5 Tech Implementation Challenges for Teachers

March 22nd, 2015

By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic

In all the excitement around what technology can do for education, the frustrations of the teachers faced with using it often get drowned out. Even educators who embrace the idea of using more technology with their students have found that it brings its share of challenges. And many of them feel powerless to address those challenges on their own. The most common complaints teachers have about bringing more tech into the classroom can be boiled down to the five categories below. To fix them, teachers and administrators will have to work together. Obviously, that’s easier said than done, but we’ve got a few ideas to help.

http://www.edudemic.com/5-tech-implementation-challenges-for-teachers/

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10 free online resources that will make you more successful

March 22nd, 2015

by SUJAN PATEL, Business Insider

We’re never done learning. As an entrepreneur, it’s not hard to feel caught in your own niche — stuck, and feeling your personal growth slow dramatically. Taking time for a class can seem tiring, time-consuming, and expensive. It’s almost too hard to justify. Then these free educational resources came along. For those who think they don’t have the time or resources to spend on a class, think again. I’ve compiled a list of the top free online learning sites for you to choose from.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best-free-online-learning-resources-2015-3

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Videos Find Their Place In and Out of the Classroom

March 22nd, 2015

by Casey Fabris, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Among today’s students, videos as an educational tool are as expected as textbooks. A new study has found that 68 percent of students watch videos in class, and 79 percent watch them on their own time, outside of class, to assist in their learning. Elisabeth Leonard, author of the study and executive market-research manager for SAGE Publications, said many of the students she spoke with said they couldn’t remember a time when videos weren’t part of their educational experience.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/videos-find-their-place-in-and-out-of-the-classroom/56113

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Stanford Chief Wants Higher Ed to Be ‘Affordable, Accessible, Adaptable’

March 21st, 2015

By Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Mr. Hennessy sounded dubious that online credentials would ever entirely replace undergraduate degrees. Those degrees amount to more than a bunch of courses strung together, he said. But he predicted that online-only professional degrees would continue to grow. To be effective, online learning must overcome several challenges, he said. It has to help students learn better, and it needs to offer a customized experience. “In a live classroom, a good instructor can see what works and what doesn’t,” Mr. Hennessy said. Online instruction might be able to do that using real-time data and analytics on how students are engaging (or not) with the material. “We can get instant feedback,” he said.

http://chronicle.com/article/Stanford-Chief-Wants-Higher-Ed/228505/

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Educators: Technology enhances learning

March 21st, 2015

by Paul Penders, Daily Commercial

ProCon.org, a nonprofit public charity, released a report weighing the pros and cons of tablets in the classroom. According to the report, some of the benefits of tablet use include: helping students learn more material faster; improved achievements on standardized tests, according to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt which showed students scoring 20 percent higher on standardized tests by using an iPad version of a textbook; and 77 percent of teachers found technology to increase student motivation to learn, according to a Public Broadcasting Service study. The report also listed several downsides to the use of technology.  “Tablets cause distractions; enable students to cut corners or cheat on schoolwork; and shift the focus of learning from the teacher to technology,” according to the study.

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/article_bf5ff106-4e7c-5311-b379-186742ee7a40.html

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“Become a HTML champ”

March 21st, 2015

by Emmanuel Lund, AppsZoom

You always wanted to learn web development, but you didn’t know how to begin, right? You can begin by downloading “Learn HTML”. Don’t be scared: unlike all those tedious books you’ve tried to read, “Learn HTML” features a fresh and dynamic way to learn the basics of web development. The course will guide you through different lessons. Each lesson is split in topics and each topic is explained in a clear and concise way in video lecture from the most-known online learning site lynda.com. In order to strengthen the new concepts, a quiz question will show up after each video asking for something related to what you just watched. In addition, at the end of the lesson, you’ll have to pass a short quiz test.

http://www.appszoom.com/android_applications/education/learn-html_hshst.html

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Google launches digital training classes

March 20th, 2015

By Tereza Pultarova, Engineering and Technology

Internet giant Google has launched a six month scheme offering digital skills training to businesses and educators. The multimillion-pound project will see Google opening several ‘pop-up garages’, starting in Leeds this month, running workshops and classes. “While the majority of UK small businesses recognise the importance of having a website and using basic digital tools, less than 30 per cent of small to medium-sized enterprises have an effective online presence,” said Eileen Naughton, Google’s managing director for UK & Ireland. “We want to help jumpstart the other 70 per cent.

http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/mar/google-digital-skills-training.cfm

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A principal offers insights from his teachers on Digital Learning Day.

March 20th, 2015

by Matt Renwick, Educational Technology

Matt Renwick is an elementary school principal in Wisconsin. Prior to becoming an administrator, Matt was a 5th and 6th grade teacher. You can follow him on Twitter at @ReadByExample and read his blog, Reading by Example. Across the world last Friday, educators celebrated Digital Learning Day by sharing the strategies that have worked in the classroom. Technology’s role in schools includes connecting the informational dots, capturing and reflecting on student artifacts and helping teachers personalize their approaches.

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/03/digital-learning-success-about-more-technology

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How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market

March 20th, 2015

by Mallory Dwinal, Clayton Christensen Institute

As the link between teacher quality and student performance becomes increasingly apparent, education leaders have invested significant time and energy into recruiting high-quality educators. Unfortunately, chronic teacher shortages have undercut these efforts, and many school leaders continue to struggle with staffing each year. A closer examination reveals the causes and characteristics of these teacher shortages, as well as the promise online learning holds in resolving the most challenging teacher vacancies.

http://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/solving-the-nations-teacher-shortage/

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Cutting-Edge Student-Centric Classrooms Handle Many Pedagogies at Drexel

March 19th, 2015

By Michael Scheuermann, Campus Technology

Two reconfigured classrooms are facilitating student collaboration and providing flexible options for teaching and learning. Over the past year, the Information Resources and Technology (IRT) department at Drexel University (PA) has reconfigured two classrooms in its Korman Computing Center, Korman-111 and Korman-110, for these key reasons: to facilitate student collaboration, and to provide professors with pedagogical choices, as well as a multitude of teaching and student-engagement options.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/11/cutting-edge-student-centric-classrooms-handle-many-pedagogies-at-drexel.aspx

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10-terabyte hard drive coming soon to a server near you

March 19th, 2015

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

What looks like an ordinary HDD, which could fit into a drive bay on your PC, actually holds 10 terabytes of data. It’s not meant for your PC, though. Its destination is your datacenter. This drive, better known as the 10TB SMR HelioSeal HDD, has been in the works since September 2014. At the show, sources close to the company said it would be shipping in the second quarter of 2015. To access these drives from Linux, a new device manipulation library had to be added: libzbc. With this library, Linux can access Zoned Block Commands (ZBC)-based and Zoned-device ATA command set (ZAC) HDDs, such as the 10TB HelioSeal. The ZBC standard details how to handle devices that require writing to occur at specific locations on their media while allowing random reading of already written data.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hgst-gets-closer-to-shipping-10tb-hdd/

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New technology enriches online learning

March 19th, 2015

by LINDA WHITE, Toronto Sun

The virtual trips are but one example of the way education — including online learning — continues to evolve. With information available at the click of a button, there’s really no need to hand students a textbook to “read, memorize and regurgitate.” Instead, savvy instructors are taking advantage of technology to develop critical thinking, observation, collaboration and other skills that are in demand in today’s workplace, says Mouton, manager of distance education at Durham College in Oshawa, Ont.

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/03/12/new-technology-enriches-online-learning

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Numerous Hurdles Challenge Performance-Based Funding in Online Learning

March 18th, 2015

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The idea of funding education based on measurable student outcomes rather than seat-time is gaining momentum in some states as an incentive to encourage schools to be innovative. A new 54-page report by International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) delves into the funding models and policies related to that practice in order to guide states that are considering a similar structure. The primary question addressed by the report is how performance-based funding “would work to incentivize increased student performance and performance-based education systems, and ensure adequacy and equity.” iNACOL teamed up with education research firms Augenblick, Palaich and Associates and the Evergreen Education Group to develop the data examined in “Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success”

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/03/11/numerous-hurdles-challenge-performance-based-funding-in-online-learning.aspx

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Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology

March 18th, 2015

by Bill Ferster, Times Higher Ed

Efforts to enhance education with technology did not begin with the digital age. In reality, educational technology has enjoyed a much longer history, arguably starting in the 15th century with the introduction of horn-covered textbooks, as University of Virginia academic and former technology entrepreneur Bill Ferster argues. The overriding thesis is simple: learning is paramount, and technologies are tools that can support it. Via a series of historical narratives, lucid cultural insights and keen exploration of major theoretical perspectives, Ferster attempts to determine just how effective technology has been in supporting and enhancing learning. His view, as he sums up in the final page, is that “Teaching machines can be only as effective as the pedagogical methods they employ…and how they stay focused on the learner”. And he clearly believes that insights into the educational technology of the future can be found by looking at its past.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/teaching-machines-learning-from-the-intersection-of-education-and-technology-by-bill-ferster/2018940.article

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Online School Offers Real Life Learning

March 18th, 2015

by Good4Utah

Mountain Heights Academy is an online school that helps students achieve real life learning. The school, for students grades 7 through 12, is an accredited, online public charter school that offers real teachers, one-on-one help, even extracurricular activities. The School provides one-on-one teacher and student interaction. Student can reach out to a teacher by email or chat and know the teacher will respond right way. Mountain Heights Academy’s model provides flexibility to students. Students can work at their own pace through each week’s assignments.

http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/online-school-offers-real-life-learning/16510/lbA081y5A0iLWChlmF_rfQ

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10 data safety principles every school should be following

March 17th, 2015

by eSchool News

Are you following this checklist of best practices for safe data collection and use? The Consortium for School Networking and the Data Quality Campaign have released a new set of 10 principles to help guide schools in protecting the student data they store. The guidelines spell out dos and don’ts of collecting and storing data as well as best practices for sharing and using them appropriately. For example, the new guidelines suggest limiting access to student data, collecting only what’s necessary, and providing training to anyone coming in contact with it. Suggestions for proper governance is also included.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/03/10/principles-data-194/

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The Three Best Free Coding Websites for Kids

March 17th, 2015

By Dustin Le, Edudemic

The Three Best Free Coding Websites for Kids. From 2012 to 2022, the field of computer science is projected to grow 22%, which is much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Computer software is a growing field and allows for a great job outlook as well as entrepreneurial potential. As such, coding skills are incredibly useful for today’s students to learn — but it’s not just due to job prospects. Since today’s most interesting tools and platforms can all be manipulated by coding, having coding skills is also a great jumping off point for greater independence creativity.

http://www.edudemic.com/the-three-best-free-coding-websites-for-kids/

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Twitter 101: 5-Step Guide for Social Media in Education

March 17th, 2015

By Sarah Muthler, Edudemic

If you aren’t using Twitter, chances are that you’re reluctant to adopt new technology. Or maybe you’ve used Twitter for years to keep up with friends but now want to use it in the classroom. Either way, you might be hesitant to ask colleagues for help. Fear not. We’ll guide you through the Twitter landscape and show you how to find the best educational resources for both yourself and your students.

http://www.edudemic.com/twitter-101-a-7-step-guide-for-teachers-newbies-and-everyone/

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Trust Challenge Awards $1.2M to Digital Projects Building

March 16th, 2015

by US Dept of Education

Thirteen projects have been awarded a total of $1.2 million, as part of the Digital Media and Learning Competition’s “Trust Challenge,” to foster trust in online learning environments. The winners are tech developers, youth-serving institutions, collaborative networks, school systems and universities that will develop innovative digital badge systems, data management platforms, digital learning environments, online learning content and related digital tools to promote trust in connected learning experiences. The awards were announced today by educational innovator Richard Culatta, acting director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, at the South by Southwest EDU Conference. The Trust Challenge is supported by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2015/03/10/trust-challenge-awards-12m-digital-projects-building-trust-online-learning-environments#axzz3U6fMMZdx

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5 ways online education benefits students

March 16th, 2015

By DeLaina Tonks, KSL

As technology advances, more junior high and high school students and their parents are turning to more innovative schooling methods. Online classes that were previously associated with collegiate institutions are now beginning to resonate with dedicated millennials who want more flexibility, choices and control in their educational paths. In fact, by 2019, about 50 percent of courses will be delivered online, according to Michael B. Horn, the executive director of education at Innosight Institute. Linked below are five of the many reasons to explore online education:

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1268&sid=33656049

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Rutgers’ online course tracks your knuckles, face, browser history

March 16th, 2015

By Clive Thompson, BoingBoing

Welcome to online learning at Rutgers! To make sure the person taking the test is actually you, they’ll be tracking your “face, knuckle and personal identification details”, including “all activity in the monitor, browser, webcam and microphone”, according to The Daily Targum.

http://boingboing.net/2015/03/10/rutgers-online-course-tracks.html

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