Educational Technology

December 12, 2017

U Maryland Baltimore County Plugs in Hybrid Reality Wall

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The University of Maryland Baltimore County last month cut the ribbon on a new immersive “hybrid reality” lab for working with 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. The University of Maryland Baltimore County last month cut the ribbon on a new immersive “hybrid reality” lab for working with 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. The university said the technology will facilitate new research efforts with visual exploration of data for biology, math, engineering, visual arts and digital humanities while also serving as a tool for studying the potential of the medium itself. “π²” — pi squared — as it’s called, features a curved wall with 50 million-pixel resolution. The wall stands 15 feet tall by 20 feet wide. It was made from multi-column, thin-bezel, stereo-capable LCDs and is intended to accommodate a variety of uses: immersion, hybrid reality, high resolution, large field of view, large space and size, body-centric human-computer interaction and support for data fusion.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/12/04/u-maryland-baltimore-county-plugs-in-hybrid-reality-wall.aspx

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December 11, 2017

Public libraries offer free online high school degree program

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By Kristen Sorth, St. Louis American

There are 90,000 adults living in St. Louis County and St. Louis city without a high school diploma. Let me say that again – 90,000 adults. That number was completely shocking and left me wondering about the impact on those individuals, their families and all of us in the St. Louis region. I went looking and discovered some sobering statistics. That number and those statistics convinced me of the importance of a program the St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library launched on October 2. This partnership gives our patrons, 25 years of age and older, the opportunity to enroll in an online high school degree program. The Career Online High School program is a fully accredited online high school diploma and career certification program that features an online learning environment. Several libraries around the country have already implemented it. The program includes academic coaches and support instructors, including an onsite program manager at the library. In addition, both libraries offer access to public computers and free Wi-Fi for all patrons.

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/public-libraries-offer-free-online-high-school-degree-program/article_8e1d9e4c-daf5-11e7-8dee-dfcd564e0847.html

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As online learning tools for preschoolers prove popular with parents, experts warn against excess screen time

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By Madeleine Cummings, Edmonton Examiner

Advocates argue online tools help prepare young children for kindergarten, but early education experts urge caution when it comes to putting children in front of screens for long periods of time. “It’s very much a supplement for classroom education,” said Zachary Katz, the senior vice-president of corporate development for Age of Learning (the company behind ABCmouse Early Learning Academy.) He said 45 minutes with the program per week is enough for children to see meaningful gains in early literacy and math. Rachel Johnson’s daughter and son used Starfall, Reading Eggs, BrainPOP Jr., and IXL to learn letter and number recognition and introductory phonics.

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2017/12/06/as-online-learning-tools-for-preschoolers-prove-popular-with-parents-experts-warn-against-excess-screen-time

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WHAT DOES A FUTURE READY EDUCATION LEADER LOOK LIKE?

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) knows a thing or two about “Future Ready Leaders.” In 2016 they began the Future Ready Leaders Project in response to requests from superintendents across America. These district leaders recognize the importance of preparing education leaders for the future, and in response, the OET has already compiled fifty videos sharing the best future forward practices from around the country.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/future-ready-education-leader-look-like/

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December 10, 2017

Has higher education lost the battle of public perception?

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by Brian C. Mitchell, Huffington Post

Public perceptions that confuse sticker price and the cost of attendance, the unwillingness or inability of many American families to share the financial burden incurred by their children, and confusion over whether a college degree translates into a job certainly affect how American families perceive the value of a college degree.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/has-higher-education-lost-the-battle-of-public-perception_us_5a25bc42e4b087120d865e84

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WHY EDUCATORS MAKE SOME OF THE BEST EDTECH ENTREPRENEURS

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By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It’s no secret that many teachers leave their jobs to pursue more lucrative careers. About one-third of teachers quit within the first five years of joining the profession. Where do they go? Some choose to stay in the field of education in a different way—by becoming EdTech entrepreneurs. Teachers who become EdTech entrepreneurs are often very successful. So why do teachers make some of the best EdTech entrepreneurs? The number one reasons educators make great EdTech entrepreneurs may be simply that teachers know what teachers need and want. EdTech entrepreneurs who come from the tech field and have never been in a classroom don’t understand the unique needs of classroom teachers. Teachers can imagine how students will use certain devices or apps. They can foresee the problems a new technology might create. Teachers are experts at figuring out what helps students and what students will misuse. For this reason, teachers make superb EdTech entrepreneurs.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/educators-make-best-edtech-entrepreneurs/

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Open online courses offer many opportunities to expand educational horizons

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By TANYA ALLBRITTEN, US Dept of Defense

It’s no surprise that the Internet provides numerous training opportunities for employees who want to improve their skills and advance their careers. “Massive open online courses,” known as MOOCs, are online learning courses that are available to thousands of students at a time. And, many of these courses are absolutely free while others are provided at rates drastically less than traditional courses. While the Army does not endorse any one specific program, MOOCs are freely accessible courses, delivered to large cohorts of learners.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/257364/open-online-courses-offer-many-opportunities-expand-educational-horizons

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December 9, 2017

Wary of Online Degrees? There’s Probably a Residency Program in Your Field

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By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The benefits of online education and remote degrees has been proven. It may not be able to replace all in-person, traditional instruction in every field, but it can come pretty close. In some cases, it can even exceed a traditional college course. But online programs also come with their challenges. A singular obstacle is that, by their nature, they can be isolating. “In the 1990s,” wrote Professor Wen-Li Chyr in a recent study, “it was found that students felt physically isolated when they participated in online courses, especially when the instructor could not immediately provide feedback to learners … These issues are still present today.”

Wary of Online Degrees? There’s Probably a Residency Program in Your Field

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Recruiting Gets Smart Thanks to Artificial Intelligence

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By Dave Zielinski, SHRM

Whether it’s sorting through multitudes of resumes or social media profiles to find the best fit for a job, analyzing the vocal tone or facial expressions of job candidates in video interviews, or keeping applicants apprised of their hiring status, artificial intelligence (AI) is moving rapidly from experimentation to mainstream use in the recruiting world. Recruiters need look no further than the paragon of artificial intelligence, IBM Watson, to understand what’s possible in recruiting today. Watson brings new efficiencies to HR through applications that derive insights from vast amounts of data, continually build knowledge and offer personalized recommendations.

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/technology/pages/recruiting-gets-smart-thanks-to-artificial-intelligence.aspx

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Five examples of how neuroscience is affecting education

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by Matthew Lynch, tech edvocate

The world of educational technology has a lot of facets to consider. One primary focus is the effect of neuroscience on education. To progress and compete globally, we need to use all possible advantages to give our children a leg up. Here are five examples of how neuroscience is affecting education today.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-examples-neuroscience-affecting-education/

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December 8, 2017

Girl Scouts Launches Initiative to Put 2.5 Million girls through STEM Programs by 2025

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has launched a national initiative designed to help close the gender gap in STEM education and employment over the next eight years. The organization aims to raise $70 million put 2.5 million girls through their STEM programs by 2025. The initiative is just the latest measure from the organization designed to address gender equity in STEM fields. GSUSA launched 23 STEM and outdoor badges earlier this year and plans to add 18 cybersecurity badges and a series of space science badges over the next two years.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/11/08/girl-scouts-launches-initiative-to-put-2.5-million-girls-through-stem-programs-by-2025.aspx

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Teaching Tolerance Offers K-12 Digital Literacy Lessons

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

An organization focused on reducing prejudice and supporting equitable school experiences for all students is pointing educators to a set of resources that will help them teach digital literacy in their schools. Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has defined digital literacy as a kind of “civic literacy,” enabling people to identify faulty information online, participate meaningfully in online communities, resist malevolent forces online, use the internet for good and understand the online landscape.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/11/07/teaching-tolerance-offers-k12-digital-literacy-lessons.aspx

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MIT Researchers Speed Up 3D Printing 10 Times

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By Joshua, Campus Technology
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a desktop 3D printer that they say is up to 10 times faster than those currently commercially available. Anastasios John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity and the Mechanosynthesis Group, partnered with Jamison Go, a former graduate researcher in Hart’s lab, identified in a previous paper three issues that slow down printer performance.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/30/mit-researchers-speed-up-3d-printing-10-times.aspx

 

 

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December 7, 2017

The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

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BY EARL D. LAING, eSchoolNews

If your school hasn’t thought about cybersecurity as a growing concern, it’s time to learn what the threats are and what you should be doing to keep your school, and its data, protected. You’d be hard-pressed today to find a school that doesn’t consider safety a high priority. We go to great lengths to keep those inside school walls safe, running drills and spreading awareness in case of threat. There’s one kind of threat schools often overlook when it comes to safety, however, and that’s cyber attack.

 

The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

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District creates revolutionary computer science program for K-12 students

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BY NATE DAVIS, eSchoolNews

Indiana’s MSD of Decatur Township launches innovative computer science pathway program for K-12 students; more than 200 students have enrolled, with that number expected to grow significantly. Through a partnership with nonprofit Nextech and a collaboration with Apple, the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township in Indiana became the first school district in the state to implement a K-12 Computer Science Pathway.

Wow! District creates revolutionary computer science program for K-12 students

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Designing Online Learning to Spark Intrinsic Motivation

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By: Rebecca Zambrano, Faculty Focus

Curiosity, love of learning, the ability to use new knowledge and apply it to one’s own goals: all of these are things that are intrinsically motivating to people. They’re motivating because they’re enjoyable, or because they satisfy an internal psychological desire. Studies by Deci and Ryan have shown that intrinsic motivation tends to produce much deeper and more sustained engagement and learning than extrinsic motivation. And these studies have been followed up by many other studies that tend to have similar results. Most students want to get a good grade, but it is the intrinsic motivators, such as the need to gain competence in a course or the need to have a sense of choice or a sense of directing their own learning to some degree or another, that motivates students to succeed.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/resources/online-learning/course-design-online-learning/designing-online-learning-spark-intrinsic-motivation/

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December 6, 2017

10 video games that teach

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Video games used were originally used to entertain children, young adults, and even adults. The advent of more platforms paved the way to incorporate educational concepts in video games, injecting fun with the aid of technology in subjects that used to be taught conventionally in schools or at home. Kids do not have just to read books or watch documentaries about math, science, art, music or even sports; video games augment what was initially taught to them by engaging them in activities to apply what they have learned. Here are some video games from across different platforms that allow kids to learn while playing.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-video-games-teach/

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4 exciting trends that will define the 2018 education industry

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BY RICKY YE, eSchool News

The most hopeful potential impact of 2018’s edtech landscape is the opportunity for nurturing skills that will help students succeed in the future of work. Considering how robots could replace 38 percent of jobs in the U.S. over the next 15 years, it’s absolutely vital that we’re arming today’s students, from as early as kindergarten-age, with the ability to succeed once they enter the workforce. Let’s examine four key trends that are expected to shape the education industry this coming year:

4 exciting trends that will define the 2018 education industry

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Why small colleges should take the plunge into online education

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By Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Though the future does not look bright for small, private institutions — which have seen a growing trend of closures due to a decline in enrollment and revenue — they may be able to stay afloat by tapping into can online courses and avoid a ‘precarious’ reliance on residential students, writes Robert Ubell, the vice dean emeritus of online learning at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering argues for EdSurge. While many small schools view online courses as impersonal with the lack of mentoring and close relationships between educators and students, it’s inevitable schools ignoring digital opportunities will end up falling behind, he writes — especially as that pool of student enrollees becomes increasingly nontraditional and flexible online programs become more in demand.  Understanding the shift may be daunting, Ubell suggests modest investments in the right staff, online designers and recruiters, as well as a forward-thinking innovator and digital advocate on campus who can support the idea of online learning. He also suggests partnerships with third-party online program managers to handle technicalities, as sometimes such companies also commit to handling much of the initial cost.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/why-small-colleges-should-take-the-plunge-into-online-education/511785/

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December 5, 2017

This is the smartest robotics company in the world (and soon to be one of the most important)

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by Greg Nichols, ZDNet

Sarcos Robotics, a Salt Lake City-based robotics company, has three new products at market or debuting soon. One is a small robotic snake, useful for industrial tasks such as pipeline inspection or for first responders conducting search & rescue or tactical response operations. Another is a hulking two-armed tele-operated robot that can be used for heavy construction or in nuclear power plants. The third is an exoskeleton suit that allows workers to nimbly perform the functions of a forklift. The technology is cool and worthy of the recent spate of coverage. But the really impressive thing about Sarcos is that its executive team seems to have figured out something that’s eluded countless other robotics developers: A bomb-proof go-to-market strategy.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-is-the-smartest-robotics-company-in-the-world-and-soon-to-be-one-of-the-most-important/

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Why Blended (Learning), Why Now?

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by Kathryn E. Linder, Tomorrow’s Professor

Over the past several decades, a wide range of technologies has emerged that are designed to assist in teaching and learning. Technology has changed every aspect of our lives, and the higher education classroom also feels that impact (Collins & Halverson, 2009). Distance education programs at institutions of higher education, which are often seen as a means to broaden enrollment and increase gross margins (e.g., see Parry, 2011), are continuing to grow (Allen & Seaman, 2014). Blended (also referred to as hybrid) courses, in which face-to-face interaction is combined with technology-enhanced or online activities to aid student learning, have also been posed as a possible solution to the question of how best to engage busy students in a cost-effective and learner-centered way. Major (2015) points out that, for some, blended is seen to be “the best of both worlds” (p. 82) because of the way it allows for both face-to-face interaction and online support structures. For many instructors across disciplines, a form of blended learning, termed flipped classrooms, has also gained popularity as a method to increase in-class active learning time by shifting delivery of content to the online environment.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1607

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