Educational Technology

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:34

by John Seed, Huffington Post

I think Smarthistory has hit critical mass. I think it truly can replace standard high school and college texts for a variety of widely taught survey courses in art history and art appreciation. Smarthistory now provides workable online syllabi for several courses, and I have made up my own “Virtual Art Appreciation” text using Smarthistory in combination with other free and open resources. The list of resources below are here for you to inspect and consider. If you are a K-12 teacher or college professor, please consult your institution’s curriculum guidelines, and your supervisor before you consider going textless. Please also keep in mind that these resources need to be properly integrated with your other resources, lecture content and evaluations. I will leave it up to you to vet these materials to make sure they meet your standards.

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Blended tech course combines classroom, independent study

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:28


Leanne Dammann’s computer maintenance technology classes at the Grundy Area Vocational Center have been popular for years, with instruction in understanding computers, printers, cellphones, switches, routers and more. But seniors trying to enroll in the second year of the series – CMT II – were having difficulty fitting the class into their schedules. Dammann was able to start offering her CMT II course as a blended class beginning with the 2012-13 school year. This year, she has 15 students in the class. They said so far they have managed to keep up by finding time during their daytime schedules to study.

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Top 5 Security Awareness Resources for NCSAM

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 18:14

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In anticipation of security fest 2014, we thought we would share our top 5 picks for security awareness resources.

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Rural Yukon schools going online in bid to improve learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:49

by CBC

Attendance ‘way up’ as Yukon school moves courses online. Students are Watson Lake Secondary School have the option of doing some coursework online at their own pace. Three more Yukon schools are changing the way they deliver courses, following a pilot project in Watson Lake. Yukon Education is investing in a program called blended learning. It allows students to pursue online courses offered through Moodle: an open-source website.

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The Red Hot Market for Learning Technology Platforms

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:34

by Josh Bersin, Forbes

We just released our newest research on the corporate Learning Management Systems market and the numbers are astounding. The market is well over $2.5 billion and grew by over 21% this year. These are big numbers, especially since the market grew by only 13% the prior year. Why all the growth? There are four big drivers

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How important is informal learning?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:30

By Laura Devaney, eSchoolNews

Learning is changing. It is moving from a primarily school-based, formal process to include more informal opportunities. Learning is just as likely to occur among a group of students at a coffee shop or at a museum as it is within a virtual group on a social network. Informal learning, then, is often characterized by its impromptu and unofficial nature, as a new infographic demonstrates. Today’s students must be independent workers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and informal learning supports these skills because it requires autonomy, flexibility, accessibility, and relevance. The 2013 New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report identified informal learning as a challenge, noting that K-12 education systems “must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning.”

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Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:57
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  1. the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful, as in "He expressed his gratitude to everyone who worked so hard."
 Regardless of how many ERP implementations one has under one's belt, you’re never quite prepared for the stress and emotional roller coaster that ensues when you are racing towards go-lives, working through disagreements on how to reduce scope to make deadlines, validating conversion data that are not even close to being clean, preparing business offices across campus for the substantial changes they don’t see coming, and explaining to executives why these projects are so difficult, so expensive, and how all of that has very little to do with the technology itself. But we did it. I think the most amazing thing that has been accomplished at the University of Geo

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Inspiring Creativity With No-Tech, Low-Tech and High-Tech Tools

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:40

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

One of the things I’m a big proponent of is making kids see that they are creators, not simply consumers, on their devices. They can make materials that others can absorb and explore. Particularly for children up to age 10 like the ones I work with, technology can make your work look better. If you write something by hand, people can tell you’re 10 years old from the handwriting. But if you type it and put it into an interactive book, you could be 50 years old and no one knows the difference. So it levels the playing field for children in a way that traditional media can’t do.

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How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:34

By LindsayH, Edudemic

Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits.

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Over 100 Districts Now Using Digital Social Studies Curriculum

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:30

by School CIO

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™ series offers a digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features dynamic, standards-based digital content and engaging resources. More than 100,000 middle school students are currently using Social Studies Techbook, with over 100 school districts across 33 states in the U.S. beginning to integrate the digital resource into classrooms this fall.The digital textbook solution will now be used by some of the most innovative school systems in the 2014-15 school year. Each district will have access to the full suite of Social Studies Techbook courses, including two United States History courses, World History and World Geography & Cultures. Social Studies Techbook is a web-based teaching and learning resource.   Techbook is designed to support multiple reading levels and languages, promote personalized learning, encourage critical thinking and enable project-based learning.

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How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:39

by Todd Finley, Edutopia

Asking if technology enhances learning is like asking if dogs are playful. Whether we’re discussing tech or those furry mouth-breathers, the answer is the same: it depends on the situation. Here’s a better line of inquiry: how do you coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies in order to positively influence academic achievement? By 2015, 80 percent of people accessing the Internet will do so with mobile devices. What other fundamental advances and cultural shifts will come our way? Nobody knows. But here are some guidelines for negotiating those changes:

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The Device Debate: What Tablet Is Right For Classrooms?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:36

By Jeff Dunn, Edudemic

We have been examining education technology products for more than 4 years now at Edudemic and it’s given us a unique perspective. We’re able to look back at where things were with vivid detail since it’s all documented right here on this site. In fact, Edudemic launched the same week as the announcement of the iPad! Back in April 2010, though, there was only one tablet. Now, there are a lot of other players in the game. So let’s get the device debate going. What tablet is right for your classroom? In the interest of providing some real-world concrete examples, we’ve tested a few of the tablets we think would make a decent fit in most modern classrooms. We chose one tablet for each major operating system and tried to ensure each had a price that was reasonable for a school or district’s budget. Linked below are some of the newest tablets on the market.

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Design and Development of Educational Technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:30

by MITx

edX is offering a MOOC starting on 8 October 2014 called Design and Development of Educational Technology for anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding of this field. This project-based course explores educational technologies and the theories underlying their development through interviews with experts in the field. To be effective, educational technologies must be designed based on what we know about how people learn. Through interviews with multiple experts in the field, this course examines educational technologies, outlines the theories that influenced their development, and examines their use. The course leads up to a final project – a kickstarter style pitch for a new educational technology – which is worked on iteratively across the weeks. It involves active weekly participation.

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Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:40

by Jason Llorenz, Huffington Post

Having experimented with social media for learning — especially Twitter — across my courses, I am convinced that social media offers powerful opportunities to connect with students, by providing new ways for them to own the learning. But doing it well takes a good deal of planning and structure, especially if social will be part of your graded class activities. Below are 10 strategies and tactics for integrating Twitter into your college course.

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Parents warned over the use of ‘educational’ mobile apps

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:35

By Emily Bryan, Australian Broadcast News

Parents been warned by an expert that some mobile apps that claim to help children learn have little educational benefit. Recent national test results showed Tasmanian students were well below average in literacy and numeracy. And educational researchers have said teachers and parents embracing technology could be one way to turn that around. However, they have warned that not all educational technology is as useful as developers had hoped.

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University of Southern Maine Will Teach Students How to Hack, and How to Stop It

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:30

BY J. CRAIG ANDERSON, Government Technology

University of Southern Maine students are preparing to infect networks with malicious software, hack into hardware, secretly monitor user activity and lure Web surfers to predatory Internet sites. And they’ll even get credit for doing it.

That’s because it will all happen within a controlled setting as part of a new cybersecurity curriculum in which they will examine technical, legal and ethical issues surrounding the collection, sharing and theft of sensitive data. USM’s new Cyber Security Lab, which officially opens at the Portland campus Tuesday, will be a playground for hackers and other students seeking jobs in the booming high-tech industry. But the interdisciplinary curriculum developed in the lab will extend far beyond information technology into areas such as corporate communications, law and even philosophy.

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How Students Learn From Games

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:40

by James M. Lang, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Kurt Squire, director of the Games+Learning+Society Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, says “Games are a good model for introducing a topic and raising interest,” he said, “because they situate content for learners so that they understand why it’s relevant.” The games accomplish that by establishing immediate goals that students can attain only by learning and applying course content. We often spend weeks throwing content at our students, and perhaps by the end of the semester we hope to have convinced them that what they have learned is relevant beyond the classroom. In a simulation game, by contrast, you are confronted immediately with the realization that what you are learning will help achieve a goal, one usually based on a real-world scenario.

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Ohio Schools Invest Millions in Classroom Technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:35

By Jeremy P. Kelley, McClatchy

Kettering City Schools this year received an $8.3 million grant from the state’s Straight A Innovation Fund. The money will be used to upgrade library media centers this year, give each student access to a Google Chromebook or LearnPad tablet next year, and gradually increase distance-learning options with Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton. Dru Miller, Kettering’s director of instructional services said when each child has a device to use, a teacher can assign an interactive lesson appropriate to one group of students, while the teacher works with others who need help on another skill. Upgrading the library media centers will mean one set of students could be teleconferencing with a Dayton Metro Library librarian, while another group does online research and others work with the library specialist on-site.

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Virtual Schools Blend Real Experiences with Online Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 00:30

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

Self-directed learning and learning by experience are where education needs to go, said Sarah Luchs, K-12 program officer for Next Generation Learning Challenges. This type of learning allows students to solve real-world problems and prepares them for life as they master competencies, which include explicit, measurable and transferable learning objectives, according to CompetencyWorks. In the EDUHSD Virtual Academy, students have the flexibility to mix and match online courses with traditional face-to-face classes and internships in fields they’re interested in. They can also take classes at Folsom Lake College and other district high schools.

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Auditory Awareness: Are Students Hearing the Lesson?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 00:39

by Ben Johnson, Edutopia

How many choir performances, or especially school plays have you attended where you could not hear the performers clearly? No matter how well they performed, I benefitted little from the experience if the sound system was poor. Nothing is more frustrating than attending your own child’s performance and not being able to hear them. A while back, I went to International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) here in San Antonio. It was cool to see all the new trends in technology for education, but of the things that I saw planted a seed in my brain. It was simply this: Use technology to make sure every student can hear you in the classroom.

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