Educational Technology

15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:40

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge. The handy infographic below from Mia MacMeekin takes a look at some tips and best practices for facilitating discussions when you’re teaching online. If you teach online and have any favorite tips and tricks, leave us a message in the comments!

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27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:35

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

We all want to be creative. We want to inspire creativity in our students. We want to teach material in creative ways that get students engaged and excited (without reinventing the wheel, of course!). But sometimes, creative just isn’t happening. When you can’t think of anything new, or anything that you deem ‘creative’ or ‘more interesting’ than the basics, it can be frustrating. I so often hear the advice to ‘just let it happen’. Which is, of course, even more frustrating! It isn’t always just that easy! The handy infographic linked below details some simple ideas to stimulate creativity.

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Technology to change role of teachers worldwide

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:28

By Elly Wamari, Daily Nation (Kenya)

Demonstrations and announcements made at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain, from March 11 to 14, suggest that teachers around the world have to ultimately brace themselves for drastic shifts in the way they play their role. Inevitably, technology is rapidly penetrating classrooms, with teachers in the more developed learning institutions taking to innovative use of ICT to facilitate learning. Many are adopting new applications that software makers are specifically developing for the learning environment. According to school leaders, educators, and Microsoft Corporation officials and techies attending the conference, the reason this drive is considered inevitable is the reality that it is more demand driven than propelled by supply.

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How To Integrate The Real World Into Digital Classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:40

By Beth Holland, Edudemic

Lately, when talking with teachers about bringing mobile devices into their classrooms, a common concern has surfaced – that connections to the physical world are being sacrificed by over-emphasizing the digital. These thoughtful educators have raised excellent questions about screen time, losing tangible developmental opportunities, and the need to encourage face to face interaction. While the dichotomy between the physical and digital seemed more obvious when working between a classroom and computer lab, the lines have blurred as iPads, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices entered classrooms. As George Couros (@gcouros) stated in his keynote at last week’s Leading Future Learning conference, “Technology is not meant to replace face-to-face interaction, but to enhance it.”

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States Show Improvement on Digital Learning Report Card

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:33

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Digital Learning Now has released the 2013 Digital Learning Report Card, which grades K-12 education policy in each of the 50 states against the group’s 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning. This year only two states, Utah and Florida, received As, while 14 states received Fs and another 13 received Ds. “In 2013, more than 450 digital learning bills were debated and 132 were ultimately signed into law, bringing the total of enacted legislation since 2011 to more than 360,” according to a news release from Digital Learning Now. “More than 20 states advanced an entire overall letter grade as measured by the Report Card.”

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Croatian island children connect with online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:27

by Lajla Veselica,

For Croatia, making sure the five children on the tiny island of Susak get good schooling is not only a civic responsibility, it’s a way of ensuring the viability of its sparsely populated Adriatic islands. “Schools give life to small islands,” said Olivela Franko, the elementary school principal on the larger Losinj island who coordinates an “e-learning” network that links island schools in the area. “There are not that many children but we will not allow them to disappear. We try everything so they don’t feel like they are living at the end of the world,” she said.

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Podcast: Bruce Maas on the Role of the CISO

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 21:05



Bruce Maas, CIO for the University of Wisconson–Madison, discusses the evolution of the CISO role.


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ED OIG Drops Tech Fixes for Identity Verification in Latest Report

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:48

Summary: In its latest report on financial aid fraud in distance education, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) dropped previously proposed technology-based measures for student identity verification that EDUCAUSE considered problematic. The OIG now recommends enhanced admissions documentation to address identity verification concerns, which seems much more manageable within existing institutional systems and processes. However, the OIG continues to advocate for changes in the financial aid need calculation for distance learners as well as maintenance of a standard for determining the last date of attendance for the return of federal student aid funds that could damage online distance education.

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NIH Notice: Network Restriction on Pornography

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:38

Summary: NIH released a notice alerting award recipients of a new restriction on the use of funds “to maintain or establish computer network” unless that network blocks access to pornography. NIH interprets the provision as applying only to funds awarded directly for such purposes; overhead funds are not involved. That essentially restricts NIH’s application of the provision to project-based networks, removing the concern that any institution receiving NIH funds might have to implement blocking or filtering across its campus network. Researchers with potentially impacted projects should consider discussing their concerns with their NIH grants and contracts officer.

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