Educational Technology

Assistive Technology to Help Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed Academically

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:27

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning disabilities can affect students in a variety of ways, ranging from difficulty with reading to struggles with basic math problems. These issues can be difficult to sort through for students and teachers alike. With help, students can still succeed academically whether they have dyslexia, dyscalculia, or one of the other disabilities. Assistive technology can offer the support each student needs to help them become more proficient in the classroom. Educators can help students to reach their potential by implementing some of these assistive technologies in the classroom. They can help to minimize the deficits some children experience as a result of their learning disability.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/assistive-technology-to-help-students-with-learning-disabilities-succeed-academically/

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Five ways AI will enable lifelong learning and transform the workplace

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 00:41

by Oliver Barber, Training Journal

Beyond the tabloid hyperbole, it is important to recognise that artificial intelligence-driven automation means that the pace at which workers’ skills and knowledge will become obsolete is going to accelerate. As a result, ‘always-on’ continuous learning will become increasingly critical. There is an air of serendipity in the fact that, while artificial intelligence is the root cause of this disruption, it is also the solution for navigating it. Here are five critical ways in which AI will provide the enabling technology to make lifelong career learning a working reality:

https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/features/five-ways-ai-will-enable-lifelong-learning-and-transform-workplace

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Is Mass. Preparing Students For Tech Jobs Of The Future?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 00:35

By Bianca Vázquez Toness, WGBH

Massachusetts education officials recognized that students need a more sophisticated understanding of computer science than they’ve been getting. They changed the standards to emphasize teaching kids to create technology rather than just use it. But, according to our analysis, only about one percent of students in the state are taking a computer class that meets most of those recommendations. That leads some educators to worry that public schools aren’t preparing students for the tech jobs here.

https://www.wgbh.org/news/education/2018/11/18/is-mass-preparing-students-for-tech-jobs-of-the-future

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Touro College President Speaks: Let’s stop talking about ‘non-traditional students’

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 00:30

Alan Kadish, Education Dive

According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics as reported by NPR, this is a more realistic snapshot of today’s college students:

  • One in five is age 30 or older.
  • Half are financially independent from parents.
  • One in four take a year off before starting school.
  • One-quarter is caring for a child.
  • 47% attend college part time at some point.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/president-speaks-lets-stop-talking-about-non-traditional-students/542569/

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The charge of the chatbots: how do you tell who’s human online?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:40

by the Guardian

We find ourselves locked into interminable text chats with breezy automated bank tellers and offer our mother’s maiden name to a variety of robotic speakers that sound plausibly alive. I’ve resisted the domestic spies of Apple and Amazon, but one or two friends jokingly describe the rapport they and their kids have built up with Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Home Hub – and they are right about that: the more you tell your virtual valet, the more you disclose of wants and desires, the more speedily it can learn and commit to memory those last few fragments of your inner life you had kept to yourself. As the line between human and digital voices blurs, our suspicions are raised: who exactly are we talking to?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/nov/18/how-can-you-tell-who-is-human-online-chatbots

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Should students be allowed to use cellphones in class? It depends.

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:35

MATT MCKINNEY, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some educators embrace phones in class as a way to boost learning, allowing access to endless information and incorporating devices in school in a world that now relies on them. Others view phones as a distraction and show of disrespect, banning them with a vise-tight grip. Should students be able to use their phones in class? Well, it depends on whom you ask.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/11/18/Should-students-be-allowed-to-use-cellphones-in-class-Depends-whom-you-ask/stories/201811150209

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Six Takeaways on How Young Adults Find Good Jobs

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:30

by Martha Ross & Nicole Bateman, Brookings

Linked below are six key findings from our recent report, in which we focused on employment and job quality at age 29. Although there is no one age that signifies “adulthood,” by age 29 people have had sufficient time to finish high school, enroll in and complete college or training, perhaps have a few detours along the way, and settle into a job that provides financial security.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2018/11/14/six-takeaways-on-how-young-adults-find-good-jobs/

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THE INTERNET OF LEARNING – Charlatan

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 00:40

According to “Online and Distance Capacity of Canadian Universities,” a 2015 study commissioned by Global Affairs Canada, 361,000 members—nearly 30 per cent of the student population in Canada —took online courses in 2015. Currently, in Canada, there are around 10 major institutions that are widely recognized either as online universities or universities that offer well-recognized online degree programs. Some, such as Athabasca University and Thompson Rivers University, are predominantly online, whereas other schools such as Laurentian University and McGill University are more traditional universities but offer online degrees.

http://charlatan.ca/2018/11/the-internet-of-learning/

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Entrepreneur runs thriving e-learning platform despite failing high school

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 00:35

SIPHELELE DLUDLA, South Africa Business Report

Even when he failed his school-leaving exam for the third consecutive time in his native Ghana during the early 2000s, Cecil Nutakor remained convinced this was through no fault of his, but rather a rigid education system not geared to deal with inquisitive and creative students. “Everybody blamed me for not studying hard. But I felt that the system was too rigid and wasn’t designed to make learning interesting and fun,” Nutakor says. “The system was designed in a way that some of us who did not like cramming would keep failing.”

https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/international/entrepreneur-runs-thriving-e-learning-platform-despite-failing-high-school-18160233

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How Educators Can Raise Their Digital IQ

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Digital IQ is a relatively new term that signifies how well an organization is utilizing their technological resources. A school system might use a digital IQ to measure their proficiency with the tablets, laptops, and software used in the blended classroom. Just as we strive to make advancements in other areas of our schools, educators should be working to raise their digital IQ. Setting a higher standard for teacher development in this area could have a major benefit to the students they serve.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-educators-can-raise-their-digital-iq/

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Providence High students embrace online learning days

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:36

By ANDREW J. CAMPA, Burbank Leader

While the college preparatory services offered by Providence High School are generally geared toward the classroom, the co-educational Catholic school offered its students a different type of university feel recently. On Nov. 6, Providence took part in the second of four scheduled online learning days, in which students were given assignments to complete from the comfort of their homes on their own schedules.

http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-providence-online-day-20181116-story.html

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A beginner’s guide to AI: Human-level machine intelligence

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:29

by TRISTAN GREENE, the Next Web

Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This (currently) five part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithms, and artificial general intelligence. There are few technologies that inspire the imagination like artificial intelligence. And, in the field of AI, the Holy Grail is living machines. The quest to imbue machines with the spark of life is an ancient one.

https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/11/16/a-beginners-guide-to-ai-human-level-machine-intelligence/

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U Missouri System rolling out textbook initiative to save students $3 million a year

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:28

By Nancy Coleman, Columbia Missourian

The UM System is partnering with textbook company Cengage to make textbooks cheaper for students, President Mun Choi announced at a UM Board of Curators meeting Friday. Based on current enrollment numbers, students across the four campuses will save an estimated $3 million a year, Cengage Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Kevin Stone told the board. The project is the system’s third recent textbook affordability initiative, after an e-book agreement with McGraw-Hill Education and a plan to adopt open educational resources.

 

http://www.houstonherald.com/news/state/columbia/um-system-rolling-out-textbook-initiative-to-save-students-million/article_b768a429-87f6-5500-8c55-a43a6aa57ecd.html

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“Dancing with Robots – The Future of AI in Marketing”

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 00:40

American Marketing Association

But marketers will need to learn to “dance with the robots” in a world increasingly relying on AI and machine learning, and in a marketplace teeming with digital consumers. That puts a real burden on marketers — and business leaders — to invest, as soon as possible, to gain the right skills and tools to lay the groundwork for AI’s future in marketing… which is the future of marketing.​

https://www.ama.org/multimedia/Webcasts/Pages/dancing-with-robots—the-future-of-ai-in-marketing_121218.aspx

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Today’s Deep Learning “AI” Is Machine Learning Not Magic

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 00:35

Kalev Leetaru, Forbes

As powerful and capable as current deep learning systems are, they are still only rote pattern extractors. A computer vision system can take a pile of cat photographs and “learn” to recognize cats. Transfer learning can be used to teach it to recognize dogs with a much smaller pile of training images. However, the underlying algorithm is not reasoning about what it is seeing, it is merely breaking the image into distinct colors, patterns and shapes and associating specific visual cues with a textual label. It cannot generalize from what it sees to autonomously expand its vocabulary to new mammals or understand the concept of “fur” or “paws” even as it associates a particular covering texture and four rectangularly distributed shapes with the images it has seen.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2018/11/14/todays-deep-learning-ai-is-machine-learning-not-magic/#51cc87126875

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How To Take Conversational AI To The Next Level

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 00:30

Evan Kohn, Forbes

What frustrates users today? The exercise of defining three or four personas — giving them names and demographics so they are believable and mapping out what each of them might say, think, feel or do within your existing communication channels — can uncover pain points that conversational AI can solve. A user persona of a single mother named Sylvia who, at 2 a.m., has a newborn baby in one arm and a smartphone in the other, may suggest a design that requires limited typing and more of a guided journey with option buttons, list pickers and carousels to navigate with the tap of a finger. It may combine a friendly tone of voice with messages that get right to the point.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/11/14/how-to-take-conversational-ai-to-the-next-level/

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The Public School With The Highest Attendance Rates In D.C. Is Empty Most Of The Year

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 00:40

Jenny Abamu, WAMU
In a school district that has struggled with attendance, the top public school bucking the trend doesn’t actually require kids to come to class. Friendship Public Charter School Online is the only K-8 tuition-free virtual school in Washington, D.C., and it reported the highest attendance rates in the city for the 2017-2018 school year — 99.8 percent. They also reported no truant students. But these rates may not be what they seem. In D.C., there are no attendance policies that specifically address virtual school programs, which gives these school officials the flexibility to report and interpret numbers as they see fit.

https://wamu.org/story/18/11/15/the-public-school-with-the-highest-attendance-rates-in-d-c-is-empty-most-of-the-year/

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UM System wants 25,000 enrollment boost by 2023, says e-learning is key

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 00:35

BY KYLE LAHUCIK, Columbia Missourian
The University of Missouri System hopes for a 25,000-student enrollment surge over the next five years thanks to an online learning revamp it began planning this fall. That would put total enrollment at 100,000 students in 2023. The e-learning program will enhance current system capabilities to tap into an underserved population in Missouri and surrounding states, leaders briefed the UM System Board of Curators on Thursday in St. Louis.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/um-system-wants-enrollment-boost-by-says-e-learning-is/article_69ced8b6-e91e-11e8-b1dd-4f2247e4df90.html

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Who’s Taking Nondegree Courses — and Why?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 00:27

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Most students enrolled in nondegree online programs already have degrees, and a minority actually want a credential, new data show. Alternative credentials pose an increasing threat to the supremacy of the traditional degree as the key that unlocks a career path. But available options and student preferences haven’t solidified, and they’re evolving so quickly that it can be difficult to keep track of the increasingly convoluted market. A new report published last month by two researchers from Columbia University’s Teachers College aims to ground discussions of the nondegree landscape in some numbers rather than the speculation and hyperbole that often surrounds it.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/14/micromasters-and-specialization-programs-draw-mature-students

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People who make time for this at work are 21% more likely to be happy than those who don’t

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:40

Kerri Anne Renzulli, CNBC
Taking time at work to focus on mastering a new skill, learning a new software program or tool, or even just reading widely about your industry can do wonders for you mentally — as well as professionally. New research conducted by LinkedIn found that the best way to ensure that you’re happy at your job is to spend more time learning. Among the professionals surveyed, those who were “heavy” learners — devoting more than five hours a week to things like reading, taking classes and watching online courses — reported being happier, less stressed, more productive and more confident than those who spent less time learning.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/13/people-who-learn-at-work-are-21percent-happier-than-those-who-dont.html

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