Educational Technology

MIT offers a dozen photography classes for free via its OpenCourseWare website

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 00:30

by Felix Esser, Imaging-Resource

MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is known across the globe as a powerhouse of technological invention and home to some of the most incredible brains in the world. A little less known is the fact that the MIT also teaches a number of photography classes, some of which have now been made available to the public. Via the MIT’s OpenCourseWare website, select photography classes are now accessible for free. The classes available include both undergraduate and graduate level courses, such as “Introduction to Photography,” “Documentary Photography and Photojournalism,” or “Computational Camera and Photography.”

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Postsecondary Trending Now: Competency-Based Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:48

When the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed both report on a development on the same day, you can bet it’s “trending now.” That happened last week when the US Department of Education made a significant policy move, issuing its long-anticipated invitation to colleges and universities to experiment with competency-based programs.

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Illinois Virtual School looks to expand offerings

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:40

By Pam Adams, Peoria Journal Star

Cindy Hamblin, director of Illinois Virtual School, wants enrollments to grow 20 percent in the coming school year, to about 3,600. She also wants to expand courses for middle school students. Illinois Virtual School’s main feature is almost 150 courses and 22 credit-recovery classes for high school students. Courses include core English, math and science classes; six languages, including Arabic and Latin; and electives such as meteorology, oceanography and Java programming. Like its students, the virtual school’s 62 part-time teachers live throughout the state. The school also reaches other teachers and school nurses through online professional development courses.

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Ga. teen sues for in-home classes during pregnancy

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:36


A Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest. According to the complaint filed Thursday, 18-year-old Mikelia Seals was a junior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School when her doctor ordered bed rest seven months into her pregnancy. The complaint says a guidance counselor told Seals the school did not have a program letting her take classes from home. Wilkes County Schools Superintendent Rosemary Caddell says she has not seen the complaint yet.

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5 laptops for college students that won’t break your budget

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:30

by Consumer Reports

College may be the best investment for the future, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap. To help stretch your budget, we combed our computer Ratings to find some of the best laptops in terms of price and performance in the $600 to $800 range. These budget laptops, all equipped with a 14-inch or larger screen, can handily surf the Web, run productivity software, and stream Netflix while maintaining a respectable battery life. Some of them even have enough power to do a decent job with computer games. The models we’ve chosen all use the Windows 8 operating system. (There are some great Apple MacBooks in our Ratings too, but a similarly equipped model costs considerably more.)

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Three new developments in K-12 technology integration

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Technology skills for students and educators are essential for college and workforce success, particularly in an increasingly global economy. But how does technology integration match up with education leaders’ goals? Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to increase across the nation, and an annual school technology survey reveals that BYOD use or immediate planned use in secondary schools jumped from 60 percent in 2013 to 66 percent in 2014. According to the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 2014 Vision K-20 report, 85 percent of secondary, 66 percent of elementary, and 83 percent of K-12 district survey participants said mobile devices will be allowed in schools in the next five years.

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Cornering a Missed Pocket of the Ed-Tech Market

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:31

by Julia Freeland, Entrepreneur

Pegged at an estimated $8 billion in 2013 by the Software & Information Industry Association, the education-technology market is reaching unprecedented heights. According to EdSurge, the ed-ech industry received more than $327 million in venture-capital investment in the second quarter of this year alone. Yet amid the boom in private investment and technology talent migrating into education, entrepreneurs don’t always know how new apps and tools will align with schools’ day-to-day needs. Technology companies would have a better chance of developing products that school systems would actually pay to use, if they had better insight into the market and knew what schools were trying to accomplish as they integrate technology, the variety of tools that schools are currently using and where schools’ demands remain unmet.

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Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 00:02
by Zach Cutler, Huffington Post The flipped classroom can be a great way to get Millennials involved and collaborating toward their own education. According to the NYU study, retention jumped to 90 percent when students were put in a teaching role. Allowing students to teach each other puts them in control of their own educational journey, getting students involved in the learning process with a hands-on perspective. Millennials are rapidly expanding the traditional college classroom, demanding more online learning solutions and a more collaborative atmosphere between students and teachers. If higher education institutions take note, they’ll be ready not only for Gen Y, but also for the upcoming Gen Z. Share on Facebook

4 Tips for Flipped Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 00:40

by Joe Hirsch, Edutopia

As interest in flipped learning continues to grow, so does its adoption among the educational rank and file. By moving entry-level information outside the classroom — typically (but not exclusively) through self-paced, scored videos — teachers can reframe learning so that students spend more instructional time engaged in deeper discussions, hands-on applications and project-based learning. With a focus on more direct contact between teachers and students, greater application of basic concepts, and increased collaboration between learners, flipped learning provides yet another outlet for 21st century teaching. No doubt, making this kind of change can be intimidating. Before teachers flip out, here are four tips to make the transition smoother — and more impactful.

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Pearson Launches Competency-Based Education Framework and Readiness Assessment

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

As competency-based degree programs gain momentum among colleges and universities led by organizations such as the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning and the Next Generation Learning Challenges, more institutions may be wondering how far off they are from being able to implement this approach to education. Competency-based education (CBE) allows students to advance based on their ability to prove mastery of a skill or knowledge area in order to improve their workforce prospects. Education technology company Pearson has developed an assessment tool that allows schools to gauge their institutions’ readiness to adopt CBE.

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What Does Gamification Look Like In Classrooms?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 00:30

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Using games or game play elements in the classroom to drive learning outcomes is sill gaining popularity. Though most teachers aren’t ready to embrace bringing serious games like Minecraft into their classrooms, many are willing to gamify learning or use other types of games. That said, getting an idea of how many teachers are (or aren’t) using gamification (or are interested in doing so) is a somewhat difficult task: Many people define gamification in different ways, when it may be a more accurate description to identify different levels of gamification. The handy infographic linked below takes a look at gamification and more ‘serious gaming’ in organizational learning.

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How to Survive a Cyberattack

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:40

By Phil Hardin, THE Journal

Here’s how a North Carolina district responded to a denial-of-service attack that came from one of its own schools. At 7:45 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, 23,000 network users in the Rowan-Salisbury School System’s 35 schools were accessing their Web-based curriculum resources and administrative applications when suddenly all Internet connectivity stopped. The outage lasted for about an hour. Teachers had to quickly switch their lessons to a Plan B, since most had components that required Internet access. Internet connectivity returned briefly, but suddenly went down again for another hour. The Internet would go down for a third time before school ended.

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10 ways to tell you’re a tech-savvy educator

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:36

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Technology is a necessary part of formal and informal learning today. After all, students will need tech skills as they move into college and the workforce. Using tech in the classroom today will help students develop and build those essential tech skills so that they can compete on a global scale. What does it mean to be a tech-savvy educator? Research and studies point to 10 distinguishing characteristics [2].

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3 secrets to a successful digital transformation

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:30

By Frank Portanova, eSchool News

In just one year of becoming all-digital, the Stepinac academic probation rate was cut in half. During the 2013-2014 school year, Archbishop Stepinac High School became an all-digital high school, with each of its 700 students utilizing a fully digital textbook library with more than 40 academic textbooks. This transformation has driven efficiencies in our school, created a more personalized learning environment for our students and, most importantly, has positively impacted student outcomes. I have highlighted three of the most valuable lessons we learned.

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