Educational Technology

9 coding schools higher ed should keep an eye on

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 00:35

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Coding schools — programs that teach short courses aimed at professionals in programming and developing online and mobile applications — are growing more popular because of their stripped-down approach to teaching high-demand skills that appeal to employers. Regardless, given the popularity of these programs and the competition they present to traditional continuing education, here are nine of the most popular coding schools higher ed should be aware of.

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Carnegie Mellon and Uber partner on self-driving car research

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 00:30

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Carnegie Mellon University is partnering with Uber to create a new advanced technology center. The center, near Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Pittsburgh, will look to develop driverless vehicle technology, Campus Technology reports. By funding Uber Technologies Center, Uber is setting itself against an investor, Google, which has been a pioneer in driverless vehicle research.

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Did higher education get these trends right?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 00:39

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

NMC and EDUCUASE release the 2015 Horizon Report, outlining 18 trends in higher-ed technology over the next 1 to 5 years. “Makerspaces” will gain traction long before adaptive learning; and improving digital literacy is a breeze compared to determining how to reward educators for teaching. These are just two of the findings released as part of the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) 2015 Higher Education Horizon Report, jointly conducted with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. The Report charts the five-year horizon for the impact of emerging technology in learning around the world.

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5 Free Tools For Making Digital Portfolios

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 00:35

By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic

Students create a truly outstanding amount of work over the course of a year. Back when everything was done on paper, most of that work was either thrown in the trash, stuffed in a drawer somewhere, or stuck in a box in the garage. How many essays, stories, you labor over during your years as a student that you’ll never see again? Now that so much of what students create in school (and in life) is in the digital realm, teachers have an opportunity to help students value their work more and for longer. Digital portfolios allow students to collect the work they’re most proud of and see their progress over time in a tangible way.

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Why are Gibault students adding online classes to their already busy schedules?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 00:30


Whether it’s learning a new language or how to do computer programming, students at Gibault Catholic High School had the opportunity this semester to take an online elective class through the Illinois Virtual School. And eight students at Gibault jumped at the chance, even though it meant more work, better time management and collaboration with teachers and classmates across the state. Sophomore Matthew Lock is taking Mandarin Chinese. “It like it,” he said. “It’s actually pretty hard, but I’m enjoying it.”

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School officials: Digital learning initiative gives students individualization

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 00:40

BY CLAIRE BYUN, the Sun News

School districts nationwide are sharpening their own PDL programs, and Ambrose said Horry County was among the first in the state to jump into digital learning. She said student reading skills scores have improved. “Talk to the students, talk to the teachers,” Ambrose said. “The students are engaged, we see a huge difference now.” Horry County schools rely on the Lexile Framework – a national measure to match reading skills to appropriate texts – to help determine student growth and performance. After using PDL programs for a semester, student’s Lexile scores in grades 6-12 improved nearly twice as much as the district anticipated, Ambrose said.

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What can we learn from the badging movement?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 00:35

by CHRIS BERDIK, Hechinger Report

The digital badge buzz got started when U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called them “a game-changing strategy” that could trigger “a quantum leap forward in education reform.” Badges? Yes, like the Boy and Girl Scouts — but online. A quantum leap forward? I know. But here’s the argument: In today’s world, learning can and should extend beyond school walls — in after-school programs, volunteering, clubs and online — and badges can make all of it count.

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Snow Days Show Why Schools, Blended Learning Matter

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 00:28

by Michael Horn, Forbes

No, this isn’t another piece about how online learning can allow students to continue to learn even when school is canceled because of snow—although online learning could arguably help a select number of parents who can work from home solve the problem faced when this happens. Instead this is a piece about how important physical brick-and-mortar schools are in our communities and why, even as online learning grows, those schools likely won’t be going away. The insight is one reason why the future for most K–12 schools and students is in blended learning.

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President Pushes Student Digital Privacy Act

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 14:05

On January 12, President Obama unveiled the Student Digital Privacy Act, legislation meant to safeguard student data at the K-12 level. Announced along with several cybersecurity initiatives, the act reflects the president’s call for companies to protect the privacy of students in the classroom.

The Student Digital Privacy Act would prohibit the selling of student data to third parties for any purposes other than the education of the student; it would also ban companies from directing targeted advertising to students based on the information and data collected in school. In President Obama’s words, companies should “teach our students, not to market our students.” The president contends that the bill will not interfere with research initiatives meant to improve student learning.

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Why these 5 campus security concerns are high-priority

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 00:40

By Phillip Britt, eCampus News

What IT needs to know to stay one step ahead of cyber attacks and student data leaks. Security of college students is a growing concern for the students themselves; for their parents, relatives and friends; and for colleges and universities. The security concerns are two fold, both for the physical security of the students themselves and for the security of the student data on university systems. Both those seeking to cause physical harm and those seeking to attack data systems continue to advance their techniques, pushing college security experts to continue to evolve security strategies to stay ahead of the threats. To better help institutions keep one step ahead, here are the top five campus IT security trends for 2015.

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50 tips to develop and run your online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 00:35

by Andrea Harmon, eSchool News

From getting started to managing the day-to-day business, try these 50 tips for setting up a successful online course for any grade level. As many K-12 U.S. public schools and districts are struggling to compete with 100 percent online cyber charter schools for essential student funding, many universities are struggling to understand the impact of MOOCs on future enrollment. Both of these scenarios point to the one thing that is abundantly clear, online education is having another growth spurt in the second decade of the 21st century and the race to create in-house online content is on. In-house online content is defined here as online course development created by practicing K-12 educators to avoid having to access sometimes cost-prohibitive, commercially-developed online courses.

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And now, online preschool classes. Really.

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 00:29

By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

It was only a matter of time. Online school classes for toddlers and preschoolers are here. VINCI Education is offering what it calls a “groundbreaking virtual school” for youngsters, which was featured by by Dr. Gadget®, the nationally recognized TV and radio personality, on CBS’s “The Talk” late last month. VINCI Education, according to its Web site,”is a pioneer in providing Blended Learning Curriculum, Assessment Tools and Data Analytics for the Early Childhood Education.” It operates preschools and day-care centers in Los Angeles, Ottawa and Beijing, which use technology and blended learning strategies to, the Web site says, “strengthen the main developmental areas of a child’s mind.”

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Senate Holds Hearing on NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 18:24

On February 4, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing, entitled “Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience with the NIST Framework,”  which addressed implementation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity in the private sector. The framework is a voluntary plan that private sector entities can adopt to better strengthen their own cybersecurity protections.

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Privacy and Organizational Analytics

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 16:06

Michael Corn, Deputy CIO, Brandeis University

The floodgates are opening on organizational analytics and I worry that privacy is going to drown in the deluge. By organizational analytics, I'm referring to using the techniques of data mining and big data to look at ourselves, both operationally and from a mission perspective — how our students are doing, how effective our teaching is, and how our administrative support of the mission intersects with outcomes. This includes everything from fundraising to successfully competing for grants.

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Global Oneness Project Launches Free Multimedia Resources, Lesson Plans

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:37

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

The Global Oneness Project, a curator of multicultural studies, has launched a multimedia initiative for K-12 and higher education that combines free digital stories and lesson plans. “The interdisciplinary stories — in the form of short documentary films, photo essays and articles — examine global themes with a humanistic lens,” according to a news release. “The lesson plans facilitate critical thinking, reflective writing and in-class activities designed for use in the arts, environmental sciences, English, history courses and more.”

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California District Deploys 23,000 1-to-1 Devices, Works To Quell Parental Concerns

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Manteca Unified School District in California is in the next phase of its $30 million project to outfit its 23,000 students with computers. In response to earlier parental concerns regarding the program, the district posted information on its site addressing the most common questions and held two seminars specifically to educate families about software usage.

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7 Tips for Harnessing the Energy of Social Media in Class

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:30

By Richard Rose, Campus Technology

Social media can be a distraction for students — but used well, it can also invigorate teaching and learning with a relevant, immediate stream of communication. Here’s how to make sure it’s an asset, not a liability. The arrival of social media in today’s university classroom completes the trend. Students sit in class (if they attend class at all) with devices that permit instant two-way communication with anyone in the room or out of it. They often think of themselves primarily as “customers” and believe they owe the institution nothing but politeness and the reasonably timely payment of their semester bills. They reserve the right to evaluate, on a moment-to-moment basis, whether the words of the professor have sufficient entertainment value to justify their continuing attention.

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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:37

by Beth Holland, Edutopia

Recently, I wrote about the transformation of libraries from archives of resources to active learning commons that encourage exploration, creation, and collaboration. However, in that post, I profiled a number of locations that made significant financial investments in their redesign. Million-dollar learning spaces are often not a reality for most schools. However, that is no reason to abandon the concept of transformation. Here are four suggestions from librarians and educators who have transformed their learning spaces — even without a budget.

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Why school libraries are transforming into learning commons

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:34

By Paul Schott, The Advocate

There is no “shushing” in the International School at Dundee’s library. Students can talk; they can even get a little noisy while tapping away at keyboards, peppering a guest speaker with questions, or giving a presentation to classmates. Head over to the Makerspace and you will hear the rumbling and beeping of 3D printers churning out their latest creations. This is the soundtrack of ISD’s new, transformed library. Here, students do not stop by just to check out and read books. They visit more often, come for a wider range of activities and stay longer. It’s not even called a library anymore. Or a media center. It is now the “learning commons,” a hub for students and teachers.

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App Gives Students an Incentive to Keep Their Phones Locked in Class

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:28

by Casey Fabris, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Resisting the urge to pull out your phone in class is quite difficult for many students, apparently. There are texts to answer, emails to read, snapchats to send, and rude comments to post on Yik Yak. But two students at California State University at Chico have created something they hope will persuade students to keep their phones tucked firmly in their pockets: An app that rewards them with coupons for local businesses when they exhibit self-control and leave their phones untouched during class.

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