win-online-contest/85344

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May 7, 2017

4 best practices for education data

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Interpreting education data can be tricky–these industry best practices can help. Data can be immensely helpful to educators–but anyone who hopes to learn from data must know how to analyze and interpret it. Although the word “data” can raise red flags when it comes to protecting student privacy and sensitive information, it can help students, parents, teachers, and administrators learn from and adjust practices. The catch, though, is that these stakeholder groups need access to the education data and must be able understand what it means. “Collecting the right education data at the right time, if the right people have access to it, can be a very powerful tool to help improve teaching and learning,” said Doug Mesecar, vice president of strategic partnerships at IO Education, who also has extensive experience with education data and blended learning solutions.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/26/best-practices-education-data/

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First-Year Teachers More Confident in Tech but Use It Less Than Experienced Teachers

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By David Nagel, THE Journal

New data from a survey of more than 37,000 educators revealed that first-year teachers aren’t using tech in the classroom as much as their more experienced colleagues even though they have a higher opinion of their own technological abilities. The data, released by Project Tomorrow as part of its annual Speak Up survey, showed that compared with teachers who have been working 11 or more years in the field, first-year educators are less likely to such tech activities as listed below.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/04/26/first-year-teachers-more-confident-in-tech-but-use-it-less-than-experienced-teachers.aspx

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New Google Earth Has Exciting Features for Teachers

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By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

Google has recently released a brand new version of Google Earth for both Chrome and Android. This new version has come with a slew of nifty features teachers can use for educational purposes with students in class. Linked below is a quick overview of the most fascinating features.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/04/25/new-google-earth-has-exciting-features-for-teachers.aspx

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May 6, 2017

Podcast: Modern Challenges for Digital Publishing

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by Charles Watkinson, EDUCAUSE Review

This Podcast features: Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director of the University of Michigan Press. He has his hands in all sorts of digital publishing initiatives and programs. We talk in this interview from the Coalition for Networked Information Fall Meeting about some of the various challenges facing digital publishing.

http://er.educause.edu/multimedia/2017/4/podcast–modern-challenges-for-digital-publishing

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