Educational Technology

Online Students Step Out For History Lesson

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

By: John Doetkott, KAAL TV

Educators are always looking for new and unique ways to engage their students, but when their students are online it can be more difficult. On Friday, educators with Minnesota Connections Academy, the state’s online school, took their students out of the virtual classroom and into the real world. About 25 students and their parents gathered at Bancroft Bay Park in Albert Lea for the Big Island Rendezvous, an interactive festival of early American history. “This is an experience that we could never duplicate online,” said Melissa Gould, the school’s principal. “It’s really an opportunity for kids to get immersed into the past and hear about how life was before technology came to be.”

http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3579758.shtml

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So last century: traditional teachers to be obsolete by 2030, WISE summit hears

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 00:40

by: StephenExley, TES Connect

Fewer than half (42 per cent) of the global specialists polled by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) believe that academic knowledge will remain a fundamental part of education in 15 years’ time. A similar proportion (43 per cent) of the 600 experts surveyed believe that the most important source of knowledge will be online learning, with fewer than a third (29 per cent) expecting that the physical school building will remain the primary location for learning. Accordingly, fewer than a fifth (19 per cent) of those surveyed argue that a teacher’s most important task will be to “deliver knowledge”. Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) say the job will instead entail “guiding students along their autonomous learning paths”.

http://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2014/10/02/schools-and-teachers-could-be-obsolete-by-2030-experts-predict.aspx

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Online Learning 101: Learning Objectives and a Mind Map

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 00:36

by Reda Sadki, blog

My LSi.io presentation on the foundational knowledge about online learning in the humanitarian context could provide fodder for… an online course. And here are some of the learning objectives that would be included in such a course, together with a mind map showing some of the items addressed by the presentation. This post is based on a comprehensive (65 minutes) talk originally presented to the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) on 22 September 2014. Its content is largely based on my experience in managing a 1.7 million CHF pipeline of online course development. The full set and recording are available for LSi.io members via this link. LSi.io is a non-profit talent network for learning leaders from corporate, academic, and humanitarian/development sectors interested in solving wicked problems

http://redasadki.me/2014/10/01/online-learning-101-learning-objectives-and-mind-map/

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The Online Experience

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 00:30

by Hilliard Schools

Walking through the ILC, one cannot help but to notice a number of quotes and inspirational sayings that cover the walls. These motivational pieces are in place to remind students and staff to constantly be mindful of our purpose, which is broadly outlined in our mission statement: “Revolutionary ideas and experiences that customize learning to meet the educational needs of our community.” A good portion of our student population is enrolled in online classes. An online course provided to a student in Hilliard City Schools is something that we take great pride in making a unique and beneficial experience. The experience is ever-changing as our program grows, but the constant remains that the online experience should not be one of isolation, boredom, and monotonous work.

http://www.hilliardschools.org/ilc/the-online-experience/

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How to Think About MOOCs?

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:44

By Nigel P. Melville

Nigel P. Melville is associate professor of Information Systems in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

MOOCs are the latest in a long line of socio-technical systems to alter everyday work practices. One semester, a professor is teaching 85 MBA students in a large lecture hall, and the next, she's appearing in short online videos on Coursera viewed by thousands of students the world over. Overnight she's a household name. But what should we make of this?

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How to Think About MOOCs?

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:44

By Nigel P. Melville

Nigel P. Melville is associate professor of Information Systems in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

MOOCs are the latest in a long line of socio-technical systems to alter everyday work practices. One semester, a professor is teaching 85 MBA students in a large lecture hall, and the next, she's appearing in short online videos on Coursera viewed by thousands of students the world over. Overnight she's a household name. But what should we make of this?

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Empowering superintendents in the digital age

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 00:39

By Keith Krueger, eSchool News

Superintendents lead. They are charged with preparing students to be college-, career-, and life-ready, and with enabling a 21st-century learning environment. Increasingly, this means leveraging digital technologies to create personalized learning opportunities. As leaders, superintendents play an essential role as a catalyst for using technology to transform learning. In districts where superintendents have created a clear and compelling vision for technology, positive learning changes are occurring. In districts where the superintendent has abdicated that responsibility, technology is rarely scaled in a systemic manner.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/02/cosn-empowering-superintendents-901/

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Report urges support for girls’ leadership roles

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

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Creating a pipeline of girls who are interested in leadership roles in school is essential. Educators are uniquely positions to help girls assume leadership roles and overcome stereotypes both in and out of school, according to a new report from the National Education Association (NEA). Educator support in helping girls take on leadership roles is essential, especially in middle and high school. The report, based on 2014 NEA survey data, recommends several actions to help educators close the leadership gender gap.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/02/girls-leadership-roles-549/

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Calif. law targets social media monitoring of students

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

By Kelly Corrigan, Glendale News-Press

California school leaders must tell parents they are monitoring students’ social media posts, and must delete this information when students leave the district, under a first-of-its-kind state law. The law aims to protect students’ online privacy. If California school officials collect information about students’ public posts on social media websites, they must discard this information within a year after a student leaves the district, and they must tell parents they are monitoring their children’s social media posts, under a new state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Sept. 29.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/02/social-media-monitoring-639/

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Feds: Inequalities in Ed Tech Resources ‘Potentially Unlawful Discrimination’

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:39

By David Nagel, THE Journal

The United States Department of Education has issued guidance to education leaders calling attention to disparities in educational resources along ethnic and economic lines and characterizing such disparities as “potentially … unlawful discrimination.” The list of those disparities explicitly included quantity and quality of technology-based resources available to students. In a 37-page “Dear Colleague” letter sent Wednesday to schools, districts and state agencies, Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, outlined the various ways in which high-poverty schools and schools serving a large proportion of “students of color” are receiving unequal funding and access to resources, which, according to the latest guidance, is in conflict with federal law. The letter detailed disparities in the quantity and quality of curricular offerings, instructional materials and facilities and focused extensively on access to technology — devices, courseware and infrastructure.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/02/feds-inequalities-in-ed-tech-resources-potentially-unlawful-discrimination.aspx

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How To Bridge the IT Communication Gap

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:35

By Michael Hart0, Campus Technology

A little finesse goes a long way in communicating with tech-challenged users — and more important, it can bolster IT’s strategic role across the university.You’ve spent hours on the phone with a user whose problem, you finally discover, is nowhere close to what he has been describing to you. Or you’ve gotten that excited call from a professor who has just learned about “the most amazing technology ever” and wants you to get it for her “immediately.” (Never mind that the technology costs a mint or won’t actually suit her needs!) Every IT professional at a higher education institution has had these experiences. It doesn’t matter if you’re a one-person team at a small community college or part of a massive IT department at a major university. Failed communication is just one symptom of the chasm that sometimes exists between IT professionals and the faculty, students and administrators they serve.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/25/how-to-bridge-the-it-communication-gap.aspx

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iPad Declines as Samsung, Lenovo Tablets Push Forward

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:32

By David Nagel, Campus Techology

Shipments of Apple’s iPad have fallen off 13 percent so far this year. Meanwhile, according to a new report, Samsung’s tablet shipments have increased 26 percent in the first half of 2014. According to market research firm ABI Research, Apple and Samsung continued to account for roughly 70 percent of all tablet shipments in the first half of 2014. However, there is a new contender on the block. “The roller coaster ride from the leading two tablet vendors has market watchers looking to other vendors to create sustainable growth,” said ABI Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr, in a statement released to coincide with the report. “All eyes are on Lenovo as it is one of few to demonstrate consistent growth over the past year.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/30/ipad-declines-as-samsung-lenovo-tablets-push-forward.aspx

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EDpuzzle Review: Easy-to-Use Tool Lets Teachers Quickly Turn Online Video into Lessons

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:36

by Edudemic

There is a staggering amount of free video available online that makes great fodder for teaching students, particularly in flipped classroom settings. Instead of giving students YouTube links or telling them to search for a video on a particular subject, with EDpuzzle teachers can select videos, edit them down, assign them to students, and quiz them as they watch. EDpuzzle is a very simple tool that walks teachers through the video lesson creation process, with only a few limitations. With this solution a teacher can make the most of the video assets he or she has access to, plus everything the Internet has to offer. It is also an easy enough experience that you can quickly create individualized video lessons for different students and their particular needs or areas of interest. It is not a replacement for a MOOC platform or LMS, but it is a nice complement to those and perfect for the teacher that wants to make sure that online video assignments are actually being watched and that students are grasping the concepts and information being presented.

http://www.edudemic.com/edpuzzle-review-easy-use-tool-lets-teachers-quickly-turn-online-video-lessons/

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Use These Classroom Upgrades to Revolutionize the School Day

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:35

By Edudemic

Contemporary classrooms have moved far beyond the worlds of pen and paper. Many technological advances are helping teachers everywhere engage and educate students of all ages and abilities like never before. Take a look at some of the best recent innovations that you can use to revolutionize your classroom. Begin with Google Drive.

http://www.edudemic.com/use-classroom-upgrades-revolutionize-school-day/

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Guide to Creating Tech-Friendly Classroom Management Strategies

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:30

by Edudemic

One of your jobs as a modern-day teacher is to invite your students to the technology table. Since most kids get a lot of their at-home entertainment from computers, tablets, and smartphones, it’s not hard to entice them. The trick is to convince them that tech gadgets aren’t just for entertainment; they’re also for learning. But how do you convince a die-hard Zelda fan that algebra games are fun on the iPad? How do you persuade a Facebook addict that Edmodo can be just as fun when shared with friends? Your kids won’t reach their learning goals if you don’t lure them in. Also, once you hook them, there’s also a question of keeping them under your control. Any teacher with experience knows that classroom management is a delicate dance that often crumbles at the first misstep.

http://www.edudemic.com/guide-creating-tech-friendly-classroom-management-strategies/

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Improving Password Security Shouldn't Be Rocket Science

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:14

Nelson Cicchitto is chairman and CEO of Avatier Corporation, a company he founded in 1997.

It amazes me that, despite all the money being spent on security measures, from endpoints to data leak prevention to database security, the single largest vulnerability continues to be passwords. To be specific, 76% of all breaches over the past few years were based on weak or stolen password credentials according to one of the industry's annual studies.

Developing a usable and secure password management system shouldn't be difficult. I have seen countless implementations of password management solutions that achieved major success in a short time.

An organizational password management implementation involves a number of key elements consisting of a blend of technology and internal business processes, including:

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Improving Password Security Shouldn't Be Rocket Science

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:14

Nelson Cicchitto is chairman and CEO of Avatier Corporation, a company he founded in 1997.

It amazes me that, despite all the money being spent on security measures, from endpoints to data leak prevention to database security, the single largest vulnerability continues to be passwords. To be specific, 76% of all breaches over the past few years were based on weak or stolen password credentials according to one of the industry's annual studies.

Developing a usable and secure password management system shouldn't be difficult. I have seen countless implementations of password management solutions that achieved major success in a short time.

An organizational password management implementation involves a number of key elements consisting of a blend of technology and internal business processes, including:

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MIT online course will teach you to design a robot that moves

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:39

by Nidhi Subbaraman, Beta Boston

Walking, jumping, running robots like Big Dog and Atlas are equal parts amazing and terrifying. And look how they’ve grown: MIT’s Cheetah bot, once a tethered machine on a treadmill, can now bound across an open field unchained. A few makers of the sophisticated moving robots that are starting to pop up in public more and more are going to be sharing their wisdom with the masses. MIT’s online course on moving robots is open for business. “Algorithms for Walking, Running, Swimming, Flying, and Manipulation,” a 10-week course, is led by researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories and hosted at EdX, the MOOC platform that MIT is a member of.

http://betaboston.com/news/2014/10/01/mit-online-course-will-teach-you-to-design-a-robot-that-moves/

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What It Takes to Keep Student Information Safe in the Digital Age

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:33
By Gary Langsdale, Evolllution

Security has kept pace with the innovations but security has not kept pace with the sophistication of potential intrusions. They’re moving faster than the innovations themselves. There’s always a willingness to work with the security operations folks to do what you can to make sure that our systems that are online and elsewhere stored externally are secure. The sophistication of the intruders has become exponentially more sophisticated and more frequent as evidenced by some of the breaches in payment systems in retail within the last six months or a year. IT leaders should take a fresh look to make sure everyone is looking at every system they’re planning to update or put into place. I’m very wary of cloud-based solutions for business programs because of their vulnerability as well. It’s up to the IT leaders and the other business leaders within the university to push the vendors very hard on the vendors’ responsibilities to make sure to safeguard the systems and to accept responsibility [when breaches occur].

http://www.evolllution.com/distance_online_learning/audio-takes-student-information-safe-digital-age

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4 Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, Drawn From Stanford Research

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:30

by MARGARET RHODES, Wired

Technology and data are reshaping every aspect of our jobs, at an astonishing speed. Yet our higher education system still clings to a format created about 800 years ago: a teacher, in front of a classroom full of students, giving a lecture. This dichotomy is at the heart of a current national debate over the value and cost of higher education, and how that education gets delivered. At issue is how institutions long wedded to a rigid teacher-classroom format can better prepare students to become what Sarah Stein Greenberg of the Stanford University d.School calls “daring, creative, and resilient problem solvers.”

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/4-smart-proposals-reinventing-college-stanfords-design-school/

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