Educational Technology

January 14, 2018

It’s Time to Weave Computational Thinking into K-12

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The new report, “Computational Thinking for a Computational World,” explains its theme of computational thinking by borrowing a description from a long-ago article published by the Association for Computing Machinery: It is “a way of solving problems, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science… a fundamental skill for everyone, not just computer scientists.” More simply, the report noted, “The skill required to tell a computer what to do is programming. The thought process behind programming is computational thinking.” What it isn’t is humans thinking like computers. And, according to the report’s authors, it’s something that needs to be taught across subjects in K-12 schools.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/02/its-time-to-weave-computational-thinking-into-k12.aspx

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These states offer good jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampusNews

Nearly half the states in the U.S. have good blue-collar jobs that pay without bachelor’s degrees, according to a new state-level analysis of the 30 million jobs in the economy for those with less than a bachelor’s degree. The report and companion website GoodJobsData.org, from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., also reveal that more good jobs have been going to associate’s degree holders than workers with no more than a high school diploma in nearly every state since 1991.

These states offer good jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees

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Home schooled students in Iowa could get easier access to online courses

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by Elizabeth Wadas, WQAD

Right now there are online classes for students offered by the state called Iowa Learning Online. Public and private schools use the resources, but in order for home school students to have access to the classes, they have to be dual enrolled with a public or private school, meaning families have to follow more school curriculum guidelines at home. But the Iowa Department of Education wants to get rid of that dual enrollment hurdle.

Home schooled students in Iowa could get easier access to online courses

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January 13, 2018

10 education trends for 2018

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

From shifts in school choice to student assessments to online learning, the educational landscape is constantly evolving. This coming year, districts will continue to face many challenges and opportunities that will impact students, staff, and school systems as a whole. Below, experts from various areas of the education industry share trends that will help shape K-12 education in 2018.

10 education trends for 2018

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34th annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: August 7-9 – Madison, Wisconsin

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Present at DT&L in Madison, Wisconsin August 7-9, 2018!  DT&L is seeking dynamic presentations that will revolutionize online teaching and learning for beginner and advanced practitioners. You will help advance the field of online education by sharing your knowledge and best practices with more than 800 college faculty, teachers, thought leaders, administrators, instructional designers, technology support staff, corporate and military educators, and more. Submit your proposal today. Deadline January 23 at 4pm CT.

Share your expertise on a current or emerging topic such as:

o       Learning design

o       Teaching practices and strategies

o       Personalized vs. adaptive learning

o       eLearning program evaluation

o       Competency-based education and training

 

 https://dtlconference.wisc.edu/call-for-proposals/

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Iowa home-school students could get better access to online classes

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by Mackenzie Ryan, Des Moines Register

A change in Iowa law would allow home-schooled students to take online courses without enrolling in a public or private school. The Iowa Department of Education has recommended the Legislature open access to the state’s Iowa Learning Online program.  Currently, home-school students who want to access the state’s virtual education platform must first dual enroll in either a public or private school. The bill would remove that hurdle.  Gov. Kim Reynolds has expressed support for opening online education to home-schoolers.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/2018/01/04/iowa-home-school-students-could-get-better-access-online-classes/999599001/

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January 12, 2018

Gen Z women want to learn more STEM, innovative tech

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Female students say they feel less equipped to tackle future careers because they haven’t necessarily learned about the new technologies shaping those future career fields, according to a new survey. The Quizlet survey polled more than 1,000 Americans between the ages of 13 and 24 to ask them about their familiarity with the future of work and how they are learning about it in school. The good news is that 95 percent of students know about the future of work and why it is important and relevant to their learning. But the survey also reveals some troubling differences between what male and female students know and wish they could learn.

Gen Z women want to learn more STEM, innovative tech

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5 tips to take your large school district into the digital age

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by KEVIN M. MAXWELL, eSchool News

Technology changes quickly, with educators and administrators often racing to catch up. Sometimes the bigger the school district, the longer it can take to make what happens inside classrooms as engaging as what students encounter outside our doors. But just as chalkboards have given way to interactive whiteboards, so can your school system bring all aspects of teaching and learning into the digital age. Here are five ways to get started in creating digital learning environments:

5 tips to take your large school district into the digital age

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OpenStax grows in popularity, but overall awareness of OER remains low

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By Corinne Lestch, EdScoop
Higher ed faculty are increasingly turning to OpenStax for low-cost, openly licensed printed and digital materials for their students.  The rate of college faculty using and assigning open educational resources (OER) through OpenStax currently rivals that of most commercial textbooks, according to a new report on the advantages and pitfalls of OER in higher education. The rate of adoption of textbooks from OpenStax — a nonprofit OER publisher based out of Rice University — among faculty teaching large-enrollment courses is now at nearly 17 percent, according to the report, “Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in Higher Education 2017.”

http://edscoop.com/openstax-grows-in-popularity-but-overall-awareness-of-oer-remains-low

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January 11, 2018

Distance Education Offers Alternative Path for Students

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by Wilmington Biz

The first priority of UNCW’s strategic plan is to “attract and retain high-quality, diverse students” by ensuring that “a UNCW education is accessible and affordable to the sons and daughters of North Carolina.” Access to education is always on our minds as we consider new programs and curriculum, because many times accessibility can make all the difference in completing a program or making the decision to pursue an advanced degree. Distance education and online programs are the answer for many students, particularly non-traditional students. Tuition costs, location and professional and personal commitments often derail a student’s educational aspirations, but online programs can be a way to overcome these obstacles.

http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/insights/aswani_volety/distance_education_offers_alternative_path_for_students/1882

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‘iLearn@home’: Teachers, students prepare for out-of-classroom instruction

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BY WILL PERKINS, Glasgow Daily Times

Barren County High School students returned from winter break on Wednesday to begin a new semester. In addition to meeting their new teachers and classmates, students also began preparing for potential snow days. Since Barren County Schools participates in the iLearn@home program, instruction doesn’t stop when school is canceled due to inclement weather. For the first five days school is out, students can independently complete activities and assignments that their teachers plan ahead of time — and then these days don’t have to be made up later. BCHS Principal Brad Johnson said teachers and students have really embraced this program. “I think it’s been a great thing for us,” he said of iLearn@home. “I think it’s led to more students and more teachers using the online capabilities.

http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/news/ilearn-home-teachers-students-prepare-for-out-of-classroom-instruction/article_6425832a-f0cb-11e7-b7a1-1f90d7385b2c.html

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UM-Flint’s new video production studio enhances online learning

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UM-Flint’s new video production studio enhances online learning
By ROBERT GOLD, UM Flint

UM-Flint’s Office of Extended Learning has opened a new video production studio. It was created to help faculty enrich their online courses. The studio is located on the 11th floor of the Northbank Center. Crews from the university’s Information Technology Services, Engineering Department and Facilities and Operations renovated an old locker room into the new professional space. The sound-proof studio features a 10-foot wide green screen and an 8-foot wide lightboard, which is “an internally illuminated sheet of glass that instructors can write highly visible notes and illustrations on,” said Nick Gaspar, OEL’s technology manager.

 

UM-Flint’s new video production studio enhances online learning

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January 10, 2018

eSchool Media’s Annual Trends Report: 25 Trends for 2018

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by eSchool Media

In this straight-forward report, eSchool Media discusses what to expect, overall, in 2018; how 2017 compares to 2018 for both K-12 and higher ed; and predictions from educators and industry on both K-12 and higher ed trends for the new year. 2018 promises to be a year that epitomizes the term “transformational.” Are you ready? It’s going to be a wild, wonderful ride.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/files/2017/12/eSMtrends2018final1.pdf

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Students should be taught to be digital leaders instead of digital citizens

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by Matthew Lynch, tech edvocate

Digital leaders do more than consume information. They synthesize learning and use it in collaborative environments. Digital leaders are dynamic change agents who transform the status quo, facilitate better communication and understanding, and integrate a variety of technology tools in their lives. Also, digital leaders improve technology experiences not just for themselves, but for others as well. They look out for the greater good.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/students-taught-digital-leaders-instead-digital-citizens/

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In Pennsylvania, OER is a ‘grassroots effort’

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by EdScoop

For edtech directors such as Jared Mader, who is part of the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, that means working with teachers, curriculum coordinators and content experts to help them make the most of their districts’ one-to-one programs — in particular, using the devices to access openly licensed digital materials. Mader oversees the education technology initiatives for one of Pennsylvania’s 29 intermediate units, which are regional educational service agencies established by the state legislature that provide online, innovative and technology-rich learning services. Mader’s intermediate unit serves over 100,000 students in 25 school districts, nearly all of which have deployed some variation of a one-to-one program.

http://edscoop.com/tv-radio/in-pennsylvania-oer-is-a-grassroots-effort-jared-mader

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January 9, 2018

Online Education: Learn anywhere, anytime

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by  Sarika Lidoria, Digital Learning

What can be more magical than for students to enter the classroom by simply reaching into their pockets, going online from their smart devices, opening E-learning Apps and signing in? If you have a pocket, you have the wisdom of the world with you at all times and at all places. M-learning is but one among a plethora of tools made available by technology to educate students in the non-traditional, online medium. What fuels this gigantic engine that Online Education has become? The life-blood of this vast body is the advancement in networking technology that the IT boom of the mid-90s inaugurated. What bridges the gap of thousands of miles in distance, and thousands of years in time, is the Internet. It is this that helps you make it to your classroom at the other end of the world, or to the Palaeolithic age, in a matter of seconds.

http://digitallearning.eletsonline.com/2018/01/online-education-learn-anywhere-anytime/

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An education in screen time

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By RALPH HEIBUTZKI – Herald-Palladium

Lake Michigan College’s new Virtual Learning Environment model allows students to switch between attending classes online or in person, depending on what’s convenient for them. That makes perfect sense to Jay Keeler, lead faculty in application development and geospatial technology at LMC’s computer information systems department. “It’s all about flexible delivery,” he said. “It’s hard to be everything to everyone, but this methodology allowed us to do that.” LMC officially debuted the new system at a technology open house Dec. 4-5. However, the first pilot classes rolled out in the fall of 2015 at LMC, which initially wanted to solve some class scheduling problems.

http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/an-education-in-screen-time/article_160cc61e-32d8-550d-8303-a9b903715eab.html

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Five Educational Technologies, Circa 1918

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By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

One hundred years ago, today’s classroom would have been unimaginable. From white boards to laptops to learning management systems that enable learners to learn anywhere and anytime, there is not much about today’s classroom technologies that reflects those present in a classroom from 1918.  However, this doesn’t mean that our counterparts back in 1918 didn’t have their own form of “ed tech.” From magic lanterns to early radio, our 1918 counterparts were also the beneficiaries of a wide range of educational technologies.

Five Educational Technologies, Circa 1918

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January 8, 2018

Several States Are Working to Pass Bills Requiring Classes on Fact Vs. Fiction

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by Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue

Government officials in several states are proposing laws that would help students better comprehend fake news and misinformation on the Internet, according to the Associated Press. Following the revelation that social media, including Twitter and Facebook were inundated with fake news during the 2016 election, lawmakers and school officials want to work to better inform their students on proper Internet practice. The AP reports that legislation that would encourage schools to teach students how to identify false information has already been passed in Washington, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Mexico. States including Arizona, New York, and Hawaii are also said to be considering possible bills.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annapowers/2017/12/31/is-our-mind-a-machine-learning-algorithm/

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Is Our Mind A Machine Learning Algorithm?

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by Anna Powers, Forbes

When we think about our mind, it is much like an ML algorithm. We feed our mind certain data, in the form of stories we tell ourselves, the experiences we have, beliefs, things we read or watch, the music we listen to and the ideas we get from the people we interact with.  In feeding our mind this data, we form a belief system and pick the next data point which best matches the belief system we have formed based on the information that our mind has received from us.  So for example, if we have a series of positive experiences with working out, our brain develops a neural pathway which associates pleasure with physical exercise.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annapowers/2017/12/31/is-our-mind-a-machine-learning-algorithm/

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Library tech guru in Rocky River sees a bright future for the library

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By Linda Gandee, cleveland.com

Angela Paterek, the library’s training manager, oversees computer training and staff development. As computers flourished in the late 20th century, libraries faced what seemed at the time to be a stark choice: adapt or disappear. The adaptation most libraries chose was based on an early acceptance of the computerization of the country, creativity, and a desire to go on being of value to the communities that, for the most part, went on supporting them with public dollars. “Adaptation made libraries more of a community center,” said Paterek. “Things were based more on programming and, with technology, having the training for the people. A lot of people don’t realize library tech training is entirely free.”

http://www.cleveland.com/rocky-river/index.ssf/2017/12/library_tech_guru_in_rocky_riv.html

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