Educational Technology

February 23, 2018

Addressing the STEM skills gap with continuous online learning

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by Pluralsight APAC director Fiona Sweeney, IT Brief

You’ve heard this before – technological change is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. We are approaching the fourth industrial revolution which involves exponential developments in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, and cybersecurity. According to Deloitte, the digital economy is forecasted to grow to $139 billion by 2020. In order to benefit from this, businesses need to be armed with STEM skills to be at the forefront of this disruption. STEM skills are fundamental for Australian businesses to ride the digital transformation wave. The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) estimated that almost five million jobs will face a high probability of being replaced in the next decade due to digital disruption.

https://itbrief.com.au/story/addressing-stem-skills-gap-continuous-online-learning/

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Education Groups Reject Trump Budget Proposal

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by Public News Service

Some education advocates are criticizing President Donald Trump’s new 2019 budget proposal because it zeroes out funding for several programs that benefit students. The $4.4 trillion budget increases defense spending but envisions deep cuts in domestic spending. For example, it would eliminate the Gear Up program, which helps kids fill out college applications and access financial aid. Sylvia Lazos, policy director for the group, Educate Nevada Now and professor of law at UNLV, says the program targets kids who are the first in their family to go to college.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-13/education/education-groups-reject-trump-budget-proposal/a61423-1

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Web-based teaching can improve science understanding for struggling pupils

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by Phys.Org

Web-based learning tools can help deepen science knowledge among all middle school students, and ease the science literacy gap for underachieving students, according to a three-year study published today in the International Journal of Science Education. Researchers introduced four interactive online science units, which students and teachers accessed with computers or tablets, into 13 middle school in two US states. he online units were tested in a randomized, controlled trial with over 2,300 students and 71 teachers. While all participating students improved their science knowledge, the results were particularly notable for less able students.

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-web-based-science-struggling-pupils.html

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February 22, 2018

Learning in the digital age: What is the internet doing to our brains?

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by Jennifer Long, WGME

The connection between teens and technology is obvious. According to a pew research poll, nearly 80 percent of American teenagers have cell phones, half of those are smart phones. What’s less clear is the effect the constant connection to the digital world has on kids and how they learn.  Educators at Poland Regional High School in RSU 16 are asking that very question. Ian’ Truman’s AP Literature and Language class is diving right into that discussion after reading “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.”

http://wgme.com/news/in-depth/learning-in-the-digital-age-what-is-the-internet-doing-to-our-brains

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Online High School Courses: Is It a Fad, or a Future?

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by Say Campus Life

Before there was a formalized K-12 online learning process, parents were already seeing the noticeable benefits of homeschooling their children. While many may harbor concerns over homeschooling children, modern K-12 online school options have made this trend a stronger reality for many students—especially those students who are high-school-aged. Not only is the education, via an online course load, more focused, but it allows a child to be free of many of the classroom distractions that have commonly plagued a traditional public school setting. The focus tends to be more on learning and less on being bullied by other kids or subject to disruptions by the class clown.

Online High School Courses: Is It a Fad, or a Future?

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS RUSH TO TAKE CRYPTOCURRENCY AND BLOCKCHAIN COURSES

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by JULIO GIL-PULGAR , Bitcoinist.com

Student demand for courses on Bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, is putting elite U.S. universities under pressure. Students from all disciplines are rushing to sign up for courses that cover technical concepts underlying Bitcoin and Ethereum, such as decentralized consensus, append-only ledgers, smart contracts, and zero-knowledge proof systems. Students are also seeking to gain working familiarity with cryptocurrencies through practical assignments. Nathaniel Popper wrote in a New York Times an article entitled “Cryptocurrencies Come to Campus,” describing the extent to which courses on cryptocurrencies are attracting students across elite institutions such as Cornell, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Maryland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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February 21, 2018

Raising good ‘digital citizens’

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by Alison Bosma, Metro West Daily

The class at Natick’s Johnson Elementary School has Skyped with students in other states and countries, tweeted favorite authors, shared pen pal letters with students in Uganda through Google Drive, sent cloud observations to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and an average Thursday morning had them solving a math challenge from students in Georgia. That’s the short list. “It’s cool because when we were in third grade, we could say, ‘Yeah, I do science experiments in class,’” Magee said. “But now (students can say), ‘Yeah, I do science experiments and send them to NASA.’”

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20180211/raising-good-digital-citizens

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Contra Costa College aims to join statewide web college program

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By Michael Santone, the Advocate

Contra Costa College has until March 1 to complete its application to join the next cohort of California Community Colleges in the Online Education Initiative (OEI). OEI, which was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown back in January 2013 is a collaborative effort among state community colleges to provide students with easier access to high-quality online courses.

Contra Costa College aims to join statewide web college program

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7 of the best math apps for middle school

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

At last count, there were over 80,000 educational apps available to teachers. There are apps for everything: literacy, STEM, productivity, audiovisual, etc. There are apps which improve accessibility for students with different learning challenges, i.e. text to voice, voice to text, etc. While many of these may be a dream come true for educators, the dizzying array of choices is also a nightmare. Teachers just don’t have time to filter through thousands of apps to find the one that works best for the needs of their students. To help, we started to create curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education related categories. In this installment, we will present the best math apps for middle school students. 

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-best-math-apps-middle-school-students/

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February 20, 2018

Don’t call it a snow day: Schools closed, but Leyden students participate in ‘e-learning day’ from home

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by Heather Cherone, Pioneer Press

As one of three Illinois school districts participating in a pilot program that could put an end to snow days for good, Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park declared its first “e-learning day” Friday as snow piled up on streets throughout suburbs west of the city. The three-year pilot program, approved by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2015, was launched in the wake of the polar vortex that plunged Chicago into a deep freeze during the winters of 2013 and 2014 and forced schools to cancel several days of instruction. Leyden High School students were expected to complete at least five hours of classwork from home on Friday, using computers provided by the school district.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/franklin-park/news/ct-fhj-leyden-not-snow-day-tl-0215-2-20180209-story.html

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1 million US jobs will vanish by 2026

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by Stephen Spinelli Jr. , CNBC

Is our higher education system ready for the challenge? The answer is no – at least not yet. For too long, college degrees have rewarded students’ proficiency in taking exams, not their readiness for a career. As a result, students are trained to recite definitions, processes and formulas, but their lack of experience in real-world application limits their effectiveness and ability to innovate within their respective fields. This has to change. Higher education must focus squarely on developing the skills students need to succeed in a rapidly evolving job market. We must reject the false dichotomy of theory and practice. Deep thought and decisive action must be linked – this is the imperative for today’s university graduate.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/02/automation-will-kill-1-million-jobs-by-2026-what-we-need-to-do-commentary.html

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Chinese Police Add Facial Recognition Glasses to Their Surveillance Arsenal

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by Abby Norman, Futurism

Police officers in Zhengzhou, China have been spotted wearing sunglasses equipped with facial recognition software that allows them to identify individuals in a crowd. These surveillance sunglasses were actually rolled out last year, but a recent report from China’s QQ published a series of photos of the glasses in action.

Chinese Police Add Facial Recognition Glasses to Their Surveillance Arsenal

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February 19, 2018

DeKalb will use digital learning to make up snow days

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by Maureen Downey, My AJC

DeKalb County School District will permit its students to use online learning and assignments to make up two days lost to weather.  Most metro area school districts closed for four days in January due to ice and snow. DeKalb plans to hold class on two previously scheduled days off, Feb. 16 and March 9. A survey to decide how to make up the two other days endorsed virtual learning in which students work online on assignments and labs. Other districts including Forsyth and Gwinnett have reported success using online learning on snow days.

http://www.myajc.com/blog/get-schooled/dekalb-will-use-digital-learning-make-snow-days/1muR37dBzEB0JjtezSt9yL/

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How can you take the distance out of distance learning

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The development of edtech has created new means of communication that can help to bridge the gap between distance learners. Communication technologies that are now often used in the workplace can also be implemented into a distance learning course to offer more and more ways for students and teachers to communicate in real-time. Though educators about to embark on a distance learning course may feel unsure as to how they can create a sense of community for their students, there are steps and considerations that can be taken to help close the distance in distance learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/can-take-distance-distance-learning/

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17 of the Best Science Apps for Elementary Students

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

At last count, there were over 80,000 educational apps available to teachers. There are apps for everything: literacy, STEM, productivity, audiovisual, etc. There are apps which improve accessibility for students with different learning challenges, i.e. text to voice, voice to text, etc. While many of these may be a dream come true for educators, the dizzying array of choices is also a nightmare. Teachers just don’t have time to filter through thousands of apps to find the one that works best for the needs of their students. To help, we started to create curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education related categories. In this installment, we will present the best science apps for elementary school students.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/17-best-science-apps-elementary-school-students/

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February 18, 2018

College Testing Firm ACT Invests in Edtech Startup Smart Sparrow

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by Bernadette Tansey, Xconomy
ACT, the big college admissions testing organization whose CEO aims to make it an educational venture as well, is investing $7.5 million in interactive online learning startup Smart Sparrow. Smart Sparrow specializes in online courses that teach students how to master skills that have a physical component, such as biological laboratory techniques and drawing for engineers.

College Testing Firm ACT Invests in Edtech Startup Smart Sparrow

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A Teen Ahead of His Class

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By: Taylor Williams, Wabash Valley]

It’s certainly not the way most teens do it, but this 15 year old started and ended high school in the same school year, all without stepping foot in a classroom. On most days this is where you’ll find 15 year old Walter Wildman, typing away on his computer. But Walter is not your typical 15 year old. In January Walter graduated high school. “Are you sure? Most of the reactions are, are you sure it’s accredited or are you lying,” Walter Wildman said.   But it’s true.

http://www.mywabashvalley.com/news/a-teen-ahead-of-his-class/952948375

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Williamson Schools to offer online courses

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by Melanie Balakit, USA TODAY NETWORK

Williamson County Schools will offer online courses to high school students next school year. Several levels of English, math, science and history are included in the 17 proposed courses. Williamson County Director of Schools Mike Looney said the district aims to offer another educational choice to students. “We’re just trying to be cutting edge and ahead of the curve,” Looney said. Looney said the district envisions a blended learning model — a mix of online coursework and in-person interaction with teachers — for students who choose to take online courses. “Some students might want to take an online course in 7th period and go to work and then do the coursework later,” Looney said. “Then they may schedule meetings with a teacher.”

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2018/02/05/williamson-schools-offer-online-courses/307381002/

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February 17, 2018

Ten Habits of Tech-Savvy Schools

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Here are the ten habits of tech-savvy schools so you can see how yours measures up.

  1. They make ongoing professional development a priority. When it comes to technology, last year’s hot new trend is this year’s old news. Successful schools provide ongoing, quality training to help educators keep up.
  2. They invest in the right equipment. Tech-savvy schools make solid investments in equipment that meets their needs, whether it be interactive whiteboards, tablets, and/or a Chromebook for every student. Funds are allocated thoughtfully and wisely.
  3. Technology use is frequent and widespread. When you visit the classrooms in a tech-savvy school, you see that almost everyone is using technology in some form, whether it be the middle-school Social Studies teacher giving a PowerPoint presentation or a third-grader using an app to predict the weather….. See the link below for the rest.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-habits-tech-savvy-schools/

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Experts Answer: Who Is Actually Going to Suffer From Automation?

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by Kristin Houser, Futurism

High-risk fields are retail, fast food, agriculture, customer service,  accounting, marketing, management consulting, investment management, finance, higher education, insurance, and architecture. Specific jobs include security guards, long-haul truck drivers, manual laborers, construction workers, paralegals, CPAs, radiologists, and administrative workers. Technology is going to continue to advance, and in reality, all of us are going to have become life-long learners, constantly upgrading our skills. The most important skills to have will be knowing how to be highly efficient at iterative learning — “unlearning and relearning” — and develop high emotional and social intelligence.

Experts Answer: Who Is Actually Going to Suffer From Automation?

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4 Steps to driving a successful digital transformation

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Digital transformation in our schools is no longer just something it would be nice to have in the future. The rapid changes in the world around us make it a necessity here in the present. If your school or district has not yet undertaken the task, there is a good chance your students are leaving school unprepared for the challenges they will face in the 21st century. But the process is far from easy. When you take into consideration concerns about the budget, infrastructure, and training, it can seem impossible.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/4-steps-driving-successful-digital-transformation/

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