Educational Technology

October 24, 2017

The latest AI can work things out without being taught

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by the Economist

The result is a program that is not just superhuman, but crushingly so. Skill at Go (and chess, and many other games) can be quantified with something called an Elo rating, which gives the probability, based on past performance, that one player will beat another. After 40 days of training AlphaGo Zero had an Elo rating of more than 5,000—putting it as far ahead of Mr Ke as Mr Ke is of a keen amateur, and suggesting that it is, in practice, impossible for Mr Ke, or any other human being, ever to defeat it. Advances in AI often trigger worries about human obsolescence. DeepMind hopes such machines will end up as assistants to biological brains, rather than replacements for them, in the way that other technologies from search engines to paper have done. Watching a machine invent new ways to tackle a problem can, after all, help push people down new and productive paths. One of the benefits of AlphaGo, says Mr Silver, is that, in a game full of history and tradition, it has encouraged human players to question the old wisdom, and to experiment.

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21730391-learning-play-go-only-start-latest-ai-can-work-things-out-without

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EDUCATION DESK: BLENDED LEARNING BRINGS TECHNOLOGY INTO THE CLASSROOM

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by Catherine Welch, WMFE

Facebook, Instagram and Skype are finding their way into classrooms. From our Education Desk, 90.7’s Catherine Welch talks with University of Central Florida professor Richard Hartshorne about the integration of technology in teaching called blended learning. Hartshorne: So blended learning involves a lot of things but combining traditional face to face environments and online learning environments and mixing those together, so blending them into a single environment. Welch: One of the things you’re looking at is whether these students like this blended learning: what they like what they don’t like. What are you finding that they like and what ages are you looking at? Hartshorne: Primarily we’re looking at middle and high school students. So we’re looking at what are factors that facilitate completion, what do students like, what do they not like, what are teacher activities and teach characteristics that support student satisfaction with the courses, that support student achievement with the courses.

Education Desk: Blended Learning Brings Technology Into The Classroom

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The Impact of Binging on Education Content

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
Binge-watching leads to poorer sleep, less family time in front of the TV and even less enjoyment of the content. But at the same time could it also generate better learning outcomes and higher completion rates? That’s the question toyed with in “Binge Consumption of Online Content,” a research project that took place at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/10/the-impact-of-binging-on-education-content.aspx

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October 23, 2017

Can the Performing Arts Boost Student Outcomes in STEM Disciplines?

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By Adam Stone, Campus Technology

Can participation in the arts really bolster scientific learning? Can dance, in particular, spark STEM success? A recent paper from North Carolina State University suggests this might just be the case. The authors conducted interviews and focus groups with students who took part in on-campus dance companies as undergraduates. Fifteen of the 25 subjects were STEM majors, studying in field such as applied mathematics, engineering and chemistry.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/17/can-the-performing-arts-boost-student-outcomes-in-stem-disciplines.aspx

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3 ways the modern school is becoming more like the modern workplace

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BY BLAKE ZALCBERG, eSchool News
As the office has evolved to allow a more creative and collaborative workplace, many educators have taken note, bringing those same features to classrooms. There was a time when American schools, like American offices, were drab and stuffy places. But things are changing.  As the office has evolved to allow a more creative and collaborative workplace, many educators have taken note, bringing those same features to classrooms, school libraries, lunchrooms and other common areas. Today’s schools, are now being equipped with outlets from the floors to the walls allowing students to easily plug in and charge laptop computers, phones and other devices wherever they work. They have furniture designed for the way students sit and stand. And they have collaborative spaces designed to allow them to work together in small groups and in teams.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/10/17/modern-school-like-workplace/

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Digital textbooks equal cost savings for Auburn students

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by Kara Coleman, Opelika-Auburn News

Auburn University says it has saved students nearly $1 million since 2014, crediting a focus on going digital textbooks. “We’ve actually saved students $941,000, just in three years,” said Russell Weldon, assistant director in charge of course materials at the university’s bookstore. “On average so far, we’ve saved students 45 percent overall, for everything they’re buying through the All Access program. So we’re literally cutting the cost of materials in half.” Three years ago, Auburn began implementing All Access as a trial in its freshman orientation course. All Access is a program that works with textbook companies to make course materials available digitally to students at roughly half the cost of a hard copy of a textbook. The program also helps the university save money, as it is a big cost to the school when the textbooks stocked at the campus bookstore don’t sell, Weldon said.

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/digital-textbooks-equal-cost-savings-for-auburn-students/article_1e5ea449-63be-55ac-b937-6d6be6e37263.html

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October 22, 2017

Roll up your sleeves! Why accessibility in higher ed needs all hands on-deck

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BY RICK JOHNSON, eCampus News
Fundamentally, delivering an accessible platform is not about checking a box and saying, “It’s done.” Why accessibility is never-ending and needs IT and vendor input. You cannot measure accessibility by just looking at one part of the ecosystem. For example, the software displaying the text needs to understand the markup that is inside the content, and how those two things together will work with the assistive technology (such as a screen reader) being used by the learner.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/edtech-trends-institutions-thrive/

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Anticipating and Addressing Challenges With Technology in Developmental Education

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By Markeisha Grant, Rebecca Natow and Vikash Reddy, EdSurge

Colleges and universities in the United States are increasingly integrating technology into developmental education programs, which are designed to bring underprepared students up to college level. The uptick in tools used to address challenges with developmental education arrives both in response to state policy mandates as well as institutions’ own desire to improve student outcomes and conserve resources. Policymakers in Tennessee and Texas, for example, have explicitly encouraged the use of technology in developmental education reform. In research released by the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR), our team investigated the educational technologies that colleges and universities use in developmental education and the common challenges that they face during implementation.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-10-16-anticipating-and-addressing-challenges-with-technology-in-developmental-education

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Automating Threat Detection: The Importance of Machine Learning

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by CSO Online

Cybersecurity professionals and the organizations they attempt to protect are drowning in data about threats and false-positives, with more than250,000 new malicious programs registered every day. Organizations are seeing anywhere from 500 to 200,000 security alerts per day, yet often don’t investigate them. One study shows thatfewer than 1% are investigated. “Most organizations are dealing with 10 to 25 technologies ranging from SIEM [Security Information and Event Management], vulnerability assessment, endpoint detection, threat intelligence and user behavior to incident response,” said cybersecurity guru Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst, ESG. This is driving a shift in focus from threat detection to incident response, with 92% having deployed, plan to deploy or are interested in deploying machine learning technology to support automation and orchestration, he noted.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3233191/security/automating-threat-detection-the-importance-of-machine-learning.html

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October 21, 2017

How Tech Can Help Students with Disabilities Thrive in STEM Education

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by Calvin Hennick, edTech Magazine

When Stephanie Talalai began as the technology coordinator at A. Harry Moore School 26 years ago, nonverbal students communicated using pieces of paper with “yes” and “no” on them. Today, students can control computers using their eyes. “In terms of providing access,” Talalai says, “the technology has come a long way.” For students with disabilities, tech tools can help provide new and engaging ways to access content in science, technology, engineering and math. EdTech asked educators to share tips about how to use technology to give students with special needs the same access to STEM activities as other schoolchildren. Here are their recommendations.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/10/how-tech-can-help-students-disabilities-thrive-stem-education

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5 Apps to Help All Students with Math

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by Calvin Hennick, edTech Magazine

A big part of offering up science, technology and math (STEM) opportunities for students of all abilities is differentiating instruction for each students’ needs. “Anything can be adapted for students with disabilities,” says A. Harry Moore School Technology Coordinator Stephanie Talalai in an EdTech article. “It’s just a matter of what accommodation you are going to give them.” One great way to provide accommodations for all students is through the use of mobile apps. For the “M” of STEM in particular, several mobile apps let teachers help students access high-interest, leveled math content.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/10/5-apps-help-all-students-math

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Student-Run Help Desks Provide Advantages to Schools, Learners

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by Ryan Petersen

Does that new help desk aide look, well, young? As in, really young — as in, your student? Don’t be surprised. Several school districts have launched IT support programs that give students an opportunity to get hands-on with tech and also extend the help that they can provide to the classroom, staff and students. IT professionals are stretched thin in K–12 school districts. And the strategy of staffing help desks with student workers has become an increasingly successful approach to combat an influx of help requests that come with the proliferation of educational technology. For these programs, schools tap computer-savvy students as a resource, preserving the IT staff’s time for other responsibilities.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/10/student-run-help-desks-provide-advantages-schools-learners

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October 20, 2017

Online Guide Helps Students Learn How to Create Immersive Media

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By Dian Schaffhauser10/12/17
When the New York Times Magazine launched its free virtual reality app, “The Displaced,” which could be viewed on a smartphone inserted into a low-cost cardboard headset, it opened possibilities for educators on bringing immersive experiences to their students. Less than a year later Digital Promise Global teamed up with Oculus VR for Good, a unit within Facebook’s VR headset division, to provide 360-degree production equipment to American high schools for helping students produce their own videos on topics that mattered to them.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/12/online-guide-helps-students-learn-how-to-create-immersive-media.aspx

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Use e-books in primary schools to avoid children carrying heavy bags

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By TEH ATHIRA YUSOF, Straits Times

Utilise e-books or online learning system for primary school pupils to lessen the “heavy bag phenomenon”, urged education groups. Online learning portals such as 1BestariNet should have provided ample learning material for teachers as substitute for additional workbooks without having pupils bringing extra workload to school. National Union of Teaching Profession president Kamarozaman Abd Razak said this “heavy bag phenomenon” had often been overlooked by the ministry. Describing the banning of unapproved workbooks as a good start, Kamarozaman said that to enhance a better learning environment, virtual learning environment (VLE) implemented by the Education Ministry could help in addressing the heavy bag issue.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/10/290338/use-e-books-primary-schools-avoid-children-carrying-heavy-bags

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Solve the Student Debt Crisis

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By David Levin, US News

Student debt is skyrocketing, and we’re not even beginning to address it. According to the most recent data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, total student debt now tops $1.3 trillion. It is the single fastest-growing segment of U.S. consumer debt, increasing by 170 percent over the past decade. Some 44 million Americans currently hold student debt – and 8 million of those have already defaulted on their loans. Why do so many Americans struggle to pay off their student debt? There’s no single, simple answer, but there are perhaps two core factors: the rising cost of college itself, and – perhaps less predictably – our dismal graduation rates.

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/articles/2017-10-13/to-lower-student-debt-up-graduation-rates-and-lower-college-costs

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October 19, 2017

Support, PD Keys to Successful Classroom Tech Deployments

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By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Time, planning and support from schools and districts and ongoing professional development are key to getting the most of new technologies and tools introduced to the classroom, according to a new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL). The report is based on surveys of nearly 700 educators from public schools, charter schools, private schools and alternative education programs, as well as from school and classroom observations by the authors and in-depth interviews with 11 different educators.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/11/support-pd-keys-to-successful-classroom-tech-deployments.aspx

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Innovation is key at new workforce centers

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BY ELLIE ASHFORD, CC Daily
The newly renovated Applied Technology and Trades Center at Aims Community College in Colorado integrates learning into the actual walls of the building.The architects created a cut-away design so wiring, plumbing and mechanical systems inside the walls are visible behind glass. Part of the ceiling is open, too. Signage throughout the building explains the various components. “We were looking to provide a space that acted as an instructional tool itself,” said Aims President Leah Bornstein, who also serves on the American Association of Community Colleges’ board of directors.

http://www.ccdaily.com/2017/10/innovation-key-new-workforce-centers/

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5 MUST HAVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT APPS, TOOLS, AND RESOURCES

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate
For most teachers, classroom management is one of the biggest challenges. Managing twenty-six young people with a variety of interests, skill levels, and behaviors is no easy task. Luckily, edtech can help. Use these five classroom management apps, tools, and resources to minimize classroom management issues and maximize instructional time.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-must-classroom-management-apps-tools-resources/

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October 18, 2017

ISTE issues Digital Citizenship Week challenge

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BY eSchool News
Use new ISTE resources to explore what it means to be a good citizen in a digital world.  The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will leverage Digital Citizenship Week (Oct. 16-20) to raise awareness of the importance of teaching digital citizenship to students of all ages. ISTE challenges students, educators and parents to take time each day during Digital Citizenship Week to explore what it means to be good citizens in a digital world. “The need to teach digital citizenship skills has never been greater. These skills include concepts like how to use tech to organize around good causes, how to respectfully disagree online, and how to distinguish between true and false information. As our interactions with friends, community members and government leaders become increasingly mediated by technology, we must model and teach the behaviors we hope to see in our next generation of digital leaders,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/10/16/iste-digital-citizenship-week/

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7 MUST-HAVE PROBLEM BASED LEARNING APPS, TOOLS AND RESOURCES

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Problem Based Learning (PBL) can radically change student learning. Rather than stuff students full of facts or material to memorize, problem based learning encourages students to solve problems independently (or in groups) to find solutions. Additionally, problem based learning is student-centered, which is where all of education is headed. Therefore, teachers must make efforts to provide students with problem based learning activities. To grow your collection of PBL resources, here are seven must-have apps and tools.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-problem-based-learning-apps-tools-resources/

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ARE VIRTUAL SCHOOLS GOOD FOR KIDS?

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by Mattew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Some students learn better if they work with their hands while other students learn better by reading. The invention of the computer has now allowed students to learn through technology and students are engaged like never before. This different way of learning may be incredibly beneficial to some people who thrive on technology. This relatively new invention has given millions of students the opportunity to have access to seemingly endless information. This incredible opportunity has opened up doors that were previously closed or otherwise inaccessible.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/virtual-schools-good-kids/

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