Educational Technology

How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:30

By Edudemic

Social media is an ingrained part of today’s society. Our students are constantly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and likely many sites we’re not hip enough to know about, and by reading this blog, you’re interacting with social media at this very moment. If you want to bring the “real world” into the classroom, consider integrating social media into your lessons. When used carefully, social media can be a useful tool rather than a distraction. A recent Edutopia blog post argues that using social media not only brings current technology to the classroom, but it also helps bridge the digital divide among lower-income students. These students may not have the constant access to social media that their counterparts do. Why should they be left behind as technology continues to march forward?

http://www.edudemic.com/how-to-use-social-media-as-a-learning-tool-in-the-classroom/

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Virtual school offers alternatives to Sanilac students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 00:40

by Syeda Ferguson, Times Herald

An online public school for grades 6-12 is opening up alternatives to the traditional public school model in Sanilac County. Blue Water Virtual School is the result of a partnership between Carsonville-Port Sanilac and Croswell-Lexington Community Schools. In its second full year, the school has an enrollment of 28 students. It targets students who either are home-schooled or not attending public school. Students who are attending traditional middle school or high school also can take online courses through Blue Water Virtual for high school credit. Blue Water Virtual School was a money-saving move, the school’s coordinator, Russell Clark, said.

http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2015/01/11/virtual-school-offers-alternatives-sanilac-students/21605181/

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E-books, textbooks duel for top spot in class

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 00:35

BY MACKENZIE ROSS, Crimson White

In recent years, products like tablets, Kindles and iPads have changed the way people read books and the way students access information. Many publishers now offer both traditional hard-copy books and 
electronic books, known as e-books. “E-books have not grown as fast in the past years as most thought they would,” said Bernadette Chavira-Trull, senior associate director of books at the SUPe Store. “Most 
customers still prefer a printed book.” Amanda Riley, manager of Tuscaloosa’s Off Campus Bookstore, estimated sales of hard-copy books outnumber e-books three to one. She said professors like to offer students an option, but classes are using e-books more frequently.

http://www.cw.ua.edu/article/2015/01/e-books-textbooks-duel-for-top-spot-in-class

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State Budget Woes Could Prevent Arizona From Offering Free Community College

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 00:30
by Alexandra Olgin, KJZZ President Barack Obama announced a plan called America’s College Promise Friday in Tennessee. The proposal would offer eligible students two years of community college for free. Arizona has 21 community colleges and about half a million students. The Maricopa County Community College District is the biggest in the state and one of the largest in the nation, enrolling half of all community college students in Arizona.  State Senator Carlyle Begay is on the legislative education committee. “The biggest obstacle will obviously be the budgetary restraints that it would place on the state,” Begay said. “We’re coming off the heels of reducing funding for community colleges by over over 50 percent.” http://kjzz.org/content/87354/state-budget-woes-could-prevent-arizona-offering-free-community-college Share on Facebook

PHM replaces snow day with eLearning: How did it go?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:40

by Annie Chang, WSBT

For the Springman family in Osceola, Mom is the teacher today. The classroom is the kitchen table. And the teaching assistant is a very vocal terrier. Cora Springman and her children, first-grader Riley and kindergartener Nick, are tackling the coursework assigned for eLearning Snow Day 1. Cora says Riley got 17 pages of homework, Nick got 11. “Just looking at it, it seems like quite a bit of work,” Cora says. “Knowing what they bring home in a day, paper work, this does seem a full day of school work to me.” The eLearning is meant to take up at least five hours for K-5, six hours for 6-12 graders. Cora works full time, but took the day off so she could help the kids get the homework done right away.

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/phm-replaces-snow-day-with-elearning-how-did-it-go/30620262

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Demand High for Online Learning in North Carolina

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:35

By North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association

“With over four million K-12 students enrolled in online learning options nationwide, it’s clear that the traditional school model isn’t a best fit for all children,” said Kara Kerwin, president of The Center for Education Reform.  “Not only that, but there’s a clear demand for more and better learning options from North Carolina parents, with over 5,500 applications for approximately 2,400 scholarships in the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program’s first year, and home schooling increasing by 27 percent compared to two years ago” continued Kerwin. “It’s time for North Carolina to put aside its bias against virtual charter schools and listen to families who want and deserve access to this learning opportunity for their children.”

http://ncpubliccharters.org/demand-high-for-online-learning-in-north-carolina/

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Digital Libraries Provide Books To Impoverished Schools, Replace Old-School Ways

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 00:30

By Eleanor Goldberg, Huffington Post

After realizing the overwhelming need at schools — and how costly and ineffective book drives are — Tanyella Evans and Rebecca McDonald founded Library for All, a digital literacy platform. Established in 2012, the New York-based group stocks struggling schools with cloud-based digital libraries that are suitable for grades K-12. The organization raised more than $100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 to build and pilot the program in Haiti where only 49 percent of the population is literate and less than 15 percent of schools have libraries. Library for All debuted its program at Respire Haiti, a Port-au-Prince school that services 530 students. A majority of them are former child slaves.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/06/library-for-all_n_6418388.html

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Curious much? This e-learning site may have the answer

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:35

by Dara Kerr, CNet

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based e-learning site offers more than 10,000 curated short-form, interactive videos taught by 1,000 teachers on a variety of esoteric topics, ranging from macrame to triathlon training to calculus to the martial arts. That approach puts Curious.com in the middle of the online-learning spectrum: between YouTube — with its ocean of video tutorials that may (or may not) teach something useful — and more formal, classroomlike sites such as Lynda.com and Coursera that focus on academic or professional topics. The so-called e-learning market is experiencing a boom as people find new ways to cram learning into their already full days. Worldwide revenues in the field are forecast to hit $51.5 billion by 2016, according to a March 2014 study by Docebo (PDF), which builds e-learning management systems for businesses.

http://www.cnet.com/news/curious-much-this-e-learning-site-may-have-the-answer/

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itslearning launches new mobile app

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:30

by eSchool News

In order to help students be better prepared for learning and improve teacher-student communication, itslearning has created a mobile app for iPhones and Android phones. Available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, the itslearning app gives students a quick and easy overview of their upcoming tasks and events and also lets them send and receive messages.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/01/08/itslearning-mobile-app-263/

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CES 2015 Wrap Up

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:23

by Shelly Palmer Blog

I loved CES this year. Everything about it was interesting, awesome and inspiring, except… the traffic, the shuttle queues and the cab lines. Here’s a quick, very short list of things that got my undivided attention this year.

http://www.shellypalmer.com/spb/2015/1/11/ces-2015-wrap-up

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The Numbing Effect of Data Security: Remote Misses

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:51

By Chato Hazelbaker

Chato Hazelbaker is the Chief Information and Communication Officer at Clark College.

At a recent meeting of higher education CIOs, there was broad agreement that we should all be somewhat grateful for the recent security breaches at Target, Home Depot, Sony, and other businesses. The feeling was that now executives would start paying attention to information security. I see the wisdom in this theory. However, on reflection, I think that these personal remote misses are actually the worst thing that can happen and might actually lead to people dismissing or ignoring security more than ever.

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The Numbing Effect of Data Security: Remote Misses

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 16:51

By Chato Hazelbaker

Chato Hazelbaker is the Chief Information and Communication Officer at Clark College.

At a recent meeting of higher education CIOs, there was broad agreement that we should all be somewhat grateful for the recent security breaches at Target, Home Depot, Sony, and other businesses. The feeling was that now executives would start paying attention to information security. I see the wisdom in this theory. However, on reflection, I think that these personal remote misses are actually the worst thing that can happen and might actually lead to people dismissing or ignoring security more than ever.

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Open Educational Resources Meet Instructional Design

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:36

by Andrew Marcinek, Edutopia

Once you’ve started sketching out your instructional design, you can begin seeking out resources for content. Since I first started writing about open educational resources a few years ago, there has been a flood of new sources that educators can seek out for content. But more doesn’t always mean quality. I have never been one to suggest 300 apps for the iPad, or 378 Chromebook extensions for the classroom. Rather, find one or two apps or resources that work best for you, become an expert with them, and focus on student learning rather than app harvesting. Below you will find two sources that I have used personally and recommended over the past four years. Both iTunesU and OER Commons are well-respected OER sites, and both offer a wealth of vetted, credible information that can be integrated into your instruction.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/open-educational-resources-instructional-design-andrew-marcinek

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4 grants for innovation, libraries, and active learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:33

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

School funding is a challenge even in the post prosperous of times, especially when it comes to ed tech–technology is always changing, and maintaining or upgrading initiatives, tools, or resources is not always free. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of new education grant opportunities. This month’s grants address learning environments, innovation, and more. Check out these funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators–there’s likely to be a grant that’s relevant to your needs.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/01/09/january-school-grants-923/

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Subtext: For Sharpening and Expanding Language Arts Skills

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:30

By Edudemic

After testing the app for three weeks and weighing online feedback from other educators, I can recommend Subtext as the best collaborative digital reading app for iPads. Relative to its competitors, Subtext has a more expansive in-app library and offers the widest array of features for teachers and students. With Subtext, educators can leverage technology to encourage students to read closely and critically and to engage with literature at a deep level. Because of its myriad built-in tools to enhance digital content, Subtext stands out from the competition. Read on to learn more about the app’s capabilities and what makes it the preferred e-reading educational tool

http://www.edudemic.com/subtext-for-sharpening-and-expanding-language-arts-skills/

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Stanford students illustrate public online ‘Adventures in Writing’ class

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:40

BY KATHLEEN J. SULLIVAN, Stanford

After a team of Stanford writing instructors created storyboards for an online class to teach writing skills to high school and college students, they turned to a team of Stanford undergraduates to bring their stories to life as a graphic novel. Adventures in Writing, a non-credit course, was made available to the public starting Jan. 12 through Stanford Online. The course is aimed primarily at 16- and 17-year olds through age 20.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/january/writing-adventures-illustrated-010815.html

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Massive Open Online Courses progress at University of Michigan

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:35

By CARLY NOAH, Michigan Daily

Three years ago, the University was one of four founding partners of Coursera, a digital platform that hosts Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, which allow individuals from across the world to take academic courses online. Though a relatively new idea in higher education at the time, now 15 University professors teach courses on the platform and have reached a collective 1.5 million students worldwide, according to the University’s department of Digital Education and Innovation. For University students and faculty, MOOCs have been a key example of digital education’s growth and change both on campus and beyond — one that’s been met with both enthusiasm and caution.

http://www.michigandaily.com/news/university-sees-both-enthusiasm-caution-advent-moocs

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The 9 Best Ideas From CES 2015

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:30

by Shelly Palmer

You won’t find a journalist alive who covers the annual Consumer Electronics Show and doesn’t find it a miserable experience. You’re basically trapped in the bowels of Las Vegas casinos, staring at 200 identical TVs and trying to distinguish the difference. But it’s all almost worth it. Because every year, a few standout products pave the way for an entire industry of innovation. These are nine artifacts, seemingly sent back from the future to show us what’s coming next.

http://www.shellypalmer.com/2014/2015/1/8/the-9-best-ideas-from-ces-2015

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Ten Reasons to Tackle the Top 10 IT Issues

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:03

The focus of this first issue in the 50th volume of EDUCAUSE Review is the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2015. These issues represent the critical concerns for our profession. They are complex challenges, encompassing multifaceted human, technological, and organizational issues that can often take years to address. In “Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point,” EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek and the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel describe this year’s top issues and offer advice for tackling each.

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Ten Reasons to Tackle the Top 10 IT Issues

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:03

The focus of this first issue in the 50th volume of EDUCAUSE Review is the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2015. These issues represent the critical concerns for our profession. They are complex challenges, encompassing multifaceted human, technological, and organizational issues that can often take years to address. In “Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point,” EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek and the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel describe this year’s top issues and offer advice for tackling each.

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