Pokemon Go… and Global Success Skills?

August 28th, 2016

by John McCarthy, Edutopia

Not since Minecraft has there been an entertainment program that captures the imagination of so many people. Pokémon Go is addictive for blending imagination from the Pokémon game world into the real environments of our communities. Establishing a learning culture of mutual support for growth is important at the start of and during the school year. Group students by teams with the charge of helping each other collect the same Pokémon into their respective Pokédex. Use the Pokémon Go app to set one or two Lures on or near campus, depending on the number of participants. This will encourage students to migrate between locations rather than standing around. To adequately complete the task, set a number of Pokémon to catch during a specific time period to ensure that all students stay active. Have teams submit their individual Journals (under the player’s name icon) to verify their participation. The Journal tracks each achievement with a timestamp, such as Pokémon caught and items received from a PokéStop.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/pokemon-go-global-success-skills-john-mccarthy

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The Effects of Instructor Control of Online Learning Environment on Satisfaction and Perceived Learning

August 28th, 2016

by the Journal of e-Learning

This paper explores the design of a blended learning environment in a transition from face-to-face and seeks to determine whether learner characteristics and background together with blended learning design elements are significant factors for learning outcomes such as intrinsic motivation, satisfaction, knowledge construction and learning performance in blended learning. It is aimed at examining the learner characteristics and backgrounds such as age, gender, self-regulation, attitudes, family and social support as well as the management of workload in blended learning.

http://distance-educator.com/the-effects-of-instructor-control-of-online-learning-environments-on-satisfaction-and-perceived-learning/

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Three Great Places to Find Free Online Courses

August 28th, 2016

by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Today we are sharing with you three excellent websites that will help you find the best free online classes or MOOCs from top trending universities. You can lay back in your coach, search for the courses that interest you and sign up to embark on a new exciting learning journey.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/08/three-excellent-places-to-find-free.html

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Half of High School Seniors Lack Access to Computer Science

August 27th, 2016

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

More than half of high school seniors attend schools that don’t offer computer science, according to a new analysis by Change the Equation, a nonprofit organization that aims to mobilize businesses to improve STEM learning. Only 22 percent of 12th graders say they’ve ever taken a computer science course, according to the analysis. Just 44 percent of seniors say they have access to any computer science classes, and less than a quarter of seniors have access to Advanced Placement computer science courses, the analysis said. To conduct its study, Change the Equation (CTEq) examined data from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” which is given to seniors and includes survey questions for students, teachers and schools.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/08/17/half-of-high-school-seniors-lack-access-to-computer-science.aspx

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Carnegie Mellon-Led Project Promotes Data and Technology Fluency

August 27th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

CMU researchers are working with local teachers to implement a pilot program that encourages students to use data, multimedia and technology to express ideas. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) held summer workshops for Pittsburgh-area teachers to learn how to apply the concepts of data and technology fluency in schools. CMU researchers Jessica Pachuta, Jessica Kaminsky and Beatrice Dias led the workshop for 12 teachers from eight schools. With a 14-month, $593,000 planning grant from The Heinz Endowments, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization, the researchers will create a pilot program for the teachers to implement at their schools. The grant will be used to develop “tools and methods that enable students to use data and technology for asking questions and exploring their environment, for telling cohesive stories, and for articulating opinions and arguments,” according to a CMU news release.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/19/carnegie-mellonled-project-promotes-data-and-technology-fluency.aspx

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Social Media App Uses Augmented Reality to Connect College Students

August 27th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The TeePeedU app uses AR technology to help students build real life connections across their campus. College students will soon be able to interact virtually in class and at sports games, with help from a new augmented reality app. TeePeedU is a free college social media app that aims to get students out of the dorm and connect with each other in real life. The name refers to the act of teepeeing, or stringing toilet paper trails around objects. TeePeedU allows students to teepee each other virtually by “dropping digital graffiti all over campus with everyone you want to know and hang out with,” according to the company. Users can leave photos of themselves around campus, which others can see through the app’s AR ecosystem.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/19/social-media-app-uses-augmented-reality-to-connect-college-students.aspx

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City schools reach out to homeschoolers

August 26th, 2016

By Jeff Linville, Mt. Airy News

Parents who choose to homeschool their children see a benefit there, and Morrison isn’t trying to talk them out of that belief. Instead, she wants to focus on what Mount Airy has to offer that they can’t give at home. Perhaps a parent is really good at history and English, but struggles with high school-level math. The student could attend MAHS for a math class, or take an online course with the school. Or the student might want to take chemistry at MAHS because of lab equipment that isn’t available at home.

https://mtairynews.com/news/43550/city-schools-reach-out-to-homeschoolers

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Why smartphones alone won’t close the digital divide

August 26th, 2016

By Sunne Wright McPeak, Sacramento Bee

There is much to celebrate in the Field Poll’s annual survey on the “digital divide” in California. The percentage of Californians with high-speed internet at home has risen to 84 percent in 2016 from 55 percent in 2008. But the divide between those who have broadband at home and those who do not is closing largely because of smartphones. The 2016 survey found that among the 84 percent with home broadband, 14 percent are connecting only through their smartphones. This percentage is a near doubling of smartphone-only users since last year. No doubt, smartphones are marvelous devices that provide access to information and online applications. But they are limited functionally for doing school homework, applying for jobs or college or taking online courses.

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article96594082.html

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Take This Quiz To Find Out If Online Learning Is For You

August 26th, 2016

By Gretchen Kernbach, ULoop

Something you weren’t often faced with in high school was the option to take online classes. Instead, you were forced to sit through lectures and busy work for eight hours a day, five days a week. Now that you have entered a university, online learning is quite popular. However, you may find yourself signing up for something you are not prepared for. So how do you know if online learning is for you?

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/210520/Take-This-Quiz-To-Find-Out-If-Online-Learning-Is-For-You

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High schools focus on students’ life success

August 25th, 2016

by Karen Everett Watson, Galt Herald Online

Students will have a number of options for credit recovery and be able to take remedial classes to bring up their math and reading scores. “Both high schools will have a computer lab with a teacher/mentor,” said Kaufman. “Students will be able to take online classes and campus classes. The online classes will be accessible in the labs and from the students’ homes.” College-level course work will also be accessible in these labs so students can go into college having already earned credits, according to Kaufman. This will also allow students to take courses not readily available in most high schools.

http://galtheraldonline.com/articles/2016/08/18/news/doc57b6128bcf775065525693.txt

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5 Free Classes You Can Take to Build Your Resume

August 25th, 2016
by Jill Krasny, Atlanta Journal Constitution
In pivotal ways, the job landscape has changed. The days of pensions are over, and hardly anyone receives a Rolex just for sticking around. Today’s businesses move fast, and employees are expected to know how to keep up. Fortunately, the World Wide Web has made it easy to bone up on skills that matter in today’s workforce. Whether you’re looking to debunk big data or bolster your email writing, we’ve rounded up some free online courses that promise to get the job done. To prove they’re worth your time, we tapped a couple of recruiters for insight. Read on to see our 10 favorite courses — all within budget.

http://www.ajc.com/feed/business/personal-finance/5-free-classes-you-can-take-to-build-your-resume/fCRP3W/

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Stanford seeks the ‘why’ in the student experience

August 25th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Stanford University pilots a new exhibit, ‘The @Stanford Project,’ which envisions a learning environment for undergraduate students learning, working, and serving to meet industrial and personal missions, rather than achieving proficiency in a major. The project challenges students to visualize the ways in which Stanford will evolve in its research, workforce development and philanthropic support, with the influences of technology and encouraging students to follow personal missions instead of professional objectives. Helping students to visualize missions early in their academic careers could spur new outcomes in international study and recruitment, startup innovation, and community outreach — all important elements of the 21st century college profile.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/stanford-seeks-the-why-in-the-student-experience/424419/

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Virginia Tech requires online diversity course for incoming students

August 24th, 2016

By Robby Korth, Roanoke.com

Before new Virginia Tech freshmen start classes next week they’ll be required to take an online course on diversity. New students now have to take a trio of online courses to raise awareness of issues that they may face in college, including alcohol, sexual violence and being inclusive of people from different races and backgrounds. “Providing it to new students is consistent with and reflects the value we place on inclusion and diversity at this university,” Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski wrote in an email. “Virginia Tech is proud to promote inclusion and diversity as an important part of our land grant mission.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/virginia-tech-requires-online-diversity-course-for-incoming-students/article_c4f0730a-7403-5968-9bae-2fdd67534c87.html

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N.J. university chosen for pilot program studying online courses

August 24th, 2016

by Kevin Shea, NJ.com

Thomas Edison State University has been chosen as one of eight universities nationwide for an experimental federal pilot program seeking to connect students using non-traditional training with federal financial aid. Thomas Edison’s role in the program will study how to use financial aid to cover the cost of alternative credit courses through Study.com, and ultimately help students complete their degrees. The pilot program is called Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships, or, EQUIP and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and university unveiled it Tuesday.

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/08/nj_university_chosen_for_pilot_program_studying_on.html

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What are the top 10 most popular search engines?

August 24th, 2016

by Christopher Ratcliff, ClickZ

You know, apart from the most obvious search engine. And possibly the second most obvious one too. In fact I’ll start again, what are the eight most popular search engines after Google and Bing? The first list below contains the most popular search engines currently available, ordered by most to least popular in the US. The ranking is according to eBiz, it’s in order of estimated unique monthly visitors and is accurate as of August 2016. The second list is a global overview of most popular search engines, according to Net Market Share, which is ranked in order of market share and is again accurate as of August 2016. As opposed to our previous list of search engine alternatives to Google, this list will concentrate purely on informational searches rather than say… Gifs or copyright free images.

https://www.clickz.com/what-are-the-top-10-most-popular-search-engines/104620/

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Stanford Hosts AI Camp for High School Girls

August 23rd, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

A summer program at Stanford University introduced high school girls to artificial intelligence this summer. Among the activities they learned more about were flying drones, how autonomous cars work, diving robots and machine learning for healthcare. The two-week AI program was developed last year by Olga Russakovsky, a Stanford postdoctoral researcher, and Fei-Fei Li, associate professor of computer science and director of Stanford’s AI Lab. They were motivated by a “desperate” need to bring more women into the field. As Li told the girls during their first day, as explained in a blog entry, AI could in the future become the “Terminator next door,” or follow a more humane direction, based on the people behind the scenes doing the research and development work. The students were introduced to the concepts of design thinking, inductive reasoning, the growth mindset and time management.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/08/16/stanford-hosts-ai-camp-for-girls.aspx

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With High-Quality Lessons and Social Supports, Even Weak Teachers Do Better

August 23rd, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

A new study from 100Kin10 and the University of Chicago has found that giving middle school math teachers access to high-quality lesson plans and support can “significantly” impact student performance and teacher effectiveness. 100Kin10 is an organization focused on building up the number of American K-12 teachers who can teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to 100,000 by the year 2021. The non-profit worked with U Chicago’s Urban Education Lab, which researches ways to help the educational outcomes for disadvantaged children growing up in urban neighborhoods. This particular study evaluated what impact there was by providing teachers with real-world lessons from Mathalicious and access to other teachers through Edmodo. Mathalicious is a company that develops standards-based lessons that explore the math of life — sports, shopping, game creation. The Edmodo interactions among teachers went by the name, “Project Groundswell.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/08/08/with-high-quality-lessons-and-social-supports-even-weak-teachers-do-better.aspx

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Vermont Schools Have More Computers Than Kids

August 23rd, 2016

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The number of laptops, tablets and other electronic devices now outnumber the number of K–12 students in Vermont, according to a new Agency of Education (AOE) technology survey. Vermont schools own about 85,000 devices for student use, up from about 45,000 in the same survey just two years ago, according to the Burlington Free Press. The state has about 77,000 students in kindergarten through high school, according to an online enrollment report for the most recent school year.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/08/16/vermont-schools-have-more-computers-than-kids.aspx

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From Dreams to Realities: AR/VR/MR in Education: A Q&A with Daniel Christian

August 22nd, 2016

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

“Actually, I think we aren’t that far from being able to deliver on the powerful visions of teaching faculty.’ — Daniel Christian. The marketplace for augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality technologies may be heating up. Daniel Christian, a senior instructional designer at Calvin College observes that significant R&D investments, product development, and more powerful enabling technologies are setting the stage for new AR/VR/MR initiatives in higher education.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/16/ar-vr-mr-in-education.aspx

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Crowdsourcing for Massive Engagement

August 22nd, 2016

by David Raths, Campus Technology

The London School of Economics and Political Science was not quick to join the MOOC movement. Its faculty and administrators were concerned about the high attrition rates commonly found in massive open online courses. “We observed a persistence about the pedagogies being deployed that didn’t do a lot to arrest those problems,” said Darren Moon, a senior learning technologist at LSE. But in 2014, Moon and his colleagues found an opportunity to build a large online community that would avoid that very high attrition rate. Together with the school’s Institute of Public Affairs, they developed Constitution UK, an effort to crowdsource a model written constitution for the United Kingdom. Participation and engagement in the project actually increased as it progressed, which may provide some lessons for other large, open education offerings.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/17/crowdsourcing-for-massive-engagement.aspx

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Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone

August 22nd, 2016

by Google

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.  Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.

https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/meet-google-duo-simple-1-to-1-video.html

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