How to Survive a Cyberattack

August 1st, 2014

By Phil Hardin, THE Journal

Here’s how a North Carolina district responded to a denial-of-service attack that came from one of its own schools. At 7:45 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, 23,000 network users in the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s 35 schools were accessing their Web-based curriculum resources and administrative applications when suddenly all Internet connectivity stopped. The outage lasted for about an hour. Teachers had to quickly switch their lessons to a Plan B, since most had components that required Internet access. Internet connectivity returned briefly, but suddenly went down again for another hour. The Internet would go down for a third time before school ended.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/07/16/how-to-survive-a-cyberattack.aspx

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10 ways to tell you’re a tech-savvy educator

August 1st, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Technology is a necessary part of formal and informal learning today. After all, students will need tech skills as they move into college and the workforce. Using tech in the classroom today will help students develop and build those essential tech skills so that they can compete on a global scale. What does it mean to be a tech-savvy educator? Research and studies point to 10 distinguishing characteristics [2].

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/21/tech-savvy-educator-032/

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3 secrets to a successful digital transformation

August 1st, 2014

By Frank Portanova, eSchool News

In just one year of becoming all-digital, the Stepinac academic probation rate was cut in half. During the 2013-2014 school year, Archbishop Stepinac High School became an all-digital high school, with each of its 700 students utilizing a fully digital textbook library with more than 40 academic textbooks. This transformation has driven efficiencies in our school, created a more personalized learning environment for our students and, most importantly, has positively impacted student outcomes. I have highlighted three of the most valuable lessons we learned.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/22/school-digital-transformation-395/

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U.S. News Twitter Chat: How to Develop Good Online Learning Habits

July 31st, 2014
by  Travis Mitchell, US News
On Thursday, July 31, at 2pm EST, U.S. News Education ​will host a Twitter chat to help students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree online ​develop good habits for success. Topics will include advice on how to best use online discussion forums and tips on ways to effectively balance school and work.  U.S. News Education will moderate a panel of experts, including Ray Schroeder (@rayschroeder)​, associate vice chancellor for online learning ​at the University of Illinois—Springfield; academic staff from Pennsylvania State University—World Campus (@PSUWorldCampus) and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University—Bloomington​ (@KelleySchool); and Devon Haynie (@DevonHaynie), online education reporter for U.S. News.
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http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/07/24/us-news-twitter-chat-how-to-develop-good-online-learning-habits
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Open online courses: Ready to be MOOCed?

July 31st, 2014

By Muhammad Adil Mulki, Adnan Rizvi; the Express Tribune

The concept of online learning is fast picking up an audience, which is evident from the spike in enrollment numbers for MOOCs that have escalated from a million in 2012 to over 10 million as of date. The list of subjects offered through MOOCs is extensive, including everything from psychology to computer science to astronomy and history. The primary components of MOOCs include video lectures, virtual group projects, peer-to-peer assessments and social meet-ups for students belonging to the same geographical area. Timings are flexible and a course can be taken at whatever time is best suited to the student. Moreover, some platforms, such as Coursera, have also added a further option of sub-titling and closed captioning for disabled students. While there is no substitute for live, person-to-person interaction between an instructor and a student, the structure and precision with which MOOCs are designed and delivered compensate for that missing element substantially.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/736471/open-online-courses-ready-to-be-mooced/

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Accessibility-as-a-Service in Georgia

July 31st, 2014

by David Raths, Campus Technology

As faculty members add online and multimedia elements to their courses, colleges and universities across the country continue to struggle to ensure that disabled students (and employees) have equal access to course material and university Web sites. But by taking a centralized approach, the State of Georgia finds itself in an enviable position. Its AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, situated in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, has grown into a hub for training, technical assistance and manufacture of hard-copy textbooks and publisher files into accessible media, for universities in Georgia and across the country.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/16/accessibility-as-a-service-in-georgia.aspx

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Wearable Learning

July 31st, 2014

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

When you think about the learning potential of wearable technology, the first thing that typically comes to mind is students, well, wearing it. A student might use a head-mounted GoPro camera to film a first-person narrative, or perform chemistry experiments informed by a Google Glass overlay. Along the same lines, most of the futurist thinking regarding wearables seems to revolve around what can be done with the hardware: how students can engage by wearing the devices.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/17/wearable-learning.aspx

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The pros and cons of open technology

July 30th, 2014

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Campuses are moving into the future…and professors may be rejoicing. It’s not just the high cost of textbooks that have libraries scrambling to provide open education (OER) resources. As professors look at alternative options to retain copyright on printed works, and campuses look to expand community partnerships while decreasing budget, going open has never looked so good. According to a new report, “Open Education Resources: The New Paradigm in Academic Libraries,” by Carmen Mitchell and Melanie Chu of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) [published in the Journal of Library Innovation, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2014], a combination of factors have converged to make the use of open resources integral to campuses across the country.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/pros-cons-open-813/

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Google and Udacity want you “thinking like a Developer”

July 30th, 2014

by Nate Swanner, SlashGear

Google is practicing their own version of Inception. Three Developer Advocates from the company are using an app to teach you how to make apps. A new, free course on Udacity, called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals”, teaches you all you need to know in starting your path toward app development. Like any good tutorial, the aim is teaching you how to think like an Android Developer, not simply run you through coding exercises. The course will also school users on the history of Android, and give them insight on the current (and evolving) face of Android development.

http://www.slashgear.com/google-and-udacity-want-you-thinking-like-a-developer-15337395/

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EdX inks deal with Saudi Arabia and women are among those said to benefit

July 30th, 2014

by Mary Moore, Boston Business Journal

The courses will start with a pilot program for Saudi women, youth, the disabled and citizens in rural areas, the press release said. These groups will be the ones likely to realize the greatest opportunity as a result of the new MOOC because they will have access to education, which can “advance their careers,” the release said. “Through extending educational opportunity to the people of Saudi Arabia, the initiative will help provide the skills necessary for economic empowerment,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX, in a prepared statement.

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2014/07/15/edx-inks-deal-with-saudi-arabia-and-women-areamong.html

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How (And Why) Visual Design Matters In e-Learning

July 29th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The use of visual, engaging content is a regular topic around these parts, isn’t it. Getting your students interested and keeping them engaged is a challenge for every teacher in every subject and at every age level. That said, when you’re putting together your class materials, do you give a ton of thought to how things look? The answer is probably yes – with an overwhelming answer being that obviously, content matters more. That said, the handy infographic linked below proposes using the laws of visual perception -aka the Gestalt principles – in e-learning design.

http://www.edudemic.com/visual-design-matters-in-e-learning/

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12 STEM resources for all grades

July 29th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

These sites are intended to help students strengthen much-needed STEM skills. In classrooms across the nation, STEM education is hailed as one of the most important concepts for today’s students. After all, STEM know-how, coupled with skills such as problem solving and strong communication, will help students compete with peers on a global level. We’ve compiled a list of STEM websites for elementary, middle, and high school students. Each grade range features one science, one technology, one engineering, and one mathematics resource.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/17/12-stem-resources-326/

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3 Ways EdTech Is Moving Beyond the Classroom

July 29th, 2014

By Joel Sackett, Edudemic

New tools are meant to help improve educators’ teaching abilities, help enhance the actual learning process and also help students become more tech-savvy. But while such tools are important to the overall education ecosystem, technology can also make an impact long before and after a lesson takes place. As such, technology should have a leading role in the part of the education process that takes place behind the scenes – parts of the process that are often overlooked, but that can also improve student achievement and learning outcomes. Let’s take a quick look are three such areas: human resources, professional development and improved IT infrastructure.

http://www.edudemic.com/edtech-classroom/

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Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges

July 28th, 2014

By LindsayH, Edudemic

Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits.

http://www.edudemic.com/future-of-education-badges/

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How (And Why) Visual Design Matters In e-Learning

July 28th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The use of visual, engaging content is a regular topic around these parts, isn’t it. Getting your students interested and keeping them engaged is a challenge for every teacher in every subject and at every age level. That said, when you’re putting together your class materials, do you give a ton of thought to how things look? The answer is probably yes – with an overwhelming answer being that obviously, content matters more. That said, the handy infographic linked below proposes using the laws of visual perception -aka the Gestalt principles – in e-learning design.

http://www.edudemic.com/visual-design-matters-in-e-learning/

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Three (BIG) Barriers to Student Participation in xMOOCs

July 28th, 2014

by Online Learning Insights

Though there are a variety of factors that contribute to low completion rates, I suggest that three barriers, 1) technology, 2) poor usability & course design, and 3) anonymity contribute significantly to low student participation levels and completion—barriers that deter, discourage and in some cases intimidate students. Also, in some instances, barriers one and two are potential barriers in closed, online classes (as those offered as for-credit courses at public and private institutions).

http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/tag/technology-as-barrier-to-online-learning/

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Here are the 12 most popular free online courses for professionals

July 28th, 2014

by Business Insider

Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/14/from-the-basics-of-programming-to-financial-markets-here-are-the-12-most-popular-free-online-courses-for-professionals/

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A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy

July 27th, 2014

by Anne O’Brien, Edutopia

Two recent documents — NSBA’s Data in the Cloud and the U.S. Department of Education’s Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services — offer good introductions to issues of student privacy in the cloud-computing era. Both also provide practical tips to help protect student privacy. While these tips are geared towards the district level, it is vital that all educators — teachers, principals, school counselors and others — understand the implications.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/starting-point-ensuring-student-online-privacy-anne-obrien

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Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE ‘14

July 27th, 2014

by Ashley Cronin, Edutopia

In an attempt to heed Dave Guymon’s call to share the ISTE learning (see his blog post on Getting Smart, “Don’t Leave Your Learning Behind: What To Do Now That #ISTE2014 Is Over”), here are some resources discussed by a group of elementary and secondary educators during a morning session on coding in the classroom. No matter what grade or subject you teach, you’re certain to find something here you can use. Notes from this and several other sessions can be found on the wiki for ISTE Unplugged; also check out the Twitter stream from the event at #HackEd14 or #HackEducation.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teach-coding-classroom-resources-iste-14

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Studies show significance of using text reminders for millennials

July 27th, 2014

by Brad Mannion and Sam Newton, Red and Black

Conducting their research on a group of 800 community college students, Castleman, an assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia, and Page, a research assistant professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh, used the organization uAspire to send text messages to students concerning the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, along with maintaining academic requirements. Of the students in the treatment or control group, the study found 64 percent of students in the control group, which did not receive text reminders, persisted with aid reapplication to their sophomore year.But for students in the treatment group, who did receive text reminders, 76 percent continuted on to their sophomore year. uAspire also provided an inexpensive way to send text messages at $5 per student during the study. Generation Opportunity, a millennial advocacy group, found that young Americans are more likely to vote in an election if sent a reminder via Facebook messaging or text.

http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/studies-show-significance-of-using-text-reminders-for-millennials/article_024c55fc-09f7-11e4-ac97-0017a43b2370.html

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How Much Multitasking Should Be Done In The Classroom?

July 26th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

We often talk about how the younger generations of students are masters of multitasking because they’ve been brought up in an era of constant stimulation and tons of devices to distract them. At the same time, teachers are still trying to get their students to focus on a task at hand. This begs the question: Should we let them multitask, or is that really not the best option? The handy infographic linked below takes a look at the perils of multitasking.

http://www.edudemic.com/multitasking-should-be-done-in-the-classroom/

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