Educational Technology

5 Women Just Designed an Online Game That Can Prevent Sexual Assault

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:35

by Samantha Cowan, TakePart

Although India boasts the fastest-growing economy in the world, recent headlines have shed light on a darker side of the country: its sexual assault epidemic. High-profile cases—including that of a woman allegedly attacked by her Uber driver, and the government’s decision to ban the film India’s Daughter, centering on the 2012 fatal attack of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in Delhi—have made women’s safety an urgent issue. While the government has developed harsher punishments to discourage assailants and protect women, a group of young engineers is working to create a new, online solution that can help prevent assault from occurring in the first place. Known as “We Are Women,” five female students from India’s Amrita University—Anjana S, Athira S, Durga S, Pooja Prakash and Sreedevi Pillai—have developed a virtual self-defense game to teach women and girls how to respond when they feel threatened.

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How E-Learning is Changing the Education Landscape in China

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:30

by Thibaud Andre,

E-learning has been one of the biggest recent online trends. China is currently the market showing the biggest growth. Among all the questions related to open educational resources and e-learning, the most important one remains how technology will affect learning processes and the way students are trained. There are Already 100 Million E-learners in China! For students around the world, and especially in China, the development of the Internet usage has been an opportunity to get access to a limitless amount of information. Nowadays, the training and development of students require learning processes beyond traditional academics. This has led to the rise of a multitude of platforms dedicated to a new e-learning market. The global E-learning market is expected to continue its rapid growth in the coming years. As shown in this Docebo report, the last five years have seen an inflow of $6 billion investment in the E-learning industry worldwide. The global market will generate revenues of more than $15 billion by 2016.

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10 free apps to build logic skills

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 00:40

By Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News

These days, logic games aren’t all crosswords and pairs matching, especially not on mobile devices. Dozens of challenging and engaging puzzles, games, and brain teasers are available, and a surprising number are free—either fully or via trial versions. The website, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories, offers a number of apps pertaining to logic and gaming. Here, we’ve gathered a handful of those apps, and you can access more on the APPitic site.

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Teach students to learn by doing with Google school coding clubs

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 00:35

By Janice Mak, eSchool News

The support from Google CS First is tremendous. Upon request, they sent a loaner set of 30 headphones and peripheral materials for the students that included passports, sticker-badges for each day’s modules, detailed scripts, certificates of completion, and directions for exercises. All materials are also available for free download from the club site, with coding done in Scratch, a programming language that uses building blocks to form commands. All of these supporting materials make it seamless for anyone, be it a volunteer guru, teacher, or parent to come in and help out. A suggested script, as well as breakdown of time for each activity, is also included.

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What Will Keep the CIO Pipeline Flowing?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 00:30

By David Raths, Campus Technology

What skills and training will the next generation of CIOs require as technology becomes an essential part of teaching and learning? Where will those CIOs come from? Are they already working in university IT departments? Those are some of the questions that Wayne Brown, vice president and CIO at Excelsior College (NY), has sought to answer as founder of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS). Since 2009, the nonprofit CHECS has been surveying CIOs and the technology leaders who work under them, as well as institutional leaders who hire CIOs, to provide insight into the career path of individuals in or aspiring to technology leadership positions in higher education.

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CC Students Face Uphill Climb in Succeeding with Online Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A recently presented study from the University of California Davis questions the effectiveness of allowing first-time students in community colleges to take online classes. The research examined the completion rates of 217,000 community college students between the school years of 2008-2009 and 2011-2012. The team’s work was led by Cassandra Hart, an assistant professor of education policy at UC Davis’ School of Education. “We found the same pattern of results across all course types,” she said in a statement. Students, on average, have poorer course completion outcomes in online courses. The results were even worse for students taking online courses outside the regular academic calendar and when enrolled in classes with “a relatively low” share of students enrolled through online sections.

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Teen seeks donations to take online classes at Duke University

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:35


A middle school student in Lawrenceburg is raising money to take online classes through Duke University. Taylor, 13, has received an award from President Barack Obama for excelling at her school work. She recently took the ACT and qualified to take college classes in most subjects. But she needs a little help. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise $500 for a laptop. She’s already reached the mark, but the extra money will go towards her future tuition. Taylor said she hopes to take computer science classes through Duke University this summer.

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Government to go: SHS will offer AP class online

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:31

By Ronnie Wachter, Chicago Tribune

The future of public education is coming to Stevenson High School, and it could someday blur the lines between who is a Patriot and who is not. The school’s first online class will be offered next year with no additional costs from its traditional counterpart. Advanced Placement teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen, as well as Brad Smith, head of Stevenson’s social studies division, spoke with the board during its April 20 meeting about the version of AP American Government that they will offer digitally in the 2015-16 year, and what it could mean for the rest of the school if it succeeds. The class will be an experiment to see how well, and how many, high schoolers can handle study-at-home freedom, and whether SHS’ existing infrastructure can handle more offerings like it.

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Whither the IT Staff: Providing a Network without Engineers

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:28

[cue Twilight Zone theme music]

Imagine, if you will, a campus, one that has more than 50 buildings across 1,400 acres, with a wired and wireless network that supports voice, video, data, alarms, and other services. Now imagine that the network team disappears—vanished into retirement or to jobs elsewhere—and efforts to rehire those positions fail. What do you do? How do you operate a network without any network engineers?

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Rural teachers, students seek AP classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:41

By Gene Lucht, Iowa Farmer Today

Nationally, 47.2 percent of rural school districts had no students enrolled in AP courses. The number fell to 5.4 percent for suburban districts and 2.6 percent for urban districts. The New Hampshire researchers found the size of the district wasn’t the only problem. The further the district was from an urbanized area also mattered. And, even where AP classes were offered, small and rural districts had lower levels of both participation and success. It is no secret that smaller districts have a more difficult time finding enough students and teachers to make offering an in-class AP course feasible, Mattingly explains. Rural schools are trying to deal with the problems of size and geography. In Iowa, the state has worked to deal with that problem by offering online AP classes through the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa.

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UA to expand online presence

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:35

By Kethia Kong, Daily Wildcat

The launch of UA Online comes at a timely period in higher education. For years, online learning has seen an unprecedented growth. In addition to the rising popularity of online learning, there is a growing demand for bachelor’s degrees from employers. There are not enough job seekers with bachelor’s degrees, and, as a result, there is a significant credential gap in employment. According to Burning Glass, a database that tracks millions of online job postings and the credentials employers ask for, the credential gap is above 20 percent in management, office and administrative services, business and financial operations, and computer and mathematical jobs. “Both the economy and society are demanding an increase in [bachelor’s degrees],” Del Casino said. “We have to meet certain expectations and demands so that we continue to have active, engaged students who can move the state forward.”

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Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:31

by Casey Fabris, Chronicle of Higher Ed

For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference. That’s the takeaway from a new study, which found that limiting distractions can help students perform better and also improve course completion. A paper describing the study, “Can Behavioral Tools Improve Online Student Outcomes? Experimental Evidence From a Massive Open Online Course,” was published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute this month.

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