Educational Technology

STEM TO STEAM: MORE THAN JUST A GOOD IDEA

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 00:31

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

Why Should Schools Transition from STEM to STEAM? The answer is a ‘no brainer.’ Sure, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are basic academic subjects and are important aspects of many careers, but they are subjects that favor the left, or analytical, side of the brain. It is the brain’s right side that adds the ‘A,’ or Arts. to STEAM. This is the side of the brain that deals with spatial awareness, visual imagery, art, music, and creativity – all attributes that support and enhance the application of STEM in the real world. Allen McConnell, in an article in Psychology Today, contends that “creation of strong and effective neural networks is a product of more than just [left brain] focused … lessons.” We need both. A study released on October 4, 2013, for example, found Albert Einstein’s brilliance may be linked to the fact that his brain hemispheres were extremely well-connected. The ability to use right brain creativity and left brain logic simultaneously may have been what made Einstein a genius.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/stem-to-steam-more-than-just-a-good-idea/

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How to Teach High-School Students to Spot Fake News

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 00:41

By Chris Berdik, Slate

Northport, N.Y., High School seniors look for examples of direct evidence and verified information in news stories. High school seniors in Northport, New York, look for examples of direct evidence and verified information in news stories. When the AP United States history students at Aragon High School in San Mateo, California, scanned the professionally designed pages of minimumwage.com, most concluded that it was a solid, unbiased source of facts and analysis. They noted the menu of research reports, graphics and videos, and the “About” page describing the site as a project of a “nonprofit research organization” called the Employment Policies Institute. But then their teacher, Will Colglazier, demonstrated how a couple more exploratory clicks—critically, beyond the site itself—revealed the Employment Policies Institute is considered by the Center for Media and Democracy to be a front group created by lobbyists for the restaurant and hotel industries.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/12/media_literacy_courses_help_high_school_students_spot_fake_news.html

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Pepperdine U to Establish International Network of Makerspace Clubs

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 00:35

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A four-year project at Pepperdine University will work to establish a network of 12 makerspace clubs in the United States, Europe and Africa. Led by Eric Hamilton, professor and interim associate dean of education at the university, the effort received a $1.72 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, a funding program that “seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments,” according to the NSF website.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/12/20/pepperdine-u-to-establish-international-network-of-makerspace-clubs.aspx

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What’s Working: Harnessing the Power of Information to Improve Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 00:30

by Allan Golston, President, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Forward movement in education, like any type of progress, happens in waves. And as we approach the end of the year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how access to good data and smart uses of it can lead us to the next wave of progress.We are fortunate to live in an era awash in information of all kinds. Our challenge is to ensure we are best utilizing that information to close gaps in education and help all students succeed. We’re inspired and encouraged by the work our partners, leading institutions and programs, and educators have done throughout 2016 to make information accessible, actionable, and relevant to improving education for all students, and we look forward to continuing these efforts in 2017 and beyond.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allan-golston-/whats-working-harnessing_b_13721372.html

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The Blurry Definitions of Adaptive vs. Personalized Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:39

By A.J. O’Connell, Campus Technology

In June of 2015, leaders in adaptive learning hashed out the definitions of personalized and adaptive learning at a summit in Santa Fe, NM, hosted by WCET (the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies). And now, more than a year later, the adaptive learning community has moved on. The terms have been defined: “personalized learning” is any customization of learning by an instructor, while “adaptive” refers to technology that monitors student progress in a course and uses that data to modify instruction in real time. The formal discussion of what those terms mean, at least among experts, is over.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/12/20/the-blurry-definitions-of-adaptive-vs-personalized-learning.aspx

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Global Interactive Whiteboard Market to Grow 7% Through 2020

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:35

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The global interactive whiteboard (IWB) market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of almost 7 percent from 2016 through 2020, according to a recent report issued by London-based tech market research firm Technavio. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global IWB market for 2016-2020. To determine the market size, the study considered revenue generated from the pre-K–12 and higher education sectors of the market.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/12/20/global-interactive-whiteboard-market-to-grow-7-percent-through-2020.aspx

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U of Charleston Outfits Innovation Center with LCD Video Walls

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:30

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The university’s Innovation Center, which opened earlier this month, aims to enhance the sports viewing experience with attention-grabbing, easy-to-use LCD displays from Advanced, an audiovisual and collaborative communications company based in Orlando, FL. Advanced installed two Planar LCD video walls, one of which hangs as a 6- by 1-panel welcome banner at the building’s entrance. The other serves as the 3- by 3-panel central display fixture in an “entertainment hub” space, according to a press release. Additionally, the company installed a Crestron Control System that allows staff to easily control the displays from a 7-inch touchpanel located at the center’s reception area

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/12/20/u-of-charleston-outfits-innovation-center-with-lcd-video-walls.aspx

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If the U.S. Won’t Pay Its Teachers, China Will

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/31/2016 - 00:39

by Bloomberg News

VIPKid has raised $125 million and signed up 50,000 kids to study English, math and science online. Cindy Mi leans forward on a couch in her sun-filled Beijing office to explain how she first got interested in education. She loved English so much as a child that she spent her lunch money on books and magazines to practice. By 15, she was good enough that she began to tutor other students. At 17, she dropped out of high school to start a language-instruction company with her uncle. Today, Mi is 33 and founder of a startup that aims to give Chinese kids the kind of education American children receive in top U.S. schools. Called VIPKid, the company matches Chinese students aged five to 12 with predominantly North American instructors to study English, math, science and other subjects. Classes take place online, typically for two or three 25-minute sessions each week.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-19/if-the-u-s-won-t-pay-its-teachers-china-will

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Beijing smog forces schools to temporarily move classes online

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/31/2016 - 00:36

by Global Times

A teacher live-streams Chinese class in an empty classroom in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Monday. As in Beijing, schools in Xi’an were also suspended on Monday due to heavy smog. Photo: CFP This is not a dystopian future. Schools in Beijing have moved their classes online to spare students from the dangerous smog levels currently choking the capital. Education officials closed all kindergartens and primary schools on Monday after the city issued a red alert for heavy smog that reached 10 times the standards posed by the World Health Organization. Authorities also recommended that high schools in the city hold shortened days during the red alert, which saw PM2.5 levels above 500. The smog is expected to disperse tonight, according to weather authorities. But to keep students from falling behind, the Beijing Municipal Education Bureau required teachers to live-stream classes online.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1024742.shtml

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These Are The ‘Most Popular’ Online Courses For IT Professionals

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/31/2016 - 00:30

by Surajit Dasgupta, NDTV

Coursera has 1.8 million learners from India out of 23 million registered learners globally – its second largest base of online learners after the US.

The 10 Most Popular Coursera Courses of 2016 (based on total Indian enrollments):

1. Machine Learning – Stanford University

2. Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python) – University of Michigan

3. R Programming – Johns Hopkins University

4. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects – University of California, San Diego

5. The Data Scientist’s Toolbox – Johns Hopkins University

http://profit.ndtv.com/news/tech-media-telecom/article-these-are-the-most-popular-online-courses-for-it-professionals-1639820

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Have You Hacked These Cognitive Tools?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 00:41

by Mathew Lynch, Edvocate

Modern technology offers a plethora of cognitive tools for implementation in your classroom. You’re likely familiar with pedagogical tools and teaching resources, but you may also be wondering what exactly a “cognitive tool” is. Cognitive tools are tools what, when used outside of the classroom, play a role in productivity. They include word-processing programs, spreadsheets, and e-mail programs. Applied to the classroom, these become cognitive tools, because they improve the learning process, enhancing thinking and understanding. Let’s look at some examples:

http://www.theedadvocate.org/hacked-cognitive-tools/

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10 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/30/2016 - 00:35

by Bevin Reinen

Skype is an instructional tool that provides boundless opportunities for authentic teaching and learning. It allows us to explore beyond the four walls of our classrooms. As elementary teachers, we sometimes battle to hold our students’ short attention spans. Integrating Skype lessons brings the curriculum to life in ways never before possible. You know that special moment when you announce a class activity, and it’s greeted with claps, screams, and cheers? That’s Skype. It brings pure joy, wonder, and intrigue to your students. Here’s a list of ten ways to utilize it in the elementary setting, followed by some logistical tips for success.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/

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HackerRank tapped over 120 top universities around the world and had each of their best coders go head-to-head.

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

by RITIKA TRIKHA, Fast Company

At HackerRank, millions of developers, including hundreds of thousands of students, from around the world regularly solve coding challenges to improve their coding skills. In order to figure out which colleges have the best coders, we hosted a major University Rankings Competition. Over 5,500 students from 126 schools from around the world participated in the event. Companies also assess developers’ coding skills using HackerRank to hire great developers. According to our data, the top three best coders in the world hail from:

Russian Federation College, ITMO University (Russia)

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School (China)

Ho Chi Minh City University of Science (Vietnam)

The University of California, Berkeley was the #1 college in America, and came in fourth overall.

https://www.fastcompany.com/3066485/the-future-of-work/these-universities-are-training-the-worlds-top-coders

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Online Language Learning 2016 Global Market Expected to Grow at CAGR 10.9% and Forecast to 2020

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 00:40

by EIN Presswire

The analysts forecast the global online language learning market to grow at a CAGR of 10.9% during the period 2016-2020. Online language learning consists of digital content and solutions that facilitate the learning of languages through ICT tools and platforms, such as mobile apps, e-Books, games, videos, audio clips, digital software, learning lab equipment, and online tutoring. These tools and avenues are interactive, allow real-time feedback, and enhance learning processes as they involve different formats to impart information. Among the languages spoken globally, English has emerged as the most preferred language to learn followed by Mandarin Chinese.

http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/358642885/online-language-learning-2016-global-market-expected-to-grow-at-cagr-10-9-and-forecast-to-2020

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Physical activity courses offered at Iowa State

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 00:36

By Rebecca Haars, Iowa State Daily

Need one more credit for the semester, another reason to get in shape or just a new way to spice up the course load? Try one of the kinesiology department’s physical activity courses. Smith said about 90 percent of the classes now use an online learning component that coordinates through Blackboard, but the majority of each class will be based on the actual physical activity.

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/self/article_04867f00-c0cf-11e6-9884-83d8efb04a99.html

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RCS approves PowerUp laptops purchase

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/29/2016 - 00:30

by Rachel E. Sheeley, Richmond Gannett

Richmond Community Schools’s PowerUp 1:1 is moving forward as the system plans to spend $987,160 for 2,900 laptops to provide each student in grades five to 12 with a device. The school board approved the purchase during its Wednesday meeting. The Dell Latitude 3150 laptops are being purchased from CDW-G for $340.40 each.

http://www.pal-item.com/story/news/2016/12/17/rcs-approves-powerup-laptops-purchase/95504778/

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Real world learning draws students to unconventional school

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 00:40

by Associated Press

Three 10th-graders gathered in a pod working on a project they hope would ultimately lead to more civil discourse in America. “A lot of people are neglecting other points of view,” said Sam Humrichouse, 15, who lives in Meridian, reflecting upon the vitriolic campaign rhetoric the country experienced in the presidential campaign. He and his two classmates were at work on a plan to create a website where people could come, tell their stories and answer questions about their lives. As people visit the website, they would see the diversity in those stories and it would help “create an opportunity to practice civil discourse online,” said Harry Northrop, 14, of Boise.

http://www.ccenterdispatch.com/news/state/article_8760e00f-34d0-52ec-828a-b7a9fa4d9138.html

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Seventh-grader’s winning video game design opens educational doors

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 00:35

BY EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH, Free Lance-Star

Ronan Boyarski, a student at Grymes Middle School, plays the Hungry Black Hole. Boyarski poured his passion of coding into the design of the game, which won the Middle School Open Platform category of the 2016 National STEM Video Game Challenge. Ronan recently became the seventh-grader the winner of the 2016 National STEM Video Game Challenge, in the Middle School Open Platform category. His game, “Hungry Black Hole,” uses the W, A, S and D keys on a keyboard to move two stars simultaneously to a black hole in space. Each level (10 levels total) holds new obstacles: walls, quasars and astronomical objects that surround black holes. His knack for advanced coding has put his work on mobile devices in addition to computers. Over the summer, Ronan created a reference app for taekwondo students called “iKwonDo.”

http://www.dailyprogress.com/lifestyles/seventh-grader-s-winning-video-game-design-opens-educational-doors/article_50819192-c3bd-11e6-895f-9393e401372e.html

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Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 00:31

by Michigan State University

Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes. Students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos. And their academic performance suffered. Internet use was a significant predictor of students’ final exam score even when their intelligence and motivation were taken into account, said Susan Ravizza, associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study. “The detrimental relationship associated with non-academic internet use,” Ravizza said, “raises questions about the policy of encouraging students to bring their laptops to class when they are unnecessary for class use.” Funded by the National Science Foundation, the findings are published online in the journal Psychological Science. The article is titled “Logged in and zoned out: How laptop internet use impacts classroom learning.”

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/internet-use-in-class-tied-to-lower-test-scores/

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Junior high, high school students will have more, flexible class options

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 00:36

By Alana Norris, Vicksburg Post

The online courses, superintendent Chad Shealy said, came about when administrators were looking for an advanced option for student who were performing highly in math. After research on the best options for students, the district contacted Oddyseyware and the company offered some of the program courses to the district for free. “One of the goals since the beginning is to give students the opportunity for those online courses. A lot of the education you’ll see coming online at your colleges now are hybrid classes and online courses. We want to give them at least one of those by the time they graduate,” Shealy said.

http://www.vicksburgpost.com/2016/12/16/junior-high-high-school-students-will-have-more-flexible-class-options/

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