Educational Technology

Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun: ‘Silicon Valley has an obligation to reach out to all of the world’

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:30

by Chloe Cornish, Financial Times

Mr Thrun, who stepped down as chief executive in 2016, and is now company president, is a fan of adaptability. “You very carefully analyse what’s happening and you change course,” he says. To date, some 18,000 students have graduated with nanodegrees, ranging from programmes for artificial intelligence and deep machine learning, to robotics and digital marketing. Course prices vary: Udacity’s four-month introduction to self-driving car engineering, for example, costs $800, while a four-month course teaching a programming tool called React is $499. Other, longer courses cost up to $2,400.

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Richland 1 school district launches first-of-its-kind virtual school in South Carolina

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:41

By Paul Bowers, Post and Courier

Richland County School District 1 launched its Virtual Program this fall, offering a full slate of high school courses to students who can now opt out of ever setting foot in a traditional classroom. A spokeswoman said the district set aside $500,000 for the program in its first year but is not spending the full amount. The new virtual school aims to serve “home schoolers, teen parents, and the academically gifted student, as well as aspiring professional dancers, artists or athletes who must train or practice during the day,” according to the school district website. It is open to students inside and outside of the district.

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Clay students log onto learning with expanded technology, access to educational resources

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:35

By Teresa Stepzinski, Tallahassee News

Clay County schools Superintendent Addison Davis recently visited with third-grade students and teachers at Tynes Elementary School in Middleburg to get their opinions about online learning tools. The district has upgraded its technology, expanded WiFi access in classrooms and increased the number of Google Chromebooks for students to use during classroom lessons.  The district expanded access for students and teachers to instructional technology for the 2017-18 school year. Each core classroom districtwide now has WiFi access. The district currently has a total 2,951 WiFi access points — an increase of more than 1,000 installed by its information technology team since the first day of classes.

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9 ways that technology boosts student confidence in the classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:30

by Mattew Lynch, tech Edvocate

The inclusion of technology in the classroom has been shown to improve student participation, information retention, and overall test performance. One reason for the success of educational tech is that it boosts student confidence. Students who are secure in their abilities, work harder and take their educations seriously. You may wonder how technology boosts student confidence in the classroom. Well, here are nine ways.

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