Educational Technology

Stanford PERTS Intros Mindset Kits for Educators

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 00:27

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Stanford University’s Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS) has launched a set of free online resources, dubbed the Mindset Kit, designed to help educators and parents understand how to help students develop learning mindsets. “When students have learning mindsets — for example, when they believe that intelligence is something they can develop and feel they belong and can succeed in the classroom — they are more motivated, engaged and resilient,” according to a Stanford news release. “Studies have also shown that certain messages can help students develop learning mindsets and, in turn, do better in school.”

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U California System Promotes Digital Portfolio to Grads and Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A company that helps users link their achievements documented in their digital portfolios with firms that may be seeking those kinds of skills has inked a deal with the University of California System to make it available to current students and graduates. Portfolium could draw on the system’s 239,000 current students as well as living alumni to document their work and make it visible to hiring managers. The agreement comes after a year-long pilot at the University of California San Diego. There, the alumni department made the online service available as a benefit to graduates. The program allows users to upload work samples and make them visible in online profiles in LinkedIn and Facebook. Portfolium created a widget that allowed people to confirm their university status and set up their profile.

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Making large lecture courses more interactive

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 00:37

by eCampus News

A new program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to improve student experiences in large lecture halls. Large introductory lecture-based courses are a staple at most universities. But many of those classes at UW-Madison will be transformed into much more student-centered experiences over the next few years, thanks to a new project called REACH. The aim is to improve student learning by increasing students’ engagement in these courses. REACH is part of the broader campus Educational Innovation initiative, and connected with the university’s reaccreditation process. REACH will build on successful innovations across campus that strive to enhance the undergraduate experience through student-centered learning practices. It will not only reinforce the common goal among these efforts, but will extend their reach to encompass tens of thousands of first- and second-year students over the next five years.

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Assessing competency-based education in terms of outcomes

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 00:30

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Higher education has long been consumed with access rather than outcomes, but developing metrics for monitoring competency-based programs could provide an opportunity to change that. If nontraditional programs are going to get federal education dollars to operate, Michael B. Horn, the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and executive director of its education program, advises awarding dollars based on student outcomes. He also suggests in an op-ed for CompetencyWorks and reposted by eCampus News that policy makers move away from all-or-nothing access to such funding so programs are incentivized to do better rather than meet bare minimums.

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More Nevada students choose an online education

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 00:40

By Patranya Bhoolsuwan, Las Vegas Now

More Nevada parents are going the non-traditional route when it comes to the education of their children. Online classes are becoming more popular and virtual schools are expanding their programs to meet the needs of students. One online school that has seen significant growth in recent years is the Nevada Connections Academy. The school has been around since 2008 and has continually added programs.

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Myths and Realities of Online Training

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 00:36

by Donald V. McCain, TD

Even after many years of online training in business, industry, and academia, there remain many myths concerning this method of delivery. Online training is impersonal. Online training can be made personal. The leader can post his profile, engage in discussions with the participants, and be available through video, chat, or email. Try using the coffee shop method by creating an informal virtual gathering place to share noncourse-related areas of interest….

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8 little-known video resources popular with teachers

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 00:30

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

The use of video in education is growing by leaps and bounds. Videos are used in classrooms to support student learning, they play a critical role in flipped learning, and they also figure prominently in teacher professional development. One of the best parts about educational videos? Educators can usually find a free high-quality video to suit any number of needs. OpenEd, creator of an online library of free and open K-12 resources, recently analyzed the use of videos in its resource library. Eight video publishers appeared as lesser-known — that is to say, you’re probably not on a first-name basis with them — but still popular among teachers. The eight video publishers emerged as resources that teachers frequently assign. Those publishers include:

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Should students learn coding? Students, schools disagree

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 00:37

By Marco della Cava, USA Today

Parents across the U.S. are eager for their children to learn coding and other computer science skills, but their message hasn’t yet hit the in-box of school administrators. That’s the finding of a new Gallup study commissioned by Google that spotlights a potentially perilous economic disconnect as tech companies struggle to enlarge their engineering talent pools. Among key and contrasting findings are the facts while 90 percent of parents see computer science, or CS, as “a good use of school resources” (and 66 percent say CS should be required learning alongside other core classes), fewer than 8 percent of administrators believe parent demand is high. They also cite a lack of trained teachers as a top barrier to offering CS courses. Three quarters of principals report no CS programs in their school.

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Survey: Here’s why technology matters to college students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 00:35

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

Students break down what aspects of technology are most useful to them in the classroom in a new survey. According to the results of a new survey from VitalSource Technologies, college students overwhelmingly agree that technology boosts grades, improves their overall learning experience and alleviates costs. In the fifth annual survey of its kind, 500 currently enrolled college students were polled in order to gauge how much importance they place on the growing role of technology in higher education classrooms.

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5 Ways to Engage Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 00:30

By Amanda Ronan, Edudemic

The eyes roll back, the mouth scowls, the fingers grip the not-so-secretly hidden cellphone, and the brain checks out. These are, as teachers everywhere can attest, the surefire signs of a disengaged student. And these symptoms are ravaging the educational system. Teachers know that student engagement is the key to learning retention and having a great overall classroom experience, but they often don’t have the time or energy to come up with some of the outrageous things that they see other teachers doing online to keep kids’ interest. Some of us just can’t plan a flash mob for every lesson.

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3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 00:40

By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic

There’s no question that technology is fundamentally changing the way we teach and learn. But increasing technological ubiquity doesn’t mean equality in terms of access and quality. For those on the more privileged side of the digital divide, it’s easy to take access to personal computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet for granted. But many teachers have seen how much that same level of access doesn’t apply to their students. Each of the options suggested here involve a significant amount of work and chance. Still, if you (and the administrators and parents in your school district) believe that greater access to technology is important to your students’ educational experiences, then the extra work involved should be well worth it.

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Online homeschooling is on the rise

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 00:35

By: Ayla Ferrone, KNOE

Online homeschooling is on the rise with options to take virtual classes anywhere in the state. Karla Curtis home schools her two children and her nephew. She says it’s the best option for her and her kids. But there’s some subjects that Curtis looks for some extra help with. She says this year she’s using online classes to supplement her teaching and make things fun for her kids. “Especially with the Spanish and some of the history, they’re really enjoying the online teachers as well,” said Curtis. Those are exactly the kind of classes the Louisiana Connections Academy offers. Lead principal Glenda Jones says the academy offers classes for students K through 12 taught virtually across the whole state. “We cover the entire state so we have students from every parish in the state from north to south to east to west,” said Jones.

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SHS expands AP class selection for new school year

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 00:30


Smithfield High School students who like a challenge have the chance to enroll in two new Advanced Placement courses this school year and three more online, which school officials are experimenting with for the first time. “We’re going to try it and see what kind of response we get from kids,” Supt. Robert O’Brien told The Valley Breeze & Observer in reference to the online courses. “We’re trying some innovative ways to provide opportunities for students.”

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What will learning look like in the future?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 00:40

by Duncan Brown and James Cory-Wright, Training Zone

When smartphones and tablets become one:  the use of apps to deliver the training of the future suggests that as well as overcoming possible cost barriers, old attitudes and connectivity issues, objections around screen size will also go away. The smartphone screen is too small for training content whether that’s presented as text and graphics or video but the screen size of the smartphone is still unfinished business. It’s on an upward trend and getting closer to the screen size of the smaller tablets – like the ‘phablet’ which is a smartphone with a screen that’s ‘an intermediate size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.’ So will the two fully converge and become one to the point where smartphones become the main device for consuming online training? It remains to be seen but at the moment it looks like a distinct possibility and one that may be adopted for just the kind of applications we’ve been examining.

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Defining College Affordability

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 00:36

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

What does “affordable” even mean? And if politicians, policy makers and the public don’t have a shared understanding of what families should pay for college, can we really expect them to develop and agree on what to do about the problem. Officials at Lumina Foundation don’t think so, which is why they are offering up a simple (and, they admit, somewhat simplistic) framework for concretely defining what is reasonable for the typical college student and her/his family to pay for college.

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Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Strives for Sustainable Classroom Engagement

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 00:36

by Education World

Matt Lin, currently enrolled in UCONN’s Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates, will be student teaching 10th grade at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology in Hartford this fall. Having previously worked with students at the middle school level in Bristol and West Hartford as a science teacher during the summer, he went to the forum to gain perspective on utilizing resources that better align to student interests and attention spans. He’s always had a love for multimedia, and thinks that its utilization is one of the most effective tools in spurring engagement. He was, like many of the attendees, very excited to share and learn. “Unfortunately, it’s very difficult in a modern technology environment to, kind of, keep their attention there,” said Lin, noting that cool features can be just as distracting as they are motivating to students while using EdTech.

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Information Technology: The Accidental Career for Ph.D.s

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 00:35

By Joshua B. Gross, Chronicle of Higher Ed

The United States has two major employment dilemmas. On the supply side, American universities produce a well-documented surfeit of Ph.D.s, far in excess of the number of tenure-track job openings. On the demand side, the American information-technology industry is greatly in need of skilled workers. But there has yet to be a move to direct Ph.D.s into IT careers in large numbers. We need to change that, and to encourage Ph.D.s — especially those in the humanities and social sciences — to pursue technology-related careers.

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‘Flipped’ Classroom Has Kids Do Homework At School After Watching Online Videos

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 00:30

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

As Canadian kids prepare to head back to school, there’s a growing movement gaining traction across the country that involves students learning their lessons at home and doing their homework at school. It’s called the “flipped classroom” — students watch an online video of a lesson as homework, and then work on problems during class time. The method is becoming more prominent as technology in schools allows for videos to be accessed easily, either on custom-made sites, on YouTube or downloaded to a device.

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Online Courses Are For The Next Generation

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 00:27

by Dhanur Chauhan, Exam and Interview Tips

Everybody is struggling with the economy and that’s why people are taking interest in online courses. People can take the degree of any alternative field with the help of online education. They can grow their career by taking degrees in their respective areas. There are many benefits of online education and degree from any online institute will be same as the degree from any regular institute or college. This is cost effective as you can study while sitting in homes or in offices. Most study material is available on internet which you can download for your studies, so no need to buy books or workbooks which are really expensive. If we talk about the stress level for student who is taking online classes, it is very low. You can study alone whenever you want so no need to compete with each other and make your life more stressful.

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Tracking Students to Improve Tutoring and Support

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 00:40

By David Raths, Campus Technology

At South Mountain Community College, a homegrown Learner Support System gathers data on students’ usage of campus resources, streamlining the tutoring process and improving outcomes. With input from several areas of campus, the design team, led by programmer analyst Alan Ziv, created a Web-based application called the Learner Support System (LSS) that tracks students’ usage of campus resources as well as key academic details such as with whom a student worked, how long he or she spent with a tutor, what the focus of the tutoring session was and how effective it was perceived to be. The system provides data at the individual student, course and program level to help inform institutional strategic planning and resource development.

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