Educational Technology

Online Tools Support Professor’s Commitment to Student Success Through Course Evaluation and Feedback

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 00:34

By: Cassie Lipp, University of Cincinnati

While statistics may be a difficult subject for many students, UC’s Chris Swoboda makes it easier for students to learn by breaking his Statistical Data Analysis I and II courses up into small online modules and units. Swoboda, an assistant professor in the School of Education, said making the courses available online has made the course accessible to more students, and it also creates an environment that allows them to personalize their learning experience. The course formats include extensive use of discussion boards, online tests and quizzes, web links, electronic feedback on homework, and instructions for and other web-based resources. Course videos include recorded lectures, tutorials for sample problems and explanations for discussion board questions.

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Colleges Struggle to Blend Tech, Teacher-Training Lesson Plans

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 00:30

by the Hechinger Report

It’s a matter of “re-paradigming,” say faculty and administrators at some of the nation’s top teachers colleges, describing the task they face. They need to get teacher candidates to “re-think” how they use devices that most have grown up with. In essence, instructors must tell their students, “You can’t take that into a school and use it the way you know how to use it,” said Laurie Mullen, former associate dean at Ball State University Teachers College in Muncie, and the newly appointed dean of the College of Education at Towson University in Maryland. Although there are more than 2,100 schools of education nationally, graduating more than 190,000 new teachers annually, there are no national standards for teachers of educators when it comes to integrating educational technology into the curriculum, according to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a voluntary national association of teacher preparation programs.

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13 Keys to Successful Blended Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:40

By Greg Thompson, THE Journal

Transforming a mishmash of educational technologies into a coherent “blended learning” model is fast becoming the holy grail of modern education. With so much software and hardware already in place, making blended learning work is less about acquiring technology, and more about changing mindsets. Susan O. Moore, supervisor of blended learning at Meriden Public Schools (CT), breaks the implementation of blended learning into five stages.

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At Harvard’s new ‘virtual classroom,’ students tune in to class from computers anywhere

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:35

By: Collin Binkley, The Associated Press

The newest classroom at Harvard University’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers. In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles (3 kilometres) from campus, class plays out like a giant video conference. Students can jump in to ask questions or respond to their classmates. The professor can stop a lecture to quiz individual students, or send the group a quick online poll. The project, called HBX Live, is a departure from the genre of online courses that are recorded in advance to be taken later.

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Enhanced school technology enhances learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:29

by the Independent

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced Friday that all 173 of the state’s public school districts have met the national goal of 100 kb of Internet bandwidth for each K-12 student. It is believed to be the first state to do so. “This is just another way Kentucky is leading the nation in public education,” Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday said. “Our teachers told us they needed a faster, more reliable system to take advantage of all of the great digital instructional resources and other technology-based education tools and supports that are available. So, I’m glad we were able to meet the need and do what is best for student learning.”

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Flipping the classroom together—from 3,000 miles away

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 00:40

By Bridget McCrea, eCampus News

Who says you can only use the flipped teaching method in your own class or with other teachers in your school or district? Not Andrew Thomasson and Cheryl Morris, that’s for sure. For the last few years, this enterprising duo has been flipping their English classes, co-moderating a weekly Twitter education chat, presenting at conferences, planning lessons, and collaborating regularly from opposite sides of the country. The pair joined forces in 2012 after Morris, who teaches sixth grade English and History at Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon, Calif., was introduced to the flipped learning concept.

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How satellite technology can help close the digital divide

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 00:35

By Tony Bardo, eSchool News

As high-speed internet service becomes more ubiquitous in American households, some readers might be surprised to find out that a “digital divide” exists in many of our schools. According to a 2014 blog post from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, “Forty-one percent of America’s rural schools couldn’t get a high-speed connection if they tried,”— where a high-speed connection is defined as offering speeds of 10Mbps or higher. Whereas he may have been right that they don’t have it, he was wrong to conclude they couldn’t get it. Indeed, many individuals living in urban areas are typically well served by fiber-optic, cable or DSL providers, unaware that high-quality satellite internet is available virtually everywhere, nationwide, and at affordable prices— no matter where you live, work, or go to school. So the digital divide in fact is a misnomer; it’s really a terrestrial digital divide as the FCC itself has now concluded.

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Snow Day Pilot Will Reveal the Potential of Online Learning Days for Massachusetts School District

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 00:30


Someday soon when students get that automated message from the school district announcing a snow day, the news may not invoke the same jubilation it historically did. Instead of a day of frolicking in the snow, it may merely mean Beverly pupils will have to trudge through their schoolwork assignments at home. Local school officials aren’t making those plans now, but they are piloting a “virtual school day” Tuesday for Beverly High students in grades 10-12. Principal Sean Gallagher said students will log on at home for their first day, complete their assignments and file them online.

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