Educational Technology

U of A Preps Classroom Spaces for Active Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 00:37

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

The University of Arizona is preparing for a massive initiative to implement active learning in several courses next fall. With a grant from the Association of American Universities, the Tucson, AZ campus is overhauling several classroom spaces to accommodate active learning in environments that will vary in size once the fall semester begins. Once construction that begins in May is completed, a classroom space in the Science-Engineering Library will have a capacity for 260 students while another in the Biological Sciences West building will accommodate 112 and two more in the Integrated Learning Center will provide room for 60 students each. A fifth space is being scouted as well.

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What are IT leaders worried about? Assessment readiness and money

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 00:36

By Keith Krueger, eSchool News

A CoSN survey reveals CTO concerns about privacy, budgets, and assessment readiness. For the past three years, CoSN—the Consortium for School Networking—has conducted the K-12 IT Leadership Survey seeking to identify major trends and challenges, and provide a picture of these leaders. What are the key technology trends in education according to leadership in our school systems? What do the data tell us? Assessment readiness is again the No. 1 priority for IT Leaders. The growing imperative about being assessment ready isn’t likely a surprise for those living in states adopting the Common Core. However, regardless of where you live, all states are increasingly moving their high-stakes assessments online. And, they are doing it quickly. Yet less than 30 percent report they are fully prepared for online assessments.

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Stanford: Cheating technology is growing, and here’s why

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 00:30

By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times

Cheating-friendly technology is becoming more common in competitive higher education settings, some say. Stanford University’s honor code dates to 1921, written by students to help guide them through the minefield of plagiarism, forbidden collaboration, copying and other chicaneries that have tempted undergraduates since they first arrived on college campuses. Exams aren’t proctored and students are expected to police themselves and speak up when they see others committing violations. But there appears to have been a massive breakdown during the recent winter quarter culminating in “an unusually high number of troubling allegations of academic dishonesty” reported to officials, according to a letter to faculty from Provost John Etchemendy.

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How Embedded Technology Is Inspiring Student-Centered Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 00:39

by Dan Gordon, THE Journal

At the beginning, technology was a tool that we would bring in, use and then put away. Now it’s embedded in everything. About four years ago, we implemented Google Apps for Education. We went from a district of 30 Chromebooks to now having nearly 22,000. We have 10-gig connectivity for every school, and on top of that we have a Student Interoperability Framework (SIF), where you have a centralized server and, for any programs that you connect to it, information is replicated immediately. We have our own assessment tool, and now that we have Chromebooks the students are taking assessments with that as well. That SIF integration is something we’re really proud of as a district. And I think having data back immediately has transformed the classroom as well. What you’re needing to reteach can be done right there in that class session rather than waiting to grade over the weekend and then bringing it back in the next week.

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Report: Utah is ‘one of the best examples’ of quality digital learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 00:35

By Morgan Jacobsen, Deseret News

Utah is leading the nation in the way it uses technology to enhance learning among students, according to a national education advocacy group. In a report released Tuesday, Digital Learning Now gave Utah a grade of A- in its overall digital learning efforts. Utah was the first state to earn an A on the report and has done so every year for three years. Florida is the only other state to earn an A this year. The report also praises a Utah program known as the Student Achievement Backpack, which, when fully implemented, will give parents and teachers access to information to better personalize instruction for students.

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#Infographic on Mobile Learning Techologies

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 00:30

by Citrix

The rapid evolution of technology is changing the way we learn, work and educate. Students want the freedom to learn and study using the latest software or applications on any device, in the location where they feel most productive and inspired. Great data in this infographic.

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Key Strategies to Take Mobile Beyond 2015

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 00:40

By Toni Fuhrman, Campus Technology

In a recent webinar, Gartner research director Chris Silva discussed key strategies to take mobile into the future, including flexibility, general-purpose mobility and unified endpoint management. Ask the right questions. Phase in your mobile implementations. Keep your eye on a unified endpoint management goal. That’s Gartner’s advice to organizations – including colleges and universities – supporting mobile in the IT environment. In a recent public webinar, available as a recording, Gartner research director Chris Silva discussed these and other strategies for keeping up with mobile trends in the coming years.

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Turnitin Announces Availability of Turnitin Scoring Engine for Automated Writing Assessment

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 00:36

by University Business

To begin using Turnitin Scoring Engine, institutions provide their existing rubrics, along with a seed set of de-identified student essays and reliable existing scores. These texts are analyzed to build a custom scoring model for each new writing context. Turnitin Scoring Engine learns to value the same aspects of writing as the instructors at an institution. Turnitin Scoring Engine also automatically tests itself for reliability by comparing the scores it generates to the instructors’ original scores. When this test is passed, the program is easily embedded into existing institutional assessment environments, ready to score any number of new essays or writing submissions. Each student can receive automated scoring for any number of submissions per assignment or writing task.

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Wearable Teaching? College to Experiment With Apple Watch as Learning Tool

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 00:30

by Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Ed

The experiment will begin this summer, with eight Apple Watches the university purchased for the project. Penn State plans to expand the research to more students in the fall. We caught up with Kyle Bowen, director of education-technology services at Penn State, to hear more about the project, and his thoughts on the possible role of wearables in teaching and learning. Linked below is an edited version of the conversation.

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No aid for students in ASU’s for-credit MOOCs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:40

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Arizona State University announced its new Global Freshman Academy last week, offering students anywhere in the world the chance to take their freshman year in a massive open online course format —​ but with a catch. The academy, a partnership with edX, will have eight courses, all with final exams and the option to pay no more than $800 per course for credit, but the students will not be eligible for financial aid, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. According to Inside Higher Ed, the ASU initiative may also face accreditation troubles because of the massive projected growth of its freshman student population, the evaluation methods for the course, and the potential differences in the quality of the course compared to on-campus freshman classes.

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Learn the artistic side of computer coding

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:35

by Tim Dodd, AFR News

As calls grow for more widespread knowledge of computer coding – the latest from Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone – the University of Adelaide has launched its latest MOOC Think. Create. Code. through MOOC provider edX. The course shows learners how to code by creating artistic images and animations, which will develop computational thinking skills and teach concepts which can be transferred to other coding environments. “For many of us, barely a day goes past without recording a video, taking and editing photos, and sharing digital content across multiple applications. But how well do we understand the technology we’re using, and how is digital information created and manipulated?” the course designers ask. Over 18,000 students have enrolled in the course which started on April 30. But it’s not too late to join.

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School superintendents gather to share ideas on keeping pace with digital changes

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 00:30

By TIM LLOYD, St. Louis Pubic Radio

Whether it’s maintaining privacy online, or knowing how connected students are at home, even well-funded school districts can have a hard time keeping up with the speed of digital change. With that in mind, superintendents and administrators from more than 35 districts across the Midwest will gather for The Future Ready Regional Summit in St. Louis Tuesday to share ideas on how to weave technology into classroom instruction. “We do not believe that computers will replace teachers,” said Tom Murray, director of state and district digital learning for the Washington D.C.-based non-profit Alliance for Excellent Education. “But we believe teachers using high quality digital learning will replace teachers that do not.”

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