Educational Technology

What Wearable Tech Could Mean for the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 00:30

By Aiden Wolfe, Edudemic

Not too long ago, tablets and smartphones were largely viewed as educational scourges — mere distractions responsible for dulling minds and derailing productivity. Now, instead of being shunned completely, these devices are embraced as invaluable tools for meeting the complex, often hard to define needs of digital natives. Undoubtedly, wearable technology is destined to follow suit. The 2015 Horizon Report agrees, predicting the widespread use of wearables throughout the entire spectrum of modern education. Still, considering our senses are already overloaded with 1s and 0s, reluctance to embrace yet another digital medium is understandable. However, as this piece will explain, the potential benefits are simply too tremendous to ignore.

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Flipped learning is changing the face of special ed

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

By Dennis Pierce, eSchool News

At E.L. Haynes High School in Washington, D.C., 44 percent of students are English language learners, have special needs, or both. Yet all of the students in this urban charter school’s first graduating class have been accepted into college, said Principal Caroline Hill—and she attributed this success to a personalized, self-paced approach made possible by technology. E.L. Haynes has a one-to-one laptop program, and students also can bring their own devices to school. Using a flipped learning approach, teachers record their lessons and post them online, so students can watch the content over and over again until they understand—and class time is used to provide more personalized support.

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Professors: New coding platform a must for higher-ed classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 00:36

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

A new coding platform has a mission to elevate the state of coding education in higher-ed classrooms around the world; and one way it’s doing this is through professor buy-in. Bloomberg’s CodeCon platform, which features new weekly challenges this summer, is a browser-based, e-learning platform that enables cloud-hosted programming contests and seeks to reshape the way people improve their coding skills. Contests are based largely on efficiency and problem solving. Participants are asked to write optimized code that solves problems with real-world applications within a specified amount of time and memory constraints while accounting for all possible test cases.

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Fiber Optics Cracked: Super-Fast, Cheap Internet En Route

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


Electrical engineers have made a major breakthrough in fiber optic communications which has the potential to lead to super-fast, cheap Internet. When sending data through fiber optic systems — such as those which serve as the backbone of the Internet, cable, wireless and landline networks — the distance data travels before it becomes indecipherable has proven to be a major setback when it comes to data transmission rates. But this hurdle has been overcome by photonics researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) who managed to send data a record-breaking 12,000 kilometers through fiber lines with standard amplifiers and no repeaters, reported.

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The Importance of Mastery and Working Smart

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 22:06

Jack Suess is Vice President of IT and CIO at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

This is the second in my blog post series building on Richard St. John's TED Talk "8 Secrets of Success." The first post in the series, "Finding Your Secrets to Success," was about finding your passion. Today's post will combine two of the eight secrets that I feel are related: get good at something; and learn to work hard.

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Spicing Up Student Learning With History and STEM Podcasts

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 00:38

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

Podcasts have been around for a long time now, but they have only just begun to surge into mainstream popularity. That’s all thanks to a little podcast called Serial, a true crime program that reopened investigation into the murder of a high school student committed in 1999. With tens of millions of downloads, this podcast is officially the most popular of all time. To those of us who are longtime podcast fans, the potential of the medium to both captivate and set minds whirring is no surprise. There are so many great podcasts out there, that we found we couldn’t narrow them all down into one article. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest podcasts to adapt for classroom and at-home learning within the fields of History and STEM, and we’ll follow up with other subjects in coming weeks.

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Degree on Their Own Time

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 00:35

by Jacqueline Thomsen, Inside Higher Ed

One women’s college is making sure that all students who want a degree can earn one. Alverno College, an all-women’s institution in Wisconsin, is phasing out its once popular weekend courses in favor of a hybrid option for students, a move the college’s president said will allow the student body to better balance personal and professional demands while still pursuing a degree. President Mary Meehan said when the weekend program at Alverno began more than 40 years ago, the institution would see women travel from as far as Colorado to attend the courses. But over the years, students found working full-time during the week and giving up weekends to be too demanding. Enrollment numbers fell from about 1,000 a decade ago to roughly 100 now, and the college started exploring other options.

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Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 00:30

by Danny Crichton, Tech Crunch

With the rise of the internet, it seemed like education was on the cusp of a complete revolution. Today, though, you would be excused for not seeing much of a difference between the way we learn and how we did so twenty years ago. I have attempted to tease out these challenges in two previous essays on what the modern university still offers us and how we might learn in the future. One thesis that becomes more clearer over time is simply that we have ignored the more human aspects of education, replacing it instead with a “give ’em tablets and they will learn” mentality. The next wave of education innovation won’t come from dumping technology on the problem. Instead, it will come from deeply engaging with people and empowering them to make learning all their own.

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