Educational Technology

May 21, 2018

The best 3D printers for the K-12 classroom

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

3D printing has created many exciting activities for the classroom, and teachers are itching to get their hands on one. And, who can blame them? 3D printers allow teachers to bring lessons to life in a way that students can see. Plus, kids love them! Even better, they are now much more affordable than when they first hit the market making it possible for schools to purchase them for makerspaces or individual classrooms.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/best-3d-printers-for-the-k-12-classroom/

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Out of the Dark: Bringing California’s Education Data into the 21st Century

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by California Competes

Transparency in public education is critical to making sound investments and serving students on the path from K-12 to college to the workforce. Currently, transparency in California ends when a student graduates from high school. Forty-three states have or are developing statewide systems to link K-12 data with postsecondary data, and 33 link education data to workforce data; California is on neither list, one of six states in the nation with no statewide, integrated education data system (Figure 1).

http://californiacompetes.org/assets/general-files/CACompetes_Data-System-Brief_Final.pdf

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Career Pathways Design Study: Findings in Brief

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by Julie Strawn and Deena Schwartz, ABT
The rapid rise of career pathways strategies, including an emphasis on them in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), creates a need for more evidence on this approach. Although substantial career pathways research is in progress, more research is needed to enhance the field’s knowledge about career pathways strategies, how best to configure them, and their long-term effects. To inform future research on career pathways approaches, the U.S. Department of Labor’s(DOL) Chief Evaluation Office contracted with Abt Associates to understand the state of the field and develop evaluation design options. Abt conducted knowledge development by scanning career pathways studies and initiatives implemented as of February 2017 and consulting with 44 experts, then created a menu of evaluation design optionsto answer priority research questions. This brief gives a short overview of the project’s four reports

http://www.abtassociates.com/AbtAssociates/files/d9/d988d67a-9fa3-40c5-93d9-0a579fd76330.pdf

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May 20, 2018

5 key strategies for successful institutional growth

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by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
With declining enrollment and rising tuition rates, colleges and universities have had to step outside the box in search of business strategies that help them stay ahead of the market shifts. A new report from Grant Thornton looks into the state of higher education and points out some of the most common trends impacting the industry, as well as strategies institutions have implemented to stand out. Among the key trends, the report points out that developing the

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-strategies-for-successful-institutional-growth/

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Pushing for gender equality in higher ed leadership

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by Susan Bartel, Maryville University in Education Dive

Most of the leadership research has been focused on men. As a consequence, women have been judged against the standard of male behaviors and characteristics for strong leadership, even though leadership is consistently failing. Gender bias and role incongruity still exist, even in more contemporary studies of leadership. Women continue to struggle with the challenge of balancing two roles: being a strong leader and perceptions of what it means to be female. If higher education wants to be stronger and innovative in this ever-changing world, then it needs to do a better job of integrating and appreciating what both men and women bring to the leadership table.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/pushing-for-gender-equality-in-higher-ed-leadership/

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Columbia College is eliminating book costs, fees for adult students

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by Ian Nickens, KOMU

Adult classes at Columbia College are now going to cost just one fee for courses, and that fee covers everything. Starting in the 2018 fall semester, evening and online undergraduate students will only pay $375 per credit hour for classes, and that includes books. “We found a way to essentially negotiate in bulk with the publishers,” said Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple. “The college itself is buying the textbooks and we’re passing those savings along to the students.” Columbia College calls this new way of charging tuition “Truition.” The program is meant to give students who are also balancing a job an easier way to afford their education. “Truition applies to all the other students we have across the country who are generally coming part-time and for whom fees and books are significant costs and barriers to going to college,” Dalrymple said.

http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-is-cutting-tuition-for-adult-students

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May 19, 2018

Focusing on the Finish Line

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By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
A new analysis from Civitas Learning shows that many students are dropping out of their colleges despite having earned the majority of the credits they need for their degrees. Civitas found that on average nearly one in five students who leave college without a degree complete 75 percent or more of the credit threshold for a degree before leaving. And one in 10 dropouts has reached at least 90 percent of the credit threshold. The analysis is based on data from 30 two-year and 23 four-year universities that use Civitas student success tools and represent more than 300,000 degree-seeking students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/05/09/students-close-graduation-may-be-risk-dropping-out

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How Google can be a godsend for cash-strapped districts

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

First, Chromebooks are substantially less expensive than Apple’s laptops. This offers significant savings to school districts on the hardware side of the equation. And there is usually improved compatibility for other devices that the district or the student might already own.  Second, the one area where even Google fans still chose Apple products was the iPad, particularly for kindergarten through second grade classrooms, where a laptop seemed developmentally inappropriate. However, Google is launching a tablet meant to compete with the iPad and specifically designed for educational uses. Third, Google Classroom is a powerful tool to organize all of a teacher’s digital resources and instructional materials in one easy-to-navigate space.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-google-can-be-a-godsend-for-cash-strapped-districts/

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Connecticut calls its new Cybersecurity Action Plan a ‘call to arms’

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by Colin Wood, StateScoop

A document published this week by Connecticut officials represents one of the strongest cybersecurity plans undertaken by any state. The 41-page document, called simply the Cybersecurity Action Plan, highlights a need for increased security, more cross-sector collaboration, and heightened academic focus to help fill a cybersecurity workforce gap. The plan builds on a cybersecurity strategy proposal last year that called for Connecticut to implement dozens of new programs and policies affecting government offices, law enforcement, higher education and local businesses.

https://statescoop.com/in-a-call-to-arms-connecticut-publishes-cybersecurity-action-plan

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May 18, 2018

Congress should prioritize innovation in higher ed. Here are 3 ways it can

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BY ALANA DUNAGAN, Campus Technology
The centuries-old model of college is showing signs of strain under today’s turbulent economy.  Washington D.C. is slowly turning its attention to higher education. In December, on a party-line vote, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released the PROSPER Act, a bill to update the Higher Education Act for the first time since 2008. The Higher Education Act (HEA), first passed in 1965, outlines federal higher education policy, including federal financial aid eligibility, teacher preparation programs, and how the federal government holds colleges accountable. It has also historically been a barrier to innovation in higher education, something that the authors of the PROSPER Act are determined to remedy.

Congress should prioritize innovation in higher ed. Here are 3 ways it can

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State Support for Colleges Declines As Student Diversity Grows

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By Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer

As the largest single spending category for state governments (Medicaid is larger, but the federal government supplies a majority of the money), public education took a particularly large blow from this double whammy of reduced revenues and tax-cut-driven spending cuts. Within the education category, higher education was particularly targeted for cuts, mostly for the simple reason that public colleges and university had the alternative revenue source of raising tuition charges.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/state-support-for-colleges-declines-student-diversity-grows.html

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Poll: Americans look to colleges for research innovation

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
A new study from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation shows that a majority of Americans look to colleges and universities to drive the nation’s innovation imperatives. According to the survey, 71% of the respondents believe higher education to be a bigger factor in innovation than corporations or government, but they also said that the U.S. is behind other countries in research and development. With a sample size of 1,086 adults representing all 50 states, 61% of participants said that universities play “about the same role they have always played” in the future of innovation, but only 25% said that institutions are “leading the charge more than ever before.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/poll-americans-look-to-colleges-for-research-innovation/522823/

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May 17, 2018

Bintangor set to have its first e-learning kindergarten soon

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by the Borneo Post

The Bintangor community will celebrate another milestone with the opening of its first ‘e-learning’ kindergarten soon.  According to Danawa Education chief executive officer Tan Yii Ying, ‘Kinder Doc’ serves as a platform specially developed to facilitate teaching and learning in early childhood education.  “At Danawa Education, we believe that every child deserves the best education possible. We leverage on digital technology to facilitate the teaching and learning process, and aim to offer quality education programmes which are accessible and affordable to our urban and rural communities,” she said. She pointed out that ‘Kinder Doc’ seeks to fulfill three objectives namely to promote IT literacy among the young; facilitate learning in the digital age via various interesting digital tools and enhance the tracking of students’ development by educators. “We expect to roll this out in the next six months for the kindergarten’s first batch of students.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/05/05/bintangor-set-to-have-its-first-e-learning-kindergarten-soon/

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Online education comparable to traditional learning, but still has flaws

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By Gloria Knott, Arizona Sonora News

Melissa Wuellner, assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Kearney and a former faculty member at South Dakota State, studied natural resources courses online and face-to-face and found that online students spent more time on their classwork than the face-to-face students. She also found that grades in both online and face-to-face classes of the same course, which offered the same type of assignments, were comparable. “Mostly what we found was that students do about the same in both environments,” Wuellner said. Although research shows that academic rigor and grades are similar in both environments, online education still has its flaws — just as face-to-face classes do.

http://arizonasonoranewsservice.com/online-education-comparable-to-traditional-learning-but-still-has-flaws/

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How to Evaluate Digital Content

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As more schools are moving towards digital learning environments, it is more important than ever to pay careful attention to the types of digital content students are using. With a large amount of educational digital content available, it can be overwhelming to find the best teaching tools for your students. Kecia Ray, the chair of the ISTE Board, explains, “There are a lot of options out there for free or fee, and there is the good, the bad and the indifferent.” When it comes to evaluating digital content, you want to look for the best digital content available. For example, you want to avoid content that is simply an electronic version of the textbook without any added value to the student.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-evaluate-digital-content/

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May 16, 2018

Free Digital Badge Toolkit Helps Students Show Off Their 21st Century Skills

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A nonprofit that tests out new models of education and credentials has launched a free digital badge toolkit. The goal: to help schools outfit students with the skills employers are seeking. Education Design Lab’s 21st century skills badge program covers eight microcredentials as well as facilitation tools. The badges are intended to be used on students’ LinkedIn accounts, resumes and e-portfolios. In return, schools that use the badges agree to adhere to the specific language in their definitions, use a “360 assessment” at the beginning of the badge-earning process and share metrics and what they’ve learned in the process.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/01/free-digital-badge-toolkit-helps-students-show-off-their-21st-century-skills.aspx

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Pilot Linking Degrees and Earnings Gets First Try at U Texas

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The first-year median earnings for an undergraduate who received his or her degree in health and physical education/fitness at the University of Texas at Austin is $39,441. The median debt for that individual is $24,306. After 10 years, the earnings reach $70,262. For an undergraduate who majored in computer and information sciences, the median income for year one is $85,334; the median debt is $27,644. By the tenth year the CS major would have a median income of $117,418. That’s the kind of detailed information that prospective students and their families would find helpful in sorting through college choices.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/10/pilot-linking-degrees-and-earnings-gets-first-try-at-u-texas.aspx

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7 Roles for Artificial Intelligence in Education

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial Intelligence is no longer just contained in science fiction films. It is a part of our everyday lives and in our classrooms. As we use tools like Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, we are just beginning to see the possibilities of AI in education. And, we should expect to see more. The Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2017-2021 report suggests that experts expect AI in education to grow by “47.50% during the period 2017-2021.” With the expected growth of AI in education, here is a glimpse into some of the roles it will play in the classroom.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-roles-for-artificial-intelligence-in-education/

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May 15, 2018

MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

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By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Coursera has already released updates to its terms of service addressing GDPR requirements. And when asked if the company plans to review instructor data-collection practices, the spokesperson said Coursera is “working closely with university partners to mutually take measures required for GDPR compliance.” The GDPR will go into effect on May 25, and failure to comply could result in fines of 20 million euros or 4 percent of the entity’s global annual revenue, depending on what is greater. But there’s a caveat: “Each supervisor authority that enforces this will determine what [consequence] should be applied,” explains Johnson. “A lot of provisions are open to interpretation.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-03-moocs-are-global-so-where-do-they-stand-with-new-european-privacy-laws

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Corporate U: The History and the Future

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by Ave Rio, CLO Media

Fred Harburg is the former chief learning officer and president of Motorola University, one of the first corporate universities. He was also the senior vice president for leadership and learning at Fidelity Investments and was chief learning officer at Williams Energy. Following, Harburg shares his thoughts on the future of corporate universities.

http://www.clomedia.com/2018/05/03/corporate-u-the-history-and-the-future/

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Do digital tools improve reading outcomes?

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With the recent advancement of technology, it changes the tools children use to learn. When it comes to reading, there are many different apps and programs that can be used to keep children engaged and help them practice reading skills. Technology used as a tool for reading instruction can supplement the skills being taught, engage students more, and allows them to take charge of their own learning. To understand how technology can be helpful to children learning to read, it must be understood that there are different types of learners and various factors that affect learning. Some of these factors are the environment in which they have learned and continue to read, socio-economic family status, and whether or not there are learning disabilities involved. Technology may be of benefit to support these types of learners, especially.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/do-digital-tools-improve-reading-outcomes/

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