Eight States Have Fewer Than 10 Girls Take AP Computer Science Exam; two states have none!

December 6th, 2016

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

More girls are taking the annual AP computer science exam, but boys still outnumber girls when it comes to taking the test. In fact, fewer than 10 girls took the May 2016 exam in eight states, and not a single female took the test in Mississippi and Montana. These are some of the findings of a state-by-state analysis of newly released data from the College Board by Barbara Ericson, the director of computing outreach and senior research scientist at the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/11/29/eight-states-have-fewer-than-10-girls-take-ap-computer-science-exam.aspx

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Kick off your Hour of Code with Minecraft’s help

December 6th, 2016

by eSchool News

Just in time for Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, Microsoft Corp. and Code.org have unveiled the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a coding tutorial for students and educators. The Hour of Code is an annual global campaign held during Computer Science Education Week, which this year runs Dec. 5–11. The new web-based tutorial, available for free at http://code.org/minecraft, helps novice coders to create and share their own simple “Minecraft” game, and is designed to empower anyone to begin learning the problem-solving and critical thinking skills required in today’s tech-fueled world.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/12/02/kick-off-hour-code-minecrafts-help/

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10 Hour of Code and computer science resources

December 6th, 2016

BY LAURA ASCIONE DEVANEY, eSchool Week

During Computer Science Education Week, tap into these tools to help students participate in the Hour of Code and other activities. Every year in December, students and teachers have a chance to participate in nationwide computer science and coding activities during Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week, running from Dec. 5-11, is sponsored by the Computing in the Core coalition and is organized by Code.org. This year, the event is even more significant–after intensive work, Code.org and partners launched the K-12 Computer Science Framework to help more students access programming opportunities. The need for increased attention to computer science learning frameworks and opportunities is evident–a two-year Google study exposed racial and gender disparities in computer science education.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/12/02/10-hour-code-resources/

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Who is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for ed secretary?

December 5th, 2016

by Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, charter school proponent and active Republican, as his education secretary, prompting a range of predictions about what she might do in office. Business Insider reports DeVos has been an active opponent of charter school regulation and a proponent of vouchers in Michigan, which has led her critics to say she is intent to destroy the public education system. The New York Times, however, reports Trump’s $20 billion federal voucher program proposal would require billions of dollars of investment at the state level, where education funding is limited — and even where state governments might support such an initiative, local school boards would have to sign on.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/who-is-betsy-devos-trumps-pick-for-ed-secretary/431168/

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3 tech tips to make higher education ripe for creativity

December 5th, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Ed Tech Magazine profiles a new survey from Adobe Education, which suggests that more than 9 out of 10 college students believe that classroom technology is an essential part of becoming career ready. Technology provides differing levels of engagement, which can help students in all majors discover passions and career opportunities they never thought possible through engineering and design, collaboration and artistic expression. More than 50% of students taking the survey believe they are part of a generation that is more creative than their predecessors.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/3-tech-tips-to-make-higher-education-ripe-for-creativity/431153/

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What will become of libraries?

December 5th, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Inside Higher Ed recaps Educause’s annual conference held last month, in which one session asked participants to visualize the college library of the future. A recent MIT report suggests that libraries will transition from repositories of historical and research information, to open source hubs with information on best practices and real-time deployments to address intractable problems. The model follows a similar effort from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which will share book storage space with Emory University to make its library facility more conducive to studying and innovation.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/what-will-become-of-libraries/431163/

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More jobs will require bachelor’s degrees in the future, study says

December 4th, 2016

by Kathryn McNutt by Kathryn McNutt, News OK

In less time than it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree you might need one to get a job in Oklahoma. By 2020, 37 percent of the jobs in Oklahoma will require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or higher, according to a Georgetown University study. “That’s on us. That’s an expectation that is clearly on our back,” said Glen Johnson, the state’s higher education chancellor. “It certainly requires our immediate attention because it’s critically important we prepare and have students in a position where they can graduate to meet the job needs in our state.”

http://newsok.com/more-jobs-will-require-bachelors-degrees-in-the-future-study-says/article/5527520

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How text messages help mentors connect with students in Idaho

December 4th, 2016

by NICHOLE DOBO, Hechinger Report

The text message is a powerful tool in an unconventional high school program in Idaho. The technology allows mentors working with Idaho PTECH to reach high school students in far-flung places in this sparsely populated state. The high-tech, one-on-one mentoring is part of a pilot program that aims to help students discover and prepare for a career that they can embark on right out of high school, or with minimal post-secondary training. “They don’t know what they want a lot of times,” said Alan Millar, executive director of Idaho PTECH, so the mentoring provides “a caring adult to talk about goals, reaffirm them, and make concrete steps how to get there.”

http://hechingerreport.org/how-text-messages-help-mentors-connect-with-students-in-idaho/

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Visionary: How 4 institutions are venturing into a new mixed reality

December 3rd, 2016

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

Mixed reality combines virtual and augmented realities for enhanced learning experiences–and institutions are already implementing it. A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality” learning experiences for students. The collaboration will explore how mixed reality can help solve real challenges in areas of learning, ranging from online tutoring and coaching, nursing education, and engineering to construction and surveyor training. Microsoft says its HoloLens is the world’s first self-contained holographic computer. Pearson is developing and piloting mixed reality content at colleges, universities and secondary schools in the United States and around the world.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/disruptions-and-innovations/institutions-mixed-reality/

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An agreement in New Mexico provides an expedited path to multiple degrees in only 5 years

December 3rd, 2016

BY RICK NATHANSON, ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL

Imagine getting an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s of business administration in five years, and paying as little as $20,000 for the entire trio. That’s the crux of the 2+1+2 Program, created by University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy in partnership with UNM and Central New Mexico Community College. The $20,000 cost applies to students who remain qualified on the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship program. Those who do not qualify for the lottery would pay just under $30,000 for the three degrees.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/news/3-degrees-just-5-years/

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How to grow your online brand and generate offline results for success in campus branding

December 3rd, 2016

BY KRYSTAL PUTMAN-GARCIA, eCampus News

If you walk on any campus today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a student that didn’t have a laptop or smart phone. In fact, 96 percent of young adults ages 18-29 use the internet – and those with a college education are more likely to use the internet than those who do not, according to a Pew Research Study. Your college can benefit from strengthening its online brand by reaching prospective students, current college attendees and alumni. The stronger the online brand, the more likely students and visitors will engage with a school. Fortunately, there are some simple ways colleges can grow their online brands that ultimately lead to offline results.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/technology-campus-branding/

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A huge and stubborn reason, still unsolved, that students go into so much debt

December 2nd, 2016

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

Some policymakers can’t believe that universities and colleges still haven’t worked out a way of accepting each others’ credits, a problem the National College Transfer Center estimates wastes $6 billion a year in tuition and is a little-noticed but major reason students go deep into debt or never graduate. The proportion of students who transfer is at record levels. More than two-thirds who earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions today have changed colleges at least once, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which estimates that an average of about 342,860 students change schools each year. Yet the U.S. Department of Education says the average transfer student still loses 13 credits already earned and paid for.

http://hechingerreport.org/a-huge-and-stubborn-reason-still-unsolved-that-students-go-into-so-much-debt/

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Colleges look to the cloud for student intervention services

December 2nd, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

University Business reports on the growing number of campuses using cloud-based technology to improve online services wth academic intervention and student life. A variety of systems tracking student data on attendance, learning resource utilization and student life helps campuses to more easily divert resources based upon student need or desire, with stronger integration between systems becoming easier to create and to manage. Security concerns about cloud-based technology have decreased in the last two years, as technologies and safeguards have improved to help preserve student information.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-look-to-the-cloud-for-student-intervention-services/430949/

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Could virtual reality set new standards for educational access?

December 2nd, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Ed Tech Magazine profiles the growth of virtual reality in college learning settings, which is a $150 billion industry making waves in healthcare, criminal justice and gaming industries. Some experts think that VR technology will reinvent library and research materials access, distance education and curriculum engagement in the applied sciences and liberal arts. Other implications could include cost reduction for teaching delivery, and global access to a variety of innovative courses and learning experiences.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/could-virtual-reality-set-new-standards-for-educational-access/430968/

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The Chinese success as example of the future of digital education

December 1st, 2016

By Claudio Buttice, Digital Journal

China Online Education Group (COE) announced the unexpected success of the online e-learning program by publishing its third quarter 2016 report. The numbers provided by the largest education platform in China surpassed every forecast with an 180.9 percent year-over-year increase in net revenues, and 135.2 percent in gross billings. The number of paying students doubled to 40 thousand from 2015, providing the program with over $135 billion gross billings contributed just by K-12 students. COE provides Chinese students with live one-on-one interactive English lessons taught by foreign teachers (mostly American ones) with either online or mobile platforms. The education program is a first effort to provide teaching courses in a fully digitalized environment, and takes full advantage of the informatics medium to pool all the data analyzed as well as teacher feedback in order to improve its efficiency year by year.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/the-chinese-success-as-example-of-the-future-of-digital-education/article/480065

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Virtual library cards expand access to learning

December 1st, 2016

by Shawn D. Lewis, The Detroit News

Going online to research homework assignments, select a scary movie or read a book for pleasure now is a lot easier for students in some Macomb County school districts. They can use virtual library cards to access online information at four libraries using their student ID numbers. Or, if they prefer, use a traditional library card. The access to books and other information recently expanded to include students in the L’Anse Creuse Public School District. The program began last year in the Chippewa Valley School District, and Clintondale Community Schools joined this year, too. “We are one of the first in the country with so many different, autonomous libraries to be able to work with individual school districts,” said Larry Neal, director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. “There are four libraries used by students in the L’Anse Cruse district and we worked together to give students access to online resources by simply using a student ID number.”

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2016/11/20/virtual-library-cards-expand-access-learning/94189668/

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Why I’m Intrigued by Pearson’s HoloLens Initiative

December 1st, 2016

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Augmented reality and non-incremental change is on the move in online education. One story that caught my eye out of EDUCAUSE 2016 was Pearson’s HoloLens announcement. Pearson is partnering with Microsoft to run educational augmented reality pilots at a handful of postsecondary institutions. These pilots include investigating the potential of augmented reality in nursing education (Texas Tech and San Diego State), and for enhanced remote student tutoring in a liberal arts setting at Bryn Mawr College. You can learn more about Pearson’s vision for the HoloLens in higher education from a post by Peter Campbell. Peter is the director of strategy, immersive learning solutions at Pearson – someone with a background in both academic instructional design and educational technology.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/why-im-intrigued-pearsons-hololens-initiative

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Student Success Pervades Top IT Issues for 2017

November 30th, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Yes, it’s true that for the second year running cybersecurity has come in first on Educause’s list of the Top 10 IT issues for higher education. But this year it doesn’t dominate the results as it did last year, according to Susan Grajek, the organization’s vice president of data, research and analytics. Information security “is a huge risk area,” she said, but, according to Educause member votes, “not by quite as much.” Instead, Grajek sees growing concern for the broader area of student success, an issue that landed in third place in 2016, fourth place in 2015 and first place in 2014. While the explicit topic of student success showed up second on the 2017 list, Grajek pointed out that many if not most of the other issues link back to that theme — including data-informed decision making (No. 3 in the ranking), effective leadership (No. 4), the digital transformation of learning (No. 10) and even sustainable funding (No. 8).

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/11/10/student-success-pervades-top-it-issues-for-2017.aspx

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How to Select the Right E-Portfolio Platform

November 30th, 2016

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Electronic portfolio experts from colleges and universities across the country offer their key considerations for choosing a campuswide e-portfolio system. “Students are documenting a lot of their work, and they know what they’re proud of, and faculty members are being encouraged to look more at having outcomes that can be measured outside of the classroom,” said John Ittelson, professor emeritus at California State University, Monterey Bay and co-author of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors. As e-portfolios become a more formal part of assessment, many institutions are looking to standardize on one platform campuswide. We asked the experts at colleges and universities across the country to identify their key considerations for e-portfolio technology selection.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/11/16/how-to-select-the-right-e-portfolio-platform.aspx

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Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Predictions For 2017 And Beyond

November 30th, 2016

By Daryl Plummer, Forbes

Disruption has moved from an infrequent inconvenience to a consistent stream of change that is redefining markets and entire industries. In 2016, we saw the astonishing rise of Pokémon Go, which demonstrated accelerated digital change into areas such as augmented reality (AR). Gartner’s top strategic predictions for 2017 and beyond describe not only the disruptive effects of digital business innovation but how secondary ripple effects will often prove to be more disruptive than the original disruption. Three high level trends emerge from the predictions:

Digital experience and engagement will draw people into nonstop virtual interactions

Business innovation will create extraordinary change from mundane concepts

Secondary effects will be more disruptive than the initial digital change

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gartnergroup/2016/11/15/gartners-top-10-strategic-predictions-for-2017-and-beyond/#368210ad30d0

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Down with OTT? 3 ways this technology is a new must for education

November 29th, 2016

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eSchool News

OTT stands for Over-The-Top technologies, or any technology that aids in the delivery of audio, video and media content via the internet, without requiring users to subscribe to ,or pay for, a traditional cable or satellite pay-TV service like a Comcast or Time Warner Cable. In other words, every device that is internet connection-capable can now be a television equivalent, (i.e. a human-centered and screen-deep learning environment). The internet simply provides manageable access and distribution. Internet-capable devices often harness OTT through apps by third-party interfaces to deliver content. Just a few examples of OTT interfaces are Facebook, YouTube, Hulu, Skype, WhatsApp, and Amazon Video. “Over-The-Top technologies are transforming the nature of how we receive content,” writes Dr. Bernard Luskin, CEO of www.LuskinInternational.com and former CEO of eight colleges and universities.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/11/16/ott-technology-education/

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