Watch: a viral economics course that can be completed in one sitting

July 8th, 2014

by Gregory Ferenstein, Venture Beat

The next frontier in higher education may be viral courses that can be completed in a single day. One of my favorite economists, Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution, is out with a new course on “Everyday Economics”, complete with short quizzes and eye-candy visual lectures. The one below, on the rise of human prosperity, is intellectually delicious. “For this type of material, let’s face it: We’re competing with BuzzFeed,” Alex Tabarrok told the Chronicle of Higher Education. Tabarrok is a professor at George Mason University and co-founder of Marginal Revolution University, which is offering the course. Indeed, there appears to be a trend in one-shot courses. Vocational online course provider, Udacity, has teamed up with Google to offer advanced web programming courses that can be completed in a single day.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/26/watch-a-viral-economics-course-that-can-be-completed-in-one-sitting/

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Online Education Can Mean Year-Round Learning

July 8th, 2014

By North American Precis Syndicate

While summer can be a great time for family fun, it can also pose a challenge to many students. That’s because students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.” Without the continuation of education online virtually year-round, children can lose knowledge and skills. This is particularly true for those in low-income families who may not have access to enrichment opportunities such as camp, tutoring and regular trips to the library. The good news is, there’s a wealth of educational resources available online for free, so families can turn the “summer slide” into a chance for academic growth.

http://scoopsandiego.com/online_features/tech_talk_and_innovation/online-education-can-mean-year-round-learning/article_0c4315c5-a0f4-5eba-ba18-56d6535c0528.html

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Where Teaching Meets Technology

July 8th, 2014

Where Teaching Meets Technology

by Sophia Hollander, Wall Street Journal

In late May, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $20 million investment in new devices and software to increase classroom connectivity—and a $650 million capital investment over the next five years. And on Friday, city officials are set to announce a series of summer courses for teachers on the topic—offered through partners including PBS, Google and Microsoft—to meet the expanding need. The courses will be free and include in-person and online elements. Last spring, the Department of Education started a Blended Learning Institute to train science teachers like Mr. Larsen how to teach with technology more effectively. This year, it launched a track in computer science; classes led by the 60 newly trained high-school teachers will begin next fall.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/where-teaching-meets-technology-1403833224?mod=WSJ_LatestHeadlines

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Online learning platform Udacity launches an Android app and four new Google-supported courses

July 7th, 2014

by NICK SUMMERS, the Next Web

Udacity is expanding its online learning platform with a new Android app and four courses designed in collaboration with Google. After bringing some of its video lessons to the iPad and iPhone, Udacity is turning its attention to Google’s hugely successful mobile OS. The new Android app gives students the ability to stream lectures on the move and test their knowledge with quizzes. The company has also promised an offline mode at a later date, so users can download videos and watch them at any time. To coincide with the launch of Google’s I/O conference, Udacity is introducing four new courses created in partnership with the renowned technology company. The first is ‘Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,’ instructed by Reto Meier, leader of Google’s Scalable Developer Advocacy team, as well as Google developer advocates Katherine Kuan and Dan Galpin.

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/06/25/online-learning-platform-udacity-launches-android-app-four-new-google-supported-courses/

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Education, Learning and Libraries at a Tipping Point

July 7th, 2014

by OCLC

A new report suggests that the cumulative weight of changing consumer habits, enabling technologies like MOOCs and mobile, and the high cost of postsecondary education are resetting expectations and bringing permanent changes to education and lifelong learning. OCLC, the computer library service and research organization, today released At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, the latest in a series of OCLC Membership Reports designed to explore emerging trends that impact libraries and librarianship. The report is available to download from the OCLC website.

http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2014/201422dublin.en.html

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5 Ways To Use Word Cloud Generators In The Classroom

July 7th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Word cloud generators have gone the route of Kleenex and Saran Wrap, wherein people often use the name of the product to refer to the thing. Most folks I talk to refer to all word clouds as ‘wordles’, even though Wordle is just one of many, many tools that one can use to create word clouds. Word clouds are fun. They speak to humans’ affinity for the visual. They can help you sort through important ideas and concepts quickly. They’re nice to look at. Why not use them in your classroom?

http://www.edudemic.com/5-ways-use-word-cloud-generators-classroom/

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Online Education Can Mean Year-Round Learning

July 6th, 2014

by Napsnet

While summer can be a great time for family fun, it can also pose a challenge to many students. That’s because students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.” Without the continuation of education online virtually year-round, children can lose knowledge and skills. This is particularly true for those in low-income families who may not have access to enrichment opportunities such as camp, tutoring and regular trips to the library. The good news is, there’s a wealth of educational resources available online for free, so families can turn the “summer slide” into a chance for academic growth. Unfortunately, about 30 percent of Americans, many of whom live below the poverty line, don’t have Internet access at home.

http://www.napsnet.com/articles/70541.html

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Survey on Digital Games Use in the Classroom

July 6th, 2014

by Anastasia Salter, Chronicle of Higher Ed

A survey of grade school educators on using games in the classroom was recently released by the Games and Learning Publishing Council (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). A few findings that stand out:

55% of the surveyed teachers who include games in their classroom use these digital games with their students weekly. This suggests rising numbers of students who will be accustomed to the idea of games as yet another familiar method of the classroom, as at that level of use it’s no longer about providing novelty. (Of course, there are plenty of other teachers who don’t use them at all.)

45% of the surveyed teachers listed insufficient time as a barrier to bring games into the classroom while 44% cited cost.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/survey-on-digital-games-use-in-the-classroom/57295

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Four Keys To Maximize New Learning Opportunities

July 6th, 2014

by NAPSI

Although technology and innovation mean there are more ways to learn than ever, some things about education remain the same. Whether you’re in a traditional, in-class atmosphere, an online setting, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or one of any number of other options now available, one element will serve you well: motivation. “If you come in motivated, really knowing why you’re choosing to pursue your degree, you’re that much closer to success,” said Stephanie Jackson, who serves as a “coach” in Bellevue University’s Flexxive program. “It’s important to have a plan and to stick to it,” Jackson said.

http://www.napsnet.com/articles/70544.html

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5 education TED Talks to support innovation

July 5th, 2014

By Laura Devaney,eSchool News

Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts to anyone with a connection and an internet-ready device. TED Talks are some of today’s most popular examples of the internet’s power to expand learning opportunities to all.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/24/june-ted-talks-673/

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Blending and flipping modern architecture

July 5th, 2014

by Jeff Schramm, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Instead of meeting twice a week for an hour and 15 minutes each, we meet once a week. I’ve found that students need structure and a weekly meeting at the same time and place gives them that. Much (but not all) of my content heavy lecture is now online in short (7–12 minute) video clips that the students access via our learning management system prior to attending class. The videos are recorded with Camtasia and are voice over PowerPoint with a tablet that allows me to draw on the screen and annotate photos and text. My narration is captioned so students can read along as well as listen to me speak. After viewing several videos and completing the required readings for the week, both online and in a traditional textbook, students take a short online reading quiz to check their comprehension. The quiz counts but not for much. The bulk of their course grade is still in-class essay exams, papers and an end of semester group project.

http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2014/06/23/guest-post-blending-and-flipping-modern-architecture/

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10 ed-tech books for summer reading

July 5th, 2014

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

There’s no better time to get caught up on industry and education than during summer vacation. Summer vacation, while also the perfect time to pretend you’re not enjoying your niece’s copy of Twilight with a mojito in-hand, is also the best time to catch up on fascinating books that can help broaden your perspective on issues in the field of technology, education and educational technology. And while it’s always satisfying to read dense epics on topics you can brag to your peers about, these books are not chocked full of thick technical jargon, but rather, innovative and well-researched thoughts on influencing trends and disruptions, written in ways to promote discussion.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/edtech-summer-reading-286/

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Gaming may help children with autism socialize

July 4th, 2014

by eSchool News

Children with autism could get help from games that help them develop certain skills. It’s a simple idea that makes a lot of sense, but University of South Carolina researcher Roger Newman-Norlund has had trouble landing grants to pay for a study of the concept. So Newman-Norlund set up a Kickstarter account and a website, www.mymoneymyscience.com, which explains the basis for his work. His goal is to raise $150,000 in two months. “Every year, we would try to apply for government grants and we would get shot down,” said Newman-Norlund, director of USC’s Perceptual Motor Development Laboratory. “The government doesn’t think it’s important, so why not go to the people who do think it’s important?”

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/20/games-autism-socialize-987/

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The Beginner’s Guide To Google In The Classroom

July 4th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Google offers a ton of solutions for students, teachers, and classrooms. Some products are intentionally designed for classrooms, others just happen to work well for that setting as well as many others. The Google Apps For Education and Google Play for Education are two tools built for teachers and students that encompass a ton of different solutions for different types of work. The handy infographic linked below takes a look at some usage statistics on Google tools in the classroom along with a few tidbits about Apps for Education if you’re not familiar with them. Keep reading to learn more.

http://www.edudemic.com/google-in-the-classroom/

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How an iPad can transform music classes

July 4th, 2014

By Lisa Driscoll, eSchool News

Students use iPads to collaborate and record pop music in classrooms around the world. It’s no surprise that many teachers and superintendents view music as vital for a holistic learning experience. According to a study by McMaster University, students who took one year of music lessons had greater improvement in IQ scores and memory abilities. Developers have started to make applications of all types to help students become more involved in general music classes. One developer inspired hundreds of primary school students to use iPads to record a chart-topping hit on iTunes.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/23/ipad-music-class-563/

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Connecting Across the Last Frontier

July 3rd, 2014

By Bridget McCrea, THE Journal

An Alaskan school district the size of Great Britain turns to technology to help develop a more streamlined maintenance process for its Macs. Managing remote machines is a challenge for any K-12 IT department. Add thousands of miles, sub-zero degree weather and remote villages that aren’t reachable by car to the equation, and the daily obstacles facing Bering Strait School District’s IT team begin to come into focus. Based in Unalakleet, AK, BSSD encompasses 15 campuses spread across 80,000 miles in the western portion of The Last Frontier. “Our district is the size of Great Britain,” said Gary Jacobson, educational technology facilitator for the district. BSSD uses 1,600 Macs across its campuses — which range in size from 40 to 250 students.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/06/19/connecting-across-the-last-frontier.aspx

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Teachers going back to school with training, classes

July 3rd, 2014

by Ashley A. Smith, News-Press

School may be out for summer, but thousands of teachers are getting their own education in anticipation for the new year. There are hundreds of training opportunities over the course of the year, Schnabel said, adding that he attends at least one during the summer. “Typically, this is a busy time for teachers. They’ll take a week or two for vacation, which they deserve … but there is a tremendous amount of planning,” said Denise Carlin, Lee’s executive director of staff development. “They do their best thinking and planning over the summer.”

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/06/23/teachers-going-back-school-training-classes/11250273/

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The University Library as Incubator for Digital Scholarship

July 3rd, 2014

by Bryan Sinclair, Educause Review

By leveraging technology, we can open new doors to scholarly inquiry for ourselves and our students. Through new collaborations, we can create exciting shared spaces, both virtual and physical, where that inquiry can take place. The library is a natural home for these technology-rich spaces.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/university-library-incubator-digital-scholarship

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Student-Sourced, Crowdsourced Mobile Apps

July 2nd, 2014

By Toni Fuhrman, Campus Technology

When students at Rhode Island’s Bryant University have an idea for an institutional mobile app, they have an opportunity to see it come to fruition — if they can make a compelling pitch. More than two years ago, Chuck LoCurto, newly appointed vice president and CIO at the university, got together with Bryant trustees to develop an annual “app-a-thon” competition. Students have 10 minutes to pitch their app idea to a panel of judges, consisting of LoCurto, a trustee professor, the executive director of university relations, the associate director of academic computing and media services and a software developer. Judging the competition is based on a predetermined set of criteria, including look and feel, navigation and design, simplicity and uniqueness of concept. Winners are awarded with a Windows 8 tablet.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/06/19/student-sourced-crowdsourced-mobile-apps.aspx

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What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)?

July 2nd, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

There are so many ways that teachers are using social media – both in the classroom and for their own professional development. When you’re the creator of the content, however – either for professional use with other teachers or for student’s consumption – you need to be concerned with getting your message out there in a way that ensures it isn’t the content that is blending into the background. The handy infographic linked below takes a look at the ideal length for all of your social media postings.

http://www.edudemic.com/what-is-the-ideal-length-of-a-tweet/

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Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

July 2nd, 2014

by Jon Bergmann, Edutopia

As we pioneered the flipped class, we got away from the front of the room and got a whole different perspective on what classroom management could look like. Instead of us being the sage on the stage, we were in and among our students, working with them, helping them, and guiding them to deeper learning. As we did this, the dynamics of the classroom dramatically changed. Instead of having to keep students quiet, we were spending time interacting with them individually and in small groups. Amazingly, most of our classroom management issues just vaporized.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/classroom-management-and-flipped-class-jon-bergmann

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