Educational Technology

National Adult Learner Coalition Created to Advance Student Success

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:40

by Bezinga

Four major associations join together as a cohesive voice advocating for adult students and the institutions that serve them. With support from Lumina Foundation, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Presidents’ Forum, and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) are pleased to announce the National Adult Learner Coalition. “For more than a century, UPCEA has advocated for adult learners,” said Robert Hansen, CEO, UPCEA. “Once a small minority, adult and non-traditional learners now constitute up to 85 percent of today’s students.” “Our coalition is dedicated to help realign federal policy with this new higher education landscape, advocating for the expansion of access, innovation, and creative solutions.”

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How Coding Should Be Taught to Kids

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:37

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Parents and educators across the country understand the importance of teaching kids how to code. Not only can it help them learn valuable skills that they can use into their technology-driver future, but it also helps them learn to approach problems differently. But determining the best method for teaching a child to code isn’t always obvious. In most cases, people agree that a traditional textbook approach is insufficient for subjects like coding. While the idiosyncrasies of the language can be introduced that way, it is difficult to assimilate the information until it is in use fully. But sticking children in front of a blank screen and having them write line after line, though functional, isn’t very inspiring or even interesting. If you want to capture the interest of young students while giving them access to a valuable skill set, then turning to games may be the ideal method.

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How online games are helping prepare local students for STEM careers

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 00:30

by Kendi A. Rainwater, Times Free Press

Learning Blade was developed by Chattanooga entrepreneurs Shelia and Dane Boyington, both chemical engineers, and it is being used in most of Hamilton County’s middle schools and more than 525 schools statewide. Thanks to the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and through the support of lawmakers, Learning Blade is now available to any middle school in the state at no cost. Shelia Boyington said she and her husband developed the program to meet a need, as many students across the state are graduating high school not prepared for the increasing number of well-paying STEM jobs in the region. “This program exposes them to those jobs,” she said, adding that interesting kids in STEM fields at a young age is one of the best ways to strengthen the workforce.

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B9lab Offers Blockchain Online Course for CTOs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 00:39

by Chain-Finance

B9lab has announced the launch of its online course for CTOs, covering blockchain technology and decentralised infrastructure. Elias Haase, co-founder of B9lab, said: “Blockchain has the potential to change the way companies, customers and authorities interact in many industries. Companies, and especially CTOs, need to understand the nature of the technology to understand and plan for the potential impact on their business.” It covers the protocols Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger among several others. Beyond the technological landscape the material also goes into change management and future trends, both socially and technologically. The certificates are verified through the Ethereum Network, showcasing one of the current successful uses of the technology. The certificates have been integrated into LinkedIn and anyone can click through to see the unique B9lab verification and certification.

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How Teachers Can Gamify Science

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 00:35


Gamification of all subjects has become increasingly popular in K-12 and higher education. The introduction of games and technology into the classroom provides many unique experiences for children that enhance subject area knowledge. Gamification is the process of adapting elements of game-play to other activities, like learning a new concept, to foster engagement with that activity. There are many subject areas that can be gamified; however, games can be particularly helpful when teaching students science-based lessons. Educators can use two primary methods to gamify a particular subject or curriculum. Teachers can incorporate science-based games into their curriculum, or they can find ways to create a game-like experience within the structure of the coursework. The first method, adding games into the curriculum, can be easier for teachers to incorporate into lesson plans.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 00:30


As the edtech industry grows, so should our curiosity to try new products. EdSurge, a website that matches teachers’ needs to Edtech product has over 2,000 Edtech products in its Product Index. This staggering number represents a fragment of the number of edtech products that are on offer to educators and administrations. So, if you are interested in incorporating a new product into the classroom or just curious about what is on the market; here are “9 Edtech Tools to Try.”

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The state of the campus IT professional

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:40

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Campus Technology released its annual earnings and job satisfaction survey of IT professionals at colleges and universities, revealing interesting trends about perceptions of job security and campus investment. The average annual IT salary was more than $77,800, but earnings among professionals at public institutions remained the same from the prior year, while private institution employee earnings increased by more than $8,000. An overwhelming majority of surveyed professionals reported satisfaction with their jobs and a positive outlook on the future of the industry, but 13% of professionals believe that IT is in slow decline at their institutions, and cite departmental budget constraints as the top area of dissatisfaction.

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The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalized Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:35

by Leila Meyer, THE Journal

Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents the opportunity to shift education by tailoring the learning experience to an individual student’s needs and interests while helping them gain the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed in college and career, according to a new report from iNACOL. The report, What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities, aims to “inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning and empower them with ways to support the shift to student-centered learning.”

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New law aims to keep expelled students from falling behind

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 00:30


Generally, students who have been suspended or expelled cannot be on campus during normal school hours. When possible, though, the district tries to get them on campus after school for instruction, Taylor said. This may be limited depending on the offense that got the student suspended. Teachers or administrators also can meet with students at public locations such as the library. Students in the Arlington School District can log on to an online system to get homework or parents can get the information from teachers. If students don’t have access to the internet at home, they can drop by their school to pick up assignments, said Kathy Ehman, assistant superintendent. “With the new law in place, we’re looking at alternatives,” she said. “You’ll probably see a lot more in-school interventions, but have some adult there to help support them.”

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A third of UK parents say their kids are better off learning how to use computers than reading

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 00:40

by Pakistan Daily Times

A third of parents think it would be better for pupils to learn how to build a website than the works of Shakespeare, a survey found. A study claims a pushy 44 percent of UK parents believe it more vital for their youngster to learn digital coding in school than a foreign language like French or Spanish. While shockingly it also found 33 percent even claimed teaching kids computer skills was more enriching for their education than studying English Literature. Yet the research, from digital learning provider Open Classrooms, showed parents secretly and constantly worry about technology’s influence on their offspring. Nine in 10 parents fear for their children’s safety online while 43 percent admit their kids spend more time on their devices than with their family.

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Education initiatives move forward

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 00:35

by Del. Kirk Cox, Progress-Index

I am also carrying HB2311 that creates the Online Virginia Network aimed at providing a new pathway for students to complete a college degree. The bill establishes an online consortium of classes from various state universities. It is a one-stop shop for scheduling, registering, and taking online classes. Higher education institutions in Virginia have focused primarily on enhancing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates in pursuit of preparing a highly skilled workforce for the Virginia economy. The same emphasis needs to be directed toward identifying those individuals with some college credit, but who have not attained a degree. Dual enrollment credits provide a great opportunity for students to begin working on their undergraduate degrees while still in high school.

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How Technology Can Benefit Physical Education Classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 00:32


Tech tools and physical education can go hand in hand. Take the use of Google, for instance. Incorporating a lesson in which students move from various stations, working on a QR code scavenger hunt. Codes can be created with URL shortener linking to Google Slides that have information relating to the course, with accompanying exercises that must be completed before moving along. An activity such as this lends itself to student collaboration and allows the instructor to interact with small groups for a personalized experience. A scavenger hunt, or similar type of activity, could easily include any number of mobile apps to increase student engagement.

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New generation of Chromebooks designed for millions of students and educators

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:40


Two new Chromebooks demoing at Bett are the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the Asus Chromebook C213, scheduled to arrive late spring. Today both Chromebooks and Classroom are used by more than 20 million teachers and students, and we’re excited to announce that G Suite for Education has now reached 70 million active users. Chromebooks have been the device of choice because of their simplicity, security, shareability and low cost. We’re committed to introducing even more options for the teaching needs of schools, so look out for a lineup from Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, and Lenovo and the recently announced Samsung Chromebooks—a powerful option for educators. We expect that, in the future, our partners will be able to build an even wider variety of Chromebooks, including detachables and tablets.

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They’re here–robots are teaching your children

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:36

by eSchool News

Classes in a suburban Los Angeles elementary school were successfully taught by teacher robots during the 2015-2016 school year. Unbeknownst to parents, all first-grade classes in a suburban Los Angeles elementary school were successfully taught by teacher robots during the 2015-2016 school year. Only one parent was in on the secret. John Miller*, whose family moved to the area from Silicon Valley and whose son Jack enrolled as a new first-grade student last school year, first approached the district superintendent three years ago with a radical idea. “We’ve been working on some super cool artificial intelligence (AI), and in lab tests, the AI robots demonstrated instructional capability,” Miller said. “I wanted to see if they could teach real students, because we’ve seen robots help children with social-emotional learning.”

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5 of education’s alternative facts

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:29


It seems that we all have these alternative facts we tell ourselves instead of the truth, and education is no different. No matter how many times research reports, teacher testimonials, or student performance metrics reveal seemingly undeniable truths, antiquated practices or beliefs about how students should be taught are still used frequently thanks to the citation of these alternative facts. The editors at eSchool News quickly brainstormed what we believe are education’s most popular alternative facts that exist today, but we’d love to hear your suggestions! Make sure you leave your comments in the section below.

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Edvocate’s list of 20 must-follow k-12 teacher twitter feeds

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:42


To say that teachers are busy would be an understatement! Besides the act of teaching, you spend hours every day and on the weekend on lesson planning and grading. But it’s also important for teachers to keep learning, and the best way to do that is from other teachers. Thanks to modern technology, it’s now easy to connect with inspirational teachers and to learn from them. We’ve curated this list of educational Twitter feeds to help you stay up-to-date on new technology, burgeoning trends, and or even just a daily dose of motivation.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:28

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, the Tech Edvocate

With some of the biggest names in technology focusing their creative and financial assets on education, edtech will be at the forefront of education reform over the next decade. Bill Gates is investing billions and Mark Zuckerberg 100’s of millions, into the future of learning. We expect Edtech to transform the way we teach and learn. Standardized testing and core standards are not going away, so many educators are turning to edtech to help them negotiate the demands of this exacting system. There is a growing relationship between these core standards and the personalized learning initiatives being funded by Gates and Zuckerberg. With these big investors at the table, educators are hopeful that the influx of edtech will move well beyond achieving benchmarks on standardized tests.

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More colleges are using free educational resources

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:20

By Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily

It’s hard to gauge the extent to which OER are used, as data is not tracked nationally, says Una Daly, director of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources​. OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University, estimates the OER materials it provides led to savings of $42 million in textbook costs in 2015-16. As the nation’s largest OER provider, OpenStax has created open textbooks for about 25 popular general education courses, allowing students and colleges to order relatively inexpensive printed copies for about $25 to $60 from Amazon or college bookstores. Because there is so much good OER material available, Daly says, faculty are now more likely to adapt OER to their needs – by customizing them or eliminating unnecessary chapters – than to create their own OER from scratch.

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Google Rolls Out New Chromebooks, Allows Access to Android, Adobe Apps

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:40

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

Google is releasing two new Chromebooks for the education market that aim to be more versatile and practical for the everyday student. The new Chromebooks are scheduled to arrive in late spring, in time for back-to-school planning. Google did not offer a specific price, but the devices are designed to be affordable for the student market. Finally, Google has made updates to its popular Google Classroom learning management system, so that all new Chromebooks can take advantage of new features, such as differentiated instruction, specific management of student work, notifications and analytics.

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Goshen Community Schools green-lights new online academy

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:36

By JOHN KLINE, Goshen News

School Board members took a major step toward the planned establishment of a new online academy for the school corporation during their meeting Monday evening. During the meeting, the board approved a request by Angela Piazza, assistant superintendent of secondary education for the corporation, to enter into a three-year, $44,400 contract with the Edmentum company to begin the process of establishing the corporation’s new Goshen Online Academy. The board has been considering establishment of such an online academy since early September 2016 when Piazza first brought the proposal up for discussion. “We haven’t yet designed what our program alternative would look like, but we would like approval to go ahead and purchase the curriculum so we can get training and start thinking about how we might utilize it,” Piazza said in making the request Monday. With the Edmentum curriculum, the class range would begin at fourth grade and continue through 12th grade, though the corporation’s main focus would be through 10th grade.

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