Weston High behind new online learning initiative

September 25th, 2014

by Weston Town Crier

EdX, the online learning venture founded by Harvard and MIT, recently announced a new high school initiative – 26 MOOCs (massive open online courses) in a wide variety of subjects geared to high school students around the world. Three of the selected 26 MOOCs were developed by Weston High School and are featured on edx.org, among courses developed by other leading high school and university institutions like MIT, University of Texas at Austin, Rice, University of California at Berkeley and more. Covering subject areas that range from mathematics to science, English and history, and even college advising and AP onramps, edX high school MOOCs will provide students within the U.S. and around the world the opportunity to pursue challenging, advanced coursework.

http://weston.wickedlocal.com/article/20140919/NEWS/140916638/12423/NEWS

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Lack of encouragement a barrier to girls pursuing a career in science, math, new study suggests

September 25th, 2014

by Payments Business

MasterCard is launching a national campaign to bring more girls and women into the tech field. In partnership with Ladies Learning Code , the cross-country program will see more than 700 girls (ages 8 to 13) and their parents take a free, six-hour introductory coding class, held simultaneously across the country November 8th. The University of Waterloo , another partner, will also participate by hosting a Python-language coding workshop aimed at students who are in non-STEM disciplines in an effort to introduce a variety of students to coding in a supportive and female-friendly environment. In addition, MasterCard is working with the Centre for Education in Math and Computing (CEMC) and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo to introduce a first-of-its-kind free online teaching and learning resource in 2015 that will be open to everyone. The courseware is designed to help students learn to program and support teachers in their daily classroom work.

http://www.paymentsbusiness.ca/News/Sep192014_MasterCard.htm

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8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture

September 25th, 2014

by Elana Leoni, Edutopia

Twitter is one of the most powerful tools that you can use for your professional development — 24/7. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of educators around the world are currently using Twitter to connect, share, and collaborate. While it’s fantastic that educators are flocking to Twitter, many of them still feel even more alone and isolated within their own school and district. There’s an unfortunate inverse trend I’ve noticed in education: the more connected you are on Twitter, the less support and collaboration you tend to have within your school. Although many of you may teach in rooms with closed doors, there is no reason not to connect with your colleagues through Twitter. Here’s how administrators can help move this needle.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/create-twitter-driven-school-culture-elana-leoni

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Report: 4 in 10 Wristworn Devices Will Be Smartwatches by 2016

September 24th, 2014

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Four out of every 10 devices worn on the wrist will be smartwatches by 2016, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. That prediction follows a swell in the smartwatches available to consumers as the number of companies offering the devices has increased from just two a year ago to seven with a device either currently on the market or about to ship.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/17/report-40-percent-of-wristworn-devices-will-be-smartwatches-by-2016.aspx

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From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere

September 24th, 2014

by Nicola Davis, The Observer

With machine learning behind myriad technologies, from online dating to driverless cars, we ask expert Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford to give us the lowdown. Artificial intelligence is really the goal of trying to develop algorithms that can learn and act. Older AI research ran up against this difficulty that people didn’t really know what intelligence was. Machine learning is a much more modern approach to solving the AI problem where we are coming from the bottom up rather than top down, so we are saying, well, let’s define these really crisp, well-defined, sub-problems, like classifying a handwritten digit as being either a one or two, and then use novel techniques within statistics and optimisation to create an algorithm that can improve its performance over time.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/18/machine-learning-artificial-intelligence

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How to Craft Effective Learning Objectives for an E-learning Course?

September 24th, 2014

by Neha Goel, eLearning Design

We talk lot about creating interesting and engaging eLearning courses, but do we ever talk about how the course would be relevant to the learners taking it? This is where the necessity of the learning objectives is felt. If the learners don’t find the course relevant, it becomes hard for the instructional designers to keep them motivated. Hence, to overcome this, you need to tell the learners in the beginning of the course itself what they would learn after completing the course and set clear learning objectives.

http://blog.commlabindia.com/elearning-design/crafting-effective-learning-objectives-for-elearning

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Education pathways: K-12 students find success in virtual school

September 23rd, 2014

by BPT, Tompkinsville News

With more school choices than ever and the evolution of technology, students are redefining their own pathway to a successful K-12 education. More families are building complete, harmonious educational experiences for their children by choosing schools that meet their needs at a point in time – whether the school is traditional brick and mortar, private or charter. Over the past decade, families have added fully online and blended schools to their list of options – making online learning one of the fastest growing forms of education in the U.S. today. According to the national report, “Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning,” in the 2012-13 school year, roughly 310,000 American students in kindergarten through 12th grades attended fully online public schools.

http://www.tompkinsvillenews.com/40103/2153/onlinefeature/465739/education-pathways-k12-students-find-success-in-virtual-school

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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Teaching Online

September 23rd, 2014

By jlevine, Edudemic

The benefits of teaching online? Simple: Flexible hours; work from almost anywhere; greater student diversity; growth industry; more control over what you teach; global network of colleagues; personalized instruction; larger pool of students; easier and cheaper to share content; small investment to get started. But what factors are most important to consider when teaching an online course? While more and more teachers are discovering the benefits of hosting such courses (in addition to teaching in traditional classrooms), many lack experience in online education and aren’t sure how to get the ball rolling.

http://www.edudemic.com/know-about-teaching-online/

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More Than Half of American Workers Believe a Skills Gap Exists but Does Not Apply to Them

September 23rd, 2014

by Udemy

Sixty-one percent of Americans believe that today’s workforce is plagued by a skills gap, but do not see themselves as part of the problem, according to new data released today. The Udemy Skills Gap Index, an independent survey commissioned by Udemy, the leading global marketplace for learning and teaching online, and conducted by ResearchNow, surveyed 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 65. The survey polled consumers to determine their thoughts, perceptions and attitudes toward not only the skills they believe they possess, but also how these skills impact their professional lives. The resulting data revealed that despite a perception among American workers that a skills gap exists, 95 percent consider themselves to be either qualified or overqualified for the positions that they personally hold.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-half-of-american-workers-believe-a-skills-gap-exists-but-does-not-apply-to-them-275426751.html

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11 Simple Ways To Start Using Technology In Your Classroom

September 22nd, 2014

By Jeff Dunn, Edudemic

If you’re on the education technology fence, you probably can’t decide which device or app is the best one to really use. You aren’t sure if you want to jump into the edtech pool with Evernote, Moodle, an iPad, a Chromebook, or some other hot new product or service. That’s because there are an overwhelmingly large number of options out there. What if there was some sort of time-saving handy visual that could help you dream up nearly a dozen new ways to use technology in your classroom? That’s exactly what you’ve got with this fabulous graphic linked below.

http://www.edudemic.com/11-simple-ways-start-using-technology-classroom/

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All Things in Modulation

September 22nd, 2014

by Carl Straumsheim, Tomorrow’s Professor

It’s a concept known as modularity. Instead of reassembling a face-to-face course, lecture by lecture, institutions are urging faculty members creating online courses (and not just MOOCs) to split coursework into modules. For example, a 15-week course on Shakespeare could be transformed into modules on his poetry, comedies, tragedies and historical plays. “We’ve got to pick the greatest hits, as it were, of your course and find some of the material that you think, ‘Boy, if [students] only have one exposure to me or my course, here are four things I want them to know,’ ” said Joshua Morrill, a senior evaluator at UW-Madison.

http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/enewsletter.php?msgno=1351

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PassNote: A Feedback Tool for Improving Student Success

September 22nd, 2014

by Bethany Croton, James E. Willis, III, and Jason Fish, EDUCAUSE Review Online

Quality communication between faculty and students in higher education is critical and considerably influences students’ intellectual growth, but it is not easy to achieve, particularly when faculty teach large lecture courses. A feedback tool that provides substantive message templates for instructors, PassNote also includes links to specific resources that might help students with various tasks. PassNote’s development focused on ease of use, openness (no login), and the ability to track usage to inform both tool improvement and future functionality.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/passnote-feedback-tool-improving-student-success

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Social Media Class Tackles Political Campaigning

September 21st, 2014

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Ed

Students in NYU’s Social Media in Politics class will be campaigning for mayor online rather than in traditional TV and radio forms of communication. Politics is in the air in NYU Land, and three candidates are planning the race of their lives to defeat the incumbent mayor this fall. While NYU Land only exists in social media, its presence there lays a foundation for real citizens to run for office. And adjunct professor Mike Fraietta hopes that his Social Media in Politics online course will shake up political campaigning. “Politics itself is way behind, and it hasn’t been disrupted as much as other industries have,” Fraietta said. “If I could help educate others so that politics in general can move forward, I’d be a much happier person.”

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/Social-Media-Class-Tackles-Political-Campaigning.html

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Report: Adaptive learning thrives best among other technologies

September 21st, 2014

By: Chris Nicholson, University Business

A recent report suggests that while new technologies enable adaptive learning to play a major role in the future of higher ed, most instructors have yet to use the philosophy to its full potential because they are not connecting it with other important innovations. In many cases those related innovations—such as blended learning, flipped classrooms and competency-based education—are integrated into instruction without much thought or discussion about the adaptive-learning base they were built upon, according to “Maximizing Investment in Adaptive Learning,” published this spring by the Eduventures.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/adaptive-learning-thrives-best-among-other-technologies

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5 key steps to safeguarding student data

September 21st, 2014

By Ray Ackerlund, eSchool News

Understanding data can improve student performance and lead to greater productivity for administrators and teachers; here’s how to protect this information.  Today, more than 90 percent of school districts electronically store data on everything from student demographics and course enrollment, to attendance and test scores on statewide assessments. As uses of student data continue to expand, districts must be prepared to protect this information and ensure it’s only used for its intended purpose: to help students succeed. Here are five things school districts can do to safeguard their student data.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/12/safeguarding-student-data-334/

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CTE sheds its stigma

September 20th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Instead of being dismissed as the class for low-achieving or behaviorally-challenged students, CTE has emerged as a way for students to develop practical skills while participating in rigorous and high-quality courses. In fact, 94 percent of high school students are part of CTE—and this doesn’t include the millions of postsecondary students who also are enrolled in CTE programs, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Students who focus on CTE programs have an average high school graduation rate of 90 percent, compared to an average national freshmen graduation rate of 75 percent, according to ACTE data.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/12/cte-sheds-stigma-834/

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Abbotsford School District directing parents to online learning resources for kids

September 20th, 2014

by News 1130

It might be a bit hard for students to pick up where they left, considering the amount of time the teachers have been on strike. But the Abbotsford School District is providing links to learning materials on its website to help keep children’s minds sharp during the labor dispute. Superintendent Kevin Godden says directing parents to LearnNowBC not only provides for children in all grades, but also helps the parents.

http://www.news1130.com/2014/09/12/abbotsford-school-district-directing-parents-to-online-learning-resources-for-kids/

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Report Details 5 Keys to Using Technology to Help At-Risk Students

September 20th, 2014

By Christopher Piehler, THE Journal

Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education released a report called “Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning.” Written by Linda Darling-Hammond, Molly B. Zielezinski and Shelley Goldman, the report includes a review of the literature studying the impact of technology on at-risk students. Based on their research, the authors offer the following five recommendations.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/09/10/report-details-5-keys-to-using-technology-to-help-at-risk-students.aspx

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Choosing the right apps for cognitive success

September 19th, 2014

By Roxann Riskin, eCampus News

The current trend of mobile app adoption has potential benefits in teaching and learning for students with cognitive impairment, like brain injury. Here’s how; some apps have the potential to help with memory and cognitive skills. Apps for students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) include a well-respected application which is now in app form, named Dragon Dictation. Dragon has been available for many years, mainly in the medical and legal professions, however, in education, it is also known as one of the best voice recognition programs that allow students to speak and instantly see the words on the computer. “Features include, voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard. Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words.”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/memory-apps-brain-323/

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Seven keys to deploying tablets successfully

September 19th, 2014

By Marc Fanaroff, eSchool News

Marc Fanaroff, a special education administrator for more than 30 years, shares his advice on successfully deploying tablets in schools. As schools start to mature in their use of technology, moving from the innovator phase into the early adopter stage, we’re getting increasingly wise about the necessary steps to achieve successful classroom implementation. After my experience implementing tablets into our school, I thought I’d share my advice for a successful

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/12/deploying-tablets-successfully-301/

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The History of E-Learning

September 19th, 2014

By Adit Rupare, Filtered Blog

The term ‘e-learning’ has only been in existence since 1999. When the word was first utilized, other terms – such as ‘online learning’ and ‘virtual learning’ – also began to spring up in search of an accurate description of exactly was e-learning was. However, the principles behind e-learning have been well documented throughout history, and there is even evidence that suggests that early forms of e-learning existed as far back as the 19th century.

https://filtered.com/blog/post/articles/the-history-of-e-learning

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