Educational Technology

Google Has A Course That Teaches Kids How To Deal With Trolls And Online Scams Using Games

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 00:40

by GWYN D’MELLO, India Times

Google has launched an educational program designed to teach children on how to be safe online, and also how to be civilised netizens. Called ‘Be Internet Awesome’, it has a classroom course and fun video games to teach safe password habits, raise awareness on scams, and discourage trolling and cyberbullying.

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Why online schools are growing

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 00:35

by Heather Ballien, Detroit News

Virtual schools are expected to grow at an annual rate of 12.8 percent during the next four years. Nearly one million students currently participate in some form of online learning, with more than 25 virtual schools providing services in various states across the country. Additionally, five states require students to take at least one online course before graduating. As a virtual school educator, I see firsthand why this 21st century education model is working for students.

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Lessons Learned From How One Virginia District Prepared for Online Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 00:30

by EdSurge

What does it take to prepare a district with the proper equipment and training to support online learning? A case study from New America explores how Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia built out its technology infrastructure over the course of two decades. The experience “foreshadows what awaits states across the country that are just now connecting schools to sufficient broadband service to support online testing,” states the public policy think tank. According to the report, technology investments focused initially on supporting testing needs, leaving the ACPS educators “largely to its own devices” about how to best help teachers use technology for instruction. Its chief technology officer later restructured the technology department to include more teachers to help make important decisions concerning edtech tools.

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The 3 major dos and don’ts of blended learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:40

BY TARA BEAMS, eSchool News

Administrator discusses how to think about blended learning implementation in stages, refinement and honing. With the goal of making the learning experience more personalized and individual, a growing number of schools have embraced the concept of blended learning. The transition from more traditional pedagogies to one that’s centered on blended learning isn’t easy, but the rewards are certainly many. Here are a few dos and don’ts that we’ve discovered on our own journey down the blended learning path:

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The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:36


Many experts fear uncivil and manipulative behaviors on the internet will persist – and may get worse. This will lead to a splintering of social media into AI-patrolled and regulated ‘safe spaces’ separated from free-for-all zones. Some worry this will hurt the open exchange of ideas and compromise privacy

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Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:29

by Annie Almekinder,, EDUCAUSE Review

Students often attempt to navigate the Internet without being given the space to intentionally think about and understand how the digital world works, how it influences their lives, and how they in turn can influence its direction. Liberal arts colleges emphasize preparing students to be lifelong learners, creative and critical thinkers, and engaged members of whatever communities they enter after college, but how do they prepare their students for the digital world? Following a workshop on liberal arts colleges and digital citizenship, representatives from four higher education institutions share their varied experiences in cultivating digital citizenship awareness and capabilities among their students.

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3D printer capabilities form the future of higher ed

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:35

by Brian Nadel, University Business

3D printing may be new to many higher education administrators, but for students it’s already old hat, as they were likely introduced to it in middle or high school. “3D Printing has changed dramatically over the past couple of years,” says Jesse Roitenberg, national education manager at Stratasys, a provider and consultant for 3D printers. “There are more low-cost options, which has led to elementary and middle schools purchasing, which has led to the high schools, colleges and universities having to step up their game.” Technology consultant Terry Wohlers estimates the industry saw over $6 billion in sales in 2016 and is growing at 17 percent a year. Colorado-based Wohler Associates, his marketing and analysis firm, tracks 113 higher ed programs that offer 3D printing.

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Ray Kurzweil’s Most Exciting Predictions About the Future of Humanity

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:30

by Patrick Caughill, Futurism

Ray Kurzweil is a formidable figure in futuristic thinking, as he is estimated to have an 86 percent accuracy rate for his predictions about the future. The future he envisions is one marked by decentralization of both the physical and mental. Kurzweil continues to share his visions for the future, and his latest prediction was made at the most recent SXSW Conference, where he claimed that the Singularity — the moment when technology becomes smarter than humans — will happen by 2045. Sixteen years prior to that, it will be just as smart as us. As he told Futurism, “2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence.”

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Factors Sparking Engagement in Online Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:39

by Ambalika Dogra, Ed Tech Review

As we are aware with the word ‘motivation’ and it is easy to identify motivated students in the classroom because they show interest, curiosity, involvement, and enthusiasm than others; same factors play a chief role in engaging students in the learning. Students who are engaged show complete involvement and intense efforts in the learning activities with the positive emotions. Skinner and Belmont (1993) while emphasizing upon behavioral and emotional aspects of the engagement implied that the opposite of engagement is disaffection which means disaffected students are bored, show anger, and they are withdrawn easily from the classroom, hence they are disengaged. In other words, engagement is a participation of students not only in classroom activities, but their cognitive and affective (Fredricks, Blumenfeld & Paris, 2004) involvement in all manoeuvres associated with the subject matter whether in class or outside it.

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Centralia College Instructors Develop App to Help Students Succeed

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:35

By The Chronicle

Two Centralia College instructors have created a cellphone app that gives students a visual representation of their skills, allows them to see exactly how they’re doing in a class and informs them what they need to work on to improve their grades. Alisha Williams, an English instructor, and Gordon Gul, a computer science instructor, recently won the 2017 Connie Broughton Leadership and Innovation in eLearning Award from the Washington State eLearning Council for their app, according to a press release from the college. “We wanted to help students focus more on achieving the course outcomes, so we decided to link the things they are learning to the grades they are earning,” Gul said. “We needed a way to show students the correlation between their skills performance and their score on an assignment or quiz.” This resulted in an interactive app called Grade Outcomes Assessment Learning Strategy, or GOALS, that uses the Canvas online learning platform to access course information to create a color-coded, interactive chart.

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Creating a Makerspace on a Budget

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:28

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The ultimate goal of any good teacher is not just to teach his or her content, but to mold young men and women who will be productive, contributing members of society who can solve problems and, hopefully, make the world a better place. It’s not always important that a student can, in isolation, recite the Pythagorean Theorem or a list of prepositions. Instead, it’s important to use the tools and the knowledge learned in the classroom to positively impact the world around us. And that’s where Makerspaces come in! A Makerspace is a way to bring rote learning to life, to teach students to become lifelong learners, and to encourage problem-solving skills.

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UC San Diego Undergrads to Create VR, AR Content in New Lab

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:39

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) last month opened the doors to its Virtual Reality (VR) Lab, a new facility for undergraduate students to develop content for virtual environments. The space looks like “a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,” according to a university prepared statement, with “25 standalone systems combining an Oculus Rift head-mounted display, two controllers for navigating inside VR environments, a computer workstation equipped with a high-end graphics card, various peripherals and a custom-made breakout box for plugging in and unplugging cables.” In addition, the lab has several 360-degree cameras, hand-tracking devices from Leap Motion and an HTC Vive VR system” that were previously purchased using a $20,000 grant from a campus-wide program.

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Explaining Cybersecurity to Students in an Interconnected Era

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:35

By Jacob Batchelor, Campus Technology

Computer hackers, also known as cybercriminals, are infiltrating our world with ever-increasing sophistication. In October 2016, hackers disrupted service to Twitter, Netflix and other major websites. And just last month, another group compromised the online data of thousands of people and businesses — including hospitals and other emergency services. Despite the increasing prevalence of these breaches, we still tend to disregard cybersecurity as something for someone else to worry about. But in just a few years, experts predict the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) will comprise 20 to 50 billion gadgets. This web of interconnected devices will reach everywhere — both in and out of school — leaving students’ and teachers’ personal data vulnerable to hackers.

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Public Knowledge Cultivates Learning Community of Digital Rights Advocates

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:29

By Melanie Penagos, Public Knowledge

The course was designed to be enjoyed on a self-learning basis, so we encourage readers to take it independently or explore the wide range of topical resources available. For more information, please see our dedicated course page. Last week, Public Knowledge concluded the third iteration of its Spanish-language Open Internet Course for digital rights advocates in Latin America. The online course, presented in collaboration with Peer 2 Peer University, began in 2015 as an open sourced and open licensed capacity building project. Its goal is to train, inform, and support advocates and policymakers to effectively engage in technology policy discussions and push for greater transparency and accountability in the policymaking process.

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Seventh grader, far ahead of her class, punished for taking too many courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 00:35

By Jay Mathews, Washington Post

In a compelling piece for the Washington City Paper, D.C. high school teacher Rob Barnett has confessed his anguish at passing students who haven’t mastered the content of his math courses and described his radical solution. It’s called mastery learning. Barnett recorded all of his lessons, put them online and let each student move through them at his or her own pace. “They must show they understand one topic before advancing to the next,” he said. “I think of myself not so much as a teacher but as a facilitator of inquiry.”

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What’s now and next in analytics, AI, and automation

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 00:27

by McKinsey Global Institute Executive Briefing

Innovations in digitization, analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation are creating performance and productivity opportunities for business and the economy, even as they reshape employment and the future of work. Rapid technological advances in digitization and data and analytics have been reshaping the business landscape, supercharging performance, and enabling the emergence of new business innovations and new forms of competition. At the same time, the technology itself continues to evolve, bringing new waves of advances in robotics, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI), and especially machine learning. Together they amount to a step change in technical capabilities that could have profound implications for business, for the economy, and more broadly, for society.

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Google uses machine learning for new security features in Gmail

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:39

by Steve Ragan, CSO

Google has pushed four new security features to enterprise users on G Suite, the search giant’s hosted business offering. The new protections come shortly after Citizen Lab report exposed a Russia-linked Phishing and disinformation campaign using Google services, including Gmail. Google makes no mention of the Citizen Lab report in their posts on the new security features, but many of the protections take aim at common Phishing techniques used to steal data and credentials. The Citizen Lab report describes a Phishing and disinformation campaign by Russian actors, which targeted more than 200 people across 39 countries. Among those targeted were “a former Russian Prime Minister, members of cabinets from Europe and Eurasia, ambassadors, high ranking military officers, CEOs of energy companies, and members of civil society,” the report notes.

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7 Online Courses To Help You Level Up In Life

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:35

by Emma Norris, Sporteluxe

But learning new things and picking up new skills is what helps you grow as a person both personally and professionally. For this reason, it should always be a top priority! Luckily, you no longer have to be face-to-face in a classroom to gain access to quality courses taught by qualified pros. Thanks to the growing popularity of e-learning, there are so many great online courses on pretty much every topic you can think of. To help you choose one that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best. Whether you to get on top of your finances, become more productive or kickstart your freelance career, we’ve got you covered.

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What are augmented reality apps, and how can they be used for marketing?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:30

by Rebecca Sentance, ClickZ

Over the past couple of years, augmented reality has emerged from relative obscurity to become one of the hottest topics in marketing. Historically, it has always been mentioned in the same breath as virtual reality (the two are usually referred to collectively as “AR and VR”), but next to virtual reality’s almost mystical potential, it was sort of the awkward cousin that no-one quite knew what to do with. But while VR is still finding its footing in the consumer market, AR has been launched into the limelight. With the viral success of Pokémon Go in 2016, everyone was suddenly talking about the possibilities of AR; and it now looks like it might be the next big trend in social media, with first Facebook and now Instagram showcasing innovative new uses of AR.

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Does your campus have a strong video culture? Here’s why it should

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 00:40

by ROB LIPPS, eCampus News

A recent study from Wainhouse Research revealed the ability to capture lectures as video for student access is a key success factor in increased retention and graduation. From lecture capture to flipped classrooms to streaming education, video technology is a key driver of advancements in higher education. But what drives the successful use of video on campus? How do you facilitate a campus-wide shift to leveraging video strategically? More importantly, how do you instill a strong video culture on your campus?

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