Educational Technology

Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:35

By Amy Erin Borovoy, edutopia

“Digital citizenship” is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it’s the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from “netiquette” to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. In fact, some programs that teach digital citizenship have outlined no less than nine elements that intersect to inform a well-equipped digital citizen. This playlist is intended to offer tools to make the case that it’s critical to teach this, and then launchpad videos to seed classroom discussions once you’ve carved out that precious time.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-digital-citizenship

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Course Access policies focus on equitable learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:29

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

The answer to ensuring that all students have equitable access to the courses that will prepare them to be college- and career-ready could be found in a state policy known as Course Access, according to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Federal data indicates that only 50 percent of U.S. high schools offer calculus and just 63 percent offer physics, meaning that students in the other 50 percent of schools don’t even have the chance to enroll in these advanced courses. But Course Access policies, funded by public education dollars, would ensure that all students have equal access to the online, blended, and face-to-face educational opportunities that help them become college and career ready.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/24/course-access-policies-650/

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Adaptive technologists develop online STEM course of the future

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:40

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

Using “the science of memory,” and recent advances in personalized learning, an adaptive courseware provider is developing a STEM course aimed at engaging and retaining at-risk students. A recent recipient of the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Challenge, Cerego says its future course, StatsPL, will allow for such personalization of STEM learning that the course could reach more than 1 million low-income students by 2018.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/cerego-personalized-courseware-918/

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Learning about a job-specific online degree option for some adults

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:35

BY DIANE STAFFORD, Kansas City Star

WGU provides a straight shot, on a student’s own time, to study and pass tests tied to specific, career-related competencies. Its headline description is “accredited degree programs for busy adults.” This isn’t a university experience in the traditional sense. There are no elective requirements, no mind-expanding forays into other disciplines. But the option could, at less time and expense, help people prove mastery of professional material and gain degree credentials necessary to move up in their jobs.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/workplace/article3324840.html

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Community engagement goes cyber: new nonprofit classes at Indiana State

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:29

by Indiana State University

“Enrollment in online programs is increasing all over the country and higher education has seen a simultaneous significant increase in community engagement and service-learning” said Nathan Schaumleffel, associate professor in the department of kinesiology, recreation and sport. “And these two things haven’t really collided yet nationally. There are very few people doing community engagement and service-learning in the online environment.” Schaumleffel is campus/executive director of Indiana State’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Program, which earned national Sprint Campus of the Year honors in 2013. Alliance members are dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. Schaumleffel completed five online courses during his spring 2014 sabbatical, all focusing on online instruction and e-service-learning.

http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4133

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A new pathway for job-seeking IT students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 00:37

by Ron Bethke, eCampusNews

According to a report by McKinsey, freelance portals will create more than 150 million jobs globally by 2025. And a new education startup called CodersTrust is aiming to teach students new IT and coding skills in order to land those freelance and outsourcing jobs–a goal that CodersTrust believes will be critical for future economies. For example, Elance, one of the major online freelance job portals, has a whopping 54 percent of its listed jobs in the IT & Programming category, with those jobs going for over $2 billion dollars total.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/coderstrust-unique-it-826/

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Wanted: Immersive gaming in K-8 classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, but few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth exploration and 21st-century skill development. Teachers surveyed for a new report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center said they believe using digital games in the classroom helps students improve math skills (71 percent), computer/technology content and skills (65 percent), executive function skills (59 percent), and 21st-century skills (52 percent).

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/22/wanted-immersive-gaming-673/

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Free online aquarium resources foster science inquiry

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 00:29

By Alicia Archer, eSchool News

To reach more classrooms with its educational programs, the Aquarium of the Pacific has created free online curriculum materials based on live animal webcams. The Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits include lesson plans, activities, online resources, and educational videos. Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the aquarium’s live streaming webcams, such as Shark Lagoon, Tropical Pacific, and Penguin Habitat.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/22/online-aquarium-resources-235/

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7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:49

Educational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics, like this one:

Only about one of every four community college students who take a remedial course graduates within eight years.

The reality we face in higher education today invites different approaches to promote student success.

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7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:49

Educational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics, like this one:

Only about one of every four community college students who take a remedial course graduates within eight years.

The reality we face in higher education today invites different approaches to promote student success.

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U.S. Dept. of Ed. Links State Authorization and Gainful Employment Regs.

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:40

Russ Poulin, Deputy Director of Research and Analysis at WCET, has posted an initial update on the U.S. Department of Education's new gainful employment regulations and the suprising link they include to the department's regulatory efforts on state authorization (http://wcetblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/gainful-employment/). The department has not yet issued new regulations for distance education state authorization, so the state authorization requirements applied to gainful employment programs would not yet impact distance learning programs. However, the gainful employment document released by the department includes a reference to a future connection with as-yet-to-be-issued distance education state authorization requirements, which Russ highlights at the conclusion of his post.

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U.S. Dept. of Ed. Links State Authorization and Gainful Employment Regs.

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:40

Russ Poulin, Deputy Director of Research and Analysis at WCET, has posted an initial update on the U.S. Department of Education's new gainful employment regulations and the suprising link they include to the department's regulatory efforts on state authorization (http://wcetblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/gainful-employment/). The department has not yet issued new regulations for distance education state authorization, so the state authorization requirements applied to gainful employment programs would not yet impact distance learning programs. However, the gainful employment document released by the department includes a reference to a future connection with as-yet-to-be-issued distance education state authorization requirements, which Russ highlights at the conclusion of his post.

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Reflecting for Change, From Journaling to Blogging

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:40

by Rafranz Davis, Edutopia

On the day of my college graduation, my math education professor cornered me to hand me a gift that would forever set the tone for my career in education. Dr. Vanessa Huse gave me a journal with a note inside telling me to use it for reflecting daily on three things that I could improve upon, as well as three things that had gone great. That was years ago. At the time, I thought that a journal was such an odd gift. Little did I know that this gift from a professor would be my ticket to becoming not only a reflective blogger, but also a growth-minded educator.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/reflecting-for-change-journaling-blogging-rafranz-davis

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UC Irvine Extension Adds 12 New Distance Courses for Recent Grads

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:35

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

The University of California, Irvine Extension has launched 12 new career readiness courses to be offered as four Coursera Specializations. A Coursera Specialization is “a targeted sequence of courses with an applied final project,” according to information on the Coursera blog. “These courses are designed to provide learners with further skills and abilities to succeed in today’s workplace,” according to a news release. “The UC Irvine Extension courses consist of online training and a sequence of development sessions, intended for new graduates and other professionals who want to learn practical skills that will improve their marketability as employees.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/10/16/uc-irvine-extension-adds-12-new-distance-courses-for-recent-grads.aspx

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Homestead students give flex days good grade

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:28

By Kevin Kilbane, The News-Sentinel

Several Homestead High School students were nearly unanimous in describing one big benefit of the school’s e-learning flex days — they get to sleep in. But students interviewed said they feel they learn as much as during a regular school day, just in a more time-efficient manner. “It’s actually very, very relaxing,” senior Ethan Snead, 17, said Tuesday morning during break from the online classwork he was doing during Homestead’s second e-learning flex day. Southwest Allen County Schools was one of 12 school districts in Indiana granted state approval to hold e-learning flex days this school year. The district chose to implement the program at Homestead, which has 2,300 students.

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20141022/NEWS/141029900

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Adaptive Math Learning Platform KnowRe Raises $6.8M

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:41

by Catherine Shu, Tech Crunch

KnowRe, an online math learning site for secondary students, has raised a new round of $6.8 million. The funding was led by returning investor SoftBank Ventures Korea, with participation from KTB Network Partners Fund, Partners Investment, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. In a statement, KnowRe co-founder and co-CEO David Joo said the company’s Series A “allows us to scale our distribution in the U.S. on the heels of strong demand from schools and districts at our launch and further our product development and offerings for the U.S., Korea, and broader Asian markets.” KnowRe was first profiled by TechCrunch in January 2013, when it raised $1.4 million from SoftBank Ventures Korea for its adaptive learning platform. The site’s technology personalizes lessons for each student depending on their progress. The platform is intended to be used by teachers as part of homework assignments or with tutors and educators during classes.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/22/knowre-seriesa/

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Blended Learning Provides Pathway to Success for High School Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:35

by Joseph Rapposelli, THE Journal

Many secondary schools are beginning to embrace the idea of distance learning possibilities for their students. Over the past few years, school districts around the country have implemented some type of blended learning into their curriculum. It is clear that an increasing number of school districts are making online and blended learning options available to their students. A 2013 report, “Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning,” commissioned by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) found that in 2013-14, more than 75 percent of school districts have some online or blended options. With this dramatic increase in online learning programs, school administrators struggle to determine if online learning is as productive as traditional face-to-face formatted classes. Research (Heterick and Twigg, 2003) suggests there is evidence that blended learning has the potential to be more effective and efficient when compared to a traditional classroom model.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/22/blended-learning-provides-pathway-to-success-for-high-school-students.aspx

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New online program will instruct teachers on developing, teaching online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:29

Indiana University Northwest

Responding to the growing demand for online educators, Indiana University Northwest has announced it will offer a new K-12 Online Teaching Certificate beginning in January 2015. The certificate program, which will be taught fully online, is a 15-credit hour program that will instruct certified K-12 teachers on how to develop and teach online courses geared toward primary and secondary level students.

http://www.iun.edu/news/2014/k12-online-teaching-certificate.htm

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Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:39

by Andrew Marcinek, Edutopia

An acceptable use policy is a document that is present in every school district around the country. The purpose of this policy is to provide safe parameters for exploring digital resources and using school-issued devices properly. It also ensures that schools do their very best to block out the darkest corners of the web. And while these policies are effective and required, they have not evolved in their semantics. Within the development of these school-wide policies, several shifts need to happen. My observation about the need for a semantic shift, probably one of the biggest shifts requited, reflects how acceptable use policies are interpreted by students. Essentially, these policies read more like a legal document rather than a document that students can understand and carry out. Additionally, we need to shift the focus from “you shouldn’t do that” to a sense of empowerment around technology. In short, schools should place a positive connotation around technology use.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-citizenship-culture-trust-transparency-andrew-marcinek

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EdX To Offer Free Advanced Placement Courses For High Schoolers

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 00:35

by Lisa Winter, IFL Science

EdX is a non-profit website that offers over 300 massive online open courses (MOOCs), providing access to a world-class education to anyone with an internet connection at little or no cost. Initially started as a joint venture between MIT and Harvard, edX has expanded to include partnerships with top universities around the globe including Caltech, Dartmouth, Columbia, University of Queensland, and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. EdX is now embarking on courses for teenagers by offering high school-level options, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/edx-offer-free-advanced-placement-courses-high-schoolers

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