Educational Technology

Tech Basics for Active, Collaborative Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 00:33

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

While every active-learning classroom is unique — based on the physical space itself and the needs of students and faculty — there are features common to many of them. Typically, the instructor has a podium at the center of the room. Surrounding the podium are large, round tables that each seat six to nine students. Movable chairs allow students to easily shift between small groups of three to larger groups of six or nine. Each student table may have its own large display or interactive whiteboard for collaborative work and sharing, and many of the rooms also feature writable walls, where students can collaborate on virtually any vertical surface in the room. This classroom design enables instructors to spend a few minutes guiding the whole class from the center of the room, and then quickly transition students into collaborative work without needing to reconfigure the furniture or organize students into groups.

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Education Boosting Chromebook Shipments to 5.2 Million Units This Year

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 00:29

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Chromebook sales will reach 5.2 million shipments this year, largely on the strength of the education market, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. That’s a 79 percent increase over 2013 sales, and the company predicts the devices will continue to experience impressive through 2017, when it forecasts 14.4 million shipments. Education is far and away the driving force behind Chromebook sales, accounting for 85 percent of shipments in 2013, according to Gartner, and the United States, where 2.9 million of the devices were sold last year, makes up the bulk of the global market.

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Personalizing Instruction With 1-to-1 and Blended Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:40

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

We determined that there are seven characteristics of the ideal blended learning classroom. The first two are community mindset and the learning environment: creating a culture in your classroom and then organizing the physical environment to support and encourage that culture. It’s about student choice and voice, empowering students and giving them the opportunities to help drive some of the decisions and the learning. The next two involve instruction and student work, with the focus being on how we can use traditional and digital methods to provide content and resources, and how the students show what they know and understand from the learning. The next is assessment: how we understand where students are and where we need to go with them, and how we personalize learning so that it plays to students’ strengths and meets their needs. And finally, communication and collaboration: how we can use these technology tools to work together toward better outcomes.

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Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:32

by Felix W. Ortiz III, Huffington Post

Digital device learning, often called 1-to-1 computing or a “smart classroom,” is not some faraway abstraction or revolutionary concept in education. In fact, thanks to grants and state-subsidized funding, an increasing number of school districts nationwide are securing electronic devices such as personal computers, remote accessible software and even handheld tablets for their students from such electronic giants as Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo. Proponents for digital device learning assert that greater access to advancing technology within the education system allows teachers to more fluidly support and satisfy Common Core state standards through engaging digital curriculum, interactive supports and assessments, and an enhanced learning environment for their students.

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Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:30

BY BRITNEY MILAZZO, Centre Daily Times

The program is entering its sixth year and was started to enhance learning and compete with other cybercharter schools. It’s grown from 10 students in its first year to about 25 students this year, Garman said. All school districts in Centre County have such programs, and in addition to offering an alternative to students, they save the districts thousands of dollars annually by recruiting students to district online programs instead of paying for them to attend Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, or PA Cyber. “The initial expectation was to save money and bring back students from” PA Cyber,” said Brian Griffith, Penns Valley Area School District superintendent.“We weren’t sure if it would really work, but it was an option that would develop a different way of teaching our students and save us money. What we found is it is working and students are coming back.”

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Technology and Work

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:00

Diana Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the third in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:

·      Challenges of scale

·      Analytics

·      Technology and work

·      Business value

·      Competition and control

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.


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5 important YouTube videos for IT

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:39

By Michael Sharnoff, eCampus News

These five YouTube videos explain the important role IT plays in higher ed and how their services can improve the university experience. IT plays an integral role in the university experience. However, in our rapidly changing and interconnected world, what resources, tools, and strategies do IT personnel need to stay ahead? How will IT adapt and grow in the evolving ed-tech landscape? Take a look at the five YouTube resources linked below for admins on technology and innovation in education.

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This is the ‘top concern’ for students on campus

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:35

By Denny Carter, eCampusNews

A bogged down campus network could be an insurmountable competitive disadvantage for colleges and universities as they compete for prospective students. Six in 10 college students identified a “slow” campus network connection as a “top concern” in a recent survey commissioned by Ipswitch, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in network management solutions. Half of student respondents said accessibility issues were their primary concern, while 36 percent pointed to security as their top concern. Half of campuses said the money spent on satiating students’ broadband needs for their laptops, smart phones, tablet computers, and video game consoles is never recovered through tuition or student fees.

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How to minimize digital classroom distractions

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:30

By Kyle Albert, eSchool News

Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless internet access offer exciting opportunities to enhance and deepen the learning process. However, using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. As pointed out by Tom Daccord on Edudemic, when “the activity is engaging and challenging, there is an authentic audience, and prescribed time limits, students won’t mess around.” Design your lessons by ensuring that the length and intensity of your discussion are appropriate to the range of your students’ attention spans. In case of seventh grade students, Education World noted that they can only tolerate up to 30 minutes of continuous lecture. Any additional time should be dedicated to lively group activities.

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Are We Addicted to Technology?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:40

by Amy Borovoy, Edutopia

It’s the age of mobile. According to Pew Research Internet Project, over 90 percent of American adults own a cellphone, and 73 percent of American adults online use a social networking site of some kind. Research from software analytics company New Relic supposedly found that Americans check their devices an average of 150 times a day. But scores of articles about “tech anxiety” and “tech addiction” make it abundantly clear that our relationship with technology is very complicated. As educators, it’s worth thinking about how our devices are changing the way we interact with each other. Many of the videos I’ve gathered below are just for fun, to give us a laugh about our technological foibles, but they can also be conversation starters about how technology saturation affects our lives.

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10+ Tools To Bring Robotics (And Other Real Objects) Into Your Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:35

By Jason Cross, Edudemic

While tablet computers in the classroom are wonderful tools, they still have not reached the level of intuitive use that we often feel as we interact with our analog world. As an example, there are lots of pictures of the moon that we can look up using our web browser, but seeing it first hand through a telescope offers a different level of engagement. In the classroom, we often need our analog world to interact with our digital devices.

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How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:30

By eduglasses, Edudemic

I’ve been lucky to be a member of the Google Glass Explorer Program for the past year. I was excited to learn about how this technology could be advanced in terms of education and everyday activities… however it never dawned on me how much potential it truly had until I began the Explorer Program. Over the past year using Glass in class I have began to see the potential not only in education, but also for the everyday consumer. Right now Google glass is expensive and limited among education and consumers…but it is a technology that is moving towards being more cost efficient for all users. (Cost to Build Google Glass) This is why, as educators, we need to take a more in depth look at how this technology will reform education as a whole.

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Online Evolution

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:40

by Harvard Magazine

HarvardX and other institutions continue to create new massive open online courses (MOOCs; see the current list at But with hundreds of offerings available on edX, Coursera, and emerging platforms (such as the Business School’s HBX; see, emphasis is now shifting to research on applications and assessments.

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Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:35

By Timothy Zimmer, Forbes

Online higher education is steadily gaining favor as a credible alternative to the traditional classroom. According to a recent Gallup report, more U.S. adults agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education (37 percent) than did so in 2012 (33 percent) or 2011 (30 percent) when Gallup first introduced the report. Online higher education has been a divisive issue amongst academics for years, seen by many as convenient and affordable but unremarkable in value and legitimacy. When online education went toe-to-toe with traditional classroom-based learning in another recent Gallup report, Americans considered online better at “providing a wide range of options for curriculum” and offering “good value for the money.” Traditional education overshadowed this accomplishment, however, besting online in areas such as instruction, rigor, employer favorability, and student format.

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Online K-12 education faces challenges

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:29

by Norman Rozenberg, Tech Page One

Kindergarten-through-12th grade (K-12) cyber schools have yet to receive as much attention as online higher education. For example, brick-and-mortar grade schools have largely resisted the kinds of online options traditional universities have adopted. There are problems with cyber schools that must be addressed, however. Many cyber-schooling programs have not provided students with an education that meets national averages, according to the University of Colorado study. Despite these drawbacks, the virtual option can become a viable alternative to brick-and-mortar grade schools, especially when targeted to specific groups of students for whom traditional schooling is not helpful.

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Google Penetrates The E-Learning Market To Expand Chromebook Sales

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:40

by Lior Ronen, Seeking Alpha

The e-learning market grows rapidly worldwide and expected to reach $51B total revenues in 2016. Google introduced an e-learning platform that integrate its services into one suite that is targeted to the education sector. By penetrating the e-learning market, Google tries to increase Chromebook sales and expand its PC ecosystem. Google could use the e-learning trend around the world and expand its Chromebook sales and ecosystem presence globally.

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Diverse Conversations: Is Higher Education Worth It?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:37
by Matthew Lynch, Huffington Post Speaking with Yvonne Tocquigny who is CEO of Tocquigny, a company that specializes in brand management and development for colleges and universities.  “Online learning and MOOCS will provide innovative ways for schools to cut costs by curbing the cost of labor (the #1 cost for most schools) and amortizing their investment in the best teachers. This will have to be balanced with the need to continue to convince students that the value of an online course from their school is somehow superior to that of a less expensive institution. Many people believe that in a few years, one will be able to acquire online learning through Amazon. So schools will have to do more over time to define the value of a degree from their particular school. They will have to become more efficient at attracting the right students to their school.”

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Parents with kids playing hockey now required to take online course in respect

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:30

by Meghan Roberts, CTV Winnipeg

Parents looking to register their kids for hockey in Winnipeg this fall must now complete the Respect in Sports program. The plan for the requirement was announced earlier this year. The online course costs $12 and takes about an hour to complete. One parent per household is required to finish the program. Hockey Winnipeg said the course will be good for five years.

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OAAI: Deploying an Open Ecosystem for Learner Analytics

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:15

This podcast features an interview with Senior Academic Technology Officer for Marist College, Josh Baron. In this conversation with John Bucher, Baron discusses the Open Academic Analytics Initiative.

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Making Your Online Content Accessible

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:39

This podcast features an interview with Senior Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist for Drexel University, Dan Allen, and Director of Technology Strategies for the University of Virginia, Judith Giering. In this discussion with Jon Bucher, they talk about strategies for making content more accessible to more people.

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