Educational Technology

Beyond Point and Click: Real Coding for Students Across the Curriculum

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 00:38

By Ruth Reynard, THE Journal
While most users do not really care to see the coding “source” page for each web page or application, it nevertheless exists, as, without it, the screen would not have an interface nor provide navigational options or functions. Therefore, the combination of the “front end” and the “back end” computer code is what provides our user options and the functions of each page. We do not even really think about it, however, as we are the users, not the creators or the designers, for the most part. It is important to realize, too, that like other languages, the languages of computer coding (programming) not only have a language system but also a logic. That is, coders must use the code systematically and logically within any given context of use.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/08/07/beyond-point-and-click.aspx

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6 reasons we broke free from traditional PD

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 00:35

BY DAVID WALLACE, eSchool News

For years, professional development (PD) has been out of touch with what we as educators already know to be best practice, and how we are asking teachers to think about their classrooms. Far too often, PD agendas are set without any input from teachers and do not include time to reflect or discuss real classroom application. Far too often, strategies and tools are discussed once, and then never again. As an instructional coach at Fairbanks Middle School in Milford Center, Ohio, I have been a core part of charting a new path for PD that uses a blended model of professional learning. Here are the reasons why we revamped our PD.

6 reasons we broke free from traditional PD

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4 simple questions school leaders should ask about cybersecurity

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 00:30

BY STEVE BAULE, eCampus News

In today’s world where hacking and other forms of cyber-attacks abound, it isn’t enough to simply expect that the IT staff has data security under control. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, in 2016, cyber threats costs the U.S. economy between $57 and $100 billion. The same document articulated that “cybersecurity is a common good.” Schools are not immune, and a recent review of a dark web marketplace by Flashpoint for access to compromised Remote Desktop Protocol servers proved that. Two-thirds of the server information available was from educational entities. School district leaders needs to be proactive in asking the following questions to ensure that data security is being taken seriously. Are realistic safeguards in place to protect student and staff privacy? Can your district recover data in the case of an emergency or disaster?

4 simple questions school leaders should ask about cybersecurity

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Student Debt Is Worse for Women

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 00:40

by Julia Piper – The Chronicle of Higher Ed

Kelcie Chandler estimates that she owes about $25,000. “It’s a pretty significant burden when they’re asking for $150 a month out of your paycheck,” she says. As an undergraduate at Christopher Newport University, Kelcie Chandler did not know that there was a significant difference in how much debt women and men hold after graduating from college. But she did notice that her female classmates were much more likely to talk about their debt than were the men she knew. Women talked about “what kinds of jobs they were getting, and the pay for those jobs, and being concerned about whether or not they can pay rent, and pay for their groceries and their car payment, and also student loans.” One question, she noticed, was on a lot of female students’ minds — “Am I going to be paying off these debts until I die?” Though the question may have been posed hyperbolically, it does reflect the daunting task students face upon graduation.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Student-Debt-Is-Worse-for/244145

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Mentors play critical role in quality of college experience, new poll suggests

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 00:34

by Leo M. Lambert, et al; the Conversation

In order to have a rewarding college experience, students should build a constellation of mentors. This constellation should be a diverse set of faculty, staff and peers who will get students out of their comfort zones and challenge them to learn more – and more deeply – than they thought they could. Students should begin to build this network during their first year of college. Those are some of the key takeaways from a new Elon University Poll of a nationally representative sample of more than 4,000 U.S. college graduates with bachelor’s degrees. These are points two of us plan to explore more deeply as co-authors of a forthcoming book on mentoring in college.

http://theconversation.com/mentors-play-critical-role-in-quality-of-college-experience-new-poll-suggests-101861

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Are You Maximizing the Impact of Your Interactive Whiteboard?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Interactive whiteboards are one of many tools at a teacher’s disposal. Most schools now have these hands-on learning tools in each classroom. They allow teachers to present slideshows and interactive forms to their class quickly. With these tools, students become more engaged in their lessons because they can visually understand the concepts with videos, interactive presentations, and other supplements that teachers can incorporate. As powerful as these learning tools can be, not all educators are maximizing the impact of their interactive whiteboard. Studies have proven that these tools can represent a sixteen percent increase in student achievement in the classroom setting. If you aren’t using your whiteboard to its maximum capacity, you might want to try incorporating a few of these activities in your class.

Are You Maximizing the Impact of Your Interactive Whiteboard?

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Mesa’s online program educates students at 1/8th the cost of Primavera online charter

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:40

by AZ Central

Unlike their brick-and-mortar counterparts, online schools don’t have to build classrooms or buy textbooks. They have no lunchrooms or sports teams. But they do hire teachers, furnish curriculum and pay for a lot of computer equipment. There are at least 41 districts and 20 charter schools operating online programs, state records show. So how much should it cost to provide a publicly funded education to students who pursue it online? Comparing the online operations of the state’s largest public district, Mesa Public Schools, with Arizona’s largest virtual charter school, Primavera, gives two very different answers.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2018/08/22/mesa-public-educates-students-online-fraction-cost-primavera-charter-damian-creamer/941513002/

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Saint Louis U Students Rooming with Alexa

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Later this week Saint Louis University will open up for move-in, when students begin occupying their dorm rooms and apartments. They’ll be greeted by Amazon Alexa-enabled devices primed and ready to answer questions about the university and the campus experience. The university conducted a pilot last spring that tested several different kinds of voice assistants, and the Amazon Alexa platform was the hands-down favorite. The broader deployment will distribute 2,300 Echo Dots, all programmed with speech recognition and voice assistants that enable students to find out how late the library is open for the day or where the registrar’s office is located, among other information.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/21/saint-louis-u-students-rooming-with-alexa.aspx

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1:1 computing programs require tech upgrades, staff training

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:30

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Universities are increasingly offering students free laptops or tablets, but they should take into consideration their technology infrastructure and train professors to use the technologies before implementing such programs, according to EdTech. 1:1 programs have had varying degrees of success, with some institutions not maintaining the Wi-Fi bandwidth to handle all the connected devices. In addition, the technology may require other enhancements to the institution’s network, all of which can be expensive.  Such innovation requires faculty members to be aware their tech skills may be lacking. Maryville University in St. Louis solved that problem by offering instructors 80 hours of paid professional development so they could better use iPads in the classroom with students.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/11-computing-programs-require-tech-upgrades-staff-training/530754/

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Using VR to Help Students Understand Cultural Differences

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

As part of a two-hour workshop, students pop on a virtual reality headset (most recently, that’s the $199 Oculus Go) and attend a virtual meeting that brings together a small group of people from the United States, China, India and Singapore. In the opening scene of “First Impressions,” the user observes a global business meeting taking place in an office in China. It’s apparent as the meeting progresses that the interactions among the various characters are leading to tensions. All of the students see the same thing, remove their headsets and go through a bit of discussion. They’re asked simply to be observers first, “and not apply any judgment to what’s going on,” said project lead Ilin Misaras, assistant director for the university’s Global Training Initiative (GTI). “Don’t tell me that [somebody] is weird. Tell me what he said.” Following that, the headset is pulled on again to watch the same scene repeated. But this time, each user has been assigned to one of three people in attendance at the global meeting and assumes his role from a first-person point of view.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/21/using-vr-to-help-students-understand-cultural-differences.aspx

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Gen Zers Look to Teachers First, YouTube Second for Instruction

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Students in Generation Z would rather learn from YouTube videos than from nearly any other form of instruction. YouTube was designated as the preferred mode of learning by 59 percent of Gen Zers in a survey on the topic, compared to in-person group activities with classmates (mentioned by 57 percent), learning applications or games (47 percent) and printed books (also 47 percent). A majority (55 percent) believe that YouTube has “contributed to their education.” In fact, nearly half of survey participants (47 percent) reported spending three or more hours every day on YouTube.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/21/gen-zers-look-to-teachers-first-youtube-second-for-instruction.aspx

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Today’s first-graders prepare to succeed as the Class of 2030

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:30

by LESLIE RUBI, Fox 11

It’s hard to believe, but today’s first-graders will go on to be the Class of 2030. The class already has an iPad for each student, but the future could look a lot different. A study by educational policymakers looking at possibilities by the year 2030 said there is a 62 percent chance that students will be carrying around artificial intelligence devices. There is a 70 percent chance that face-to-face instruction will give way to online courses. Textbooks will be a thing of the past and teaching robots could be a real thing.

https://wvah.com/news/local/todays-first-graders-prepare-to-succeed-as-the-class-of-2030

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E-learning helps Dearborn County students, teachers stay on-schedule

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:40

Paola Suro, WCPO

Last year, Dearborn High School students experienced flooding and heavy snow that kept them stranded at home for days at a time. However, thanks to the incorporation of e-learning into their district’s curriculum, that didn’t mean they had to miss school. “Most of my classes were online, so I was able to email my teachers, and within a couple of hours I would have a response,” senior Rachel Montes said. “Then, since they were online, I could finish my homework or study for a test. I would be on top of it, even if we weren’t at school.”

https://www.wcpo.com/news/education/e-learning-helps-dearborn-county-students-teachers-stay-on-schedule

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Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:35

by Chelsea Jones, University Affairs (Canada)

If we are serious about accessible online learning, we must talk openly about disability as if it is right here, right now – because it is. As online learning becomes the norm across Canada, faulty conversations about making online learning accessible are cropping up in higher education conferences. These conversations fall short when they fail to uphold standards of inclusivity that are at the heart of basic, proactive Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies – that is, when they do not include gestures of access such as transcripts, live captioning, or American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Or, when they present disabled people in stereotypical ways.

Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy

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BENEFITS IN SWITCHING TO ONLINE LEARNING

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:30

by the Pioneer

In rural areas across Australia, the United States and Russia have all benefited from distant learning due to technology. Homeschooled children are able to connect with other children, not only to normalize their socializing capabilities but to also ensure that they are able to discuss deeply and receive different perspectives on the subjects they learn. Experts argue that online learning opens more doors for these children as they can learn time management and independence while learning similar to the workplace early in life. You might have seen multiple ads and articles about all sorts of new ways of learning. Anything from duolingo language apps to computer programming language has infiltrated the market for online students to learn as much as they please. The rise of online education has enabled even employers to hire more people with online certificates. Even Google has a part in this allowing their team to train a multitude of not only IT support but also marketers to learn how to use software and gain skills. Other than employability there are tons of other benefits to switching that could benefit people more than just their self-knowledge. See below for more benefits when you join courses like Khan Academy and ITIL Foundation Online Training!

https://www.dailypioneer.com/impact/benefits-in-switching-to-online-learning.html

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Learn JavaScript: The best free and paid online courses and tutorials

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:40

By Dieter Holger, PC World

JavaScript is the language of the web. It makes websites interactive, creates animations, draws data-driven graphics, and more. It even runs natively in your web browser so you don’t have to install it and you can get to coding right away. Alongside HTML and CSS, JavaScript is an essential language for any aspiring or current web developer.  In any case, if you want to create for the web you’re going to need JavaScript. Because of the close relationship between HTML, CSS, and the web, it’s useful to have a well-rounded skill set, and fortunately, most of the courses we recommend will have you code HTML and CSS as you learn JS. There are a ton of online courses where you can get experience coding websites and apps. I’ve put together some of the best out there from a variety of sources. Some courses I tried myself, but others I selected based on their customer reviews, popularity, and breadth of material. With various lengths, difficulty levels, and specialization, you’re sure to find one that meets your particular needs.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3297962/application-development/learn-javascript.html

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Bots, chatbots, robots, AI!

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:35

by Emily Alford, ClickZ

Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart.  Bots, chatbots, robots, and AI are some of the most buzzed words in the industry right now, but even insiders are sometimes unclear on their differences. We get to the bottom of some common myths around new technologies. So far, 2018 has been all about new technology, and that’s a really good thing. If predictions around the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) are correct, new technology is on track to revolutionize every industry from healthcare to finance. However, while other industries are still imagining future uses for machine learning, the martech industry is currently booming with automated solutions to common problems. As we rush to throw AI at all our pain points, myths and misconceptions abound. Here are some of the most common misconceptions, explained.

Bots, chatbots, robots, AI! Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart

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How OER Can Help Overcome the Higher Education Equity Barrier

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:28

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The cornerstone of the American dream is the ability to succeed in life regardless of one’s family of origin. And, for most people, that requires a college education. Unfortunately, recent research shows that the most reliable ticket to the middle class—a college degree—is rather difficult for students from low-income families to obtain. While this problem has many dimensions, open educational resources (known as OER) can help overcome the higher education equity burden.

How OER Can Help Overcome the Higher Education Equity Barrier

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The 7 Biggest Privacy Concerns for Edtech

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Protecting student data is a top priority for districts and schools, and the laws governing data protection can make navigating student privacy a difficult task, especially when users do not agree on privacy requirements.  Edtech companies face these seven big privacy concerns.

The 7 Biggest Privacy Concerns for Edtech

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Public Support Climbs for Teacher Pay, School Expenditures, Charter Schools, and Universal Vouchers: Results from the 2018 EdNextPoll

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 00:34

by Albert Cheng, Michael Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West; EdNext

An interactive graphic depicting trends in the poll through 2018 is available at this site. Full results from the 2018 Education Next-PEPG Poll are available are also linked here.

https://www.educationnext.org/2018-ednext-poll-interactive/

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