Educational Technology

2018 K–12 IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 00:39

By David Nagel, THE Journal
With only three exceptions, salaries are up across the board for technology professionals in K–12 education in the last two years. The biggest gripe continues to be (not terribly surprisingly) budgets. For technology professionals, education has been a rewarding place to work over the last year. Salaries are up for the most part; job satisfaction is high; and the outlook for the future is positive — these according to the results of our third-annual K–12 IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey. Overall, the average salary for technology professional in education (excluding classroom teachers) was $66,640 in 2017 — up about $3,000 from 2015 (fig. 1, click to enlarge).   While C-level salaries were up on the whole ($100,400 in 2017 versus $99,045 in 2015), CIO salaries themselves declined from $105,469 in 2015 to an even $100,000 in 2017. That, however, is a slight recovery from 2016’s average of $99,583. (C-level includes CIO, CSO, CTO and CDO.)

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Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 00:35

By Mike Elgan, ComputerWorld

Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet. Yeah, I said it. Apple fans laugh at this idea, saying that a MacBook Pro can run the Chrome browser and gain all the benefits of a Chromebook, as well as all the benefits and leading-edge content-creation tools of a far more elegant, better designed and better engineered device.  Windows users carp that Chromebooks are cute, but not serious business tools. The Surface Book 2 is also a tiny laptop, they say, but a real computer. Linux developers concede Chromebooks are interesting but argue they can’t be used for software development. But these obsolete stereotypes are not compatible with the new reality of Chromebooks.

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Designing a school for next-century learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 00:30

Sartell High School will feature cutting-edge Learning Labs, makerspaces, and more to empower students and spark creativity.  Sartell-St. Stephen Independent School District, located in central Minnesota, is one of many school districts across the country that recognized a need to dramatically evolve traditional classrooms to create a variety of specialized and flexible learning environments to meet the needs of next-century learners. Cuningham Group Architecture, in collaboration with engineering and architecture firm IIW-Minnesota, is designing a new 1,350-student high school that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

Designing a school for next-century learning

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NC State to Work with IBM on Quantum Computing Research

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 00:40


By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
North Carolina State University is joining the IBM Q Network, a collaboration of companies, academic institutions and national research labs working to advance quantum computing, making it the first university-based IBM Q Hub in North America. Members of the network get early access to IBM Q commercial quantum computing systems for research purposes, via the IBM Cloud. The goal: exploring practical applications important to business and science, according to a news announcement. “Hubs within the network are critical for accelerated industry collaborations, learning, skills development and implementation of quantum computing, globally,” the announcement explained.

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Assistive Technology to Help Students with Down Syndrome Succeed Academically

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

For students with Down Syndrome, assistive technology provides adaptations that make accessing curriculum goals and completing tasks easier.  Assistive technology allows Down Syndrome students to complete assignments quicker than if they had tried the tasks on their own. Other benefits include

Giving students control of their learning
Promoting success rather than focusing on failure
Offering individualized adaptability
Providing control over pace and number of tasks
Encouraging both verbal and nonverbal responses

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How team teaching (and other innovations) can impact blended learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 00:30


Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. But an intuitive rationale doesn’t clearly translate to effective practice. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. So how do schools effectively personalize learning? Is it through online learning? Mastery-based learning? Project-based learning? Exploratory learning? Each of these common approaches offers a unique dimension of personalization

How team teaching (and other innovations) can impact blended learning

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Machine learning could stop an online war of words before it starts

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 00:40

by MIT Technology Review

A new machine-learning system tries to predict whether an online conversation is going to get nasty right from the get-go. How it works: Researchers gathered more than 1,200 exchanges from the discussion sections of Wikipedia Talk pages. They went through and labeled different “linguistic cues” in the conversations, including attempts at politeness, like using “please” and “thanks,” or other phrases suggesting that debate was welcome, like “I believe” or “I think.” Using the tagged threads, they then trained a system to predict from the first comment if a conversation was going to go south. Results: Humans were successful about 72 percent of the time at the task, compared with 61.6 percent for the algorithm. Not great, but the work uncovered some trends.

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Emerging Technologies Supporting Personalized Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The hottest trend in education is personalized learning, where studies are individualized according to interest and competency, learning happens not only in the classroom but beyond the confines of the school walls and bell schedule, and students take ownership of their courses of study. Teachers have long been aware that no two children learn the same way, have the same interests, or even demonstrate the same needs when it comes to instruction. For many teachers, the only way to address the variety of needs in the classroom and deliver personalized instruction is with technology. Emerging technologies are meeting the demands of teachers and their students in surprisingly individualized ways. Some of the new technologies scaffold learning in a predictable pattern leading to skill mastery and others allow for more creative exploration.

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Colleges face increasing number of students seeking learning accommodations

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 00:30

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
The Wall Street Journal profiles the rise of college students declaring disabilities and requesting accommodations on campus, a figure which reaches as many as one in four on some elite campuses and is a growing factor in colleges’ efforts to provide extra time for examinations and physical space without distraction. The Journal reports that small, private institutions are most likely to have the greatest number of student disability declarations, with 93 of the nation’s top 100 institutions with the greatest percentages of students with disclosed physical, psychological or learning disabilities falling under this institution type. At public flagship institutions, students requesting special accommodations for testing increased by 71% within a sample of 22 campuses. Critics say that accommodations uneven the playing field against students who do not have them. The Journal cites a 171% increases in accommodations requests made to the College Board for SAT and PSAT examinations between 2010 and 2017, and a 94% approval rate for last year’s batch of requests.

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Online Courses are Attracting Overworked Workers

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:40

by Jess Young, the London Economic

As mentioned earlier, part of the reason some people are going back to school is because good positions require specialized degrees, such as HR positions, but there are other things making online courses so appealing. There was a time when students who decided to take classes online were left without much guidance. This is changing as the number of online students grows. Another big factor is, of course, money. Compared to traditional education, online courses and eLearning platforms are generally more affordable option, so with some basic financial planning, it’s possible to get specialized in a number of fields where traditional education would simply be too expensive for majority of people.

Online Courses are Attracting Overworked Workers

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6 Reasons Blended Learning Works

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:35

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Research suggests that blended learning is more effective than both face-to-face and online education, according to a new e-book released by the Online Learning Consortium and academic publisher Routledge. Online & Blended Learning: Selections from the Field brings together advice and best practices from a number of scholarly publications related to online and blended learning; topics covered include the basics of the blended model, differences between online and on-campus learning, strategies for teaching with technology, data analysis techniques, policy issues and more.

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A Case For Flipping Learning—Without Videos

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:29

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

“Some people think that moving instruction to the individual space means you give students just videos to consume,” says Barba, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at George Washington University. “But the problems with this video-first approach, it puts students in a mode where they are primed to memorize and it gives an illusion of confidence [in subject-matter understanding].”

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Assistive Technology to Help Students with Apraxia Succeed

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 00:40

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Apraxia is the absence of voluntary muscle control. Regardless of how healthy the muscles may appear, the user has no control over them. The inability to intentionally move normally developed muscles has a substantial impact on academic success because students learn by doing and communicating. Learners with apraxia may benefit from sip-and-puff systems that allow the user to control a computer or other mobile device. Fully-integrated systems like Jouse3 and Origin Instrumentsprovide students with the assistive technology students diagnosed with apraxia need to participate in an academic environment.

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College Textbooks in New York State Becoming More Affordable

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 00:35

by SUZY GARCIA, Kicks 1055

Governor Andrew Cuomo is making it easier for New Yorkers to attend college these days, by earmarking $8 million for students’ textbooks. It’s an attempt to reduce the expense of books for State University of New York ,and City University of New York students, according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Textbooks can cost hundreds of dollars each with some classes requiring more than one, then multiplied by several classes, and that’s in addition to the cost of classes! It really is cost prohibitive for many hoping to attend college. This looks like it will certainly help. The Open Educational Resources Initiative is what this allocation is being called, and it’s making textbooks and other lab materials available by giving students the ability to download these materials, edit them and share them with others.

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Apps and Tools that Will Help You Develop an Individualized Education Plan

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

A well thought out Individualized Education Plan (IEP) represents some of the best personalized planning in education. The IEP lays out a year’s worth of instruction and identifies appropriate goals and the educational milestones that will form the path to meeting them for special education students. IEPs are often intricate documents that are twenty and thirty pages long, and developing IEPs can be an arduous process. Thankfully, there’s not just one app for that, but several.

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Panel OKs pilot program for online classes when bad weather forces school closure

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:40

by ABC News 4

A South Carolina education panel has approved preliminary guidelines for an eLearning program for teachers and students. The panel says this program will help students and teachers stay on track with school work while outside of the classroom because of bad weather. Members of an education oversight committee met Monday to discuss the eLearning standards in preparations for the upcoming school year.

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Women are less likely to be replaced by robots and might even benefit from automation

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:35


Research shows women are better positioned than men to resist the automation of work and possibly even benefit from it. Women are overrepresented in industries that require high levels of social skills and empathy (such as nursing, teaching and care work), where it would be difficult to replace a human worker with automation. Women in advanced economies also have, on average, higher levels of education and digital literacy, giving them a comparative advantage in a labour market that is continuously transformed by technological innovation.

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Microsoft: We’re giving you all Euro-style GDPR rights over how we use your data

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 00:30

by Liam Tung, ZDNet

Microsoft has announced it will extend the rights available to Europeans under the EU’s new privacy regulation to all consumers across the world. The General Data Protection Regulation went into effect Friday May 22, introducing a range of new Data Subject Rights for EU residents, such as the right to obtain data a company has collected, and to request the deletion of data if the user no longer consents to a company holding it. Consumers also have the right to take data to another service provider, and to know how a company is processing their data. Rather than enabling these rights only for European consumers, Microsoft will provide them to all consumers.

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Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:40

by Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

“GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, former head of HR at Google. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and GPAs and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything,” added Bock. In the now famous 2013 interview with the New York Times, Bock signaled the beginning of the end of courses and credits as the primary measure of learning and the beginning of the show what you know era. Professions (including law, real estate, and accounting) have long relied on test-based measured of readiness. Some professions have gone a step beyond to require demonstrated competence (e.g., doctors and pilots are required to pass tests, endure simulations, and perform in a variety of live settings).

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Changing students’ attitudes to mathematics improves test scores

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:35

by Science Daily
Study shows for first time that a free, online course can change students’ mindsets towards their mathematical abilities, leading to increased academic achievement.  A new study finds a free ‘massive, open, online course’ (MOOC) led to students feeling more positive about math, more engaged during math class, and scoring significantly higher in mathematics assessments. This is the first of its kind to focus on changing students’ mindsets and beliefs about their mathematics potential.

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