Educational Technology

Struggling Students Find Success at Oklahoma Online School in 2016

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 00:36

by Business Wire

Students at Insight School of Oklahoma (ISOK), a tuition-free, online public school, began their 2016-2017 school year on August 16, thankful for a place where they can learn within a unique and highly supportive environment. Students attending ISOK come from diverse backgrounds, many of them struggling at traditional brick and mortar schools before finding ISOK. Oklahoma students in grades 7 through 12 are welcome to attend ISOK. The school’s comprehensive education approach focuses on providing struggling students with the academic, social and emotional support needed to succeed in school and beyond. The online learning environment allows students to work at their own pace, giving them time to progress faster in subjects at which they excel, while spending more time on subjects and lessons where they need more help.

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Survey Finds Millennial Parents Supportive Of DIY Approach To Education, Diverse School Options

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 00:31

by Parent Herald

Millennials are now the largest living generation in the country. One of the most studied and analyzed generations, millennials are now becoming parents. A new independent survey of U.S. households, supported by Connections Education, found that millennials are supportive of alternative approaches to education, with three-fourths of millennial parents (77 percent) saying a DIY approach to education, in which learners craft a path to graduation that best fits their needs, is a good idea. “The millennial generation flipped the workplace on its head, and all signs point to them breaking the status quo for education as well,” said Steven Guttentag, president and co-founder of Connections Education. “Compared to older generations, this generation of parents has more experience in education options beyond brick and mortar schools, such as online courses and blended learning. As a result, we’re finding they’re more open to and supportive of different education options.”

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Report says innovations could significantly impact the growth of edtech through to 2020

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 00:40

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Augmented reality and cloud computing are two key innovations driving the nascent edtech market in the US, according to a new study. Tech consultancy Technavio says the twin technologies, plus simulation, which replicates aspects of the real world online, have the potential to significantly impact the growth of edtech through to 2020. “The e-learning market in the US is growing rapidly due to changes in the education sector, such as the introduction of education technology and online content to the curriculum,” said Jhansi Mary, a lead analyst from Technavio. Innovations by vendors have led to the use of more advanced technologies such as simulations, cloud-based solutions, and AR in the education system.”

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A School Blended With Online and On Campus Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 00:36


AISU Virtual is a blended online and on-campus program to promote a K-12 School in Murray, Utah. This allows students to work at their own speed online as well as on-campus. AISU Virtual, blends online and on-campus to personalize students learning. Core classes in English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science are taken online throughout the year at student’s own pace. All other courses, including mathematics and electives, may be taken online throughtout the year or taken on-campus following AISU’s trimester schedule. Students participate in two week learning Intensives. Three times a year (fall, winter and spring), AISU students can enroll in a hands-on interactive learning experiences, earning 0.5 credit each intensive. Students choose from 30-40 courses designed by AISU teachers and guest instructors that fulfill most elective requirements.

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Transformation Program offers innovative course design approach

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 00:30

by Penn State University

This fall, five Penn State faculty making up the first cohort of the Blended Learning Transformation (BlendLT) program offered by Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) will be teaching their newly designed blended courses. Born out of Penn State’s mission to transform education, BlendLT not only offers full support for faculty who wish to redesign their existing residential instruction course to an innovative blended (face-to-face and online) format, but also sees the process through the actual teaching of the course and measurement of learning outcomes once the course has ended.

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China’s E-Learning Revolution: The 10 Hottest Chinese Online Companies

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 00:40

by Manya Koetse, What’s on Weibo

China’s rapid digital developments have greatly impacted people’s lives in many ways. It has not only changed how people talk, shop, pay, or even date – it has also changed how they learn. The increasing popularity of cyber schools is bringing about major changes in China’s education system. What’s on Weibo covers the latest developments in the booming business of e-learning in China, and introduces the 10 hottest players in the field.

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Kansas Online School Offers Students a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 00:36

by Business Wire

Students at Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA), an accredited, tuition-free, online public school, will begin their 2016-2017 school year on August 16 in a safe and engaging educational environment. The school is a program within the Spring Hill School District, however, is open to any student residing in Kansas. KSVA’s mission is to help students discover, develop and achieve their maximum learning potential. The individualized learning approach gives students in grades K through 6 an exceptional learning experience. The online environment allows students to work at their own pace within parameters, giving them time to progress faster in subjects at which they excel, while spending more time on subjects and lessons where they need more help.

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Back to Basics: 5 Essential Elements of Effective E-Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 00:27

by RK Prasad, ATD

Recall a course in college that made a lasting impact on you. What was so unique about it? Was it because it was very useful? Or was it because the instructor was very good? Or did the interaction with peers make it meaningful? If you really think about it, you will identify certain elements that make any learning experience memorable, useful, and enjoyable.

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Ensuring ‘Anytime Anywhere’ Access in a High-Poverty District

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 00:41

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

In two years on the job as deputy superintendent of educational services for the Santa Ana Unified School District, David Haglund has helped usher in a new era of “anytime, anywhere access to learning.” The high-poverty district, in which more than 90 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, is embracing BYOD as it emphasizes competency-based, project-based and blended learning. The centerpiece is the Advanced Learning Academy, a dependent charter school for elementary and middle school students that opened last fall with a focus on a high-tech, project-based and STEM curriculum. The district has also begun using Lightspeed classroom audio systems to allow teachers to be heard clearly and to be able to listen in on small-group discussions.

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E-Learning a Hit for Construction Industry

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 00:35

by Building Design and Construction

The construction industry has welcomed e-learning with companies, suppliers and construction sites registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme undertaking 3,600 courses so far. The construction industry’s online platform for sharing best practice, the Best Practice Hub, has launched a number of free e-learning courses which are designed to help raise industry standards. Companies, suppliers and construction sites of all sizes registered with the Considerate Construction Scheme can undertake the e-learning courses, which are designed to improve their knowledge of the scheme in order to meet and exceed the expectations outlined by the scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice. The e-learning courses are eligible for CPD and were launched to all users registered with the Best Practice Hub during May.

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5 Ways to Learn a New Skill Online

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 00:30

Diogo Costa,

The Internet is an amazing tool that can make our lives much easier and put us in contact with the entire world. At the same time, it’s also an excellent way to procrastinate with lots of memes and jokes to look at. But, if we want to, we can take advantage of the Internet’s best features to our personal improvement. The web can be used to learn about investment, to enhance technical skills, learn a new language, complement studies and develop a hobby, or even focus on entrepreneurial skills. The advantages are – just like the possibilities – endless. Here are some ways to learn a new skill online right away.

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Data systems that track early career wages are helping students visualize life after a diploma

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 00:40

by eSchool News

When Luke Greiner quizzes high school students about Minnesota’s labor market, there’s one question that always stumps them: What college major–and type of degree–leads to the highest salary two years after graduation? “Students pick chemical engineering, anything with computers,” said Greiner, who works for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The correct answer? A specialized plumbing and water supply program.

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South Dakota is leveraging a statewide distance learning center to link students to core courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 00:35

by eSchool News

When the first day of school rolls around in August, Webster math teacher Lori Wagner won’t be heading back to the classroom. Instead, she’ll be heading to her basement. Wagner is one of nine new teachers hired by the Center for Statewide E-learning at Northern State University with a $1 million budget increase. The money is courtesy of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and, more specifically, a half-cent sales tax increase passed during the legislative session. The bulk of the new money is to increase K-12 teacher pay at public schools, but the distance learning center is also a beneficiary, able to increase services. Wager has set up a virtual classroom in her basement. She’ll be teaching Algebra II and possibly pre-calculus to students across the state.

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Missouri schools get help preventing cyberbullying

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 00:29

by eSchool News

The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) and Gaggle have announced that K-12 schools throughout Missouri are now eligible for a consortium discount on Gaggle Safety Management. Gaggle Safety Management ensures the safety of students through early warning detection of cyberbullying, self-harm, drug or alcohol use, pornography and other harmful situations. By combining machine learning technology with expert Safety Representatives, schools and districts can create safe digital learning environments for communication, collaboration and learning.

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Competency-Based Education: The Importance of Metrics and Data Collection

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 00:39

by Carlos Rivers, Evolllution

A major issue that we have seen for current innovative educational models, particularly for Competency-Based Education, is that we have not agreed upon a common framework to measure the effectiveness of these programs. At the Institute for Competency-Based Education, we are currently building a Metrics Framework for our CBE program in Organizational Leadership at Texas A&M-Commerce (TAMU-C). Our framework analyzes three key components since program inception: 1. Student Demographics 2. Program Performance 3. Program Efficiency. The landscape of higher education comes with immense complexity. There can be no one-size-fits-all approach, and therefore we believe this is the perfect starting point to which you can then adjust your parameters to meet the specific needs of your program(s).

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Five Steps to Building an Academic Innovation Engine

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 00:35

by Christina Sax, Evolllution

The number of unique professional job postings in the higher education sector with “innovation” in the title or description rose 211 percent from 2010 to 2015 (from 75 postings in 2010, to 233 in 2015, according to Burning Glass Labor InsightTM). In addition, it appears that a new interdisciplinary field of academic innovation is also emerging within higher education.[2,3] As a provost or dean, is your institution ready to take on an innovation agenda?[4] And if so, where do you start when it comes to building an innovation engine? This article provides a set of five first steps to establish, nurture and sustain an engine of academic innovation.

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Learning Analytics: Is data collection of students’ learning habits Orwellian or simply helpful?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 00:28

by Study International

Dr. Bart Rienties, director of the learning analytics program at the Open University, told The Guardian: “We’re trying to use data to improve our understanding of how students learn. We want to understand the story behind that data.” Rienties added that with the use of learning analytics, universities are able to “provide a more personal learning experience, rather than a one-size-fit-all solution”. In a recent study involving data collated from more than 113,000 students at the Open University, a student’s usage patterns of online learning resources can help predict their overall academic performance. Despite the potential advantages of learning analytics, experts are also wary of its potential abuses, especially when it comes to students’ privacy. The Higher Education Policy Institute’s director, Nick Hillman, said it was still too early to say what effect this approach would have in the long run.

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MIT Software Greatly Simplifies Tough Database Querying

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

New software from researchers at MIT could make even the most complex databases easier for non-experts to use. The program’s home screen looks like a spreadsheet, and it allows users to create database queries and reports by combining functions familiar to spreadsheet users rather than forcing them to learn SQL or some other data scripting language. The research project, underway in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, lets people use drop-down menus to pull data into the tool from multiple sources; then they can sort and filter that data, perform integration and tuck away unneeded columns and rows. From those activities the program generates the database queries that deliver results.

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Qlik Expands Portfolio of Free Data Analytics Tools for Universities

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 00:35

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Qlik, a company that primarily makes data analytics tools for business, has added a new component to the free digital course materials it offers to universities. The company has added a new data analytics curriculum to its Qlik Academic Program. The program, which the company has offered to higher education institutions since 2012, offers digital tools that students and professors in all academic disciplines can use to visualize and analyze data and then share findings with one another.

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7 Best Practices for Deploying Lecture Capture Campuswide

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 00:30

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Technology leaders from universities with large lecture capture implementations share their advice for rolling out the technology at scale. Today’s students increasingly expect ubiquitous lecture capture so they can review lectures to improve their understanding of the material or catch up on a class they missed. “Lecture capture in general is becoming very quickly an expectation of students,” said Chris Edwards, assistant vice president at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. To meet this demand, colleges and universities are scaling up their lecture capture deployments to more classrooms and providing faculty the option of recording lectures outside of the classroom.

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