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This podcast features a session from the EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Meeting.
By Melanie Ehrenkranz, idigitaltimes
“Ok, Glass, go to class.” Google announced in July that five film schools would receive Google Glass eyewear for the fall semester. The selected colleges include American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. The participating colleges were granted three pairs of the wearable computing devices and have since taken advantage of the futuristic gadget. Months have passed, and the Google Glass release date looms on the horizon (or perhaps on the San Francisco Bay). How have college students been experimenting with Glass?Share on Facebook
By Ananth Baliga, UPI
A survey of university leaders has shown that the sequester — mandatory budget cuts which will remain in effect for the next eight years unless Congress acts — will adversely affect the innovation and technology edge the U.S. enjoys. The survey, conducted by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and The Science Coalition, asked leaders from 171 public and private research universities about the effects of the sequester. The survey suggests cuts to federal research grants and delayed federal projects have already had a negative impact.Share on Facebook
by Tom Vander Ark, Gilfus Education
The 10th annual Keeping Pace report is bigger and better than ever. The annual review of policies and practices in K-12 online and blended is the go-to source. The report includes 100 pages of state profiles that highlight programs and identify policy issues. Following is a quick recap.
New & different (this year or in the last few years)
* For the first time in KP history, no new states allowed stated fully online schools
* A quick 4 page landscape analysis (report card) of all 50 states (p10)
* State course choice programs (p34) with a great summary table (p37)
* MOOCs were all the rage in 2012 in higher ed and they are beginning to become available to high school students (p39)
* An increasing number of district programs offer a range of online options to their studentsShare on Facebook
by School CIO
A few years ago, the notion of using a smartphone as a legitimate learning tool seemed improbable, if not out-and-out foolish. Students, in most cases were either prohibited from bringing their mobile phones to school, or at the very least told to leave them in their lockers or turned off and stored in their backpacks during school hours. However, according to a recent survey conducted by MDR’s EdNET Insight research services for Mimio, what many students are going to hear is, “Class, turn on your mobile phone; it’s time to learn.” The nine-question survey polled more than 150 educational professionals, including school district technology, instructional media services, and curriculum directors, coordinators and specialists. Respondents were asked the impact that consumer technology devices and bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) initiatives were likely to have on future interactive classroom planning and purchases.Share on Facebook
By Gary Shattuck, CIO Advisor
By Carl Hooker, CIO Advisor
You ever have that heart-stopping feeling of fright when you leave the house without your phone? What about that feeling of exposure when you are the dentist office and realize you don’t have your favorite tablet to help you pass the time while catching up on episodes of Orange is the New Black? Isn’t it amazing how quickly we’ve become attached to our devices? They’ve become more than an accessory, they’ve become part of our clothes. You wouldn’t leave the house without clothes on would you? In September, I attended the Mobile 2013 Experience in Arizona and was faced with quite a conundrum. My phone was about to die and we were heading into the networking reception part of the event. I didn’t want to carry an iPad or laptop around with me, but didn’t want to be disconnected. It dawned on me the irony that I was about to head into a networking event and felt the need the to carry my phone with me to stay connected. Much like Linus of Peanuts fame, my iPhone is my security blanket. I figured I had two options at that point: either stay in my room and communicate and connect digitally with folks or actually go into the event without my device.Share on Facebook
by the Associated Press
Live from Beatrice High School, it’s Chinese class. Every school day Caroline Li greets her 16 Chinese language students through a screen on a wall. Through the power of distance learning technology, BHS students have had the chance to take classes that they wouldn’t be typically be offered. Beatrice Public Schools director of curriculum and assistant high school principal Jackie Nielsen said distance learning has been fairly successful since its start about six years ago at the high school and has saved the district money.Share on Facebook
By Judy Meyer, Sun Journal
In Maine, the Sunshine Lady Foundation tuition grant program is available only at the Warren facility and only to a select few, but other inmates there and inmates in other prisons can take college classes through online courses once they complete what’s called an “accuplacer” test and are approved for enrollment by each prison’s respective education department. For inmates who meet these qualifications, the Department of Corrections pays as much as two-thirds of the tuition and inmates or their families are responsible for the rest, ranging from $175 at the Bolduc Correctional Center to $220 at the Maine State Prison per three-credit class. The department also pays the full cost of books, which can run up to $700 per semester. To qualify for this funding, students must maintain at least a C average and stay out of trouble while in prison.Share on Facebook
By Sara K. Satullo, The Express-Times
Online classes are key to future growth at Northampton Community College, with statistics showing one in three higher-education students signing up. College trustees recently received an extensive review of the Bethlehem Township, Pa.,-based school’s online offerings and how students fare in the courses. It was prompted by repeated questions from trustee Tom Doluisio about the effectiveness of the teaching medium. The college plans a careful expansion of its online offerings with many quality controls in place, said Jeff Focht, NCC’s vice president of academic affairs.Share on Facebook
This podcast features an interview with representatives of the three winning EDUCAUSE Breakthrough Models Academy teams, we explore challenges and opportunities around designing new models that will support higher education in becoming increasingly accessible, relevant, flexible, and sustainable. More information about the winning projects and the Breakthrough Models Academy can be found at http://www.educause.edu/educause-institute/breakthrough-models-academy/breakthrough-models-academy-team-projects.
● Philip Neufeld, Senior Director, Service Management, Technology Services, California State University, Fresno
Dr. Jeanne Widener, associate professor in the School of Nursing, said she chose to utilize text messaging in her medical-surgical nursing course because she believes the standard lecture is not keeping the attention of students in the classroom. “I’ve found that several students slept through all or part of the class, even though it was only 60 minutes of lecture beyond the announcements and discussion of assignments,” Widener said. “Informally, the students have stated they seem to feel the interaction (of texting) and immediate feedback does make them think more and several distant-site students have thanked me for using this approach because they can now participate in classroom activities.” Swartzwelder said she hopes her research generates awareness about the changing educational environment.Share on Facebook
by: MAURA LERNER, Star Tribune
I think online will be an important part of what we do going forward. But I don’t see it, frankly, ever replacing the bricks-and-mortar institutions like the University of Minnesota. Online education is absolutely terrific for people who are placebound. It’s terrific for people who need to fill a specific gap. [But] the ability to learn from each other, to make new friends and to explore the intellectual world in front of them … that happens at bricks-and-mortar institutions. And I don’t think that transition is going to easily occur by somebody going down in the basement and taking online courses for four years. I think what will emerge, almost certainly, is that large classroom lectures will become less important, less common. Students will listen to the lecture online and then come to class and interact with students and faculty. With faculty being more of a coach and a mentor, a person who answers questions rather than just dispensing wisdom.Share on Facebook
by Science Codex
Lumosity, the online cognitive training and neuroscience research company, is presenting today at the annual 2013 Society for Neuroscience meeting showing that optimizing training tasks can accelerate and lengthen learning rates. The study, titled “Optimizing Cognitive Training Task Designs to Improve Learning Rates in a Large Online Population,” found that altering various psychophysical task parameters that make a task more challenging led to different learning rates of the tasks. Results showed that the altered training task group showed greater improvements in spatial recall and attention, and effects were dose-dependent. “These results are interesting because they show that small changes to a training task can lead to large differences in learning rates,” said Aaron Kaluszka, Ph.D. Candidate, Research Scientist at Lumosity, and lead author on the study. “Understanding the impact of these changes in training can inform our understanding of online game-based learning, and help us develop more targeted tasks that help people of all ages and skill levels learn faster and more efficiently.”Share on Facebook
By Benjamin L. Stewart, Edudemic
Inspired by a recent #edchat poll for possible discussion topics: if the choice were yours, would you rather your school adopt 1:1 laptops, bring-your-own devices (BYOD), or a little-to-no approach to educational technology? erhaps those a bit more savvy when it comes to educational technology (ET) might find it strange to still hear the argument that bringing devices into schools does little to advance student learning. Forget the ubiquity of current technologies, students do not learn any differently today than they did in the past, the argument goes. Educators have gotten by without using technology in the past while student learning has not suffered, some may claim. But is this still really a sound argument?Share on Facebook
By Patrick Larkin, Edudemic
As I look for entry points in working with school leaders just getting their feet wet with digital tools, I sometimes struggle to pinpoint the best place to start. I guess it is because there are so many useful tools out there that my colleagues could utilize to help them to change their workflows for the better. However, the important thing is not the tool at all. The important thing is that educational leaders are modeling the fact that they too are continuous learners who are striving to employ the most relevant resources that they can access to do their jobs.Share on Facebook
by Ann Wilson, Channel 6 Lawrence
Educators throughout the nation are working on ways to combat bullying, but a University of Kansas professor in Lawrence is training teachers and administrators through an online course to curb the problem. “Most people think of bullying as two types, like when I grew up in the 50’s and it’s sticks and stones, verbal teasing and hitting,” said Bob Harrington, professor of psychology and research in education. Harrington said those forms of bullying still occur in 2013, but the types of bullying are much more expansive and can happen at any age. A lack of civility in schools prompted Harrington to start an online series of courses for graduate students in education. This semester focuses on bullying prevention and intervention. “When you come into a school, you should be guaranteed to be safe. Schools should be safe places,” Harrington said.Share on Facebook
by Ed Bott, ZD Net
How do you compete with rivals that are willing to give away a product comparable to yours? That’s Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar Office dilemma as it tries to compete with Google and its free Google Apps platform. For a generation raised on Gmail, Google Drive and the Google Docs family might be good enough for some potential customers to decide they don’t need the “real” Office after all. In a bid to raise the stakes, Google is making its free Quickoffice suite a standard feature of its latest Android distribution, KitKat. Meanwhile, Apple is stumbling, cutting features as it tries to make its iWork programs compatible across iPads and Macs. All of which explains why Microsoft is evolving its Office Web Apps at breakneck speed.Share on Facebook
by Violet Blue, ZD Net
Hackers looking to make quick cash just got a new way to grease their bank accounts with the launch of HackerOne’s Internet Bug Bounty. Security high-hats from primary sponsors Microsoft and Facebook, along with volunteers from Etsy, Chrome and ISEC Partners calling themselves HackerOne today announced a bounty program trading cash for bugs in Open SSL, Python, Ruby, PHP, Rails, Perl and “the Internet,” among others. According to HackerOne’s Disclosure, the companies behind the program are not allowed special access or rights to the submitted bugs. Hackers can submit as anonymously as they prefer. Response Teams from affected companies and products are cautioned against taking punitive action against the hackers.Share on Facebook
by Gabriel Sanchez, Huffington Post
“Brick and mortar schools will still exist, and the overwhelming majority of children will attend them, but the schools will be center of individualized learning, with engaging interactive content rather than a series of chalk-and-textbook, grade-delineated classrooms. At high school and potentially middle school, each child will have a computer to work at his or her own pace in customized programs; technology will deliver it to them in ways best suited to their individual needs and strengths.” Ron Packard addresses these important questions in his recent book Education Transformation. In particular, he highlights the specific ways in which technology can provide meaningful educational alternatives, especially for lower-income students in communities with struggling schools.Share on Facebook
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