Educational Technology

App of the Week: OER Commons

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 00:40


OER Commons makes it easy for teachers to connect with other educators and find relevant materials. Teachers can search by subject area, standard, or keyword to find resources, or use the advanced search option. Those resources can then be saved within OER Commons or shared through Google Classroom or Schoology. Teachers can also use the lesson builder or module builder to compile resources into lesson plans or unit plans that can be shared publicly on the site or more privately within a hub or group.

App of the Week: OER Commons

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How to use social media in the classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 00:35

BY JON ROEPKE, eSchool News
Here are three social education platforms teachers love.  Today’s educators have a love-hate relationship with social media. They recognize that five-year-olds know how to use tablets better than their parents and that many kids have smartphones by the time they are 12. Digital natives live and breathe on social media platforms, sending messages and posting pictures and videos almost constantly. In fact, a recent CNN study on social media and teens found that among the 8th-graders surveyed, the heaviest social media users check their feeds up to 100 times a day.

How to use social media in the classroom

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Online education important

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 00:27


Statistically, the No. 1 reason as to why a kid would be doing online schooling instead of attending a brick-and-mortar school is because he or she had to go through bullying while the student was in traditional school and made the decision to not have to deal with it anymore. Solution to the problem: Get parents to put him or her into a public charter online schooling program and become an online student. Bam! Problem solved.

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Flu outbreak empties MSSM dorm, classes continue

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 00:40

Christopher Bouchard, the County

Due to an influenza outbreak on campus, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics emptied out its dormitory on Sunday and sent all 143 students home.  About 20 percent of students from the residential magnet school were confirmed to have flu symptoms, so Executive Director Luke Shorty said he and MSSM staff sent all students home to make sure the “community as a whole was safe,” especially since they all live in one building.  Classes are continuing online, however, according to Shorty. “What’s exciting is our ability to continue our courses,” Shorty said. “We’ve been doing distance education in different avenues, and this lets us go full bore and deliver the curriculum online.”

Flu outbreak empties MSSM dorm, classes continue

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Online writing resource helps students in all areas of study

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 00:35

by Purdue University

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab provides students with a guide to help them successfully complete writing assignments not only in writing classes, but also in STEM coursework and multimedia presentations. “As more high school and college students participate in online courses, they are more likely to find OWL helpful,” says Tammy Conard-Salvo, associate director of the Writing Lab. “The same is also true as students are producing non-traditional writing projects.” OWL provides students of all ages with information on the basics of writing, grammar and mechanics, writer’s block, conducting research and more. It also provides students with many subject-specific resources. These resources include presentations on how to write an engineering report, how to write an experimental report in psychology and how to write as a professional nurse. One of the most popular features on the site is the style guides for how to write academic papers.

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Online Learning Wins Out Over Textbooks In Boosting Science Scores

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 00:30

by Nick Morrison, Forbes
Online lessons can enhance students’ understanding of science and help underachieving students close the gap with their peers, according to a new study. Students who took web-based units made significantly more progress than those who relied on textbooks, while the improvement was particularly marked for students with lower prior achievement. The results suggest that online learning can be an effective classroom tool, especially for students who have struggled to engage with traditional lessons.

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Chasing Gold Medals and Degrees: Olympians Benefit from eLearning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:39

By Cait Etherington, e-Learning Inside

If you watched the Olympics, you have likely already wondered how all those young people keep up with their studies while training several hours per day and traveling around the world to attend competitions. In the past, many athletes had to put their studies on hold or count on the flexibility and kindness of their teachers and professors. Over the past decade, online education has made chasing gold medals and degrees simultaneously just a bit easier. Indeed, early gold medalists at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, including Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmand and the United States’ Red Gerard, are both currently enrolled in online programs.

Chasing Gold Medals and Degrees: Olympians Benefit from eLearning

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Web-Based, Interactive Learning Helps Middle Schoolers Excel in Science

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Middle schoolers did better with science lessons when they could learn online, watching videos, playing educational games, running virtual experiments and collaborating with classmates. Under-achievers did especially well, with access to pop-up vocabulary definitions, interactive diagrams, digital note-taking, watching videos with captions and access to text-to-speech that allowed them to hear information read aloud to them. That’s what a research project found when it introduced four interactive web-based science units to 2,303 students and 71 teachers who had access to computers or tablets in 13 middle schools in three school districts in Oregon and Georgia.

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Berklee College Expands Online, to Graduate Degrees

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:29

By Giovanni Russonello, NY Times
Berklee College of Music, already the world’s largest provider of online music degrees, will add graduate programs to its digital offerings this fall. It will begin with a master of music in music production and a master of arts in music business. The conservatory, whose main campus is in Boston, plans to add other degree programs in the future, and is already at work on an online graduate program in film scoring, though it has not announced when that will become available.

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Addressing the STEM skills gap with continuous online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:39

by Pluralsight APAC director Fiona Sweeney, IT Brief

You’ve heard this before – technological change is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. We are approaching the fourth industrial revolution which involves exponential developments in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, and cybersecurity. According to Deloitte, the digital economy is forecasted to grow to $139 billion by 2020. In order to benefit from this, businesses need to be armed with STEM skills to be at the forefront of this disruption. STEM skills are fundamental for Australian businesses to ride the digital transformation wave. The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) estimated that almost five million jobs will face a high probability of being replaced in the next decade due to digital disruption.

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Education Groups Reject Trump Budget Proposal

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:35

by Public News Service

Some education advocates are criticizing President Donald Trump’s new 2019 budget proposal because it zeroes out funding for several programs that benefit students. The $4.4 trillion budget increases defense spending but envisions deep cuts in domestic spending. For example, it would eliminate the Gear Up program, which helps kids fill out college applications and access financial aid. Sylvia Lazos, policy director for the group, Educate Nevada Now and professor of law at UNLV, says the program targets kids who are the first in their family to go to college.

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Web-based teaching can improve science understanding for struggling pupils

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:30

by Phys.Org

Web-based learning tools can help deepen science knowledge among all middle school students, and ease the science literacy gap for underachieving students, according to a three-year study published today in the International Journal of Science Education. Researchers introduced four interactive online science units, which students and teachers accessed with computers or tablets, into 13 middle school in two US states. he online units were tested in a randomized, controlled trial with over 2,300 students and 71 teachers. While all participating students improved their science knowledge, the results were particularly notable for less able students.

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Learning in the digital age: What is the internet doing to our brains?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:42

by Jennifer Long, WGME

The connection between teens and technology is obvious. According to a pew research poll, nearly 80 percent of American teenagers have cell phones, half of those are smart phones. What’s less clear is the effect the constant connection to the digital world has on kids and how they learn.  Educators at Poland Regional High School in RSU 16 are asking that very question. Ian’ Truman’s AP Literature and Language class is diving right into that discussion after reading “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.”

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Online High School Courses: Is It a Fad, or a Future?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:35

by Say Campus Life

Before there was a formalized K-12 online learning process, parents were already seeing the noticeable benefits of homeschooling their children. While many may harbor concerns over homeschooling children, modern K-12 online school options have made this trend a stronger reality for many students—especially those students who are high-school-aged. Not only is the education, via an online course load, more focused, but it allows a child to be free of many of the classroom distractions that have commonly plagued a traditional public school setting. The focus tends to be more on learning and less on being bullied by other kids or subject to disruptions by the class clown.

Online High School Courses: Is It a Fad, or a Future?

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Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 00:29


Student demand for courses on Bitcoin and its underlying technology, the blockchain, is putting elite U.S. universities under pressure. Students from all disciplines are rushing to sign up for courses that cover technical concepts underlying Bitcoin and Ethereum, such as decentralized consensus, append-only ledgers, smart contracts, and zero-knowledge proof systems. Students are also seeking to gain working familiarity with cryptocurrencies through practical assignments. Nathaniel Popper wrote in a New York Times an article entitled “Cryptocurrencies Come to Campus,” describing the extent to which courses on cryptocurrencies are attracting students across elite institutions such as Cornell, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Maryland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Raising good ‘digital citizens’

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:41

by Alison Bosma, Metro West Daily

The class at Natick’s Johnson Elementary School has Skyped with students in other states and countries, tweeted favorite authors, shared pen pal letters with students in Uganda through Google Drive, sent cloud observations to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and an average Thursday morning had them solving a math challenge from students in Georgia. That’s the short list. “It’s cool because when we were in third grade, we could say, ‘Yeah, I do science experiments in class,’” Magee said. “But now (students can say), ‘Yeah, I do science experiments and send them to NASA.’”

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Contra Costa College aims to join statewide web college program

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:33

By Michael Santone, the Advocate

Contra Costa College has until March 1 to complete its application to join the next cohort of California Community Colleges in the Online Education Initiative (OEI). OEI, which was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown back in January 2013 is a collaborative effort among state community colleges to provide students with easier access to high-quality online courses.

Contra Costa College aims to join statewide web college program

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7 of the best math apps for middle school

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

At last count, there were over 80,000 educational apps available to teachers. There are apps for everything: literacy, STEM, productivity, audiovisual, etc. There are apps which improve accessibility for students with different learning challenges, i.e. text to voice, voice to text, etc. While many of these may be a dream come true for educators, the dizzying array of choices is also a nightmare. Teachers just don’t have time to filter through thousands of apps to find the one that works best for the needs of their students. To help, we started to create curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education related categories. In this installment, we will present the best math apps for middle school students.

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Don’t call it a snow day: Schools closed, but Leyden students participate in ‘e-learning day’ from home

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:38

by Heather Cherone, Pioneer Press

As one of three Illinois school districts participating in a pilot program that could put an end to snow days for good, Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park declared its first “e-learning day” Friday as snow piled up on streets throughout suburbs west of the city. The three-year pilot program, approved by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2015, was launched in the wake of the polar vortex that plunged Chicago into a deep freeze during the winters of 2013 and 2014 and forced schools to cancel several days of instruction. Leyden High School students were expected to complete at least five hours of classwork from home on Friday, using computers provided by the school district.

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1 million US jobs will vanish by 2026

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:35

by Stephen Spinelli Jr. , CNBC

Is our higher education system ready for the challenge? The answer is no – at least not yet. For too long, college degrees have rewarded students’ proficiency in taking exams, not their readiness for a career. As a result, students are trained to recite definitions, processes and formulas, but their lack of experience in real-world application limits their effectiveness and ability to innovate within their respective fields. This has to change. Higher education must focus squarely on developing the skills students need to succeed in a rapidly evolving job market. We must reject the false dichotomy of theory and practice. Deep thought and decisive action must be linked – this is the imperative for today’s university graduate.

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