Educational Technology

Digital Overtakes Print

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 00:35

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Major publishers report sales of digital course materials surpass sales of print textbooks for the first time. When McGraw-Hill Education this week reports its finances for 2015, the results will show that the company’s digital products — including learning platforms ALEKS, Connect and LearnSmart and digital textbook service SmartBooks — for the first time sold more units than its print products. The company already teased that detail in a press release earlier this month, showing healthy year-over-year digital growth. McGraw-Hill Education isn’t alone. A spokesperson for Cengage Learning, whose digital offerings include the MindTap learning platform, said the company is on track this fiscal year to see digital sales surpass print sales, both in terms of unit sales and revenue.

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Google wants to make your landline phone useful again

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 00:32

by Marguerite Reardon, CNet

Google is taking on traditional providers with its $10-a-month Fiber Phone service. Customers can make and answer calls from any connected device anywhere Internet is available. Google is adding home phone service to a bundle of services that also includes ultra fast broadband. Fiber Phone includes a Fiber Phone box that works with the phones you already own. Handset not included. Fiber Phone, is a service will be sold alongside its 1Gbps broadband service and its video offering in cities where Google has deployed its all-fiber network. The service comes at a time when Google faces competition from traditional broadband providers, like AT&T and Comcast, which are also delivering ultra high-speed services. As of 2013, about 40 percent of adults in the US said they used a cell phone exclusively for voice communications, according to survey data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

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Campuses beware! 4 types of bandwidth-sucking apps

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 00:40


Higher education was the first market segment to adopt bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. BYOD brings with it the challenge of mixed usage, which combines critical education and business related application usage (e.g., online instruction, cloud storage, communication) with recreational application usage (e.g., streaming video, social media, gaming). When education and business mix with recreation on the same network, it creates fundamental challenges with network capacity. The network must be intelligent enough to appropriately prioritize what is important and de-prioritize (or even block) what is not.

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Google getting serious about deep learning – Publishes free three month course

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 00:35


The course is free and will only take three months to complete, if you’re serious. Google is getting ready for deep learning and it wants you to be ready as well, which is why the tech giant has launched a three month course in order to help you learn its next level machine language. Deep learning is a machine learning technique that has become the foundation of the several services that Google already provides (this would include everything from speech recognition to automatically sorting your photo collection). The course is available to see on educational site Udacity, and could actually take longer than three months, depending on how quick you are to learn it. The course details state that if a student or any interested other person is able to invest 6 hours a week into the course, then they will be able to complete it in a period of months.

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Learn How To Code For Free Using These Top 10 Coding Lesson Sites

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 00:30

by Innov8tiv

In the past half a decade or so there has been a lot of concerted effort to make learning how to code a mainstream thing in the society. From boot camps, hackathons to push by civil societies to have coding become part and parcel of school’s curriculum. As we wait for these efforts to yield fruit, does it mean you will wait until the day coding lessons become mainstream especially in our public education system? Well, you don’t have to, there are plenty of sites online that can teach you how to code, and the best part you don’t have to spend much to get the coding lessons. In fact, you don’t have to spend anything at all! Well, except Internet connection and a device to connect to the web.

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