Educational Technology

How Teachers Will Change the Future of Tech

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:36

By Nicole Comforto, Edudemic

We often write about how technology can help teachers, but sometimes it’s useful to take a step back and consider how teachers influence technology. As with other subjects, the knowledge and enthusiasm that teachers show for technology in the classroom will have long-term effects on students, and the nation as a whole. A tech-savvy nation starts with tech-savvy teachers.

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Journalism for Social Change

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:35

by UC Berkeley

On March 4th the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, Berkeley’s MOOCLab and EdX and will launch the first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focused on using solution-based journalism to drive social change. The seven-week course, Journalism for Social Change (J4SC), will train students how to create solution-based journalism on issues affecting vulnerable children and youth. Through video-lectures, interactive games and writing exercises, they will report and produce journalism that elevates public discourse and policy. Exemplary stories will be published in The Chronicle of Social Change, an online news website dedicated to solution-based journalism on issues affecting children and youth. Several past students have proceeded to write longer features as well, including an 8,000-word article on child exploitation that ran in the East Bay Express.

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To Each His Own Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:30

by Jessica Gourdon, Translated by Nina Fink;

According to Michelle Weise, Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, soon very few American students will receive a traditional four-year, on-campus college education. The majority of them will put together their own mix of trainings, internships, MOOCs and other alternative coursework. We met with Weise to discuss the digital revolution in education in preparation for EducPros’ East Coast Learning Expedition this April.

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28 apps for challenge-based learning projects

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:40

By Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News

Challenge-based learning lets students locate a problem and then unleash their creativity in search of a solution. By nature, these projects are collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on. And what better tool to use to help encourage community fitness or reduce environmental impact than the possibility-rich mobile device? The website, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories, breaks down challenge-based learning projects into four steps: Finding & launching a challenge, moving from challenge to solution, implementing a solution, and sharing findings. Here, we’ve gathered a handful of apps for each of those stages, broken down further into substeps. You find the full range of suggested apps online.

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Students adding online classes to schedules

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:36

By JAMIE FORSYTHE, Belleville News-Democrat

Whether it’s learning a new language or how to do computer programming, students at Gibault Catholic High School had the opportunity this semester to take an online elective class through the Illinois Virtual School. And eight students at Gibault jumped at the chance, even though it meant more work, better time management and collaboration with teachers and classmates across the state. Sophomore Matthew Lock is taking Mandarin Chinese. “It like it,” he said. “It’s actually pretty hard, but I’m enjoying it.”

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Guidelines for Inquiry-Based Project Work

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:30

by Tomorrow’s Professor, Stanford

The posting below provides a very useful rubric for guiding team-based, inquiry-based projects. It is from Chapter 4, Direct Instruction, in the book, Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry. Team-based learning (TBL) involves sequencing individual tasks, group work, and immediate feedback to create an educational environment in which students increasingly hold each other accountable for each other’s learning and academic success. The Galileo Educational Network has developed an inquiry-based project rubric that consists of eight dimensions.

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President Releases Draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:07

On February 27, President Obama released draft legislation, the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, promoting the use of codes of conduct by companies who want to protect customers’ data privacy and security.

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ED Releases Guidance, Training Video on Protecting Student Privacy in Online Services

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:05

On February, 26, the Department of Education (ED) released a 10-minute training video and model terms of service

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President’s Budget Allocates $14 billion for Cybersecurity

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:04

On February 2, President Obama released his $4 trillion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 in which he called for a 10 percent increase in cybersecurity spending to better protect federal and private sector networks from cyberthreats. The budget includes $14 billion for U.S. cybersecurity systems, research, technology, and investigators – an increase of $1.5 billion from Fiscal Year 2015.

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President Issues EO Promoting Cyber Threat Information Sharing, Congress Considering Legislation

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:01

Information sharing on cyber threats between the public and private sector is a major issue for both Congress and the Obama Administration this year. Legislation has already been introduced in Congress, and the executive branch is working to implement a new executive order issued by the president to encourage sharing of cyber threat indicators.

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Congress and White House Push for Federal Data Breach Notification Legislation

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:00

Data breach notification has been at the forefront of the agenda for the new Congress as well as the executive branch in 2015. Both Democrats and Republicans alike are calling for federal standards requiring  organizations experiencing data breaches to notify any individuals whose personally  identifiable information (PII) may have been accessed  during a breach.

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How can games support classroom practice?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:40

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

A new study reveals that scoring systems and player progress dashboards are among common game traits that can help educators more effectively track student learning, but game design must improve to help inform teachers about the link between student play and academic gains. The study, the second in a series about games in the classroom, comes from the A-GAMES project, a collaboration between the University of Michigan and New York University that studies how teachers use digital games to support student learning and formative assessment.

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5 steps to move technology purchasing into the 21st century

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:35

By John Carver, eSchool News

Choosing and buying the right technology can be a daunting process, especially if you don’t know where to begin technology-procurement. With marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Google Marketplace, AirBNB, and OpenTable, it’s quite conceivable to think purchasing educational technology for the 116,000 schools across the United States in a $12B market would be as easy as buying a toothbrush online. Point. Click. Buy. Rather the opposite is true. Ed tech procurement is a very analog process in a very digital world. I have seen this as Superintendent of the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District (Howard-Winn) in rural northeast Iowa. Investments in ed tech companies reached historic levels rising to $2 billion in 2014. The choice and innovation is great, but finding and buying even simple things can tax our resources.

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Even more higher-ed IT services moving to the cloud

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:30

by Laura Devaney, eCampus News

Study highlights IT’s necessary role in moving higher education to the cloud. A new report reveals that 39 percent of surveyed higher education IT services are delivered totally or partially by cloud, and of that 39 percent, 53 percent migrated from traditional delivery and 47 percent started in the cloud. The information comes from CDW’s “Cloud 401: Navigating Advanced Topics in Cloud Computing.” The report measures the successes and struggles that organizations across multiple industries experienced as they deployed data, storage or application services in the cloud. Higher education survey respondents said that of their individual institution’s current cloud resources, they have reserved 39 percent for storage, 33 percent for computing, and 28 percent for applications.

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5 Ways Google Tools Can Make Education More Exciting

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 00:39

By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic

Google’s no stranger to the education space. Teachers have been benefiting from the tools they create for years. Every time Google adds a new product or tool to their offerings, teachers get to work figuring out creative ways their students can benefit from it. Whether or not you’ve been using Google tools in your classroom for years or are just now starting to consider their potential, a little inspiration never hurts. If you want to break outside of some of the obvious uses and give your students something fun and exciting to work on with Google, one of these ideas could do the trick.

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The Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 00:35

by Robert Carr, EDUCAUSE Review

The Web Accessibility in Higher Education Project works across 25 Oklahoma institutions of higher education to provide resources and help campuses meet technology accessibility goals. Decentralized campus technology environments combine with accessibility’s wide reach to create barriers to success. To successfully plan and implement a technology accessibility initiative, campuses need higher-level administrative support, subject matter expertise, a representative team of the appropriate size, and an understanding of how processes work.

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Libraries in the Digital Age? Yes, They’re Still Crucial

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

by Center for Digital Education

Creative workspaces for people to collaborate on computer-based projects. Shared databases among public school, municipal, state and academic libraries. Help for the unemployed in preparing job applications. Those services already are among the many you can find in libraries that are becoming a one-stop shop for people not only in need of information, but also seeking access to modern information technology. And they may represent just the tip of the iceberg in libraries’ continuing journey beyond the stacks. A panel with librarians, an archivist and an educator last Saturday at St. John’s College helped open audience members’ eyes to the many roles already filled by libraries – a reality, panel members said, that many policy-makers sadly are not that familiar with.

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FCC Votes to Restore Strong Net Neutrality Protections

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:46

(UPDATE, 03/19/15: Please see "Higher Ed/Library Views Impact Final Net Neutrality Order" for information on how higher education/library concerns mentioned below are addressed in the full text of the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order, which was released roughly two weeks after this post.)

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a new Open Internet Order last week on a 3-2 vote, with all Democratic Commissioners voting in favor and both Republicans opposed. The Order establishes network neutrality rules that will keep the major retail broadband providers from pursuing practices that would seriously disadvantage higher education online. The major providers, however, will work to overturn the FCC’s action in Congress and the courts.

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Collaboration, Partnership, and Student Success

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 23:05

Diana G. Oblinger ( is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE.

Collaboration and partnership are terms we use often in higher education. We believe that working together is the right thing to do. It is mutually beneficial and mutually reinforcing.

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