Educational Technology

For rural school districts, where is new tech training available? Online, of course

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 00:28

By Alexandria Neason, Hechinger Report

For teachers in rural areas, technology training for classrooms can be elusive. It’s one reason why swarms of teachers, smartphones in hand, crowded around a small table covered in bar coded stickers at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, eager to learn. They listened intently on Sunday as Terra Graves, a district technology specialist from Washoe County, N.V., explained how to scan quick response (QR) codes for a new massive open online course (MOOC) debuting this August, using Google Hangouts and Google Plus. “Having it online, being able to have them connect with other educators that teach their content really broadened their horizons,” said Graves, one of hundreds of educators who are gathering at ISTE in Atlanta to swap tips and solutions on digital learning.

http://hechingerreport.org/content/rural-school-districts-new-tech-training-available-online-course_16577/

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The Effect of the ‘New’ E-Learning on Soft Skills Training Premium Content

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:39

by Stephen Meyer, ASTD

The pull of the past is strong, but we’re on the cusp of a paradigm shift in soft skills e-learning. Most learning professionals now realize that short form is better. They’re acutely aware that multiconcept learning creates cognitive overload, making it tougher to get users to engage in e-learning, sustain their interest, and retain what they learned. We now have viable models for short-form e-learning, and the recognition has set in that learning events don’t have to present a broad range of concepts; you can learn important things in eight minutes. E-learning’s dirty little secret—poor utilization—is out, and if learning departments want to use e-learning, they’re going to have to demonstrate higher engagement. The new e-learning is the path to an exciting breakthrough.

http://www.astd.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2014/07/The-Effect-of-the-New-E-Learning-on-Soft-Skills-Training

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Facing New Technologies in the Classroom, Teachers Seek Help Online

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:35

By Alexandria Neason, Games and Learning

One of the major challenges facing game developers hoping to get their tools used by teachers is the level to which teachers are comfortable using those technologies. In this story from the Hechinger Report, journalist Alexandria Neason reports from this week’s edtech conference in Atlanta about what some teachers are doing to answer the training gap.

http://www.gamesandlearning.org/2014/07/02/facing-new-technologies-in-the-classroom-teachers-seek-help-online/

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Learning-Disabled Siblings Graduate Thanks To Online Classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:29

By BILL ZEEBLE, KERA News

Melissa was eventually diagnosed with autism and auditory processing disorder. This high-functioning autistic girl started improving in online learning. “This is a platform and technology that makes sense to them,” explains autism expert Tandra Allen with the University of Texas at Dallas. Then there’s Melissa’s brother, William, who’s 22, diagnosed as a youngster with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Those disabilities impair reading and writing, even though he tested in the genius range, according to his mother. William tried online school like his sister. “I was able to pay attention, and didn’t have to deal with people yelling, screaming, using bad grammar,” William said. “Most of the time I was in the living room with my headphones on listening to music.” For students like William, music isn’t a distraction, it’s an aid.

http://keranews.org/post/learning-disabled-siblings-graduate-thanks-online-classes

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12 Essentials of Prescriptive Analytics for Student Success

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:38

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

While predictive analytics have been an ed tech buzzword in recent years, they are but a midpoint in the evolution of data analytics in higher education. What began as descriptive analytics, the analysis of historical data to understand what has happened in the past, has matured into predictive analytics, the use historical data to develop models for helping to predict the future. Now, prescriptive analytics takes the prediction and prescribes recommendations or actions to influence what ends up happening in the future. It works by developing business rules that kick into action when certain conditions are present. For example, a prescriptive analytics-driven learning management system could recommend additional material or Web sites to a student with poor performance pertaining to a specific topic.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/06/25/12-essentials-of-prescriptive-analytics-for-student-success.aspx

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5 critical iPad mistakes to avoid

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Here are five reasons why school iPad initiatives tend to stall, ETT-iPadTablets, including iPads, are all the rage in today’s classrooms. But how many iPad initiatives fail due to common mistakes that could be avoided with proper planning? During a jam-packed ISTE 2014 session, EdTechTeacher director and co-founder Tom Daccord gave an overview of what he said are five common mistakes schools across the country seem to make when it comes to iPad implementations. “It struck me that there were ways in which schools were making common mistakes with iPads,” Daccord said.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/01/5-ipad-mistakes-743/

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What’s hogging bandwidth on college campuses?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:32

By Denny Carter, eCampus News

The “State of ResNet Report” breaks down exactly which devices are using the most bandwidth on campuses. The prevalence of tablets — once a rarity — has wreaked havoc at many schools. Eighty-four percent of respondents to the ResNet Report said tablets are the biggest drain on their campus’s bandwidth, with 75 percent saying laptops and desktops are the main culprit. Six in 10 said internet-connected Blu-Ray players are to blame for bandwidth woes. Sixty-three percent pointed to smartphones and 61 percent said video games are a central issue in maintaining reliable bandwidth for every student. Students now own an average of seven mobile devices, up from 6.4 in 2012, according to a study from Marketing Charts.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/bandwidth-college-campuses-134/

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8 steps to get the most out of adaptive learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:40

By Meris Stansbury, eSchool Ness

Adaptive learning, considered a ‘game changer’ for higher education in its innovative use of technology to deliver high-quality, highly-personalized instruction to all types of learners, is still relatively new in its adoption and implementation. Thankfully, 17 tech-savvy leaders in higher ed are offering best practices to get the most out of adaptive learning. In a new report, “Maximizing Investment in Adaptive Learning,” sponsored by Adapt Courseware and produced by Eduventures—a research and consulting service—though adaptive learning is not only in demand by colleges and universities (Arizona State, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California Berkeley, and more) but meets the needs of today’s students’ through rich online learning environments and personalized learning, its full potential is not yet realized.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/adaptive-learning-steps-487/

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iOS 8 Is Coming: What Are The Big Wins For Education?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:35

By Dan Kemp, Edudemic

This week Apple held their developer’s conference and made a number of exciting announcements about iOS 8. We at the Book Creator team have picked out some of the key updates coming with iOS 8 – the ones that will change the way iPads are used in the classroom.  Apple announced major updates to their operating systems, which will launch in the Fall. iOS 8 will be released for iPads and iPhones, and OS X Yosemite is the latest update to the Mac operating system. These updates bring with them many exciting features which are good news for teachers, students, and classrooms.

http://www.edudemic.com/ios-8-coming-big-wins-education/

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10 New Technologies You Should Know About

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:30

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Every year has its standouts, right? 2007 had the original iPhone, and 2010 had the iPad. But what has 2014 offered us in terms of awesome technology thus far? There’s been some chatter about things like Google Glass, but I have yet to see any notable number of folks walking around donning their Google specs. There are lots of little things that come out that are better than the last version, but we’ve really been looking at a lot of incremental improvements on existing technology – iOS8 is not offering any major breakthroughs or improvements over iOS7, iOS6, etc. The handy infographic linked below from Weekly Science brings us 10 technologies from 2014 that are pushing the envelope tech-wise.

http://www.edudemic.com/new-technologies/

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5 critical tips for implementing mobile technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:38

By Meris Stansbury, eSchool News

From knowing why IT woes occur on your campus to learning why apps aren’t always the saviors they’re marketed to be, these 5 tips can help educators get the most out of mobile learnig. Long gone are the days when having a phone in class was cause for dismissal, with professors and students eager to implement mobile technology into the classroom. The problem is, not all implementation is effective.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/tips-mobile-technology-389/

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802.11ac – new standards

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Network speed will experience a huge expansion under the 802.11ac standard. 802.11ac-network. A relatively new technology standard has huge potential for school connectivity as it aims to relieve congested networks and drastically increase network speed. The 802.11ac standard operates in the 5-gigahertz spectrum–a move away from the clogged 2.4-gigahertz frequency in which 802.11n operates. The rollout will occur in three waves, and the first wave is already active. The three waves will eventually increase data rates up to 6.93 Gbps and will open MHz channels and available data streams.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/30/critical-abcs-80211ac-674/

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Accelerate Learning Launches STEM Site For K-12 Teachers

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 00:29

by Texas Tech Pulse

Houston-based Accelerate Learning said today that it has launched a new, online learning site aimed at K-12 teachers, to help them professionaly in their efforts to teach science. Accelerate Learning said its new STEMcoach.com website is free, and helps K-12 teachers with their professional development, helping them teach math, science, technology, and engineering classes. The company said the site features things like teacher guides, question prompts, student guides, videos, instructional tips, and more. Accelerate Learning is a spinoff of Rice University, and is looking to create a comprehensive PreK-12 source of curriculum; the company says it now has the most widely used PreK-12 science curriculum in Texas, and is expanding nationally.

http://www.texastechpulse.com/accelerate_learning_launches_stem_site_for_k___teachers/s-0055735.html

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Watch: a viral economics course that can be completed in one sitting

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:39

by Gregory Ferenstein, Venture Beat

The next frontier in higher education may be viral courses that can be completed in a single day. One of my favorite economists, Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution, is out with a new course on “Everyday Economics”, complete with short quizzes and eye-candy visual lectures. The one below, on the rise of human prosperity, is intellectually delicious. “For this type of material, let’s face it: We’re competing with BuzzFeed,” Alex Tabarrok told the Chronicle of Higher Education. Tabarrok is a professor at George Mason University and co-founder of Marginal Revolution University, which is offering the course. Indeed, there appears to be a trend in one-shot courses. Vocational online course provider, Udacity, has teamed up with Google to offer advanced web programming courses that can be completed in a single day.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/26/watch-a-viral-economics-course-that-can-be-completed-in-one-sitting/

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Online Education Can Mean Year-Round Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:36

By North American Precis Syndicate

While summer can be a great time for family fun, it can also pose a challenge to many students. That’s because students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.” Without the continuation of education online virtually year-round, children can lose knowledge and skills. This is particularly true for those in low-income families who may not have access to enrichment opportunities such as camp, tutoring and regular trips to the library. The good news is, there’s a wealth of educational resources available online for free, so families can turn the “summer slide” into a chance for academic growth.

http://scoopsandiego.com/online_features/tech_talk_and_innovation/online-education-can-mean-year-round-learning/article_0c4315c5-a0f4-5eba-ba18-56d6535c0528.html

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Where Teaching Meets Technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:30

Where Teaching Meets Technology

by Sophia Hollander, Wall Street Journal

In late May, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $20 million investment in new devices and software to increase classroom connectivity—and a $650 million capital investment over the next five years. And on Friday, city officials are set to announce a series of summer courses for teachers on the topic—offered through partners including PBS, Google and Microsoft—to meet the expanding need. The courses will be free and include in-person and online elements. Last spring, the Department of Education started a Blended Learning Institute to train science teachers like Mr. Larsen how to teach with technology more effectively. This year, it launched a track in computer science; classes led by the 60 newly trained high-school teachers will begin next fall.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/where-teaching-meets-technology-1403833224?mod=WSJ_LatestHeadlines

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Online learning platform Udacity launches an Android app and four new Google-supported courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:38

by NICK SUMMERS, the Next Web

Udacity is expanding its online learning platform with a new Android app and four courses designed in collaboration with Google. After bringing some of its video lessons to the iPad and iPhone, Udacity is turning its attention to Google’s hugely successful mobile OS. The new Android app gives students the ability to stream lectures on the move and test their knowledge with quizzes. The company has also promised an offline mode at a later date, so users can download videos and watch them at any time. To coincide with the launch of Google’s I/O conference, Udacity is introducing four new courses created in partnership with the renowned technology company. The first is ‘Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,’ instructed by Reto Meier, leader of Google’s Scalable Developer Advocacy team, as well as Google developer advocates Katherine Kuan and Dan Galpin.

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/06/25/online-learning-platform-udacity-launches-android-app-four-new-google-supported-courses/

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Education, Learning and Libraries at a Tipping Point

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:35

by OCLC

A new report suggests that the cumulative weight of changing consumer habits, enabling technologies like MOOCs and mobile, and the high cost of postsecondary education are resetting expectations and bringing permanent changes to education and lifelong learning. OCLC, the computer library service and research organization, today released At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, the latest in a series of OCLC Membership Reports designed to explore emerging trends that impact libraries and librarianship. The report is available to download from the OCLC website.

http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2014/201422dublin.en.html

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5 Ways To Use Word Cloud Generators In The Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:30

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Word cloud generators have gone the route of Kleenex and Saran Wrap, wherein people often use the name of the product to refer to the thing. Most folks I talk to refer to all word clouds as ‘wordles’, even though Wordle is just one of many, many tools that one can use to create word clouds. Word clouds are fun. They speak to humans’ affinity for the visual. They can help you sort through important ideas and concepts quickly. They’re nice to look at. Why not use them in your classroom?

http://www.edudemic.com/5-ways-use-word-cloud-generators-classroom/

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Online Education Can Mean Year-Round Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:30

by Napsnet

While summer can be a great time for family fun, it can also pose a challenge to many students. That’s because students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.” Without the continuation of education online virtually year-round, children can lose knowledge and skills. This is particularly true for those in low-income families who may not have access to enrichment opportunities such as camp, tutoring and regular trips to the library. The good news is, there’s a wealth of educational resources available online for free, so families can turn the “summer slide” into a chance for academic growth. Unfortunately, about 30 percent of Americans, many of whom live below the poverty line, don’t have Internet access at home.

http://www.napsnet.com/articles/70541.html

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