Educational Technology

How Technology Can Benefit Physical Education Classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 00:32


Tech tools and physical education can go hand in hand. Take the use of Google, for instance. Incorporating a lesson in which students move from various stations, working on a QR code scavenger hunt. Codes can be created with URL shortener linking to Google Slides that have information relating to the course, with accompanying exercises that must be completed before moving along. An activity such as this lends itself to student collaboration and allows the instructor to interact with small groups for a personalized experience. A scavenger hunt, or similar type of activity, could easily include any number of mobile apps to increase student engagement.

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New generation of Chromebooks designed for millions of students and educators

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:40


Two new Chromebooks demoing at Bett are the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the Asus Chromebook C213, scheduled to arrive late spring. Today both Chromebooks and Classroom are used by more than 20 million teachers and students, and we’re excited to announce that G Suite for Education has now reached 70 million active users. Chromebooks have been the device of choice because of their simplicity, security, shareability and low cost. We’re committed to introducing even more options for the teaching needs of schools, so look out for a lineup from Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, and Lenovo and the recently announced Samsung Chromebooks—a powerful option for educators. We expect that, in the future, our partners will be able to build an even wider variety of Chromebooks, including detachables and tablets.

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They’re here–robots are teaching your children

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:36

by eSchool News

Classes in a suburban Los Angeles elementary school were successfully taught by teacher robots during the 2015-2016 school year. Unbeknownst to parents, all first-grade classes in a suburban Los Angeles elementary school were successfully taught by teacher robots during the 2015-2016 school year. Only one parent was in on the secret. John Miller*, whose family moved to the area from Silicon Valley and whose son Jack enrolled as a new first-grade student last school year, first approached the district superintendent three years ago with a radical idea. “We’ve been working on some super cool artificial intelligence (AI), and in lab tests, the AI robots demonstrated instructional capability,” Miller said. “I wanted to see if they could teach real students, because we’ve seen robots help children with social-emotional learning.”

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5 of education’s alternative facts

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:29


It seems that we all have these alternative facts we tell ourselves instead of the truth, and education is no different. No matter how many times research reports, teacher testimonials, or student performance metrics reveal seemingly undeniable truths, antiquated practices or beliefs about how students should be taught are still used frequently thanks to the citation of these alternative facts. The editors at eSchool News quickly brainstormed what we believe are education’s most popular alternative facts that exist today, but we’d love to hear your suggestions! Make sure you leave your comments in the section below.

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Edvocate’s list of 20 must-follow k-12 teacher twitter feeds

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:42


To say that teachers are busy would be an understatement! Besides the act of teaching, you spend hours every day and on the weekend on lesson planning and grading. But it’s also important for teachers to keep learning, and the best way to do that is from other teachers. Thanks to modern technology, it’s now easy to connect with inspirational teachers and to learn from them. We’ve curated this list of educational Twitter feeds to help you stay up-to-date on new technology, burgeoning trends, and or even just a daily dose of motivation.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:28

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, the Tech Edvocate

With some of the biggest names in technology focusing their creative and financial assets on education, edtech will be at the forefront of education reform over the next decade. Bill Gates is investing billions and Mark Zuckerberg 100’s of millions, into the future of learning. We expect Edtech to transform the way we teach and learn. Standardized testing and core standards are not going away, so many educators are turning to edtech to help them negotiate the demands of this exacting system. There is a growing relationship between these core standards and the personalized learning initiatives being funded by Gates and Zuckerberg. With these big investors at the table, educators are hopeful that the influx of edtech will move well beyond achieving benchmarks on standardized tests.

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More colleges are using free educational resources

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:20

By Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily

It’s hard to gauge the extent to which OER are used, as data is not tracked nationally, says Una Daly, director of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources​. OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University, estimates the OER materials it provides led to savings of $42 million in textbook costs in 2015-16. As the nation’s largest OER provider, OpenStax has created open textbooks for about 25 popular general education courses, allowing students and colleges to order relatively inexpensive printed copies for about $25 to $60 from Amazon or college bookstores. Because there is so much good OER material available, Daly says, faculty are now more likely to adapt OER to their needs – by customizing them or eliminating unnecessary chapters – than to create their own OER from scratch.

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Google Rolls Out New Chromebooks, Allows Access to Android, Adobe Apps

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:40

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

Google is releasing two new Chromebooks for the education market that aim to be more versatile and practical for the everyday student. The new Chromebooks are scheduled to arrive in late spring, in time for back-to-school planning. Google did not offer a specific price, but the devices are designed to be affordable for the student market. Finally, Google has made updates to its popular Google Classroom learning management system, so that all new Chromebooks can take advantage of new features, such as differentiated instruction, specific management of student work, notifications and analytics.

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Goshen Community Schools green-lights new online academy

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:36

By JOHN KLINE, Goshen News

School Board members took a major step toward the planned establishment of a new online academy for the school corporation during their meeting Monday evening. During the meeting, the board approved a request by Angela Piazza, assistant superintendent of secondary education for the corporation, to enter into a three-year, $44,400 contract with the Edmentum company to begin the process of establishing the corporation’s new Goshen Online Academy. The board has been considering establishment of such an online academy since early September 2016 when Piazza first brought the proposal up for discussion. “We haven’t yet designed what our program alternative would look like, but we would like approval to go ahead and purchase the curriculum so we can get training and start thinking about how we might utilize it,” Piazza said in making the request Monday. With the Edmentum curriculum, the class range would begin at fourth grade and continue through 12th grade, though the corporation’s main focus would be through 10th grade.

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Students should be required to take an online class before they graduate

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:29

by Lizzy Partsch, Hawkeye

Today’s technology is rapidly growing and expanding. From iPhones to iWatchs to smart TVs, there is no doubt you can’t say technology has drastically changed in the last couple years. In fact, even former US president Bill Clinton states, “When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the World Wide Web… Now even my cat has its own page,” showing how popular the internet and social networking has become over the last couple years. One of the most popular and important forms of technology is the expansion of online courses and classes offered in college and even in high school. Thousands of high school students will soon graduate, having the option to go to college or take online classes. But are students prepared for the technology and skills it takes to complete online college courses.

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Carmaker Backs Middle and High School Robotics

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 00:39

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The American automaker behind Chrysler and Fiat cars is investing bigtime in Michigan middle grade and high school students. The charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC has awarded $226,000 in grants to 57 robotics teams and programs to help students in those schools cover some of the costs of participating in robotics competitions. The grants range in size from $400 to $4,725 and are intended to cover expenses such as registration fees, parts and materials as well as team apparel associated with the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge programs. Both are run by the organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people in science and technology.

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Can robotics teach problem solving to students?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 00:35


Throughout my 35 years of teaching, I’ve watched students grow up in what I lovingly call the “worksheet generation.” In this environment, students are accustomed to a very structured style of learning, where they are handed a worksheet, then asked to turn to page five in their math book and solve problems one through 15. This approach, however, often teaches students there is only one right answer and limits meaningful engagement and creativity.

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How 4 visionary schools are venturing into a new mixed reality

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 00:30


Mixed reality combines virtual and augmented realities for enhanced learning experiences–and institutions are already implementing it. A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality” learning experiences for students. The collaboration will explore how mixed reality can help solve real challenges in areas of learning, ranging from online tutoring and coaching, nursing education, and engineering to construction and surveyor training. Microsoft says its HoloLens is the world’s first self-contained holographic computer. Pearson is developing and piloting mixed reality content at colleges, universities and secondary schools in the United States and around the world.

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2017 IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 00:40

by By David Nagel, THE Journal

The results are in for our second-annual survey of IT pros working in K–12 schools and districts. For the most part, tech leaders are doing well in their professions and see a bright future for the industry. Salaries are up, and so is the level of optimism for the future among IT pros in K–12 education. According to THE Journal’s second-annual IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey, the overall average salary for IT leaders and workers grew about $2,000 year over year. The vast majority also told us they see nothing but healthy or even unbridled growth in the future for IT in academia.

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ePortfolios that Make Learning Visible: Education Values in Product Design: A Q&A with Jeffrey Yan

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 00:34

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Over the course of the whole semester, students work on projects of their own design and proposal. The art of asking questions is just as important as the act of answering them. Ongoing critiques throughout the semester support this aspect of the pedagogy. In a sense, the critiques serve as guided, reflective compositions that are very rigorous. The students, their teachers, and their peers all try to contribute through respectful and rigorous discourse, and document progress. This becomes highly personalized learning for each student, and it’s done in a supportive, social environment. They wanted to look at authentic student work, have real evidence of learning, and be able to do this comprehensively. As a result, many institutions focused their ePortfolio efforts on institutional applications.

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It’s Not Just Millennials That Tap into Mobile for Social

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 00:30

by Rimma Kats, eMarketer Daily

It’s no surprise that millennials’ social media time is mainly spent on smartphones. But what about older folks—are Baby Boomers and older users mostly mobile when it comes to social? Turns out, the answer is yes, if not quite to the same extent. According to Q3 2016 data from Nielsen, even those age 50 and up spend the vast majority of their social media time on mobile devices. Three-quarters of the older users spent most of their social media time on mobile—that includes smartphone and tablet. Not surprisingly, the level was even higher among Millennials. Fully 90% of their social media time occurred on smartphones and tablets.

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A National Educational Technology Call to Action

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 00:39

By Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

The U.S. Department of Education places ed tech front and center in the effort to meet the nation’s postsecondary attainment goals. It will be a shame if the National Higher Education Technology Plan, released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology just eight days before the presidential inauguration, fails to receive the attention it deserves. For it offers a vision of the role of technology in higher education that seeks to radically reshape the discourse by focusing attention less on the use of ed tech in individual classrooms and much more on the ways it can contribute to the development of “a student-centered higher education ecosystem.”

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Fake news: How students learn to read between the lies

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 00:35

by DONALD HALL, Hechinger Report

We are living in an era of stun­ningly unreliable narration. “Fake news” sites fuel one unsubstantiated conspiracy theory after another, and vigilantes take up arms to redress imaginary crimes. Provocateurs from abroad and opportunists at home seem eager to sow political chaos, through manipulating fictions presented as facts. Despotism and/or social mayhem are the likely outcome of a lie-based storytelling envi­ronment. See Germany in the 1930s or Rwanda in the 1990s for historical proof of that. About the latter, especially, I know all too much. I taught in Rwanda, at its national university, in the mid-1980s and left the coun­try just as the economic situation began to spiral out of control. We are at an especially dangerous point in America today. We, too, are divided along racial, ethnic and economic lines, into camps of globalists and isolationists. Today, however, our “facts” and “fictions” are delivered at a historically unprecedented speed and quantity, through online media and through social networks.

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Why coding should be a compulsory subject for students

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 00:30


One might say that kids intuitively acquire knowledge about information technology and its usage. They start touching keyboards and screens at a young age, and quickly learn how to navigate the Internet. But what about coding? Should our kids also learn how to code? Fundamentally understanding these new technologies—how they operate and how to customize them for better functionality—would improve kids’ experience with today’s digital devices. Introductory programming classes in schools can help children understand the basics of programming structure, logic, and design. Of course, not all children will become software engineers; however, learning programming may help sharpen their practical and logical thinking skills. What’s more, some people found coding helped them get more out of their computers, tablets, smartphones, and other popular digital devices.

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Free to Be You and Me: Autonomy Privacy in Higher Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 00:40

by Sol Bermann, EDUCAUSE Review

In the digital age, we all too often focus on data privacy and its legal and compliance requirements. In doing so we forget the dictionary definition of privacy (which includes “being apart from…observation”), and risk losing track of how pervasive and quickly data collection, big data, and data science are creating autonomy-privacy issues that can impact free expression or dissenting views as much as pervasive security cameras or wiretaps.

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