Educational Technology

Missouri pushes initiative for students to take more classes and graduate quicker

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 00:30

By Ashley Jost, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In an attempt to address college affordability, Missouri rolled out a new initiative Wednesday morning, flanked with the Legislature’s support. The “15 to Finish” initiative encourages college students to take 15 credit hours each semester, increasing their odds of graduating on time and leaving college with less debt. “Lots of our students are holding full-time jobs, making it more difficult to have students managing a workload of 40 to 50 hours per week and classes,” Byrd said. “But we’ve done this already. We’ll just work case-by-case, look at their work schedule and class schedule. In many cases, our students find they can pick up an online class to get them those extra three credit hours.”

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Competency-based education programs are set to skyrocket

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:40


New report forecasts that more than half a million students will be enrolled in competency-based education programs by 2020. The number of students enrolled in competency-based education programs is expected to reach more than 500,000 by 2020–meaning it will have more than doubled from the roughly 200,500 enrollments in 2015. By 2020, students age 25 and older will account for approximately 44 percent of the tertiary education student population, meaning the potential for the competency-based education market is huge, according to technology research and advisory company Technavio.

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In the marketplace: New STEM courses and online resources

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:35


Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change. Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

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How artificial intelligence is changing online retail forever

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:30

by Babak Hodjat, Tech Crunch

Artificial intelligence is all around us, from searching on Google to what news you see on social media to using Siri. And with the momentum around AI growing every day, it’s not surprising that some of the most innovative retail sites have recently been experimenting with the use of AI, as well. Businesses that ignore this growing trend will find themselves playing catch-up for years.

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How Teachers Leverage Mobile Technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 00:40

By David Nagel, THE Journal

Despite widespread acknowledgment of the advantages of mobile computing, students in nearly one-third of classrooms do not have regular access to mobile devices in the classroom — this according to exclusive data released to THE Journal by the national education nonprofit Project Tomorrow. Project Tomorrow has been collecting data on the use of technology in American schools on a massive scale for more than a decade. Since 2003, the organization’s Speak Up Research Project has involved more than 4.5 million participants — teachers, parents, students, administrators and technology professionals — from more than 35,000 schools representing all 50 states.

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The Virtual High School Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 00:35

by VHS

This year, The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), a nonprofit empowering schools with the industry’s most comprehensive online learning programs, will reach its 20-year milestone. The past two decades have seen the organization grow from a small operation funded by a U.S. Department of Education technology challenge grant to an international, non-profit e-learning provider. Today VHS delivers online instruction to middle and high school students at 639 schools in 33 countries; there were more than 18,000 student enrollments in VHS courses in the 2015-2016 school year. “We’ve come a long way from the handful of schools that helped us pioneer our online learning program,” said Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of VHS, referring to the 28 schools and 710 students who first partnered with the organization.

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Students in rural Alaska get course variety through online options

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 00:30

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

The Copper River School District in rural Alaska has shifted to a nontraditional schedule for high school students, giving them core courses for four weeks online and then a two-week break for hands-on electives. Alaska Dispatch News reports the shift has allowed the district to maintain variety in its course offerings for schools that have as few as five high-schoolers — there are 350 online course options with more than a dozen others offered via videoconferencing. The district has three brick-and-mortar schools and also teaches students enrolled in a home-school program, and while it employs just eight full-time teachers, aids are present for in-school classes, giving students additional support beyond their remote instructors.

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8 things to know about Connected Educator Month

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 00:35


For the past few years, October has meant a focus on helping educators form professional learning networks to improve teaching and learning outcomes. Connected Educator Month, led by the American Institutes for Research, intends to create a more global and evidence-based approach to education by fostering collaboration and innovation in professional learning. Some of the month’s key goals include increasing educator and partner participation, influencing the way professional learning occurs in and out of schools, and fostering collaboration and innovation within and between stakeholder groups and partners.

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I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 00:34


Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job? Do they learn and use new skills one at a time in a vacuum? The questions sound a bit silly until you realize too often that’s what students take away from their education. Why is the culture to drill facts into students’ heads just to pass a test? Just like in the real world, my students show what they can do through projects, teamwork, and research. Is it working? Well, according to state science exams, my students consistently score higher than other science classes in my district.

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New online ‘learning passport’ a one-stop shop for teachers in Wales

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 00:29


The passport will help school and college staff record, monitor and reflect on their professional learning and development. A “one-stop shop” for teachers, lecturers and support staff to record their progress and evaluate their experiences has been launched in Wales. The “professional learning passport” (PLP) is designed to help school and college staff record, monitor and reflect on their professional learning and development. Funded by the Welsh Government, it will be operated by the Education Workforce Council (EWC) – the body responsible for upholding classroom standards – and is available online via its website.

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Does the classroom of the future look more like a coffee shop?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 00:40


Peek inside Brittany Horning’s second-grade class at L’Ouverture Elementary School, and you’ll see kids sprawled on large ottomans, perched atop bouncy seats, lying back on gamer-style recliners and using footstools as makeshift desks. It looks more like a living room or a neighborhood coffee shop – minus the whirring espresso machine – than a traditional classroom with rows of desks. “The kids really enjoy being in this environment. It feels comfortable to them,” said Janelle Roland, who oversees the school’s teacher training and behavior plan.

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When learning goals are clear, teachers get more out of PD

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 00:35

BY TOM DACCORD, eSchool News

Schools must articulate a vision to teachers before they see the merits of technology. As I look back on the summer, one of the things that strikes me is how often a workshop I’ve given has followed a “technology training” at a school. In other words, faculty had already received tech training on the particular platform, device or tool I was asked to address. Sometimes this training had been administered in-house, but often it had been delivered by a technology company who came in and explained how their product works. Often, the school administrator would explain the reason for my workshop like this: “Well, the company came in and showed us the product, but the teachers don’t understand how and why to teach with it.”

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Traditional Online Education: Comparing Their Advantages For Undecided Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 00:30

By Irina Chris, Parent Herald

It was once said by the former U.S. Secretary of Education that the best investment America could make was through education. Currently, there is a competition between traditional and alternative ways of learning, which includes online courses, but which do you think is the best option? There are criteria that need to be considered in selecting the right school for you, such as the curriculum, length of the study, location and tuition fee. If you are still confused, knowing and comparing the advantages of traditional and online education, this article may help you decide.

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How important is technology in education?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 00:40

by Shalini Rajvanshi, Indian Express

Technology is slowly and steadily making a foray in education. Knowledge is no more limited to books and the use of platforms such as websites, apps, videos, live chats, etc., have taken it to another level. A lot of schools and colleges – mostly in tier 1 and tier 2 cities – have embraced technology to make learning fun and interactive. Interweaving technology with education seems to be helping students at all levels. Many educators in the city swear by instructional videos while parents are gradually opening up to the possibility of a platform which may help their wards learn something new in an innovative manner.

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Are Educational Apps and Technology Nurturing or Killing Learning?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 00:35

by Azzam Sheikh, Huffington Post

Learning through educational apps and digital environments can offer many more advantages than traditional learning styles, but personal factors such as a student’s familiarity with technology can have an impact upon learning preferences and effectiveness. The future for digital learning is certainly a trend that cannot be ignored, as the next generation who are native with digital technology will no doubt create more demand for it.

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EdX Partners Dominate the Top of Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 00:30


Times Higher Education (THE) recently released its 2016-17 World University Rankings list, and we’re excited to announce that eight of the world’s top 10 universities are edX partners! Among the top 10 are Caltech, MIT, Harvard University, Princeton University, Imperial College London, ETH Zurich, UC Berkeley, and University of Chicago – with even more edX partners appearing on the full list. In THE’s rankings each university is comprehensively evaluated on 13 performance indicators across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

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UM’s Schlissel launches new initiative

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 00:40

by Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel on Wednesday challenged faculty and staff to venture further into digital technology and innovation, hailing them as the university’s next frontier in educating traditional students and lifelong learners. Launching the Academic Innovation Initiative during the annual Leadership Breakfast, Schlissel harkened to UM’s legacy of leadership and encouraged university researchers, teachers and practitioners to evolve further with students, their studies and university partnerships and networks around the world. “Academic innovation is where creativity, comprehensive excellence and our aspirations for societal impact all come together at the University of Michigan,” Schlissel said.

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Virtual Reality, Makerspaces, and Online Learning on the Horizon for Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 00:36

BY: Kate DeNardi, MeriTalk

Over the next five years, technology is going to shake up K-12 education. The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition, published by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking, shares the technology that politicians, education experts, school administrators, and teachers should be integrating into classrooms.

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With cyberthreats ever-present in higher ed, prevention begins with users

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 00:29

By Roger Riddell, Naomi Eide, Education Dive

Security has often been an afterthought as technology evolved, and now many sectors are facing cyberthreats that are increasingly difficult to defend against. In higher ed, cybersecurity concerns are ever present as open networks create a broad attack surface, and limited budgets make defense a challenge. As the threat landscape evolves, there is only so much that campuses can do, but many defense strategies start with awareness, networking, enacting perimeter security and budgeting for the known unknowns organizations may face. IT security is “really about protecting your data and applications that matter most rather than endpoint devices,” said Sasi K. Pillay, vice president for IT services and CIO at Washington State University. “But in the meantime, we’re not there yet, so we have to come up with compensating controls.”

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New Jersey college student’s iPhone explodes in class burning a hole in his jeans pocket – despite it being OFF

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 00:39

By KHALEDA RAHMAN, the Daily Mail

A New Jersey college student’s iPhone exploded in his pocket during a class despite the device being turned off. Darin Hlvaty was in a class at Rowan College in Glassboro when his iPhone 6 Plus caught fire last week. He said he threw the device on the ground as it burst into flames, but not before it burned a hole in the back pocket of his jeans. Students were forced to evacuate the building after the incident, CBS News reported.

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