Educational Technology

Online learning: No location is too unusual for students

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:35

by MATT SYMONDS, the Independent (Ireland)

Especially if you’re working on an oil rig off the coast of Abu Dhabi. This was the case for Ehimare Josiah, an assistant driller based in the United Arab Emirates, who spends alternate fortnights drilling into the ocean on board a rig. Now working towards an online MBA, he is one of many studying online in far-flung corners of the world. “I decided to develop myself in my area of specialisation to aid my fast progression,” Josiah says, “I needed an academic opportunity to help formalise my years of technical experience into a managerial role for operations.” Having applied to Aberdeen Business School (ABS) at Robert Gordon University, Josiah is an MBA oil and management student, studying online while offshore on rig Marawwah. But Debi Stephens’ reason for studying online is so she doesn’t have to leave her seven children at home. Stephens is a student at Robert J. Trulaske Sr College of Business at the University of Missouri on the executive MBA, three-quarters of which is studied online.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/further/online-learning-no-location-is-too-unusual-for-students-9823507.html

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Gov. Cuomo’s commission on ed-tech spending recommends more online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:30

by Sarah Darville, Chalkbeat

The panel’s recommendations are generic, and include expanding the use of tablets and interactive whiteboards, providing schools with high-speed broadband, and increasing students’ access to “blended learning” programs that combine online and in-person teaching. The report also notes that districts will need to plan useful teacher training sessions and set clear goals if they decide to spend money on expensive devices. “Even the best-laid plans will run into hiccups along the way, and the most successful school districts will be the ones who are able to adjust their technology plans along the way,” the report says.

http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/10/27/gov-cuomos-commission-on-ed-tech-spending-recommends-more-online-learning/

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Why hybrid can be better than fully online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:41

by Jane Roberts, eCampus News

Tradition-rich Christian Brothers University watched in alarm a decade ago as online, nonprofit colleges began chomping away at nighttime enrollment. “They all had online options. For many adults, it appeared to be more convenient or faster,” said Toni Ross, dean of the College of Adult Professional Studies. “It was attractive until they got into it and realized maybe they still needed the instructor’s support and having a peer group was important. We’ve seen a change in what adult students want from online.” CBU rolled out its solution in the spring, a 40-60 split between the traditional classroom, which requires students’ presence on campus, and the online realm. Instead of two night classes a week, they now attend one night, for two hours.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/hybrid-online-learning-387/

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Adaptive technologists develop online STEM course of the future

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:35

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

Using “the science of memory,” and recent advances in personalized learning, an adaptive courseware provider is developing a STEM course aimed at engaging and retaining at-risk students. A recent recipient of the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Challenge, Cerego says its future course, StatsPL, will allow for such personalization of STEM learning that the course could reach more than 1 million low-income students by 2018.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/cerego-personalized-courseware-918/

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Students test new ways of teaching and learning at Virginia Tech

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 00:29

By Tonia Moxley, Roanoke Times

Computer Science professor Dennis Kafura teaches a pilot computational thinking course for students in various disciplines as student Nathan Sexton, right, looks on. Virginia Tech is changing its general education curriculum for the first time in years. After nearly four decades teaching computer science, Virginia Tech professor Dennis Kafura is not one to jump on every passing bandwagon touting change. “I’m not much for educational fads because I’ve seen them come and go,” Kafura said. But last year when he was teaching a junior level computer science class in the traditional way — lecture with slides and homework assignments — Kafura noticed the occasional student surfing Facebook. And attendance was sometimes low. An idea from 2010 came back to the professor, based on a more experimental course he had taught that used in-class exercises and minimized lectures.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/students-test-new-ways-of-teaching-and-learning-at-virginia/article_dca00832-1328-5e74-9ba5-c0bbf62fb0fb.html

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Creative Commons from a Student’s Perspective

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:37

By Dylan Schreiner, Edudemic

As a student, I’d have to say that one of the most annoying tasks when writing an assignment, whether a blog, a report or an essay would have to be citing sources. It’s not like I don’t feel that authors deserve credit for their work or that I’m too lazy to cite something. It’s the fact that teachers request that information be cited in a certain way. Sadly however, the “way” continually changes and differs. Within this article, I hope to describe my challenges with citing my sources and also develop my thoughts, as a student and blogger, on not only the new “Creative Commons” style of citing images, but also where I believe citations need improvement.

http://www.edudemic.com/creative-commons-from-a-students-perspective/

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Education pathways: K-12 students find success in virtual school

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:35

by the Democrat

According to the national report, “Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning,” in the 2012-13 school year, roughly 310,000 American students in kindergarten through 12th grades attended fully online public schools. Blending elements of brick and mortar schools, distance learning and homeschooling, online public schools deliver public education directly to students in their home via the Internet. Students work with certified teachers online while a parent oversees progress in the home – they even go on field trips and take part in after-school clubs and activities. Curriculum is aligned to state standards and students take required assessment tests. And as a public school, it’s free.

http://www.thedemocrat.com/71932/2368/onlinefeature/513462/education-pathways-k12-students-find-success-in-virtual-school

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Tips to help online degree-seekers balance family, fun and education during the holidays

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:28

by NWTN Today

For anyone juggling parental duties, work and online learning, relaxing and enjoying the holidays can be a challenge. For working parents pursing an online education, constant motivation is a great first step in achieving your career goals. Here are some other best practices to keep in mind that will allow you to balance schoolwork, family and holiday preparations while still enjoying the most festive time of the year.

http://www.nwtntoday.com/47811/2220/onlinefeature/514564/tips-to-help-online-degreeseekers-balance-family-fun-and-education-during-the-holidays

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NCSAM 2014 Highlights

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:48

As the 11th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wraps up, we would like to thank the higher education community for another successful celebration! Colleges and universities continue to offer fun, creative activities and events for students, faculty, staff, and their local communities. Here are just a few highlights.

NCSAM Champions: Over 100 higher education institutions showed their support along with individuals, businesses, organizations, and government.

NCSAM Activities: More than 200 institutions shared their plans during the month of October. See what events took place by visiting the NCSAM Resource Kit.

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NCSAM 2014 Highlights

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:48

As the 11th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wraps up, we would like to thank the higher education community for another successful celebration! Colleges and universities continue to offer fun, creative activities and events for students, faculty, staff, and their local communities. Here are just a few highlights.

NCSAM Champions: Over 100 higher education institutions showed their support along with individuals, businesses, organizations, and government.

NCSAM Activities: More than 200 institutions shared their plans during the month of October. See what events took place by visiting the NCSAM Resource Kit.

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Use the Pomodoro Method to Engage Your Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:39

By Dustin Le, Edudemic

It is true that the first lapse of attention (or first break in attention) occurred at approximately the 10-18 minute mark, but after this initial break, the later attention lapses occurred more and more frequently. By the end of class, attention breaks were cycling every 3-4 minutes. In other words, in the last parts of class, students are only paying attention for 3-4 minutes at a time! So what does this mean for you? This means that introducing different elements into the routine may benefit both you and your students by helping them pay more attention so that you can be a more effective teacher. This is where the pomodoro method comes in. The pomodoro method, so named for the tomato kitchen timers used by the creator (pomodoro is the Italian word for “tomato”), is a time management technique.

http://www.edudemic.com/use-pomodoro-method/

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:35

By Amy Erin Borovoy, edutopia

“Digital citizenship” is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it’s the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from “netiquette” to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. In fact, some programs that teach digital citizenship have outlined no less than nine elements that intersect to inform a well-equipped digital citizen. This playlist is intended to offer tools to make the case that it’s critical to teach this, and then launchpad videos to seed classroom discussions once you’ve carved out that precious time.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-digital-citizenship

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Course Access policies focus on equitable learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 00:29

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

The answer to ensuring that all students have equitable access to the courses that will prepare them to be college- and career-ready could be found in a state policy known as Course Access, according to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Federal data indicates that only 50 percent of U.S. high schools offer calculus and just 63 percent offer physics, meaning that students in the other 50 percent of schools don’t even have the chance to enroll in these advanced courses. But Course Access policies, funded by public education dollars, would ensure that all students have equal access to the online, blended, and face-to-face educational opportunities that help them become college and career ready.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/24/course-access-policies-650/

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Adaptive technologists develop online STEM course of the future

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:40

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

Using “the science of memory,” and recent advances in personalized learning, an adaptive courseware provider is developing a STEM course aimed at engaging and retaining at-risk students. A recent recipient of the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Next Generation Courseware Challenge, Cerego says its future course, StatsPL, will allow for such personalization of STEM learning that the course could reach more than 1 million low-income students by 2018.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/cerego-personalized-courseware-918/

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Learning about a job-specific online degree option for some adults

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:35

BY DIANE STAFFORD, Kansas City Star

WGU provides a straight shot, on a student’s own time, to study and pass tests tied to specific, career-related competencies. Its headline description is “accredited degree programs for busy adults.” This isn’t a university experience in the traditional sense. There are no elective requirements, no mind-expanding forays into other disciplines. But the option could, at less time and expense, help people prove mastery of professional material and gain degree credentials necessary to move up in their jobs.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/workplace/article3324840.html

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Community engagement goes cyber: new nonprofit classes at Indiana State

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 00:29

by Indiana State University

“Enrollment in online programs is increasing all over the country and higher education has seen a simultaneous significant increase in community engagement and service-learning” said Nathan Schaumleffel, associate professor in the department of kinesiology, recreation and sport. “And these two things haven’t really collided yet nationally. There are very few people doing community engagement and service-learning in the online environment.” Schaumleffel is campus/executive director of Indiana State’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Program, which earned national Sprint Campus of the Year honors in 2013. Alliance members are dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. Schaumleffel completed five online courses during his spring 2014 sabbatical, all focusing on online instruction and e-service-learning.

http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=4133

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A new pathway for job-seeking IT students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 00:37

by Ron Bethke, eCampusNews

According to a report by McKinsey, freelance portals will create more than 150 million jobs globally by 2025. And a new education startup called CodersTrust is aiming to teach students new IT and coding skills in order to land those freelance and outsourcing jobs–a goal that CodersTrust believes will be critical for future economies. For example, Elance, one of the major online freelance job portals, has a whopping 54 percent of its listed jobs in the IT & Programming category, with those jobs going for over $2 billion dollars total.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/coderstrust-unique-it-826/

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Wanted: Immersive gaming in K-8 classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, but few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth exploration and 21st-century skill development. Teachers surveyed for a new report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center said they believe using digital games in the classroom helps students improve math skills (71 percent), computer/technology content and skills (65 percent), executive function skills (59 percent), and 21st-century skills (52 percent).

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/22/wanted-immersive-gaming-673/

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Free online aquarium resources foster science inquiry

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 00:29

By Alicia Archer, eSchool News

To reach more classrooms with its educational programs, the Aquarium of the Pacific has created free online curriculum materials based on live animal webcams. The Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits include lesson plans, activities, online resources, and educational videos. Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the aquarium’s live streaming webcams, such as Shark Lagoon, Tropical Pacific, and Penguin Habitat.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/22/online-aquarium-resources-235/

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7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 19:49

Educational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics, like this one:

Only about one of every four community college students who take a remedial course graduates within eight years.

The reality we face in higher education today invites different approaches to promote student success.

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