Educational Technology

The History of E-Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:30

By Adit Rupare, Filtered Blog

The term ‘e-learning’ has only been in existence since 1999. When the word was first utilized, other terms – such as ‘online learning’ and ‘virtual learning’ – also began to spring up in search of an accurate description of exactly was e-learning was. However, the principles behind e-learning have been well documented throughout history, and there is even evidence that suggests that early forms of e-learning existed as far back as the 19th century.

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It’s called blended learning (not blended teaching) for a reason

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:40

By Peter West, eSchool News

Is your Learning Management System paradigm teacher- or student-centered? Building online courses with an effective paradigm as the guiding force is also vital. Without this, we are simply moving an old industrial model to a different medium.  An incorrect paradigm might appear to be subtly different, but the ramifications can be large and long lasting. Who you have placed at the center of your online course development is similar; it will affect the long-term success of your move to blended or online learning. There are two basic paradigms: teacher-centric and student-centric.

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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:36

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Instagram is a hugely popular social network for photo sharing. You can choose to have a single account for your class, which would be the ‘safest’ way of approaching these privacy concerns. The teacher should be the only one who can vet followers – and they should only be associated with the class (parents, students, other classes in your school). Using a group hashtag for a particular project or theme is a good way to keep track of what they’re doing. The handy linked infographic below takes a look at ten different ways you can put Instagram to use in your classroom.

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Online math textbook enhances learning for Wichita students

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 00:30


Algebra and geometry in Wichita schools just got a little more real-world and a lot more online. The district launched a new online textbook this fall for middle- and high-school students that aims to reinforce standard math concepts with online videos, games, drag-and-drop puzzles and other activities geared toward more visual learners. “Everything is done within the context of the new (Kansas College and Career Ready) standards,” said Liz Peyser, a middle-school math coach for the Wichita district. The new standards are based primarily on Common Core State Standards, an outline of what students should learn in math and English in each grade through high school.

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As Online Classes Take Off at Community Colleges, Battle Brews Over Local Control

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:37

by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, California Report

A proposal to make it easier for students to take online community college classes offered by any California campus is running into opposition from local faculty. As students seek classes to accommodate busy schedules and campuses look to expand without constructing new buildings, virtual courses have been multiplying in the state’s massive community college system. The latest idea from Sacramento would create one portal for community college online classes and establish phone and online support for students, regardless of which campus offers the courses.

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Online education company edX offering free high school courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:35

By Matt Rocheleau, Boston Globe

The online-learning collaborative edX, a partnership between Harvard University and MIT, is expanding its reach beyond higher education and will begin offering courses geared toward high school students. The 26 high school courses were created by 14 institutions — including MIT, Georgetown and Rice universities, the University of California Berkeley, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Weston Public High School. The online classes, available to anyone in the world, will cover such subjects as computer science, calculus, geometry, algebra, English, physics, biology, chemistry, Spanish, French, history, statistics, and psychology.

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8 simple tools for creating engaging infographics

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:29

By Kelly Maher, eSchool News

Information graphics, also known as infographics, provide a way to express complex data, ideas, or other information graphically. Human beings are visual and adept at identifying patterns and trends quickly. Therefore, infographics often aid our understanding of otherwise dense, multifaceted, or complicated material. Anyone can use infographics to further their understanding of a topic, and you can also create your own for use in teaching or presentations. Here are some infographics generators to consider the next time you need to teach a difficult concept or illustrate intricate information.

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Chromebooks Surge in K-12 as Tablets Drop Off

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:40

By David Nagel, THE Journal

Personal computing devices are continuing to surge in K-12, but tablets have lost a lot of their momentum. According to a new report, notebooks — especially Chromebooks — are back on top as tablet shipments were decimated in the latest quarter. A total of 2.4 million personal computing devices were purchased by schools and districts in the second quarter, a 12 percent increase over Q2 2103. But according to market research firm Futuresource Consulting, tablet shipments in K-12 fell off 10 percent in the second quarter of 2014 from Q2 2013, the first year-over-year decline for tablets.

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5 Accessible Design Tips for Blended Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Blended learning typically involves an element of student control over when, where and how learning takes place. Research there has found that when blended courses address the needs of students who learn differently, average students benefit as well. Dahlstrom-Hakki and his colleague Manju Banerjee, vice president and director of Landmark College’s Institute for Research and Training, shared what they’ve learned from their students during a presentation delivered at the July Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium) Blended Learning Conference. Here are five techniques for making sure blended courses work for everybody.

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Phablet Sales To Top Mobile PCs This Year, Tablets in 2015

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:30

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Global sales of phablets, smartphones with screens between 5.5 and 7 inches, will top sales of portable PCs in 2014 and surpass sales of tablets in the next year, according to a new forecast from market research company International Data Corp. (IDC). The company predicted that 175 million of the large smartphones will be sold this year, topping sales of portable PCs by about 5 million units. IDC predicted that next year 318 million of the devices will be shipped, outperforming the 233 million sales forecast for tablets in 2015 by a significant margin. Strong growth will continue throughout the forecast period, according to IDC, as phablet shipments increase from 14 percent of smartphone sales in 2014 to 32.2 percent in 2018.

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Hidden Costs and Subsidies Complicate TCO

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:24

By Jerrold M. Grochow and Kelli Trosvig

Jerry Grochow is senior advisor to NET+, Internet2. Kelli Trosvig is vice president of Information Technology and CIO, University of Washington.

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Hidden Costs and Subsidies Complicate TCO

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:24

By Jerrold M. Grochow and Kelli Trosvig

Jerry Grochow is senior advisor to NET+, Internet2. Kelli Trosvig is vice president of Information Technology and CIO, University of Washington.

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Trying Out Gamification In the Classroom? These Tools Are For You

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:40

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Getting students actively engaged and learning by leveraging the power of gamification in the classroom is a hot trend these days. The idea of getting students learning, sharing, and laughing by using gamification shows great promise, to be sure. But where should you start in terms of finding the tools that will actually help you out?

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Brush Up On Your EdTech Vocabulary With This Cheat Sheet

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:35

By Jeff Dunn, Edudemic

Do you know what a flipped classroom requires? How about a 1:1 classroom? If you’re a regular reader of Edudemic, then you probably are more than informed about what these terms mean and how they’re implemented in modern classrooms. That’s probably because we started Edudemic many moons ago on the same day Apple launched the iPad. Since then, a lot has changed in the world of education technology. For one, the edtech vocabulary has expanded quite a bit. As a modern educator, you’ll need to know what a lot of key phrases mean and how they could affect your day-to-day activities. This visual guide from Boundless is just for you, then. The guide is designed to help you understand “the latest trends in educational technology” but really – let’s be honest – it’s a great way to finally figure out what a lot of terms mean before your next staff meeting.

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Can technology solve K-12 budgetary deficits?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:32

By Norman Rozenberg, Tech Page One

While technology has transformed K-12 education for the better — including innovations that go beyond conventional PowerPoints and Smart Boards and novelties that help children with autism communicate — it is a luxury for many districts. But perhaps technology can be leveraged to lower the costs of education. Blended learning, which combines traditional brick-and-mortar schooling with online education, could help stem these rising costs and ease the burden on schools.

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Open-Source Texts Take Root At Md. Colleges

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 00:40

by Alissa Gulin, Associated Press

The majority of participating students and faculty reported an overall positive experience and said they’d work with open-source materials again, according to the system’s recent review of the program, which was launched in collaboration with Lumen Learning LLC, an Oregon-based provider of open-source educational materials. Students saved a cumulative $130,000 in textbook costs, based on the prices of books that would have been assigned for those 11 courses. “Higher education needs to be more efficient at handling resources and course materials,” said Zachary McGee, a senior at Towson University and president of the University System of Maryland Student Council, which developed the idea for the MOST Initiative. “And I think this is the answer.”

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Class of 2015 is first required to pass a digital learning course

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 00:36

By Kimberly Wiggins, Fox Orlando

The race is on for the class of 2015. This year’s Florida seniors are the first who must complete an online course to graduate, but numbers show many students still need to squeeze in the class. Call it a sign of the times. Sanjana Pratti is logging on for her school lesson. The 16-year-old is taking three courses at Florida Virtual School or FLVS. “Chemistry, Physics, Latin,” said Pratti. The Freedom High School senior enrolled in her first online course three years ago.

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So how will online P.E. classes work, exactly?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 00:30

by Randy Stapilus, Idaho Press

Here’s a concept to get your mind around: online physical education in schools. That is, taught from outside of school. Or something. This unlikely idea surfaced at the Lapwai School District after voters there on Aug. 26 turned down a quarter-million dollar one-year levy. It wasn’t close; just 41 percent of voters approved it. It was the second recent levy failure after voters rejected a larger one in May. Afterward, district Superintendent David Aiken said the effects will include elimination of in-person physical education. The school gym and equipment will remain available but, he told the Lewiston Tribune, “the teacher is on the other side of the computer.”

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5 Ways Technology Is Disrupting Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 00:40

by JESS BOLLUYT, Tech Cheat Sheet

In today’s classrooms, stacks of heavy paper textbooks, battered notebooks, and worn-down pencils are giving way to e-readers, tablets, laptops, and a multitude of digital tools, apps, and software that are completely changing the way that students learn. These new tools don’t just change the delivery of the same material, though. Instead, they’re kicking off an array of changes to how students engage with what they’re learning, how they collaborate, how they receive feedback from teachers, and even how they learn to think and interact with the huge amount of information available to them. Here are five big ideas about how technology is disrupting education, and some of the resources pushing them ahead.

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Students at Maine’s online public school complete first week

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 00:35

By Nell Gluckman, BDN

Students at the school, called Maine Connections Academy, finished their first week of online classes Friday. A breakdown detailing which school district each student came from — dated Sept. 2 — showed that 281 students from 88 different districts were enrolled. That list is expected to increase to up to 297 students as more complete the lengthy process of enrolling.

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