Educational Technology

Libraries Find New Ways to Flourish in the Digital Age

Educational Technology News Blog - 6 hours 58 min ago

by Dave Doucette, EdTech
Modern learners seek flexible spaces and guidance on digital literacy.  In higher education, 21st-century librarians are seeing a redefinition of their roles, moving from stewards of physical information to educators on digital literacy. Institutions are also taking a new look at library buildings, which are becoming less about offering a refuge for quiet, independent study and more about creating opportunities for creativity and collaboration. But whether their purpose is to host a makerspace or old-fashioned book stacks, one thing is clear: University libraries are here to stay.

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Gwinnett Schools Use ‘Digital Learning Day’ As Make-Up Day

Educational Technology News Blog - 7 hours 5 min ago

Many students in metro Atlanta had the day off Monday because of a winter weather advisory. But in Gwinnett County, that didn’t mean no school. Public school students there had to go online for what officials called their first “Digital Learning Day.”

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EdTech is a key part of school construction plans

Educational Technology News Blog - 7 hours 6 min ago

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Construction needs to move away from the notion of “computer rooms” and realize that every space could be a computer room. Study pods and other quiet spaces need to be integrated into classrooms as students are being encouraged to work together but also to work alone. Edtech allows for this flexibility, but the current classroom set out does not. Blended learning is important, and if students are to feel that they are in control of their learning, they need to feel that classroom offers opportunities to do so. Some other additions to the classroom of the future should cover some of the following points.

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How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of Training? Updated for 2017

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:40

By Robyn Defelice, ATD

In this article, we will explore the results from a 2017 survey, compare that data to the previous two studies, and discuss a few trends that have emerged over the years. If you are unfamiliar with the research, the data helps to squelch the desire to say, “It depends…” when a client asks how long it will take to develop training. These numbers provide another way for project planners to budget time and resources, and they can be used in place of or in conjunction with estimates based on old projects with similar needs. At a minimum, it provides a method for making estimates, comparisons, or both.

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Who is the typical college student? You might be surprised

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:35

By Jeremy House, Education Dive
College students are often more than 24 years of age, working at least part time and enrolled in non-selective schools, reports The Wall Street Journal. Also, a larger share are nonwhite, with the most dramatic gains over the past 20 years coming among Hispanic students. Pulling from the most recent demographic and education data, the WJS constructs the profile of the typical college student and highlights the diverse backgrounds of a growing share of degree seekers. The international student population also soared as institutions look abroad for full-paying learners to bolster their finances. Liberal arts and humanities, much maligned by politicians, remain the most popular degree programs for many college students. Rounding out the top three are business and health-related programs. But few students pay full freight, receiving need- or merit-based grants from their institutions. Nearly 85% of students at private, nonprofit undergraduate programs colleges receive aid from their schools.

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Top 5 Data Science Publications You Should Read In 2018

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:30

By Sam Nelson, Udacity

If you ask a data scientist how to start or advance your data career, one of the first things they’ll tell you is to read. Not the answer you’d expect? You’d be surprised! Data scientists constantly read and explore what’s happening in the rapidly changing data landscape. If you’re just getting started in the field, understanding current industry trends can set you apart in the job interview process, making it clear that you’re someone who is engaged and knowledgeable about the data science space. “If an interviewer asks you about which data science publications you read regularly, you should have a good answer!” If you’re already working in the field, staying on top of the latest news is a big part of how you stay competitive, remain valuable, and grow your expertise.

Top 5 Data Science Publications You Should Read In 2018

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Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:39

By Molly Fosco, OZY

On a fall day in early September, Rachel Murat begins the school year by instructing her newest group of high schoolers to google themselves. As they click away on their Chromebooks, the students begin to realize what a simple search can reveal about them, and the room slowly fills with gasps of shock. Once the students have settled down, Murat tells them to google her name. “They always think they’re going to find dirt, but they never do,” Murat says. “Then I harp on them about not making a permanent post about a temporary emotion.” When Murat wanted to start a digital citizenship class at Maine-Endwell High School in Broome County, New York, in 2012, she didn’t have much of a road map to work with. Today, a growing number of digital-citizenship curriculum providers are emerging, catering to increasing demand from schools and educators across the country adopting “DigCit” as central to the education they provide.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:35

By Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

One of the many changes that students are experiencing is their ability to be assessed not only in the classroom but also online. Students of all ages can be tested and assessed through the use of online tools and assessments. In the 21st century, we are seeing a shift in views regarding how students can be tested and assessed based on their performances inside and outside the classroom. Students can also be assessed by creating and displaying their work online through social media, YouTube, and digital portfolios. Additionally, many university classes are encouraging and even requiring student contribution on online blackboards and forums. Regardless of the format of assessment, technology is becoming a critical part of learning as well as student performance. So, how we can use technology to create better assessments? Read on to find out.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:30

By Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate
Educators are counting on your digital leadership and your support to help everyone embrace edtech. By setting edtech expectations early on and providing adequate support, your district’s digital leadership can create a new culture of digital use and citizenship. Here are five ways you can help them embrace digital technology.

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Challenges, and more distractions, lie ahead for colleges

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:39

by Sandra Beckwith, University Business

How big-picture threats to higher ed are impacting campuses and what administrators are doing to take control.

Although many higher ed leaders are advocating for colleges and their students at the national level, it remains an area where they can control little. They can—and are—however, battening down the hatches on their own campuses to help emerge from this challenging climate intact. This involves having a vision for strengthening the institution’s foundation and agility in managing new responsibilities and demands. Following are seven things higher ed search leaders and administrators believe campus administrators must do in the coming year to get the job done.

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Arizona college studying technology that could make schools safer from active shooters

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:35

by Katie Conner,  ABC15

A college in Arizona will help make schools safer when it comes to active shooters. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, located in Prescott, received a $769,890 grant from the National Institute of Justice to test various technologies to keep an intruder from entering a school. Professor Tom Foley, with the University’s College of Security and Intelligence, is leading the research. Foley says they will test barriers like doors, windows, glass and locks against the guns that have been used in recent mass shootings.

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Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:30

Students said they vastly prefer classes with digital learning technologies.   Ninety-four percent of students in a new survey said digital learning technologies have helped them retain new concepts, and 53 percent said they prefer classes that use such tools. McGraw-Hill Education’s fourth annual Digital Study Trends Survey, compiled by Hanover Research, includes responses from more than 1,000 college students. Sixty percent of surveyed students said they think digital learning technologies have improved their grades, and one-fifth said those technologies significantly improved their grades. Students in STEM majors were the most likely to say technology has positively impacted their grades. Approximately 60 percent of students agree that digital learning technology increased their engagement with course materials.

Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

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Young Scientist Challenge Seeks Middle School Innovators

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:41

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

This year’s Young Scientist Challenge will award access to 3M scientists who will serve as mentors to help students pursue their innovative ideas. These “young scientists” (from grades 5-8) will also be eligible to receive a considerable amount of money; the grand prize is $25,000. Finalists chosen through a video competition will travel to St. Paul, MN, where they’ll receive a tour of 3M headquarters and meet with a distinguished panel of judges.

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Reshaping the Campus Experience with the Right Information at the Right Time

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:37

By Thomas Kunka, Campus Technology
Digital signage can improve the way students, faculty, staff and visitors interact with a university campus, offering relevent and timely information in a targeted, helpful manner.  Whether it is the design of a desktop application, web page or ubiquitous wireless, the way in which people interact with technology creates an experience. With that in mind, how can we improve and even reshape the campus experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors? In the case of wireless networking, for instance, we have an intersection between technology and space. Can we go beyond “good connectivity for mobile devices on campus” to using technology to bring people closer to what they value?

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In rural schools, teachers prepare for the unexpected

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:30


Teachers need backup plans for instruction in case technology fails them, classrooms can’t take advantage of modern teaching tools and online state testing sessions for one class require that the entire rest of the school stay offline. Fatima has poor broadband, and the school district has been trying for years to change that. “Our biggest hurdle is the bandwidth,” said Sharon Breese, Fatima High School’s librarian. If a lot of people are online at once, “we’ll hit our max, and everybody kind of just slows down,” Breese said.

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It’s Time to Weave Computational Thinking into K-12

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:39

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The new report, “Computational Thinking for a Computational World,” explains its theme of computational thinking by borrowing a description from a long-ago article published by the Association for Computing Machinery: It is “a way of solving problems, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science… a fundamental skill for everyone, not just computer scientists.” More simply, the report noted, “The skill required to tell a computer what to do is programming. The thought process behind programming is computational thinking.” What it isn’t is humans thinking like computers. And, according to the report’s authors, it’s something that needs to be taught across subjects in K-12 schools.

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These states offer good jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:36


Nearly half the states in the U.S. have good blue-collar jobs that pay without bachelor’s degrees, according to a new state-level analysis of the 30 million jobs in the economy for those with less than a bachelor’s degree. The report and companion website, from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., also reveal that more good jobs have been going to associate’s degree holders than workers with no more than a high school diploma in nearly every state since 1991.

These states offer good jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees

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Home schooled students in Iowa could get easier access to online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:30

by Elizabeth Wadas, WQAD

Right now there are online classes for students offered by the state called Iowa Learning Online. Public and private schools use the resources, but in order for home school students to have access to the classes, they have to be dual enrolled with a public or private school, meaning families have to follow more school curriculum guidelines at home. But the Iowa Department of Education wants to get rid of that dual enrollment hurdle.

Home schooled students in Iowa could get easier access to online courses

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10 education trends for 2018

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:40


From shifts in school choice to student assessments to online learning, the educational landscape is constantly evolving. This coming year, districts will continue to face many challenges and opportunities that will impact students, staff, and school systems as a whole. Below, experts from various areas of the education industry share trends that will help shape K-12 education in 2018.

10 education trends for 2018

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34th annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: August 7-9 – Madison, Wisconsin

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:35

Present at DT&L in Madison, Wisconsin August 7-9, 2018!  DT&L is seeking dynamic presentations that will revolutionize online teaching and learning for beginner and advanced practitioners. You will help advance the field of online education by sharing your knowledge and best practices with more than 800 college faculty, teachers, thought leaders, administrators, instructional designers, technology support staff, corporate and military educators, and more. Submit your proposal today. Deadline January 23 at 4pm CT.

Share your expertise on a current or emerging topic such as:

o       Learning design

o       Teaching practices and strategies

o       Personalized vs. adaptive learning

o       eLearning program evaluation

o       Competency-based education and training

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