8 Billion Mobile Devices by 2019, but Can Batteries and Chargers Keep Pace?

October 19th, 2014

by David Nagel, THE Journal

The installed base of mobile devices is expected to hit 8 billion worldwide by 2019, according to a new forecast. But can the technologies that power these devices keep pace with this growth? According to ABI Research, which produces market reports and forecasts for the technology sector, there are, at present, about 10 “untethered,” rechargeable (i.e., mobile) devices per house in “advanced markets.” And this figure is only going to increase. Despite that, both power storage and charging technologies aren’t keeping pace at all. “The opportunity is enormous…. The growth in wearables driven by the likes of Samsung and now Apple will increase this number further, along with the Internet of Things, and even electric cars.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/09/8-billion-mobile-devices-by-2019-but-can-batteries-and-chargers-keep-pace.aspx

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HP hopes its breakup will benefit higher ed

October 19th, 2014

by eCampus News

Ed-tech consultant Mitch Weisburgh of Academic Business Advisors said he likes the company’s move. “I think that this could bode really well for the two entities and also for schools and [colleges],” he said. “Printers and PCs are a commodity business. HP Inc. can concentrate on driving down costs and increasing value, which should result in lower-cost devices.” At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta in June, HP showed its new EliteBook line of devices, running Windows 8.1—including the EliteBook Revolve, a notebook computer that converts to a tablet, and the EliteBook 840, which reportedly features up to 33 hours of battery life thanks to an accessory battery stored under the device. HP has positioned these devices as more versatile options for schools looking for the convenience of a tablet combined with the productivity of a laptop.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/hp-breakup-ed-536/

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11 ed tech developments from Educause

October 19th, 2014

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

With over 260 exhibitors on the floor at Educause 2014, there was plenty for attendees to see. Education Dive was on hand to take it all in, and while we didn’t see everything, there was plenty that caught our attention. From the latest LMS to publishing developments to lecture capture, and in no particular order, we put together the following list of things to note at this year’s event.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/11-ed-tech-developments-from-educause/318727/

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5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects

October 18th, 2014

by Leah Levy, Edudemic

Google Drive empowers teachers as they use Google Docs to provide real time feedback. It also helps students engage in discourse via Google Moderator, and provides project participants a platform for brainstorming remotely on Google Hangouts. But Google Drive’s power doesn’t lie solely in its own features. In fact, it is Drive’s integration with third party apps that really empower student collaboration. In this post, we’ll explore 5 creative ways to use integrated apps for group projects.

http://edudemic.com/5-ways-use-integrated-google-drive-apps-group-projects/

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Learning about art via smartphone

October 18th, 2014

by Meg McConahey, Press Democrat

College students who are more comfortable browsing the web than stacks of books can now research the artworks on display in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Doyle Library simply by pointing their phones at them. The new Art Talk uses smart phone technology to make fine art accessible to a new generation of what writer Marc Prensky dubbed “digital natives,” students who never knew a world without home computers and the Internet. SRJC librarians Alicia Virtue and Loretta Esparza created the online gallery to better engage students with the library’s extensive collection of fine art, all done by current or former faculty members.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/2919598-181/learning-about-art-via-smartphone

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Online learning program to be offered to elementary students

October 18th, 2014

by Julie Greene, Herald Mail Media

Washington County Public Schools is adopting an online adaptive learning program that could be available to all county elementary schools by the end of this month, according to a school system official. Students will be able to access it from home and at school, with the program providing data to teachers to help them determine which skills students need more help with, said Matt Semler, director of elementary education and student services. The Washington County Board of Education voted 6-0 on Tuesday to approve its consent agenda, which included the $231,000 purchase of Stride Academy for one year from LTS Education Systems, of Birmingham, Ala. Board member Melissa Williams was absent from the meeting.

http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/online-learning-program-to-be-offered-to-elementary-students/article_55f7f516-5f27-586a-b71f-0fecd8a56a0f.html

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New level of courses now offered on edX: Paid, Professional / Continuing Education

October 17th, 2014

by eCampus News

Thanks to universities looking to diversify [and monetize] their online offerings, edX is starting to host for-credit, for-a-fee, and job market-targeted courses to recent graduates. One of the first institutions to embark on this new level of course on edX, Rice University will offer three professional education courses in conjunction with the online education provider. Subjects will include energy sustainability, laboratory safety and health care in the digital environment, and the courses will begin in 2015 or 2016. Unlike free massive open online courses (MOOCs), participants will pay a fee to take these courses, build their professional knowledge and skills and earn certificates and/or continuing education credits. The courses are intended for recent graduates entering the workforce and current professionals seeking to advance their careers or transition into a new field.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/edx-rice-fee-781/

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Now You Can Learn About Ed-Tech for Free from the School That’s Revolutionized It

October 17th, 2014

by Lauren Landry, Bostinno

Massive open online course platform edX launched a class last Wednesday, called “Design and Development of Educational Technology.” Three members of MIT’s Education Arcade are spearheading the course, including Eric Klopfer, Scot Osterwell and Judy Perry, director, creative director and a research member, respectively. Together, the trio will help lifelong learners discover how other students learn, so they can better understand what it takes to create effective educational technologies. MIT’s Education Arcade is focused on developing novel technologies that bridge the gap between learning and fun, like using online gaming to teach science and math. The lab is only one of several moves MIT has made, however, to highlight its dedication to the future of education.

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/10/09/edx-ed-tech-course-design-and-development-of-educational-technology-on-edx/

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Using data to improve student success

October 17th, 2014

by Paul Prinsloo, University World News

Digital technologies and online learning environments permitting harvesting, analysis and use of student data is nothing new in higher education. They open up a number of opportunities and equally a number of perils – creating the need for higher education institutions to find ways to protect the harvested data. As more and more faculty and students embrace the affordances of digital technologies and online learning environments, data’s velocity, scope, variety and resolution have increased exponentially.

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141009100401434

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How one school set up 600 iPad Air tablets in 2.5 hours

October 16th, 2014

By Fredy Padovan, eSchool News

Through our innovations using iPad Air tablets, students definitely have a bright future ahead of them. Imagine a school where paper is a dying species. Imagine virtual science labs that are making experiments possible that were previously deemed too expensive. Imagine unlimited resources and information at every student’s fingertips. This school exists, and it goes by the name of Immaculata-La Salle High School. Our private Catholic school, which serves more than 800 students as a member of the Archdiocese of Miami, is extending the possibilities of technology. Many people think of iPads in education as devices that need to be locked down. But at Immaculata-La Salle, we’re doing things a bit differently.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/10/school-ipad-tablets-422/

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Coding with the kindergarten crowd

October 16th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Introducing coding to kindergarten students helps them reflect on their own learning as they develop 21st-century skills such as problem solving and creativity, experts say. Coding has emerged as one of the most popular learning trends in recent years, and when it comes to programming, young students are proving just as capable as older students. Studies suggest that engaging students in STEM and computer-based learning at an early age will help students retain their interest as those subjects become more challenging in high school and college, and it is this line of thinking that has prompted such early introductions to coding concepts. Teaching coding in kindergarten helps young students learn important creativity and problem-solving skills that will position them for success as they move through school, said Amanda Strawhacker, DevTech Research Group lab manager and research scientist on the ScratchJr Project at Tufts University, during an edWeb webinar on kindergarten coding.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/10/coding-in-kindergarten-653/

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Switch launches 1st learn-to-code course search for online AND offline classes

October 16th, 2014

by AGbeat

Switch launched earlier this year an aggregator to help anyone to determine which coding bootcamp is right for them, as the options begin to multiply. To reduce confusion, Switch created the TripAdvisor for people considering a career change by launching transparent reviews (read: it’s much more than just search). Now, Switch has launched the first ever aggregator for online and offline learn-to-code resources, seeking to help anyone from the DIY entrepreneur looking to brush up to the career veteran looking to learn a new programming language. By adding Online Courses, they are innovating in the space by helping bridge the gap between empty course seats and potential students of all types.

https://www.switchup.org/online

http://agbeat.com/tech-news/switch-launches-1st-learn-code-course-search-online-offline-classes/

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MIT to offer free online courses in game design, ed tech

October 15th, 2014

by Greg Toppo, USATODAY

The place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design games for the learning — and it is hoping that the end result will be a new kind of tech tool for the classroom. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology today begins a free series of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, beginning with one on the design and development of educational technology. The second course, which begins Oct. 22, focuses on game design. Two upcoming courses will focus on educational games and implementing ed tech.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2014/10/08/mit-moocs-free-video-game-courses/16876395/

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Code.org and Industry Leaders Rally to Champion More Diversity in Tech

October 15th, 2014

by Seattle PI

29 prominent CEOs of leading global companies, from tech to retail to financial services, join forces for the first time to help introduce 100 million students worldwide to basic computer science concepts by asking their employees to support the international Hour of Code campaign. Taking place during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, Hour of Code is a campaign organized by Code.org to demystify coding by teaching students of all ages that anyone can learn the basics of computer science. To galvanize support of Hour of Code beyond industry partners and to further its mission to provide every student access to computer science education, Code.org today launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with a goal to raise $5M to support this effort, the largest nonprofit fundraising campaign in the site’s history.

http://www.seattlepi.com/business/press-releases/article/Code-org-and-Industry-Leaders-Rally-to-Champion-5809111.php

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Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science — Code.org

October 15th, 2014

by IndieGoGo

With the Hour of Code campaign, we hope to introduce 100 million students worldwide to one hour of computer science. Beyond that, we’ll help millions continue learning – either online, or in schools where we’ll establish permanent courses and train teachers. 90% of schools still don’t teach computer science. In the 21st century. Our schools teach kids how to dissect a frog and how weather works. Today, it’s equally fundamental to learn to “dissect an app,” or how the Internet works. Every young person deserves basic knowledge of how the world works around them and how to build technology that’s changing the world.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/an-hour-of-code-for-every-student/

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3 ways technology buoys at-risk students

October 14th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchoolNews

Educational technology can greatly improve outcomes for at-risk students if implemented correctly. Interactive learning and other technology-enabled strategies can increase engagement and significantly improve achievement among at-risk students, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). When properly implemented, three aspects of educational technology combine to support at-risk high school students: interactive learning, use of technology to explore and create rather than to “drill and kill,” and the proper blend of teachers and technology, according to the report, authored by Stanford Professor and SCOPE Faculty Director Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Professor Shelley Goldman, and doctoral student Molly B. Zielezinski.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/07/technology-at-risk-767/

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Four tips to manage mobile classrooms

October 14th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchoolNews

Promoting access while maintaining student safety can prove challenging for educators. As classrooms change with the evolution of mobile technology, classroom management strategies must adjust to walk the line between keeping students on task and giving students freedom to use their mobile devices for learning. Focusing on four classroom management components may help educators as they strive to incorporate mobile devices into teaching and learning while meeting the challenge of minimizing device distractions.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/08/manage-mobile-classrooms-830/

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Starbucks says 2,000 staffers apply for online college program

October 14th, 2014

By Ángel González, Seattle Times

Starbucks says 2,000 of its staffers have applied to participate in the subsidized college education program it offers employees, and 1,800 have been admitted by Arizona State University, its partner in the program. The first 1,000 or so will begin classes on Oct. 15, the company says. About two thirds of them will be juniors and seniors, and therefore eligible for full tuition reimbursement.

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024715704_starbuckscollegexml.html

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Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

October 13th, 2014

by Edutopia

Check out this metasite for gaming, simulation and related technologies by Edutopia. Resources include:

Games in the Classroom

Tips and Tools to Get Started

Using Games for Learning and Assessment

Engaging Students With Innovative Programs

Games for Social Good

Straightforward Gamification Strategies

Additional Resources on the Web

http://www.edutopia.org/game-based-learning-resources

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The Top 10 IT Issues in Higher Ed for 2015

October 13th, 2014

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

These issues highlight three major trends: “Inflection point,” “from technical to business” and “the new normal.” The “inflection point” issues have finally reached a place where universities need to move from talk to action. Issues in the “from technical to business” trend highlight the increasing importance of technology in university business operations. And “the new normal” issues reflect that day-to-day operations are strategic. This annual list comes out of an EDUCAUSE IT panel made up of higher education leaders who identify the top strategic priorities for their institutions.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/The-Top-10-IT-Issues-in-Higher-Ed-for-2015.html

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edX turns attention to high school MOOCs

October 13th, 2014

By Ean Marshall, eSchool News

edX-MOOCHigh school students now have access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) through a new effort from MOOC platform edX, which says it intends the courses to help students prepare for college-level work. edX collaborated with institutions such as MIT and Georgetown to produce the 27 courses, which include Advanced Placement (AP) sciences, math, and history, as well as French and Spanish.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/06/high-school-moocs-839/

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