What Happens When Tech-Savvy Teens Help Cyberseniors?

July 16th, 2014

by Katie Lepi, Edudemic

In school settings, teachers are older than students. Thus, there is always much discussion around the concept of what’s changed since the teacher was the student’s age, and what that means for education. We look at generational differences between multiple generations. We talk about the future of education: Is it mostly STEM based? Is it all digital? Sometimes, it is important to remember that all of us need to learn different types of things throughout our lives, and that teachers don’t always take the form of an older, ‘more educated’ person in front of a classroom. The awesome video below is the trailer for a movie called “Cyberseniors”, in which teenagers team up with senior citizens to teach them about the internet. It offers some great takeaways, along with a solid dose of humor.

http://www.edudemic.com/cyberseniors-video/

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5 Tips For Keeping Your School iPads Safe (And Not Cracked)

July 16th, 2014

By Jason Cross, Edudemic

If you run a school that utilizes 1:1 technology tablets, you have no doubt had to deal with a few bumps and bruises. Especially if those tablets end up going home with students. Here are some tips for reducing tablet loss in your program.

http://www.edudemic.com/oops-cracked-pad/

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The Digital Lives of Teens: “If You Don’t Have a Plan for Them, They Will Have a Plan for You”

July 16th, 2014

by Matt Levinson, Edutopia

For schools, the challenge is how to bring together kids’ “native” knowledge regarding technology and teachers’ pedagogical experience without entering into a tug-of-war battle that teachers will inevitably and invariably lose when technology is in the ring. A colleague of mine from many years ago gave me sage advice regarding working with middle schoolers: “If you don’t have a plan for them, they will have a plan for you.” There is no truer statement when it comes to deploying technology in schools. Teachers have to design learning experiences around challenging problems where the technology is a tool that needs to be used to solve the problem. If technology sits idly on the side, kids will go in their own direction, gravitating toward games and other “distractions,” and teachers will feel “gamed” by the kids. The kids will make their own plan.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-teens-have-a-plan-matt-levinson

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5 Powerful Videos That’ll Help You Understand Global Education

July 15th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The Global Education Conference is a free, week-long event that connects teachers, students, administrators, and organizations from around the world. This particular conference is really awesome because it happens completely via webinar – so you can participate online. Aside from the advantages the all-webinar format offers, it also allows for a huge breadth of presenters and topics. The 2013 conference was host to over 200 general sessions and 19 keynote speakers, which really means there’s something for everyone in there. We’ve put together a short list of our 5 favorite videos from the 2013 conference – linked below.

http://www.edudemic.com/5-videos-global-education-conference/

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How The World Really Connects To The Internet

July 15th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The internet: Not just for first world countries anymore. While high speed, broadband access may be much more ubiquitous in more developed countries, internet infrastructure and broadband connectivity is much more widespread than you may be aware of. Over the last decade, huge strides have been made, meaning many more students across the globe are being connected to the vast network of students, teachers, and the world. The handy infographic linked below paints a pretty good picture of what internet connectivity looks like around the world. Take a look, and try to imagine how many more people you could be connecting with around the globe in just a few short years.

http://www.edudemic.com/world-connectivity-infographic/

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Technology will be woven into most courses: Sushil Vachani

July 15th, 2014

by Anirban Sen, Livemint

So, if you look ahead, the education sector is at an inflection point. There are some obvious things—there is an increasing demand for education. But the big change that has occurred already is that technology is creating enormous opportunities for delivery of education. Online education has always been there. But all along, people kind of looked down their nose on online education. But in 2011, Stanford opened up their course on Artificial Intelligence as a MOOC. There were about 160,000 students registered for that course across the world. And only 23,000 completed the course. But there were still 23,000 students who completed it. This was a big deal not because an online course was being offered, but because one of the world’s best institutions was putting its stamp of approval on online education. And then other universities began to wake up. This is a tremendous opportunity, but it’s also a threat. The opportunity is that any university in the world can beam its course around the world. People who couldn’t afford a world-class education, can afford it. The threat is that they can come into your market.

http://www.livemint.com/Companies/xVPS6oMDekZOnMEzQAtmTL/Technology-will-be-woven-into-most-courses-Sushil-Vachani.html

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Why Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun is rolling out

July 14th, 2014

by Jason McCormick, Silicon Valley Business Journal

“There’s a huge skills gap. At some level, we’re trying to fill that skills gap,” said Thrun, who also is director of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. We’re trying to give people a chance to find the right skills and build a pathway for them to learn the latest education in those spaces.” It’s all a part of online education growing up, and reflects a move into the professional skills market we documented back in November. Udacity has partnered in its new program with a number of large employers, including AT&T Inc. and Google Inc. The nanodegree programs will launch in the fall and focus on entry-level Web development and data analytics.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2014/07/02/why-udacity-ceo-sebastianthrun-is-rolling-out.html

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Online courses future of higher ed

July 14th, 2014

by ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON, Bristol Herald Courier

Open online courses might be the way of the future for higher education, said a local educator. Rachel Fowlkes, executive director of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon this week about MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, which are often free classes taught by professors worldwide. Several prestigious institutions — in Virginia, the University of Virginia is involved — offer MOOCs, and it’s an easy and inexpensive way for folks to take a quality class, Fowlkes said. “We’re constantly looking for new ways” to educate students, she said. “We have and will embrace MOOCs as a way for people to develop their skills and goals.” She said MOOCs won’t replace campus-based education, but can help at places like the Higher Ed Center, which is a collaboration of colleges and universities throughout the state.

http://www.tricities.com/news/local/article_6d1686cc-025f-11e4-9dab-0017a43b2370.html

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Disruptive Innovation And Education

July 14th, 2014

by Michael Horn, Forbes

What’s exciting here though is that through disruption, we have the opportunity to make a quality higher education fundamentally affordable and thereby allow many more people access to its benefits. The disruptions happening throughout education more generally afford us an opportunity to revisit how we cultivate children’s learning and futures—and hopefully allow us to do it in a way that is even better, given what we now know today. That’s not preordained either, of course, but we have the opportunity. It’s now all of our turn to shape it appropriately.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2014/07/02/disruptive-innovation-and-education/

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Researchers To Study How School Leaders Use Data To Inform Decisions

July 13th, 2014

By David Nagel, Campus Technology

The United States Department of Education has awarded $5 million to three universities to find out how (or whether) school and district leaders use research to inform their decisionmaking. The grant will fund the creation of a new center — dubbed the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice — whose aim is to study how research is currently used in schools and in what circumstances research is used to inform decisions. It will also look to find ways that education-related research “could be made more meaningful for educational leaders through long-term partnerships between researchers and practitioners.” Research will be conducted by investigators at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University and the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/01/researchers-to-study-how-school-leaders-use-data-to-inform-decisions.aspx

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Report: Universities Struggle To Provide Adequate Bandwidth

July 13th, 2014

By David Raths, Campus Technology

SIIA’s annual survey finds that bandwidth is not keeping up with demand at higher ed institution, but suggests progress on digital content, e-portfolios. As more classroom activities require Internet access, the number of college and university educators who believe they have access to adequate Internet bandwidth levels is declining, suggesting that bandwidth is not keeping up with demand, according to the most recent annual survey by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Yet educators noted improvements in other areas, including security measures and e-portfolios.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/01/report-universities-struggle-to-provide-adequate-bandwidth.aspx

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For rural school districts, where is new tech training available? Online, of course

July 13th, 2014

By Alexandria Neason, Hechinger Report

For teachers in rural areas, technology training for classrooms can be elusive. It’s one reason why swarms of teachers, smartphones in hand, crowded around a small table covered in bar coded stickers at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, eager to learn. They listened intently on Sunday as Terra Graves, a district technology specialist from Washoe County, N.V., explained how to scan quick response (QR) codes for a new massive open online course (MOOC) debuting this August, using Google Hangouts and Google Plus. “Having it online, being able to have them connect with other educators that teach their content really broadened their horizons,” said Graves, one of hundreds of educators who are gathering at ISTE in Atlanta to swap tips and solutions on digital learning.

http://hechingerreport.org/content/rural-school-districts-new-tech-training-available-online-course_16577/

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The Effect of the ‘New’ E-Learning on Soft Skills Training Premium Content

July 12th, 2014

by Stephen Meyer, ASTD

The pull of the past is strong, but we’re on the cusp of a paradigm shift in soft skills e-learning. Most learning professionals now realize that short form is better. They’re acutely aware that multiconcept learning creates cognitive overload, making it tougher to get users to engage in e-learning, sustain their interest, and retain what they learned. We now have viable models for short-form e-learning, and the recognition has set in that learning events don’t have to present a broad range of concepts; you can learn important things in eight minutes. E-learning’s dirty little secret—poor utilization—is out, and if learning departments want to use e-learning, they’re going to have to demonstrate higher engagement. The new e-learning is the path to an exciting breakthrough.

http://www.astd.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2014/07/The-Effect-of-the-New-E-Learning-on-Soft-Skills-Training

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Facing New Technologies in the Classroom, Teachers Seek Help Online

July 12th, 2014

By Alexandria Neason, Games and Learning

One of the major challenges facing game developers hoping to get their tools used by teachers is the level to which teachers are comfortable using those technologies. In this story from the Hechinger Report, journalist Alexandria Neason reports from this week’s edtech conference in Atlanta about what some teachers are doing to answer the training gap.

http://www.gamesandlearning.org/2014/07/02/facing-new-technologies-in-the-classroom-teachers-seek-help-online/

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Learning-Disabled Siblings Graduate Thanks To Online Classes

July 12th, 2014

By BILL ZEEBLE, KERA News

Melissa was eventually diagnosed with autism and auditory processing disorder. This high-functioning autistic girl started improving in online learning. “This is a platform and technology that makes sense to them,” explains autism expert Tandra Allen with the University of Texas at Dallas. Then there’s Melissa’s brother, William, who’s 22, diagnosed as a youngster with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Those disabilities impair reading and writing, even though he tested in the genius range, according to his mother. William tried online school like his sister. “I was able to pay attention, and didn’t have to deal with people yelling, screaming, using bad grammar,” William said. “Most of the time I was in the living room with my headphones on listening to music.” For students like William, music isn’t a distraction, it’s an aid.

http://keranews.org/post/learning-disabled-siblings-graduate-thanks-online-classes

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12 Essentials of Prescriptive Analytics for Student Success

July 11th, 2014

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

While predictive analytics have been an ed tech buzzword in recent years, they are but a midpoint in the evolution of data analytics in higher education. What began as descriptive analytics, the analysis of historical data to understand what has happened in the past, has matured into predictive analytics, the use historical data to develop models for helping to predict the future. Now, prescriptive analytics takes the prediction and prescribes recommendations or actions to influence what ends up happening in the future. It works by developing business rules that kick into action when certain conditions are present. For example, a prescriptive analytics-driven learning management system could recommend additional material or Web sites to a student with poor performance pertaining to a specific topic.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/06/25/12-essentials-of-prescriptive-analytics-for-student-success.aspx

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5 critical iPad mistakes to avoid

July 11th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Here are five reasons why school iPad initiatives tend to stall, ETT-iPadTablets, including iPads, are all the rage in today’s classrooms. But how many iPad initiatives fail due to common mistakes that could be avoided with proper planning? During a jam-packed ISTE 2014 session, EdTechTeacher director and co-founder Tom Daccord gave an overview of what he said are five common mistakes schools across the country seem to make when it comes to iPad implementations. “It struck me that there were ways in which schools were making common mistakes with iPads,” Daccord said.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/01/5-ipad-mistakes-743/

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What’s hogging bandwidth on college campuses?

July 11th, 2014

By Denny Carter, eCampus News

The “State of ResNet Report” breaks down exactly which devices are using the most bandwidth on campuses. The prevalence of tablets — once a rarity — has wreaked havoc at many schools. Eighty-four percent of respondents to the ResNet Report said tablets are the biggest drain on their campus’s bandwidth, with 75 percent saying laptops and desktops are the main culprit. Six in 10 said internet-connected Blu-Ray players are to blame for bandwidth woes. Sixty-three percent pointed to smartphones and 61 percent said video games are a central issue in maintaining reliable bandwidth for every student. Students now own an average of seven mobile devices, up from 6.4 in 2012, according to a study from Marketing Charts.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/bandwidth-college-campuses-134/

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8 steps to get the most out of adaptive learning

July 10th, 2014

By Meris Stansbury, eSchool Ness

Adaptive learning, considered a ‘game changer’ for higher education in its innovative use of technology to deliver high-quality, highly-personalized instruction to all types of learners, is still relatively new in its adoption and implementation. Thankfully, 17 tech-savvy leaders in higher ed are offering best practices to get the most out of adaptive learning. In a new report, “Maximizing Investment in Adaptive Learning,” sponsored by Adapt Courseware and produced by Eduventures—a research and consulting service—though adaptive learning is not only in demand by colleges and universities (Arizona State, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California Berkeley, and more) but meets the needs of today’s students’ through rich online learning environments and personalized learning, its full potential is not yet realized.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/adaptive-learning-steps-487/

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iOS 8 Is Coming: What Are The Big Wins For Education?

July 10th, 2014

By Dan Kemp, Edudemic

This week Apple held their developer’s conference and made a number of exciting announcements about iOS 8. We at the Book Creator team have picked out some of the key updates coming with iOS 8 – the ones that will change the way iPads are used in the classroom.  Apple announced major updates to their operating systems, which will launch in the Fall. iOS 8 will be released for iPads and iPhones, and OS X Yosemite is the latest update to the Mac operating system. These updates bring with them many exciting features which are good news for teachers, students, and classrooms.

http://www.edudemic.com/ios-8-coming-big-wins-education/

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10 New Technologies You Should Know About

July 10th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Every year has its standouts, right? 2007 had the original iPhone, and 2010 had the iPad. But what has 2014 offered us in terms of awesome technology thus far? There’s been some chatter about things like Google Glass, but I have yet to see any notable number of folks walking around donning their Google specs. There are lots of little things that come out that are better than the last version, but we’ve really been looking at a lot of incremental improvements on existing technology – iOS8 is not offering any major breakthroughs or improvements over iOS7, iOS6, etc. The handy infographic linked below from Weekly Science brings us 10 technologies from 2014 that are pushing the envelope tech-wise.

http://www.edudemic.com/new-technologies/

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