Educational Technology

Low but Steady Engagement in Online Courses Better Than Diminishing Engagement

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 00:35

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

Wisconsin study of high school students in virtual classes aims to provide important information in a field that hasn’t garnered much research. Wisconsin high school students who engaged in online courses for two or more hours per week had better outcomes than students who engaged less than two hours per week, according to a study by Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest and the Virtual Education Research Alliance. The study, conducted in the fall 2014 semester, included all Wisconsin Virtual School advanced placement, core and elective high school course enrollments. The sample included 1,512 student enrollments in 109 online courses, with 1,179 unique students, 170 of whom took more than one online course.

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Should campuses outsource IT security?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 00:15

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Ed Tech Magazine reports data security is becoming an increasing priority on college campuses, and contracting the service allows more flexibility for on-campus IT offices to address other issues. Colleges are among the most-targeted businesses for data breaching, and have growing turnover rates in security specialists who leave for more lucrative positions in the private sector. Managed security service providers (MSSPs) can offer a faster, more comprehensive response to data security challenges, because of familiarity with growing trends in technology and practice, according to Ed Tech Magazine.

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Google buys machine-learning company Moodstocks

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 00:40

By Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

Someone at Google really likes sneakers: The company has just bought a French machine-learning startup that taught a computer how to recognize 15,000 different types of them. Paris-based Moodstocks builds image and object recognition software using deep learning techniques, and offered an Android app and visual search API that could recognize certain kinds of objects. By analyzing video from a smartphone camera, and correlating it with accelerometer readings to determine how the camera is moving around, the software is able to infer information about the three-dimensional shape of objects in the video, facilitating their recognition.

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Online students should be open with their employers, since both can benefit.

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 00:35

By John LaMar, US News

Making the decision to pursue an online program can be intimidating for students. Online Learning Lessons offers tips and advice from online students and educators on everything from finding a program and paying for it to what happens after enrolling.

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How Microsoft Uses Social Analytics, And How You Can Too

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 00:30

by Andy Vale, Audiense

In 2016, mature social media teams can adopt a myriad of roles across marketing, communications, customer service, audience research, product development, and much more. At the core of this activity is using social media data intelligently to extract smart insights. As the demands of this role grows, so does the social media data and analytics understanding required by social media teams. Ben Donkor is a social media analyst at Microsoft, and is adamant about the importance of social media analytics for all businesses. In this exclusive chat you will discover why social analytics is something every organisation should be looking at, how Microsoft are using it, and how you can start.

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Summer school offers students extra learning and a chance to graduate

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 00:35

By Robert Nott, The New Mexican

More than 600 students in the district, including about 200 at Capital and 150 at Santa Fe High, enrolled in summer classes that began just after Memorial Day to get some extra learning time. A four-week program for some 260 students in grades K-8 at Gonzales Community School ended last week. Most experts agree that students can regress during the so-called summer learning slide, which can cost a month or so of classroom learning in the fall as teachers try to get students caught up. But whether summer school pays off in terms of accelerated academic achievement or graduation to the next grade level remains unclear, both locally and on the national level. Few studies have been conducted on the issue, and many states, including New Mexico, don’t track summer school data. Still, summer school attendance is growing nationwide. A 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics report said, for instance, that 45.6 percent of the nation’s 16- to 19-year-olds attended summer school that year.

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Omaha Public Schools to test virtual education program with home-schooled students in grades K-8

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 00:33

By Erin Duffy, World-Herald

Free from the walls of a traditional classroom, kids enrolled in Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school could have access to 3-D printers and a full menu of educational videos to peruse at their own pace. They could video-chat with a marine biologist in Hawaii or learn coding through the popular Minecraft game. The only catch? These innovative online classes will be available only to home-schooled students during a coming pilot program. The Omaha Public Schools are trying to get its virtual school concept off the ground this fall by targeting an unusual population for a public school system: home-schoolers.

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Active learning class achieves higher student engagement

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 00:30

By Kathy Hovis, Cornell Chronicle

These activities and the small groups, which stay the same all semester, lead to greater classroom confidence and learning outcomes, according to Ballen’s assessments, which compare students from new active learning classes with students who took the class the year before, when it was being taught in a traditional way. All students reported a heightened sense of inclusion in the classroom and higher confidence in discussing the topics they learned, said Kelly Zamudio, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, one of the faculty members teaching the class. “You could watch the in-class groups go from forming to storming to norming to performing,” Zamudio said of the traditional group dynamics model put forth by psychologist Bruce Tuckman. “You can tell that they are teaching and learning from each other, and many of them tell us they have become close friends.”

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6 Ways Online Students Can Save on Textbooks, Learning Materials

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 00:39

by Bradley Fuster, US News

Beyond buying a house, financing a college education can be one of the most expensive investments a person ever makes. As college costs skyrocket and student loan debt receives increased media attention, it’s easy to overlook the unadvertised expenses associated with required college textbooks and other learning materials, even when pursuing an online degree. In fact, the average cost for textbooks is estimated at $1,200 per year for a full-time student – a 73 percent increase in just the past decade. Linked below are six considerations to help online students access, budget for and effectively work within the changing and potentially expensive landscape of college textbooks.

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MOOC Course Report, July 2016

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 00:35

by Class Central

More than 850 new MOOCs are starting this month. They include a wide range of courses offered from colleges and other entities on multiple continents. A comprehensive list is available at this site.

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Higher ed needs to play trendsetter role in the ‘Internet of Things’

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 00:30

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The ‘Internet of Things’ is expected to change the dynamic of industry, human connectivity and business. Standards of customer service, learning and teaching will be dramatically impacted by the blending of technology and environment. Higher education will be a critical partner in the development and innovation of the expanded internet.

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‘Free’ MBA may fit small business needs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 00:39

by Jim Kendall, Daily Herald

Time and money likely will be an issue, of course, and the number of MBA choices can be daunting. But the University of Illinois has created an interesting option: You can get what essentially is a free MBA from the university. OK, nothing is free, but you can take the MBA coursework, online, free. If learning is your goal, the coursework — which is the same MBA coursework others take online and pay for — may be enough. If, however, you want that fancy, frame-ready diploma that proclaims you have indeed earned an MBA from the University of Illinois, you’ll pay. By MBA standards, you won’t pay much, however: Tuition, fees, books and supplies for what Illinois calls the iMBA will run you slightly under $22,000 — if you want the diploma.

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The Map Academy

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 00:30


Create rich, dynamic maps in moments… Whether you’re starting from a spreadsheet, connecting your favorite business software, or drawing from vast sensor networks, CartoDB brings your location data to life. CartoDB looks through your data and suggests map types that highlight key trends. Our intuitive tools mean you can make your visualizations as simple – or sophisticated – as you like. The CartoDB Editor is a self-service mapping and analysis tool that combines an intuitive interface with powerful discovery features. Mix and combine your datasets to get fresh insights into your visualizations. You don’t need to be an expert to start mapping your data today. Point and click interfaces let you do everything from design, to analysis, to publishing APIs.

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Matthew McConaughey Will Be Teaching Film-Making Class at UTA

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 00:29

by DEE SHARP, Inquisitr

If you want to learn how to be a filmmaker and you live in Texas, chances are you might have a college professor by the name of McConaughey. Matthew McConaughey, that is – the Texas native will be teaching a film-making class at the University of Texas at Austin according to Variety. But if you think that might mean you will be attending a class with the Free State of Jones actor at the head of the class, that probably won’t happen but maybe once. The class at UTA lists Scott Rice as the official professor, but McConaughey and director Gary Ross (Hunger Games) will help teach the class.

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Learn to speak Manx with online course

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 00:35

By ION Today

Culture Vannin has launched an innovative online Manx language course for beginners or people who want to improve their Manx. The course has been produced in conjunction with online course provider Say Something in Welsh. Adrian Cain, Manx Language Development Officer of Culture Vannin, said: ‘It has been a real coup for us to work with the team at SSIW. ‘Their unique methodology is a real eye opener to people and learners will be amazed at by the complex sentences they will be able to pick up and use within a remarkably short period of time’.

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Popular Online Learning Game PaGamO Now Available as Android App

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 00:31

by BoniO

PaGamO is a unique learning game that allows users to study virtually any subject while competing in a game based on the principles of classic board games like Risk and Settlers of Catan. The game encourages players to build their own kingdom of knowledge, wealth and land by answering questions and solving quizzes. While the game offers academic Common Core-aligned content to hone math and spelling skills, it also offers game missions that allow users to brush up on general knowledge, from science to history to pop culture and news

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Chromebook Bundle Handles Web Filtering and Class Controls

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 00:29

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Educators overseeing Chromebook programs have a new tool to help them manage those devices. Lightspeed Systems has unveiled the Bundle for Chrome. The company also introduced a new cloud filter for schools to ensure CIPA compliance. Both announcements came during the International Society for Technology in Education 2016 Conference, taking place this week in Denver. The Chrome release provides features to educators for classroom controls and to IT people for device security. A bundled version of the new release pulls together two of Lightspeed’s products: Web Filter and Classroom Orchestrator.

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Study Says More Than 90 Percent of Institutions Offer Alternative Credentials

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 00:40

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Millennial students seem to prefer badging and certificate programs to traditional bachelor’s degrees, according to a new study from University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Pennsylvania State University and Pearson that explored the role that alternative credentials play in higher education. “Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials” reveals that programs offering alternative credentialing have become widespread in higher education, with 94 percent of the institutions reporting they offer alternative credentials. Alternative credentials can take the form of digital badges, certificates and micro-credentials. The study was conducted by Jim Fong, director of UPCEA’s Center for Research Marketing Strategy; Kyle Peck, director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning and a professor at Penn State; and Peter Janzow, senior director of business development at Pearson’s Acclaim.

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Illume Learning Launches Free Database of Teaching Materials

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 00:34

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Illume Learning is introducing a free course creation tool designed to help professors save time on looking for course resources. Illume provides end-to-end resources for professors to access materials, including:

25 million text, trade and scholarly books;

Tens of thousands of case studies;

Articles from 12,645 academic journals;

Millions of articles from 65 leading newspapers and 140 magazines;

Hundreds of thousands of syllabi, reading lists and lecture slide presentations; and

Tens of thousands of tutorials from Khan Academy, simulations, problem sets, videos and course notes.

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Majority of Americans Feel K-12 Students, Families Should be Able to Choose Tuition-Free Online Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 00:30

by Connections Education

Survey commissioned by Connections Education finds blended learning, online courses, online school options strongly supported; findings show Americans view online schools as potentially better able to personalize education. The majority of Americans, 76 percent, feel that K-12 public school students should be able to choose tuition-free online learning options to meet a student’s learning needs, according to findings from a new independent survey of U.S. households supported by Connections Education. Those with children in the household were even more likely to support online learning options (86 percent) compared to those with no children in the household (71 percent). “As the national conversation about online schools continues to be driven by policy-makers and industry groups, it is important to take a step back and listen to what the American public, particularly parents of school-age children, want for their children’s education,” said Steven Guttentag, president and co-founder of Connections Education.

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