Educational Technology

June 21, 2018

MIT Algorithm Tackles Network Data Congestion

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A research project at MIT has developed an algorithm in which a constantly updating network — of sensors, drones or data-sharing vehicles — minimizes how much new information is received at any moment to avoid data congestion, while still keeping the most important data “as fresh as possible.” Right now, the approach works for “simple” networks; but eventually, the team expects to tackle complex ones as well. The project is important in an era of smart cars, manufacturing and delivery. Sensors are designed to feed fresh data to a wireless network quickly and continuously, to allow the network to maintain a current status on all variables in the system, as an MIT article explained.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/mit-algorithm-tackles-network-data-congestion.aspx

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New Tech Makes Mixed Reality More Interactive

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

In the future, according to a group of German researchers, users of virtual reality will be able to interact with each other more easily, more naturally and in real time between real and virtual worlds. A scene from the real world could, for example, be transferred into VR, after which feedback could be reflected back into the real situation. The Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) recently presented a new “X-reality technology” that makes this possible; the demonstration is being shown during Germany’s CeBIT conference, taking place this week. Fraunhofer HHI does applied research in mobile and optical wireless communications and video signal processing and coding.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/new-tech-makes-mixed-reality-more-interactive.aspx

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Another community college approved for bachelor’s degrees

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By James Paterson, Education Dive
Clark State Community College has joined two-year colleges in Ohio and those in 18 other states offering a four-year degree — but it’s a trend that some four-year institutions find troubling.  Ohio initially rejected Clark State’s proposal because the manufacturing technology management program it proposed appeared to be too similar to degrees offered at nearby four-year institutions, according to the Springfield News-Sun. The college revised the plan, which was approved. Clark State officials said in a statement that local employers have committed to enrolling more than 100 students in the new four-year program.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/another-community-college-approved-for-bachelors-degrees/525562/

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June 20, 2018

10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Trainer

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Google Certified Trainers are education professionals who help other teachers successfully redefine learning by integrating technology into their classrooms. To become a Google Certified Trainer, you must undergo an application process that includes completing a course, taking a skills assessment, and recording an introductory video. So is the process worth it? Let’s take a look at ten reasons to become a Google Certified Trainer.

10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Trainer

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5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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by Global Banking and Finance Review
Gone are the blackboards of yesteryear. Instead, many schools and higher education institutions are using a range of connected devices, both at school and at home, as part of a wireless revolution in the education sector.With the growth of automation, cyber-security and AI, the role that technology will play in the education sector is already shaping a future job market. In preparation for these new advancements, schools and students will need to adapt to a constantly changing way of digital learning. Here Performance Networks discuss 5 ways digital connectivity is revolutionising the education sector, as well as offering insight into how digital learning technology will shape schools in the future.

5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning games provide greater benefits than passing the time in class or entertaining students to keep them occupied. Experienced teachers know that using games in the classroom can invigorate interest in learning, so why wouldn’t eLearning incorporate using gaming in digital courseware and learning tools? Learners who participate in instructional games have improved their performance scores by as much as 30% and increased their confidence by 20%, likely because of the motivation and engagement games produce. In short, gaming in the classroom improves overall retention by 17%. Not only are learners more engaged and better motivated to learn, but they also are more likely to remember what they’ve learned. Games have specific purposes in instruction. Incorporating games at specific instructional points in eLearning can augment the instructional program, and here are four ways to do it:

4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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June 19, 2018

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

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By Michael Sano, EdSurge

Even when tuition is free, attending college can be expensive. Many students need to cover the cost of housing, food and family care in addition to their educational expenses. Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-14-can-online-programs-and-digital-tools-help-students-spend-less-money-dlnchat

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How to Create Successful and sustainable Makerspaces in Low-Income and Rural Schools

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

What if you could offer students in low-income and rural schools a technology-based opportunity to develop the creative genius you know they have? You’d provide a makerspace where students could explore, create, invent, and learn through authentic experiences. To make a dream like this successful and sustainable, the key ingredient lies in finding ways to make it tangible.  Although the idea behind the makerspace is to promote playful exploration, developing pathways within the space can improve sustainability. Sustainability in your makerspace will lead to success, but the caveat here is to monitor the pathways to eliminate possible stereotyping and inequalities. Examples include pathways that are gender or race exclusive. Instead, the focus must remain on inclusiveness, even allowing makers to opt in and out of pathways.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-create-successful-and-sustainable-makerspaces-in-low-income-and-rural-schools/

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An Inside Look at Why Accreditation Works

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By Robert Ubell, Inside Higher Ed

Describing his service on a voluntary visiting team, Bob Ubell defends regional accreditation as a form of “deliberative democracy” and urges us not to hand it over to a federal education police force.  In response to a recent signal that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be exploring alternatives to our present higher education accreditation practices, let’s take a look at what it’s like to be on the inside of a regional accrediting team.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/06/14/inside-look-why-regional-accreditation-works-opinion

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June 18, 2018

eLearning for Refugees: Three Programs Making a Difference

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By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

On June 20th, the United Nations will mark World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations, over 65 million people worldwide are now living as refugees. Millions of these refugees are children under 18 and many more are people in their late teens to mid-twenties who, under other conditions, would be enrolled in university. To address the growing need for flexible forms of education, eLearning continues to be brought to refugee camps around the world. As we prepare for World Refugee Day 2018, eLearning Inside News takes a look at just some of the organizations currently engaged in offering eLearning for refugees.

eLearning for Refugees: Three Programs Making a Difference

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City schools expanding virtual learning program

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By Donald Campbell, Alexander city Outlook

Starting this fall, the Alexander City School system will be offering its virtual learning program, iAcademy, to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. “The state legislature requires us to have a virtual offering for grades nine through 12,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Cooper said. “We started offering this at Benjamin Russell High School three years ago, then added it at Alexander City Middle School.  “This past year, we had 17 students from Benjamin Russell and four from ACMS go through the program.” Open to any student in the Alexander City system at no cost, and out-of-district students who pay a $500 tuition fee, iAcademy offers students who enroll the chance to complete their schoolwork under more flexible hours.

 

City schools expanding virtual learning program

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Here’s How Higher Education Dies

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by ADAM HARRIS, the Atlantic

Futurist Bryan Alexander says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. What does the slide look like? In the spring of 2013, there were 19,105,651 students enrolled in higher ed; this spring, there were 17,839,330, according to recently released data from the National Center for Education Statistics. That represents a roughly 7-percent decrease—and is driven largely by declining enrollments in the for-profit and community-college sectors, as well as stagnant enrollments among four-year non-profit public and private institutions. And the trend of declining enrollment in higher education is likely to continue, he argues, for a couple of reasons, but most notably, a declining birth rate means that there will be fewer 18-year-olds entering academe, and there are fewer international and immigrant students to fill those seats. Why is the dip in enrollment such a big deal? Well, quite plainly, the business model for a lot of colleges is dependent on enrollment.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/06/heres-how-higher-education-dies/561995/

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Apps and Tools that Will Help You Develop and Individualized Family Service Plan

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

What makes an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) unique is that it is designed for younger children and is family-oriented. An IFSP is a document that outlines a plan for young children who need early intervention services. It is customized for each child, as well as including a plan for the family. For instance, when children are receiving early intervention services, the family may also need the training to support their child’s needs. Since an IFSP is customized for the individual, every IFSP will be different. As you begin the process of developing an IFSP, here are some apps and tools to help you.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/apps-and-tools-that-will-help-you-develop-an-individualized-family-service-plan-ifsp/

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June 17, 2018

Competitions, experiments a focus in inspiring low-income students to embrace STEM

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by Christina Vercelletto, Education Dive
California schools are using various methods to not only get low-income and diverse high school students interested in STEM subject areas, but to increase the odds they’ll actually get a STEM-related degree and wind up working in one of those fields. In schools located a short distance from Silicon Valley, less than 5% of tech professionals are Hispanic, and just over 2% are African American. Interestingly, 57% of students in the area weren’t born in the U.S.; most came from China or India. One charter school, Downtown College Prep (DCP) Alum Rock High, leverages motivational tactics, such as competitions to increase STEM interest. A team of students became part of the Quest for Space program, through which astronauts on the International Space Station used an experiment they designed. Partnerships with non-profits, such as Genesys Works, create part-time or school-holiday internships. Students shadow tech workers to gain insight into what types of jobs are out there.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/competitions-experiments-a-focus-in-inspiring-low-income-students-to-embra/525274/

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Bootcamps Go To College

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Matthew Rascoff, Evolllution

Rather than viewing bootcamps as a threat, higher education should integrate the bootcamp model into the undergraduate experience to prepare graduates with the combinations of knowledge and skills they will need in their careers and lives. While the intensity, flexibility and experiential learning of bootcamps are compelling, those features are complementary to four-year undergraduate education. For most colleges, bootcamps are a sustaining innovation that can be absorbed into the core—not a disruptive innovation that must be developed or acquired and protected on the margins. Bootcamps haven’t undermined the bachelor’s degree, for which the return on investment is an annualized 15 percent per year—performance that would make any Wall Street investor envious.

Bootcamps Go To College

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NWLA closes, offers online courses only

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by Ennis Daily News

New Way Leadership Academy just announced the end of their classroom approach in Ennis while offering only online courses to their students. Parents were notified of the change in a letter sent by email. While the notice did not specifically state the school would no longer have classrooms and teachers available, the headline made it clear they were “restructuring” to become NWLA Online Private School for grades 3-12 as well as offering an adult high school program online. The letter informing families of the change in format also didn’t cite a reason that led to the end of the young school’s previous format. NWLA classes and offices had been located downtown at 104 NE Main St., where regular operations have ceased. The facility is now empty and external signage removed.

NWLA closes, offers online courses only

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June 16, 2018

New free online courses launched to help Syrian refugees continue their education

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by Future Learn
The first two in a series of twelve new free online courses to assist refugees affected by conflict in the Middle East start on June 18th. The courses are designed for tens of thousands of young people whose education has been interrupted by wars such as that in Syria, helping to prevent a ‘lost generation’ in the region. King’s College London has produced two new free online courses, Basic English 1: Elementary and Basic English 2: Pre-Intermediate so refugees and displaced people in Jordan and Lebanon can learn basic English for everyday situations in order to gain transferable skills and/or help proceed into higher education.

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/17525-new-free-online-courses-launched-to-help-syrian-refugees-continue-their-education

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Amplifying Student Voice while Teaching Digital Citizenship

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Many educators have been unaware of the need to teach their students about digital citizenship. After all, it is not unusual for students to be more aware of and more comfortable with technology than their teachers are. But that doesn’t translate into students automatically intuiting what they need to know and do in order to be good digital citizens. A solid digital citizenship curriculum will cover such topics as reputation management, civility, data privacy, copyright compliance, security, personal safety, appropriate communication, and information literacy. But, like any curriculum, its success or failure will depend almost entirely on how much students engage in the process. Even the best curriculum won’t have the desired outcome if students aren’t motivated to learn from it.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/amplifying-student-voice-while-teaching-digital-citizenship/

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Middlebury students will use E-Learning as new approach to snow days

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by Ed Ernstes, WSBT 22

Middlebury Community Schools will soon be taking a new approach when it comes to snow days.  Starting next fall, students will use E-Learning. They’ll do assignments online when school is called off. Starting with the new school year, 4,600 students in grades K through 12 will have a new way to make up school work when classes are canceled because of bad weather.  It’s known as E-Learning. Middlebury students can go online to make up assignments and course work assigned by their teacher.

http://wsbt.com/news/local/school-board-members-approve-d-learning-plan-for-middlebury-students

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June 15, 2018

Startup Uses AI and Human Augmentation for Video/Audio Transcription

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Camapus Technology
A startup based in Israel has raised $11 million to expand the growth of its solution for doing artificial-intelligence-powered transcription. Verbit technology, according to the company, will be helpful to schools in addressing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulation. The transcription process for videos and audio recordings typically relies on a combination of approaches: fully automated transcription, which tends to produce partially accurate results, and/or manual transcriptions, which require a much longer turnaround. Verbit has developed Verbatizer, a transcription system that uses a combination of AI technologies for automatic speech recognition algorithms and human-augmented refinement. The corrections made by human transcribers are fed into the Verbit algorithms through machine learning technologies to continuously improve the formulas.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/04/startup-uses-ai-and-human-augmentation-for-video-audio-transcription.aspx

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6 Reasons Blended Learning Works

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Research suggests that blended learning is more effective than both face-to-face and online education, according to a new e-book released by the Online Learning Consortium and academic publisher Routledge. Online & Blended Learning: Selections from the Field brings together advice and best practices from a number of scholarly publications related to online and blended learning; topics covered include the basics of the blended model, differences between online and on-campus learning, strategies for teaching with technology, data analysis techniques, policy issues and more.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/23/6-reasons-blended-learning-works.aspx

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