Educational Technology

April 19, 2018

Trump says he ‘doesn’t know what a community college means’

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by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
In a speech, President Donald Trump expressed a desire to return to the days of vocational schools — both in name and function — saying he doesn’t know what a community college is, other than knowing it’s a two-year school. Touting the need for expanded financial aid to support “short-term training programs that equip Americans to succeed in construction and the skilled trades” during remarks on his infrastructure plan, the president said he knows what vocational “and technical perhaps” mean, but suggested the term “community college” is too nebulous. He again lauded the importance of apprenticeship programs as the key to workforce development, equating them more closely with technical and vocational training.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/trump-says-he-doesnt-know-what-a-community-college-means/520367/

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Report: Instructional Design Support Helps Increase Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

When instructional designers are involved in online course design, student-to-student interaction goes up, according to a new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. The survey compared reported student interaction levels at institutions where instructional design support is required for online course development vs. those where such support is absent or optional. Perhaps not surprisingly, respondents perceived interactivity to be significantly higher for the former.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/02/report-instructional-design-support-helps-increase-student-to-student-interaction-in-online-courses.aspx

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GW should institute mid-semester course evaluations to help current students

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OPINIONS By GW Hatchet Editorial Board

Currently, the University administers online evaluations at the end of each semester, while some departments elect to do their own paper evaluations. There are a few select professors who do offer individual mid-semester course evaluations, but this is far from the norm. GW should implement mid-semester course evaluations in addition to the ones given to students at the end of each semester to improve classes for current students. Evaluations during each semester would allow students to voice complaints or concerns, whether about a professor’s teaching style or the assignments, at a time where the feedback can be immediately taken into consideration for professors to improve the second half of the semester. This would help students walk away from a course with more knowledge and a more positive experience, benefiting both the students and the professor.

GW should institute mid-semester course evaluations to help current students

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April 18, 2018

Roving robot lets UCI student attend classes virtually while on bed rest

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By PRISCELLA VEGA, Los Angeles Times

The robot is self-balancing, with six- to eight-hour battery life. It sells for about $3,000. Members of UCI’s class of 2016 used their senior class gift to buy four telepresence robots for the university. Law and political science professor Rick Hasen described the experience with the Double 2 as unusual, but said it helped instill camaraderie in his class. In past years, Hasen said, classes would be recorded and students would watch later and email him with questions. “It wasn’t bad, but this was much better,” Hasen said.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-uci-robot-20180330-story.html

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Grow with Google seeks to equip Kentuckians with tech skills

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by Dennis Ting, WHAS

Louisville may be known more for its fast horses and bourbon, but something new has been brewing in the Derby City. “This is a place that isn’t necessarily a traditional tech hub, but we really see there is a strong appetite and enthusiasm for digital skills and tech opportunities,” Jesse Haines, the director of Grow with Google said. “Our job is to make sure prosperity spreads throughout our city and to train people for the future,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Listen, this is a city that’s moving,” Gov. Matt Bevin, R.-Kentucky, said. “This is a commonwealth, this is an area that is moving. There’s a lot that’s happening digitally and otherwise.”  Grow with Google made its fourth stop on its nationwide tour in Louisville Thursday. The tech giant’s initiative aims to help people find job, grow their businesses and create economic opportunities by equipping people with tech skills needed in the 21st century.

http://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/grow-with-google-seeks-to-equip-kentuckians-with-tech-skills/417-533302027

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Why EdTech hasn’t solved education’s problems

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Many educators and teachers loudly espouse the innumerable benefits of edtech to solve today’s most prevalent classroom issues. Technology certainly does play a major role in the development of students and academics, but it doesn’t solve everything. In fact, there are a few major issues that still exist in today’s education system that edtech may be unable to solve.

Are you wondering why some of these issues still exist? Check out some of these reasons why edtech falls short in solving some of education’s most significant issues.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-edtech-hasnt-solved-educations-problems/

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April 17, 2018

5 ways data humanizes the student experience

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
One online university is leveraging data to improve teaching and learning.  University leaders know data is critical to their success, and many institutions are leveraging data to humanize the student experience and improve student outcomes. During SXSW EDU, Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governor’s University (WGU), and Marni Baker Stein, WGU’s provost and chief academic officer, outlined some of the ways WGU uses data to improve its performance at all levels.

5 ways data humanizes the student experience

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New Smart InkScan App Digitizes Pen-and-Paper Notes

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Smart Technologies today introduced Smart InkScan, a mobile app that converts handwritten artifacts into a digital file that can be edited and shared. The app, currently available for iOS devices, allows users to take a photo of notes from any medium — paper, whiteboard, napkin, etc. — and then push the digitized content directly to a Smart Board with IQ. Features include perspective correction, multi-image capture, annotation options, and export as an image or PDF.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/27/smart-inkscan-digitizes-pen-and-paper-notes.aspx

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Wiley Debuts Assessment-as-a-Service Tool

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By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
John Wiley and Sons has launched Wiley Assessment Service, a new tool the company describes as an “assessment-as-a-service” offering. The new tool is part of the company’s WileyPlus, an online teaching and learning platform that offers a range of tools, including automated grading for practice, homework, quizzes and tests, course creation tools, tools for tracking learning trends and a student dashboard, among others.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/29/wiley-debuts-assessment-as-a-service-tool.aspx

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April 16, 2018

Technology isn’t going to replace teachers anytime soon

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by John Sarkar, Times of India

There is this constant and misguided thought of technology as a replacement for teachers. Technology acts in one of two ways. One, it helps students in ways that teachers alone would not be able to, for example, on Toppr experts solve doubts for students at 4am, unthinkable without the platform. Two, technology amplifies the effect of teachers. A good teacher can now reach millions of students where he was earlier limited to the seats in his classroom. While technology will help an increasing number of kids learn better with less dependence on teachers, a teacherless future is very far away.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/people/technology-isnt-going-to-replace-teachers-anytime-soon/articleshow/63546486.cms

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Snow days might mean extra school for some

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by Alexandra Radovic, Campus Current

AACC professors may choose to extend their classes for two extra school days in May to make up for time lost to snow. The college has built-in make-up days on May 7 and 8 between the end of the usual semester and final exam week, which begins on May 9. Since the semester began on Jan. 17, AACC has closed the campus on school days for two full days; opened late four times; and closed early once. The college is not requiring professors to hold classes on May 7 and 8, however. Instead, they may opt to cover missed class content via Canvas, the campus online learning management system. “There needs to be a continuum of learning even if there is an interruption in the academic calendar,” Dr. Michael Gavin, AACC’s vice president for learning, said. That’s why professors have been required to use the Canvas system since last fall, he said. Even so, some professors have said they can only cover content appropriately by meeting for additional in-class hours.

Snow days might mean extra school for some

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How EdTech Leaders Can Model EdTech Best Practices

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

First, leaders can get serious about privacy and security. This means that they frequently change their passwords, use two-step authentication where it is available, and avoid falling for phishing schemes. Students and other stakeholders will know—sometimes in subtle ways (if they see a prompt for a far-overdue security update) and sometimes in not-so-subtle ways (if a leader has experienced identify theft)—if educational leaders are taking privacy and security seriously. Second, leaders need to demonstrate strong information literacy skills.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-education-leaders-can-model-edtech-best-practices/

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April 15, 2018

Weigh if a Part-Time MBA Program Is the Right Fit

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By Mariya Greeley, US News

There’s growing interest among prospective MBA students to study while working. While enrollment for full-time MBAs decreased significantly in the U.S. between 2005 and 2016, enrollment at part-time programs has risen nearly 20 percent, according to a survey of about 350 accredited business schools from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Dan LeClair, executive vice president and chief strategy and innovation officer at AACSB, notes that the part-time numbers signal “some really important changes that are happening in higher education.” Increasingly, students seem to value the greater convenience of these programs as well as the ability to keep their jobs and salaries.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2018-03-29/weigh-if-a-part-time-mba-program-is-the-right-fit

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Student engagement at the heart of new online charter school

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by Mindi Smith, Kokomo Herald
Indiana Agriculture & Technology School is a new tuition-free, statewide charter school that couples online learning with labs and project-based activities on a working farm.  Indiana Agriculture & Technology School is a new tuition-free, statewide charter school that couples online learning with labs and project-based activities on a working farm. Courtesy of Indiana Agriculture & Technology School
Those behind the Indiana Agriculture & Technology School say they’re changing the game for online schools. And they’re doing so by keeping the enrollment low and the student accountability high. IATS is a new tuition-free, statewide charter school that couples online learning with labs and project-based activities on a working farm.

http://kokomoherald.com/Content/Community/Community/Article/Student-engagement-at-the-heart-of-new-online-charter-school/32/759/32852

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Amazon to close TenMarks online education service after 2018-19 school year

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BY TODD BISHOP & FRANK CATALANO, Geekwire

Amazon will close its TenMarks online math and writing learning service after the 2018-2019 school year, the latest surprise twist in the tech giant’s foray into education technology. The company broke the news in emails to customers this week and in a message on the TenMarks website. “We’re winding down,” the announcement reads. “TenMarks will no longer be available after the 2018-2019 school year. Licenses for TenMarks Math and Writing will be honored through June 30, 2019.”

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/amazon-close-tenmarks-online-education-service-2018-19-school-year/

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April 14, 2018

How can serious games enhance your training delivery?

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by Daniel Braithwaite, Virtual College

‘Serious games’ is one of the widely-used buzz phrases in 2018 digital learning resources, but what exactly does it mean for you and your learners? Many buzzwords and new concepts disappear almost as quickly as they arrive, but are serious games different? We at Virtual College believe that they are here for the long haul and, when used correctly, can have a huge impact on your learning and development strategy.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/news/virtual-college/2018/03/how-can-serious-games-enhance-your-training-delivery

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Poor grades tied to class times that don’t match our biological clocks

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by Science Daily

It may be time to tailor students’ class schedules to their natural biological rhythms. A study shows that students whose circadian rhythms were out of sync with their class schedules received lower grades due to ‘social jet lag,’ a condition in which peak alertness times are at odds with work, school or other demands.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180329190847.htm

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Research is the Key to Building a High-Achieving Online School

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By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

At least some online schools are not only meeting but far exceeding the achievement levels of students in traditional on-premise schools. Davidson Academy is one of the online K-12 schools demonstrating the potential online schools have to offer an outstanding education to high-achieving students. This week eLearning Inside News talked to Stacy Hawthorne, Director of Online Learning at the Davidson Academy in Nevada, to learn how they have built a high-achieving online school for profoundly gifted students. This is the second part of a two-part series (we published the first part of this interview on March 29).

Research is the Key to Building a High-Achieving Online School

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April 13, 2018

Best Practices for Rollout of a Digital Device

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

When a school district decides to implement more edtech in their curriculum, it comes with a major hurdle everyone must face. How can you roll out all of these digital devices at once with the greatest success rates? This is one of the key issues at the heart of edtech programs in their early stages. However, it is crucial to handle this now so that your school district can take advantage of these helpful devices in the near future. Fortunately, plenty of school districts are already paving the way for the best practices in a digital device rollout. Following the example set by others can help you to implement your own rollout more effectively. You can take a few tips from some of these key concepts to help your device implementation move more smoothly.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/best-practices-for-a-digital-device-rollout/

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All education needs innovation

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by Kevin Miller, Detroit News
When the 21st Century Michigan Education Commission published a comprehensive report, the recommendations were bold. We must take these recommendations seriously. The report aims to position Michigan’s education system as a national leader in education and developing talent. One thing is clear: Innovation is needed, at all levels.

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2018/03/29/michigan-education-innovation/33365391/

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Google hosts internet safety class at Dothan middle school

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By Randi Hildreth, WSFA

Google hosted its Online Safety Roadshow that focuses on how to stay safe and secure online. Students at Girard Middle School are a little more equipped to navigate the internet and avoid online pitfalls. Google hosted its Online Safety Roadshow that focuses on how to stay safe and secure online. Close to 300 6th and 7th graders attended. According to Google, 75 percent of teenagers have cell phones and 93 percent of teenagers are online. “Now it’s just as important – more important than ever that students have the tools they need to stay safe and smart online,” said Amber Tillman, Google Program Manager.

http://www.wsfa.com/story/37830615/google-hosts-internet-safety-class-at-dothan-middle-school

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