Educational Technology

November 14, 2017

It’s All in the Data

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By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed Digital

The University System of Maryland’s campuses boast diverse student bodies in terms of race, income and college preparedness. Officials believe new data collection standards will improve retention and graduation rates.  “We [needed] to understand … what does it mean when we put interventions into place?” said M.J. Bishop, director of the system’s center for academic innovation, during a panel at last week’s Educause conference here. “How do we know whether or not we’re making a difference when we put these interventions into place?” What followed was a process of introspection and realignment that the system’s leaders believe has moved the campuses toward a level playing field: standardizing disparate definitions for student success data and identifying areas where students need more help than they’re getting, particularly in the classroom and before they arrive on campus for the first time.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/11/08/university-system-maryland-standardizes-data-collection-improve

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As Pedagogy Changes, Learning Spaces Are Transforming Too

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by Dennis Pierce, THE Journal

As a student, Anthony Johnson hated school. He hated sitting still at one of several cramped desks aligned in precise rows, listening to his teachers talk for hours. It’s why he dropped out of school before ultimately earning a GED, going on to college and becoming a teacher himself. “My own experience in school was awful,” he said, “and I decided that my classroom wasn’t going to look like that.” In Johnson’s classroom at H.D. Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, NC, students can choose from a variety of seating options. There are tables for students to collaborate in groups of four, as well as bar-style seating on taller stools and even a few couches where they can sit comfortably while they work or read independently. The school provided the tables, and Johnson supplied the rest of the furniture himself.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/11/07/as-pedagogy-changes-learning-spaces-are-transforming-too.aspx

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Stunning: Research shows intense spike in children’s media use

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

New research has unearthed a dramatic increase in the number of young children who have their own tablet device–42 percent compared to 1 percent in 2011. The research from Common Sense, which examines media use by kids ages 0-8 and is the third installment in an ongoing series that tracks media and technology use, also uncovered an increase in the amount of time children spend with mobile devices–48 minutes, up from just five minutes in 2011. The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight is based on a large, nationally representative sample of respondents and replicates methods from 2011 and 2013 to gauge how media environments and behaviors have changed over the years.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/11/06/spike-childrens-media-use/

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November 13, 2017

Survey highlights student-faculty divide on classroom tech

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by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Students and faculty have somewhat differing views when it comes to technology use in the classroom, according to an Educause Center for Analysis and Research survey with responses from 11,141 faculty members and 35,760 students across the nation, reports Campus Technology.  When it comes to learning management systems, the survey found most faculty are satisfied with it, but students become more frustrated with it as the tasks become more difficult and complicated. And while many students report their teachers have adequate technology skills, they say that few faculty use this technology for more sophisticated purposes. While at least 80% of students said they found student success systems moderately helpful, the survey found most faculty don’t use them. And, when survey authors reported to Campus Technology on how CIOs could support faculty members, they stressed explaining student demands would not sway faculty. Rather, explaining research on effectiveness and learning outcomes to faculty on technology use would be more effective.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-highlights-student-faculty-divide-on-classroom-tech/510201/

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Higher ed is becoming more entrenched in tech — what does this mean for CIOs?

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by Education Dive

Higher education campuses are hotbeds for cybersecurity threats — college and university servers house countless pieces of data on current and past faculty, students and other stakeholders. But as institutions become more and more technologically entrenched — and customers demand that the college experience be more modern, while still guaranteeing safety — securing this data and ensuring that members of the institution’s community do not inappropriately handle ed tech becomes more of a daunting task for administrators, in particular CIOs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-is-becoming-more-entrenched-in-tech-what-does-this-mean-for-cio/507825/

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Democratizing education with technology

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by EMMANUEL BRUCE , Graphic Online

Technology is now presenting educators and students with a new, low cost tool for teaching and learning through the Internet. It is for this reason that the Springboard, Your Virtual University, a radio programme on Joy FM, used last Sunday’s edition to look at how to explore technology and learning to transition one’s career. The show, which is hosted by Rev. Albert Ocran, had the Chief Executive Officer of TECHAIDE, Mr Kafui Prebbie, the Human Resource Business Partner at Ecobank, Mr Nii Koi Kotey, and Mr Derrydean Dadzie, who took listeners through how they could develop themselves through personal learning and some of the opportunities that existed in it. Rev. Ocran, in his introductory remarks, said personal development and informal learning gave people the power to learn whatever they liked, as it puts the power in the hands of the individual. “In personal learning, nobody gives you what you learn, you choose what you want and learn it. There are no limitations,” he said.

https://www.graphic.com.gh/business/business-news/democratizing-education-with-technology.html

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November 12, 2017

States need to find common ground on personalized learning, SETDA’s Tracy Weeks says

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by edScoop

States need to develop a common definition for personalized learning if they hope to pursue it as a common goal — that was one of the biggest takeaways from the recent gathering of state edtech leaders, according to Tracy Weeks, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). The SETDA Leadership Summit drew state and affiliate attendees from 47 states and territories, as well as speakers from Code.org and Future Ready Schools, among others. This year’s meeting gave special attention to the topic of personalized learning and how state leaders can leverage technology to make it work for students.

http://edscoop.com/tv-radio/states-need-to-find-common-ground-on-personalized-learning-setdas-tracy-weeks-says

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7 Edtech Tools I Would Use if I Were Still in the Classroom

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Remember the days schlepping a big bag home every night of teaching in the classroom? As the grading period ended, it was often two bags, and sometimes three.  The classroom was even worse, cluttered with learning materials – books, manipulatives and work station activities that left little room for anything else, including students and the teacher. It was important to have every conceivable teaching tool ready for the students in the event of a “teachable moment.” Today’s teachers have edtech on their side. Edtech teaching and management tools have streamlined processes, and providing engaging learning opportunities that go far beyond the materials I could create for students learning. If I were still in the classroom today, I’d use these 7 edtech tools:

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-edtech-tools-use-still-classroom/

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Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

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by Cade Metz, NY Times

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially intelligent machines. With recent speeches in both Silicon Valley and China, Jeff Dean, one of Google’s leading engineers, spotlighted a Google project called AutoML. ML is short for machine learning, referring to computer algorithms that can learn to perform particular tasks on their own by analyzing data. AutoML, in turn, is a machine-learning algorithm that learns to build other machine-learning algorithms. With it, Google may soon find a way to create A.I. technology that can partly take the humans out of building the A.I. systems that many believe are the future of the technology industry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/05/technology/machine-learning-artificial-intelligence-ai.html

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November 11, 2017

Why anywhere-anytime learning will be the key to a successful workforce

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by Natanje Holt, HR News

Recent advancements around automation as well as an increasingly flexible workforce has led to a departure from the traditional employment model. Whilst previous generations have spent their working lives enveloped in the security of a more linear career path – stemming from a period of focused study such as an apprenticeship – we are now seeing a significant step away from the ‘job for life’ mentality. Currently people are expected to have between 6-11 jobs on average but it’s predicted that this will increase even further. Moving forward not only could people move between as many as 40 jobs, it’s possible they could have as many as 10 different careers across their working lives.

http://hrnews.co.uk/anywhere-anytime-learning-will-key-successful-workforce/

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Voice over market is key for e-learning developments

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By Tim Sandle, Digital Journal
Voices.com has released a new report which has found that e-learning projects make up 5.1 percent of the global voice over market. The worth of the voice over industry has been costed for the first time, at $4.4-billion. E-learning is based on cognitive science principles, where effective multimedia learning is used to develop electronic educational technology. When developed effectively, research suggests that the selection of appropriate concurrent multimedia modalities enhances learning and can lead to improved educational attainment.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/voice-over-market-is-key-for-e-learning-developments/article/506863

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Higher ed will be critical to Amazon’s success — and institutions are joining cities to lobby for the new $5B HQ

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by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has already received 238 applications from the nation’s higher ed institutions as of last month to host the company’s new $5 billion corporate headquarters, which Bezos proposes will create 50,000 new jobs with average salaries of $100,000 for the areas graduates, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The move is similar to when Amazon counterpart Microsoft invested more than $1 billion in the University of Washington, creating a pipeline from the institution and others in the city into the company. Bezos’ plans are similar as eligibility for the headquarters requires the institution to be in a city with a population of at least 1 million and a strong pool of talented students that are likely to go into a technical field.  Experts predict that the city will be one which already has a superior reserve of computer science graduates and programs. Though it’s likely the move will enhance local economies, many still caution that the influx of Amazon’s business could have the negative consequence of raising the city’s housing prices, making competition even more difficult for the city’s highly skilled laborers, and changing the identity of the city.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-will-be-critical-to-amazons-success-and-institutions-are-joini/510110/

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November 10, 2017

EDUCAUSE: The top 10 IT issues in 2018

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

New tweaks or additions to this year’s list include a move from data-informed decision-making to data-enabled institutional culture, strategic leadership to change leadership, sustainable staffing to sustainable funding, digital transformation of learning to digital integrations, and next-gen enterprise IT to institution-wide IT strategy.  IT strategy moved significantly up on the list, with last year’s enterprise IT coming in at number 9 and this year’s institution-wide IT strategy coming in at number 3. The Top Ten 2018 IT Issues were also grouped into four major themes for 2018, which include Students, Data, Security, and Planning and Funding.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/educause-top-10-issues-2018/

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5 FRESH WAYS TO TEACH KIDS TO CODE

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by Matthew Lynch

In this technological age, learning to code has become just as important as learning to read and write. Indeed, coding is likely a more valuable and necessary skill these days than writing. Some schools have acknowledged this and have integrated coding classes into their curriculum. However, Idit Harel thinks American schools are teaching kids how to code “all wrong.” Teaching kids to program through apps and “coding tutorials” Harel believes is a “superficial response” to the increased need for individuals with programming skills. Whether the current response to this need is right or wrong, there are definitely some more creative, fresh ways to teach kids how to code. We have listed 5 of those ways here.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-fresh-ways-teach-kids-code/

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Kent State University Library hosts conference on affordable course materials

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by Taylor Robinson, Kent Wired
“We’ve hosted workshops over the years, but nothing quite like this,” said Cindy Kristof, head of the copyright and document services in the library and associate professor at the University Libraries department, who coordinated Friday’s conference. Faculty and staff members from all over campus came together taking notes, engaging in an open discussion and considered ways to get affordable materials for students to set them up for success.

http://www.kentwired.com/latest_updates/article_7bafe9b6-c0fd-11e7-a4d7-8b322c236761.html

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November 9, 2017

5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of Marketing

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by Chidike Samuelson, Entrepreneur

It’s not just futuristic-looking products such as Siri and Amazon Echo. And it’s not limited to companies we typically think of as having huge research-and-development budgets — the Googles, Facebooks and Microsofts. In reality, machine learning already is helping nearly every Fortune 500 company run more efficiently and make more money. Here are five reasons companies on the up should start applying machine-learning marketing strategies on their respective scales.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/300713

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Online preschool: Does it work?

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by Jackie Mader, Hechinger Report

Advocates say online preschool has the potential to address two serious problems with the current state of preschool: access and cost. In states like Mississippi, where state-funded pre-K only serves 4 percent of 4-year-olds, parents have to pay for preschool programs if their children do not get a pre-K seat. Nationally, less than a third of 4-year-olds are enrolled in state-funded pre-K programs. Advocates of online learning say programs like UPSTART, which is free for most families, may increase access to educational opportunities, which can be critical to ensuring the youngest learners don’t start behind and stay behind. “During those early years, it’s somewhat of a window of opportunity to close what’s known as the achievement gap and really have students begin kindergarten for a solid foundation for their learning,” said Shannon Riley-Ayers, an associate research professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/online-programs-are-filling-a-preschool-gap-experts-warn-its-no-substitute-for-face-to-face-learning

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10 Twitter accounts every higher ed leader should follow

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By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
To stay ahead, higher education leaders must constantly be aware of the latest trends and policies taking over the industry — and social media is often the perfect place to find this. Everything from general tips on improving an institution’s online presence to getting inspiration for innovation on the campus. Here we present ten twitter accounts all higher education leaders ought to follow, so that fresh ideas and quick industry news will rise to the top of their feeds.  [ed note:  Special Thanks for listing my @rayschroeder as #6]

https://www.educationdive.com/news/10-twitter-accounts-every-higher-ed-leader-should-follow/509800/

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November 8, 2017

Report: 89% of students prefer tech-savvy schools

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By Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Sudents want to attend a tech-savvy college or university, but 58% of students found their institution was less likely than other businesses to personalize the digital experience, according to a new survey of a 1000 students from Ellucian. But, there was mixed response on how an application could impact the student experience; 68% of students attending schools with such an app said the amount of information was initially “overwhelming,” but 85% of students at schools without a centralized app said they would have liked one throughout the transition to college life, reports Campus Technology.  Students responded they were most interested in personalization efforts when it came to career prep, followed closely by financial assistance and tuition insight. Eight out of ten students endorsed institutional social media use, with Facebook being the preferred app of 33% of respondents.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-89-of-students-prefer-tech-savvy-schools/509829/

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Building a Virtual Reality Career

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By Caroline Watson, Udacity

As an elementary school english teacher in Phoenix, AZ, Kristin was in constant search of new ways to further engage students through the use of technology. But she didn’t think of herself as a “technical” person. That role belonged to her husband, a software developer. All the same, she was surprisingly proactive on her student’s behalf. In her spare time, she started both a coding and a robotics club. But her motivation was rooted in curiosity—for her, technology was more of a hobby. She never considered a future for herself in the tech industry. “I had this false perception that I wasn’t very good at math. But, I realized over time that computer science is really less about math and more about logic—which I’m good at!”

https://blog.udacity.com/2017/11/building-virtual-reality-career.html

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‘Personalized learning’ pitched as alternative to current WV ed methods

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By Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette Mail

Arguing that jobs are threatened by future automation and criticizing current prevailing education models, the president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning advocated Wednesday for the nationally in vogue education concept of “personalized learning” and the related idea of “competency based education.” These terms often are connected to school technology and online education, both of which are venues for companies to make money off the public school system, and both of which have had studies cast doubt upon their effectiveness.

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/education/personalized-learning-pitched-as-alternative-to-current-wv-ed-methods/article_346aa079-b495-5270-9912-091ca8102971.html

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