Educational Technology

Poll Shows Students Choosing Online School to Escape Bullying

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:29

by Barchart.com

As part of their initiative to support National Bullying Prevention Month, K12 Inc. engaged Edge Research to repeat a 2013 survey that focused on suitability of online schools as an alternative for students experiencing bullying. Over 2000 parents with children currently enrolled in online schools using the K12 program completed the survey. 21% of all responding parents and 31% of parents with high school students who responded cited bullying as one of the reasons they chose online learning. 97% of the parents who enrolled children for this reason would recommend a K12-powered program to a family with a student who is being bullied.

http://www.barchart.com/headlines/story/3022081/2014-k12-inc-poll-shows-students-choosing-online-school-to-escape-bullying

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Cyberbullying in Higher Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:45

By Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan

Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Cyberbullying in Higher Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:45

By Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan

Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Tech Skills without Going Back to School

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:52

By Sameer Bhatia

Sameer Bhatia is founder and CEO of ProProfs.

In the rapidly changing tech world today, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the skills you learned even just a year or so ago are fast on their way to becoming obsolete. Over the past few years, it has become essential for tech workers to engage in education as a lifelong pursuit — a constant cycle of learning, unlearning, and relearning — as new technologies become available and new knowledge and skills become in demand.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Tech Skills without Going Back to School

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:52

By Sameer Bhatia

Sameer Bhatia is founder and CEO of ProProfs.

In the rapidly changing tech world today, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the skills you learned even just a year or so ago are fast on their way to becoming obsolete. Over the past few years, it has become essential for tech workers to engage in education as a lifelong pursuit — a constant cycle of learning, unlearning, and relearning — as new technologies become available and new knowledge and skills become in demand.

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Free online AP courses debut on edX Web site

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:39

By Nick Anderson, Washington Post

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students. The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs , to the world. AP Biology from Rice is the first MOOC on the site advertised as an AP course for high school students. It is divided into four content segments — the Cell; Genetics; Evolution and Diversity; and Ecology — followed by an exam in April.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/free-online-ap-courses-debut-on-edx-web-site/2014/10/20/6b16c204-5883-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html

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Real-Time Classroom Feedback Enhances Flipped Learning at Temple College

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:35

by Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Terry Austin, an instructor of anatomy and physiology at Temple College in Texas, has boosted student retention rates in his classes — and he attributes part of that success to the real-time feedback system he’s using in his flipped classroom. His students watch short lecture videos at home, and then they log on to Learning Catalytics to answer a few questions about the concept covered in the video lecture. When the students return to class the next day, they get together in small groups to discuss the same questions and submit group answers. “It makes for some really interesting discussions,” said Austin.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/10/15/real-time-classroom-feedback-enhances-flipped-learning-at-temple-college.aspx

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Overcoming the top barrier to school connectivity

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:29

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Funding remains the largest and most-cited obstacle when it comes to updating schools’ infrastructure and installing high-speed broadband internet access, according to a survey from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). CoSN’s second annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, conducted with AASA and MDR, reveals that 58 percent of school districts said monthly recurring and ongoing expenses are their biggest barrier to connectivity. In all, 60 percent of surveyed districts said funding is their biggest challenge when it comes to meeting the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) short-term goal of 100 Mbps/1,000 students.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/21/barrier-to-connectivity-030/

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Online, gamified learning is where it’s at in education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:39

by Rebecca Merrett, CIO Australia

Meyerson’s unique approach to teaching is what made her a finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s Award and number 23 on BRW’s innovation list this year. MCI Institute’s eCampus offers accredited Diploma and Advanced Diploma education programs that run fully online. Having launched only a year ago, it has more than 3000 students, with a high completion rate of over 70 per cent. What has made eCampus work so well, says Meyerson, is that she manages to give each student a personalised learning experience through her mentoring initiative. A staff of 12, who are dedicated to only mentoring, schedule in regular meet-ups with students individually through eCampus’s Moodle learning management system.

http://www.cio.com.au/article/557520/online-gamified-learning-where-it-education/

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Marking (Grading) Essays

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:35

by Brian Martin, Tomorrow’s Professor

In making marking more enjoyable, I also hope to make learning more enjoyable for students. By getting students to do more work on their own and tackle unorthodox assignments, I hope to encourage student creativity and initiative. I remind myself that for the teacher to work hard often is not all that relevant to student learning. Students learn more when they work hard, and they are more likely to work hard on an interesting assignment. When the assignment is interesting to both students and the teacher, it is a win-win solution.

http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/enewsletter.php?msgno=1360

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‘Flipped class’ concept empowers students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:29

By Sarah Hofius Hall, The Times-Tribune

Class time is flipped at Carbondale Area Junior/Senior High School. In the Advanced Placement calculus class on Wednesday, students questioned their teacher about what they learned the night before. The “flipped classroom” in Carbondale, one of the first in the region, inverts the traditional classroom, empowers students and leads to more independent learning. Nationwide, flipped classrooms are becoming more popular as student success grows. In Carbondale, Principal Joseph Farrell first had the idea when he went to an integrated learning conference. Administrators spent the spring thinking of how it could work, and over the summer, Lewis did more research and preparation.

http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20141018/NEWS/141019431/101108/NEWS

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 00:40

by Brian Sztabnik, Edutopia

I realized that the traditional English experience needed to be turned upside down. Students should have an opportunity to read in class and a choice in what they read. Rather than answer teacher-generated questions on a study guide, students should be empowered to write what they want in the format they deem fit. My flip, which I first explored two years ago, did all of these things, and created a contagious atmosphere of passionate readers. Its two cornerstones are choice and blogs. This approach has completely changed the way I teach reading, with my students repeatedly saying that it was the best and most important unit of the year.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flip-ela-class-with-blogs-brian-sztabnik

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The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 00:36

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

Blended learning. Digital literacy. Mobile learning. Game-based learning. When these top educational trends came onto the scene, they sparked a learning revolution. That revolution continued into 2014, but if there was one theme to come out of the top educational summits this year, it was this: smarter use. We take a look at exactly what that means at the link below.

http://www.edudemic.com/5-important-things-come-educational-summits-2014/

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Why Wearables Are the New Gateways to Human Knowledge

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 00:30

By Toni Fuhrman, Campus Technology

The use of Google Glass and other wearable devices in higher education is still experimental, but the technology is opening up exciting new possibilities for teaching and learning. Ray Kurzweil, American author, scientist, inventor, futurist — and now director of engineering at Google — said, famously: “Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge.” It turns out that gateway is widening, especially on campus, where wearable technology is becoming the latest portal into human knowledge — and the future.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/10/16/why-wearables-are-the-new-gateways-to-human-knowledge.aspx

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Podcast: Effective Video for MOOCs

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:48

Elizabeth Evans is production lead at the Duke Digital Initiative. In this podcast interview, she explains how to produce effective video for instructors and why video is such an important component for connecting with students.

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Podcast: Effective Video for MOOCs

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:48

Elizabeth Evans is production lead at the Duke Digital Initiative. In this podcast interview, she explains how to produce effective video for instructors and why video is such an important component for connecting with students.

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Policy Presentation at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:05

At EDUCAUSE’s 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, Jarret Cummings, the association’s director of policy and external relations, and its policy and government relations advisors, Josh Ulman and Jennifer Ortega, reported on the status of several public policy issues of importance to EDUCAUSE and its members. These issues included:

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Policy Presentation at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:05

At EDUCAUSE’s 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, Jarret Cummings, the association’s director of policy and external relations, and its policy and government relations advisors, Josh Ulman and Jennifer Ortega, reported on the status of several public policy issues of importance to EDUCAUSE and its members. These issues included:

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An ‘unhackable’ system for securing campus data?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:40

By Dennis Pierce, eCampusNews

New Hampshire-based company EduLok promotes a two-pronged approach to safeguarding sensitive data, data-security. With data security breaches continuing to plague higher education, a New Hampshire company called EduLok is promoting what it calls an “unhackable” system for safeguarding sensitive information. EduLok’s new system, announced in August, reportedly takes a two-pronged approach to securing campus networks and data: (1) It fragments the information stored in campus databases and disperses it across multiple EduLok servers located around the world, and (2) it requires multifactor authentication for students and staff to retrieve this information. EduLok says its system eliminates the need for user names and passwords, which can be cumbersome to remember and easily hacked. Instead, students and staff would use a PassKey—either a USB token or a mobile app—and a Personal Identification Number to access the data.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/unhackable-campus-data-803/

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Easy steps to OER creation

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor,eSchool News

Creating and using OER isn’t as complicated as some educators might believe. Open educational resources (OER) offer educators a chance to align learning materials to students’ needs–and teachers can create their own OER through a surprisingly straightforward process, using materials they likely have in abundance in their classrooms. OER are commonly considered resources that are freely shared and able to be modified and redistributed. Educators can use OER in small bits to supplement textbooks or other learning resources, or they can use OER to replace traditional textbooks and revamp classroom instruction. This “grass-roots, bottom-up” approach to content creation enables educators to tailor content to meet students’ needs,” said Tyler DeWitt, a MIT Ph.D. student and a student coordinator for the new MIT+K12 video outreach project, during a Connected Educator Month edWeb webinar.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/16/easy-oer-creation-423/

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