Educational Technology

Will Google Duplex Evolve Into a Virtual Teaching Assistant?

Educational Technology News Blog - 4 hours 18 min ago

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Once we get over Google’s boneheaded failure to clearly indicate that the calls were originating from a computer, can we take a step back and try to think about the implications of this technology? What Google is demonstrating with Duplex is the ability of AI (artificial intelligence) to have conversations.  Right now, these conversations are limited.  Duplex will be able to call and make a dinner reservation or a styling appointment, but it is not clear what else the technology will be able to do. The current generation of personal digital voice assistants – Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana – are just not all that useful.  They seem like a technology in search of a problem to solve.

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Don’t know the graduate next to you? You’re not alone. One-third of students take at least one class online.

Educational Technology News Blog - 4 hours 24 min ago

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post
Two decades ago, when I was a student in a part-time master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University, I would hurry from my office twice a week to make class, hoping like many of my classmates for a few minutes to grab coffee and a bite to eat before settling in for the 2 1/2-hour seminars.  Next week, when I address the graduating class of the same school, most of them will probably be meeting face to face for the first time at commencement: Seventy percent of this year’s graduates earned their master’s degrees online.

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What is machine learning? Everything you need to know

Educational Technology News Blog - 4 hours 29 min ago

by Nick Heath, ZDNet

At a very high level, machine learning is the process of teaching a computer system how to make accurate predictions when fed data. Those predictions could be answering whether a piece of fruit in a photo is a banana or an apple, spotting people crossing the road in front of a self-driving car, whether the use of the word book in a sentence relates to a paperback or a hotel reservation, whether an email is spam, or recognizing speech accurately enough to generate captions for a YouTube video. The key difference from traditional computer software is that a human developer hasn’t written code that instructs the system how to tell the difference between the banana and the apple.

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Using Collaborative Crowdsourcing to Give Voice to Diverse Communities: A crowdsourcing tool helped create a safe place for sensitive discussions on diversity and inclusion at NYU

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 00:40

By Dennis Di Lorenzo, Campus Technology

Universities face many critical challenges — student retention, campus safety, curriculum development priorities, alumni engagement and fundraising, and inclusion of diverse populations. In my role as dean of the New York University School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) for the past four years, and in my prior 20 years of employment in senior-level positions within the school and at NYU, I have become intimately familiar with the complexities and the nuances of such multifaceted challenges.  For the past two years, one of our top priorities at NYUSPS has been striving to address sensitive issues regarding diversity and inclusion.

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Changes planned at Aberdeen’s University Center

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 00:34

by Allan Vought, the Aegis

anagement of the University Center, a multi-disciplinary educational, training and technology development campus in Aberdeen, is expected to change in the coming months, according to the Harford County government, which owns the facility. A spokesperson for the county government declined to release details on the expected change, saying not all of the details have been finalized. “We are looking forward to an exciting announcement about a technology transfer opportunity in partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground, defense contractors and partners in academia,” Cindy Mumby, county director of governmental and community relations, said.

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Using Google to Maximize Student Organization and Productivity

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In recent years, Google has positioned itself as a powerful presence in the educational sector. Since an increasing number of students are using Chromebooks and other Google products, it makes sense to select organization and productivity tools from Google to ensure compatibility. Here are four ideas for using Google to maximize student organization and productivity:

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Washington Governors U leader aims to double student enrollment

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 00:40

by Katherine Long, The Seattle Times
Seven years after it created an affiliate in this state, an online, competency-based national university started by a group of western governors is getting its largest share of enrollment from Washington. Western Governors University has enrolled more than 11,000 Washington students this academic year, and graduated its largest class of residents of this state — 3,000 students — last month. That’s the largest enrollment from any state in the country, said the new chancellor of the WGU Washington affiliate, Tonya Drake. She believes it’s growing in Washington because WGU has done a good job of getting the word out in this state.

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20 skills that are quickly gaining traction in the freelance job market — and the online courses to learn them

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 00:35

by Maria Leighton, Business Insider

Freelancing is a competitive field, and without face-to-face interactions, it can be disproportionately difficult to discern what employers want from you. Upwork, the world’s largest freelancing site, compiled a list of the 20 fastest-growing skills in the freelance job market in 2018. Below are the 20 top skills accompanied by online courses you can take to develop and demonstrate your ability.

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Indications that EdTech May Not Be a Strategic Investment

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 00:30

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

The edtech market has seen rapid growth over the past decade, but is edtech actually a good investment? On the one hand, the rapid growth in some areas of the edtech market suggests that it is a strong investment option. The coding academy market, for example, has seen over 900% growth since it first appeared around 2011. Many MOOC and LMS companies such as Coursera, Udacity, and Instructure also continue to perform well. On the other hand, there are signs that edtech may not offer returns high enough to ultimately attract and hold the interest of big investors. On this account, two recent events are especially alarming.

Indications that EdTech May Not Be a Strategic Investment

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Giving a Voice to Thoughts: New MIT Technology has Important Implications for Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:43

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Education: Digital Learning

MIT, once again, has taken a huge step toward further embedding technology into our lives. In this case, it is giving voice to thoughts, speech to the speechless and opening the door to telepathy. The technology, named “AlterEgo,” generates digital signals to unvoiced thoughts. One wears a tiny, spare, flexible frame that contains between 4 and 16 tiny electrodes to pick up non-vocalized speech – such as when one reads text or deliberately thinks articulated thoughts. It transforms these brain pulses into digital transmissions. What are the potential implications for teaching and learning? As with most technologies, there are both the good aspects and the challenging.

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For My Fellow Online Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:40

by Jeanne Croteau, Forbes

I’m an adjunct professor at an online university and I absolutely love my job. Although, I used to work in a college classroom, I made the transition because I believe we all deserve more flexible options for working and getting an education. On a regular basis, I hear comments and get questions about how my job differs from those who teach in a traditional, brick-and-mortar school. Now that it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, I can’t help but reflect on those differences. Here’s a nod to my fellow online teachers who are on the front lines of this ever-changing educational landscape.

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Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:35

By David Gewirtz, ZD Net

Google’s new Duplex AI sounds human, with stammers, pauses, and all. It could be a useful addition to Google Assistant or the harbinger of something much more dark and worrisome. Two years before his death, Turing was thinking about the relationship between human and computer intelligence. Today, that concept is part of everyday life, as AI permeates everything from GPS to video games to the behavior of apps on our phones. Back then, the idea that a device the size of a house designed to break codes could, someday, imitate human intelligence was about as far thinking as you could get. Turing not only understood and pioneered the idea of AI, but created some metrics by which we could judge whether we’d actually gotten to the point where AI was intelligent.

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What are higher-ed’s analytics priorities?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:40


Higher-ed leaders are increasingly focused on institutional analytics, despite challenges associated with implementing enterprise-wide programs, according to a new Ellucian survey of 200 college presidents, provosts, CFOs, CTOs, and CIOs. Fifty-eight percent of surveyed leaders say institutional analytics that improve operational efficiency are of greater priority than learning analytics that will improve student outcomes, according to What Will It Take to Build an Analytics-Driven Campus? Analytics priorities seem to differ by role, with presidents, CFOs, and CIOs focusing on improved learning outcomes; provosts are focused on improved retention and completion; and CTOs are concerned with improved operational efficiency.

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Leveraging Edtech for Social Good

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

But wise teachers realize that it is worth the effort to ensure that their students view edtech not just as something that will enhance their own career prospects, but also as a platform that they can use to improve the world. Here are four suggestions for using edtech to change the world: First, epals is a website that can be used to connect your classroom to other classes around the globe. Virtually any activity that engages a classroom with another one in radically different circumstances will lay the foundation for the global mindset that students will need to work for social good. But certain projects designed specifically to expose students to struggles faced by others will do even more to open their eyes to global disparities. For example, a class that learns that their epals can’t gather for a political demonstration or don’t have reliable electricity will learn a valuable lesson.

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How to overcome 10 digital learning challenges

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Digital learning is becoming almost commonplace in classrooms across America; however, you will still come across opposition. While studies suggest digital learning is changing education for the better, it does not mean that digital learning is without problems. Ask any teacher who has ever attempted to use technology or digital resources in his or her classroom, and you will be told about a time when technology let them down. And, yet, even with the digital learning challenges teachers face, most are willing to deal with them to make their classroom a digital learning environment. Today, let’s take some time to look at some of the more common digital learning challenges and discuss ways to overcome them.

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Racial Diversity in EdTech: Little Data Available and A Lot of Work Ahead

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:39

By Cait Etherington

It is a widely known fact that in tech, the vast majority of employees in tech and leadership roles are still White and male. An April 2018 article posted on Recode reported that at Microsoft, Intel, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google, Black employees across genders represent less than 5% of the workforce and Latinx employees represent less than 10% of the workforce. In leadership and tech roles, the numbers are even more dismal. At Google, for example, Black and Latinx employees represent only 2% of the leadership team and only 1 and 3% of tech roles respectively. But does racial diversity in edtech reflect the numbers in the tech sector at large?

Racial Diversity in EdTech: Little Data Available and A Lot of Work Ahead

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Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:32

by Foster Kamer, Futurism

As if the point needs belaboring, but sure: The future of technology, no matter how far down the line you trace it, will inevitably run into A.I. at some point. So it’s fitting — if not overdue — that an established, esteemed American university would offer up an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence. And that school is Carnegie Mellon University, of course. Per the MIT Tech Review, the program will be run out of the college’s School of Computer Science. It’ll involve the social and ethical impacts of A.I. as much as it will computational learning, along with the technical knowhow to have a decent grasp on what the future of A.I. is going to be, and maybe practical work on some of it, too (as a precursor to joining CMU’s top-flight status as the graduate school for A.I.).

Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

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UMD Senate votes for a program to train teachers to use technology in the classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:31

by Jackie Chase, Diamondback

The University of Maryland Senate passed a proposal Wednesday to create a post-baccalaureate certificate in integrated technology in education. The program is meant to teach educators how to best to include technology in K-12 classrooms, according to the proposal. The teaching and learning, policy and leadership department proposed the 12-credit program to the senate on Feb. 20. It passed by a vote of 92-3. If university President Wallace Loh approves the proposal, it will be sent to University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret and the Maryland Higher Education Commission for approval. The goal is to have the program available for summer 2019, said Helene Cohen, the Office of Innovative Technology and Partnerships’ executive director.

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The best 3D printers for the K-12 classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 00:39

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

3D printing has created many exciting activities for the classroom, and teachers are itching to get their hands on one. And, who can blame them? 3D printers allow teachers to bring lessons to life in a way that students can see. Plus, kids love them! Even better, they are now much more affordable than when they first hit the market making it possible for schools to purchase them for makerspaces or individual classrooms.

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Out of the Dark: Bringing California’s Education Data into the 21st Century

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 00:35

by California Competes

Transparency in public education is critical to making sound investments and serving students on the path from K-12 to college to the workforce. Currently, transparency in California ends when a student graduates from high school. Forty-three states have or are developing statewide systems to link K-12 data with postsecondary data, and 33 link education data to workforce data; California is on neither list, one of six states in the nation with no statewide, integrated education data system (Figure 1).

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