Educational Technology

Visionary: How 4 institutions are venturing into a new mixed reality

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 00:40


Mixed reality combines virtual and augmented realities for enhanced learning experiences–and institutions are already implementing it. A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality” learning experiences for students. The collaboration will explore how mixed reality can help solve real challenges in areas of learning, ranging from online tutoring and coaching, nursing education, and engineering to construction and surveyor training. Microsoft says its HoloLens is the world’s first self-contained holographic computer. Pearson is developing and piloting mixed reality content at colleges, universities and secondary schools in the United States and around the world.

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An agreement in New Mexico provides an expedited path to multiple degrees in only 5 years

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 00:33


Imagine getting an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s of business administration in five years, and paying as little as $20,000 for the entire trio. That’s the crux of the 2+1+2 Program, created by University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy in partnership with UNM and Central New Mexico Community College. The $20,000 cost applies to students who remain qualified on the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship program. Those who do not qualify for the lottery would pay just under $30,000 for the three degrees.

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How to grow your online brand and generate offline results for success in campus branding

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 00:30


If you walk on any campus today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a student that didn’t have a laptop or smart phone. In fact, 96 percent of young adults ages 18-29 use the internet – and those with a college education are more likely to use the internet than those who do not, according to a Pew Research Study. Your college can benefit from strengthening its online brand by reaching prospective students, current college attendees and alumni. The stronger the online brand, the more likely students and visitors will engage with a school. Fortunately, there are some simple ways colleges can grow their online brands that ultimately lead to offline results.

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A huge and stubborn reason, still unsolved, that students go into so much debt

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:40

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

Some policymakers can’t believe that universities and colleges still haven’t worked out a way of accepting each others’ credits, a problem the National College Transfer Center estimates wastes $6 billion a year in tuition and is a little-noticed but major reason students go deep into debt or never graduate. The proportion of students who transfer is at record levels. More than two-thirds who earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions today have changed colleges at least once, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which estimates that an average of about 342,860 students change schools each year. Yet the U.S. Department of Education says the average transfer student still loses 13 credits already earned and paid for.

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Colleges look to the cloud for student intervention services

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:35

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

University Business reports on the growing number of campuses using cloud-based technology to improve online services wth academic intervention and student life. A variety of systems tracking student data on attendance, learning resource utilization and student life helps campuses to more easily divert resources based upon student need or desire, with stronger integration between systems becoming easier to create and to manage. Security concerns about cloud-based technology have decreased in the last two years, as technologies and safeguards have improved to help preserve student information.

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Could virtual reality set new standards for educational access?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 00:30

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Ed Tech Magazine profiles the growth of virtual reality in college learning settings, which is a $150 billion industry making waves in healthcare, criminal justice and gaming industries. Some experts think that VR technology will reinvent library and research materials access, distance education and curriculum engagement in the applied sciences and liberal arts. Other implications could include cost reduction for teaching delivery, and global access to a variety of innovative courses and learning experiences.

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The Chinese success as example of the future of digital education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 00:38

By Claudio Buttice, Digital Journal

China Online Education Group (COE) announced the unexpected success of the online e-learning program by publishing its third quarter 2016 report. The numbers provided by the largest education platform in China surpassed every forecast with an 180.9 percent year-over-year increase in net revenues, and 135.2 percent in gross billings. The number of paying students doubled to 40 thousand from 2015, providing the program with over $135 billion gross billings contributed just by K-12 students. COE provides Chinese students with live one-on-one interactive English lessons taught by foreign teachers (mostly American ones) with either online or mobile platforms. The education program is a first effort to provide teaching courses in a fully digitalized environment, and takes full advantage of the informatics medium to pool all the data analyzed as well as teacher feedback in order to improve its efficiency year by year.

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Virtual library cards expand access to learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 00:35

by Shawn D. Lewis, The Detroit News

Going online to research homework assignments, select a scary movie or read a book for pleasure now is a lot easier for students in some Macomb County school districts. They can use virtual library cards to access online information at four libraries using their student ID numbers. Or, if they prefer, use a traditional library card. The access to books and other information recently expanded to include students in the L’Anse Creuse Public School District. The program began last year in the Chippewa Valley School District, and Clintondale Community Schools joined this year, too. “We are one of the first in the country with so many different, autonomous libraries to be able to work with individual school districts,” said Larry Neal, director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. “There are four libraries used by students in the L’Anse Cruse district and we worked together to give students access to online resources by simply using a student ID number.”

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Why I’m Intrigued by Pearson’s HoloLens Initiative

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 00:28

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Augmented reality and non-incremental change is on the move in online education. One story that caught my eye out of EDUCAUSE 2016 was Pearson’s HoloLens announcement. Pearson is partnering with Microsoft to run educational augmented reality pilots at a handful of postsecondary institutions. These pilots include investigating the potential of augmented reality in nursing education (Texas Tech and San Diego State), and for enhanced remote student tutoring in a liberal arts setting at Bryn Mawr College. You can learn more about Pearson’s vision for the HoloLens in higher education from a post by Peter Campbell. Peter is the director of strategy, immersive learning solutions at Pearson – someone with a background in both academic instructional design and educational technology.

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Student Success Pervades Top IT Issues for 2017

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Yes, it’s true that for the second year running cybersecurity has come in first on Educause’s list of the Top 10 IT issues for higher education. But this year it doesn’t dominate the results as it did last year, according to Susan Grajek, the organization’s vice president of data, research and analytics. Information security “is a huge risk area,” she said, but, according to Educause member votes, “not by quite as much.” Instead, Grajek sees growing concern for the broader area of student success, an issue that landed in third place in 2016, fourth place in 2015 and first place in 2014. While the explicit topic of student success showed up second on the 2017 list, Grajek pointed out that many if not most of the other issues link back to that theme — including data-informed decision making (No. 3 in the ranking), effective leadership (No. 4), the digital transformation of learning (No. 10) and even sustainable funding (No. 8).

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How to Select the Right E-Portfolio Platform

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 00:35

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Electronic portfolio experts from colleges and universities across the country offer their key considerations for choosing a campuswide e-portfolio system. “Students are documenting a lot of their work, and they know what they’re proud of, and faculty members are being encouraged to look more at having outcomes that can be measured outside of the classroom,” said John Ittelson, professor emeritus at California State University, Monterey Bay and co-author of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors. As e-portfolios become a more formal part of assessment, many institutions are looking to standardize on one platform campuswide. We asked the experts at colleges and universities across the country to identify their key considerations for e-portfolio technology selection.

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Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Predictions For 2017 And Beyond

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 00:30

By Daryl Plummer, Forbes

Disruption has moved from an infrequent inconvenience to a consistent stream of change that is redefining markets and entire industries. In 2016, we saw the astonishing rise of Pokémon Go, which demonstrated accelerated digital change into areas such as augmented reality (AR). Gartner’s top strategic predictions for 2017 and beyond describe not only the disruptive effects of digital business innovation but how secondary ripple effects will often prove to be more disruptive than the original disruption. Three high level trends emerge from the predictions:

Digital experience and engagement will draw people into nonstop virtual interactions

Business innovation will create extraordinary change from mundane concepts

Secondary effects will be more disruptive than the initial digital change

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Down with OTT? 3 ways this technology is a new must for education

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 00:40


OTT stands for Over-The-Top technologies, or any technology that aids in the delivery of audio, video and media content via the internet, without requiring users to subscribe to ,or pay for, a traditional cable or satellite pay-TV service like a Comcast or Time Warner Cable. In other words, every device that is internet connection-capable can now be a television equivalent, (i.e. a human-centered and screen-deep learning environment). The internet simply provides manageable access and distribution. Internet-capable devices often harness OTT through apps by third-party interfaces to deliver content. Just a few examples of OTT interfaces are Facebook, YouTube, Hulu, Skype, WhatsApp, and Amazon Video. “Over-The-Top technologies are transforming the nature of how we receive content,” writes Dr. Bernard Luskin, CEO of and former CEO of eight colleges and universities.

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World’s largest K-12 reading survey identifies trends, highlights best practices

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 00:35

by eSchool News

“Education is undergoing a transformation across the country, and becoming increasingly student-centered. With this report, Renaissance reaffirms its dedication to finding the best ways to not just educate each student, but to inspire them to become life-long readers and learners,” said Jack Lynch, chief executive officer at Renaissance. “The report identifies students’ interests and reading habits, helping to inform instruction with the ultimate goal of helping teachers propel students toward college and career readiness.” To download the full report, please visit

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‘Project Outcome’ continues to expand

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 00:30

by ALAN HALL, Herald Star

“Project Outcome” was started in 2013 by the Public Library Association to consider better ways to measure all of the services offered by public libraries today. Digital learning is taking place in libraries across the nation, from use of tablets and smart phones to standard computer training classes. The most effective training in libraries appears to be the one on one that takes place with a library staff member. The general public often isn’t aware of the computer applications that are available in today’s public library. Job skills are provided in programming formats, as well as online resources to help with resume preparation and online job searching.

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Nation of Makers Receives Support from 300 Organizations

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 00:40

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

A newly launched coalition dedicated to the grassroots maker education movement in the United States aims to support the full range of organizations that impact makers, helping them to maximize their local and global impact. Nation of Makers wants to serve and represent “the full variety of spaces, events and institutions serving makers, including nonprofit organizations, museums, libraries, science centers, educational institutions, foundations and for-profit companies,” according the website. It plans to accomplish this by encouraging connections, sharing best practices, facilitating funding opportunities, participating in policy development and more.

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Technology Use Among Teachers Strong and Growing

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 00:36

By David Nagel, THE Journal

The vast majority of teachers are using technology daily with their students, and most say their use of technology will increase even more next year, according to a new study involving 2,500 K–12 teachers. The study, conducted by adaptive learning provider Front Row Education, found that 75 percent of teachers use technology with students on a daily basis and that a bit more than half have a 1-to-1 ratio of devices to students in their classrooms (up 10 points from last year’s survey). That increase in student devices is helping to drive an increase in the use of technology, with about 60 percent of teachers surveyed saying they expect to increase the use of technology in the 2016–2017 school year.

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Free Hour of Code at All Apple Stores Dec. 5 Through 11

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 00:30

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

Apple is offering free Hour of Code workshops at all of its 487 retail stores worldwide from Dec. 5-11, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Registration opened today. The Hour of Code workshops teach the basics of computer science with’s programming tutorials. Apple and share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science, according to a news release. “Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, in a statement.

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Country Music Legend Reba McEntire Launches Online MasterClass

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/27/2016 - 00:35

by Parade

MasterClass, the online education platform, has gone country. The site, which features video courses taught by the likes of Dustin Hoffman (acting), Serena Williams (tennis), Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting) and Annie Leibovitz (photography), has added Reba McEntire to its impressive roster of instructors. In her class, the country legend will give students virtual insight into some of her greatest hits and teach them what it takes to make great country music through storytelling, connecting with your audience, singing, performance, vocal warm up, song selection, brand building and the business side of the industry. McEntire spoke with Parade about the course, her career and which celebrity instructor she’d like to take a master class from.

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Winner of educational award brings aspiring teachers into the virtual world

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/27/2016 - 00:30

by Margaret Boylan, Troubadour Online

“Oftentimes, people say, ‘I don’t want to teach online, because I want to teach real students,’” said Dr. Susan Poyo, assistant professor of education at Franciscan University. “(But) any student that wants to learn, no matter what environment they’re in: whether they’re homeschooled, whether they’re Catholic school, if they’re public school or an online school they’re all real kids, and they all want to learn.” Poyo’s commitment to online learning is what led her to become the recipient of the 2016 International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) award.

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