Augmented and Virtual Reality Shipments to Double Each Year Through 2020

January 14th, 2017

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headset sales will see a compound annual growth rate of 108.3 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC). That growth rate will lead to 76 million units shipped in 2020, if the forecast holds true. “2016 has been a defining year for AR as millions of consumers were introduced to Pokemon Go and, on the commercial side, developers and businesses finally got their hands on coveted headsets like Microsoft’s HoloLens,” said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC mobile device trackers, in a prepared statement. “AR may just be on track to create a shift in computing significant enough to rival the smartphone. However, the technology is still in its infancy and has a long runway ahead before reaching mass adoption.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/01/03/report-augmented-and-virtual-reality-shipments-to-double-each-year-through-2020.aspx

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How Online Education Can Fix Its Student Retention Problem

January 14th, 2017

by SATESH BIDAISEE, Gilmore Mirror

The recent growth of online education has been astounding. Last year, 35 million people signed up for at least one online class. That’s more than double the previous year’s enrollment. The popularity of online learning is easy to understand. Today, students have access to well over 4,000 courses in a wide array of subjects, from chemistry to philosophy to graphic design. They participate at a time and place that suits their schedule. Many courses are free.

http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/27340507/article-How-Online-Education-Can-Fix-Its-Student-Retention-Problem?instance=lead_story_left_column

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Government Initiatives to Boost the Global E-learning IT Infrastructure Market Through 2020

January 14th, 2017

by Technavio

Global e-learning IT infrastructure market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 14% during the period 2017-2021. In this research report, Technavio covers the outlook and growth prospects of the global e-learning IT infrastructure market for 2017-2021. The report segments the global e-learning IT infrastructure market into three broad categories including hardware, software, and connectivity, of which the connectivity segment dominated the market with more than 56% of the market share in 2016.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170102005058/en/Government-Initiatives-Boost-Global-E-learning-Infrastructure-Market

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Many parts of Oklahoma are high-level math, science ‘deserts’

January 13th, 2017

By Jennifer Palmer, Oklahoma Watch

Participation in advanced-level math and science classes in high school is a strong predictor of success in college, regardless of the grade earned in the class or whether it results in college credit, studies show. Yet as many as two-thirds of Oklahoma high schools report they don’t offer calculus or physics, leaving swaths of the state devoid of these classroom opportunities, according to data for the 2014-15 school year, reported by schools to U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Calculus and physics aren’t needed for a high school diploma, and schools may offer other high-level math and science courses, such as statistics. But calculus and physics are regarded as key concepts used in many other disciplines. And the classes are essential for entry into well-paying careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, as well as medicine.

http://www.enidnews.com/news/state/many-parts-of-state-are-high-level-math-science-deserts/article_a358247a-69b0-5e1e-b0dc-516560ae0ae5.html

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The 4 tech trends that will shape 2017, predicted by ZDNet editors

January 13th, 2017

By Jason Hiner , Chris Duckett , Larry Dignan , and Steve Ranger, ZDNet

As we do each week, the editors of ZDNet will continue to put our heads together in 2017 and give you our weekly Monday Morning Opener–an editorial that zooms in on the most important topic in tech for the week. Now that we’re sailing into the new year, we’ve also put a few brain cycles into zooming out on the big issues that will shape the year ahead. So after giving you the 5 biggest tech trends of 2016, we’ve now got the four big ones that will dominate 2017. The real story behind AI is automation, the Internet of Things platform eludes us, the smartphone holds out for the big one, and virtual reality becomes less virtual and more reality.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-4-tech-trends-that-will-shape-2017/

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Educators and tech leaders predict where edtech trends in teaching and learning will head this new year

January 13th, 2017

by eSchool News

With every new year comes new ideas. To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Here’s what they said:

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/01/02/hot-edtech-trends-2017/

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Coweta schools’ definition of bullying

January 12th, 2017

By THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD

…. Bullying shall also include acts which occur on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school-related functions or activities or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of the district. The term also applies to acts of cyberbullying which occur through the use of electronic communication, whether or not such electronic act originated on school property or with school equipment, if the electronic communication (a) is directed specifically at students or school personnel, (b) is maliciously intended for the purpose of threatening the safety of those specified or substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school, and (c) creates a reasonable fear of harm to the students’ or school personnel’s person or property or has a high likelihood of succeeding in that purpose. Electronic communication includes, but is not limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writings, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photo optical system.

http://times-herald.com/news/2017/01/coweta-schools-definition-of-bullying

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Social Studies Should Teach Students for Tomorrow, Not the Past

January 12th, 2017

By Craig Perrier, EdSurge

The most compelling way to teach for tomorrow is for teachers to avoid replicating their classroom experiences, and rather use practices that address global citizenship: a combination of knowledge, skills, and dispositions, all of which put the focus on students’ futures. Teaching for tomorrow is about providing the instructional structures, resources, assessments and technology to make global connections so students can explore topics for themselves to construct their own knowledge and form informed opinions and views.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-01-01-social-studies-should-teach-students-for-tomorrow-not-the-past

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On Campus or Online

January 12th, 2017

by Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Nevada Business

Online, on campus or a hybrid of the two, what these business programs share is the students are finished with school and working as leaders in their industries and in their particular business functions, said McCartin. That means, as well as sharing common goals, they can share knowledge from all the different industries they represent. The UNLV program is all on campus, with students attending every other Friday and Saturday for 18 months. “We believe strongly in the on-campus learning experience because so much of the learning that occurs is between the students,” said McCartin. “There’s 25 students to a cohort and they’re from all different industries and functions of business, so when you start talking about a particular subject, everybody is bringing their own real world experience into the classroom. They learn as much from each other as they do from the faculty.”

http://www.nevadabusiness.com/2017/01/36672/

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2017 Guide for Deep Learning Business Applications

January 11th, 2017

by Mikhail Naumov, Forbes

The promise of artificial intelligence is ubiquitous and often portrayed in Hollywood as a calculating robo-nemesis, disguised as a friend or personal assistant (just see Her, exMachina, and Westworld). Yet, there are few areas better suited for an AI-powered transformation than enterprise & business functions. Thanks to “online learning”, the real time re-training of AI algorithms, the models which get trained first will grow faster and become stronger over time. This will propel early adopters towards producing more consistent results faster, enabling them to rapidly pull ahead of the pack.

forbes.com/sites/mikhailnaumov/2016/12/30/2017-guide-for-deep-learning-business-applications/#6e4e99a77bb8

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5 ways you can instantly become more tech savvy

January 11th, 2017

By Young Entrepreneur Council29

If you building an tech company, it is important to acquire at some tech skills to understand the various processes of your business. With so many amazing resources available online and the growing reliance on technology, there has never been a better time to learn something new. Perhaps you want to widen your reach and turn your brick and mortar business into an e-commerce enterprise; maybe you need to develop new skills for your job or career goals; or, maybe you just want to use technology to make life more convenient and entertaining. Whatever the reason is, skills like programming, gaming, designing and other online applications and processes can be developed through your own self-guided education. As COO of a growing business, I wanted to become more tech savvy in order to help with our web design, social media pages and content creation. I set out to do just that, learning that anyone can develop skills to help them professionally and personally.

https://e27.co/5-ways-you-can-instantly-become-more-tech-savvy-20161229/

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Short classes give students a jump on spring semester

January 11th, 2017

By Dylan Lysen, Manhattan (KS) Mercury

While many K-State students have gone home for the holidays, some have already gone back to class. The university’s winter intersession classes — shortened courses offered between fall and spring semesters — began on Tuesday, with several more beginning next week. The courses span different topics, including masonry, computer science, dance and even social media. Andrew Smith, an instructor with 25 years of journalism experience, said the social media course provided through K-State’s journalism school is one of the many that are only online. While some intersession courses are traditional lectures, online courses offer recorded lectures and discussion topics on message boards.

http://themercury.com/articles/short-classes-give-students-a-jump-on-spring-semester

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Students and teachers reveal how learning technologies impact their classroom environment

January 10th, 2017

by eSchool News

Student-teacher interaction is one of the most important things when creating a positive and effective classroom environment–in fact, it ranked higher than educational technology use, according to both teachers and students in a new survey. The survey from online learning service provider Quizlet seeks to outline how teachers and students, including Generation Z students (those born in 2001 or later), feel about technology in their classrooms. Eighty-seven percent of surveyed teachers said interaction with students is an important part of their teaching environment.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/12/15/gen-z-educational-technology/

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2016: The Awesome, the Painful, and the Viral

January 10th, 2017

By Vicki Davis, Edutopia

The past year saw ideas both good and bad spreading ever faster. How can we make our best teaching ideas go viral? But at a minimum, every teacher should care about classroom best practices. Those should be like gold. If I find something bottle-flippingly awesome in my classroom, shouldn’t I share it with my networks? Shouldn’t it go viral just as fast and far as Chewbacca mom? To be fair, lesson plans are being shared in some places. There are bubbling communities of educators at Teachers Pay Teachers and on many OER websites, where people are excitedly sharing and iterating on great educational resources. Amazon even entered the space earlier this year. Although many rush to condemn these efforts, and mainstream education media generally ignores them, I predict that one day education best practices will go viral. Things stay the same faster than ever. With a few exceptions (noted above), we’re seeing more irrelevant materials, faster.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/2016-awesome-painful-viral-vicki-davis

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THE WORLD CAUGHT IN NET, ENABLED FOR LEARNING!

January 10th, 2017

by Sanjay Kaul, Pioneer Press

It’s only a matter of a few years when on-line education becomes the most sought-after mode in the world. Age will no longer be a barrier and everyone will be able to join the learning curve from wherever they want. Today out of every five people living on the planet, two have access to the internet and what’s even more amazing is that nearly all of them have a smartphone. Pushed by the likes of edX, Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy et al, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) has emerged as a popular genre, growing into a full-fledged “for- profit” and “not-for-profit” industry. Two main formats are now available, one based on the connectivist approach known as cMOOC, where content could be repacked as per need and requirements. The other goes by the name of MOOCx, an extension of traditional and blended thinking with a clearly specified syllabus driven by recorded lectures and films through expert providers.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/the-world-caught-in-net-enabled-for-learning.html

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8 Things You Should Realise If You Think It’s Too Late To Start Afresh

January 9th, 2017

by Vinay Devnath, Story Pick

Your career is never done for, even if you are well past what you think is your “due date”. This wouldn’t have been true a few decades ago. The only way you could get a job was if you went into a specific field and studied and worked hard to gain experience. Any other course other than the one you chose was not really accessible. Today, it is common to see people foray into education they find interesting even when they are in middle age. The truth is, that starting afresh is never too late. Yes, there is always insecurity gnawing in the form of a doubt, but there are many reasons that will put your mind to rest and with resources like edX, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, there are plenty of courses and programs from top universities and institutions that you can access for free.

http://www.storypick.com/start-afresh/

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Unbundling Higher-Ed Tech: “The Place We Will Go” in 2017

January 9th, 2017

By Matthew Rascoff, EdSurge

Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. In our fourth year-end personal statement roundup, we’ve again asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college application essay prompts, inspired by the very same ones that high school seniors are feverishly working on now! Here’s what Matthew Rascoff, vice president of the Office of Technology-Based Learning and Innovation at University of North Carolina, had to say. The highs and lows are inevitable. It helps just to know, for individuals or for a sector, that they are natural. We are definitely ready for the Boom Bands to start playing in 2017.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-12-28-unbundling-higher-ed-tech-the-place-we-will-go-in-2017

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If US won’t pay its teachers, China’s tiger moms will

January 8th, 2017

by China Daily

Cindy Mi is 33 and founder of a startup that aims to give Chinese kids the kind of education American children receive in top US schools. Called VIPKid, the company matches Chinese students aged five to 12 with predominantly North American instructors to study English, math, science and other subjects. Classes take place online, typically for two or three 25-minute sessions each week. Mi is capitalizing on an alluring arbitrage opportunity. In China, there are hundreds of millions of kids whose parents are willing to pay up if they can get high-quality education. In the US and Canada, teachers are often underpaid-and many have quit the profession because they couldn’t make a decent living. Growth has been explosive. The three-year-old company started this year with 200 teachers and has grown to 5,000, now working with 50,000 children. Next year, Mi anticipates she’ll expand to 25,000 teachers and 200,000 children.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2016-12/28/content_27795511.htm

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Mapping Higher Ed’s Future: Introducing the Innovation Initiative

January 8th, 2017

by Dave King, Oregon State; Evolllution

Oregon State University is in the first phase of a year-long initiative to identify innovative ideas that will have a positive impact on learner success and future revenue generation for the institution. In the world of innovation, there are a couple of fundamental ways to look at the process of generating new ideas. Some ideas focus on sustaining innovation, the ideas that are needed to maintain the growth and success of the core enterprise. However, there is an additional form of innovation that tends to be outside the realm of the day-to-day efforts of what can be called the “mothership.” In some cases, these new innovations may be disruptive innovation similar to the ideas described by Harvard’s Clayton Christensen.

http://evolllution.com/managing-institution/higher_ed_business/mapping-higher-eds-future-introducing-the-innovation-initiative-2/

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Harvard and MIT Turn MOOC Data into Knowledge

January 8th, 2017

by Daniel Seaton, Glenn Lopez, Dustin Tingley and Isaac Chuang, EDUCAUSE Review

The breadth and detail of educational data — particularly from MOOCs — poses challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions. Chief among these challenges is finding ways to separate the sea of data into meaningful categories and present them in usable forms. The Harvard/MIT edX Data Pipeline is an open-source effort to manage MOOC data among higher education institutions. Using the project’s tools, institutions can make online course data usable by stakeholders from institutional and course administrators to students and researchers and thereby improve the educational experience and outcomes.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/12/harvard-and-mit-turn-mooc-data-into-knowledge

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Education Research Highlights From 2016

January 7th, 2017

By Youki Terada, Edutopia

A look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students. In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their profession, from the reasons why they started teaching in the first place (#1) to why they leave (#6). We learned that science students do better when teachers share stories about the struggles scientists face instead of portraying them as geniuses (#3). We’re also learning more about why U.S. students are falling behind students in other countries (#12). Here are 15 studies published this year that every educator should know about.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/research-highlights-2016-youki-terada

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