Educational Technology

EdX inks deal with Saudi Arabia and women are among those said to benefit

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:28

by Mary Moore, Boston Business Journal

The courses will start with a pilot program for Saudi women, youth, the disabled and citizens in rural areas, the press release said. These groups will be the ones likely to realize the greatest opportunity as a result of the new MOOC because they will have access to education, which can “advance their careers,” the release said. “Through extending educational opportunity to the people of Saudi Arabia, the initiative will help provide the skills necessary for economic empowerment,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX, in a prepared statement.

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2014/07/15/edx-inks-deal-with-saudi-arabia-and-women-areamong.html

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How (And Why) Visual Design Matters In e-Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:40

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The use of visual, engaging content is a regular topic around these parts, isn’t it. Getting your students interested and keeping them engaged is a challenge for every teacher in every subject and at every age level. That said, when you’re putting together your class materials, do you give a ton of thought to how things look? The answer is probably yes – with an overwhelming answer being that obviously, content matters more. That said, the handy infographic linked below proposes using the laws of visual perception -aka the Gestalt principles – in e-learning design.

http://www.edudemic.com/visual-design-matters-in-e-learning/

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12 STEM resources for all grades

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

These sites are intended to help students strengthen much-needed STEM skills. In classrooms across the nation, STEM education is hailed as one of the most important concepts for today’s students. After all, STEM know-how, coupled with skills such as problem solving and strong communication, will help students compete with peers on a global level. We’ve compiled a list of STEM websites for elementary, middle, and high school students. Each grade range features one science, one technology, one engineering, and one mathematics resource.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/07/17/12-stem-resources-326/

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3 Ways EdTech Is Moving Beyond the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:29

By Joel Sackett, Edudemic

New tools are meant to help improve educators’ teaching abilities, help enhance the actual learning process and also help students become more tech-savvy. But while such tools are important to the overall education ecosystem, technology can also make an impact long before and after a lesson takes place. As such, technology should have a leading role in the part of the education process that takes place behind the scenes – parts of the process that are often overlooked, but that can also improve student achievement and learning outcomes. Let’s take a quick look are three such areas: human resources, professional development and improved IT infrastructure.

http://www.edudemic.com/edtech-classroom/

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Design Thinking and Business Models in Higher Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:55

A large crowd formed in the center of the ballroom. Institutional leaders were cheering for their teammates. Intense energy and excitement permeated the room.

The final round of Rock, Paper, Scissors was on.

This is how Greg Warman of Experience Point chose to ‘break the ice’ for Breakthrough Models Incubator teams. It readied participants for a rousing half-day Design Thinking session, which incorporated a variety of exercises intended to flex their creative muscles.

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Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:36

By LindsayH, Edudemic

Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits.

http://www.edudemic.com/future-of-education-badges/

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How (And Why) Visual Design Matters In e-Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:22

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The use of visual, engaging content is a regular topic around these parts, isn’t it. Getting your students interested and keeping them engaged is a challenge for every teacher in every subject and at every age level. That said, when you’re putting together your class materials, do you give a ton of thought to how things look? The answer is probably yes – with an overwhelming answer being that obviously, content matters more. That said, the handy infographic linked below proposes using the laws of visual perception -aka the Gestalt principles – in e-learning design.

http://www.edudemic.com/visual-design-matters-in-e-learning/

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Three (BIG) Barriers to Student Participation in xMOOCs

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:19

by Online Learning Insights

Though there are a variety of factors that contribute to low completion rates, I suggest that three barriers, 1) technology, 2) poor usability & course design, and 3) anonymity contribute significantly to low student participation levels and completion—barriers that deter, discourage and in some cases intimidate students. Also, in some instances, barriers one and two are potential barriers in closed, online classes (as those offered as for-credit courses at public and private institutions).

http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/tag/technology-as-barrier-to-online-learning/

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Here are the 12 most popular free online courses for professionals

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 00:15

by Business Insider

Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/14/from-the-basics-of-programming-to-financial-markets-here-are-the-12-most-popular-free-online-courses-for-professionals/

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A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 00:38

by Anne O’Brien, Edutopia

Two recent documents — NSBA’s Data in the Cloud and the U.S. Department of Education’s Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services — offer good introductions to issues of student privacy in the cloud-computing era. Both also provide practical tips to help protect student privacy. While these tips are geared towards the district level, it is vital that all educators — teachers, principals, school counselors and others — understand the implications.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/starting-point-ensuring-student-online-privacy-anne-obrien

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Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE ‘14

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 00:36

by Ashley Cronin, Edutopia

In an attempt to heed Dave Guymon’s call to share the ISTE learning (see his blog post on Getting Smart, “Don’t Leave Your Learning Behind: What To Do Now That #ISTE2014 Is Over”), here are some resources discussed by a group of elementary and secondary educators during a morning session on coding in the classroom. No matter what grade or subject you teach, you’re certain to find something here you can use. Notes from this and several other sessions can be found on the wiki for ISTE Unplugged; also check out the Twitter stream from the event at #HackEd14 or #HackEducation.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teach-coding-classroom-resources-iste-14

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Studies show significance of using text reminders for millennials

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 00:30

by Brad Mannion and Sam Newton, Red and Black

Conducting their research on a group of 800 community college students, Castleman, an assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia, and Page, a research assistant professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh, used the organization uAspire to send text messages to students concerning the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, along with maintaining academic requirements. Of the students in the treatment or control group, the study found 64 percent of students in the control group, which did not receive text reminders, persisted with aid reapplication to their sophomore year.But for students in the treatment group, who did receive text reminders, 76 percent continuted on to their sophomore year. uAspire also provided an inexpensive way to send text messages at $5 per student during the study. Generation Opportunity, a millennial advocacy group, found that young Americans are more likely to vote in an election if sent a reminder via Facebook messaging or text.

http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/studies-show-significance-of-using-text-reminders-for-millennials/article_024c55fc-09f7-11e4-ac97-0017a43b2370.html

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How Much Multitasking Should Be Done In The Classroom?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:40

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

We often talk about how the younger generations of students are masters of multitasking because they’ve been brought up in an era of constant stimulation and tons of devices to distract them. At the same time, teachers are still trying to get their students to focus on a task at hand. This begs the question: Should we let them multitask, or is that really not the best option? The handy infographic linked below takes a look at the perils of multitasking.

http://www.edudemic.com/multitasking-should-be-done-in-the-classroom/

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How To Watch The Internet Happen In Real-Time

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:34

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

I stumbled across this neat site via a mention on Twitter recently, and I thought it was definitely worth a share. Sometimes when we talk about internet statistics, the numbers are huge and there isn’t really a ton of take-home besides the fact that lots of people share lots of information on the internet. The Internet In Real Time changes that, at least a little bit. When you access the site, it is as though someone has started a watch – all the counts start at zero, and count up from there. It shows how many new accounts are created, messages sent, searches performed, etc on popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.

http://www.edudemic.com/internet-in-real-time/

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University of Miami reimburses students for student center fees

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:30

By Lauren Olson, Dayton Daily News

Complaints from parents and students led Miami University officials to repay $205,244 in fees to students who are taking summer courses through the Oxford campus. Summer fees the university charged and earmarked to pay down the $53.1 million Armstrong Student Center (ASC), which opened in January of 2014, were recently reversed, according to Claire Wagner, the university’s spokeswoman. Students taking courses during any summer session in Oxford or through online classes, were reimbursed for the charges. Senior Alex Kirkpatrick was one of many Miami students charged a student fee for the center this summer. Kirkpatrick said he likely won’t even step foot in the center this summer, so he was taken aback to see the $27.48 charge for his three credit hour online course through the Oxford campus.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/miami-reimburses-students-for-student-center-fees/ngdZr/

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Senate Bill Aims to Strengthen National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:21

On June 24, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE), introduced S. 2519, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014.  The bill aims to codify the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) role as the hub for the public and private sector information sharing on the fight against cyber threats. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved the legislation on June 25, the day after the bill was introduced.

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USPTO and NTIA Continue Efforts to Reform DMCA Notice-Takedown Process

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:20

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) continue to conduct meetings with stakeholders to discuss possible improvements to the notice and takedown process required under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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House Republicans Look to Block FCC Action on Net Neutrality

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:19

Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to limit the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ability to act on network neutrality.

On May 28, Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced H.R. 4752, which would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reclassifying Internet service providers (ISP) as common carrier services. According to Latta, reclassification would result in heavy regulations for the industry, destroying competition and innovation.

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Senate and House Preparing for Higher Ed Reauthorization

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:18

At the end of June, both Senate Democrats and House Republicans began drafting and introducing legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which was most recently reauthorized in 2008. The proposed bills incorporate various measures designed to hold higher education institutions accountable for rising tuition costs and supplying students with reliable and accurate information regarding student loans, federal student aid, and other relevant data. The two chambers and political parties are tackling the issues using very different strategies, however.

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