Educational Technology

October 13, 2018

9 ways college is different for millennials than it was for previous generations

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Hillary Hoffower, Business Insider

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of college-educated young adults with a bachelor’s degree is at its highest point yet — 40% of millennial workers aged 25 to 29 had a bachelor’s degree in 2016, compared to 32% of Gen Xers in 2000 and 26% of baby boomers in 1985. But they’re attending college in a different environment. From the price of college textbooks to online learning opportunities, here’s how college differs for millennials.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-college-is-different-now-then-millennials-vs-baby-boomers-2018-9

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Why Traditional Trades Will Prosper In A Technology-Focused Workforce

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Andy Rosenband, Forbes

As the CEO of a manufacturing company that relies both on our workforce of dedicated employees as well as making investments in new technology solutions, I continue to examine whether and when one side will override the other. But I don’t think this will happen. I think we’ll have a continued need for a strong employee workforce in addition to advanced machinery. Technology — both digital and mechanical — is changing the way we work. While this is unsettling to many workers, especially those in seemingly volatile positions and industries (which at first glance may appear ripe for takeover by an automated workforce), there’s an upside to traditional trades.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeschicagocouncil/2018/10/05/why-traditional-trades-will-prosper-in-a-technology-focused-workforce/#7a76c7e26ffd

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What is Machine Learning?

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Chris Meserole, Brookings

The core insight of machine learning is that much of what we recognize as intelligence hinges on probability rather than reason or logic.  Recognizing someone, planning a trip, plotting a strategy—each of these tasks demonstrate intelligence. But rather than hinging primarily on our ability to reason abstractly or think grand thoughts, they depend first and foremost on our ability to accurately assess how likely something is. We just don’t always realize that that’s what we’re doing. Back in the 1950s, though, McCarthy and his colleagues did realize it. And they understood something else too: Computers should be very good at computing probabilities.

What is machine learning?

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October 12, 2018

California CS Standards Designed to Increase Access to CS Instruction for All Students

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

By the end of grade 2, a student should be able to explain the functions of common hardware and software components in a computer. By the end of grade 5, he or she should be able to determine potential solutions to solve simple hardware and software problems using common troubleshooting strategies. By the end of grade 8, the student should be able to explain potential security threats and security measures to mitigate threats. And by the end of high school, he or she should be prepared to create data visualizations that can help others better understand real-world phenomena.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/10/01/california-cs-standards-designed-to-increase-access-to-cs-instruction-for-all-students.aspx

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Community colleges see success with varied semester start dates

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Flexible semesters could help nontraditional students complete degrees at community colleges.  Nontraditional students make up more than half of today’s higher-ed student body, and community colleges are stepping up to meet their unique needs in big ways. Research from the American Council on Education shows that almost 60 percent of U.S. undergraduate students are nontraditional, meaning they are 25 or older, work full-time, and have work, family, or other obligations that require flexibility in their educational options.

Community colleges see success with varied semester start dates

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DeVos explores potential of virtual learning in the Delta amid harsh conditions public schools face

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BY KELSEY DAVIS, Mississippi Today

But the U.S. Secretary of Education wasn’t in Lexington on Thursday to answer any of those questions. She was there as part of her “Re-Think School” tour, observing the Global Teaching Project – a program designed to bring advanced placement (AP) classes to schools in highly rural areas. The program, also available in other rural schools in Mississippi, has the potential to expose students to rigorous academic curriculums in districts where obstacles to such opportunities are all too familiar.

DeVos explores potential of virtual learning in the Delta amid harsh conditions public schools face

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FutureLearn launches fully online BA

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by Patrick Atack
FutureLearn, the online learning platform attached to the British Open University, has launched its first undergraduate full degree program, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Australia. The degree will be available across four subject areas of: Film, Media and Cultural Studies; English and Writing; History; and Sociology and Anthropology. Students will choose major and a minor subjects, picking individual courses accordingly. “It’s an important expansion of the university’s long history of flexible delivery” Each of the programs will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, broken down into four, three-week courses.

FutureLearn launches fully online BA

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Does your college have a math concierge?

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BY ANGELA PASCOPELLA, eCampus News

The Math Emporium at an Arizona community college pairs technology with human help to increase student success. The Math Emporium, located on the campus of Rio Salado College in Phoenix, Arizona, is an informal, cafe-style study and practice space to help students navigate basic math. But that’s not all. The emporium is staffed by a math “concierge” who acts as tutor, small-group presenter, and coach. As with many community colleges, some Rio Salado students tend to be older than the average college student and/or some left high school early, so they have little memory or knowledge of math concepts. “Less than 20 percent of students can get into and pass a college-level math class,” says John Jensen, faculty chair of mathematics. “A lot of them need practice with lower-level and developmental math; they simply lost [the knowledge] due to lack of use.”

 

Does your college have a math concierge?

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Online teachers help students, staff at Refugio High School

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by Madeleine Dart, KIII
n the small town of Refugio, Texas, where evidence of Hurricane Harvey still remains, a lack of teachers has left a high school to rely on technology. During the 2017-18 school year, Refugio High School was in dire need of a Spanish teacher after their’s retired. Principal Brandon Duncan searched for the right candidate but could not fill the position; so he had to get creative. Duncan reached out to Proximity Learning, an online classroom program.  “It’s just the age we live in,” Duncan said. “It’s very accustomed to computers. To technology.” During that school year, with the help of Proximity Learning, Duncan saw a 100-percent passing rate for Refugio High School’s Spanish classes.

https://www.kiiitv.com/article/news/local/online-teachers-help-students-staff-at-refugio-high-school/503-600994772

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October 11, 2018

A comparison of human-machine working hours for 2018 and 2022.

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Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum

Will we humans lose more jobs than we gain when machines take over the world of work, or will it be just the opposite? The experts are still trying to figure that out. In December 2017, a report from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” predicted that between “almost zero” and a third of work activities could be displaced by 2030, with wide variation among countries. (The more advanced the economy, the more likely the impact of automation.) While workforce transitions could hit between 75 million and 375 million people, overall, McKinsey found, more occupations will change than will be lost in a machine-driven world.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/03/the-future-of-work-when-machines-take-it-over.aspx

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Houston CC Opens Online Campus

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When one Texas community college system launched its seventh campus, the ceremony was digital: At the appropriate moment, event attendees armed with tablets were invited to swipe their fingers across their screens to “cut” the virtual ribbon on Houston Community College’s new online college. HCC Online launched with 31 fully online programs, including 15 associate degree-level and 16 certificate offerings in both academic and workforce areas. It expects to expand the total to 70 by fall 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/04/houston-cc-opens-online-campus.aspx

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Reaching Parents with YouTube

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It’s important to involve parents in their child’s learning process. One way the Temple Independent School District has reached out to parents is through the use of a YouTube Channel. The school district already had a YouTube channel with lessons targeting students across grade levels. To this, they added a “Just for Parents” section. One reason to reach out to parents via YouTube is to help them help their child. While students may have trouble with classwork and homework, parents might too. Many parents want to help their kids succeed but it’s been a long time since they covered the relevant materials and teaching methods have changed.

Reaching Parents with YouTube

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October 10, 2018

Introducing Bumo Blockchain

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by Blockgeeks

BUMO is a next-generation commercial-grade public Blockchain for ubiquitous and trusted value transfer, which is aimed to build a decentralized application ecosystem featured with extensive digital trust, free-flowing value and public-sharing apps.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/introducing-bumo-blockchain/

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Online instructors educate students wherever they are

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By Sam Combest, Cardinal News

Online classes at U of L have been offered for quite some time and many courses continue to be added to the online curriculum. While the coursework is the same for a class that is offered both online and in person, the cost is not. The cost difference between in-person and online classes may not seem like much at first, but if a student takes more than one course, that difference accumulates.

Online instructors educate students wherever they are

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Ohio State plans esports program across 5 colleges

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By Hallie Busta , Education Dive
Ohio State University is launching an interdisciplinary gaming studies and esports program that will span five of its colleges — Engineering, Education and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Business and Medicine — and include at least one undergraduate degree, according to the university. The program doesn’t yet have a launch date, though it is expected to be at least a year out. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center already researches mental and physical behavior of elite esports athletes.  The initiative will also include an elective class in esports content production, a gaming speaker series and an online certification. The certification and online classes will be developed after the degree program is in place, a university representative told Education Dive in an email. A planned 4,000-square-foot, 80-plus-seat esports arena will serve the program and be home to a new university esports team.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/ohio-state-plans-esports-program-across-5-colleges/538928/

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October 9, 2018

3 ways technology & innovation are transforming classrooms

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BY MATT PRUSIECKI, eSchool News

A superintendent shares three tools his district uses to prepare their students for life.  As we continue to embark through the Information Age, it’s crucial for educators to implement new strategies that will meet the needs of both students and industries. Thanks to recent technology and innovative solutions, students are gaining more and more access to education outside the classroom, thereby expanding their learning and career opportunities in a variety of ways. Technology and innovation are a growing priority in school districts nationwide, and the following three tactical tools are ways educators today can use technology to transform their classrooms.

 

3 ways technology & innovation are transforming classrooms

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A Two-Minute Guide To Artificial Intelligence

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Parmy Olson, Forbes

If you keep hearing about artificial intelligence but aren’t quite sure what it means or how it works, you’re not alone. There’s been much confusion among the general public about the term, not helped by dramatic news stories about how “AI” will destroy jobs, or companies that overstate their abilities to “use AI.” A lot of that confusion comes from the misuse of terms like AI and machine learning. So here’s a short text-and-video guide to explain them:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/03/a-two-minute-guide-to-artificial-intelligence/

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Internet Safety Tips for School-age Kids

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With teens reportedly spending one-third of their days online—and younger kids not far behind—it’s imperative that parents and teachers ensure the safety of school-aged kids on the Internet. Of course, the Internet is a big place, and it’s populated by hackers, bullies, and those who would take advantage of children and teens. So how can we truly monitor kids and keep them safe? Start by following the Internet safety tips below!

Internet Safety Tips for School-Aged Kids

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October 8, 2018

Google launches “Abtal Al Internet” initiative to teach children online safety habits

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By Ammara Rounaq, Tech Radar
Aiming to encourage children to be confident online explorers while avoiding potential cybersecurity pitfalls, Google has launched “Abtal Al Internet” (Internet Heroes) initiative in Arabic, a free online platform full of learning resources and interactive activities on online safety for kids, parents and educators. This move seems in line with Google’s Be Internet Awesome initiative launched last year.

https://www.techradar.com/news/google-launches-abtal-al-internet-initiative-to-teach-children-online-safety-habits

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Women learn website development skills together during ‘ladies night out’

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Melissa Lizotte, the County
When Lillie Lavado thought of hosting a special monthly coding night for women called “Code Like A Mother,” she did not just like the sound of the phrase. She also liked the idea of women coming together to learn new skills that many might not have had the courage to try on their own.  Lavado is a web designer and developer who operates UX Web and Design out of her family-friendly co-working space, Hardscrabble Solutions, on Main Street in Presque Isle. Since opening the space in 2017 Lavado has created programs in which people of all ages can learn about the basic web tools needed to master computer coding and create their own website.

Women learn website development skills together during ‘ladies night out’

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3 Ways to Invest in Your Own Career

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by Daniel B. Kline, Casper Tribune
Some companies make an effort to help employees grow in their careers. That might mean offering education opportunities, sending them to industry events, or offering in-house training. In most cases, however, some if not all of your career development is in your own hands. That means you need a concrete plan, and you should be willing to invest some real money in your long-term future. Taking a class is a way to invest in yourself.

https://trib.com/business/investment/personal-finance/ways-to-invest-in-your-own-career/article_746e1853-1dbd-5e7e-875c-5653855264a3.html

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