Educational Technology

EdX Hosts First Open edX Conference

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 00:35

By MEG P. BERNHARD and MICHAEL V. ROTHBERG, Harvard Crimson

EdX held its inaugural Open edX conference to bring together nearly 200 of the platform’s collaborators, who hail from as nearby as Cambridge to as far away as Japan. The conference comes a year and a half after edX launched the open-source initiative, which allows third-party groups to install, use, and develop the edX platform for their own educational purposes. “We open-sourced our platform in June of 2013 and since then we’ve seen a lot of adoption,” said Sarina Canelake, a software engineer for the company. “What’s cool about this conference is that we’ve seen a lot of people, from France and from Japan, who we’ve never had a chance to meet.” According to Canelake, more than 400 courses are offered through Open edX worldwide. Contributors to the platform include Google, the University of Queensland, and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/11/20/EdX-hosts-open-conference/

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EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 00:31

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The teacher certificates will be issued for one year to all U.S. teachers who pass one of the teacher training courses. That will be extended for an additional four years for Title I teachers and others in high-need districts. Classes will train teachers on the use of technology in the classroom, teaching in a blended environment, and learning theory and leadership. Those classes will be available from Boston University, Davidson College, Teachers College at Columbia University and six other universities. The organization is also pursuing students in high-need and rural school districts around the country to take courses to help them prepare for advanced placement exams. Over the next five years students will be able to earn free, verified certificates in 40 different courses. AP prep MOOCs will be made available by the Cooper Union, Tennessee Board of Regents, Rice University and five other institutions.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/11/20/edx-launching-moocs-with-free-certificates-for-teacher-training-and-ap-prep.aspx

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Don’t Let Kids’ Brains Go on Vacation During the Holiday Season

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:34

by WSSB

You may have heard of “summer slide” – when those summer months cause kids to lose all that glorious information and knowledge they acquired during the school year. But even shorter breaks can cause education rifts for students, too. Whether your children pair up with just one friend or an entire crowd, consider making studying a social event. Add some festivity to the affair by serving snacks and desserts. Around the holidays, you might even include a themed gift exchange for added appeal. If you are in between semesters, there may not be any official studying to do, but kids can keep their minds moving with supplemental learning. For example, if your child studied “As I Lay Dying” in school, make a movie night of it. Pop some popcorn and invite his or her friends over to watch the film version of the novel.

http://www.mysuncoast.com/online_features/education/don-t-let-kids-brains-go-on-vacation-during-the/article_87ad9d50-abc2-5ab0-b907-3ff017ef1b00.html

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West Michigan school leaders talk online lessons when classes are canceled

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:32

by Monica Scott, MLive

“It was just a very logical next step for us,” Cathedral President Michael Mullin, told USA Today about the Google software allowing teachers to upload taped lesson plans for students to view, but also to conduct real-time discussions with students. Public schools are embracing the idea, with more than 2,000 New Jersey students at Pascack Valley Regional High School logging on for their lessons during a February snowstorm. While some West Michigan school districts say they lack the technological capacity to implement a virtual program like Cathedral now, others are already doing it on a limited basis or are in the planning stages.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/11/ending_snow_days_west_michigan.html

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Winnipeg school uses technology to record classes, upload lessons online to help students learn

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:30

by Rahim Ladhani, CTV Winnipeg

John Taylor Collegiate is using technology to help students get the most out of every lesson. The device is called “The Juno.” Math teacher Keith Goetz wears it around his neck during class and it records everything he says. It also syncs with his lesson on the classroom smartboard. After each class, Goetz uploads the lesson online and students can review what they just learned as many times they like. It’s a virtual classroom. Goetz was the first teacher to use the device at the school but the results have been so positive, the entire math department and some French and chemistry classes have also followed suit. Each device costs about $1,200.

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-school-uses-technology-to-record-classes-upload-lessons-online-to-help-students-learn-1.2109959

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The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:40

By Edudemic

Edudemic has covered game-based learning and gamification in the classroom on numerous occasions in the past. When learning becomes a game, it’s an enjoyable, effective experience for students and teachers alike. We’ve curated 23 of the best game-based education resources for 2014. If your class hasn’t gotten its game on yet, then now is the time.

http://www.edudemic.com/23-best-game-based-resources-2014/

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8 Ways to Help Introverts Brainstorm for Creative Projects

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:36

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

Here’s a little scenario that will be familiar to most teachers. There you are leading a brainstorm for a creative project, when you notice several students haven’t contributed a single word. Despite your best attempts to moderate and encourage all voices, you just can’t seem to catch the eyes of the quiet ones. But you know they’ve got great ideas; in fact, their written work is often the best in the class. And yet, you know they’ll be mortified if you call them by name — red cheeks and stammering is almost a guarantee. How can you help your introverted students brainstorm great ideas without this level of stress?

http://www.edudemic.com/8-ways-introverts-brainstorm/

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How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:30

By Ann Elliott, Edudemic

Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Linked below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom.

http://www.edudemic.com/how-classroom-project-infographic/

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Stephen Colbert on Dreams

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 07:00

Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of South Carolina

The satirist Stephen Colbert is a popular commencement speaker. He’s a funny guy, and his speeches draw lots of laughs, just as we would expect. But commencement tradition also demands that the speaker dispense advice to the graduates. So, what wisdom does Colbert offer to the next generation of leaders seated before him?

Follow your dreams.

Service is love made visible.

Life is an improv.

We’ll explore Colbert’s observations about service and improvisation (improv) in later blog posts. Today, let’s look a little more closely at what he says about “Follow your dreams.”

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Stephen Colbert on Dreams

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 07:00

Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of South Carolina

The satirist Stephen Colbert is a popular commencement speaker. He’s a funny guy, and his speeches draw lots of laughs, just as we would expect. But commencement tradition also demands that the speaker dispense advice to the graduates. So, what wisdom does Colbert offer to the next generation of leaders seated before him?

Follow your dreams.

Service is love made visible.

Life is an improv.

We’ll explore Colbert’s observations about service and improvisation (improv) in later blog posts. Today, let’s look a little more closely at what he says about “Follow your dreams.”

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Blended Learning: It’s Not the Tech, It’s How the Tech is Used

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:39

by Preston Smith, Huffington Post

Since the 1970s we’ve known of Moore’s Law, which states the processing power of computers will double every two years. Forty years later, computers are presumably a million times more powerful. The education world is finally beginning to harness this power, taking us far beyond the origins of computer labs where students clicked away at the Oregon Trail and practiced word processing. Finally, we’re starting to reach a point where adaptive online programs engage students with rigorous academic content at their exact level while providing teachers with detailed data, allowing us to better group students and meet their unique needs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/preston-smith-/blended-learning-its-not-_b_6165398.html

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Online gym class offered for Rock Bridge and Hickman High School students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:35

BY MEGAN BEDFORD, Columbia Missourian

High school students in Columbia can now take gym class from their computers. Columbia Public Schools is allowing high schoolers to take physical education online through a program called Online PE, said Christi Hopper, one of the district’s physical education and health coordinators. With an online physical education class, students check out fitness kits that include a stability ball, a heart rate monitor, a resistance band, jump ropes and dumbbells. Based on a video they watch, students follow an exercise regimen while using the heart rate monitor. They videotape themselves doing stretches, lifts with weights and other aerobic workouts and then post the videos online for their teachers to view and grade.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/181747/online-gym-class-offered-for-rock-bridge-and-hickman-high-school-students/

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How to get more girls to code: Use Frozen’s Elsa

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:30

by Laura Mandaro, USA Today

If you want to lure young girls into computer coding, go straight to the heart — which these days is likely to inhabit the magical snowy landscape of Frozen. Code.org announced Wednesday that it had teamed up with Disney Interactive on a tutorial that lets young programmers help Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa make ice fractals and skating patterns using basic coding skills.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/11/19/disney-codeorg-frozen-girls-computer-programming/19260097/

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