Educational Technology

January 22, 2018

A year in the life of a student-centered library

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BY JOHN MILBURN AND KIMBERLY DEFUSCO, eSchool News

We often get inquiries about our district’s overall vision for our libraries. The truth is, libraries in our schools are far from cookie-cutter, and that’s what makes us successful. One of the reasons we feel our libraries are so effective is because each school is equipped with a full-time certified library media specialist. Additionally, each library’s resources are curated and customized for each school to meet the needs of its diverse student population. It sounds like a big task, but it’s what our students need, so the effort is worth it. When students enter the real world, they’ll be exposed to a variety of print and digital text, and libraries are great equalizers for different forms of media. Our media specialists are experts in collaborating with teachers, knowing their student population, identifying the right mix of print and digital resources, and detecting student preferences

A year in the life of a student-centered library

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Purdue announces name for new public university: Purdue University Global to serve working adults, online

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by Purdue University
Purdue University on Thursday (Jan. 11) announced the name of its new online public university for working adults — Purdue University Global. The name was approved by the Executive Committee of the Purdue University Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees of Purdue NewU. The name will become effective when the acquisition of Kaplan University by Purdue clears the last step in the approval process – review by the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditor for both Purdue University and Kaplan University, which is scheduled for Feb. 22.

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q1/purdue-announces-name-for-new-public-university-purdue-university-global-to-serve-working-adults,-online.html

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OPINION: Technology can be overused, but proves helpful tool in the classroom at MHS

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By msmith, Daily Republic

The use of smartphones has been making headlines lately. Some articles cite studies linking internet usage to depression in teens. But while smartphones and other technologies can be associated with addictive and harmful effects on children and teens, the positive uses of technology are pervasive and indisputable in today’s world and are only becoming more critical to success in school and future careers. Currently at Mitchell High School, there are students enrolled in 216 dual credit courses, most of which are taken online. And for many, they’re beneficial. “The independence of online classes has helped me learn self-accountability,” said Jamison Gross, a junior at Mitchell High School.

http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/opinion/columns/4385901-opinion-technology-can-be-overused-proves-helpful-tool-classroom-mhs

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January 21, 2018

4 critical issues for competency-based education programs

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

As K-12 competency-based education programs become more widespread, educators and policymakers would do well to focus on four key issues that can make or break high-quality programs, according to a new report. The CompetencyWorks report, Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education, calls for creating competency-based systems in which the culture, structure, policies, and instructional practices fully support each and every student in their journey toward preparation for college, career, and life.

4 critical issues for competency-based education programs

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The looming student loan default crisis is worse than we thought

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by Judith Scott-Clayton, Brookings
This report analyzes new data on student debt and repayment, released by the U.S. Department of Education in October 2017. Previously available data have been limited to borrowers only, follow students for a relatively short period (3-5 years) after entering repayment, and had only limited information on student characteristics and experiences. The new data allow for the most comprehensive assessment to date of student debt and default from the moment students first enter college, to when they are repaying loans up to 20 years later, for two cohorts of first-time entrants (in 1995-96 and 2003-04). This report provides a broader perspective on student debt and default that considers all college entrants rather than just borrowers, provides substantially longer follow-up, and enables a more detailed analysis of trends over time and heterogeneity across subgroups than previously possible.

https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/scott-clayton-report.pdf

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Why neuroscience should drive personalized learning

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While personalized learning is a growing market, we have long looked to how the mind works to inform education. The biggest problem with this practice has been the propagation of myths and misinformation. However, new research and focus on how the mind actually works can dispel the false ideas which hinder the progress of personalized education. What does this mean for individual learning? Teachers and parents can help students succeed through new technology and methods which are supported by science. Applying verified ideas to personalized education can help students advance, and teachers make a real impact. For these dreams to become a reality, we must embrace neuroscience research. Here are the most significant reasons why neuroscience is necessary to develop personalized learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-neuroscience-should-drive-personalized-learning/

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January 20, 2018

Don’t Settle for Student Loans to Pay for Online Education

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By Ashley Norwood, US News

Some online students can receive federal work-study awards to help reduce their tuition.  Don’t just settle on borrowing student loans to cover the whole cost of your program and living expenses. Instead, start thinking about how to cut costs and cover your balance in different ways, such as the following.  Grants and scholarships: Even though you are taking an online course, you can still apply and receive grants and scholarships. But your first step should be to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA, which will allow you to receive a Pell Grant if your expected family contribution is low enough.

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/student-loan-ranger/articles/2018-01-10/dont-settle-for-student-loans-to-pay-for-online-education

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Gov. Brown proposes California’s first fully online public community college

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by Teresa Watanabe, San Diego Union-Tribune
Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to launch its first fully online public community college to help 2.5 million young adults without college credentials gain skills for better jobs and greater economic mobility. In the 2018-19 budget plan he unveiled Wednesday, Brown proposed spending $120 million to open such a college by fall 2019, with a focus on short-term credential programs for careers in fields including advanced manufacturing, healthcare and child development. The governor is a longtime advocate of online learning, which he sees as more cost effective than traditional education.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/la-me-online-community-college-20170110-story.html

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Glasgow freshmen using school-issued Chromebooks

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BY WILL PERKINS, Glasgow Daily

“We’re seeing that most classrooms really don’t use textbooks anymore,” said Amy Allen, principal of Glasgow High School, back in October when she was speaking to the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education about an initiative to issue Chromebooks to all freshmen. “That’s kind of something of the past. They’re using lots of different resources that have live data that changes so quickly.” Allen said distributing Chromebooks to students would help personalize their learning, that it would not only help struggling students, but it would also allow students at higher levels to be pushed even further.

http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/news/glasgow-freshmen-using-school-issued-chromebooks/article_2ba81f00-f664-11e7-a050-1fa89600741a.html

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January 19, 2018

Libraries Find New Ways to Flourish in the Digital Age

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by Dave Doucette, EdTech
Modern learners seek flexible spaces and guidance on digital literacy.  In higher education, 21st-century librarians are seeing a redefinition of their roles, moving from stewards of physical information to educators on digital literacy. Institutions are also taking a new look at library buildings, which are becoming less about offering a refuge for quiet, independent study and more about creating opportunities for creativity and collaboration. But whether their purpose is to host a makerspace or old-fashioned book stacks, one thing is clear: University libraries are here to stay.

 

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/01/libraries-find-new-ways-flourish-digital-age

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Gwinnett Schools Use ‘Digital Learning Day’ As Make-Up Day

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by TASNIM SHAMMA, WABE
Many students in metro Atlanta had the day off Monday because of a winter weather advisory. But in Gwinnett County, that didn’t mean no school. Public school students there had to go online for what officials called their first “Digital Learning Day.”

https://www.wabe.org/gwinnett-schools-use-digital-learning-day-makeup-day/

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EdTech is a key part of school construction plans

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Construction needs to move away from the notion of “computer rooms” and realize that every space could be a computer room. Study pods and other quiet spaces need to be integrated into classrooms as students are being encouraged to work together but also to work alone. Edtech allows for this flexibility, but the current classroom set out does not. Blended learning is important, and if students are to feel that they are in control of their learning, they need to feel that classroom offers opportunities to do so. Some other additions to the classroom of the future should cover some of the following points.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/making-edtech-key-part-school-construction-plan/

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January 18, 2018

How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of Training? Updated for 2017

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By Robyn Defelice, ATD

In this article, we will explore the results from a 2017 survey, compare that data to the previous two studies, and discuss a few trends that have emerged over the years. If you are unfamiliar with the research, the data helps to squelch the desire to say, “It depends…” when a client asks how long it will take to develop training. These numbers provide another way for project planners to budget time and resources, and they can be used in place of or in conjunction with estimates based on old projects with similar needs. At a minimum, it provides a method for making estimates, comparisons, or both.

https://www.td.org/insights/how-long-does-it-take-to-develop-one-hour-of-training-updated-for-2017

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Who is the typical college student? You might be surprised

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By Jeremy House, Education Dive
College students are often more than 24 years of age, working at least part time and enrolled in non-selective schools, reports The Wall Street Journal. Also, a larger share are nonwhite, with the most dramatic gains over the past 20 years coming among Hispanic students. Pulling from the most recent demographic and education data, the WJS constructs the profile of the typical college student and highlights the diverse backgrounds of a growing share of degree seekers. The international student population also soared as institutions look abroad for full-paying learners to bolster their finances. Liberal arts and humanities, much maligned by politicians, remain the most popular degree programs for many college students. Rounding out the top three are business and health-related programs. But few students pay full freight, receiving need- or merit-based grants from their institutions. Nearly 85% of students at private, nonprofit undergraduate programs colleges receive aid from their schools.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/who-is-the-typical-college-student-you-might-be-surprised/514354/

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Top 5 Data Science Publications You Should Read In 2018

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By Sam Nelson, Udacity

If you ask a data scientist how to start or advance your data career, one of the first things they’ll tell you is to read. Not the answer you’d expect? You’d be surprised! Data scientists constantly read and explore what’s happening in the rapidly changing data landscape. If you’re just getting started in the field, understanding current industry trends can set you apart in the job interview process, making it clear that you’re someone who is engaged and knowledgeable about the data science space. “If an interviewer asks you about which data science publications you read regularly, you should have a good answer!” If you’re already working in the field, staying on top of the latest news is a big part of how you stay competitive, remain valuable, and grow your expertise.

Top 5 Data Science Publications You Should Read In 2018

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January 17, 2018

IT’S OFFICIAL: ‘DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP’ CLASSES ARE THE NEW NORMAL IN SCHOOLS

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By Molly Fosco, OZY

On a fall day in early September, Rachel Murat begins the school year by instructing her newest group of high schoolers to google themselves. As they click away on their Chromebooks, the students begin to realize what a simple search can reveal about them, and the room slowly fills with gasps of shock. Once the students have settled down, Murat tells them to google her name. “They always think they’re going to find dirt, but they never do,” Murat says. “Then I harp on them about not making a permanent post about a temporary emotion.” When Murat wanted to start a digital citizenship class at Maine-Endwell High School in Broome County, New York, in 2012, she didn’t have much of a road map to work with. Today, a growing number of digital-citizenship curriculum providers are emerging, catering to increasing demand from schools and educators across the country adopting “DigCit” as central to the education they provide.

http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/its-official-digital-citizenship-classes-are-the-new-normal-in-schools/82563

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HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN BE USED TO CREATE BETTER ASSESSMENTS

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By Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

One of the many changes that students are experiencing is their ability to be assessed not only in the classroom but also online. Students of all ages can be tested and assessed through the use of online tools and assessments. In the 21st century, we are seeing a shift in views regarding how students can be tested and assessed based on their performances inside and outside the classroom. Students can also be assessed by creating and displaying their work online through social media, YouTube, and digital portfolios. Additionally, many university classes are encouraging and even requiring student contribution on online blackboards and forums. Regardless of the format of assessment, technology is becoming a critical part of learning as well as student performance. So, how we can use technology to create better assessments? Read on to find out.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/technology-can-used-create-better-assessments/

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5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR DISTRICT’S DIGITAL LEADERSHIP

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By Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate
Educators are counting on your digital leadership and your support to help everyone embrace edtech. By setting edtech expectations early on and providing adequate support, your district’s digital leadership can create a new culture of digital use and citizenship. Here are five ways you can help them embrace digital technology.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-improve-districts-digital-leadership/

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January 16, 2018

Challenges, and more distractions, lie ahead for colleges

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by Sandra Beckwith, University Business

How big-picture threats to higher ed are impacting campuses and what administrators are doing to take control.

Although many higher ed leaders are advocating for colleges and their students at the national level, it remains an area where they can control little. They can—and are—however, battening down the hatches on their own campuses to help emerge from this challenging climate intact. This involves having a vision for strengthening the institution’s foundation and agility in managing new responsibilities and demands. Following are seven things higher ed search leaders and administrators believe campus administrators must do in the coming year to get the job done.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/challenges-and-more-distractions-ahead-colleges

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Arizona college studying technology that could make schools safer from active shooters

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by Katie Conner,  ABC15

A college in Arizona will help make schools safer when it comes to active shooters. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, located in Prescott, received a $769,890 grant from the National Institute of Justice to test various technologies to keep an intruder from entering a school. Professor Tom Foley, with the University’s College of Security and Intelligence, is leading the research. Foley says they will test barriers like doors, windows, glass and locks against the guns that have been used in recent mass shootings.

https://www.abc15.com/news/region-northern-az/prescott/az-college-studying-technology-that-could-make-schools-safer-from-active-shooters

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Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News.
Students said they vastly prefer classes with digital learning technologies.   Ninety-four percent of students in a new survey said digital learning technologies have helped them retain new concepts, and 53 percent said they prefer classes that use such tools. McGraw-Hill Education’s fourth annual Digital Study Trends Survey, compiled by Hanover Research, includes responses from more than 1,000 college students. Sixty percent of surveyed students said they think digital learning technologies have improved their grades, and one-fifth said those technologies significantly improved their grades. Students in STEM majors were the most likely to say technology has positively impacted their grades. Approximately 60 percent of students agree that digital learning technology increased their engagement with course materials.

Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

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