Educational Technology

Using Voxer to Streamline School Communication

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:30

by Alejandro Rivera, Edutopia

Voxer is described as a free app that combines the best of voice, text, and photo messages into a high-tech walkie-talkie, creating a powerful, modern, personal and team messaging tool. As the administrative team at Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, New York, we’ve found that Voxer has served as a simple yet effective way to improve the following administrative practices.

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From home to Huntsman: Wharton’s online course offerings will draw MBA applicants

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:28

By BRYN FERGUSON, Daily Pennsylvanian

Taking Wharton classes online may not earn Coursera students a degree, but it may draw them to Huntsman Hall. Wharton has recently expanded its offerings of Massive Open Online Courses on Coursera with the introduction of the Business Foundations Specialization. The program combines the introductory business classes that were released in 2013 with a new Capstone Project that users complete after successfully finishing the Foundations classes. The top 50 students will have their application fees to the Wharton MBA program waived and, if accepted into Wharton, the top five students will be granted a $20,000 scholarship. “We are hoping someday we can have sponsors to increase the size of the grant,” said Managing Director of the Innovation Group Don Huesman.

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5 Ways to Keep Social Media From Being a Legal Headache

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 00:40

By Bradley Shear, THE Journal

Most states don’t require their school districts to create social media guidelines. However, some states, such as New Jersey, require their schools to draft and implement policies that adhere to certain principles. There is no one-size-fits-all social media policy for students, teachers and school administrators. State law and community standards differ around the country, so what may be acceptable in one jurisdiction may not work in another. If your district decides to draft a social media policy, leaders should discuss the plan with the proper stakeholders to avoid a major backlash when the new policies are implemented.

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How to Crowdfund Your Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 00:35

By Amanda Ronan, Edudemic

Because of budget cuts, and the need for a tremendous amount of new technology due to the latest testing requirements, a lot of school coffers are running on empty. Teachers who want to do anything beyond sit in the classroom all day with their students reading ancient textbooks have to come up with the money to do so. Some get creative by finding free field trip locations and using public transportation. And still others find help online. In fact, crowdfunding has become an indispensible resource for teachers looking to find money for classroom projects, materials, and field trips. There are several crowdfunding websites out there, a few of which are designed to raise money specifically for educational projects.

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5 Questions to Ask About Online Community College Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 00:30

By Ian Quillen, US News

The vast majority of two-year schools offer at least some online learning options. And as far back as 2008, a third or more of community college students in states like Virginia and Washington took at least one online course during their studies, according to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. But online learning at public two-year schools presents some unique challenges students may not expect. So before students choose a partial or fully online route for their community college experience, they might want to answer the following five questions about any potential program.

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Postsecondary Trending Now: Too Many Students Start College But Don’t Finish

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 19:17


In this post I ask tough questions about persistent gaps in high school graduation rates and how competency-based education could offer an alternate route to the traditional college credential.

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It’s Time to Trash the Terms “Non-Cogs” and “Soft Skills”

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:45



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K-12 Digital Curriculum Growing; Print Shrinking

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:39

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Curriculum publishers in K-12 have been shifting their product development to digital and away from print, according to Education Market Research, which surveyed around 100 publishers and manufacturers. The most common medium mentioned for delivering supplemental products was “online/digital” delivery; 82 percent of respondents cited that. Print followed with 65 percent. Over the course of 2013, the entire population of digital products grew by 43 percent; non-digital offerings dropped by 8 percent.

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Beyond Programming: The Power of Making Games

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:37

By Lisa Castaneda, Manrita Sidhu; THE Journal

“I gained a lot of skills! These skills include more computer skills which I did not have before, along with a different outlook on life. I began to see all of the opportunities in everyday life for different games and ideas. I gained a new perspective on an old picture.” — 8th grade student…. “Creating something out of nothing. It’s the closest thing to magic I can think of.” — Game developer

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Add Coding to Your Elementary Curriculum. . . Right Now

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:27

by Matt Harrell, Edutopia

As you well know, teachers are already stretched pretty thin, and often it seems like there’s just no bandwidth to add something new to a very full schedule. Additionally, some schools have few or no computers and/or tablets for classroom use. But the earlier we introduce children to coding, the more comfortable they will be when presented with more in-depth learning opportunities in middle and high school. Also, early exposure to coding helps teach children how important it is to understand computers as the valuable tools they are rather than merely fun playthings.

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