Educational Technology

5 Ways To Think, And Act, Like A Digital Technology Leader

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/27/2016 - 00:29

by Joe McKendrick, Forbes

Moving to a digital enterprise — bringing in game-changing technologies such as cloud services and data analytics, as well as getting everyone to think in new ways — is great stuff, but also can be hard work. There are many different trends, technologies and opinions coming at you from many different directions. It may be helpful to examine the roles that may help guide progress through the digital realm, and the ways of thinking that may need to be applied to make things happen across the organization. Leading the charge with digital technologies, of course, requires technology savvy or skills, and we’ll assume some level of comfort with technology. Here are some ways of thinking to help in the journey.

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Shakespeare course premieres online

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/26/2016 - 00:39

By Corinne Prost, the Collegian

Through Dec. 5, the colleges is releasing a new video lecture on a weekly basis that those who register for the course may watch at their discretion. After discussing with involved faculty, external affairs settled on doing the course on Shakespeare, Director of Programs for External Affairs Matt Bell said. Although Smith filmed three lectures for each of the two plays, Arnn did the first lesson in which he discusses Shakespeare’s significance. “Shakespeare thinks and writes beautiful thoughts,” Arnn said. “In the Symposium, Socrates posits that the greatest poets would write both comedy and tragedy. Shakespeare does that and also history plays. He can show us all of nature and its hierarchy low to high.” The set of lectures are also congruent with the college’s focus on self-government through the virtues and vices in human nature, Smith said.

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Firefly Scores $5.6 Million to Further Online Learning Tools for Schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/26/2016 - 00:35

by Edsurge

SO FLY: Education technology startup Firefly has raised $5.6 million (£4.5 million) in a Series A round led by BGF Ventures, which contributed of $3.7 million (£3 million), and Beringea, The Tech Portal reports. The London-based company says the money will be used to further develop their product—an online tool that lets teachers track, mark and share resources with students and parents—and double the size of its now 50-person staff. Firefly is currently used in 32 countries and by 480 schools—98 percent of which are reportedly renewing their contracts each year—and is estimated to reach approximately 400,000 students.

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Distance learning explodes at private schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/26/2016 - 00:30

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Inside Higher Ed reports on a new survey from the Council of Independent Colleges and the Learning House, which suggests surprising trends about the online and distance learning efforts of private schools throughout the United States. Of the more than 160 chief academic officers surveyed, more than 25% reported offering at least five fully online programs, a 10% increase from 2013. The same percentage of respondents reported revenues from the programs exceeding $1 million, and more than 60% say tuition revenue from distance learning has remained steady over the last three years. 44% of institutions are likely to increase marketing efforts for international students in the near future.

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Trump administration causes concern for growing international student population

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 00:34

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The New York Times reports there is growing concern among international students studying in the United States as anti-immigrant and minority sentiment increases on predominantly white college and university campuses. Students who have seen coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and incidents on campuses nationwide are considering other nations for college study, despite international student enrollment surpassing 1 million in 2015. Canadian institutions say they have seen a massive increase in web traffic and applications in the days following the presidential election, but caution that it’s too early to tell what impact it will actually have on enrollment or transfers.

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Udacity launches web design pipeline for nanodegree grads

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 00:30

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

For-profit online learning company Udacity this week announced the formation of Udacity Blitz, a web development job trial company that pairs corporations seeking mobile design with nanodegree graduates with skills matching their assignment needs. Companies are free to hire the graduates after the completion of the project, with no costs in finders’ fees beyond the original matching price. Udacity, which began as a MOOC platform developer, has expanded into tech skills training to match the growing need for computer science graduates, expected to exceed 1 million by 2020.

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Coursera embraces Netflix subscription model for course access

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 00:29

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Coursera is shifting away from a pay-by-the-course model towards a monthly subscription plan to encourage “binge learning,” Financial Times reports. An initial pilot of the program found a 250% increase in course completion. The company’s chief product officer, who came to Coursera from Netflix, told Financial Times, “We’re not introducing a new payment model so much as a new psychological model,” saying learners are financially motivated to complete more courses faster. The new payment model will apply to any specialization area that includes six to eight courses on one subject. Prices will range from $39-$89 per month — previously, learners paid between $19-$99 per course.

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Private Colleges, Universities Expand Online Learning Opportunities

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 00:42

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Online education programs and courses are on the rise at private colleges and universities compared to three years ago, according to a new report from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Learning House. In 2013, CIC and Learning House conducted a similar survey of chief academic officers at private colleges and universities, finding that about 15 percent have “extensive” online offerings (defined as five or more fully online programs). The latest survey, comprising responses from 169 chief academic officers of CIC member institutions, found that 25 percent now have extensive offerings. Furthermore, the survey found that private colleges and universities are growing increasingly accepting of online instruction, with more private institutions overcoming barriers to offer online programs.

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3 Things Veterans Should Do Before Taking Online Classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 00:35

by Bianca Strzalkowski, Ameriforce

All online education is not created equal. Nearly one-third of college students take distance education courses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. However, the investment into a degree is an expensive one and like with any big purchase, there are necessary steps a student should take to guarantee they get the most bang for their buck. Franc Lopez, president of the Council for College and Military Education (CCME) — an organization providing professional development for those in the military education community along with scholarships for students, says there are several reasons veterans choose the virtual route for school.

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Now You Can Sell Shares in Yourself to Pay for College

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 00:27

by Kim Clark, Time

New experiments by Purdue and at least five other educational institutions represent a more radical idea. Instead of lending money to students, “investors” essentially buy a “share” in a student’s future for a limited period of time. If the student makes little or no money in that time, the investors lose out, and the student is free from obligation. If the student succeeds, the investors profit—and the student may pay more than he or she would have on a loan. In other words, students can now sell a kind of stock in themselves. Allowing students to collect money for college now in return for a share of their after-graduation income is an idea that has a long history and many names.

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What To Do With A Millennial Employee That’s Bored At Work

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/23/2016 - 00:39

by Kaytie Zimmerman, Forbes

According to a recent study released by Udemy, young millennials (ages 21-24) are nearly twice as likely to be bored at work (38%) than Baby Boomers (22%). Udemy’s report found that bored employees are twice as likely to leave or job hop in the next three to six months. Millennials aren’t necessarily bored because they are neglecting responsibilities. In fact, they may be so efficient or tech savvy that they complete their work faster than less apt peers and find themselves with extra time. The news isn’t all bad though. According to Intelligence Group, 64% of millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring. Pay millennials less and challenge them more? You bet. While it may not be the best move, the statistics speak for themselves. The sweet spot of efficiency, employee engagement and retainment is where a talented employee is frequently assessed for boredom and challenge level, but is still adequately compensated for their work.

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Hopkinsville students create vehicle for real-world solution

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/23/2016 - 00:35

BY SAM MORGEN, The Kentucky New Era

Gateway principal Penny Knight jumped at the opportunity to let her students help Clara. Clara, who can’t walk, is unable to move without the assistance of a family member. The project fit perfectly with the school’s goal. “We present students with problems, real-world problems,” Knight said, “and they have to do the research and figure out how to solve that problem.” Known as project-based learning, each classroom at Gateway offers a curriculum in which students work through problems that exist in the real world to prepare students for jobs in industries like construction or hospitality. Knight recruited the help of two classes, the advanced machine tool class and the advanced electrical circuitry class, for Clara’s toy car.

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Charlottesville elementary schools look to balance online, traditional instruction

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/23/2016 - 00:31

by Josh Mandell, C’ville Tomorrow

Third-grader Sam Farmer celebrated with a fist pump when he solved a tricky multiplication problem at Greenbrier Elementary School. “Yes! Take that,” he exclaimed. While playing an educational computer game, Sam traversed a virtual landscape and solved dozens of math problems in order to cast spells and capture magical creatures. He played the game on his school-issued Chromebook, a laptop running Google’s Chrome operating system. Charlottesville City Schools expanded its “one-to-one” device program to elementary schools last year, assigning each student in third grade and above their own Chromebook. While middle- and high-schoolers take their computers home with them, elementary students leave theirs in their homerooms.

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Cyber school program could recoup students, tuition dollars

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 00:40


Students work on laptops at tables set up in an open area at the junction of two main hallways at Erie’s Central Career and Technical School. Three teachers stationed at desks beside and behind them are available for help when the students need it. Most of the time, teachers monitor other students working online at home. The makeshift classroom is home base for the Erie School District’s cyber school, created in 2012. High school students work mainly online at home but come to the class if they need one-on-one help from teachers. Middle school students new to the cyber program this school year are required to go to class at least weekly.

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How to Structure Modern Blended Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 00:35

by Shannon Tipton, ATD

Today’s modern learner is well aware that learning doesn’t just come from PowerPoint and classrooms. Here’s a clearer picture of what blended learning actually looks like. When it comes time to think about designing a new course, is it a forgone conclusion that the course will either be held in a classroom with one instructor or as a stand-alone e-learning course? Probably not. Learning today requires a much more flexible approach to learning delivery methods. You don’t have to be stuck completely in a classroom or in front of computer screens. You can do both.

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Does Technology Belong in College Classrooms?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 00:30

by Pete Musto, Voice of America

Modern technology has a strong influence on many things we do. In fact, technology is shaping almost every part of our day-to-day existence, including education. Ashok Goel is a professor with the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Goel says he uses the Internet in almost all of the classes he teaches. Every term over 300 graduate students take his class on artificial intelligence (AI). The students never meet in person. All of the classes take place online — through a website. The site lets students ask questions and complete their work from anywhere in the world. It was only at the end of the semester that Goel’s students learned Watson’s secret: she was not a real person like the other teaching assistants. Jill Watson is an AI computer program.

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Student Success Pervades Top IT Issues for 2017

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Educause’s annual roundup of the most pressing issues in higher ed technology highlights data issues, digital transformation of learning and “next-generation” use of IT. The complexities of technology just don’t generate much concern among college and university IT leaders these days. What do are more strategic initiatives such as student success, the transformation of learning and the use of data. 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.”

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New Documentary Explores Impact of Mobile Devices on Teens’ Lives

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 00:30

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

A new documentary explores the impacts smartphones and other mobile devices are having on teenagers and their social, emotional and psychological lives. “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” examines the impact of screen technology on kids and offers parents practical solutions that can work. The movie, directed by California-raised, New York-based physician Dr. Delaney Ruston, has played at several film festivals and is screening at schools, churches and community centers across the country. According to recent studies, the average kid in the United States spends 6.5 hours per day looking at screens, and that doesn’t include classroom or homework screen time. Boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week, and some recent studies show that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.

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Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 00:29


A new book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World explores the implications of, and brain science behind, this evolution (some might say devolution). It was written Adam Gazzaley, a neurologist and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and research psychologist Larry D. Rosen. Our friends at NPR’s Shots blog recently spoke with one of the authors about distraction’s impact on productivity. I wanted to talk with Dr. Gazzaley about what his research tells us about teaching, learning, studying and screen time in the age of digital distraction.

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Accreditation of Online Degree Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 00:40

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Accrediting agencies hold online programs to the same standards of quality as those on campus, experts say. Accreditation is a process conducted by an outside authority to ensure that a school and degree program meet certain standards of quality and rigor. Online, blended and on-campus degree programs can all be accredited. While it’s voluntary, accreditation has many benefits and, in many ways, validates a program to employers and other colleges or universities. Legitimate online degree programs are accredited by agencies recognized by either the Department of Education or the nonprofit Council for Higher Education Accreditation, known as CHEA.

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