Educational Technology

10 Notables Changing the Future of Learning and Teaching

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 00:29

BY Rich Baxter, EdNews Daily

Authentic personalized learning requires that 21st century schools are filled with students and families who are provided the opportunity to take on more responsibility for their learning, in response to the exponential increase in resources provided by the Internet. Excellent teaching and AI will guide this upward innovation movement, but ‘a shared leadership’ will facilitate more and more partnerships within communities and between them. Education is merging with neuroscience, quantum computing, and AI, redefining what it means to be human and thus what it means to learn and to teach. Where does that put education as a human endeavor and what other factors do we need to consider in order to take full advantage of the present knowledge revolution?

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If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 00:40

By Kara McWilliams and Marcy Baughman, EdSurge

If we really want to understand how effective educational technology tools are for improving learner outcomes, we need to stop throwing the baby out with the bathwater. As instructors consider technology tools for their courses, they are increasingly looking for evidence of effectiveness. However, researchers evaluating the impact of these technology tools on learner outcomes often ignore a critical component: the user’s local educational setting and how they choose to use the product. This is where implementation science can help.

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Want to save your district on edtech spending?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 00:36


School districts are routinely being overcharged by at least $3 billion on ed-tech products, including hardware and software, each year–the equivalent of 54,000 first-year teacher salaries, according to a new study from the Technology for Education Consortium (TEC). The study on ed-tech purchasing reveals schools spend an estimated $13.2 billion on ed-tech products each year. This includes $4.9 billion on hardware such as tablets, laptops and desktops, along with $8.38 billion on instructional and non-instructional software and content. The authors note that a lack of price transparency makes it difficult for districts to find cost-efficient options to fund their technology initiatives, resulting in over-spending.

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Principal: Real school transformation starts with a magical triangle

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 00:28

BY TIM WEBB, eSchool News

On the academic side, we incorporated new approaches such as blended learning, problem-based learning, and personalized literacy solutions like myON. With those pieces in place, we believe that every student can achieve proficiency in reading and mathematics in every year of their educational experience. We also believed that by accurately assessing and monitoring our students’ growth with our Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Rubric, we could help each student achieve proficiency in the “soft skills” they need. To this end, we implemented The Leader in Me program to provide a common focus, language, and platform for change. We also focused our efforts on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens to help our students grow in the SEL tier.

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Parents Express Concern as More Toddlers Switch on Tablets

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 00:39

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Most parents have profound concerns about their children reading digital books on tablets. In a new survey of 1,500 parents of under-eights in the UK about their attitudes to children’s use of technology and digital books at home, we found that only 8% have no concerns about them using tablets to read. For using digital media in general, only 16% of parents had no concerns. By comparing the results with data from a similar survey conducted by the US-based Joan Ganz Cooney Center in 2014, the research also found that parents in the UK and US had different reasons for using or not using digital devices with their children. For example, more American than UK parents said that they use digital media together with their child to ensure they are not exposed to inappropriate content.

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The Blockchain Revolution and Higher Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 00:35

by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, EDUCAUSE Review

The blockchain provides a rich, secure, and transparent platform on which to create a global network for higher learning. This Internet of value can help to reinvent higher education in a way the Internet of information alone could not.What will be the most important technology to change higher education? In our view, it’s not big data, the social web, MOOCs, virtual reality, or even artificial intelligence. We see these as components of something new, all enabled and transformed by an emerging technology called the blockchain. OK, it’s not the most sonorous word ever, sounding more like a college football strategy than a transformative technology. Yet, sonorous or not, the blockchain represents nothing less than the second generation of the Internet, and it holds the potential to disrupt money, business, government, and yes, higher education. The opportunities for innovators in higher education fall into four categories.

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OER Could Boost Colleges’ Revenues

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 00:29

By Jean Dimeo, Inside Higher Ed

Although tuition certainly matters to students, what matters more is “total cost of attendance.” That includes fees, books, transportation, and the opportunity cost of taking classes, among other things. (Reduced work hours to make time for classes leads to reduced income in the short term, which is a cost. Over time, if they graduate, they more than make it back, but in the here and now, it’s a cost.) Opportunity cost is lowest in recessions and highest during expansions, which is why our enrollments are counter-cyclical. So here’s the plan. If we get critical mass of sections using OER, and we can quantify the typical savings to students in some sort of credible way, I’d like to go to the Board with the following argument: If we raise tuition $5 a credit, a student taking 30 credits pays an extra $150 a year. But if we’re using OER in enough places that the student is saving $500 a year on books, she’s still coming out ahead.

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Chromebook takeover signals major shift in education…but not in the way you may think

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 00:42


Google’s Chromebooks are now the most used devices in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The use of Google in the classroom is true Googlification, or modeling learning off of Google’s own employee skillset, in that the use of Google and Chromebooks in the classroom aims to turn today’s students into creative and collaborative problem-solvers that know how to intuitively harness online and in-hand technologies. “Google is helping to drive a philosophical change in public education—prioritizing training children in skills like teamwork and problem-solving while de-emphasizing the teaching of traditional academic knowledge, like math formulas,” writes the New York Times.

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Why It Is Wrong for Pediatricians to Eliminate Screen Time Limit Recommendations

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 00:36

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced a disappointing decision. Sixteen years after they published their formal recommendations discouraging any form of screen time before age two – and 14 years after making recommendations to limit screen time for older children to no more than two hours per day – they are now recanting those recommendations, calling them “outdated.” According to AAP-affiliated doctors who participated in the Academy’s Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium (a symposium organized to discuss research data and suggest practical advice to parents), the two-hour daily limit does not reflect how much media children actually consume. Therefore, they argue, the recommendation needs to be changed.

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8 Essentials for a Virtual School that Works

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Many students choose a virtual school to replace their traditional school schedules partially or completely for a few reasons. In some ways, virtual school has completely replaced traditional homeschooling for the sake of easier curriculum access. At the same time, students who struggle in social settings or who do not find courses at their traditional schools challenging may find virtual school a blessing. Therefore, virtual schools are on the rise in popularity. However, virtual schools are not perfect. Here are eight essentials that act as focal points to make virtual schools work.

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Robofest Draws Students to Build Autonomous Machines

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:35


The potential designers and engineers of tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles showed off their most promising work Saturday at the annual running of a popular autonomous robots competition. More than 300 students from middle schools, high schools and colleges across Michigan participated in Robofest, the autonomous robotics festival put on by Lawrence Technological University. The competition has grown in size since its first year in 1999 and has included teams from at least 13 states and countries including Brazil, China, Mexico, Singapore, France and nearby Canada. Saturday’s event was the state championship meet and featured 93 teams. The day’s highest-scoring 15 teams will go to the Robofest World Championships next month in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

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Education 2.0: Enabling, and Supporting, Digital Transformation

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:30

by Comcast Business

Much has been written about the benefits of technology as a tool for learning and teaching, giving students a familiar digital environment to learn and enabling instructors to personalize instruction to achieve greater results. Today, computers can be found in 95 percent of schools,[1] used for just about everything from attendance-taking to accessing and using online curricula. Indeed, digital transformation in education is well underway. Textbooks, binders and chalkboards are giving way to laptops, tablets and smartboards, changing the way teachers teach and students learn. Instructors are peer-sourcing instructional-related materials to create richer, more engaging lessons, while students are exploring the internet for related content that extends learning further.

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Online Classes vs. Traditional Classes: Pros and Cons

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:25

by My College Guide

Online classes are no longer a novelty; they are quickly changing the entire structure and experience of college. For some, this is a welcome change. For others, it can feel intimidating. But with more and more colleges offering online courses, and even entire programs online, it’s important to understand what taking an online course entails, if it’s right for you, and how to succeed if you do choose to enroll. While every college and university offers a unique online experience, many do have several things in common. Understanding the basic structure of online programs will help you feel confident when choosing your program and starting your class.

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Exploring online options for K-12

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:40

by Angela Farmer, Digital Journal

In the complex world of K-12 education in the United States, one assertion is certain, much like the famous Bob Dylan song, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” has never been more true. Leading the change, evidenced daily, is the expanding development and utilization of online educational options for students and families. Just a simple search for online K-12 education options, immediately leads to a plethora of options for the consumer.

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How edtech start-ups are shaking up executive education

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:36

by: Jonathan Moules, Financial Times

Executive education has long been a lucrative market for business schools, but they now face competition from tech start-ups, which have seen an opportunity for market disruption. New York-based Grovo, for example, offers what it calls microlearning courses — lessons with a single learning objective delivered in bite-sized chunks on users’ smartphones. Grovo says research among its corporate customers — which include US oil group Chevron, advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi and Capital One bank — found that 97 per cent of the assignments started were completed by users and that the average user finished 50 per cent more course material than they had been assigned by their employer.

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Districts Need to Set-up WiFi in Public Housing

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Edvocate

So what can school districts do to help students whose families can’t afford internet access? One solution is to provide Wi-Fi for these families, free of charge. This sounds ambitious and expensive, but it may be one of the best methods educators have to fight the cycle of poverty. We already know that there are millions of families with school-age children who don’t have internet access. Almost all of these families lack internet access because they can’t afford it. Additionally, we know that this creates problems for students in school. So why not eliminate these problems completely by simply providing internet access to needy families? An easy way to target the families who are most likely to be unable to afford internet access would be to give free Wi-Fi to students in public housing.

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7 go-to apps for students with special needs

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 00:38


When used properly as a teaching tool, technology has the power to engage students and elevate their learning. High-quality, effective teachers know this–and they also know that students of all abilities can use technology to assist with learning. A plethora of technology tools, including apps for tablets and mobile devices, can meet the varying needs of students with disabilities and other special needs. The apps in this list can be used by students with dyslexia, students with autism, those who need social assistance, and more.

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New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 00:35


Students reveal their favorite technology learning preferences and talk about where digital learning can take them. Although technology changes at a rapid pace, one thing is constant: today’s students have a deep desire to learn using digital tools and resources that engage them and help them develop real-world skills. From mobile devices to gaming and online learning, students are ready to take charge of their learning, often outpacing their schools in their use of these digital tools for learning. More than one-third of middle school students say they have already taken an online class in math, science and English. But they want more options, and said they would take more courses, and take a variety of subjects, if possible.

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Why higher ed needs to eradicate the university term

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


What do education and music have in common? Rhythm. We gain our first introduction to the rhythms of education in kindergarten. The natural order of fall starts, winter breaks, spring starts, and summers off provide the mile markers that guide us through the year and organize our memories. Then there is the rolling start cohort model of higher ed. The ultimate goal in today’s higher ed environment is to gain sustainability and scalability as an institution while creating the conditions for student satisfaction and success. This is why the fixed start, carousel model works far better for both the institution and the student.Adopting this model allows institutions to gain top dollar for every student they enroll while mitigating potential administrative and retention issues. That being said, no model is ever perfect.

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What Is Digital Transformation, and What Does It Require?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 00:39

by eMarketer

Most executives agree that a digital transformation is necessary to remain competitive, keep pace with disruptive technologies and evolve with shifting consumer expectations. Still, many are unsure of how to start the process, or even what it entails. eMarketer defines digital transformation as the process by which business leaders harness the capabilities and advances of emerging technologies to digitally reinvent their company’s operations, products, marketing, culture and goals for future growth.

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