Educational Technology

Report: Collaborative learning, mobile access not major part of college study culture

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:40

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A survey of more than 2 million college students worldwide reveals that a majority of learners are more comfortable studying on their own, and they’re not using mobile technology to access materials or lessons outside of the classroom. The survey revealed that the United States offered the most online learning tools and modules, but students in Brazil were mostly likely to use online tools to learn collaboratively, and Colombia was the world’s most active nation in content creation for academic sharing. English is the world’s most popular online subject outside of the United States, followed by S.T.E.M. subjects.

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Online course helps aid workers help women and girls

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:36

by United National Population Fund

An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world. “It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights organization in Kenya. “Now I treat survivors with dignity and respect rather than victim-blaming.” The free UNFPA course, Managing Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, helps humanitarian workers understand the risks women and girls face in crisis settings. It also encourages better support for survivors of violence and helps to prevent violence from happening in the first place.

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Using Gamification in Education Leadership Development

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:28

by Matthew Lynch, Edvocate

The idea of leadership development doesn’t often bring a sense of excitement. Most educators expect training and development activities to remain in the old paradigm with an instructor standing in front of a classroom. Overall, it isn’t a very inspiring image. But, what if there was a better way to get the same information across while keeping everyone engaged in the process? In fact, there is. And it’s called gamification.

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9 in 10 Students Admit to Cheating in College, Suspect Faculty Do the Same

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 00:38

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Kessler International queried 300 students who attend college in person and online and found that nine in 10 (86 percent) admitted to cheating in some way in school. More than half (54 percent) thought cheating was OK, and some suggested that it was even necessary to stay competitive. Among those who acknowledged cheating, nearly all (97 percent) said they’d gotten away with it. What forms of cheating are popular? Three-quarters of respondents (76 percent) said they’d copied text from somebody else’s assignments. Slightly more (79 percent) admitted to plagiarism from internet sources. Nearly as many (72 percent) said they’d used their mobile devices to cheat during class. A smaller number (42 percent) said they’d purchased custom term papers or essays online. And 28 percent said they’d had a “service” take their online classes for them.

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Frank Gehry to teach online architecture course

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 00:35

by Chris Young, The Canadian Press

Class will soon be in session for Frank Gehry, and the celebrated Canadian-born architect will be leading the lessons. The California-based Gehry will be teaching what is being billed as his first-ever online class this spring. The Gehry-led course on design and architecture will be hosted by online education service Masterclass. The architect will be offering more than a dozen video lessons where he will teach “his unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art.” He will also be drawing on case studies, sketches and his “never-before-seen” model archive.

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Lone hacker Rasputin breaches 60 universities, federal agencies

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 00:30

By Charlie Osborne, ZDNet

A hacker has compromised at least 60 universities and US government organizations, utilzing SQL injections as his weapon of choice. Rasputin, believed to be a Russian hacker, is most well-known for the December 2016 attack against the US Electoral Assistance Commission through an unpatched SQL injection (SQLi) vulnerability. At the time, the hacker offered to sell access to the system to a Middle Eastern broker, and according to researchers, the hacker is also attempting to sell access to systems he has compromised in his latest round of attacks. Universities are a top target, with Cornell University, New York University (NYU), Purdue University, Michigan State University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington among those affected in the US.

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Report: Data Should Be Used to Drive Improvement in Schools, Not Punish Failure

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

“Education has not yet fully become an evidence-based sector.” So declared Aimee Rogstad Guidera, the founder, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, in the introduction to a report that examined how the use of data has evolved in K-12 over the last 10 years. For all the progress made in the last decade in the K-12 sector, the report observed, education “has only just begun its journey to develop a culture that values and uses data. Building the infrastructure was the easy part. The more difficult part remains–truly making data work for students.”

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The traditional classroom works so why change it?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 00:35

BY PETER WEST, eSchool News

Just because the traditional classroom “works” doesn’t mean that it has reached a peak or an optimal level of effectiveness. The traditional classroom works, so why change it? This is something anyone involved in leading educational change hears at some stage. The traditional classroom, where direct instruction is the primary method of teaching, does work. It has worked for decades. It has educated people who have then changed civilization in all areas; the sciences, politics, health, industry…everywhere. However, to imply that it should not change assumes that we have reached the peak of educational techniques; that no major improvements are possible. Just because the traditional classroom “works” doesn’t mean that it has reached a peak or an optimal level of effectiveness.

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Hacker tied to US election controversy infiltrates 25 colleges

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 00:28

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Michigan State University, Cornell University and Virginia Tech are among a list of 25 colleges victimized by international cyberattacker “Rasputin,” who recently hacked 60 domestic institutions and government agencies. According to Recorded Future, the Russian-speaking hacker infiltrated and sold SQL access to the institutions’ organizational network and files. “Rasputin” has also been identified as an agent responsible for hacking the U.S. elections in November.

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Mid-Tier Colleges Do Better Job of Upward Mobility

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The mobility rate defined by the Equality of Opportunity Project considers a college’s access, the size of the population of students from families in the bottom fifth of income distribution and its success rate in helping those students move into the top fifth of income distribution. According to the researchers, the colleges that have the highest upward mobility rates are typically mid-tier public schools that have two elements: the largest numbers of low-income students and “very good outcomes.” Nobody in the ranking has a mobility rate of 10 percent or higher. California State University, Los Angeles came closest with a mobility rate of 9.9 percent. The access rate for Cal State LA was 33.1 percent; and the success rate was 29.9 percent. Pace University and Stony Brook University in New York both came in second with a mobility rate of 8.4 percent. Access at Pace was 15.2 percent; the success rate was 55.6 percent. The access rate at Stony Brook was 16.4 percent, and the success rate was 51.2 percent.

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Why We Should Invest in STEM Education

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While many careers today require STEM-educated employees, they aren’t necessarily requiring that those employees have a higher education degree. A report done by the Brookings Institution revealed that nearly half of STEM careers available to employees today do not require a four-year college degree, and those jobs pay ten percent higher than jobs that do require a college degree. This evolution in how we view the relation between jobs and education needs to be reflected in our children’s educational priorities. By investing in STEM education in k-12 schools, our education system can work to close the STEM skills gap that has left open a wide opportunity for employment. To ensure that our children and the next generation are job secure and have equal opportunities for their future success, it’s important that we invest in STEM education. STEM programs inspire children, boost creativity and work to create the next generation of scientist, engineers, and computer programmers.

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Campuses are putting IoT into action in advising, services and beyond

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 00:30

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A University of Southern California project using cameras and sensors to gather analytical data about student engagement and the intersections of teaching and learning is just one of a growing number of initiatives on campuses nationwide to harness the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve outcomes and create innovation within the burgeoning tech sector, Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Ed reported. Schools including Case Western University and Carnegie Mellon University are using IoT to develop innovative ideas, including measuring energy produced by people and machinery, and apps that can be helpful in specific surroundings as a way to improve the campus experience. Syracuse University has been researching machine-to-machine communication for more than a decade, and officials there say the work is a platform for higher education to pioneer technology that can make work and data processing faster and more efficient.

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Warsaw Community Schools approve e-learning to make up for snow days

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 00:35

by Heather Black, WSBT 22

Warsaw Community Schools will now be able to make up two of their snow days through technology. The Board of Trustees voted 7 to 0 to approve E-Learning. It’s an online course where students can complete school work. All Indiana schools are required by law to have 180 student instructional days. E-learning is one option the Indiana Department of Education gives schools to make up missed days. The board has wanted something like this for years.

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Online Platform Teaches Dying Languages To Save Them From Extinction

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 00:33

By Holly Brockwell, Gizmodo UK

There are heaps of ways to learn languages online, from intensive tutored courses to fun cartoony apps. You can even learn made-up languages, like Dothraki, Klingon and Esperanto – a fact that must be somewhat frustrating to Inky Gibbens, founder of the Tribalingual platform for dying languages. Gibbens is half Buryat – a subgroup of the Mongols – and set up the platform when she realised that the Buryat language of her maternal grandparents is classified as endangered by UNESCO. A language dies every two weeks according to the UN, with half of the current 7,000 languages expected to be gone by the turn of the century.

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How to Create a Makerspace in Any Space

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 00:29

BY DRMATT, Tech Edvocate

Makerspaces are spaces for hands-on interactive learning. These spaces have become popular in many communities, schools, and libraries due to their emphasis on creative learning and STEAM subjects. Both educators and parents have seen the impact of makerspaces on the ability of children to learn twenty-first-century skills. These spaces have sprung up across the country and can be found in a variety of locations. The primary aspect of any makerspace is the fact that creative hands-on learning opportunities are provided to users.

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Iowa families foregoing classroom for virtual school

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:39

by Mackenzie Ryan, Des Moines Register

Johnson is among a small but growing group of parents that want flexibility in their children’s schooling — and the ability to access it from anywhere, at any time. They are part of a movement to give more education options to Iowa families, and the controversial effort to allow public money to fund it. In 2013, Iowa students first enrolled in virtual schools run by for-profit companies that contracted with two rural districts. The two schools that operate here, Iowa Virtual School and Iowa Connections Academy, are considered public schools. They meet the same regulations as other public schools, such as testing students and requiring Iowa-certified teachers. They also receive state funds. “It offers the curriculum in a different way that allows him to learn well, and return his love of learning,” said parent Michelle Majeski, who enrolled one of her two sons in the Connections Academy. “It’s a great school.”

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7 Online Courses Related to Hobbies

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:35

By Allie Mitchell, ULoop

Online courses are convenient to lots of students around the world and can sometimes even save you money on gas, books, and living expenses. Of course, this is all for if you are thinking about the college or academic way of things. When students think of online courses, they primarily think of school and courses based on science or math or some type of academia. This is standard and usually, that is exactly what students are talking about. However, there are also online courses that are essentially for everyone, you just may have to dig a little deeper to find out what they are. The online courses listed below are related to hobbies instead of academics, such as photography, music, and drawing.

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4 Ways Digital Technology Has Changed K-12 Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:31

by tech Edvocate

Digital technology has taken the world by storm – particularly in the past decade. It makes sense that this trend would have an impact on K-12 learning because there is nothing in modern American society that digital technology has not touched. While the names of the mobile applications and computer programs may change, there are some foundational ways that technology has already changed the face of education forever. Take a look.

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In our opinion: Higher-education innovation

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 00:40

Deseret News editorial

Online learning, for example, still needs to become better integrated into college coursework. Requiring each student to take one or more online courses per semester would result in sizable savings. Colleges and universities may also seek to incorporate new education offerings such as computer coding classes. Coding boot camps have proven to be very successful business models that provide students with marketable skills and work-ready job prospects. Educational institutions should be competing in this space, not being disrupted by it. Utah happens to be among the few states with the kind of innovative spirit and openness to possibly embrace these kinds of disruption, and vigorous discussions are already underway to consider new ways to find funds to support K-12.

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10 Trends That Are Reshaping Edtech

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 00:35

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

Trend usually implies that something is short term, like a one-hit wonder on the radio, but when we talk about educational technology, these trends are here to not only stay, but grow. While it is hard to choose the most important educational technology trends, we did our best to craft this list of ten.

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