Educational Technology

Leveraging Edtech for Social Good

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:35

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

But wise teachers realize that it is worth the effort to ensure that their students view edtech not just as something that will enhance their own career prospects, but also as a platform that they can use to improve the world. Here are four suggestions for using edtech to change the world: First, epals is a website that can be used to connect your classroom to other classes around the globe. Virtually any activity that engages a classroom with another one in radically different circumstances will lay the foundation for the global mindset that students will need to work for social good. But certain projects designed specifically to expose students to struggles faced by others will do even more to open their eyes to global disparities. For example, a class that learns that their epals can’t gather for a political demonstration or don’t have reliable electricity will learn a valuable lesson.

 

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How to overcome 10 digital learning challenges

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Digital learning is becoming almost commonplace in classrooms across America; however, you will still come across opposition. While studies suggest digital learning is changing education for the better, it does not mean that digital learning is without problems. Ask any teacher who has ever attempted to use technology or digital resources in his or her classroom, and you will be told about a time when technology let them down. And, yet, even with the digital learning challenges teachers face, most are willing to deal with them to make their classroom a digital learning environment. Today, let’s take some time to look at some of the more common digital learning challenges and discuss ways to overcome them.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-overcome-10-digital-learning-challenges/

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Racial Diversity in EdTech: Little Data Available and A Lot of Work Ahead

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:39

By Cait Etherington

It is a widely known fact that in tech, the vast majority of employees in tech and leadership roles are still White and male. An April 2018 article posted on Recode reported that at Microsoft, Intel, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google, Black employees across genders represent less than 5% of the workforce and Latinx employees represent less than 10% of the workforce. In leadership and tech roles, the numbers are even more dismal. At Google, for example, Black and Latinx employees represent only 2% of the leadership team and only 1 and 3% of tech roles respectively. But does racial diversity in edtech reflect the numbers in the tech sector at large?

Racial Diversity in EdTech: Little Data Available and A Lot of Work Ahead

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Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:32

by Foster Kamer, Futurism

As if the point needs belaboring, but sure: The future of technology, no matter how far down the line you trace it, will inevitably run into A.I. at some point. So it’s fitting — if not overdue — that an established, esteemed American university would offer up an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence. And that school is Carnegie Mellon University, of course. Per the MIT Tech Review, the program will be run out of the college’s School of Computer Science. It’ll involve the social and ethical impacts of A.I. as much as it will computational learning, along with the technical knowhow to have a decent grasp on what the future of A.I. is going to be, and maybe practical work on some of it, too (as a precursor to joining CMU’s top-flight status as the graduate school for A.I.).

Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

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UMD Senate votes for a program to train teachers to use technology in the classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:31

by Jackie Chase, Diamondback

The University of Maryland Senate passed a proposal Wednesday to create a post-baccalaureate certificate in integrated technology in education. The program is meant to teach educators how to best to include technology in K-12 classrooms, according to the proposal. The teaching and learning, policy and leadership department proposed the 12-credit program to the senate on Feb. 20. It passed by a vote of 92-3. If university President Wallace Loh approves the proposal, it will be sent to University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret and the Maryland Higher Education Commission for approval. The goal is to have the program available for summer 2019, said Helene Cohen, the Office of Innovative Technology and Partnerships’ executive director.

http://www.dbknews.com/2018/05/10/umd-senate-integrated-technology-education-teachers-post-baccalaureate-program/

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