Educational Technology

18-Year-Old Switches To Online Classes To Better Pursue Art

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 00:36


Geoffrey Simmons is only 18, but he’s already well on his way to becoming a full-time artist. It all started about three years ago when he began collecting glass art. That led to glass blowing classes, which led to spray paint, body paint, digital art, and just about everything else. “I just found all these other mediums and just decided if I’m going to be an artist, I want to be creative in every single area I possibly can,” he says. Eventually Simmons was doing so many art projects that going to school all day was just getting in the way. So he stopped going to class and enrolled in online classes. “I’m definitely not the normal learner – we could just put it that way. So normal school in general wasn’t working out the best anyhow. So once I made that switch and I had found that new passion, I just took off,” he says.

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Young Adults More Likely to Own Smartphone Than PC

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 00:30

by eMarketer

There is a proliferation of devices in the marketplace. When it comes to ownership, young adults ages 18 to 29 are more likely to own a mobile phone or smartphone than a desktop or laptop, pointing to how mobile is becoming an all-purpose device that users are increasingly relying on. According to a July 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center, ownership of desktop and laptops, game consoles and MP3 players among US young adults has dropped since 2010. Alternatively, smartphone ownership among these respondents has grown from 52% in 2011 to 86% in 2015.

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Students with disabilities enrol online ‘to avoid stigmatisation’

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:36

By Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education

Many students with disabilities are attracted to online learning because they feel less stigmatised than they do in the classroom, a study suggests. Researchers at two US universities interviewed students with a range of disabilities taking online or blended programmes and found that more than half said that avoiding stigmatisation was a key reason for signing up. Many of the interviewees, who were enrolled with higher education institutions across the US, highlighted how digital learning made their disabilities “invisible” and “offered the freedom to be viewed as a student without limitations”.

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These Hands-On Classes Teach You HTML, CSS, Online Privacy, And More

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:31

by ALAN HENRY, Lifehacker AU

If you’re looking to learn HTML, CSS, or JavaScript, why online privacy is so important, how Creative Commons works, or the basics of good password and security hygiene, these great online workshops from the Mozilla Foundation (that’s right, the folks behind Firefox) are perfect for teaching you or someone you know. The classes run the gamut from programming-focused ones to more informative, web literacy courses. Their interactive “CSS Story Cards,” which will get you familiar with and building an interactive story using HTML and CSS, as well as their “Erase All Kittens” workshop, which has you sifting through and changing code to make visible changes in a game. “Quacking JavaScript” gets you started with one of the essential languages needed to build for the web.

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Is this model the future of college and career readiness?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 00:40

By Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News

North of Los Angeles, not far from the city of Ventura, the brand new Rancho Campana High School sits on a California campus fit for the set of a teen movie, where spacious, airy classrooms open — via retractable glass-paneled garage doors — onto sun soaked courtyards and outdoor learning spaces with sweeping views of the neighboring Camarillo Hills. It’s a place where all the furniture is on casters, to be reconfigured with ease, and where every building boasts a computer lab and a media commons. If the $77 million campus, completed earlier this summer, is stunning, it’s nothing compared to what’s going on inside. Following a novel college and career readiness model, Rancho Campana divides itself into separate learning academies, designed to immerse students in one of three distinct career fields: arts and entertainment, health services, and applied engineering.

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Tablet Shipments Decline for Fourth Straight Quarter

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 00:34

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Global tablet shipments declined in the third quarter of this year, marking a full year of contracting sales for the devices, according to a new report form International Data Corp. (IDC). The quarter saw a year-over-year decline of 12.6 percent to move just 48.7 million units in the most recent quarter. Apple continued to hold the top spot with a market share of 20.3 percent, though it also saw the second-largest largest year-over-year decline, 19.7 percent, of the top five tablet providers. That market share is down from 22.1 percent in the same period last year and total devices shipped is similarly down, from 12.3 million in last year’s third quarter to 9.9 million in the most recent quarter.

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Digital Badges Offer Students Opportunity To Show What They Know

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/10/2015 - 00:30

BY RACHEL MORELLO, Indiana Public Media

More Indiana schools are awarding these badges to supplement – or even replace – traditional class credit. including pilot programs at universities in the state such as IU, Notre Dame and Purdue. “They’re a way of recognizing accomplishment or learning, and it’s digital, which means it can be shared on the Internet easily, like you can post it on Facebook,” says learning sciences professor Daniel Hickey. He has studied and developed digital badges for students in his own classes at Indiana University. In most cases, students are earning badges to show they’ve completed online courses, or certain sections of those courses. They’re then able to display them on their LinkedIn page or online portfolio to present to admissions counselors or potential employers.

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2 things you should know about Google ed evangelist’s vision

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 00:39

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

When it comes to education, there is perhaps no chief evangelist more visible than Google’s Jaime Casap. A nine-year employee of the tech giant, he’s been with the company since its launch of Google Apps for Education at Arizona State University. “I was part of that original team that put all of that together here in Phoenix, AZ, where I actually live,” he said. “There’s a generation of students coming to college that are a little bit different from the ones that they’re used to, and they’re learning in a different way,” Casap said, adding that a lot of the innovation in education is occurring in K-12 and will likely have some impact on higher ed. And while he sees Google playing a role in facilitating that innovation, he says the tech giant will never be seen driving pedagogy or telling educators how to do their jobs.

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IT salary survey: Job satisfaction helps combat relatively low pay

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 00:35

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Campus Technology released its 2015 salary survey this week, showing job satisfaction helps combat the relatively low pay in campus IT departments. According to the findings, the average salary at nonprofit public and private institutions was $75,621, with top IT leaders making more than $120,000 and help desk staffers making about $50,000. Employees at private nonprofit colleges are most optimistic about the chance of a raise, though very few expect a promotion and 24% said they would probably change employers in the coming year.

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Wyoming proposes new model for online education

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 00:29

by Kristine Galloway, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Tribune The Wyoming Department of Education is taking steps to improve students’ options in K-12 education. The department’s Distance Education Task Force is recommending new state distance education models that would provide greater support for both traditional students and students enrolled full time in online schools. If approved by the state Legislature, the new models would allow traditional students in brick-and-mortar schools to take single courses online if the courses are not offered within the student’s school.

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6 tips for innovative teaching in a digital age

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/08/2015 - 00:40

By Stephen Noonoo, eSchoolNews

Veteran educator Ann McMullan offers her best advice for innovative teaching that all educators can try. Learning to change your teaching practice in today’s digital-first world is a bit like learning a foreign language, to hear ed-tech vet Ann McMullan tell it. “You don’t speak it fluently on the first day. But you pick up one word, two words, three words, and the more you engage and the more you use it, the more natural it begins to feel.” McMullan, who is the former executive director of educational technology at Klein ISD in Texas, was responsible for rolling out that district’s massive one-to-one program several years ago. Now an ed-tech consultant, in this video McMullan offers her best tips for innovative teaching in a changing world.

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Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/08/2015 - 00:35

by Aaron Skonnard, Tech Crunch

For centuries, the college degree has been the global gold standard for assessing an individual entering the workforce. But after cornering the credentials market for nearly a millennium, the degree’s days alone at the top are most definitely numbered. By 2020, the traditional degree will have made room on its pedestal for a new array of modern credentials that are currently gaining mainstream traction as viable measures of learning, ability and accomplishment. Technology is changing the job market, and it’s only natural that we find new ways of determining who’s the right fit for those jobs.

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Why Aren’t More Girls Pursuing Careers in Computing and Tech Fields?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/08/2015 - 00:29


In “What Really Keeps Women Out of Tech,” Eileen Pollack writes: Technology companies know they have a gender and diversity problem in their work force, and they are finally taking steps to try to fix it. But where are those new employees going to come from if women and minority students aren’t opting to study computer science or engineering? Figuring out why people who choose not to do something don’t in fact do it is like attempting to interview the elves who live inside your refrigerator but come out only when the light is off. People already working for a company might tell you what makes them unhappy. But these complaints won’t necessarily pinpoint the factors that keep women and minorities away from studying computer science in the first place.

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The 5 Best Resources for E-learning Through Gamification

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 00:40

by Greg Nunan, Tech Co

You know this feeling. You came across e-learning and jumped on the bandwagon with a big promise to yourself to finish a full year of coursework. But now, your initial energy is flagging. How do you revive your enthusiasm? The answer: gamification. In recent years, edtech companies have been looking into gamifying the process of learning and making it fun via games, missions, and playing. Gamification is perfect for engaging students and creating a self-learner attitude. Here are some of the good examples of gamification in e-learning.

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Embracing high-tech for higher learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 00:35

By Carey Sweet, San Francisco Chronicle

As Stanford University students watched Professor John Taylor present his “Principles of Economics 1V” study course during the 2014 summer session, they weren’t just learning the basics of global economics. They were making history. While perhaps wearing their pajamas. Debuted as Stanford’s first completely online credited course for undergraduates, the experience offered students the opportunity to participate from the comfort of their own homes. As students watched at their computers, Taylor expounded on the nuances of the supply and demand model versus the competitive equilibrium model.

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55 kids in a class? Typical at some Oregon online schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 00:30

by Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian/OregonLive

Classes at Oregon’s two huge online public schools, Oregon Connections Academy and Oregon Virtual Academy, routinely include 55 students or more, the state reported Thursday. No brick-and-mortar schools packed that many students into any math, English or science class last year, and few if any had a core course with 45 students, the state report and check-ins with principals indicate. The new data constituted Oregon’s most detailed look ever at how class sizes vary statewide. They make it possible to see which schools have not merely above average classroom rosters, but the very biggest in the state.

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Pupils learn poorly when using most computer programs

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 00:38

by Science Daily from Lund University

“In a pilot study, we examined the top 100 apps within math and Swedish, and barely half of them could be considered digital learning tools according to our standards, only 17% of which provided some sort of informative feedback. Some were so bad that we, as researchers, would never even consider to test them in class,” says Björn Sjödén. One example is the computer program to teach parts of speech, where illiterate 5 year olds do better than those who can read. A 5 year old who quickly guesses multiple times performs better than someone who tries to read and spell correctly. “Probably more than 90% of the learning tools available online are simply test tools. They provide no explanatory information in addition to the correct answer. The pupils often compete against time, but not towards greater understanding,” says cognitive scientist Björn Sjödén.

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Udacity, Online School From Google X Founder, Crosses Milestone After Switching Direction

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 00:35

By Mark Bergen, Re/Code

Udacity now concentrates on “nanodegrees,” certificates from its online courses that are transferable to big-name tech companies. Udacity announced it has graduated 1,000 students from the program. Why did Sebastian Thrun give up on self-driving cars and Google Glass, which he once led, for the messy, political world of education? It was “a calling,” he told Re/code in an interview earlier this year. Perhaps, also, the minds behind the economic shift toward artificial intelligence know best the technical skills it will demand, and the job displacement it will bring. “I direct my work not towards what I’m best at, but where there’s impact,” Thrun said. “If you can build a self-driving car, that’s great. But if you can teach people to build a self-driving car, that’s even better.”

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Ohio Online Learning Program Adopts New Virtual Curricula

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 00:30

By Michael Hart, THE Journal

The Ohio Online Learning Program is teaming up with a private partner to deliver its primary source of digital curriculum. The program, provided by the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, supplies virtual learning options to school districts throughout the state. The program selected Apex Learning to provide materials and virtual education options to more than 5,000 students in grades 7-12 this school year in every school district in Ohio. The available courses include those required for graduation, credit recovery, advanced placement and electives such as career and technical education and foreign languages.

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Hall County students learn other languages in online set-up System

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 00:39

By Kristen Oliver, The Gainesville Times

Blended learning Spanish instructor Wes Vonier discusses his course with the Hall County school board. A handful of students sit in their bedrooms, headphones plugged into their ears, as they listen to their Spanish teacher talk. Hall County students in middle and high school have access to Blended Learning Academy courses that combine a live teacher and online lessons. Students are able to connect to their virtual classroom and interact live with their teachers, all from home.

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