Learning Tech Poses “Real Threat” To Vulnerable Business Schools

November 22nd, 2014

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs poses a “real threat” to business schools and could replace some classroom teachers. Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs, or massive open online courses, pose a “real threat” to business schools and could “replace a large number of classroom instructors”. The professors also envisaged a scenario in which the “fundamental architecture of the business school could crumble” in the face of wide-scale adoption of distance learning technology. In comments that echo their research earlier this year which forecast that two-thirds of MBA professors could be sacked due to the emergence of Mooc tech, Wharton School professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich say business schools and faculty are “clearly vulnerable”.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2916/learning-tech-poses-real-threat-to-vulnerable-business-schools

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Pi Top is a chunky open source laptop to teach you about coding

November 22nd, 2014

by Nick Echavarria, BackerJack

The mission behind Pi-Top is simple: focus on teaching people how to create and code great hardware. Initially, the open source laptop is shipped in pieces: a 13.3″ HD LCD monitor, various PCBs, keyboard, trackpad, Wi-Fi adapter, wiring, battery, and a Raspberry Pi to control it all. Instructions are included to lead users in the Pi-Top’s construction, and serve as an introductory lesson to everything the Pi-Top does. Afterwards, it functions as a laptop dedicated to teaching the skills necessary to transform a pure novice into someone who can design printed circuit boards, 3D print, and code anything they’d want using free online lessons direct from the company. In addition, the Raspberry Pi’s HAT specification allows small add-on boards to add functionality, a consideration Pi-Top was built with.

http://www.backerjack.com/pi-top-is-a-chunky-open-source-laptop-to-teach-you-about-coding/

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The 10 Best Apps for Online Students

November 22nd, 2014

By gearfuse, Before It’s News

Technology has become an integral part of the student experience. There’s no shortage of apps to help students organize their schedules, stay on track with homework, and pay the bills on a tight budget. Students taking online or distance courses have additional needs that can also be assisted with today’s best apps. Take a look at these options, most of which are free to download.

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2014/11/the-10-best-apps-for-online-students-2732414.html

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Internet History, Technology, and Security

November 21st, 2014

by the University of Michigan

The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/insidetheinternet

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It’s goodbye to pen and paper and hello to online learning…

November 21st, 2014

by Portsmouth UK News

Year 5 pupils at Stamshaw Junior School have been using tablets in lessons in a bid to boost their learning. The Samsung Digital Classroom pilot is being run in 10 primary schools in disadvantaged areas across the country. As a part of the programme, Samsung gave the devices to schools. A study is being carried out as part of the project to see if it increases learning. Lewis Parr, nine, said: ‘For Christmas last year I got a tablet. Once I started using it and got used to using it. I really enjoyed it. ‘It’s fun and it helps me learn. Normally we use paper and pencils and do all our learning there but it’s nice to use this to work.’

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/education/it-s-goodbye-to-pen-and-paper-and-hello-to-online-learning-1-6420020

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Internet Chess

November 21st, 2014

By Author Stream

One of the best ways to learn chess online is to set up a chess training schedule with the trainer and then start the classes with the trainer. Some of the tactics the trainers usually use in the training process include puzzles, other mind games that help to refine the thinking process and all the moves and strategies that must be employed to win the chess game.

http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/mastervalerililov-2322355-chess-training-schedule/

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Purdue offers free online computer programming course to Indiana high school students

November 20th, 2014

by Purdue

Purdue University is offering a popular introductory computer science and programming course for free to high school students in Indiana. The online course, “Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming,” offers an introduction to computer science and the Java programming language. The course will not be graded or count toward credit requirements, but it covers material similar to the computer science Advanced Placement course and could prepare a student to test out of Purdue’s or another institution’s freshman programming class.

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q4/purdue-offers-free-online-computer-programming-course-to-indiana-high-school-students.html

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Will online learning melt snow days?

November 20th, 2014

By Allie Gross, Education Dive

In the 2013-14 school year, Indiana implemented a “virtual option” for inclement weather, allowing 40 schools to continue learning as the polar vortex bore down upon the heartland. The plan worked so well that Indiana is going to try it out again. Of course, not every school can implement a virtual alternative. Indiana’s Department of Education ultimately required districts providing the option to meet tech criteria.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/will-online-learning-melt-snow-days/330714/

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Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet”

November 20th, 2014

BY KENNETH GOLDSMITH, the New Yorker

Come January, fifteen University of Pennsylvania creative-writing students and I will sit silently in a room with nothing more than our devices and a Wi-Fi connection, for three hours a week, in a course called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” Although we’ll all be in the same room, our communication will happen exclusively through chat rooms and listservs, or over social media. Distraction and split attention will be mandatory. So will aimless drifting and intuitive surfing. The students will be encouraged to get lost on the Web, disappearing for three hours in a Situationist-inspired dérive, drowsily emerging from the digital haze only when class is over. We will enter a collective dreamspace, an experience out of which the students will be expected to render works of literature. To bolster their practice, they’ll explore the long history of the recuperation of boredom and time-wasting, through critical texts by thinkers such as Guy Debord, Mary Kelly, Erving Goffman, Raymond Williams, and John Cage.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/wasting-time-on-the-internet

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Open Pedagogy: Connection, Community, and Transparency: A Q&A with Tom Woodward

November 19th, 2014

by Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Open pedagogy, as defined by David Wiley, focuses primarily on the relationship between the open licensing of content and the additional options students and instructors then have to remix that content as part of the work of the course. He stresses the move away from “disposable assignments.” That is undoubtedly important and powerful. Still, a broader consideration may be useful. Looking at open pedagogy as a general philosophy of openness (and connection) in all elements of the pedagogical process, while messy, provides some interesting possibilities. Open is a purposeful path towards connection and community. Open pedagogy could be considered as a blend of strategies, technologies, and networked communities that make the process and products of education more transparent, understandable, and available to all the people involved.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/12/open-pedagogy-connection-community-and-transparency.aspx

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New Video Collaboration Wall Unveiled at Boston University

November 19th, 2014

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Two Boston University graduates have invented a technology that led to a state-of-the-art video collaboration wall that is now installed in the lobby of the university’s College of Engineering. Prysm, a company that designs and manufactures video wall systems and is led by Amit Jain (‘85) and Roger Hajjar (‘88), has installed the video wall system using a technology they invented, laser phosphor display (LPD). LPD uses a laser engine and a phosphor panel to create images with low-power, solid-state lasers. It differs from LED- and LCD-based technologies, according to Jain, because it offers higher image quality with canvas-wide uniformity and a smaller environmental footprint.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/13/new-video-collaboration-wall-unveiled-at-boston-university.aspx

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4 Common E-Portfolio Mistakes To Avoid

November 19th, 2014

by David Raths, Campus Technology

Electronic portfolio projects have great potential to impact learning, assessment, and professional development. Yet expanding e-portfolios campuswide and sustaining the program isn’t easy. Here are four pitfalls to watch out for. CT spoke with Hepler and Teggin Summers, who was associate director of the e-portfolio program at Virginia Tech for six years before recently becoming director of that institution’s Innovation Space, about what it takes to roll out e-portfolios campuswide. Although their experiences are quite different — e-portfolios have taken hold in every college on Virginia Tech’s campus — both Hepler and Summers offered some observations on the key challenges of e-portfolio diffusion.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/12/4-common-e-portfolio-mistakes-to-avoid.aspx

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Microsoft pushes ahead with its quest to make apps more intelligent

November 18th, 2014

by Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

Last year, one Microsoft exec showed off a prototype of what email could look like in the future if it were to embed contextual information supplied by Bing on the back-end. A “Bingified” version of Outlook could allow users to see entity information right inside their e-mail. The same way that Microsoft Office apps currently alert users with a squiggly line to a potentially misspelled word, a Bing-enriched mail app could show users information about entities embedded in their e-mail messages — things like bands, venues, nearby restaurants and more. It sounds like Microsoft is continuing its efforts on this front. Last week, at a private press event, Microsoft showed off a coming Windows phone app called “Revolve,” according to Fast Company. That app “melds aspects of a calendar and contact manager, and presents you with information about people you’re going to meet with that it’s collected from multiple sources.”

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-pushes-ahead-with-its-quest-to-make-apps-more-intelligent-7000035605/

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Flexible Option: A Direct-Assessment Competency-Based Education Model

November 18th, 2014

by Aaron Brower, EDUCAUSE Review

Although the need for more college degrees among the U.S. population is widely acknowledged, meeting that demand in the face of dramatically increased higher education costs, decreased state funding, and increasingly varied student demographics is a huge challenge. To address this, the University of Wisconsin (UW) launched its Flexible Option (UW Flex) direct-assessment CBE model, through which students can earn degrees and certificates from UW institutions. UW Flex focuses on assessment rather than credit hours, letting students undertake academic work at their own pace and prove mastery of required knowledge and skills through rigorous assessments. To help ensure student success, UW Flex supports students through an optimal blend of materials, people, and technology.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/flexible-option-direct-assessment-competency-based-education-model

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Aurasma: Augmented Reality for Your Classroom

November 18th, 2014

By Ann Elliott, Edudemic

After weeks of comparing reviews and conducting trials in my classroom, I can say unreservedly that Aurasma offers the best augmented reality (AR) experience for classrooms of any iOS or Android app. The Aurasma app is more versatile and classroom-friendly than any AR app; it enables teachers to bring curriculum to life, turning almost any environment into a classroom or object into a lesson.

http://www.edudemic.com/aurasma-for-your-classroom/

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Goodbye, Snow Days: Students Study From Home

November 17th, 2014

by Kyle Potter, Associated Press

The early arrival of wintry weather in the Midwest this week gave Grewing an opening to test out a virtual class day at St. Cloud Cathedral high school in central Minnesota, having students whip out laptops or iPads and work from home. After a successful test run, Grewing declared Tuesday that students’ cherished snow days are a thing of the past — at least at Cathedral. “This is what we will be doing every single snow day going forward,” she said. “I’ll be honest. There has been some grumbling.” Private schools like Cathedral — and, increasingly, some public school districts — across the nation are starting to use the flexibility technology provides to work around weather, meeting school mandates without make-up days.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/goodbye-snow-days-students-study-home-26844708

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Columbia Launches Hybrid Learning Initiative

November 17th, 2014

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Columbia University has launched an initiative to turn more of its traditional lecture courses into hybrid learning experiences that would incorporate the use of audiovisual materials, social media, flipped classrooms and real-time feedback from students. The Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Learning has asked faculty members to submit their proposals to either turn existing courses into hybrid online courses or create new courses. A faculty committee will review the proposals and make recommendations to Provost John Coatsworth, who will announce November 24 which proposals the university will pursue. A second round of proposals will be accepted in the spring.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/10/columbia-launches-hybrid-learning-initiative.aspx

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Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, From Stanford’s Design School

November 17th, 2014

BY KYLE VANHEMERT, Wired

At WIRED by Design, Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director of Stanford Design School, shared a handful of concepts for redesigning college, culled from a year long workshop. Specifically, they look at how to keep the on-campus experience relevant in an age where online learning is becoming increasingly common. One of the provocations, called Open Loop University, wonders what could happen if you gave students six years of college to use whenever they wanted throughout their adult life. This sort of speculative thinking is meant to address growing concerns about the traditional four-year undergraduate track—basically that today’s system makes way for a bunch of well-trained sheep. “This is a generation of students who are incredibly highly structured, but they’re going to be entering an increasingly ambiguous world,” Stein Greenberg says. “We need to be training our students not just to expect that they will be society’s leaders, but also to be our most creative, daring, and resilient problem solvers.”

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/radical-ideas-reinventing-college-stanfords-design-school/

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Online snow days get early trial run

November 16th, 2014

by Kim McGuire, Star Tribune

With vivid memories of the Polar Vortex and its frigid wrath, administrators at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud decided earlier this year that students would work from home online the next time bad weather forced a snow day. To make sure students and teachers were prepared, a “practice” snow day was slated for Nov. 21. But Mother Nature had other plans, dumping nearly a foot of snow on the St. Cloud area on Monday and forcing ­Cathedral officials to do a real-life trial before their test run. “It was sort of ready or not,” Cathedral High School Principal Lynn Grewing said. “But we were ready, and we got everything posted online pretty early.”

http://www.startribune.com/local/282227521.html

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Will MOOCs be Flukes?

November 16th, 2014

BY MARIA KONNIKOVA, New Yorker

MOOCs are a technology with potentially revolutionary implications for education, but without a precise plan for realizing that potential. One way of getting there could be for the leaders of the MOOC movement to look more closely at old methods, from when education was less massive, less open, and entirely offline.

http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/moocs-failure-solutions

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Six tips for classroom technology success

November 16th, 2014

by eSchool News

An industry advisory panel of educators shares strategies to help teachers – regardless of their tenure – implement education technology in the classroom. The LEGO Education Advisory Panel (LEAP) advises LEGO Education, the education division within the LEGO group, on how to meet the needs of educators and students. The panel consists of 50 educators, across all levels of education, who are experienced with the trials and triumphs of using unconventional teaching tools in the classroom. Drawing from our experience using a wide gamut of education technology, we compiled the following list of tips and tricks to help teachers —regardless of their tenure —implement education technology in their own classroom.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/11/11/lego-technology-classroom-329/

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