Educational Technology


Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 00:28

by Sanjay Kaul, Pioneer Press

It’s only a matter of a few years when on-line education becomes the most sought-after mode in the world. Age will no longer be a barrier and everyone will be able to join the learning curve from wherever they want. Today out of every five people living on the planet, two have access to the internet and what’s even more amazing is that nearly all of them have a smartphone. Pushed by the likes of edX, Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy et al, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) has emerged as a popular genre, growing into a full-fledged “for- profit” and “not-for-profit” industry. Two main formats are now available, one based on the connectivist approach known as cMOOC, where content could be repacked as per need and requirements. The other goes by the name of MOOCx, an extension of traditional and blended thinking with a clearly specified syllabus driven by recorded lectures and films through expert providers.

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8 Things You Should Realise If You Think It’s Too Late To Start Afresh

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 00:39

by Vinay Devnath, Story Pick

Your career is never done for, even if you are well past what you think is your “due date”. This wouldn’t have been true a few decades ago. The only way you could get a job was if you went into a specific field and studied and worked hard to gain experience. Any other course other than the one you chose was not really accessible. Today, it is common to see people foray into education they find interesting even when they are in middle age. The truth is, that starting afresh is never too late. Yes, there is always insecurity gnawing in the form of a doubt, but there are many reasons that will put your mind to rest and with resources like edX, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, there are plenty of courses and programs from top universities and institutions that you can access for free.

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Unbundling Higher-Ed Tech: “The Place We Will Go” in 2017

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 00:30

By Matthew Rascoff, EdSurge

Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. In our fourth year-end personal statement roundup, we’ve again asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college application essay prompts, inspired by the very same ones that high school seniors are feverishly working on now! Here’s what Matthew Rascoff, vice president of the Office of Technology-Based Learning and Innovation at University of North Carolina, had to say. The highs and lows are inevitable. It helps just to know, for individuals or for a sector, that they are natural. We are definitely ready for the Boom Bands to start playing in 2017.

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If US won’t pay its teachers, China’s tiger moms will

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 00:35

by China Daily

Cindy Mi is 33 and founder of a startup that aims to give Chinese kids the kind of education American children receive in top US schools. Called VIPKid, the company matches Chinese students aged five to 12 with predominantly North American instructors to study English, math, science and other subjects. Classes take place online, typically for two or three 25-minute sessions each week. Mi is capitalizing on an alluring arbitrage opportunity. In China, there are hundreds of millions of kids whose parents are willing to pay up if they can get high-quality education. In the US and Canada, teachers are often underpaid-and many have quit the profession because they couldn’t make a decent living. Growth has been explosive. The three-year-old company started this year with 200 teachers and has grown to 5,000, now working with 50,000 children. Next year, Mi anticipates she’ll expand to 25,000 teachers and 200,000 children.

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Mapping Higher Ed’s Future: Introducing the Innovation Initiative

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 00:30

by Dave King, Oregon State; Evolllution

Oregon State University is in the first phase of a year-long initiative to identify innovative ideas that will have a positive impact on learner success and future revenue generation for the institution. In the world of innovation, there are a couple of fundamental ways to look at the process of generating new ideas. Some ideas focus on sustaining innovation, the ideas that are needed to maintain the growth and success of the core enterprise. However, there is an additional form of innovation that tends to be outside the realm of the day-to-day efforts of what can be called the “mothership.” In some cases, these new innovations may be disruptive innovation similar to the ideas described by Harvard’s Clayton Christensen.

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Harvard and MIT Turn MOOC Data into Knowledge

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 00:25

by Daniel Seaton, Glenn Lopez, Dustin Tingley and Isaac Chuang, EDUCAUSE Review

The breadth and detail of educational data — particularly from MOOCs — poses challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions. Chief among these challenges is finding ways to separate the sea of data into meaningful categories and present them in usable forms. The Harvard/MIT edX Data Pipeline is an open-source effort to manage MOOC data among higher education institutions. Using the project’s tools, institutions can make online course data usable by stakeholders from institutional and course administrators to students and researchers and thereby improve the educational experience and outcomes.

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Education Research Highlights From 2016

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 00:40

By Youki Terada, Edutopia

A look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students. In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their profession, from the reasons why they started teaching in the first place (#1) to why they leave (#6). We learned that science students do better when teachers share stories about the struggles scientists face instead of portraying them as geniuses (#3). We’re also learning more about why U.S. students are falling behind students in other countries (#12). Here are 15 studies published this year that every educator should know about.

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Why Virtual Reality Has the Potential to Transform Education as We Know It

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 00:35


Virtual reality has been on the radar since Morton Heilig’s Sensorama in the 1950s, and head mounted versions of the technology were even around in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty and more of a commonality. Console games and smartphone adapters have brought the potential of virtual reality into the lives of everyday people. And soon, that technology will enter the classroom. Now, the big question is how these emerging technologies will transform education as we know it. While that question might not be fully answered for some time, it is easy to see the potential.

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2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 00:31

by Cade Metz, Wired

Neural networks are the machine learning models that identify faces in the photos posted to your Facebook news feed. They also recognize the questions you ask your Android phone, and they help run the Google search engine. Modeled loosely on the network of neurons in the human brain, these sweeping mathematical models learn all these things by analyzing vast troves of digital data. Google trains these neural networks by feeding them massive collections of existing translations. Some of this training data is flawed, including lower quality translations from previous versions of the Google Translate app. But it also includes translations from human experts, and this buoys the quality of the training data as a whole. That ability to overcome imperfection is part of deep learning’s apparent magic: given enough data, even if some is flawed, it can train to a level well beyond those flaws.

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Music training speeds up brain development in children

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 00:36

by Assal Habibi, University of Southern California

Over the past two decades, several investigators have reported differences in the brain and behavior of musicians compared to nonmusicians. Music training has been found to be related to better language and mathematical skills, higher IQ and overall greater academic achievement. Also, differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in areas of the brain related to hearing and movement, among others. Our findings suggest that music training during childhood, even for a period as brief as two years, can accelerate brain development and sound processing. We believe that this may benefit language acquisition in children given that developing language and reading skills engage similar brain areas. This can particularly benefit at-risk children in low socioeconomic status neighborhoods who experience more difficulties with language development.

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Building an App Store for Learning Tools

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 00:30

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Rather than rely on a single LMS to manage all aspects of teaching and learning on its 17 campuses, the University of North Carolina system created an app store that gives faculty a chance to experiment with cutting-edge tech. Matthew Rascoff has a name for the enterprise learning management system: a “Swiss Army Knife of mediocrity.” As vice president of learning technology and innovation at the University of North Carolina General Administration, which oversees 17 university campuses with almost 225,000 students, Rascoff has observed that the most innovative faculty members at his institution use the LMS the least. Many professors working on experimental efforts hate the LMS and have sidestepped it, he noted.

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How to Solve 6 of the Biggest Classroom Problems with EdTech

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 00:30

By Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

Some of the biggest problems in education occur in the classroom and consequently, are issues that need to be sorted out by teachers. These issues broadly fall into two categories: student problems and parental problems. Did you know that EdTech can help to resolve many common in-classroom problems? No matter what type of problems you are facing in the classroom; EdTech can assist in the following ways.

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Discovery Ed Adds Virtual Reality to Civil War Lessons

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Although Discovery Education is known for hosting virtual field trips, the company has now begun to build virtual reality (VR) experiences into its digital content. Recently, the company announced the addition of three new VR components to its social studies products. Both Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Techbook will use content from a new, six-part American Heroes Channel series, “Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War” to enable students to explore Civil War themes through the eyes of soldiers. In “Desertion,” students will learn why soldiers deserted before they reached the battle and what could happen to them when they abandoned their posts.

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What does a flipped classroom look like at each grade level?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 00:35


Although the term “flipped learning” is almost universally recognized, teachers apply it in many forms, in all grades levels, and in various school environments. If you are a teacher using flipped learning, the chances are that you share some similarities with other teachers who flip—as well as some differences. However, the major commonality among all flipped learning teachers is that every one of them is creating personal learning experiences for each student. We asked three flipped teachers — one from an elementary school, one from a junior high, and one from a high school — to describe what learning looks like in their world.

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New partnerships are helping support women as they pursue STEM careers

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 00:30


Women are sorely lacking in the IT industry, and universities are taking notice and taking action with an influx of trending partnership-based programs designed to help get women in STEM–and help them stay there. When it comes to STEM, many women report experiencing negative stereotypes in class, and many say they lack female role models. Two-thirds of women in a recent CDW-G survey said they struggled with confidence. The survey included 300 women who are current STEM college students, recent graduates, and those who chose to leave technology, science and math programs. Forty-eight percent of survey respondents said being a woman in STEM made their higher education experience harder, and 46 percent said they considered switching fields in college.

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4 Ways to Carve Out Study Time for Online Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 00:39

By Allie Mitchell, Uloop

Online classes have their downsides of course. When it comes to online classes you need to be able to have a way to remember your assignments. That is quite possibly the number one downfall of students who take online courses — they simply forget that things are due or that the window to take a test is closing soon. Setting reminders for yourself would always be a good thing to do, even if you aren’t taking online classes. Online courses do pose a challenge for students, though. They tend to have students thinking that it is like taking the easy way out of taking regular classes. In reality, online courses can actually be much harder and require a little bit more attention. You don’t have someone teaching you face to face every other day and ALL of the work is truly on you. There may not be much buffer in your grade when it comes to online classes and usually courses that can be done from home usually require a good bit of writing.

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Survey: Student success tops institutional priorities for 2017

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 00:34

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A new survey from University Business shows that an overwhelming number of college leaders have worked to strengthen student success capacity in the last year, and that it will remain among their top institutional priorities in 2017. The survey reveals student success among participants’ top four priorities for the upcoming year, with specific emphasis on recruiting and retaining low-income students, boosting graduation rates, increasing financial literacy and providing career development services for graduates. These areas outpaced controlling institutional costs and philanthropic development among more than 60 presidents and provosts from colleges around the country.

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What Does a ‘Modern Classroom’ Look Like—and What Should Educators Leave Behind?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 00:30

By Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge

Erin Bown-Anderson: As far as a modern classroom goes, I would say that the biggest factor… has to do with mindset. It has to do with who is controlling the information in the classroom. Truly embracing student agency. Amplifying under-represented voices is incredibly important, and technology helps us to do that. To me, the modern classroom really is a shifting of roles and responsibilities and control.

John Phillips: I think there are two key things that I hope to share as best practices for you all today. First, a modern classroom is actually messy. It’s loud and it’s fun. The other thing that I see that is starting to really cascade around the globe is related to teachers. You may peek in the room, and you may not be able to see them.

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Colleges announce tech trends for 2017

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 00:40

by University Business

Campus technology leaders report significant new investment to come this year in the area of academic tech tools such as lecture capture, AV equipment and active classroom initiatives. It’s the third year in a row academic technology led the list of top significant investments in a UB survey. But while investment in internet/Wi-Fi infrastructure has been the second largest spending area in past years, network/data security grabbed that slot for 2017. Nearly three in 10 respondents say their institution suffered a cyberattack in the past year. Cloud computing/storage tied for second in anticipated spending for 2017, followed by internet/Wi-Fi.

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Interpret the Future with Analytics and Machine Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 00:40

by ZAHL LIMBUWALA, Information Management Online

What’s the average click-through rate of our email campaigns? How did our company website perform this month? These questions show how familiar we have become with analytics in our lives. Algorithms, sensors and smarter data analysis enable us all to monitor our health, assess personal productivity and measure professional performance. Companies such as Amazon have long been analyzing our online and offline behavior, improving our shopping experiences and better understanding their sales. In the workplace, business intelligence and analytics applications are transforming every department.

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