Educational Technology

Students at Maine’s online public school complete first week

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 00:35

By Nell Gluckman, BDN

Students at the school, called Maine Connections Academy, finished their first week of online classes Friday. A breakdown detailing which school district each student came from — dated Sept. 2 — showed that 281 students from 88 different districts were enrolled. That list is expected to increase to up to 297 students as more complete the lengthy process of enrolling.

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Smart Glasses Are More Than Just Google Glass

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 00:30

By eduglasses, Edudemic

Today I am going to highlight the four main large companies in the mix of SmartGlasses, along with their estimated release dates. The following companies have patented, finalized, and developed working prototypes of their smartglasses and have presented their technology at recent summits. This means that within the next year or two these technologies will be over inundating the market…. so as educators we need to be ready to meet the needs of the students. (Not to mention these will be priced within reason for the modern consumer).

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Are College Students Really Obsessed With Technology?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:40

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Not too long ago, I read a post written by a teacher that said “Our students get younger every year”. While this is obviously not true unless you’re measuring their age in relation to yourself, as you move further and further away from being a student, your students may be harder to ‘get’. Every year, the re:fuel agency College Explorer does a huge study among all types of students in the 18-24 and 25-34 year old age groups. The key findings have been summed up in the handy infographic linked below that they’ve made to accompany the study. Keep reading and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what college students are looking like these days – in so many different aspects!

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Top 5 Tips For Blended Classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:35

By Reannah Sartoris, Edudemic

What is a blended classroom? The blended classroom learning model combines face-to-face teaching with technology enhanced instruction. This includes having students use Apps, QR codes, websites, surveys, and videos integrated into the lesson. Effectively and efficiently blending the classroom with these technologies can increase student engagement, motivation and build a sense of community as students collaborate more together. Fortunately, if the students are using a school’s wireless network, many inappropriate sites are blocked; however, for students with 3G and 4G capabilities, unblocked content and social media access is still a concern. So, before you have your students take out their phones or devices, consider these suggestions to seamlessly turn your classroom into a blended classroom.

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Online learning offers pros, cons

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:30

by Jennifer Pallay, Northwest Indiana Times

College professors and students agree that while online courses have their challenges, they also have many benefits. At Indiana University Northwest, the online classes fill up sooner than face-to-face ones, said Alicia Wright, a lecturer in IUN’s Department of Communications. “We were surprised by that,” she said. “I’m trying to get everyone in the department to learn about it and teach these classes. In the communications department, it’s a hard sell but it’s actually what the students want.” Wright, who was recently honored with IUN’s Online Design and Delivery Award, originally felt online courses would be too difficult for some topics, but since taking online teaching courses through the university and creating three classes of her own over the past year, she has seen the light, she said.

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6 ways texting can improve school communications

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 00:40

By Barbara Palmer, eSchool News

A written note home can get lost, “eaten by the dog,” or sit on the kitchen counter to be used as a coaster for weeks on end. eMails get sent to spam, accidentally deleted, or aren’t read in a timely manner. And, honestly, how often do people pick up the phone anymore? Students touch their cell phones 43 times a day and send about 60 texts, showing that mobile technology is the best way to reach them. And with 91 percent of adults owning cell phones, texting is actually the most efficient means of communication with parents, too—especially for schools. Here are six ways that SMS texting can help improve your school’s communication with both parents and students.

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Mobile learning’s major impact

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

As mobile learning cements its place in U.S. education, its impact continues to expand throughout school districts across the nation. Last year, Apple’s education sales broke $1 billion for the first time ever, and iPads continue to hold the market share among education tablets. Mobile learning leverages the power of the internet to expand students’ learning opportunities. In fact, 92 percent of teachers said they have greater access to educational content, resources, and material due to the internet.

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5 education grants you don’t want to miss

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 00:30

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

School funding difficulties show no sign of abating, and school budgets are stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon—from a focus on STEM learning to funding for financial education programs. You don’t want to miss out on these school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

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5 simple ways to streamline campus technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:40

by Paige Francis, eCampus News

Somewhere along the line, it seems that higher-education technology leaders hit a development gap where the KISS principle [2] was routinely ignored. The “Keep It Simple Stupid” adage states that “systems perform best when they have simple designs rather than complex ones.” It appears this gap has coincided with significant advancements in technology, leading to near-immediate obsolescence—and resulting in an overabundance of clunky technology and an over-outfitting of space. In a nutshell, more has resulted in less. We oversupplied and over-indulged, and now many institutions are forced to maintain these cumbersome environments … or are they? Here are five suggestions for getting back to the basics and streamlining campus technology.

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Here’s how you do tablet integration

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:35

by eCampus News

Dozens of Fresno State classes have introduced a new interactive tablet curriculum that began Aug. 21 when fall semester classes began. The first 1,200 students have enrolled in the university’s DISCOVERe program and 33 faculty members will teach a variety of courses incorporating tablet technology. Fresno State had been preparing to launch the DISCOVERe program since President Joseph I. Castro arrived on the campus a year ago, and on Thursday, Castro officially launched the program with a scissor-free, virtual ribbon cutting at the new DISCOVERe Hub, a technology help desk similar to Apple’s Genius Bar, located on the first floor of Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library.

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Textbook giants are now teaching classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:30

By Gabriel Kahn, Slate

This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions, and paying different tuitions, they were taking what amounts to the same course. That’s because the course wasn’t produced by either school. Instead, it was a sophisticated package devised by publishing giant Pearson PLC and delivered through a powerful online platform called MyPsychLab.

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Designing a Future of Digital Engagement

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:31

“The future of higher education is more than a digital replica of yesterday’s campus or even today’s classroom. The building blocks of our future higher education institutions are physical and virtual; they are human and technological.

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Future Slant: Business Value

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:28

By Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the fourth 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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California Shores up Support for Computer Science Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:39

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Ed

California computer science legislation could open doors for students to learn about a subject that’s gaining national attention. Computer science education is getting plenty of attention in the California Legislature, with four out of eight bills passing both the Assembly and Senate. And the Golden State’s efforts are part of a national push to bring more computer science into schools. With the national Hour of Code campaign last year and recent legislation in many states, lawmakers and educators on both sides of the aisle are making computer science education a priority. In 23 states, computer science now counts toward high school graduation requirements for math or science, according to, the nonprofit that drove the Hour of Code campaign.

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Equipped for interaction on campus: Hardware for the collaborative classroom environment

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:35

By Esther Shein, University Business

Montana State had already standardized on switching and control gear, and officials opted to use several solutions from the same vendor, including a system that allows users to send 1080p video and high-definition audio, and shared Ethernet over a single cable. “From the most basic standpoint, it’s a massive reduction in cables,” says Packwood. The transmitters at the tables and the receivers at the flat panels can be remotely powered from the switcher location. In other words, an electrician isn’t needed to bring in additional power to transmit-and-receive locations, and the placement of these devices is much more flexible.

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How Students Could Get Access to Courses Their High Schools Don’t Offer

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:30

by Lindsey Burke, Daily Signal

Less than two-thirds of high schools across the country offer physics. Just half offer calculus, according to Michael Horn, an education innovation guru. That only half of high schools offer calculus might come as a shock to a large portion of parents, who have worked to ensure their children have adequate educational opportunities. And it’s just one more reason why choice in education should be universal and not confined to choice among schools. What exactly is course choice? Course choice enables students to craft an à la carte education uniquely tailored to their learning needs. Louisiana’s course choice program enables K-12 students to take courses from colleges, public high schools, virtual schools and private online providers.

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MIT brings top entrepreneurship students together in person

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:39


MIT has just concluded an experiment in blended learning that could reshape existing educational paradigms. A unique program held on campus Aug. 18-22 brought together students from around the world who had taken an online course in entrepreneurship and then immersed themselves at MIT — to learn how to create a startup. The Institute brought 47 out of 54,856 students enrolled in the MITx on edX course 15.390x Entrepreneurship 101: Who is Your Customer? to campus for the inaugural MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. The bootcamp was an experiment by MIT to help edX students further their online education, to learn not only from MIT professors but also from like-minded people from around the world.

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What does pedagogy mean when it comes to online learning?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:36

by Carolyn Lewis, Training Zone

Effective online pedagogy is not exclusively applicable to delivery of formal qualifications it is equally important whether it’s social learning or short courses. The full extent of skills may not be required for all types of learning, but in my opinion we can pretty much apply the standards set out in the UK Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training to online pedagogy whatever the objective.

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SC State Education Department rebrands its online learning program

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:30

By Kelly Petty, ColaDaily

“While the name is new, its mission to provide personalized, online learning opportunities for South Carolina students remains the same,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais. The website will feature a new Student Information System, which will allow counselors at participating schools to register students. VirtualSC will continue to offer courses for students in grades 7-12 and for adult learners in Adult Education programs who want to take courses for high school credit without seat-time requirement.

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K-12 school students taking digital learning into real world

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 00:38

by EVA FERGUSON, Calgary Herald

Public school students will take their online learning one step further this fall in a new curriculum allowing them to have their digital projects assessed in the real world. Beyond existing initiatives around digital literacy in the classroom, from instructional YouTube videos to assignments done on PowerPoint, the Calgary Board of Education will encourage students to complete certain projects digitally and then send them to the private sector for feedback. “This will be a great opportunity to work with different experts in the field,” said Cathy Faber, superintendent of learning innovation and chief information officer.

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