10 steps to promoting diversity in gaming

November 27th, 2014

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

The key to successfully using games for education is in promoting a diverse “ecosystem” of gameplay complete with codes of conduct. In part one of this story, “#Gamergate—and what it means for gaming in education,” which discussed the cultural context of Gamergate and how it applies to education, MIT’s Education Arcade emphasized that “the key to fashioning the gaming world as a safe place for women and others is not necessarily censorship or making all games appeal to all potential players, but rather to create an ecosystem of games designed to appeal to players of different play styles, values, and backgrounds,” and nowhere is this ecosystem more important than education. “Games are one of the best learning mediums in education because it forces the learner to interact with information,” explained Sherry Jones—a Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Game Studies instructor at the University of Colorado, Denver.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/11/21/diversity-education-gaming-398/

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EdX Hosts First Open edX Conference

November 27th, 2014

By MEG P. BERNHARD and MICHAEL V. ROTHBERG, Harvard Crimson

EdX held its inaugural Open edX conference to bring together nearly 200 of the platform’s collaborators, who hail from as nearby as Cambridge to as far away as Japan. The conference comes a year and a half after edX launched the open-source initiative, which allows third-party groups to install, use, and develop the edX platform for their own educational purposes. “We open-sourced our platform in June of 2013 and since then we’ve seen a lot of adoption,” said Sarina Canelake, a software engineer for the company. “What’s cool about this conference is that we’ve seen a lot of people, from France and from Japan, who we’ve never had a chance to meet.” According to Canelake, more than 400 courses are offered through Open edX worldwide. Contributors to the platform include Google, the University of Queensland, and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/11/20/EdX-hosts-open-conference/

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EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep

November 27th, 2014

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The teacher certificates will be issued for one year to all U.S. teachers who pass one of the teacher training courses. That will be extended for an additional four years for Title I teachers and others in high-need districts. Classes will train teachers on the use of technology in the classroom, teaching in a blended environment, and learning theory and leadership. Those classes will be available from Boston University, Davidson College, Teachers College at Columbia University and six other universities. The organization is also pursuing students in high-need and rural school districts around the country to take courses to help them prepare for advanced placement exams. Over the next five years students will be able to earn free, verified certificates in 40 different courses. AP prep MOOCs will be made available by the Cooper Union, Tennessee Board of Regents, Rice University and five other institutions.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/20/edx-launching-moocs-with-free-certificates-for-teacher-training-and-ap-prep.aspx

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Don’t Let Kids’ Brains Go on Vacation During the Holiday Season

November 26th, 2014

by WSSB

You may have heard of “summer slide” – when those summer months cause kids to lose all that glorious information and knowledge they acquired during the school year. But even shorter breaks can cause education rifts for students, too. Whether your children pair up with just one friend or an entire crowd, consider making studying a social event. Add some festivity to the affair by serving snacks and desserts. Around the holidays, you might even include a themed gift exchange for added appeal. If you are in between semesters, there may not be any official studying to do, but kids can keep their minds moving with supplemental learning. For example, if your child studied “As I Lay Dying” in school, make a movie night of it. Pop some popcorn and invite his or her friends over to watch the film version of the novel.

http://www.mysuncoast.com/online_features/education/don-t-let-kids-brains-go-on-vacation-during-the/article_87ad9d50-abc2-5ab0-b907-3ff017ef1b00.html

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West Michigan school leaders talk online lessons when classes are canceled

November 26th, 2014

by Monica Scott, MLive

“It was just a very logical next step for us,” Cathedral President Michael Mullin, told USA Today about the Google software allowing teachers to upload taped lesson plans for students to view, but also to conduct real-time discussions with students. Public schools are embracing the idea, with more than 2,000 New Jersey students at Pascack Valley Regional High School logging on for their lessons during a February snowstorm. While some West Michigan school districts say they lack the technological capacity to implement a virtual program like Cathedral now, others are already doing it on a limited basis or are in the planning stages.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/11/ending_snow_days_west_michigan.html

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Winnipeg school uses technology to record classes, upload lessons online to help students learn

November 26th, 2014

by Rahim Ladhani, CTV Winnipeg

John Taylor Collegiate is using technology to help students get the most out of every lesson. The device is called “The Juno.” Math teacher Keith Goetz wears it around his neck during class and it records everything he says. It also syncs with his lesson on the classroom smartboard. After each class, Goetz uploads the lesson online and students can review what they just learned as many times they like. It’s a virtual classroom. Goetz was the first teacher to use the device at the school but the results have been so positive, the entire math department and some French and chemistry classes have also followed suit. Each device costs about $1,200.

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-school-uses-technology-to-record-classes-upload-lessons-online-to-help-students-learn-1.2109959

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The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014

November 25th, 2014

By Edudemic

Edudemic has covered game-based learning and gamification in the classroom on numerous occasions in the past. When learning becomes a game, it’s an enjoyable, effective experience for students and teachers alike. We’ve curated 23 of the best game-based education resources for 2014. If your class hasn’t gotten its game on yet, then now is the time.

http://www.edudemic.com/23-best-game-based-resources-2014/

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8 Ways to Help Introverts Brainstorm for Creative Projects

November 25th, 2014

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

Here’s a little scenario that will be familiar to most teachers. There you are leading a brainstorm for a creative project, when you notice several students haven’t contributed a single word. Despite your best attempts to moderate and encourage all voices, you just can’t seem to catch the eyes of the quiet ones. But you know they’ve got great ideas; in fact, their written work is often the best in the class. And yet, you know they’ll be mortified if you call them by name — red cheeks and stammering is almost a guarantee. How can you help your introverted students brainstorm great ideas without this level of stress?

http://www.edudemic.com/8-ways-introverts-brainstorm/

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How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic

November 25th, 2014

By Ann Elliott, Edudemic

Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Linked below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom.

http://www.edudemic.com/how-classroom-project-infographic/

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Blended Learning: It’s Not the Tech, It’s How the Tech is Used

November 24th, 2014

by Preston Smith, Huffington Post

Since the 1970s we’ve known of Moore’s Law, which states the processing power of computers will double every two years. Forty years later, computers are presumably a million times more powerful. The education world is finally beginning to harness this power, taking us far beyond the origins of computer labs where students clicked away at the Oregon Trail and practiced word processing. Finally, we’re starting to reach a point where adaptive online programs engage students with rigorous academic content at their exact level while providing teachers with detailed data, allowing us to better group students and meet their unique needs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/preston-smith-/blended-learning-its-not-_b_6165398.html

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Online gym class offered for Rock Bridge and Hickman High School students

November 24th, 2014

BY MEGAN BEDFORD, Columbia Missourian

High school students in Columbia can now take gym class from their computers. Columbia Public Schools is allowing high schoolers to take physical education online through a program called Online PE, said Christi Hopper, one of the district’s physical education and health coordinators. With an online physical education class, students check out fitness kits that include a stability ball, a heart rate monitor, a resistance band, jump ropes and dumbbells. Based on a video they watch, students follow an exercise regimen while using the heart rate monitor. They videotape themselves doing stretches, lifts with weights and other aerobic workouts and then post the videos online for their teachers to view and grade.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/181747/online-gym-class-offered-for-rock-bridge-and-hickman-high-school-students/

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How to get more girls to code: Use Frozen’s Elsa

November 24th, 2014

by Laura Mandaro, USA Today

If you want to lure young girls into computer coding, go straight to the heart — which these days is likely to inhabit the magical snowy landscape of Frozen. Code.org announced Wednesday that it had teamed up with Disney Interactive on a tutorial that lets young programmers help Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa make ice fractals and skating patterns using basic coding skills.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/11/19/disney-codeorg-frozen-girls-computer-programming/19260097/

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The average undergrad getting an online degree is older

November 23rd, 2014

by MARLENE HABIB, The Globe and Mail

As Jason Nixon watches his twin seven-year-olds kick their way through karate class, the dad, husband, politician and champion for the homeless can often be seen booting up his computer – to work toward earning his bachelor of commerce degree through Alberta’s Athabasca University. At 34, Mr. Nixon possesses many of the traits of the typical Canadian taking an undergrad program online – he’s older than the average early-20s student attending university in person, has been working for years, and has a growing family.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/the-average-undergrad-getting-an-online-degree-is-older/article21627226/

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Clare-Gladwin RESD offers online learning option

November 23rd, 2014

By the Midland Daily News

Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District recently unveiled the Middle Michigan Regional Online Collaborative (MROC), offering students in grades 9-12 with an online learning option. The program gives high school students in Beaverton, Bullock Creek, Clare, Coleman, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison school districts the opportunity to take up to two high school courses online each semester. Unlike a traditional online education experience, MROC provides multiple systems of support to help ensure student success. MROC courses are taught by a teacher from a local participating school district who is qualified a specific subject area.

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/clare-gladwin-resd-offers-online-learning-option/article_0cf7dd90-4e0b-502b-ad15-f9d95080ab6a.html

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All-girls academy activates online classes instead of snow day

November 23rd, 2014

By Cedra Mayfield, WAVE 3

While November 17 marked the first snow day of the season for many schools throughout Kentuckiana, for Mercy Academy students and staff it proved to be a day in rather than a day off.As her younger brother sat and watched television Monday morning, Kayla Fitzgerald, 16, kept her eyes glued to her iPad. “It’s basically like Facebook for school,” said Kayla, a sophomore at Mercy Academy in Louisville. “This is a rubric that our teacher sent us of a project that we were going to do in class today.” Unlike many other school districts that opted to cancel classes after the season’s first snow, Mercy Academy leaders decided to promote productivity by holding classes online Monday.

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/27412903/all-girls-academy-activates-online-classes-instead-of-snow-day

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Learning Tech Poses “Real Threat” To Vulnerable Business Schools

November 22nd, 2014

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs poses a “real threat” to business schools and could replace some classroom teachers. Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs, or massive open online courses, pose a “real threat” to business schools and could “replace a large number of classroom instructors”. The professors also envisaged a scenario in which the “fundamental architecture of the business school could crumble” in the face of wide-scale adoption of distance learning technology. In comments that echo their research earlier this year which forecast that two-thirds of MBA professors could be sacked due to the emergence of Mooc tech, Wharton School professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich say business schools and faculty are “clearly vulnerable”.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2916/learning-tech-poses-real-threat-to-vulnerable-business-schools

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Pi Top is a chunky open source laptop to teach you about coding

November 22nd, 2014

by Nick Echavarria, BackerJack

The mission behind Pi-Top is simple: focus on teaching people how to create and code great hardware. Initially, the open source laptop is shipped in pieces: a 13.3″ HD LCD monitor, various PCBs, keyboard, trackpad, Wi-Fi adapter, wiring, battery, and a Raspberry Pi to control it all. Instructions are included to lead users in the Pi-Top’s construction, and serve as an introductory lesson to everything the Pi-Top does. Afterwards, it functions as a laptop dedicated to teaching the skills necessary to transform a pure novice into someone who can design printed circuit boards, 3D print, and code anything they’d want using free online lessons direct from the company. In addition, the Raspberry Pi’s HAT specification allows small add-on boards to add functionality, a consideration Pi-Top was built with.

http://www.backerjack.com/pi-top-is-a-chunky-open-source-laptop-to-teach-you-about-coding/

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The 10 Best Apps for Online Students

November 22nd, 2014

By gearfuse, Before It’s News

Technology has become an integral part of the student experience. There’s no shortage of apps to help students organize their schedules, stay on track with homework, and pay the bills on a tight budget. Students taking online or distance courses have additional needs that can also be assisted with today’s best apps. Take a look at these options, most of which are free to download.

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2014/11/the-10-best-apps-for-online-students-2732414.html

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Internet History, Technology, and Security

November 21st, 2014

by the University of Michigan

The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/insidetheinternet

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It’s goodbye to pen and paper and hello to online learning…

November 21st, 2014

by Portsmouth UK News

Year 5 pupils at Stamshaw Junior School have been using tablets in lessons in a bid to boost their learning. The Samsung Digital Classroom pilot is being run in 10 primary schools in disadvantaged areas across the country. As a part of the programme, Samsung gave the devices to schools. A study is being carried out as part of the project to see if it increases learning. Lewis Parr, nine, said: ‘For Christmas last year I got a tablet. Once I started using it and got used to using it. I really enjoyed it. ‘It’s fun and it helps me learn. Normally we use paper and pencils and do all our learning there but it’s nice to use this to work.’

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/education/it-s-goodbye-to-pen-and-paper-and-hello-to-online-learning-1-6420020

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Internet Chess

November 21st, 2014

By Author Stream

One of the best ways to learn chess online is to set up a chess training schedule with the trainer and then start the classes with the trainer. Some of the tactics the trainers usually use in the training process include puzzles, other mind games that help to refine the thinking process and all the moves and strategies that must be employed to win the chess game.

http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/mastervalerililov-2322355-chess-training-schedule/

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