Educational Technology

Children’s Learning Adventure in The Woodlands Guarantees Intellectual Growth for Every Student

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 00:36

By: Kyle Greenberg, Forbes

The implementation of STEAM based curriculum is a meaningful way to prepare children for everyday life. Children’s Learning Adventure-M encourages intellectual growth through engaging, hands-on STEAM activities. Teachers at Children’s Learning Adventure encourage children to actively participate and explore in the various learning activities. By using this unique approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics; their students develop the necessar

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Why AI Is Good News For The Human Workforce

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 00:31

Christian Reilly, Forbes

What role will artificial intelligence (AI) play in the future of work? Judging from current trends, it’ll make businesses smarter, processes more efficient, experiences more personalized and customers more satisfied — though that doesn’t stop the prescient Cassandras out there from making more dire forecasts. To hear them talk, a new master class of genius machines will gradually but inevitably displace humans from one profession after another until most of us are left idle and impoverished. I believe the reality isn’t nearly so dystopian — but it might be just as transformative.

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The rise of A.I. could hurt women’s careers in a major way

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 00:40

Karen Gilchrist, CNBC

Developments in artificial intelligence and automation have been heralded as a major leap forward in human advancement. But they could also adversely affect another important measure of societal progress: The gender pay gap. That’s according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, which indicated that the growth of jobs in emerging industries, such as IT and engineering, is set to disproportionately hurt women and, by consequence, progress made in reducing pay inequality. The gender pay gap, the difference between average earnings for men and women, has been narrowing over recent years, yet there remains a long way to go until compensation parity is reached — 202 years to be exact.

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Blended learning aids in educational innovation

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 00:34

In a flipped learning class, students watch lectures on a video and complete their homework during class. “I feel like it gives us more time and more freedom to plan out how we want to do our week’s worth of work. if we can work independently, we can go at our own pace, and it we need more help we’re always offered that help,” Ahmed said. Innovation — to high school student Hanna Ahmed, it’s a way to take control. To Temple Independent School District Superintendent Bobby Ott, it’s one of three keys to improving achievement levels in disadvantaged demographic groups. And it underpins the other two: establishing better relationships between teachers and students, and making it possible for teachers to spend more time with students. One of the innovations currently in vogue at Temple High School is the flipped classroom, where students watch lectures on a video and complete their “homework” in class. Ahmed is a fan.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 00:30

Bryan Cockfield, Hackaday

Machine learning is starting to come online in all kinds of arenas lately, and the trend is likely to continue for the forseeable future. What was once only available for operators of supercomputers has found use among anyone with a reasonably powerful desktop computer. The downsizing isn’t stopping there, though, as Microsoft is pushing development of machine learning for embedded systems now.

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How Online Skill Training Startups Shifting Focus From A University-Based Curriculum

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:40

BW Education
The need for additional training after recruitment is a massive added cost for the company. Students who completed college also realized that they had learned little during their undergraduate / graduate studies. Summing up, an increasing number of students and employers realized that the degrees that had been awarded were not as useful as they ought to have been and a much needed change is on the horizon.  A college education may be seen as necessary today, but it is becoming increasingly less relevant for professional success. One of the primary reasons for this is the rising popularity of online skill development platforms and their effectiveness in teaching new skills.

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How online education appeals to everyone’s inner learner

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:36

by Manila Standard
Convenience is the battle cry of institutions that offer full-online courses. After all, students can study anytime and anywhere and no longer need to brave the metro traffic just to get to a physical classroom. With its unsupervised nature, there is a prevailing notion that taking a course online may not necessarily be for everyone.  A University Online Education (AMA OEd), a platform that offers university level-degree and short courses online is aware of this. But it counters that despite the unsupervised nature of online education, each course is crafted to address the needs of a wide variety of students.

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Human AI for Human Development

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:35


55mmanuel Letouzé and Alex Pentland, ITU Journal

This paper discusses the possibility of applying the key principles and tools of current artificial intelligence (AI) to design future human systems in ways that could make them more efficient, fair, responsive, and inclusive.

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Personalized Learning: Artificial Intelligence and Education in the Future

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 00:43

John Loeffler, Interesting Engineering

It goes without saying that artificial intelligence is changing the nature of industries from transportation to finance, and education is no different with the prospect of personalized learning quickly becoming a reality. As more and more of a student’s education is experienced through a computer, data on their educational progress can be collected, leading to more personalized learning plans while assisting the teacher in identifying problem areas for students. While artificial intelligence in education might appear unnerving for some, the benefits are too great to ignore.

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NWCC Offers Flexible eLearning Classes for On-the-Go Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 00:36

By Sydney Briscoe and Paige Briscoe, HoddyToddy

Phyllis Johnson, Dean of eLearning said eLearning was implemented at Northwest Community College in 1999. The purpose of online courses is to increase access to Northwest courses by adults and other students who cannot attend campus-based classes because of work, family responsibilities or distance from campus, according to their website. The eLearning program started off with only 100 students but has since grown to 2,500 students. This doesn’t include the 700 dual enrollment high school aged students. The program offers 350 online courses for all types of majors, ranging from speech to business.

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Having a college degree isn’t a must anymore.

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 00:31


In 2018, the evidence is stacking up to show that employers are placing a decreasing emphasis on job candidates holding a college degree. Google consistently ranks as one of the top companies to work for in the U.S. As far back as 2014, Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior VP of People Operations, stated that holding a degree is not a prerequisite for employment with the company. In an interview with the New York Times, Bock indicated that for every job at Google, cognitive ability is the most essential attribute. His points were summed up as “prospective bosses today care less about what you know or where you learned it than what value you can create with what you know.” Google is not alone. Big Four accounting firm EY also stated that a lack of academic qualifications “will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door.”

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Snow Days Become Online Learning Days

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 00:39


The school has plotted out a schedule for up to nine snow days. The first three days classes in the classroom are canceled will be “online learning days” for students. The next three snow days will be professional development days for staff. Snow days number seven, eight and nine — if there are that many snow days in the Estherville-Lincoln Central District this season — would be more “virtual days’ for students. The school is making arrangements for students who do not have online access outside of school, so all students can be involved in the learning process during a snow day. If the weather is truly frightful, with power being knocked out in the area, the school will opt for the traditional snow day — and kids in the Estherville-Lincoln Central district will not have to check in online.

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Free online courses prompt students to learn better

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 00:35

by DB Post

As free online courses become more the norm of the day, students across city are enrolling for them in large numbers. With availability of over hundred certified courses free of cost in formats like video lectures, students are getting guidance from faculty of reputed universities around the world. By enrolling for online courses, students are able to complete entire degrees as per their flexibility, even in-between jobs or pursuing another regular course. The platform of e-learning is especially helping dropout students because in online course, they can simply enrol for multiple courses while staying at home. Some e-learning sites like Edx, Coursera, Howcast, Cosmolearning, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and Academic Earth are providing more affordable options than traditional colleges.

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With the expansion of e-learning platforms, lucrative career options are aplenty

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 00:28

Sarvesh Agrawal, the Hindu

The content in e-learning is a crucial aspect of learning, thus, the roles that help develop that content are equally important. The four roles that are involved in content development are subject-matter expert (SME), instructional designer (ID), storyboard artist (SBA), and visual content developer (VCD). To help you understand better, let us suppose developing the content for e-learning is like making a movie. So, the SME would be the scriptwriter, the ID would be the director, the SBA would be the cinematographer, and the VCD would be the final movie editor.

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Digital Learning Theories and Models That All Educators Should Know

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 00:40

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of digital learning: It’s engaging, student-centered, often collaborative, and can increase student achievement.  But here’s the catch:  You and your students won’t reap these benefits if you don’t purposefully plan your use of technology. Too often, teachers think of technology as something to check off of a list. “Does this lesson use technology? Nope…How can I sprinkle some in?” Using technology merely for the sake of using technology isn’t effective teaching.  Instead, here are five digital learning theories and models that can help you tap into the benefits of technology and enhance student outcomes.

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What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 00:35

Chris Berdik, Hechinger Report

The project typifies the mix of personalized and social learning that’s been a mainstay for 25 years at King, a founding member of a school network called EL Education. It sets these schools apart from a more recent wave of personalized learning, which is often dominated by technology and dogged by criticism that it isolates students from each other and from learning’s larger purpose. “We’re at a very important moment, because personalized learning is everywhere right now, and it’s been taken up by big funders, so everybody wants to say they’re doing it,” said Ron Berger, EL’s chief academic officer. “But there’s no common definition yet for what personalized learning actually is.” EL’s definition puts two elements at its core: “expeditionary learning” projects and small groups of students called Crews who stick together from grade to grade and meet daily along with a teacher adviser to support and challenge each other. The model won’t work everywhere, But it’s now used in about 150 schools in more than 30 states, and the nonprofit’s leaders have recently stepped up efforts to spread their approach.

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DeVos Outlines ‘Rethinking’ of Higher Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 00:30

Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

Secretary and Education Department officials today outline plans for looming accreditation reform negotiation, describing focus on credit transfer and credential inflation. The department described its priorities in two white papers released Wednesday — on rethinking higher ed generally and on accreditation reform. Recommendations in the brief papers are broad and don’t come with specific policy proposals attached. Department officials said some of the identified issues could be addressed through regulations or changes to current law. Others are a matter of changing the department’s current practices, Diane Auer Jones, principal deputy under secretary of education, said in an interview this week.  “We want to put on the table what we think the challenge is,” she said. “But we are doing negotiated rule making. It isn’t up to us to solve every problem. We would love for people to come to the table with some of their own ideas on how to solve these problems.” Auer Jones said the department wants to give accreditors the ability to craft standards that match the institutions they accredit. It makes little sense, she said, to apply the same outcomes standards to Johns Hopkins University and a nearby community college.

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U.S. schools are getting rid of snow days — with Google’s help

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 00:40

Aarthi Swaminathan and Adriana Belmonte,  Yahoo Finance

When most people were in school, snow days meant that you essentially received a surprise holiday from mother nature. These days, schools are moving to replace snow days and other extreme weather off days with online learning — and they’re using Google to do it. During inclement weather, all students at Anderson School District 5 in South Carolina now receive assignments electronically through their Google Chromebook, which will not require internet service. The Chromebooks are provided to students by the district at no cost.  The district’s first “eLearning Day” was on Oct. 11, when schools were closed because of Hurricane Michael.

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Principals say Chromebooks will help transform learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 00:35

by Ruth Campbell, OAOA

Knowing that her campus is going to get 300 Google Chromebooks in January makes Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School Principal Yolanda Hernandez smile. With her school of 1,100 students and limited technology resources, Hernandez has been struggling to schedule time for students’ learning and testing. Students have been allowed to use their own devices, but the donation will give her school a break. Hernandez said the contribution will give her students a chance to use the laptops for research, homework, to work on creative projects, work collaboratively and explore careers.

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Why Study App Quizlet Is Moving Into The Premium Content Market

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 00:30

Adam Rowe, Forbes

“Quizlet Premium Content is a planned, natural extension to our free study content, which will always remain, and acts as another avenue to meet our ambitious plans of ultimately serving the 1.4 billion students around the world,” he says. “Because 50 million monthly active users already engage with Quizlet for all their studying needs, it makes sense to add more materials, many of which directly align with textbooks, online courses, and standardized tests, from recognized education experts and brands.” He has a point: Distribution is everything on the internet, and Quizlet’s 50 million users signifies a large funnel that can lead to a reasonable amount of sign-ups for a paid content tier. However, the premium content’s success relies on how many students are willing to make the switch from free to paid.

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