Educational Technology

K-12 students find success in virtual school

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:30

by the Democrat

With more school choices than ever and the evolution of technology, students are redefining their own pathway to a successful K-12 education. More families are building complete, harmonious educational experiences for their children by choosing schools that meet their needs at a point in time – whether the school is traditional brick and mortar, private or charter. Over the past decade, families have added fully online and blended schools to their list of options – making online learning one of the fastest growing forms of education in the U.S. today.

http://www.thedemocrat.com/71932/2368/onlinefeature/474656/education-pathways-k12-students-find-success-in-virtual-school

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'Online Security' Need Not Be an Oxymoron

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:09

Raechelle Clemmons is vice president and chief information officer at St. Norbert College.

[Thanks to Raechelle Clemmons and the Green Bay Press Gazette for allowing EDUCAUSE to republish this column for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. —Editor]

October is right around the corner, and with it comes fall (or is fall here already?) and National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about online security.

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.”

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'Online Security' Need Not Be an Oxymoron

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:09

Raechelle Clemmons is vice president and chief information officer at St. Norbert College.

[Thanks to Raechelle Clemmons and the Green Bay Press Gazette for allowing EDUCAUSE to republish this column for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. —Editor]

October is right around the corner, and with it comes fall (or is fall here already?) and National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about online security.

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.”

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Control vs. Education: How Should We Change Human Behavior on Privacy and Data Security?

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:11

Daniel J. Solove is the founder of TeachPrivacy and John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School.

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Control vs. Education: How Should We Change Human Behavior on Privacy and Data Security?

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:11

Daniel J. Solove is the founder of TeachPrivacy and John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School.

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Resources for Connected Educator Month 2014

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:41

by Edutopia

Edutopia is one of the many organizations, companies, and communities participating in the third annual Connected Educator Month (CEM), a celebration of online communities of practice originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education with partners. As with previous years, October 2014 is sure to include an array of rich opportunities for informal professional development, both for educators with established professional learning networks (PLNs) and for those just getting started. Explore the resources below as a guide to connecting, sharing, and collaborating with your network during October and all year long.

http://www.edutopia.org/connected-educator-month-resources

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Library offers extra help for students taking online

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:39

by Monique Brand, Cove Herald

I noticed over the last few weeks one particular patron stuck out like a sore thumb whenever we come to the Cove library. This patron always had an overstuffed bookbag, tons of books on the table, and every once in a while, would step outside to take a few sips of coffee. His name was Owen, a Marine veteran who by day was on the computer taking online classes at the library, only to travel to Temple to his job where he worked in a warehouse at night. It sparked my curiosity incredibly. Per Kevin Marsh, the library’s director, the Cove library has aided in patrons who want to continue their education, even those who do not have a personal laptop or computer at home. “Not many people think we have the resources to cater to those patrons but we do,” said Marsh. From special library time limits for students to books that are used inside accredited institutions, patrons who want to continue their education, even if feel they don’t have the resources, can no longer make an excuse.

http://kdhnews.com/copperas_cove_herald/community/library-offers-extra-help-for-students-taking-online-courses/article_13559cf8-445a-11e4-912f-0017a43b2370.html

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Palmyra Area School District figuring out how to calculate GPA for online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 00:30

by Monica Von Dobeneck, PennLive

High school Principal Benjamin Ruby brought the issue to the school board Thursday night. He said some students are taking extra courses because they want to graduate early or just because they want the extra challenge. But the online courses cost $400, and some parents might be unwilling to spend that money. If the extra courses are calculated into GPA, that could boost a student’s class rank and help get college scholarships. But that might not be fair to those students who can’t afford the extra classes, Ruby said. Sometimes the GPAs of top students are separated by thousandths of a point, but the best scholarships only go to the top one or two in a class. School board members were divided between wanting to encourage students who have extra drive and being fair to those who can’t afford it.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/09/palmyra_school_district_tackli.html

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Thursday's Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Agenda

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 21:48
On Thursday morning roundtable members and participants will convene together at 7:30am in room 209 A/C in the Orlando Conference center. This is the last meeting of the roundtable for 2014 and we hope that you have found our time together extremely beneficial. Our breakfast meeting will include remarks and some question time with Nancy Zimpher, the Chancellor of the State University of New York System, who will also be delivering the final keynote of the conference at 10:15 am. Participants are asked to please fill out the evaluation form for the roundtable. Your feedback is essential to improving the roundtable for next year’s participants. We look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions. About the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable: The Hawkins Leadership Roundtable is a leadership development program for new CIOs and individuals actively seeking a CIO role.

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Thursday's Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Agenda

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 21:48
On Thursday morning roundtable members and participants will convene together at 7:30am in room 209 A/C in the Orlando Conference center. This is the last meeting of the roundtable for 2014 and we hope that you have found our time together extremely beneficial. Our breakfast meeting will include remarks and some question time with Nancy Zimpher, the Chancellor of the State University of New York System, who will also be delivering the final keynote of the conference at 10:15 am. Participants are asked to please fill out the evaluation form for the roundtable. Your feedback is essential to improving the roundtable for next year’s participants. We look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions. About the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable: The Hawkins Leadership Roundtable is a leadership development program for new CIOs and individuals actively seeking a CIO role.

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How iPads Can Refresh Traditional Classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:39

by Jenny_Collins, Edudemic

Following the trend of mass mobile device adoption, educators increasingly contemplate possibilities of using iPads in classroom. State-of-the-art mobile technology is getting more and more popular in different settings and schools are no exception. Adoption of mobile devices is transforming traditional classrooms into a place that delivers real-world knowledge using efficient tech resources.

http://www.edudemic.com/learning-ipad/

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:35

by Keyana Stevens, Edutopia

The changing racial and cultural landscape of America is certainly a much-discussed topic — some researchers studying U.S. Census data and demographics even say that America could be a “minority majority” country as early as 2050. While the barriers between countries continue to come down, and globalization continues, how can teachers address the needs of students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and upbringings? This collection of videos introduces culturally responsive teaching (CRT), and includes some techniques that you can use to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed together.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-minute-film-festival-culturally-responsive-teaching

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Coursera Co-Founder Promotes Artificial Intelligence ‘Deep Learning’ at SEAS

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:30

By KAY LU, Harvard Crimson

Andrew Y. Ng, co-founder of Coursera, talks in a crowded lecture hall on Thursday at Maxwell Dworkin about deep learning in computer programs, inspired by human neural networks. Deep learning, a subfield of computer science, is currently being developed by computer scientists to handle massive amounts of information and data, which can be applied to speech and image recognition. Ng, who is also the chief scientist at the Chinese search engine Baidu and an associate professor of computer science at Stanford University, said that the main goal of his presentation was to “share with [the audience] some strategic views about deep learning and give [them] some general ideas about whether to work on deep learning in the future.”

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/9/26/ng-deep-learning-talk/

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Wednesday's Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Agenda

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 21:11
Tomorrow’s Hawkins Leadership Roundtable activities will continue to connect participants with council members in ways that focus on developing participants’ leadership capabilities and elevating the work of their organizations. The links for Tuesday’s slide presentation can be found here: http://bit.ly/1pEqErt Wednesday’s lunch will begin at 11:30 am in room W209 A/B in the Orlando conference center. During this session the council will focus on the topic of “conversations with presidents or senior executives.” During this session, each council member will play the role of an institutional president and role-play with participants using questions commonly asked of CIOs by senior executives.

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Wednesday's Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Agenda

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 21:11
Tomorrow’s Hawkins Leadership Roundtable activities will continue to connect participants with council members in ways that focus on developing participants’ leadership capabilities and elevating the work of their organizations. The links for Tuesday’s slide presentation can be found here: http://bit.ly/1pEqErt Wednesday’s lunch will begin at 11:30 am in room W209 A/B in the Orlando conference center. During this session the council will focus on the topic of “conversations with presidents or senior executives.” During this session, each council member will play the role of an institutional president and role-play with participants using questions commonly asked of CIOs by senior executives.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014 Is Here!

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:52

Today marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), celebrated every October since 2004. NCSAM began as a collaborative effort between government and industry to provide people with the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Since its inception, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance have led NCSAM, and these efforts have grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions, and young people across the United States and internationally. NCSA, APWG, and DHS also co-lead STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global cyber security education and awareness campaign.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014 Is Here!

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:52

Today marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), celebrated every October since 2004. NCSAM began as a collaborative effort between government and industry to provide people with the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Since its inception, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance have led NCSAM, and these efforts have grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions, and young people across the United States and internationally. NCSA, APWG, and DHS also co-lead STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global cyber security education and awareness campaign.

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Tuesday's Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Agenda

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:44
EDUCAUSE 2014 is here and the first meeting of the entire Hawkins Leadership Roundtable kicks off today at 12:30pm in room W209 A/B in the Orlando Conference center. Though this is the first time that the council will meet together as a group, participants should have already scheduled some time with their assigned Council members who will act as their mentors for the program. Many participants will have met with their mentor yesterday or today before the first lunch. As a council member myself I am meeting with my first protégé before Tuesday's lunch. It’s up to the participants in the program to contact their assigned Council member for mentoring activities. This one-on-one collaboration is one of the most important benefits of the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable.

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Tuesday's Hawkins Leadership Roundtable Agenda

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:44
EDUCAUSE 2014 is here and the first meeting of the entire Hawkins Leadership Roundtable kicks off today at 12:30pm in room W209 A/B in the Orlando Conference center. Though this is the first time that the council will meet together as a group, participants should have already scheduled some time with their assigned Council members who will act as their mentors for the program. Many participants will have met with their mentor yesterday or today before the first lunch. As a council member myself I am meeting with my first protégé before Tuesday's lunch. It’s up to the participants in the program to contact their assigned Council member for mentoring activities. This one-on-one collaboration is one of the most important benefits of the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable.

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Blended learning comes to Tift County classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 00:40

by Tifton Gazette

Changes in technology are changing the way we educate students. This school year marks the beginning of a new program that allows Tift County students to learn online. Blended learning is a new format in which students are taking online classes, but are doing so in a classroom with a Tift County teacher. Blended courses allow students to take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of an online course while retaining the benefits of face-to-face classroom experiences with a certified classroom teachers. It allows students to experience components of online learning, while maintaining the social and instructional interactions that may not readily lend themselves to online delivery, such as lab assignments.

http://www.tiftongazette.com/news/article_acaf2a98-440c-11e4-b748-8f43281ef335.html

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