Educational Technology

A Better Way to Find the Right OER

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 00:34

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

For a lot of educators who want to use open educational resources (OER), the challenge is finding the “good stuff.” Useful lessons, textbooks and whole courses may be freely available online, but pinpointing the ones that can really help students with a particular learning objective can become a major hurdle to their adoption. Russ Walker is an advocate for OER usage at DeVry University Long Beach as a professor in the College of Business & Management. He especially likes OER for supplemental materials. “Very often a textbook or other resources that are built into the course don’t quite hit a learning objective right on the head,” he noted. Students often come at the content with their own perspectives, interests and backgrounds, and they may need to learn a concept “in another way or from another viewpoint,” he said, or they may just need a review on a topic they haven’t worked with in a long time. So Walker does what he can to “provide a variety of resources, including OER.”

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3 Key Trends in AV Technology for Schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 00:28

by David Pierce, THE Journal

In schools from coast to coast, classroom learning environments are becoming more active and collaborative. Students are contributing to discussions and presentations, and the days of the “sage on the stage” are waning. This change is having a profound effect on the deployment of audiovisual technology in education. According to Mike Tomei, an independent audiovisual consultant who designs and installs AV systems for classrooms, “Classroom AV technology plays a big part in facilitating active learning environments.” Makers of AV equipment have responded to districts’ needs by developing new products that support more active and collaborative learning. Here are three key trends that show how they’re doing it.

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Online learning offers another alternative

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 00:40

by the Daily Comet

The clear advantage there is that those who might fall behind in a traditional classroom can spend the time they need to spend on a particular lesson without slowing everyone’s progress. And those who might work ahead can do so without being held back by the class as a whole. “Now they’re working on their own level, not competing with anyone else,” said Tobey Naquin, whose two children are enrolled in eLearningK12, which has offices in Houma and Thibodaux. “The advanced student can move on and not be held back. The one that struggles cannot move on until they master that skill.” In addition to the advantages it can offer the students, online learning can offer families more flexibility by allowing children to take their studies with them on vacation, for instance.

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Online Tools Support Professor’s Commitment to Student Success Through Course Evaluation and Feedback

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 00:34

By: Cassie Lipp, University of Cincinnati

While statistics may be a difficult subject for many students, UC’s Chris Swoboda makes it easier for students to learn by breaking his Statistical Data Analysis I and II courses up into small online modules and units. Swoboda, an assistant professor in the School of Education, said making the courses available online has made the course accessible to more students, and it also creates an environment that allows them to personalize their learning experience. The course formats include extensive use of discussion boards, online tests and quizzes, web links, electronic feedback on homework, and instructions for and other web-based resources. Course videos include recorded lectures, tutorials for sample problems and explanations for discussion board questions.

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Colleges Struggle to Blend Tech, Teacher-Training Lesson Plans

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 00:30

by the Hechinger Report

It’s a matter of “re-paradigming,” say faculty and administrators at some of the nation’s top teachers colleges, describing the task they face. They need to get teacher candidates to “re-think” how they use devices that most have grown up with. In essence, instructors must tell their students, “You can’t take that into a school and use it the way you know how to use it,” said Laurie Mullen, former associate dean at Ball State University Teachers College in Muncie, and the newly appointed dean of the College of Education at Towson University in Maryland. Although there are more than 2,100 schools of education nationally, graduating more than 190,000 new teachers annually, there are no national standards for teachers of educators when it comes to integrating educational technology into the curriculum, according to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a voluntary national association of teacher preparation programs.

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13 Keys to Successful Blended Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:40

By Greg Thompson, THE Journal

Transforming a mishmash of educational technologies into a coherent “blended learning” model is fast becoming the holy grail of modern education. With so much software and hardware already in place, making blended learning work is less about acquiring technology, and more about changing mindsets. Susan O. Moore, supervisor of blended learning at Meriden Public Schools (CT), breaks the implementation of blended learning into five stages.

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At Harvard’s new ‘virtual classroom,’ students tune in to class from computers anywhere

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:35

By: Collin Binkley, The Associated Press

The newest classroom at Harvard University’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers. In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles (3 kilometres) from campus, class plays out like a giant video conference. Students can jump in to ask questions or respond to their classmates. The professor can stop a lecture to quiz individual students, or send the group a quick online poll. The project, called HBX Live, is a departure from the genre of online courses that are recorded in advance to be taken later.

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Enhanced school technology enhances learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 00:29

by the Independent

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced Friday that all 173 of the state’s public school districts have met the national goal of 100 kb of Internet bandwidth for each K-12 student. It is believed to be the first state to do so. “This is just another way Kentucky is leading the nation in public education,” Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday said. “Our teachers told us they needed a faster, more reliable system to take advantage of all of the great digital instructional resources and other technology-based education tools and supports that are available. So, I’m glad we were able to meet the need and do what is best for student learning.”

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