Educational Technology

Words With Friends Reimagined for Classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 00:30

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

Words With Friends is out with a free, educational version of its popular Scrabble-like game for mobile devices. Created by Zynga, a social game developer, Words With Friends EDU includes new education-focused features to help students in grades 4-8 learn high-value academic vocabulary. “Words With Friends EDU reimagines the Words With Friends experience for a game that’s as entertaining as it’s effective for students, whether they have an advanced vocabulary or are learning English as their second language,” said Vaibhav Sahgal, general manager at Words With Friends, in a statement.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/28/words-with-friends-reimagined-for-classrooms.aspx

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Senate Bill Aims to Provide Shot in Arm for CTE

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 00:39

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Career and technical education (CTE) will get a boost if bi-partisan legislation moves ahead. Recently, United States Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bill that would expand dual and concurrent enrollment in multiple directions. The Workforce Advance Act would allow states to invest dollars in increasing the number of courses offered and encourage school districts to bolster their CTE programs by incorporating college credit opportunities. The move came at the same time the House Education & the Workforce Committee voted to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which forms the baseline funding for CTE in this country.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/27/senate-bill-proposes-shot-in-arm-for-cte.aspx

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Poll Everywhere Update Adds Live Surveys

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 00:35

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Poll Everywhere has updated its clicker-free response system, also dubbed Poll Everywhere, to offer live surveys. Poll Everywhere allows presenters to ask audiences questions, which the audience can then answer through mobile devices, Twitter or a browser. As a result of the update, teachers or students will now be able to give multi-question surveys to a class and get real-time results, embedding the surveys directly into PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides presentations.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/28/poll-everywherre-adds-live-surveys.aspx

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Earth Becomes Fertile Learning Ground for VESSS Program Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 00:30

by ECN Magazine

The VESSS program is an online Earth System Science course featuring a NASA scientific research and data-learning experience. In order for students to be selected for the summer academy at NASA Langley, they had to successfully complete seven web-based modules and a final project during the course of the school year. Students selected to participate in the summer academy were immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The students were tasked to design a mission to explore the Earth systems through the launching of a satellite mission. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center. Hampton University’s Center for Atmospheric Research and Education provided funding to offer the online course and Thomas Nelson Community College partnered to provide three dual-enrollment college credits.

https://www.ecnmag.com/news/2016/07/earth-becomes-fertile-learning-ground-vesss-program-students

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