Educational Technology

Why (And How) Students Are Learning To Code

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:29

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Coding is more important now than ever before. With computer related jobs growing at a rate estimated to be 2x faster than other types of jobs, coding is becoming an important literacy for students to have and a more integral part of education and curricula. The handy infographic below takes a look at some of the interesting statistics about coding and computer science jobs. So if you aren’t yet sure why learning to code is important, you’ll find out below. Keep reading at the link below to learn more!

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NetMath 25 Years Old

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 00:37

By Reema Abi-Akar, Daily Illini

For 25 years, the NetMath program has been breaking down distance barriers in education and making University-based math courses more widely available for students around the world. NetMath is a web-based distance learning interface that is accessible to high school students, college students and anyone else wishing to expand their mathematical knowledge. It provides University credit through a variety of 16-week math courses, from 100-level and below to 400-level courses. Headed by Randy McCarthy, program director of the department of mathematics, the program teaches about 1,000 students per year and comprises over 50 lecturers, TAs, undergraduate mentors and personnel. “The pedagogy is a little different than traditional online classes in that the students are actively engaged with the software,” McCarthy said. “So instead of sitting back and passively watching a video of someone else doing (the exercises and problems), the machine helps you experiment and do it so you can learn by doing.”

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Three Factors Influencing Persistence and Withdrawal for Part-Time Adult Graduate Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 00:35

By Marian Cohen and Scott Greenberg, Evolllution

In 2011, we looked into institutional and external factors that promoted or hindered the persistence of part-time adult students who completed or were currently matriculated in a master’s degree program at a public state university (The Struggle to Succeed: Factors Associated with the Persistence of Part-time Adult Students Seeking a Master’s Degree). When asked whether they had withdrawn or seriously considered withdrawing from the program at any time, students who answered affirmatively cited three leading reasons:

  1. Feeling overwhelmed by the workload
  2. Problems with faculty/curriculum
  3. Family issues

In this article we explore these factors and suggest how institutions might address them.

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Harvard and MIT invite high schools to create their own Moocs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 00:28

By: William Stewart, TES magazine

Schools will soon be able to offer courses directly to millions of learners through two of the world’s most prestigious universities, TES can reveal. EdX, the massive open online course (Mooc) provider run by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, has already helped to revolutionise higher education by offering courses to anyone with an internet connection. It is now poised to do the same for schools, with plans to offer high-school-level lessons. In an interview with TES, edX president Anant Agarwal said this could include courses designed by individual schools.

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US State Department to Offer Massive Online Course for English Language Educators

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:40

by IVN

The U.S. Department of State announces the launch of Shaping the Way We Teach English, a massive open online course (MOOC) for English as a foreign language (EFL) educators. The ten-week university-level course was developed by the University of Oregon and is currently available on the Coursera platform. By strengthening the quality of English teaching around the world, the Department hopes to open economic opportunities in science, business, technology, and higher education for more of our international partners and offer skills for a better future. Designed both for professionals already working in the area of EFL and for those pursuing the field as a career, the MOOC aims to assist EFL educators worldwide in updating and augmenting their teaching methods. When educators employ the teaching methods and technologies learned throughout the course, they improve leaning outcomes for their students and build leadership among their peers.

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Online classes surge in popularity among Michigan K-12 students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:39

By Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press

The number of K-12 students taking online courses in Michigan surged 52% in the last three years, according to a report released this week that provides a first-of-its-kind — but limited — look at the effectiveness of online learning in the state. During the 2012-13 school year, 55,271 students took at least one online course, up from 36,348 during the 2010-11 school year. The overall number of courses taken surged from 89,921 to 185,053 during that period.

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Digital learning transforming education and learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:38

by UK Virtual College

Digital learning technologies are transforming how education views itself and how students learn – to the extent that the sector 20 years ago probably wouldn’t even recognise itself today. That is according to a discussion forum held in the US by Penn State University, in which expert educators discussed the sea change in methods that has been brought about by the rise of the internet. From online learning courses to social media and other such technologies, education has been transformed around the world and subsequently the role of both teachers and students is changing. As such, educators are thinking about pedagogy (the science of learning) more than they ever have before, seeking to identify the next in a line of innovations to change how students learn – be that in physical environments or virtual ones.

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The Top 5 Things Hiring Managers Look For On Social Media

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:39


The key to landing any job is to present yourself professionally, and these days that includes how you come across online as well. More employers have started using sites like Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn in the hiring process, and according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 43 per cent of hiring managers now use social media to screen candidates. Career advisor Matt Tarpey explains that most employers don’t necessarily visit your online profiles looking for a reason not to hire you, but if they do happen to find one it will almost certainly take you out of the running. Knowing exactly what employers are after when they scrutinise your online persona can help you scrub up your image and hopefully get bumped to the top of the list.

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College Textbooks May Become Free at the University of Maryland

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:35

by Andy Diaz, Guardian LV

A successful student campaign in the University of Maryland served as a catalyst for changing the way college textbooks are sold on campus by making them free. Students wrote on a whiteboard explaining the costs of their textbooks some claiming they paid over one hundred dollars for one book while another student paid near a thousand dollars for a semester of books. Stories like this are common across the country where college prices are rising exponentially. The University of Maryland has taken the student’s complaints into consideration and have begun a pilot program to transition all needed course material to an open source electronic textbooks. Open source textbooks are not protected by copyright and therefore available to all who have an internet connection. A similar program has been done by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California State University, and the Washington State College, but went beyond just textbooks and created the “open courseware” program to allow anyone who wants to get an education in a variety of topics.

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The Top 10 Google Glass Myths

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:29

by Google

Myths can be fun, but they can also be confusing or unsettling. And if spoken enough, they can morph into something that resembles fact. (Side note: did you know that people used to think that traveling too quickly on a train would damage the human body?) In its relatively short existence, Glass has seen some myths develop around it. While we’re flattered by the attention, we thought it might make sense to tackle them, just to clear the air. And besides, everyone loves a good list – see the link below.

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Feeding Our Students’ Reading Interests with RSS

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:35

by Edutopia

As devices proliferate, the amount of information we encounter each day grows. Despite their access to more substantive reading material, however, our students are most often consuming what journalist Clive Thompson calls “short form” writing — status updates, tweets, text messages — without digging into other texts. How then, at a time when the Common Core asks students to “Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take” (Anchor Standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9), do we invite students to dig deeper, to find more substantive reading? To read critically, carefully and closely? Edutopia writers have long promoted RSS, and it is time now that we apply some of our wisdom about how to develop PLNs to make RSS reading a regular part of our students’ lives.

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How Assessment Can Lead to Deeper Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:33

by Edutopia

One key to addressing both of those issues that we understand at our Envision schools is the understanding that they are inextricably linked. While in some circles, assessment is a top-down process done by teachers who decide where students are on the continuum of learning, we engage students directly in assessing their own progress. This is part of our Know, Do, Reflect approach to learning. The reflection step in this on-going learning cycle is an essential element where assessment happens. Reflection invites students and teachers to recognize growth and accomplishments as well as identify opportunities for improvement and development. It is not separate from the learning process: It is an integral step on the path to deeper learning — it’s assessment as learning.

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New strategy would drop college textbook costs to zero

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:27

by Carrie Wells, Baltimore Sun

A pilot program, which the university system estimates is saving 1,100 students a combined $130,000, is the latest in a shift on the nation’s campuses toward digital learning. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California State University system and the Washington State college system are among those that have built libraries of free online course materials in recent years. Still, open-source textbooks, which have been around for several years, face challenges and have not caught on broadly.,0,6567208.story

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Report: Interest in Flipped Classrooms Surpasses Other Digital Learning Trends

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:42

By Leila Meyer, THE Journal

Flipped classrooms are having a significant effect on teaching and learning, according to a new white paper from Project Tomorrow and the Flipped Learning Network. The white paper, “Speak Up 2013 National Research Project Findings: A Second Year Review of Flipped Learning,” reports on a survey of more than 403,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members in the fall of 2013. The survey defined flipped learning as using lecture videos as homework while using class time for discussions, projects, experiments and personalized coaching. According to the survey, a quarter of administrators identified flipped learning as having a major effect on teaching and learning, compared to only 21 percent who identified educational games and mobile apps and 19 percent who identified professional learning communities for educators has having a significant effect.

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How To Use The SAMR Model For Classroom Tasks

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:34

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model is a framework used to evaluate the technology being employed (or that you’d like to employ) in your classroom. Basically, it offers a way for you to look at how technology integration might affect teaching and learning. Accordingly, many teachers and administrators who are in the process of choosing between classroom technology options employ the SAMR model to determine what might be worthwhile and what wouldn’t. I recently stumbled across this nifty interactive infographic linked below from iPadders, which takes the concept of the SAMR model and applies it to basic classroom tasks, such as note taking and assessment.

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Is It Time To Change How We Teach Math?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 00:15

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Personalized learning is something that educators of all kinds are striving for. A teacher who can make learning real, relevant, and appropriate for each student in their class is one who can see amazing successes and empowered students. But with too many students and too little time, making learning as personalized as possible isn’t always easy. The handy infographic linked below uses learning to drive as a great example of personalized learning.

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How the world’s 10 richest billionaires are shaping education

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:38

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

Forbes this week released its list of the 500 richest people in the world. Of course, the top of the list was filled with the usual suspects: Gates, Slim, Buffett, Ellison, the Kochs, the Waltons. While these people are probably best known for their business endeavors, they also have a hand in philanthropy. Education consistently finds itself among the industries where the world’s richest people choose to give or (sometimes controversially) exert their influence. Here’s a look at how the 10 richest people in the world have shaped education.

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PPPL allows high school students to experiment with plasma online

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:35

by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, PPPL Office of Communications

Students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in West Windsor, N.J., were enthralled as they watched and controlled a glowing pink plasma on a screen in their classroom through a live video stream of an experiment five miles away at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The March 12 event marked the first public demonstration of an invention that fills a gap in online education by providing students and instructors anywhere in the world with a way to take part in a laboratory experiment.

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A big deal: S.C. ranked 7th in digital learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 00:27

By PHIL NOBLE, Savannah Now

No, this is not a typo or misprint. No, we did not leave out a number, and South Carolina is not 27th, or 37th or 47th. We are indeed tied for the seventh spot in the country in overall online learning. Amazing – but true. This is a very big deal – it may be the most important and positive education news about the state in the last five years. First, about the rankings. For the last three years, the authoritative and nonpartisan Foundation for Excellence in Education has produced a Digital Learning Report Card that evaluates each state on 10 different measures of how well they are doing in using new technology in education. (check out your state’s ranking

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7 Apps That Teach Literacy Skills

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:39

By Katharina I. Boser, Sarah Wayland; THE Journal

Visual and sonic aids can help students with language disorders improve their reading, writing and speaking. You can see more great feature articles in the latest issue of our monthly digital edition. Mobile devices can help students who have trouble communicating orally by allowing them to converse using pictures and the written word (what’s known as augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC). Any number of apps can facilitate AAC, but some of them are particularly well-suited for helping students with language disorders learn how to read and how to effectively express themselves in writing. See the link below for reviews of some exciting new features in apps that teach these skills.

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