Educational Technology

Penn State World Campus Taps VR for Educating Teachers

Educational Technology News Blog - 2 hours 11 min ago

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A project at Penn State World Campus immersed teachers into a virtual classroom as part of a graduate-level special education course. Students could use a virtual reality headset to watch 360-degree videos or view them as regular videos on YouTube.  The course, “Special Education 801,” helps teachers learn how to respond to challenging behaviors. The 360-degree view allows them to be placed into the classroom virtually to view a teacher explaining how she has arranged the space for learning. The videos were created using a 360-degree video camera and uploaded into the course in just a few days, Penn State World Campus representatives said.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/08/penn-state-world-campus-taps-vr-for-educating-teachers.aspx

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Report: VR and AR to Double Each Year Through 2021

Educational Technology News Blog - 2 hours 16 min ago

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Global spending on augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) will double, at a minimum, each year through 2021, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp. (IDC). Total spending on products and services in the category will reach $215 billion in 2021, according to the company, up from $11.4 billion this year and representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 113.2 percent for the forecast period. This year the United States will lead spending in the category at $3.2 billion, followed by Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) at $3 billion and Western Europe at $2 billion. IDC predicts APEJ to take the top spot from the US for a couple years, slowing in 2019 and relinquishing the top spending slot in 2020 while Western Europe will move into the second spot in the following year.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/07/report-vr-and-ar-to-double-each-year-through-2021.aspx

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Report: Faculty want more OER-here’s why

Educational Technology News Blog - 2 hours 21 min ago

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The study, Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons, was released by Achieving the Dream (ATD) and conducted by SRI International and the rpk GROUP. The report indicates that faculty at colleges participating in ATD’s OER Degree Initiative are changing their teaching and that students are at least as or more engaged using OER courses than students in non-OER classrooms. Eighty-four percent of faculty members surveyed said students in the new OER courses had the same or a higher level of engagement with the learning materials as compared to courses they have taught using traditional course materials. Meanwhile, faculty with experience in using open resources who received assistance from technology specialists and librarians in developing their courses were most likely to report changes in their teaching, the report says.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/report-faculty-oer/

http://achievingthedream.org/press_release/16735/after-one-year-largest-initiative-to-promote-the-use-of-open-educational-resources-for-degree-completion-finds-robust-course-development-strong-faculty-support-and-broad-based-leadership-for-oer-use

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How a laid-off woman in her 50s learned to code and launched a whole new career

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 00:40

by Julie Bort, Business Insider

Gillian Reynolds-Titko’s 20-year-long, high-paying career as a research physicist for DuPont ended when she got caught in one of DuPont’s big layoffs in early 2016. She spent about a year looking at options in her existing career and thought, “meh.” So she decided to become a programmer. In May, after graduating from a intensive coding boot camp, she landed a job as an IT business analyst at JPMorgan Chase.

http://www.businessinsider.com/laid-off-woman-in-her-50s-learned-to-code-landed-a-new-career-2017-8

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How Advancements In AI Could Radically Change The Way Children Learn In The Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 00:35

By Andrew B. Raupp, Forbes

Advances in technology continue to change the way we live, earn a living and learn. These shifts affect not only the types of courses that college students take, but also may soon alter the very capacity of our brains’ abilities to create and store memories. The story of how technology affects the way we live and learn is one that is still being written, but we’re excited to track the ways in which the future is already happening — in our classrooms and in our minds. According to a 2017 study, 30% of all enrolled higher education students take at least one distance learning course. Distance learning refers to any courses that take place fully in an online space with no in-person meetings or class requirements. Distance learning classes typically feature a blend of learning approaches, some traditional and some more innovative.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/08/10/how-advancements-in-ai-could-radically-change-the-way-children-learn-in-the-classroom/#59c8c7f61433

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3 Ways IT Is Impacting Student Success

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 00:30

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Why should CIOs be proactive on the issue of student success? “It is important to be engaged in things that are important to the overall mission of the university,” said Scott Winslow, practice manager at EAB, a consulting firm and technology platform provider. Winslow recently led the research for a report about optimizing IT’s role in student success (see “4 IT Priorities for Student Success” below). “In many cases CIOs and their teams aren’t viewed as strategic partners on campus,” he said. “They are viewed as keeping the lights on.” Student success is an area where they can contribute to longer-term institutional goals.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/10/3-ways-it-is-impacting-student-success.aspx

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What to Expect in an Online Social Work Master’s Program

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:39

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Because social workers regularly interact with individuals, families and groups to help them cope with issues, many of these online programs’ curriculums include in-person, supervised practicums and internships, experts say. There are often also real-time, virtual classes combined with group work and self-paced assignments, though the specifics vary. How MSW online students are assessed may differ from course to course. At ASU Online, the online arm of Arizona State University, students complete everything from research papers to quizzes and exams to discussion boards and reflection activities, says Melanie Reyes, the school’s online social work program coordinator.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-08-08/what-to-expect-in-your-online-social-work-masters-program

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ICC increases hybrid class offerings

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:34

By Sharon Woods Harris, Pekin Daily Times

Sitting in a classroom day in and day out is not for everyone, especially non-traditional students going back to school or military personnel returning back to the states and reentering civilian life. In the hybrid setting, students attend class in person once a week and complete the rest of the coursework online. ICC has offered hybrid classes for many years, but it is offering evening hybrid courses this year for working people and veterans, among others. There will be one 16-week hybrid, and for those who want to finish a course quickly, eight-week courses are also offered.

http://www.washingtontimesreporter.com/news/20170808/icc-increases-hybrid-class-offerings

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Online class could help you save your pet’s life

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:31

by Liz Cohen, WKBW

A lot of us know how to help someone if they’re choking. But would you know what to do if the same thing was happening to your pet? The Red Cross just started offering an online class to teach you how to give your dog or cat first aid. So you’ll know what to do in an emergency before you can get your pet to the vet. It goes through how to figure out your pet’s normal vital signs like their body temperature and heart rate so you can notice if anything is off. You’ll also get instructions for what to do if your pet is choking, needs CPR, is bleeding or is having a seizure.

http://www.wkbw.com/news/national/online-class-could-help-you-save-your-pets-life

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Google, Mystery Science Team to Bring Eclipse Science to Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:40

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Google is partnering with elementary science curriculum provider Mystery Science on an initiative to help students get the most out of the solar eclipse later this month. Google has provided Mystery Science with 15,000 eclipse glasses headed directly for schools, and Mystery Science is offering videos and lesson plans free for download via eclipseamerica.org.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/08/07/google-mystery-science-team-to-bring-eclipse-science-to-students.aspx

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2017 Ed Tech Trends: The Halfway Point

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:35

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

In January, CT asked a panel of higher education IT leaders to opine on 11 education technology trends to watch in 2017. Now that we’ve passed the halfway point of the year, how are those trends shaping up? We asked some of the original panelists to weigh in. Four higher ed IT leaders weigh in on the current state of education technology and what’s ahead.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/26/2017-ed-tech-trends-the-halfway-point.aspx

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Entrepreneurship Opportunities Give Students a Leg Up for Future Tech Careers

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:30

by Meghan Bogardus CortezTwitter, EdTech
Colleges are often at the forefront for innovation, with diverse minds coming together to explore new ideas. This culture of untethered exploration is why University of California President Janet Napolitano declares that colleges are the perfect incubators for startups. “Increasingly, public research universities are answering the call to help incubate new ideas and technologies,” writes Napolitano in a blog. Programs that foster innovation and create startups allow students to develop business skills. Since 1968, Napolitano says UC research alone has fostered the creation of 1,300 startups. Thanks to the academic environment and resources available on campus, Napolitano says colleges are uniquely able to help reduce the overhead of startups, ultimately assisting with the success of all involved.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/08/entrepreneurship-opportunities-give-students-leg-future-tech-careers

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Growing trend: A new way of looking at courses gains traction

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:40

BY GIL GRUBER, eCampus News

The decentralized comprehensive liberal arts and sciences research university struggled to find a “perfect” solution that would help overcome all of the challenges being faced by its different schools. Within each unit, there are administrators who organize and run the course evaluation process. They manage faculty, students and deans. They specify which questions should be asked, what courses are evaluated and when these evaluations take place – total autonomy for each individual unit. The role of the central Institutional Research and Assessment department is to be the first line of support for the units and to manage the process during implementation. The switch was a huge undertaking as UNC identified internal data issues and spent valuable time cleansing their data before shifting to the new solution. The decentralized implementation across the campus was well accepted. UNC attributes the success of their implementation to three main factors.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/trend-courses-gains-traction/

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I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:35

by Cynthia Lee, Vox

In the end, focusing the conversation on the minutiae of the scientific claims in the manifesto is a red herring. Regardless of whether biological differences exist, there is no shortage of glaring evidence, in individual stories and in scientific studies, that women in tech experience bias and a general lack of a welcoming environment, as do underrepresented minorities. Until these problems are resolved, our focus should be on remedying that injustice. After that work is complete, we can reassess whether small effect size biological components have anything to do with lingering imbalances. For today — given what women in tech have had to deal with over the past week — try pouring a cup of coffee for a female coder in your office, and asking her about the most interesting bug she’s seen lately.

https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/8/11/16130452/google-memo-women-tech-biology-sexism

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Children aren’t learning ‘resilience and grit’ because health and safety-obsessed teachers are wrapping them in cotton wool warns Ofsted chief

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:29

By Gareth Davies, Daily Mail
Children are not learning resilience and grit because health an safety-obsessed teachers are wrapping them in cotton wool, according to the Ofsted chief. Amanda Spielman, the top inspector of schools, has said schools putting too much of an emphasis on safeguarding pupils is leading to them being ill-equipped to deal with challenges they face after leaving school. She wants headteachers to be able to distinguish between ‘real and imagined risk’, even though safeguarding is given the same weight as quality of teaching, management and pupils’ attainment when inspectors visit schools.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4765474/Children-not-learning-resilience-safeguarding.html

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7 Must Have Apps and Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 00:40

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Good edtech apps can make a real difference to any child’s learning, and they can be particularly helpful for students with learning disabilities.  Important: different apps are targeted at different learning needs and styles, and matching the app to the student will always be important. Happily, there are now apps available to help with challenges that simply weren’t available a generation ago, and a well-chosen app can have a wide-reaching impact on a student’s performance and enjoyment of school. Edtech is changing lives, and student-facing apps can do this in a way that is empowering and improves self-confidence. Here are 7 essential apps for students with learning disabilities:

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-app-andtools-students-learning-disabilities/

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Urgent: Today’s students need a digitally fluent college website-here’s how

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 00:35

BY LIZ SCHULTE, eCampus News
Students can no longer remember the world before the technology revolution. Digital fluency isn’t optional for schools; it’s a must. Across industries, companies are scrambling to keep up with the rapidly changing consumer tides — education isn’t immune to these changes. People are naturally gravitating toward businesses and schools whose brands speak to them in an innovative, clear way demonstrating the business understands the wants and needs of today’s students. Those who have held onto older ways of doing things feel the effects of change more than those who are listening and changing. What do students want from schools? Better digital access. They want to be able to use their phones or tablets take care of what they need to complete from class assignments to managing their student financial aid.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/eschool-media/students-digital-fluency-website/

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Techno-Tools For The Classroom | Khan Academy Offline Offers Wealth Of Knowledge

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 00:29

by Gen Clacken, the Gleaner

Khan Academy, created by educator Salman Khan in 2006, hosts one of the largest collections of instructional videos and related activities for the classroom. Their initiatives have now become invaluable assets to teaching and learning across many countries.  The platform is accessed by approximately 40 million students and 20 million teachers on a monthly basis. In 2012, they launched KA Lite, which is an offline version of Khan Academy.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/art-leisure/20170806/techno-tools-classroom-khan-academy-offline-offers-wealth-knowledge

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Learning to learn: a class on rewiring your brain

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 17:40

BY JOHN SCHWARTZ, NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
Barbara Oakley, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan, in her basement studio in Rochester, Michigan, where she and her husband created “Learning How to Learn,” the most popular course of all time on Coursera There are lessons to be learned from the engineering professor who “flunked” high school math and science — and created what is arguably the world’s most popular massively open online course, or MOOC.   “Learning How to Learn,” has been taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 countries, the most ever on Coursera. The course provides practical advice on tackling daunting subjects and on beating procrastination, and the lessons engagingly blend neuroscience and common sense.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/5499227-151/learning-to-learn-a-class-on-rewiring-your

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Professional Learning Communities Expand Across Arkansas

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 00:35

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal
The Arkansas Department of Education (DOE) has teamed up with professional development provider Solution Tree to expand professional learning communities (PLCs) within schools. One school district and 11 schools were chosen to serve as working laboratory schools that will pilot Solution Tree’s PLC at Work Process model, which emphasizes learning for all and fostering collaborative culture at its core. The DOE’s project page explains that selected participants will gain 50 days of training, on-site and virtual coaching and other job-embedded staff development from Solution Tree, the state legislature and agencies.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/08/03/professional-learning-communities-expand-across-arkansas.aspx

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