Educational Technology

MIT Collaborates with New York City Public Schools for Data Literacy Project

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:30

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

High school students in New York City Public Schools will begin learning data literacy this month through MIT’s new City Digits project, which aims to promote civic engagement among youth while teaching data collection and analysis skills. The first module of the project, called Local Lotto, was released to classrooms in November 2014. Sarah Williams, assistant professor in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and director of the Civic Data Design Lab in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation “to think about how to create a mapping tool that could teach youth about a civic topic while supporting their mathematics education,” according to a news release from MIT. The City Digits project is the result of that grant.

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Online students give instructors higher marks if they think instructors are men

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:20

by North Carolina State University

To address whether students judge female instructors differently than male instructors, the researchers evaluated a group of 43 students in an online course. The students were divided into four discussion groups of 8 to 12 students each. A female instructor led two of the groups, while a male instructor led the other two. However, the female instructor told one of her online discussion groups that she was male, while the male instructor told one of his online groups that he was female. Because of the format of the online groups, students never saw or heard their instructor. At the end of the course, students were asked to rate the discussion group instructors on 12 different traits, covering characteristics related to their effectiveness and interpersonal skills. “We found that the instructor whom students thought was male received higher ratings on all 12 traits, regardless of whether the instructor was actually male or female,” MacNell says. “There was no difference between the ratings of the actual male and female instructors.”

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Instructional Designers Must Create Effectual E-Learning Designs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 00:39

by Training Zone UK

Instructional designers are the ones who create diverse styles of unique instructional courses that are meant for e-learning purposes. E-learning has become a reality in the present world, and the impact of the same can be witnessed in almost all principal arenas of human interests. The functional base of these e-learning processes is created by the instructional designers. They make use of the modern technological tools and formulate inventive instructional design to suit the varied requirements and the targeted audience. In our time, when the real relevance of e-learning and the constant development that occurs in the technological arena are taken into account, instructional designers have a significant role to play.

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How Google Glass Might Be Used in Education #infographic

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 00:36

by Open Colleges

The future is now. With Google Glass, teachers and students alike can display information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, while interacting with the Internet via natural language voice commands. With limitless possibilities at its fingertips, the education community can build closer working relationships with students, and allow children to get more involved with their learning experience. Here we take a look at how Google Glass might be used in education.

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Indiana State Board Of Ed Wants More Info On Whether E-Learning Days Can Replace Snow Days

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 00:30


The State Board of Education will take more time before deciding whether more schools might be able to take advantage of using the web to help avoid snow make-up days. The board asked the Department of Education to gather more data on the use of e-learning before the next State Board meeting on January 7th. The board also asked lawyers in state Superintendent Glenda Ritz‘s office to deliver what they believe is the legal authority for Ritz to authorize e-learning in lieu of make-up days, while board members will consult their own lawyers and ask the governor‘s office for potential action from the legislature.

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Future schools: Books to be replaced by online learning by 2030, global survey predicts

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

by IAN WALKER, the Sunday Telegraph

Books will be a distant memory, social skills will trump academic knowledge, teachers will be guides rather than lecturers and set hours at school will be a thing of the past. This is the vision of what schools will be like in 2030 as seen by experts from across the world. If the predictions from the World Innovation Summit for Education’s global survey are right, then a student’s interpersonal skills will be their most valued asset, with 75 per cent of respondents ranking it number one compared to 42 per cent for academic knowledge. Books will be few and far between with nearly half of respondents saying online content will be king.

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KnowledgeWorks and iNACOL release policy guide to support next generation educator workforce

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 00:34


As the education system begins to embrace competency education, schools, teachers and staff will need to be prepared for a more personalized environment that focuses on students’ mastery of academic content and skills instead of seat time. As a growing numbers of states and districts adopt competency-based models and practices, they must also plan to engage and adequately prepare the workforce to excel in these new learning environments. KnowledgeWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) recently released “Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce” to help the education system prepare the shift to highly personalized, competency-based models.

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Local students to participate in international Hour of Code online learning event

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

By Frank DeFrank, The Macomb Daily

Macomb County elementary school students will join 100 million or so of their closest friends next week when they participate in a worldwide event designed to pique their interest in computer science. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to “de mystify” code and demonstrate that anybody can learn the basics. The event will be held Dec. 8-14 in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week. Organized by, a non-profit organization dedicated to making computer science more available in schools, the program affords opportunities for students to get involved simply by logging on to a website, accessing tutorials and setting up an Hour of Code event.

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5 teaching and learning grants you don’t want to miss

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:40

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

School funding is a challenge even in the post prosperous of times, especially when it comes to ed tech–technology is always changing, and maintaining or upgrading initiatives, tools, or resources is not always free. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of new education grant opportunities. This month’s grants address early learning, student documentaries, literacy research, and more.

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Game-based math program expands to Denver students

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:35

by eSchool News

Denver Public Schools, DIRECTV, and the nonprofit MIND Research Institute are partnering to deliver a computer-based math program to three local Denver schools. The grant from DIRECTV provides the ST Math game-based instructional software to more than 900 students at Carson Elementary, University Preparatory School, and Smith Renaissance School. DIRECTV and MIND Research’s partnership in Denver builds on the DIRECTV Math Challenge, which was launched in Los Angeles in 2014 to drive student achievement and inspire K-12 students to love science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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When worlds collide in blended learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:30

By Mary Stone, Lewiston Tribune

Idaho teacher Kelsy Colwell said incorporating the online component in her classes has many advantages, including making her more available to help individual students during class because her video lectures and lesson presentations are viewed online as part of a student’s homework. Math problems that used to be done as homework are now calculated during class. “They’re doing their consuming outside of school, then doing work and interacting in class,” explained Theresa Carter, who helps educate teachers who use the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, a state-sponsored online school that contracts with the Kamiah district.

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Coding classes lead to 21st-century skill development

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:40

By Jennifer Johnson, eSchool News

Computer coding teaches students problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, math and collaboration, they said. Lewis and Clark students were only on their second session of coding, but have so far enthusiastically embraced the activity, said Tiffany Mannausau, district curriculum tech partner. “Technology isn’t going away,” she said. “Think about how much thinking is going on right now and the math, and tie it into the writing. You can see right now, not one kid is not engaged.”

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Online Courses in High School Could Help with College Prep

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:30

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Could online courses help prepare students for the transition from high school to college? A recent study in the United Kingdom suggested that taking online classes especially benefits students’ “self-regulatory behaviors,” which are important for success in higher education. Most of the students were based in the United States, the United Kingdom and India. Virtually all of the students said that learning how to find academic resources online before attending a college is valuable. Nearly eight out of 10 respondents recognized the importance for their college careers of being able to plan and coordinate group tasks using calendars, scheduling and discussion applications. Seven of 10 reported that building relationships with other learners using social networks was an important pre-college learning experience. A similar number found it important to go into college knowing how to use wikis and other online editing tools such as Google Docs for creating shared material.

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7 Ways You Can Use Texting to Your Advantage in the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:30

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

The studies in this area are even newer than texting itself, and results are mixed, with one study indicating that texting makes students worse in one academic area while another study finds the opposite. Let’s take a closer look at the good and the bad of texting, as well as at a few ways you can harness the benefits for the good of your classroom.

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4 Tech Tools That Support New Teachers

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

By David Raths, THE Journal

The statistics about the percentage of new teachers who stay in the profession are alarming. Several studies have estimated that between 40 percent and 50 percent of new teachers leave within the first five years of teaching. To combat this trend, most districts have developed formal induction programs that offer mentorship from principals and other teachers. But in both rural and urban areas, it can be difficult for districts to relieve teachers of their classroom responsibilities to give them the time to mentor newer teachers. This is where technology can play a role.

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11-State Coalition To Develop OER for K-12 Math and ELA

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

By David Nagel, THE Journal

A coalition representing 11 state education agencies is setting out to create open educational resources to support math and English/language arts in K–12 schools. Called the K–12 OER Collaborative, the group today released a formal request for proposals seeking “full-course OER” for all grade levels in English/language arts and for grades K–11 in mathematics (through Algebra II). The resources will be aligned to Common Core State Standards.

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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools’ iPad Documents

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 00:32

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

FBI agents seized 20 boxes of documents related to Los Angeles Unified School District’s beleaguered $1 billion iPad project, officials confirmed Tuesday. Agents confiscated documents at the district’s offices Monday regarding procurement practices involving the Common Core Technology project, LAUSD’s plan to equip all schools with 21st century learning devices. The FBI confirmed an investigation into the district, but would not provide any further information, citing the ongoing probe. “The L.A Unified School District will offer its full cooperation to federal authorities during the course of the investigation,” Interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines said in a statement. The FBI action was first reported by The Los Angeles Times.

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Barbie should break the geek ceiling

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 00:40

by Chicago Tribune

Q:How many young women does it take to design and program a computer game?

A. None. Only boys know how to do that.

This, believe it or not, is the message to 4- and 5-year-old girls in the Barbie book, “I Can Be … a Computer Engineer.”

Written for beginning readers, the book tells the tale of a teen Barbie who is creating a computer game but crashes her laptop. She immediately gives up on the idea of solving the problem herself. Barbie also confesses to little sister Skipper that she can’t write software code. “I’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game!” Barbie says.  The Barbie book, published in 2010 and available on, has taken a recent pummeling on the internet as misogynistic trash. Amazon last week showed 165 reviews–148 gave the book one star. One critic created a website called Feminist Hacker Barbie that invited contributors to, er, revise the book’s message by rewriting scenes.

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Autodesk offers free design software to students across the globe

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 00:35

by eSchool News

Earlier this year, Autodesk made its software available to U.S. middle and high school students for free in support of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, and now the company is expanding free access to its professional design software to 188 countries across the globe. More than 680 million students and educators from more than 800,000 secondary and post-secondary schools will be able to use Autodesk’s 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for both in-school and at-home educational use, though commercial use is not allowed.

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7 free flipped classroom creation apps you might not know

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 00:30

by Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News

You might not know these apps for creating lessons, video, and more—perfect for the flipped classroom. The flipped classroom gives students more time in class to do, not just listen, and gives teachers new opportunities to revamp their lessons in creative, multimedia ways for at-home consumption. But for all that you need the right tools. Here, we’ve gathered a handful of apps for content creation, from video to podcasting to slideshows, summarized on, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories. And this time, we’ve selected apps that don’t typically crop up on flipped classroom lists, so you and your students can try something new.

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