Educational Technology

Ultimate Guide to the Paperless Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:36

By Edudemic

Many top educators and administrators view the idea of a paperless classroom as an inevitability in education. In today’s digital age, these educators believe that a paperless classroom promotes a more efficient and organized classroom while preparing students for the practical world outside classroom walls. In other words, if every facet of life is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, then why not equip students accordingly? “We need technology in every classroom and in every student’s and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time,” said author and educator David Warlick. “It is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”

http://www.edudemic.com/ultimate-guide-paperless-classroom/

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Technology’s impact on higher education

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:29

by Raechelle Clemmons, Green Bay Press Gazette

For anyone who has children in school — regardless of whether they are in elementary school or in college — it seems abundantly clear that technology is changing the way teachers teach and students learn. In some cases, technology has simply offered a new way to complete a traditional assignment, like typing a report on a computer instead of writing it by hand. But in other cases, technology has created opportunities for new methods of teaching and learning, as is the case with mobile devices in the classroom.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/2014/10/21/technologys-impact-higher-education/17693719/

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Poll Shows Students Choosing Online School to Escape Bullying

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:29

by Barchart.com

As part of their initiative to support National Bullying Prevention Month, K12 Inc. engaged Edge Research to repeat a 2013 survey that focused on suitability of online schools as an alternative for students experiencing bullying. Over 2000 parents with children currently enrolled in online schools using the K12 program completed the survey. 21% of all responding parents and 31% of parents with high school students who responded cited bullying as one of the reasons they chose online learning. 97% of the parents who enrolled children for this reason would recommend a K12-powered program to a family with a student who is being bullied.

http://www.barchart.com/headlines/story/3022081/2014-k12-inc-poll-shows-students-choosing-online-school-to-escape-bullying

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Cyberbullying in Higher Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:45

By Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan

Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Cyberbullying in Higher Education

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:45

By Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan

Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Tech Skills without Going Back to School

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:52

By Sameer Bhatia

Sameer Bhatia is founder and CEO of ProProfs.

In the rapidly changing tech world today, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the skills you learned even just a year or so ago are fast on their way to becoming obsolete. Over the past few years, it has become essential for tech workers to engage in education as a lifelong pursuit — a constant cycle of learning, unlearning, and relearning — as new technologies become available and new knowledge and skills become in demand.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Tech Skills without Going Back to School

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 14:52

By Sameer Bhatia

Sameer Bhatia is founder and CEO of ProProfs.

In the rapidly changing tech world today, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the skills you learned even just a year or so ago are fast on their way to becoming obsolete. Over the past few years, it has become essential for tech workers to engage in education as a lifelong pursuit — a constant cycle of learning, unlearning, and relearning — as new technologies become available and new knowledge and skills become in demand.

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Free online AP courses debut on edX Web site

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:39

By Nick Anderson, Washington Post

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students. The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs , to the world. AP Biology from Rice is the first MOOC on the site advertised as an AP course for high school students. It is divided into four content segments — the Cell; Genetics; Evolution and Diversity; and Ecology — followed by an exam in April.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/free-online-ap-courses-debut-on-edx-web-site/2014/10/20/6b16c204-5883-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html

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Real-Time Classroom Feedback Enhances Flipped Learning at Temple College

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:35

by Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Terry Austin, an instructor of anatomy and physiology at Temple College in Texas, has boosted student retention rates in his classes — and he attributes part of that success to the real-time feedback system he’s using in his flipped classroom. His students watch short lecture videos at home, and then they log on to Learning Catalytics to answer a few questions about the concept covered in the video lecture. When the students return to class the next day, they get together in small groups to discuss the same questions and submit group answers. “It makes for some really interesting discussions,” said Austin.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/10/15/real-time-classroom-feedback-enhances-flipped-learning-at-temple-college.aspx

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Overcoming the top barrier to school connectivity

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 00:29

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Funding remains the largest and most-cited obstacle when it comes to updating schools’ infrastructure and installing high-speed broadband internet access, according to a survey from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). CoSN’s second annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey, conducted with AASA and MDR, reveals that 58 percent of school districts said monthly recurring and ongoing expenses are their biggest barrier to connectivity. In all, 60 percent of surveyed districts said funding is their biggest challenge when it comes to meeting the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) short-term goal of 100 Mbps/1,000 students.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/21/barrier-to-connectivity-030/

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Online, gamified learning is where it’s at in education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:39

by Rebecca Merrett, CIO Australia

Meyerson’s unique approach to teaching is what made her a finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s Award and number 23 on BRW’s innovation list this year. MCI Institute’s eCampus offers accredited Diploma and Advanced Diploma education programs that run fully online. Having launched only a year ago, it has more than 3000 students, with a high completion rate of over 70 per cent. What has made eCampus work so well, says Meyerson, is that she manages to give each student a personalised learning experience through her mentoring initiative. A staff of 12, who are dedicated to only mentoring, schedule in regular meet-ups with students individually through eCampus’s Moodle learning management system.

http://www.cio.com.au/article/557520/online-gamified-learning-where-it-education/

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Marking (Grading) Essays

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:35

by Brian Martin, Tomorrow’s Professor

In making marking more enjoyable, I also hope to make learning more enjoyable for students. By getting students to do more work on their own and tackle unorthodox assignments, I hope to encourage student creativity and initiative. I remind myself that for the teacher to work hard often is not all that relevant to student learning. Students learn more when they work hard, and they are more likely to work hard on an interesting assignment. When the assignment is interesting to both students and the teacher, it is a win-win solution.

http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/enewsletter.php?msgno=1360

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‘Flipped class’ concept empowers students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:29

By Sarah Hofius Hall, The Times-Tribune

Class time is flipped at Carbondale Area Junior/Senior High School. In the Advanced Placement calculus class on Wednesday, students questioned their teacher about what they learned the night before. The “flipped classroom” in Carbondale, one of the first in the region, inverts the traditional classroom, empowers students and leads to more independent learning. Nationwide, flipped classrooms are becoming more popular as student success grows. In Carbondale, Principal Joseph Farrell first had the idea when he went to an integrated learning conference. Administrators spent the spring thinking of how it could work, and over the summer, Lewis did more research and preparation.

http://www.poconorecord.com/article/20141018/NEWS/141019431/101108/NEWS

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