Educational Technology

Are Start-Up Schools Like Minerva and Udacity Changing the Higher Education Model?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 00:30


Colleges and universities may be steeped in tradition but when it comes to modern living they are failing to give businesses what they need: qualified graduates. Frustrated with the slow rate of change when it comes to a higher education, a handful of college professors and entrepreneurs are leaving their jobs to try to change the way college students learn. Some are creating courses with the companies that need the talent while others are getting rid of traditional lectures. But either way, they are showcasing what could be future models of higher education learning. “We have constricted goods with huge demand and it’s costing an enormous amount of money and providing questionable value,” says Ben Nelson, founder of Minerva Schools at KGI. “The combination of those things winds up generating a lot of interest in creating alternatives.”

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Hands on with STEM

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Just because you’re using a computing device to do something doesn’t make it STEM-friendly. Here’s how to know if your classroom technology is speaking the right language. When the students walk into one of the seven courses that Livesay oversees as a STEM teacher, they quickly learn one thing: What they do will be hands-on. And that makes the difference between a STEM lesson plan and a traditional lesson plan: the real-life component. As an example, he said, “If you were teaching a lesson on how to figure square footage of a room, it’s just length times width. To make that a STEM lesson, you could have tape measures in the room and after doing stuff on paper, the kids would pick up a tape measure and measure the room and do the calculations. It’s student-centered learning instead of teacher-centered.”

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Tablet Market Slides Worldwide, Though Detachables See Continued Growth

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 00:30

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

Worldwide tablet shipments slumped 14.7 percent during the first quarter of 2016, according to preliminary data released today by the International Data Corp. (IDC), a market research firm. First-quarter seasonality, along with an overall unenthused customer base, were factors that caused the decline, IDC reported. Shipments of Apple tablets, including iPad and iPad Pro, dropped 18.8 percent in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015. Apple’s tablet market share also slipped from 27.2 percent in Q1 2015 to 25.9 percent in Q1 2016. Meanwhile, detachable tablets — devices that include removable keyboards — saw triple-digit year-over-year growth on shipments of more than 4.9 million units, an all-time high for the first quarter of a calendar year.

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4 Benefits Of Online Summer School To Both Parents And Children

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 00:30

By Belle Smith, Parent Herald

It looks like online summer courses are beneficial to students, and it works for the parents as well! Most children are usually looking forward to summer to get away from school. However, it looks like more kids are now interested in taking online summer classes rather than just spending it doing nothing! But why is there a sudden surge in children and teens taking an interest in virtual learning? Online summer courses happen to have benefits to the students, and it works for their parents as well!

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Coding: 16-year-old Fremont student writes AP test-prep book, creates online course

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 00:37

By Sharon Noguchi, Mercury News

Moksh Jawa, 16, captures the essence of Silicon Valley startup thinking and energy. “Why not?” might be his motto. As a seventh-grader, he studied up on the Internet and taught himself coding. As a freshman, after studying on his own, he passed the AP Computer Science A exam with a 5, the highest score possible. As a sophomore, because his Fremont high school didn’t teach coding, he developed his own online course and shepherded classmates through it. As a junior, he distilled those lessons into a 450-page test-prep book, now sold on Amazon.

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The richest 25% of American families account for more than half of all college graduates

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 00:35

By Jillian Berman, Market Watch

A new report offers more insight into why student debt is often an unequal burden. Graduating college is much harder if you’re poor, a new report indicates. In 2014, just 10% of dependent family members who said they received a bachelor’s degree by the time they were 24 years old came from families in the lowest income quartile, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and PennAhead, an organization at the University of Pennsylvania focused on higher education policy. By contrast, 54% of bachelor’s degrees awarded to dependent family members went to those in the highest income quartile.

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Washington State colleges struggling to meet computer science demand

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 00:30

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Students and local employers in Washington seem to have an insatiable demand for computer science skills, and the state’s colleges and universities are struggling to expand program capacity fast enough to satisfy them. The Seattle Times reports computer science pre-majors and majors numbered 100 students at Western Washington University five years ago. Now they number more than 500, and other institutions have seen their own computer science programs double in size in that time. Two-year Bellevue College is seeking approval for a bachelor’s degree in computer science to help the state’s four-year colleges meet demand that so far has made the majors increasingly competitive for students to get into.

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Youth Digital Gives Kids the Tools to Create

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 00:40

by Robin White Goode, Black Enterprise

Youth Digital provides online computer courses that teach kids how to be digital creators and innovators. It also offers summer camps to those lucky enough to live near one of its 21 camp locations. But the founder of Youth Digital, Justin Richards, has a goal of reaching kids who may not have access to a cool camp like his. Hence the online courses, which are engaging youngsters in more than 100 countries. A lot of middle schools and high schools are still underserved. That’s a gap we’re trying to fill with the online courses, because we want to reach those kids. We want them to be able to become creators too. Our camps partner with nonprofits that already have existing relationships with those communities. We’re still figuring out the online piece. We want to partner with nonprofits and enable them to deliver this content to kids whose lives they’re already touching.

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Austrade sets target of 110 million MOOC students for Australia by 2025

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 00:36

by Tim Dodd, AFR

International Education Minister Richard Colbeck will launch on Saturday a radical plan for Australia to use online technology to grab 10 per cent of the world market in education by 2025, amounting to an astonishing 110 million students. Senator Colbeck said the strategy, developed by Austrade, was achievable. “Why not aim high? We sit in a rapidly developing area of the globe and they all recognise the quality of our [education] framework,” he said. International education is already Australia’s third largest export industry, worth nearly $19 billion a year.

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This Is Your Brain on Podcasts

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 00:30


Storytelling happened, and now scientists have mapped the experience of listening to podcasts, specifically “The Moth Radio Hour,” using a scanner to track brain activity. In a paper published Wednesday by the journal Nature, a research team from the University of California, Berkeley, laid out a detailed map of the brain as it absorbed and responded to a story. Widely dispersed sensory, emotional and memory networks were humming, across both hemispheres of the brain; no story was “contained” in any one part of the brain, as some textbooks have suggested.

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Microsoft leaks Flow, its IFTTT-like tool for automating actions across apps

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 00:40

By Liam Tung, ZD Net

Microsoft accidentally announces Flow, a new tool for business users to automate messaging and data-sharing between Microsoft and third-party business apps. Microsoft appears to be close to launching Flow, a tool that allows users to automate actions from various web accounts such as Salesforce, Twitter and OneDrive. Microsoft has accidentally revealed what could be a nifty tool for non-programmers who want to automate actions between online accounts. The Flow tool’s announcement appeared briefly on the site before being taken down. As MSPoweruser noted, Flow is similar to IFTTT, a popular tool that lets users create simple If-Then commands called recipes for various smart devices.

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Higher ed CIO says student devices shifting the digital landscape

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 00:35

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

With the average student bringing as many as seven wired or wireless devices to campus, Dee Childs, CIO and associate provost at the University of Alabama Huntsville, sees a new era to which campuses have had to adapt. EdTech reports Childs sees massive implications for the shift, which is tied to student preferences for socializing, learning, collaborating, and communicating. This shift requires colleges to step up bandwidth management and consider widespread wifi coverage. While 2013 to 2015 marked a new trend in ResNet funding with a move away from student fees, Childs finds one of the biggest changes identified by the 2016 State of ResNet Report to be in funding models because now schools are going back to a hybrid model that relies on central and departmental funding along with student fees.

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Here’s how Facebook helps students to study online

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 00:30

by Times of India

In a study that compared MOOC student use of the course’s Facebook groups to use of the built-in course message boards and forums, researchers said students were more engaged on the Facebook groups and also admitted to the researchers that they preferred interacting more on the social media site than through the course tools. “In previous studies we found that the real challenge for MOOC developers and instructors is trying to keep students engaged and enrolled in the course,” said Saijing Zheng, a former doctoral student at Pennsylvania State University in US. “In this study, we are finding that social media tools may be one way to keep students engaged in a MOOC,” said Zheng, who is currently a research scientist at Microsoft.

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Assessing Online Collaborative Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:38

by Akanksha Sharma, ATD

One of the most common concerns about the evaluation of collaborative learning is that even though all participants do not contribute equally, their efforts are grouped with those of their team members in a single score. A solution to this genuine concern is to assess participants at both the individual and group level. Additionally, as recommended in the previous post in this series, group rewards should be based on individual learning. This reward interdependence helps emphasize individual accountability. It also compels participants to support the learning process of their team members. When is the right time to evaluate a collaborative learning program? The assessment of the transformation in knowledge (cognitive domain) or social behavior (affective domain) should be done throughout the collaborative process, while keeping the participants motivated, and not just toward the end.

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Game Changer? First-Ever Online Social Gaming Platform for Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:34

by Tom Lindsay, Forbes

Online education has been and continues to be the subject of hot debate. On the one hand, the U.S. Department of Education’s analysis of 44 separate studies of online education found its learning outcomes to be as good and—in its “hybrid” form, which combines online with traditional learning—at times superior to traditional education. I should confess that, as someone who taught Plato and Aristotle at the university level for two decades, I approached the subject of online education with similar reservations. But my own experience over the past three academic years teaching political philosophy in a doctoral-level, fully-accredited program has overcome most of my concerns.

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Will Your E-Learning Be Ready for the Future?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:30

by Deb McMahon and Laurent M. Jean-Marius, Chief Learning Officer

With the rapid growth of e-learning comes an exponential rise in the number of tools, technologies and flavor-of-the-month market trends that appeal to chief learning officers looking for ways to weave new tools into their development strategies. Consequently, the information technology department is on the receiving end of requests for a variety of new online learning apps, gamification software, social, microlearning or adaptive learning. So, how does a CLO get all of the features they want from new e-learning technologies without completely disrupting — or, worse yet, replacing — the current infrastructure? There are definitive steps a learning leader can take to help their IT peers prepare a learning ecosystem for transformation, while minimizing business risk and cost.

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How to Protect Sensitive Student Data on Flash Drives

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 00:40

By Emmett Dulaney, Campus Technology

For better or worse, the flash drive has become a ubiquitous tool for transporting data on campus. Here’s how to keep that data secure. An interesting development has quietly transpired over the past decade: The flash drive has become a staple for instructors everywhere. They carry one into each classroom and use it to hold slides, papers, grades, backups and almost everything else imaginable. Part of the reason for it gaining such momentum can be traced to the universal acceptance of USB technology — it is hard to find a computer anywhere that does not have USB capabilities — and another part is the increase in the capacity of the drives coupled with their decrease in price. Ten years ago, you were doing well to have a drive that could hold 1GB of data, and today you can purchase a drive that holds between 32GB to 256GB for a fraction of the cost you previously paid.

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White House Offers $100 Million Competitive Grants To Push Free Community College

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 00:35

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The new competitive grants build on the executive office’s plan to offer free community college programs and connect students to high-growth careers. The White House announced an additional investment of $100 million in competitive grants that are intended to connect more Americans to education and workforce training. The America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants (America’s Promise Grants) build on the executive branch’s proposal last year to offer two years of free community college for students across the U.S. According to a news release, the America’s Promise Grants “will help communities catalyze new and strengthen existing partnerships and programs to provide more Americans access to the knowledge and skills they need to pursue their educational and career goals, particularly in high-growth sectors like technology, manufacturing and health care.”

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6 Steps To Survive a Cyber Attack

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 00:30

By Frank DiMaria, Campus Technology

The range and variety of sensitive data in higher education make it difficult to secure. In the event of a breach, this six-phase incident response plan will help guide your institution through the crisis. Like corporations, universities and colleges have copious amounts of data to protect. But campuses are not corporations. They’re more like little cities, providing an array of services and functions. “We have an enormous range and variety of confidential information and that makes it very challenging to secure,” said Michael Corn, deputy CIO for Library and Technology Services and CISO at Brandeis University. IT must protect not just the identity of students, faculty and staff but also the intellectual property and sensitive data generated by hours of research. When a cyber-attack does occur, the incident response team needs a plan that guides it through the crisis.

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Poised for Explosive Growth

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:34

By David Nagel, THE Journal

Virtual and augmented reality are often touted as the next big thing in education. How big? Not nearly as big as textbooks, but heading toward the billion-dollar mark inside of 10 years. Virtual and augmented reality are often touted as the next big thing in education. How big? Not nearly as big as textbooks, but heading toward the billion-dollar mark inside of 10 years. The numbers for education aren’t as staggering as for some other industries. According to investment bankers Goldman Sachs, VR and AR technologies will generate $700 million annually from the education sector by 2025. That pales in comparison with videogames in the consumer market ($11.6 billion), events ($4.1 billion) and video entertainment ($3.2 billion).

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