Educational Technology

March 8, 2017

3 tips for finding the best teacher-helpful edtech

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BY ALEX GONZALEZ, eSchool News

Learning how to effectively use and implement new classroom edtech requires educators to spend their most valuable currency: time. Time spent troubleshooting technology in the classroom is wasted, and it can make educators skeptical of new technology. Regardless of teaching philosophy, you must discover which edtech resources will provide an authentic learning experience for your students and make the most effective use of teachers’ time. The following is a three-step technology integration approach that you can follow to ensure you are prepared to discover and deploy new technology.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/03/01/tips-teacher-helpful-edtech/

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Teaching, Learning, and IT Issues: Priorities and Intersections

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by Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Review

This article highlights the results of two EDUCAUSE community surveys—from the IT and the teaching and learning communities—and shows their complementary priorities, intersections, and synergies. As this year’s EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues list makes clear, student success has become a strategic focal point for many higher education institutions. The concept of student success is itself multidimensional: it includes success not only in academic coursework but also in degree planning, constructing next-generation digital learning environments and resources, and supporting a range of what the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) calls high-impact practices. Increasing student success requires institutional attention to all of these areas. Although challenging, improvements made in these areas, if done in tandem, can result in academic transformation: innovation and change that is multidimensional and strategic and that addresses campus culture.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/1/teaching-learning-and-it-issues-priorities-and-intersections

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Phone battery quick-charge breakthrough? Meizu says it’s zero to full in 20 minutes

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By Liam Tung, ZD Net

Chinese smartphone maker claims breakthrough in charge times with new Super mCharge tech. Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has shown off its new Super mCharge tech fully charging a 3,000mAh battery in 20 minutes. Meizu unveiled the new battery tech on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress, offering a peek at the next generation of its mCharge quick-charging technology for lithium-ion batteries. That performance compares with Qualcomm’s recently announced Quick Charge 4.0 tech in the new Snapdragon 835 processor, which in tests with a 2 750mAh battery delivered a 50 percent charge in 15 minutes, or an estimated five-hour charge in five minutes.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/phone-battery-quick-charge-breakthrough-meizu-says-its-zero-to-full-in-20-minutes/

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March 7, 2017

Pearson $3.2 Billion in the Hole, Looks to Digital Transformation

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By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The company last month issued a profit warning announcing it would not reach its goals for 2018, prompting plans to sell major assets. Now, according to its 2016 earnings report released Friday, the British-owned publishing company has reported a pre-tax loss of nearly £2.6 billion ($3.2 billion) — the biggest loss in its almost 30-year history. The company’s United States business accounts for two-thirds of its revenue and profits, and that segment has been taking a massive hit with students opting to rent textbooks instead of buying them. According to the earnings report, net revenues declined an unprecedented 18 percent during the year. Total college enrollments for courseware dropped 1.4 percent, with combined two-year and four-year for-profit enrollments falling 5 percent.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/02/27/pearson-3-2-billion-in-the-hole-looks-to-digital-transformation.aspx

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5 Incredible Online Courses for WordPress Beginners

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by WP Explorer

Fortunately, the WordPress community is thriving, and there are many people out there willing to help you learn the ropes. A quick Google search reveals thousands of articles and tutorials, along with dedicated YouTube channels such as WPCrafter, Tyler Moore, and WPBeginner. These resources are fantastic, but often you’ll find the best way to make progress is to take part in a more structured course. That’s why we’re going to recommend five excellent online courses for WordPress in this article. Each is designed with beginners in mind, and will arm you with the knowledge you need to start creating your own websites.

http://www.wpexplorer.com/online-courses-wordpress-beginners/

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Top 5 Free Online Courses to Learn Web Design

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By Mark Zeni, Daily Blog Tips

We have selected the most popular and effective online courses for web designers and developers. In addition to being absolutely free for the public access, all courses are intended for web design beginners who are eager to get new knowledge on how to build sites, personalize their layouts, expand functionality with extensions, choose a CMS on their own, and so on and so forth.

http://www.dailyblogtips.com/top-5-free-online-courses-to-learn-web-design/

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March 6, 2017

Report: Collaborative learning, mobile access not major part of college study culture

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A survey of more than 2 million college students worldwide reveals that a majority of learners are more comfortable studying on their own, and they’re not using mobile technology to access materials or lessons outside of the classroom. The survey revealed that the United States offered the most online learning tools and modules, but students in Brazil were mostly likely to use online tools to learn collaboratively, and Colombia was the world’s most active nation in content creation for academic sharing. English is the world’s most popular online subject outside of the United States, followed by S.T.E.M. subjects.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-collaborative-learning-mobile-access-not-major-part-of-college-stu/436850/

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Online course helps aid workers help women and girls

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by United National Population Fund

An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world. “It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights organization in Kenya. “Now I treat survivors with dignity and respect rather than victim-blaming.” The free UNFPA course, Managing Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, helps humanitarian workers understand the risks women and girls face in crisis settings. It also encourages better support for survivors of violence and helps to prevent violence from happening in the first place.

http://www.unfpa.org/news/online-course-helps-aid-workers-help-women-and-girls

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Using Gamification in Education Leadership Development

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by Matthew Lynch, Edvocate

The idea of leadership development doesn’t often bring a sense of excitement. Most educators expect training and development activities to remain in the old paradigm with an instructor standing in front of a classroom. Overall, it isn’t a very inspiring image. But, what if there was a better way to get the same information across while keeping everyone engaged in the process? In fact, there is. And it’s called gamification.

http://www.theedadvocate.org/using-gamification-in-education-leadership-development/#mce_temp_url#

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March 5, 2017

9 in 10 Students Admit to Cheating in College, Suspect Faculty Do the Same

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Kessler International queried 300 students who attend college in person and online and found that nine in 10 (86 percent) admitted to cheating in some way in school. More than half (54 percent) thought cheating was OK, and some suggested that it was even necessary to stay competitive. Among those who acknowledged cheating, nearly all (97 percent) said they’d gotten away with it. What forms of cheating are popular? Three-quarters of respondents (76 percent) said they’d copied text from somebody else’s assignments. Slightly more (79 percent) admitted to plagiarism from internet sources. Nearly as many (72 percent) said they’d used their mobile devices to cheat during class. A smaller number (42 percent) said they’d purchased custom term papers or essays online. And 28 percent said they’d had a “service” take their online classes for them.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/02/23/9-in-10-students-admit-to-cheating-in-college-suspect-faculty-do-the-same.aspx

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Frank Gehry to teach online architecture course

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by Chris Young, The Canadian Press

Class will soon be in session for Frank Gehry, and the celebrated Canadian-born architect will be leading the lessons. The California-based Gehry will be teaching what is being billed as his first-ever online class this spring. The Gehry-led course on design and architecture will be hosted by online education service Masterclass. The architect will be offering more than a dozen video lessons where he will teach “his unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art.” He will also be drawing on case studies, sketches and his “never-before-seen” model archive.

http://www.insidetoronto.com/community-story/7155150-frank-gehry-to-teach-online-architecture-course/

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Lone hacker Rasputin breaches 60 universities, federal agencies

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By Charlie Osborne, ZDNet

A hacker has compromised at least 60 universities and US government organizations, utilzing SQL injections as his weapon of choice. Rasputin, believed to be a Russian hacker, is most well-known for the December 2016 attack against the US Electoral Assistance Commission through an unpatched SQL injection (SQLi) vulnerability. At the time, the hacker offered to sell access to the system to a Middle Eastern broker, and according to researchers, the hacker is also attempting to sell access to systems he has compromised in his latest round of attacks. Universities are a top target, with Cornell University, New York University (NYU), Purdue University, Michigan State University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington among those affected in the US.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/lone-hacker-breaches-60-universities-federal-agencies/

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March 4, 2017

Report: Data Should Be Used to Drive Improvement in Schools, Not Punish Failure

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By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

“Education has not yet fully become an evidence-based sector.” So declared Aimee Rogstad Guidera, the founder, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, in the introduction to a report that examined how the use of data has evolved in K-12 over the last 10 years. For all the progress made in the last decade in the K-12 sector, the report observed, education “has only just begun its journey to develop a culture that values and uses data. Building the infrastructure was the easy part. The more difficult part remains–truly making data work for students.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/02/23/report-data-should-be-used-to-drive-improvement-in-schools-not-punish-failure.aspx

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The traditional classroom works so why change it?

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BY PETER WEST, eSchool News

Just because the traditional classroom “works” doesn’t mean that it has reached a peak or an optimal level of effectiveness. The traditional classroom works, so why change it? This is something anyone involved in leading educational change hears at some stage. The traditional classroom, where direct instruction is the primary method of teaching, does work. It has worked for decades. It has educated people who have then changed civilization in all areas; the sciences, politics, health, industry…everywhere. However, to imply that it should not change assumes that we have reached the peak of educational techniques; that no major improvements are possible. Just because the traditional classroom “works” doesn’t mean that it has reached a peak or an optimal level of effectiveness.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/02/23/classroom-works-change/

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Hacker tied to US election controversy infiltrates 25 colleges

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Michigan State University, Cornell University and Virginia Tech are among a list of 25 colleges victimized by international cyberattacker “Rasputin,” who recently hacked 60 domestic institutions and government agencies. According to Recorded Future, the Russian-speaking hacker infiltrated and sold SQL access to the institutions’ organizational network and files. “Rasputin” has also been identified as an agent responsible for hacking the U.S. elections in November.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/hacker-tied-to-us-election-controversy-infiltrates-25-colleges/436749/

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March 3, 2017

Mid-Tier Colleges Do Better Job of Upward Mobility

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The mobility rate defined by the Equality of Opportunity Project considers a college’s access, the size of the population of students from families in the bottom fifth of income distribution and its success rate in helping those students move into the top fifth of income distribution. According to the researchers, the colleges that have the highest upward mobility rates are typically mid-tier public schools that have two elements: the largest numbers of low-income students and “very good outcomes.” Nobody in the ranking has a mobility rate of 10 percent or higher. California State University, Los Angeles came closest with a mobility rate of 9.9 percent. The access rate for Cal State LA was 33.1 percent; and the success rate was 29.9 percent. Pace University and Stony Brook University in New York both came in second with a mobility rate of 8.4 percent. Access at Pace was 15.2 percent; the success rate was 55.6 percent. The access rate at Stony Brook was 16.4 percent, and the success rate was 51.2 percent.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/02/21/mid-tier-colleges-do-better-job-of-upward-mobility.aspx

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Why We Should Invest in STEM Education

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While many careers today require STEM-educated employees, they aren’t necessarily requiring that those employees have a higher education degree. A report done by the Brookings Institution revealed that nearly half of STEM careers available to employees today do not require a four-year college degree, and those jobs pay ten percent higher than jobs that do require a college degree. This evolution in how we view the relation between jobs and education needs to be reflected in our children’s educational priorities. By investing in STEM education in k-12 schools, our education system can work to close the STEM skills gap that has left open a wide opportunity for employment. To ensure that our children and the next generation are job secure and have equal opportunities for their future success, it’s important that we invest in STEM education. STEM programs inspire children, boost creativity and work to create the next generation of scientist, engineers, and computer programmers.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-should-we-invest-in-stem-education/

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Campuses are putting IoT into action in advising, services and beyond

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A University of Southern California project using cameras and sensors to gather analytical data about student engagement and the intersections of teaching and learning is just one of a growing number of initiatives on campuses nationwide to harness the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve outcomes and create innovation within the burgeoning tech sector, Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Ed reported. Schools including Case Western University and Carnegie Mellon University are using IoT to develop innovative ideas, including measuring energy produced by people and machinery, and apps that can be helpful in specific surroundings as a way to improve the campus experience. Syracuse University has been researching machine-to-machine communication for more than a decade, and officials there say the work is a platform for higher education to pioneer technology that can make work and data processing faster and more efficient.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/college-campus-internet-of-things-iot-syracuse-usc-case-western-carnegie-mellon/436668/

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March 2, 2017

Warsaw Community Schools approve e-learning to make up for snow days

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by Heather Black, WSBT 22

Warsaw Community Schools will now be able to make up two of their snow days through technology. The Board of Trustees voted 7 to 0 to approve E-Learning. It’s an online course where students can complete school work. All Indiana schools are required by law to have 180 student instructional days. E-learning is one option the Indiana Department of Education gives schools to make up missed days. The board has wanted something like this for years.

http://wsbt.com/news/local/warsaw-community-schools-approve-e-learning-to-make-up-for-snow-days

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Online Platform Teaches Dying Languages To Save Them From Extinction

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By Holly Brockwell, Gizmodo UK

There are heaps of ways to learn languages online, from intensive tutored courses to fun cartoony apps. You can even learn made-up languages, like Dothraki, Klingon and Esperanto – a fact that must be somewhat frustrating to Inky Gibbens, founder of the Tribalingual platform for dying languages. Gibbens is half Buryat – a subgroup of the Mongols – and set up the platform when she realised that the Buryat language of her maternal grandparents is classified as endangered by UNESCO. A language dies every two weeks according to the UN, with half of the current 7,000 languages expected to be gone by the turn of the century.

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2017/02/online-platform-teaches-dying-languages-to-save-them-from-extinction/

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How to Create a Makerspace in Any Space

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BY DRMATT, Tech Edvocate

Makerspaces are spaces for hands-on interactive learning. These spaces have become popular in many communities, schools, and libraries due to their emphasis on creative learning and STEAM subjects. Both educators and parents have seen the impact of makerspaces on the ability of children to learn twenty-first-century skills. These spaces have sprung up across the country and can be found in a variety of locations. The primary aspect of any makerspace is the fact that creative hands-on learning opportunities are provided to users.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-create-a-makerspace-in-any-space/

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