Educational Technology

Google’s bet is that smartphone hardware is a commodity and artificial intelligence will win the day

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 00:35


By Larry Dignan, ZD Net

Google launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones in a move that shows how it aims to embed its artificial intelligence knowhow, be a serious hardware player, and ultimately compete with Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Toss in smartphones from the likes of Lenovo’s Motorola unit and LG and you get a feel for what’ll equate one helluva battle. Google’s pitch is that it’ll win with AI. Google’s Pixel will be smarter and more simple in 6-inch and 5-inch versions with three colors: Kinda blue,

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The top 2018 strategic IT budget priorities: AI, IoT, conversational systems, security everywhere

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 00:15

by  Larry Dignan, ZD Net

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and tools such as conversational platforms, digital twins and blockchain are among the most strategic 2018 technology investments, according to Gartner. At Gartner’s Symposium/ITXpo in Orlando, Gartner outlined its top strategic investments. These investments will be pushed into a global It spend of $3.7 trillion, up 4.3 percent from a year ago. Respondents in a Tech Pro Research survey found IT budgets will be up modestly, but there are a number of uncertainty. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said their 2018 IT budget will be up 1 percent to 10 percent.

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5 technologies that are transforming corporate learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:40

by Paxton Ritter, HR Dive

Will emerging technologies enable the touchscreen generation to make good on Peter Senge’s vision for the “learning organization” 20 years later? Or will today’s tech startups struggle with the complexity and pace of enterprise change at a time when nearly half of the S&P 500 kicked off large-scale reorganization in the past five years alone? As instructional designers, we at iDesign are inspired by the potential for unprecedented demand and emerging technologies that fuel pedagogical innovation across the enterprise. Here are five technologies we’re watching closely, and why they matter for both today’s challenges, and the future of corporate learning.

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Higher ed leaders are 10% more likely to use social media than their corporate counterparts

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:35

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive
Many higher ed institutions across the globe are boosting their social budgets to keep up with a new generation of students who rely primarily on social media for their news and information about a variety of topics, according to a new report from Hootsuite, a social media monitoring company. These results and others are found in “The Social Campus Report: 8 Opportunities for Higher Ed in 2018,” which is to be released today in conjunction with a webinar conducted by Phil Chatterton, the industry principle for higher education at the company. Chatterton said the company received more than 800 responses from institutions around the world in regards to their survey. The study revealed that on 70% of campuses, students had spurred the increased focus on social media. Chatterton said the analysis revealed higher ed administrators and executives are increasingly aware of the need to invest in social media, with 66% of executives viewing it as a strategic area of focus and 63% believing it is an important aspect of a school’s strategic planning and the fulfillment of its institutional mission.

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Data can improve both student outcomes and faculty performance

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:30

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive


In response to a realization that students weren’t performing well in class, Pierce College has collected data on course-completion for every instructor, allowing more than 95% of full time faculty to see how students from various backgrounds are performing in their classes over the last three years.  To get instructor buy-in to the data dashboards, Pierce administrators have been engaging in conversations with faculty on specific ways the data can be used to improve teaching — and as a result, the college has added dozens of dashboards to show what types of innovative instructional approaches have positive impacts, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.  The institution has also invested in professional development around the data, offering a $2,000 increase in salary to faculty for using it — with the result of increasing salaries by more than $300,000 since 2012.

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Libraries help promote lifelong learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:40

By Jessica Watts, Sudbury Star

What does lifelong learning mean to you? Some people I know were so happy to close their last textbook and write their final exam at university or college that they never wanted to take a ‘class’ ever again, while others look for opportunities to take part in workshops and seminars every chance they get. I would think most of us fall somewhere in the middle. Lifelong learning is defined as learning that is pursued throughout our lives that can include formal and informal opportunities. It might be done to foster improvement of knowledge and skills and for reasons that relate to both personal interest and employment needs. The Greater Sudbury Public Library has many lifelong learning opportunities available for people of all ages and interests. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a book, but these days there are also many ways to get inspired and foster continuous self-development online.

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Georgia State Backed Up Analytics With Support System

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:35

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Ed

In short, the predictive analytics system at GSU is one that triggers an alert to advisers when students exhibit any one of the 800 risk factors that could derail the student’s academic success. Those risk factors can range from getting a mediocre grade in a prerequisite for one’s major to dropping a course mid-semester. “What we’ve found is the real challenge is not coming up with the data,” Renick said. “But once you have all these thousands of risk factors identified, do you have a system to take those alerts, put them into action and have mediation so that students can be helped?” The investment in 42 academic advisors resulted in an additional yearly cost of $2 million, but more than paid for itself because the increased retention rate meant more revenue for the school, Renick said.

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Institutions turn to Snapchat to recruit new generation of students

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:30

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive

“We serve as the front door to the campus,” said Jena Richter Landers, a social media specialist and 2013 graduate of UWGB. “We try to reach the students where they are, and then more serious information comes through traditional methods.” UW-Green Bay’s snaps included fun photos from around campus, usually with the school’s Phoenix mascot, and messages ranging from “Welcome to the Phoenix family” to “We can’t wait to see you in fall.” Students often replied with an excited selfie or thank you text. “More students want an interpersonal feel, as in ‘I’m talking to you, you’re talking to me,’” said Katelyn Santy, UWGB student recruitment and enrollment coordinator. “That’s incredibly difficult for a large institute to achieve. This is one way to do that.”

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Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:40

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

If you have not already started using Facebook in the classroom, now is the time. As teachers strive to keep their students engaged, Facebook is a unique tool that allows teachers and students to interact in a new way. As Kevin Hull explains, “As the most popular social networking website, especially among high school aged students, Facebook is a page that can seemingly integrate seamlessly into the curriculum by creating that sense of community and group learning possibilities.” When you begin to see Facebook as a potential education tool, you will discover several ways to integrate this platform into your classroom.

10 Ways to Use Facebook in the Classroom

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The 10 Gold Standards of Ensuring Online Course Quality

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:35

by Eduvation
Online courses represent some of the most accessible and potentially comprehensive learning available. Whether they come in the form of free online courses or classes from a university, online learning is extremely popular. However, online classes are meant to be more than assignments and reading without interaction; they need to be personal. Taking these steps can greatly enhance your e-Learning solutions and lead to a better online course.

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A Strategic Focus on Outcomes: Shifting From Access to Success with Data

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:30

by Brenda Hellyer, Evolllution

Colleges and universities across the United States have historically been judged on the basis of their ability to create access for students, making enrollment numbers one of the key metrics in determining institutional success. Today, however, simply opening the door is not enough. Institutions are instead being judged on whether their students are earning credentials—be they degrees or certificates—and following through on their goals. In this interview, Brenda Hellyer reflects on the importance of switching gears from access to success, and shares her thoughts on the critical role data plays in making that switch a reality.

A Strategic Focus on Outcomes: Shifting From Access to Success with Data

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How can states improve data innovation in ed systems?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:36

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

States must support K-12 and higher ed initiatives to introduce students to the kinds of skills that will help them compete and fill jobs in the burgeoning data economy, and there also must be support for training opportunities for individuals in the workplace to garner new skills, according to the author of a recent report from the Center for Data Innovation that ranked the states which have been the best in data innovation, including creating available datasets, investing in new technologies and helping to develop “human and business capital.”

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Cyber Classes Offered to Hazleton High School Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:35

by Jessica Albert, WNEP

Rocco Petrone is the principal of Hazleton Area High School. He says the district gets a large number of students that enroll after the school year has already started. Which means there’s a lot of students playing catch up. “Our thoughts here is to give the students the best opportunity for the best educational environment and the best education overall,” said Petrone. Petrone came up with the idea for a cyber classroom designed for new students who have been out of school for a while and have missed at least 22 days of the semester. These students will be able to take online classes so they can get caught up at their own pace.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Students who live in poverty are among the most at-risk students in the public school system. There is extensive research to show that students from low-income families struggle more with behavior and academics for a wide variety of reasons related to poverty. Often, this means that students who come from poverty are left behind in the classroom. Many students whose families live below the poverty line also don’t have internet access at home. This creates all kinds of problems as well. Students who have access to the internet can go home and get online to work on homework, do research, or just learn about something they’re interested in for fun. Students without the internet may struggle with completing assignments, or feel stuck when they can’t get easy homework help.

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Classes begin for Lone Star College-Kingwood students after flood damages

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:39

By Beth Marshall, Community Impact Houston

Sustaining the most damage of all Lone Star College System campuses, LSC-Kingwood took on water in six of its nine buildings, and officials have worked to convert nearly 600 face-to-face courses to online or hybrid formats. “While the hurricane damaged our buildings, it did not shake our determination to get students educated,” said LSC-Kingwood President Katherine Persson. “Campus personnel pulled together to ensure that students were able to register, pay, and attend classes by Sept. 25.” As of Sept. 22, LSC-Kingwood had a seven percent increase in student enrollment, according to a release from the college. More than 13,000 students are taking online classes and in-person and hybrid courses are being held in the Student Conference Center and the Music Instructional Building on campus.

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Google joins forces with Which? to launch a new online safety course Read more at:

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:35

by John Granger, Yorkshire Post

GOOGLE has expanded its inventory of initiatives to boost the UK’s digital skill levels by teaming up with consumer body Which? to launch a new course in online safety. The course is currently available in one-off, hour-long sessions, free of charge to anyone who uses Google’s Digital Garage training centre in Sheffield, but the company has said it will make it available to all online “very soon”. Speaking about the partnership, Google’s communications manager for the UK and Ireland, Elijah Lawal, said: “It seemed like a perfectly natural fit and gives us that extra bit of credibility.

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Teacher Leadership in Online Classrooms Shapes Communication

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:29

By Allison Mills, Michigan Tech University

In a paper published in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, STEM education researcher Joshua Ellis shows how empowering teachers in online professional development classes can deepen their learning. The effects can then carry over into their own classrooms. “My background is in designing online learning environments, and we know that you always want to design for the outcome—but we don’t always know how to design for the outcome,” says Ellis, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences at Michigan Technological University. “The study spurred conversations for us as designers because, at the end of the day, we have to ask, would we do this again?”

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Minecraft: Education Edition Reboots The Oregon Trail

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 00:40

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

Since its debut last year, educators and students in 115 countries are currently using Minecraft: Education Edition. Starting today, classrooms will be able to play a popular educational game from the past within Minecraft’s sandbox world.  Microsoft has launched The Oregon Trail Experience, which focuses on subjects in STEM, humanities and fine arts. The company partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring back The Oregon Trail, a computer game first introduced in 1971 to teach students about frontier life by putting them in the role of a 19th century pioneer.

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Top 4 Cryptocurrency & Blockchain online courses you need to check out now

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 00:30

By Maryam Dodhy, Tech Juice

The Cryptocurrency and Blockchain buzz is riding high right now. Despite the fact that the Cryptocurrency market lost billions of dollars and the Bitcoin value dropped below $3,000 following China’s ban on cryptocurrency exchanges, it is now gradually recovering. Malaysia recently announced that it will legalize Bitcoin, Burger King introduced its own cryptocurrency called Whopper Coin, Cambridge University published the first research on the digital currency and Russia’s top 5 universities are now offering courses on it. So, a lot is happening in the Cryptocurrency world.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

If you’re an educator, you’ve probably noticed that the profession has undergone significant change in the last few years. With the growth of the flipped classroom model and the plethora of resources available via apps and websites, teachers are no longer considered the experts. They are moving into the role of facilitator, “guide on the side” instead of “sage on the stage.” Are we headed to a brave new world in which teachers are replaced by giant computer screens and a tech coach to assist on the sidelines? The answer is…yes and no.

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