Educational Technology

April 12, 2018

Online courses benefit Chinese children in poor areas

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by China.org.cn

A news report by China.org.cn on China’s live streaming industry transforming the classes in poor areas: There are only three students at Lumacha Primary School in a remote, mountainous area of northwest China’s Gansu province. As the children from better-off families in the community have been sent to more well-equipped schools, the three remaining have come to represent the most underprivileged members of Chinese society. Fortunately, live streaming, the trendiest social activity among Chinese youth, is transforming the classes in Lumacha. With only an internet cable, an overhead projector and a webcam, the three students are now able to take part in online courses.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/online-courses-benefit-children-in-poor-areas-300621558.html

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A deep dive into college data: The state of higher ed marketing analytics 2018

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by Karine Joly, University Business

Why is digital marketing—so easily measurable—not measured in higher education at the level it is in other industries?  Since this project was conducted around an assessment—and not a mere survey—of the gap between best and current practices, the study participants all received a final grade computed on a 100-point scale to illustrate the distance completed on the road to digital marketing analytics, the HEDMAR score. The distribution of these resulting scores is a great tool to visualize the digital marketing analytics maturity of the industry. With 77 percent of participants scoring under 50 on the HEDMAR scale, the need for improvement across the industry couldn’t be clearer. Yet, the 14 percent of participants scoring between 55 and 80 prove that higher levels of analytics maturity are possible in higher education.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/deep-dive-college-data

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High-tech active learning spaces transform teaching

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by Education Dive
It’s been more than a decade since a small group of professors at Dawson College started to experiment with active learning. Today, those early initiatives have evolved into a movement that’s transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. “It has injected new life into the kinds of things I can do in the classroom,” says Chris Whittaker, a physics professor and one of the college’s early proponents of the student-focused approach to teaching. Based on the academic literature and research done in his own classrooms, Whittaker is confident that his students learn better when they spend less time listening to him lecture and more time working together through collaborative activities and projects. “Students are getting to much deeper levels of conversation, asking me much more profound questions and engaging with the material in a way that I’ve never seen before.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/high-tech-active-learning-spaces-transform-teaching/

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April 11, 2018

What can k12 schools do to get the most out of edtech

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

First, remember that tech is a tool, never a goal. Only adopt technology if it is a better route to reaching an independent goal than a non-tech route would be. It can be hard to avoid the allure of new and “fun” tech products, but student achievement depends on making wise choices. For example, many students—particularly those from disadvantaged communities—suffer a slump in their reading ability in the fourth grade, despite the fact that their reading progress was similar to their peers in earlier grades.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/what-can-k12-schools-do-to-get-the-most-out-of-ed-tech/

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Data analytics can improve the college experience

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Data analytics is opening more doors regarding the college experience than ever before. While many experts are touting its benefits for the student population, the truth is that these numbers can improve the experience all around. The statistics are beneficial for everyone ranging from educators to administrators.  What does the data have to say about the college experience? The exact statistics may not be quite as important as the advantageous view they give regarding higher learning. Here are just a few of the ways that this data can begin improving college experiences across the board.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/data-analytics-can-improve-college-experience-everyone/

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Kids miss college because their parents won’t apply for financial aid

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by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, SCPR

A significant minority of high school seniors who wouldn’t be able to afford college without financial help can’t get their parents to sign the FAFSA. Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, estimates about 5 percent of seniors who want to go to college fall into this category. The FAFSA requires students and their parents to reveal their immigration status, the state of their finances and any public benefits they may have used. The U.S. Department of Education collects the information but doesn’t share it with immigration authorities. A lot of people don’t know that, and their fears are heightened by the Trump administration’s tough anti-immigrant policies.

https://www.scpr.org/news/2018/03/19/81709/kids-miss-college-because-their-parents-won-t-appl/

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April 10, 2018

NSF Grant to Cover Master Degrees in STEM Teaching and Bonuses

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A six-year project at the University of Houston will develop, mentor and retain 30 STEM teacher-leaders in high-need school districts. The $2.8 million from the National Science Foundation will cover tuition and fees for teachers working in middle and high schools to earn their master of education degrees with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math; they’ll also receive a $10,000 annual stipend for four years afterwards to train other teachers in schools serving populations of students who are under-represented in the STEM fields.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/21/nsf-grant-to-cover-master-degrees-in-stem-teaching-and-bonuses.aspx

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Report: The Real Role of Blended Learning in Instruction

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

A new guide on blended learning reminds school district leaders that blended isn’t a goal unto itself; nor is it a specific instructional approach. Blended can be integrated into a “variety of educational models” and serves as the “vehicle” for providing innovative instruction. The report, “Blending Teaching and Technology: Simple Strategies for Improved Student Learning,” was produced by Future Ready Schools, an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Blended learning, as the guide explained, “refers to a variety of practices and strategies” for enabling students to learn online at least some of the time and maintain a level of control over the “time, place, path or pace of their learning.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/28/report-the-real-role-of-blended-learning-in-instruction.aspx

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Designing Learning Spaces for Student Engagement

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Classroom design naturally unlocks — or stifles — student engagement and empowerment in a way few other things can, according to Erin Klein. Klein is a teacher with a previous background in interior design and an author of various books and articles about how areas like design and technology intersect with education. She also delivered the closing keynote address earlier this month at this year’s CUE conference.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/28/designing-learning-spaces-for-student-engagement.aspx

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April 9, 2018

Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Report Examines Tech Solutions to Rural Ed Challenges

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Rural schools face a raft of challenges schools in more densely populated areas do not, including declining enrollments, high socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, high transportation costs, lack of computer and internet access in student homes, low teacher pay, high teacher turnover, fewer teachers and fewer courses available to students. A new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) and the Evergreen Education Group looks at policies and programs in 15 states that use technology to help address some of those problems.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/27/foundation-for-blended-and-online-learning-report-examines-tech-solutions-to-rural-ed-challenges.aspx

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Apple Tries to Regain Education Market Share With iPad Changes

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by Tripp Mickle, Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. said it is updating its entry-level iPad with capabilities designed to appeal to students and new software for teachers, as the company tries to recharge sales of the tablet and shore up its dwindling share of the U.S. education market. The company Tuesday said its new 9.7-inch iPad includes a faster processor and works with the Apple Pencil stylus, which previously worked only with higher-end iPad Pro models. The entry-level iPad’s price remains at $329, the lowest-priced tablet available from the company. Schools, which receive discounts on pricing, can buy the device for $299.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-updates-ipad-with-stylus-support-1522167400

 

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How Does Apple’s New iPad Stack Up to Chromebooks?

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By Henry T. Casey, Lapotop
Apple has announced a new iPad targeted at the education market to challenge the Chromebook, which is starting to dominate classrooms. But are Apple Pencil support and AR apps enough to compete with the most popular laptops with Google’s OS?  While many expected Apple to launch this tablet with a new, lower price point, Apple kept this iPad at the same pricing the 2017 model had: $329 for consumers and $299 for schools. By comparison, the Asus Chromebook C202SA, most popular Chromebook on Amazon, which we like, is a more affordable $223.

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipad-vs-chromebooks

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April 8, 2018

Google offers 15,000 online scholarships to new and seasoned African devs

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By Alissa McAloon, Gamasutra
Google is acting on a pledge made last year to provide digital skills training to African citizens by launching the Africa Web and Android Scholarship program to support software developers in the country. Through a partnership with Udacity and Andela, Google is offering free access to a 2-month long single course on Udacity’s online platform to 15,000 African developers in addition to 500 6-month long ‘nanodegree’ scholarships to some who complete the first program.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/315837/Google_offers_15000_online_scholarships_to_new_and_seasoned_African_devs.php

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Top 10 TED talks for EdTech

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) formed in 1984, and since then, its series of short videos have revolutionized motivational speeches and the technology. With the click of a button, you can access powerful speeches that will make you help you embrace change and new ideas. Are you looking for some inspiration? TED-Ed offers tons of great educational content, and it has a significant amount of comment aimed at the EdTech industry. By watching these talks, you will gain insight into how students think and what teachers want in the classroom.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/top-10-ted-talks-edtech/

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Microsoft Education and Open Up Resources announce partnership to deliver top rated math curriculum

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by Microsoft
Today we are announcing the integration between Open Up Resources curricula and Microsoft Education for Back to School 2018. Open Up Resources is a nonprofit working to develop the highest quality full-course OER curricula, standards-aligned, and provided for free to promote instructional equity. This curriculum was developed by Illustrative Mathematics, and currently covers 6th – 8th Grade Math. Recently, EdReports rated this curriculum with their highest ever rating. Any teacher can now easily sign up to use the Open Up Resources curriculum. With today’s announcement, Microsoft Education is offering this curriculum through OneNote , Forms and custom dashboards. This solution is free and can be used by teachers and students on any platform and device.

 

Microsoft Education and Open Up Resources announce partnership to deliver top rated math curriculum

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April 7, 2018

IoT Has Arrived (Just Not in the Way You Expected)

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Forget about sensors everywhere. The Internet of Things is really about networked devices making our lives easier. According to Steve Burt, the applications for IoT in the school environment currently most often involve lighting, climate control and transportation. Burt is the director of strategy for Clarity Innovations, a professional services firm that consults with education agencies, organizations and companies on technology. So far, he noted, retail is a far better venue for IoT usage than education, collecting data “to help them essentially do their job, selling things better.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/22/iot-has-arrived.aspx

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A lifeline to learning: Leveraging technology to support education for refugees

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by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Published

The issue of provision of education and related services for refugees is complex and multifaceted. With a record number of 65 million individuals who were forcibly displaced worldwide in 2016, the magnitude of the refugee and displacement crises is unprecedented (UNHCR, 2017). Particularly alarming is that children make up more than half of the 22.5 million refugees, i.e. those individuals who fled their countries to seek protection elsewhere. The repercussions in the field of education can be quite severe. Immediate, strategic and sustainable educational responses are required to ensure that refugees and displaced populations have access to equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities. In this report, the analysis of mobile learning projects and practices is structured alongside ten education-related challenges,1 grouped into three main categories:

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/lifeline-learning-leveraging-technology-support-education-refugees

 

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A Different Take on Voice Interfaces, IBM Launches Watson Assistant

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by Jessica Davis, Information Week

At its Think conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM announced Watson Assistant, a voice-activated interface that gives consumers access to the Watson AI. While it may seem new to most of us, IBM Watson IoT VP Bret Greenstein told InformationWeek in an interview that IBM has been quietly offering these capabilities for several years now. For instance, this assistant has powered the lighting and other environmental controls in Philadelphia’s Jefferson Hospital’s recovery rooms. This assistant was also the power behind office supplies retailer Staples’ “Easy Button” that enabled customers to easily order and reorder products. “We did many early versions,” Greenstein said. “Now we are announcing it as a formal product.”

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/ai-machine-learning/a-different-take-on-voice-interfaces-ibm-launches-watson-assistant/d/d-id/1331349

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April 6, 2018

What video games can teach educators about student engagement

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Teachers have long competed with video games when it comes to maintaining the focus of their students. Children are more likely to head home at the end of a long day and zone out in front of a mindless video game than they are to complete another math worksheet. The research supports the fact that gamification can sustain interest far better than the traditional teaching methods that many educators would rather employ. What can these games teach modern educators about student motivation? Here are a few of the key points that teachers need to take note of regarding student engagement.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/video-games-can-teach-educators-motivation-student-engagement/

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Universities Collaborate to Tackle Cyberthreats

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By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

A shared cybersecurity initiative has been launched by Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln. The initiative, called OmniSOC, will be based at Indiana University and will review security data from each member campus in real time using human analysis and machine learning.

http://ittechnology24.com/global-massive-open-online-course-market-2018-instructure-inc-coursera-inc-iversity-udacity-inc/

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Digital learning a no-brainer for SA employers

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by IT-Online

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa’s success depends largely on its ability to capitalise on the demands of the 21st century, and using advanced technology effectively to help move the country forward is one of them.
Richard Rayne, CEO of corporate learning solutions provider iLearn, agrees. He says South Africa is “absolutely” ready for digital transformation in learning. “It’s a reality the world over and we need to get on-board. If we delay, we will get left behind.” Rayne, who attended the Digital Learning Realities Research Conference 2018 in London last month, says the key take-home was simple – digital learning is gaining ground worldwide.

Digital learning a no-brainer for SA employers

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