Educational Technology

How one school set up 600 iPad Air tablets in 2.5 hours

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:40

By Fredy Padovan, eSchool News

Through our innovations using iPad Air tablets, students definitely have a bright future ahead of them. Imagine a school where paper is a dying species. Imagine virtual science labs that are making experiments possible that were previously deemed too expensive. Imagine unlimited resources and information at every student’s fingertips. This school exists, and it goes by the name of Immaculata-La Salle High School. Our private Catholic school, which serves more than 800 students as a member of the Archdiocese of Miami, is extending the possibilities of technology. Many people think of iPads in education as devices that need to be locked down. But at Immaculata-La Salle, we’re doing things a bit differently.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/10/school-ipad-tablets-422/

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Coding with the kindergarten crowd

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Introducing coding to kindergarten students helps them reflect on their own learning as they develop 21st-century skills such as problem solving and creativity, experts say. Coding has emerged as one of the most popular learning trends in recent years, and when it comes to programming, young students are proving just as capable as older students. Studies suggest that engaging students in STEM and computer-based learning at an early age will help students retain their interest as those subjects become more challenging in high school and college, and it is this line of thinking that has prompted such early introductions to coding concepts. Teaching coding in kindergarten helps young students learn important creativity and problem-solving skills that will position them for success as they move through school, said Amanda Strawhacker, DevTech Research Group lab manager and research scientist on the ScratchJr Project at Tufts University, during an edWeb webinar on kindergarten coding.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/10/coding-in-kindergarten-653/

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Switch launches 1st learn-to-code course search for online AND offline classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 00:30

by AGbeat

Switch launched earlier this year an aggregator to help anyone to determine which coding bootcamp is right for them, as the options begin to multiply. To reduce confusion, Switch created the TripAdvisor for people considering a career change by launching transparent reviews (read: it’s much more than just search). Now, Switch has launched the first ever aggregator for online and offline learn-to-code resources, seeking to help anyone from the DIY entrepreneur looking to brush up to the career veteran looking to learn a new programming language. By adding Online Courses, they are innovating in the space by helping bridge the gap between empty course seats and potential students of all types.

https://www.switchup.org/online

http://agbeat.com/tech-news/switch-launches-1st-learn-code-course-search-online-offline-classes/

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Secure Development of Internet of Things Products for Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:17

By Vaughn Eisler and Renault Ross

Vaughn Eisler is a business development manager and Renault Ross is a national security architect at Symantec Corporation.

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a major departure in the history of the Internet, as connections move beyond computing systems and begin to power billions of everyday devices, from smart meters to home thermostats to remote e-learning systems. The market demands that these devices and sensors have a multilayered security and data management approach to ensure they are properly identified, secured, and trusted and that the data they produce remains private, managed, and analyzed.

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Secure Development of Internet of Things Products for Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:17

By Vaughn Eisler and Renault Ross

Vaughn Eisler is a business development manager and Renault Ross is a national security architect at Symantec Corporation.

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a major departure in the history of the Internet, as connections move beyond computing systems and begin to power billions of everyday devices, from smart meters to home thermostats to remote e-learning systems. The market demands that these devices and sensors have a multilayered security and data management approach to ensure they are properly identified, secured, and trusted and that the data they produce remains private, managed, and analyzed.

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MIT to offer free online courses in game design, ed tech

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:40

by Greg Toppo, USATODAY

The place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design games for the learning — and it is hoping that the end result will be a new kind of tech tool for the classroom. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology today begins a free series of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, beginning with one on the design and development of educational technology. The second course, which begins Oct. 22, focuses on game design. Two upcoming courses will focus on educational games and implementing ed tech.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2014/10/08/mit-moocs-free-video-game-courses/16876395/

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Code.org and Industry Leaders Rally to Champion More Diversity in Tech

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:35

by Seattle PI

29 prominent CEOs of leading global companies, from tech to retail to financial services, join forces for the first time to help introduce 100 million students worldwide to basic computer science concepts by asking their employees to support the international Hour of Code campaign. Taking place during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, Hour of Code is a campaign organized by Code.org to demystify coding by teaching students of all ages that anyone can learn the basics of computer science. To galvanize support of Hour of Code beyond industry partners and to further its mission to provide every student access to computer science education, Code.org today launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with a goal to raise $5M to support this effort, the largest nonprofit fundraising campaign in the site’s history.

http://www.seattlepi.com/business/press-releases/article/Code-org-and-Industry-Leaders-Rally-to-Champion-5809111.php

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Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science — Code.org

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:31

by IndieGoGo

With the Hour of Code campaign, we hope to introduce 100 million students worldwide to one hour of computer science. Beyond that, we’ll help millions continue learning – either online, or in schools where we’ll establish permanent courses and train teachers. 90% of schools still don’t teach computer science. In the 21st century. Our schools teach kids how to dissect a frog and how weather works. Today, it’s equally fundamental to learn to “dissect an app,” or how the Internet works. Every young person deserves basic knowledge of how the world works around them and how to build technology that’s changing the world.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/an-hour-of-code-for-every-student/

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Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:45

Karen McDowell is an information security analyst at the University of Virginia.

The Internet of Things (IoT) interests and excites people for a number of reasons, not the least being that these Internet devices, ranging from industrial sensors to complex CT scanners, can make our lives easier, ensure more efficient delivery of goods and services, and give us more control over the environment than we ever thought possible. Businesses, "on the cusp of an explosion in the potential and adoption of IoT,"1 are also vitally interested in the IoT because of the great potential in revenue growth and innovation, and long term sustained value.

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Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:45

Karen McDowell is an information security analyst at the University of Virginia.

The Internet of Things (IoT) interests and excites people for a number of reasons, not the least being that these Internet devices, ranging from industrial sensors to complex CT scanners, can make our lives easier, ensure more efficient delivery of goods and services, and give us more control over the environment than we ever thought possible. Businesses, "on the cusp of an explosion in the potential and adoption of IoT,"1 are also vitally interested in the IoT because of the great potential in revenue growth and innovation, and long term sustained value.

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3 ways technology buoys at-risk students

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:38

By Laura Devaney, eSchoolNews

Educational technology can greatly improve outcomes for at-risk students if implemented correctly. Interactive learning and other technology-enabled strategies can increase engagement and significantly improve achievement among at-risk students, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). When properly implemented, three aspects of educational technology combine to support at-risk high school students: interactive learning, use of technology to explore and create rather than to “drill and kill,” and the proper blend of teachers and technology, according to the report, authored by Stanford Professor and SCOPE Faculty Director Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford Professor Shelley Goldman, and doctoral student Molly B. Zielezinski.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/07/technology-at-risk-767/

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Four tips to manage mobile classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchoolNews

Promoting access while maintaining student safety can prove challenging for educators. As classrooms change with the evolution of mobile technology, classroom management strategies must adjust to walk the line between keeping students on task and giving students freedom to use their mobile devices for learning. Focusing on four classroom management components may help educators as they strive to incorporate mobile devices into teaching and learning while meeting the challenge of minimizing device distractions.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/08/manage-mobile-classrooms-830/

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Starbucks says 2,000 staffers apply for online college program

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:29

By Ángel González, Seattle Times

Starbucks says 2,000 of its staffers have applied to participate in the subsidized college education program it offers employees, and 1,800 have been admitted by Arizona State University, its partner in the program. The first 1,000 or so will begin classes on Oct. 15, the company says. About two thirds of them will be juniors and seniors, and therefore eligible for full tuition reimbursement.

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024715704_starbuckscollegexml.html

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Stop. Think. Connect. Everyone's a Target

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:46

By Shelby Cunningham, Marcelle Drakes-Ruffin, and Ashley Rae Tolbert

Shelby Cunningham, Marcelle Drakes-Ruffin, and Ashley Rae Tolbert are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

When Target fell victim to hackers seeking credit-card numbers, we were shocked to learn that it started with a social engineering attack against an HVAC company they used. Surely, nobody would try to breach a retail giant through people who personally held nothing of value. But the teenager who fell for a fake MySpace login in 2006 could have grown up to become an employee who gives information to a fake colleague. Social engineering — manipulating human nature to get sensitive data — can expose anyone to attack. The good news? Simple strategies offer protection against attackers.

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Stop. Think. Connect. Everyone's a Target

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:46

By Shelby Cunningham, Marcelle Drakes-Ruffin, and Ashley Rae Tolbert

Shelby Cunningham, Marcelle Drakes-Ruffin, and Ashley Rae Tolbert are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

When Target fell victim to hackers seeking credit-card numbers, we were shocked to learn that it started with a social engineering attack against an HVAC company they used. Surely, nobody would try to breach a retail giant through people who personally held nothing of value. But the teenager who fell for a fake MySpace login in 2006 could have grown up to become an employee who gives information to a fake colleague. Social engineering — manipulating human nature to get sensitive data — can expose anyone to attack. The good news? Simple strategies offer protection against attackers.

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Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:40

by Edutopia

Check out this metasite for gaming, simulation and related technologies by Edutopia. Resources include:

Games in the Classroom

Tips and Tools to Get Started

Using Games for Learning and Assessment

Engaging Students With Innovative Programs

Games for Social Good

Straightforward Gamification Strategies

Additional Resources on the Web

http://www.edutopia.org/game-based-learning-resources

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The Top 10 IT Issues in Higher Ed for 2015

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:35

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education

These issues highlight three major trends: “Inflection point,” “from technical to business” and “the new normal.” The “inflection point” issues have finally reached a place where universities need to move from talk to action. Issues in the “from technical to business” trend highlight the increasing importance of technology in university business operations. And “the new normal” issues reflect that day-to-day operations are strategic. This annual list comes out of an EDUCAUSE IT panel made up of higher education leaders who identify the top strategic priorities for their institutions.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/The-Top-10-IT-Issues-in-Higher-Ed-for-2015.html

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edX turns attention to high school MOOCs

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:30

By Ean Marshall, eSchool News

edX-MOOCHigh school students now have access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) through a new effort from MOOC platform edX, which says it intends the courses to help students prepare for college-level work. edX collaborated with institutions such as MIT and Georgetown to produce the 27 courses, which include Advanced Placement (AP) sciences, math, and history, as well as French and Spanish.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/06/high-school-moocs-839/

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Virtual field trips key to innovative teaching for ASU scientist

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 00:35

by Arizona State University

ASU Professor Ariel Anbar has put much effort into developing a series of immersive virtual field trips (iVFTs) in conjunction with ASU education technologist Geoffrey Bruce and ASU associate professor Steven Semken, and various geoscience colleagues around the world. Their efforts are supported in part by NASA and by the NSF. The project is now extending beyond geoscience, with faculty from other fields developing field trips using the same technology framework. For Anbar, each virtual field trip can “provide at least some of the gains you would get out of a real field trip,” but they are accessible to many more students, and at far less cost, than a comparable physical trip.

https://asunews.asu.edu/20141003-anbar-virtual-field-trips

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The digital divide with online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 00:30

by the News-Journal Editorial Board

It’s another lesson in the gap between what Tallahassee mandates for education and how school districts execute them. As The News-Journal’s Annie Martin recently reported, Volusia County school officials realized last spring that about 3,000 of their more than 4,000 rising seniors had yet to complete an online course as is now required by state regulations. In Flagler County, 453 seniors — only about half of the county’s total — have completed the requirement. They’re not alone. In Osceola County, only 38 percent of seniors have completed the requirement. In Orange County, 45 percent of seniors have yet to complete at least one online course. In Seminole County, about 1,000 students still need to meet the requirement. Those numbers are way too high for a mandate that has been in place three years.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20141006/opinion/141009741

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