Educational Technology

4 Ways to Enhance Your Class with Google Hangouts

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:35

By Jennifer Carey, Edudemic

If you are familiar with Google Tools, then you have probably heard of Google Hangouts or even used them yourself. Hangouts is Google’s video conferencing tool, and it’s an incredibly powerful way to engage with others. In addition to standard conference calls, Google Hangouts provide a broadcasting option called Hangouts on Air. This allows you to conduct your Hangout LIVE and record it to post on YouTube. You can participate in a Google Hangout from a web browser on your computer or use one of the free mobile apps for your Apple or Android device. It is important to note, however, that participating in a GHO does require that you enable Google+ (Google’s Social Media Service) and that you be at least 13 years old. However, people of any age may view a GHO broadcast “On Air” or posted to a YouTube channel.

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Why the Future of Education Is Open

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:30

By Sean Michael Kerner, eWeek

Anant Agarwal, the CEO of online education platform edX, is on a mission to change the way that people learn. In a keynote address at the LinuxCon conference here, Agarwal explained how open source and big data techniques are being used at edX to help educate millions of people. The edX platform was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the promise of redefining the future of education. The edX platform has 2.7 million students around the world. One of edX’s most popular classes is an introduction to Linux course from the Linux Foundation, which has more than 250,000 students.

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Students transition to online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:28

Students transition to online learning

by Jesselyn Bickley, Spectrum

As Virgin Valley students gear up to return to school Monday, some teachers are preparing a new type of class. Rob Leete, Virgin Valley High School (VVHS) geography teacher, said he is setting up his class in an online format but with more social interaction. “This year we are going all one-to-one laptop distribution,” Leete said. “It’s going to look the same as the online college classes.” Leete, who has master’s degree, said he did most of his post-secondary education online, so he knows what it should look like. He said he knows the pitfalls of an online class and plans to stay on top of his students and make sure they meet deadlines and get assignments done on time.

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Moocs are free – but for how much longer?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:40

by Chris Parr, Times Higher Education

John Mitchell is vice-provost for online learning and overseer of Stanford’s Mooc programme, which has delivered more than 240 online and blended campus courses to about 2 million people since 2011 – more than 50 of them for free. Professor Mitchell, who is an instructor on a computer security Mooc offered by Stanford on the Coursera platform, said that professional development courses offered universities the best opportunity to grow the income they generate from online courses. “I think [Stanford] will have low cost, high volume, but non-free courses online that will help make our online programmes sustainable,” he said, adding that no college or university was able to continue funding free courses without finding a way to cover the costs.

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Florida Polytechnic University opens with a bookless library

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:35


Florida Polytechnic University is so new that it has only been open for a few days. It’s the latest campus in the Florida State University system, has plans to be part of a new Silicon Valley East, and boasts a striking main building designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The main building is the Innovation, Science and Technology Building, which is where most of the 500 new students will spend their time in class. Its second floor includes the Commons, an area that includes its library services. The Commons does have librarians and Internet connections to all the standard electronic resources of a university library. It provides access to a digital catalog that launched with 135,000 e-books. But take a look around the room, and it’s completely bookless.

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Online and in-person education — rolled into one

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:30

by Samantha Sadlier, the Spectrum

The Washington County School District is working in conjunction with Utah Online School to offer a blended model to middle and high school students allowing them to take some courses online while still attending traditional school. This blended model of online learning while still spending the majority of their time in a traditional classroom is a new “unique” type of education that is being kick started in Washington County School District, said Laura Belnap, Utah Online School director.

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10 privacy steps for every district

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:40

By Keith Krueger, eSchool News

It would be hard to name an issue that has taken the education technology world by storm as has student data privacy over the past year. To address this issue, CoSN published our Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning toolkit in March to help districts navigate FERPA (Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). During the 2014-2015 school year, the Toolkit will be expanded to include additional information on the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule–rounding out the four federal privacy laws relevant to schools.

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Why You Should Be Using Video In Your Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:30

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Using video in the classroom has come a long way from a TV and VCR on a cart to watch a movie during class (The standard about ten gazillion years ago when I was a student). There are a ton of different ways you can employ video in your classroom, from video feedback to educational videos about specific topics, there is a lot of possibility out there. Even if you know that this way and that are options for including video in your classroom, you might still be wondering why you should be using video in the first place. The handy infographic below takes a look at reasons why video is a great form of engagement

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:29

by Judy Willis, Edutopia

Right now, you have students. Eventually, those students will become the citizens — employers, employees, professionals, educators, and caretakers of our planet in 21st century. Beyond mastery of standards, what can you do to help prepare them? What can you promote to be sure they are equipped with the skill sets they will need to take on challenges and opportunities that we can’t yet even imagine? Following are six tips to guide you in preparing your students for what they’re likely to face in the years and decades to come.

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