Teenagers Seek Out Online Courses

August 26th, 2014

by Larry Press, A New Domain

As you can see, more than 40 percent of incoming freshman UCLA polled had been frequently or occasionally assigned an online course in the past year. More shocking (to me, anyway) was that roughly 70 percent had sought out an online course on their own. Looking more closely at the information, it is clear public school students had slightly more experience with online courses than those enrolling in private colleges. This makes some sense, as public institutions tend to offer more online courses in their own curriculum. The most fascinating part of this poll for me was that incoming freshman to historically black institutions of learning were much more prone to having engaged with online courses than any other freshman group, whether it was assigned or not.

http://anewdomain.net/2014/08/18/teenagers-seek-online-courses/

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Personalizing Instruction With 1-to-1 and Blended Learning

August 26th, 2014

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

Rich Boettner is the chief technology officer at Hilliard City Schools (OH). Here, he details how his district started with a technology task force and ended up using 1-to-1 computing to facilitate blended learning. This past school year, we created a technology task force to figure out where we should be going. The result was to move forward with a 1-to-1 initiative. But what we heard the loudest was that unless you have a strong vision of what you’re trying accomplish, just buying devices is not going to be a fruitful endeavor. So working with a committee of staff, teachers and principals, we outlined a vision for blended learning as a component of this project.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/08/18/personalizing-instruction-with-1-to-1-and-blended-learning.aspx

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Pequea Valley considers letting students supplement high school with online courses

August 26th, 2014

by CINDY HUMMEL, Lancaster Online

The Pequea Valley School District Board of Directors has reviewed proposed updates to the school’s graduation requirements, including one that would let students add online classes to their course load. Board members discussed a new draft of a policy on graduation requirements which included how online courses would be accepted for graduation credits. Under the proposed changes, high school students could take approved online courses from institutions other than Pequea Valley at their own expense, according to director of curriculum and development Rich Eby.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/pequea-valley-considers-letting-students-supplement-high-school-with-online/article_8ab20ed4-26ec-11e4-a802-0017a43b2370.html

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Schools grapple with data privacy

August 25th, 2014

by eSchool News

As school leaders turn to software companies for help in collecting and storing student data in the cloud, privacy advocates worry about what will happen to the information—and whether it might be used for marketing purposes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act governs the use and disclosure of students’ personal information, but it can only penalize schools for non-compliance. The law doesn’t include any direct authority over software providers—which is one reason many policy makers think it’s time to update FERPA for the digital age.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/19/schools-data-privacy-951/

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What Will eLearning Look Like In 2075?

August 25th, 2014

By dana.rosen, Edudemic

In just a few years, nearly half of all college classes may be elearning-based. Similarly, over 40% of the global Fortune 500 companies use some form of educational technology to train employees (ELearning Magazine, 2013). So where is all of this going? If we place ourselves in the perspective of the 16th century learners, what could emerge that may not possible be able to imagine today? Futuristic elearning will probably involve technologies and platforms that derive from current trends. In this section I will outline some of the recently popular and emerging trends, which could easily develop into exciting, advanced, and helpful learning models.

http://www.edudemic.com/chalkboards-chat-boards-will-elearning-look-like-2075/

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Online MBA courses ‘no longer second-rate’

August 25th, 2014

By G. Anandalingam, Telegraph

It used to be that online courses were considered second rate; perhaps because the top ranking institutions stayed aloof from the market for so long.  But that’s all changed: with some of the world’s best business schools now offering online MBA programmes (among others) the stigma is gone and, in terms of student experience, online technology’s fast pace of development means student experience has improved enormously. As with almost anything based around technology, it’s a process of continuous improvement: the way universities and students use technology is always evolving, making now a very exciting time to be working and studying in this area.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/11041456/Online-MBA-courses-no-longer-second-rate.html

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Games: The new learning experience

August 24th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

True game-based learning uses intrinsic experiences and moves away from a more simple extrinsic rewards-based system where students play the game in pursuit of a reward or achievement and are disconnected from the fundamental content. Games combine just the right degree of challenge with just the right amount of engagement, said Lucien Vattel, CEO of GameDesk, a nonprofit focusing on research and development around game-based learning. GameDesk recently launched Educade, an online portal that links students, teachers, and parents to an online resource library full of apps, games, and hands-on activities.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/18/games-learning-experience-346/

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Tech Basics for Active, Collaborative Learning

August 24th, 2014

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

While every active-learning classroom is unique — based on the physical space itself and the needs of students and faculty — there are features common to many of them. Typically, the instructor has a podium at the center of the room. Surrounding the podium are large, round tables that each seat six to nine students. Movable chairs allow students to easily shift between small groups of three to larger groups of six or nine. Each student table may have its own large display or interactive whiteboard for collaborative work and sharing, and many of the rooms also feature writable walls, where students can collaborate on virtually any vertical surface in the room. This classroom design enables instructors to spend a few minutes guiding the whole class from the center of the room, and then quickly transition students into collaborative work without needing to reconfigure the furniture or organize students into groups.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/08/06/tech-basics-for-active-collaborative-learning.aspx

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Education Boosting Chromebook Shipments to 5.2 Million Units This Year

August 24th, 2014

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Chromebook sales will reach 5.2 million shipments this year, largely on the strength of the education market, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. That’s a 79 percent increase over 2013 sales, and the company predicts the devices will continue to experience impressive through 2017, when it forecasts 14.4 million shipments. Education is far and away the driving force behind Chromebook sales, accounting for 85 percent of shipments in 2013, according to Gartner, and the United States, where 2.9 million of the devices were sold last year, makes up the bulk of the global market.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/08/13/report-education-market-to-boost-chromebook-sales-to-5.2-million-units-in-2014.aspx

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Personalizing Instruction With 1-to-1 and Blended Learning

August 23rd, 2014

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

We determined that there are seven characteristics of the ideal blended learning classroom. The first two are community mindset and the learning environment: creating a culture in your classroom and then organizing the physical environment to support and encourage that culture. It’s about student choice and voice, empowering students and giving them the opportunities to help drive some of the decisions and the learning. The next two involve instruction and student work, with the focus being on how we can use traditional and digital methods to provide content and resources, and how the students show what they know and understand from the learning. The next is assessment: how we understand where students are and where we need to go with them, and how we personalize learning so that it plays to students’ strengths and meets their needs. And finally, communication and collaboration: how we can use these technology tools to work together toward better outcomes.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/08/18/personalizing-instruction-with-1-to-1-and-blended-learning.aspx

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Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce

August 23rd, 2014

by Felix W. Ortiz III, Huffington Post

Digital device learning, often called 1-to-1 computing or a “smart classroom,” is not some faraway abstraction or revolutionary concept in education. In fact, thanks to grants and state-subsidized funding, an increasing number of school districts nationwide are securing electronic devices such as personal computers, remote accessible software and even handheld tablets for their students from such electronic giants as Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo. Proponents for digital device learning assert that greater access to advancing technology within the education system allows teachers to more fluidly support and satisfy Common Core state standards through engaging digital curriculum, interactive supports and assessments, and an enhanced learning environment for their students.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/felix-w-ortiz-iii/technology-education-for-_b_5682916.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ir=Education

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Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts

August 23rd, 2014

BY BRITNEY MILAZZO, Centre Daily Times

The program is entering its sixth year and was started to enhance learning and compete with other cybercharter schools. It’s grown from 10 students in its first year to about 25 students this year, Garman said. All school districts in Centre County have such programs, and in addition to offering an alternative to students, they save the districts thousands of dollars annually by recruiting students to district online programs instead of paying for them to attend Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, or PA Cyber. “The initial expectation was to save money and bring back students from” PA Cyber,” said Brian Griffith, Penns Valley Area School District superintendent.“We weren’t sure if it would really work, but it was an option that would develop a different way of teaching our students and save us money. What we found is it is working and students are coming back.”

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/08/16/4308794/online-education-programs-offer.html?sp=/99/116/

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5 important YouTube videos for IT

August 22nd, 2014

By Michael Sharnoff, eCampus News

These five YouTube videos explain the important role IT plays in higher ed and how their services can improve the university experience. IT plays an integral role in the university experience. However, in our rapidly changing and interconnected world, what resources, tools, and strategies do IT personnel need to stay ahead? How will IT adapt and grow in the evolving ed-tech landscape? Take a look at the five YouTube resources linked below for admins on technology and innovation in education.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/youtube-videos-it-492/

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This is the ‘top concern’ for students on campus

August 22nd, 2014

By Denny Carter, eCampusNews

A bogged down campus network could be an insurmountable competitive disadvantage for colleges and universities as they compete for prospective students. Six in 10 college students identified a “slow” campus network connection as a “top concern” in a recent survey commissioned by Ipswitch, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in network management solutions. Half of student respondents said accessibility issues were their primary concern, while 36 percent pointed to security as their top concern. Half of campuses said the money spent on satiating students’ broadband needs for their laptops, smart phones, tablet computers, and video game consoles is never recovered through tuition or student fees.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/students-network-278/

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How to minimize digital classroom distractions

August 22nd, 2014

By Kyle Albert, eSchool News

Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless internet access offer exciting opportunities to enhance and deepen the learning process. However, using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. As pointed out by Tom Daccord on Edudemic, when “the activity is engaging and challenging, there is an authentic audience, and prescribed time limits, students won’t mess around.” Design your lessons by ensuring that the length and intensity of your discussion are appropriate to the range of your students’ attention spans. In case of seventh grade students, Education World noted that they can only tolerate up to 30 minutes of continuous lecture. Any additional time should be dedicated to lively group activities.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/14/digital-classroom-distraction-043/

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Are We Addicted to Technology?

August 21st, 2014

by Amy Borovoy, Edutopia

It’s the age of mobile. According to Pew Research Internet Project, over 90 percent of American adults own a cellphone, and 73 percent of American adults online use a social networking site of some kind. Research from software analytics company New Relic supposedly found that Americans check their devices an average of 150 times a day. But scores of articles about “tech anxiety” and “tech addiction” make it abundantly clear that our relationship with technology is very complicated. As educators, it’s worth thinking about how our devices are changing the way we interact with each other. Many of the videos I’ve gathered below are just for fun, to give us a laugh about our technological foibles, but they can also be conversation starters about how technology saturation affects our lives.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-technology-addiction-videos

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10+ Tools To Bring Robotics (And Other Real Objects) Into Your Classroom

August 21st, 2014

By Jason Cross, Edudemic

While tablet computers in the classroom are wonderful tools, they still have not reached the level of intuitive use that we often feel as we interact with our analog world. As an example, there are lots of pictures of the moon that we can look up using our web browser, but seeing it first hand through a telescope offers a different level of engagement. In the classroom, we often need our analog world to interact with our digital devices.

http://www.edudemic.com/bringing-real-world-digital-classroom-tools/

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How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World

August 21st, 2014

By eduglasses, Edudemic

I’ve been lucky to be a member of the Google Glass Explorer Program for the past year. I was excited to learn about how this technology could be advanced in terms of education and everyday activities… however it never dawned on me how much potential it truly had until I began the Explorer Program. Over the past year using Glass in class I have began to see the potential not only in education, but also for the everyday consumer. Right now Google glass is expensive and limited among education and consumers…but it is a technology that is moving towards being more cost efficient for all users. (Cost to Build Google Glass) This is why, as educators, we need to take a more in depth look at how this technology will reform education as a whole.

http://www.edudemic.com/google-glass-classrooms/

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Online Evolution

August 20th, 2014

by Harvard Magazine

HarvardX and other institutions continue to create new massive open online courses (MOOCs; see the current list at harvardx.harvard.edu/modules-courses). But with hundreds of offerings available on edX, Coursera, and emerging platforms (such as the Business School’s HBX; see harvardmag.com/hbx-14), emphasis is now shifting to research on applications and assessments.

http://harvardmagazine.com/2014/09/online-evolution

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Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed

August 20th, 2014

By Timothy Zimmer, Forbes

Online higher education is steadily gaining favor as a credible alternative to the traditional classroom. According to a recent Gallup report, more U.S. adults agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education (37 percent) than did so in 2012 (33 percent) or 2011 (30 percent) when Gallup first introduced the report. Online higher education has been a divisive issue amongst academics for years, seen by many as convenient and affordable but unremarkable in value and legitimacy. When online education went toe-to-toe with traditional classroom-based learning in another recent Gallup report, Americans considered online better at “providing a wide range of options for curriculum” and offering “good value for the money.” Traditional education overshadowed this accomplishment, however, besting online in areas such as instruction, rigor, employer favorability, and student format.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccap/2014/08/13/rising-confidence-in-online-higher-ed/

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Online K-12 education faces challenges

August 20th, 2014

by Norman Rozenberg, Tech Page One

Kindergarten-through-12th grade (K-12) cyber schools have yet to receive as much attention as online higher education. For example, brick-and-mortar grade schools have largely resisted the kinds of online options traditional universities have adopted. There are problems with cyber schools that must be addressed, however. Many cyber-schooling programs have not provided students with an education that meets national averages, according to the University of Colorado study. Despite these drawbacks, the virtual option can become a viable alternative to brick-and-mortar grade schools, especially when targeted to specific groups of students for whom traditional schooling is not helpful.

http://techpageone.dell.com/technology/virtualization/online-k-12-education-faces-challenges/

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