Educational Technology

At this high school, the schedule is flexible

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:35

By Nick Valencia, CNN

Most days, 16-year-old Jason Zobott walks into Huntley High School in suburban Chicago around 7:30 a.m. like any high schooler might. It’s what he does the rest of the day that’s not so typical. Zobott is enrolled in Huntley High’s blended learning program, which merges Internet-based instruction with a more traditional classroom setting. One-third of the school’s 2,700 students are enrolled. In 2015, the school is working toward enrolling the majority of its students. “Having to work online makes it really accessible to do the work that I have to get done,” said Zobott, a top-ranked junior who balances a heavy load of extracurricular activities with schoolwork. “I can learn on my own. I can work at the pace I want to work. And I learn the way I want to learn.”

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3,118 applicants accepted as freshmen by University of Florida, Gainesville required to take first year online

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:30


More than 3,000 students are facing an unexpected decision after they received acceptance notices from the University of Florida – only to find they would have to spend a year taking online classes. The 3,118 unidentified applicants were presumably delighted when they were accepted as freshmen by the university in Gainesville for the fall after sending in applications for traditional first-year slots. But after reading their congratulations notices, they apparently realized they would need to agree to spend their entire first year taking classes on the Internet in order to attend the public college. The classes are part of a new program – the Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE) – which started in 2015 and aims to accommodate a higher number of students, The Washington Post reported.

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Adult education options go digital in Minnesota with online offerings, software development

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 00:40

by: Associated Press

Options for adult education are changing rapidly in Minnesota, and online offerings are a big reason. The St. Cloud Times ( ) reports Minnesota-based choices available to adults now include software development courses with Prime Digital Academy as well as online Web development courses with Frontend Masters. Prime Digital charges about $12,000 for 18 weeks of its boot camp of classes, while Frontend Masters charges $39 per month or $390 a year for access. Also in Web and software development, groups Girl Code It Minneapolis and Twin Cities Geekettes are offering women a chance to learn how to code and break into a male-dominated field.

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HarvardX Participation and Completion Rates Vary by Discipline, Study Says

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 00:30


The participation and completion rates of online courses offered by the Harvard and MIT branches of online learning platform edX varied across academic areas, according to a recent report based on two years of course data. The study reviewed data on HarvardX and MITx, subsets of a virtual learning platform founded jointly by the two universities in 2012. Covering data spanning from fall 2012 to summer 2014, the report analysis included 68 courses, 1.7 million participants, and 1.1 billion logged events, or “clicks.”

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Can Online Courses And Blended Learning Models Aid Special Education?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 00:25

by iSchool Guide

Blended learning models and online courses are the latest trend in modern education. But an unexpected group of students may benefit from new technology in the classroom. Virtual programs can be tailored to specifically assist students with disabilities. According to Education Week, some schools are offering online speech therapy classes with video interactivity and other schools are compiling digital courses designed specifically with the needs of special education students in mind. In the past, existing online courses would be tailored for students with disabilities. While there isn’t a lot of evidence about the effectiveness of this new approach, some teachers are already touting the benefits of blended learning models and online courses for their special education students.

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Interactive learning: ASU Online to pilot environmental science games

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 00:22

by Carrie Lingenfelter, Yuma News Now

Arizona State University is piloting a series of environmental science games at ASU Online. Within each of the five story-based games, students will take on several leadership roles, with increasing responsibility, to help a community address challenging environmental and sustainability issues. Tahnja Wilson, senior manager for EdPlus at ASU, will guide the project. Wilson has taught online for more than 10 years. Her instructional design interests include gaming best practices and student/instructor engagement.

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Engaging Students with a Mobile App

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 00:19

by Joe Hoff, EDUCAUSE Review

Engaging first-year students in positive experiences can set the tone for the remainder of their educational careers. A major element of engagement is the social side — meeting other students virtually, learning about campus before the first day of classes, keeping up on events, communicating on specific topics, and asking questions quickly and conveniently. A mobile app that facilitates social engagement while letting administrators measure levels of use and track emotional trends and potential problems among the student body serves both communities.

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Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 00:15


As universities and colleges around the country expand their online course offerings, many administrators are introducing new technologies to deter cheating. The oversight, administrators say, is crucial to demonstrating the legitimacy of an online degree to students and their prospective employers. Some schools use software that prevents students from opening apps or web browsers during online exams. Others employ services with live exam proctors who monitor students remotely over webcams. But the rise of Proctortrack and other automated student analysis services like it have raised questions about where to draw the line, and whether the new systems are fair and accurate. The University of North Texas Health Science Center, for instance, is partway through a two-year pilot test of Proctortrack involving the 160 students enrolled in its online public health master’s degree program.

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6 myths about online schooling debunked

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:40

By KSL, Mountain Heights Academy

There’s nothing quite like debunking myth and there is, in fact, something extremely satisfying about it. After all, there’s a reason why “Mythbusters” became such a popular TV show. By this time, everyone knows not to believe everything one hears — or reads — online. Let’s set the record straight by dispelling a few myths and misperceptions regarding online schools.

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Caucus 101: Educating the world about Iowa caucuses

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:35

by Jeff Charis-Carlson, Press Citizen

Steffen Schmidt has a voracious educational appetite. The Iowa State University political science professor, who answers to the nickname “Dr. Politics,” says he often finds himself digging into two or three MOOCs — massive open online courses — at a time. But he usually treats such online educational opportunities as scholastic snacks rather than full intellectual meals. Schmidt is working to make that user-friendliness a key component of the MOOC he is developing about the subject he knows best: the role of the Iowa caucuses in the presidential nomination process. When the course goes live in September, the Iowa caucuses MOOC will be ISU’s first official massive online offering. To create the course, Schmidt has been working for more than a year with ISU Web designers, technicians, videographers, online curriculum writers and other experts. He touts it as a “short, fun and free” discussion on the past, present and future of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

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Top universities continue to invest in massive online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:30

by CCTV America

When massive open online courses, known as ‘MOOCs’, first emerged there was talk of a new revolution in online learning that would make education more affordable and accessible. Some even suggested it could mark the beginning of the end of college campuses. However recent reports show that ‘MOOCs’ aren’t very effective at keeping students’ attention. Despite the reports, Harvard University continues to heavily invest time and money in releasing MOOCs.

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The Power of Small Data

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:39

By Greg Thompson, THE Journal

In order to deliver personalized education, districts have to gather and share students’ statistics. Here’s how the strategic use of data can boost teaching and learning. When it seems like every week brings news of a massive theft of consumers’ private information, “data” is in danger of becoming a four-letter word. But if districts want to provide truly personalized education, gathering and sharing certain types of student data is absolutely necessary. According to Patricia Cotter, a veteran entrepreneur who recently completed her doctorate in work-based learning at the University of Pennsylvania, “Recent technologies like big data, the Internet of Things, mobile apps and improved storage have made it possible to acquire, combine, store, analyze, interpret and report findings during any phase of data management.”

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5 Ways To Use Word Clouds In The Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:36

By Siobhan Tumelty, Edudemic

The popularity of word clouds remains pretty constant in education, and it’s not difficult to see why. They’re a great way for students to distil and summarize information. They help students get to the crux of an issue, sorting through important ideas and concepts quickly in order to see what’s important. And “see” is the operative word here, because word clouds are certainly nice to look at. They speak fantastically to humans’ affinity for the visual, and are particularly useful for visual learners. However, it’s important to remember that the process of creating word clouds is just as important as the resulting resources. They’re fun to make and so do a great job engaging reluctant learners. Word clouds have tons of potential to be used in all types of ways.

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8 Tools that Make Citations a Breeze

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 00:30

By Sarah Muthler, Edudemic

“Be sure to cite your sources.” “Give credit where credit is due.” “Don’t plagiarize.” It’s possible all teachers have said these things to students. But what do those directives mean to students who, in all reality, haven’t had to do much citing? What does it even mean to cite your sources? The first step in the process is for students to understand the purpose and importance of citations. We found this great resource outlining that information from The Write Direction. The Internet offers an abundance of online citation tools, from the extremely easy to use, to ones that require more research on the part of the user. We’d suggest teaching students about a few tools and let them decide which one to use to help them successfully cite their research.

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The 4 C’s of Technology Integration

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:40
By Julie Davis, THE Journal

If you Google “four c’s of technology integration” you’ll get links to a myriad of “c-words” including Creativity/Creation, Consumption, Curation, Connection, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking. All of these are important elements of learning and can be enhanced with the use of technology, but for the sake of this article, I am going to focus more on what devices themselves can do, so my four C’s are the following.

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For a Better Flip, Try MOOCs

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:35
By David Raths, Campus Technology What happens when you combine a MOOC and a flipped course? More interactivity, more consistency and some interesting avenues of student interaction, according to Bonnie Ferri, professor and associate chair for undergraduate affairs in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Ferri teaches a course called Circuits and Electronics, with 450 students per term split into several sections. A year and a half ago, she developed two MOOCs (delivered through Coursera) in conjunction with the class. “We offer the MOOC videos simultaneously to the public and on-campus students,” she explained.

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How to Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentation

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:30
By Pamela DeLoatch, Edudemic Outside of the classroom, Twitter is huge, with 284 million users logging in each month from around the globe. Each one of those users follows and tweets 140-character messages on a regular basis. But can—and should—this real-time social media be used during a classroom presentation? More teachers are beginning to incorporate Twitter into their lesson plans. Educators who use Twitter say it increases classroom interaction and keeps students tuned in.

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Game-Based Simulations Teach Environmental Science at ASU Online

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 00:41
By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology To better engage its online learners, Arizona State University is piloting game-based simulations from Toolwire in its ASU Online environmental science courses. In five story-based games, students “will take on several leadership roles, with increasing responsibility, to help a community address challenging environmental and sustainability issues,” according to a press release. Interactive features include the ability to download digital learning objects, take notes and respond to questions using tools in the game such as mobile phones and e-mails.

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Make a Game Out of Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 00:36
By Chris Berdik, Campus Technology In MIT’s Education Arcade, classic game consoles line the office corridor; rafters are strung with holiday lights; and inflatable, stuffed, and papier-mâché creatures lurk around every corner. When I stopped by recently, the arcade’s director, Eric Klopfer, and creative director, Scot Osterweil, talked enthusiastically about the surging interest in educational video games, now used by nearly three-quarters of America’s grade-school teachers, according to one survey. But these optimistic, play-loving game gurus have come to despise the biggest buzzword in their field: gamification.   Gamification undermines what they see as the real opportunity for games to radically, albeit playfully, transform education.  Make a Game Out of Learning.  But don’t gamify it. Share on Facebook

W3C launches first HTML5 Course in new partnership with edX

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 00:30
by SD Times Newswire The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global technical standards organization for the Web, announced today that it has joined edX, one of the world’s leading online course platforms, as a new member and will offer its first course on HTML5 on 1 June, 2015. Registration is now open. Under the name of W3Cx, the W3C will develop a number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), showcasing its authority and expertise across a range of courses on core Web technologies. “W3C’s partnership with edX expands opportunities for Web developers to take courses specifically created for them by W3C,” said Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. “These W3Cx courses will help them increase their skills and empower them to become the next leaders and innovators on the Web.”

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