Educational Technology

Drexel and TechGirlz to Create Online Game Design Class for Teens

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:40

by Drexel Now

Recent higher education reports have raised questions about the persistence of inequality in gender representation among college students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines in the last decade. Employment in the technology sector continues to reflect this disparity. Two local groups are taking steps to reverse this trend by increasing access to tech workshops that encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. The idea is to make a set of self-contained online instructional videos and educational materials that will guide middle-school and high-school age students –and their teachers- through a basic game design curriculum. Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is working with the Philadelphia nonprofit TechGirlz to create a virtual game design class that will be made available, free-of-charge, to schools and students nationwide.

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All the World’s a Stage—Becoming a Better E-Learning Designer

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:35

by Ethan Edwards, ATD

Too often people seem to think a cookbook procedure combined with the basic knowledge of an authoring tool is sufficient or even desired. In fact, looking for a single restrictive instructional design model to be repeated over and over, and a blind reliance on technology to create learning are two of biggest traps that reliably produce really ineffective training. Efforts in that direction are usually geared toward productivity rather than instruction. (And productivity is a good thing, but it is easy to forget that not only does e-learning have to be delivered, it also has to have some effect.) Fortunately, I find new design insights in the most unlikely places.

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The New York Times and CIG Education Group Collaborate on New Online Learning Initiative

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:30

by the New York Times

The New York Times and CIG Education Group have come together to launch NYT EDUcation, a new education initiative. NYT EDUcation marries The New York Times’s premier content and award-winning journalism to the educational expertise of CIG Education Group, a leader in the development of branded academic institutions. NYT EDUcation will provide innovative courses and programs covering a wide array of subjects, including communications and media, which reflect the authoritative content and intellectual breadth of The New York Times. Courses will be offered on a wide variety of topics, ranging from pre-college level to higher education, continuing education and executive education by incorporating the skills, knowledge and experience of The New York Times.

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Privacy vs. Privacy

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:08

Lisa Ho, Campus Privacy Officer, University of California, Berkeley

It's common to see privacy pitted against security in the form of the question, "How much privacy are we willing to give up for security?" Some call the security vs. privacy debate a false choice and suggest the debate is actually liberty vs. security, or liberty vs. control, or privacy vs. cooperation. At the University of California, Berkeley, we are replacing this longstanding polemic with a triptych of interrelated and overlapping terms: autonomy privacy, information privacy, and information security.

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ONE way districts are negotiating cheap, reliable internet for themselves

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:39

By Bridget McCrea, eSchool News

“The state used an E-rate bid for internet… and wound up saving money across the state,” says Jeff Mozdzierz, Pontiac’s director of field services for Oakland Schools (of which Pontiac is one of 28 districts that together serve 200,000 students in 425 connected buildings). Through ONE, the internet is provided over consortium-owned private fiber into a connection with telecom providers, with all consortium members sharing two 10 Gigabit connections. According to Tammy Evans, chief technology officer for Oakland Schools, the county was an early adopter of the concept of “shared internet” across multiple, geographically-dispersed schools. In 2000, the county rolled out a 36-connection network that links all local public school districts and its technical campus sites.

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Addressing the data skills gap with bootcamps

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:33

by eSchool News

Bootcamps focusing on data science aim to set students up for workplace success. NYC Data Science Academy is conducting a series of training it calls data science “bootcamps.” These full-time bootcamps accept talented students from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) backgrounds and equip them with the skills they need to hit the ground running as data scientists on day one. Data science bootcamps are separated from universities by offering more hands-on skills, real work experience, industry connections, and job placement. MGI reports a predicted shortage of 190,000 skilled data scientists, and 1.5 million managers capable of implementing big data insights by 2018 (Big Data: The Next Frontier).

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Technology-Driven Service Learning: The Instructor’s Role and the Student’s Experience

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:30

by Andrew Martin and Lindsey Joyce Chamberlain, EDUCAUSE Review

To enhance student interactions with community organizations in a service-learning course, Ohio State University’s Sociology Department introduced mobile technology, giving its students iPads to use throughout the semester. Working in teams, the students helped local businesses solve specific problems, using the iPads both for in-class research and to communicate with business owners and each other. Far from diminishing the instructor’s role, the use of iPads both enhanced that role and showed how it must change in a course heavily reliant on mobile technology. Course-end surveys show that students benefitted from the technology use, not only in coursework but also in terms of their confidence about using mobile devices and applications in the job market.

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School within a school provides a different approach to learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:35

by Fox 13

It’s online learning with a human touch, minus the “herd mentality.” “We have the kids all day with us, even though they switch from class to class, we’re still able to meet with them whenever we want,” Kailin said. Twelve-year-old Casey Harkins loves it. “Now I’m getting better grades, and I’m really good at it,” Casey said. This type of blended learning where high-tech meets human interaction is all the buzz in education today. “It keeps me above pace and lets me do my best,” says student Shelton Reid. They all have assignment deadlines, and going above and beyond is common.

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In Emerson, an early lesson in ‘Digital Citizenship’ and online presence

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:30


Dennis Gordon, a social studies teacher at Patrick M. Villano Elementary School, stood in front of his third-grade class and pointed at a picture of footprints on the board in front of them and asked two simple questions: “What are these and what do they tell us?” The class enthusiastically answered that they were looking at footprints on a beach and those footprints, they said, can show evidence that someone stepped somewhere — but also added that footprints can get washed away by waves. Smiling, Gordon brought up a new slide. This time, an outline of a foot filled with internet company logos such as Google, Facebook and Instagram flashed on the screen. This is a “digital footprint,” he explained to the class as they peered over their Google Chromebook laptops, but a better word to describe what the internet is really like would be “digital tattoo.”

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Virtual learning may make snow days a thing of the past

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:29

by Jenn Savedge, Mother Nature Network

Winter has been hammering certain regions of the U.S. this year, burying some cities in foot after foot of snow and resulting in a backlog of missed school days that will have to be tacked on to the schedule in the summer months. But there are some parts of the country where school doesn’t stop for snow days, schools where students are expected to log-in from home so that the learning can continue — even when school buildings are closed.

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Schools Push for More Mobile Devices

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:35

by Julie Wootton, Magic Valley

The Twin Falls School District wants more mobile computing devices — such as laptops and tablets — in its classrooms. Under a five-year technology plan, the district aims to have one device for every two students, director of operations Brady Dickinson told school trustees in December. “If the state allocation for technology continues, I think we can get there.” The district — which recently wrapped up the first year of its technology plan — receives about $200,000 each year in state tech money. Among 13 schools, there are 2,183 mobile computing devices for students to use — one for every four students.

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Top 10 Ways To Teach Yourself To Code

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:30


The direction you go in will depend in large part on why you want to learn to code in the first place and how much time you have to devote to learning. If you want to be a professional programmer, signing up for professional courses might be your best bet. (Google has a list of suggested skills and courses for would-be software engineers.) If you want to build websites or games for fun (and possibly profit) in your spare time, interactive tutorials might be better. Bloc has a comparison of course options based on workload, cost, and reason you’re picking up programming.

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New partnership supports online learning for special education students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 00:29

by eSchool News

Learning team to give schools innovative, flexible special education solution. Across the country, schools and districts are leveraging digital learning to overcome staffing and resource challenges to improve outcomes and to address the many needs of their K-12 students—whether to expand course options, to provide assistance to those who need additional help, or to provide an alternative learning environment. Now, through a partnership between PresenceLearning and Fuel Education, schools can use digital learning to address the needs of their special education students, too.

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Digital literacy courses gaining popularity

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 00:40

by eSchool News

Project NextTech helps students develop the 21st century skills needed for high school, college and the workforce.  Today’s graduates need formal technology skills to be successful, whether pursuing higher education or entering the workforce after high school. Now available for district purchase and implementation, Project NextTech is a two-semester course that provides project-based instruction to help students develop the technology proficiency, information literacy and media literacy skills needed to thrive in an increasingly digital world. The content for Project NextTech is based on curriculum developed by the nonprofit Generation YES through years of research and student and teacher feedback.

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Building a Multimodal Online Elementary Curriculum

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 00:34

By Jennifer Hart, THE Journal

With many states requiring students to complete one or more online courses to be eligible for high school graduation, virtual schooling has taken off in K-12 education. According to iNACOL’s Fast Facts About Online Learning, in 2013, 29 states and Washington, DC, offered their students full-time online school options. However, almost 75 percent of the 1,816,400 enrollments were at the high school level and focused on course recovery. There were far fewer student enrollments in grades 6-8, and even fewer still in grades K-5.

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Decisions Made Now Will Guide Education for the Next 20 Years

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 00:30

By Patrick Peterson, THE Journal

“We’re still talking and fighting about the same things,” former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise said during the closing keynote session of the FETC 2015 conference, held last week in Orlando, FL. “The next two or three years will be some of the most critical for education in our lifetime.” Wise is president of the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education, which pushes for improvements to American high schools so every student graduates ready to enter college and thrive in a career. The group also advocates for the states that have adopted Common Core State Standards for education. At the convention where educators learned about the newest software, hardware and teaching techniques, Wise spoke about smoothing the path to a better future. While advances in education technology have exploded, Wise said, decisions on how to use that technology and whether to purchase it are unresolved.

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7 Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:37

by Matt Davis, Edutopia

With the abundance of media messages in our society, it’s important to ensure students are media literate. The Oscars provide a great opportunity to use the year’s best films to teach students about media and film literacy. Not to mention, films can also be an engaging teaching tool for piquing interest in a variety of subjects and issues. In this compilation, you’ll find classroom resources from around the web that cover many of this year’s nominated films, as well as general resources for using film as a teaching tool.

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Three Ways Film Can Enhance the Student Classroom Experience

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:35

By Edudemic

Do you remember the joy that you felt as a student when you saw the teacher roll the TV into the classroom? Your students can experience the same joy when you show a film in your own classroom – and it won’t be because it’s a perceived distraction. In her recent blog post, Sarah Marsh outlines 12 ways to use film creatively in the classroom. Building on concepts from that piece, we’ll focus on three key themes here: film immersion, cultural immersion, and student activity.

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FVCC Introduces New Technology to Improve Online Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:29

by Justin Franz, Flathead Becon

Distinguished colleges and universities across the country, including Notre Dame, Columbia, Stamford and now Flathead Valley Community College, are adopting a new technology called Lightboard that is improving online learning. And while FVCC may seem like an outlier in that distinguished list, the Kalispell-based college is no less excited about offering classes using the new video system. The technology is part chalkboard and part projection screen that creates an online learning environment that simulates face-to-face teaching, according to Assistant Chemistry Professor David Long, who helped bring the system to FVCC. Prior to coming to college three years ago, Long taught at the University of Colorado and Montana State University.

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Massive growth predicted for e-books

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:40

by eSchool News

Educators say they want integrated digital learning tools, assessments to drive literacy growth. A new survey of 475 educators indicates that schools and districts see their use of classroom materials transitioning substantially from paper books to digital books over the next two years, according to LightSail Education. An overwhelming majority of schools and administrators indicate a desire to build digital libraries rather than experiment with book rental and subscription models, but the market is still in its early stages. The report, “State of the Digital Book Market,” is the first to analyze K-12 decision makers’ views on the transition from paper books to digital books and literacy platforms.

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