Educational Technology

Hack Your Classroom – Week Seven: Handing the power over to the learners

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:40

by Claire Amos, Teaching and eLearning

Interestingly, when it comes to teachers not really adopting and embracing technology it often isn’t technical skill or lack thereof that is the problem, it is the teachers need to maintain power and control in the classroom. You hear the panic, the running joke that BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Distraction. Well I hate to break it to you, but if the students are distracted by the technology (particularly after the novelty of access to the Internet has worn off) the problem ain’t the technology – quite possibly your/their teaching and the students lack of ownership of their learning is. *lobs grenade and ducks for cover*

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Education, My Career: The digital classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:36

by Kristie Kellahan, Sydney Morning Herald

Dr Marilyn Dunn-Bernstein is helping students and teachers learn through online programs. Significant growth in the tertiary education field is occurring in the online arena, with increasing numbers of students expanding their skills without leaving their house. A recent survey of Open Colleges students found that two-thirds of students surveyed already had jobs while completing their online studies. A third of those surveyed said they were studying in order to make a career change. Online learning appealed because they could study anywhere, any time and at their own pace.

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For women in technology, a little support goes a long way

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:32

By Laura Raines, AJC

Tanzania Adams saw few women in her classes while earning her engineering degree at the University of Alabama about 25 years ago. There weren’t many women co-workers at Southern Company either, but she’s seeing the numbers grow and doing what she can to support young women entering science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recently promoted to area manager of Statesboro for Georgia Power Co., Adams is one of the corporate advisory board members of the Women in Technology chapter at Gwinnett Technical College. The group launched last year as part of a pilot program to put WiT chapters at Gwinnett Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University and Spelman College.

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FCC Considering Regulating Municipal Broadband Network Projects

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:08

On June 10, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a blog post encouraging consumer advocacy groups and individuals to file comments on whether or not a Tennessee state law prohibiting municipalities from investing in broadband network projects actually hinders competition and hurts economic growth in their communities. The blog post may be a signal that the agency intends to issue regulations that would allow municipalities to invest in the broadband development projects regardless of any current or future state or local laws to the contrary.

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Circuit Court Issues Decision in HathiTrust Digital Library Case

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:04

On June 10, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit determined in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust that the HathiTrust Digital Library constitutes a “fair use” of copyrights works, largely upholding the 2012 dismissal of the case by the U.S. District Court in New York.  EDUCAUSE filed an amicus brief to the Second Circuit with other higher education associations and issued a policy brief outlining the importance of the case.

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Sloan-C, UPCEA, and WCET Send Letter to ED on State Authorization

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:01

In a June 13 letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) set forth their joint stance on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) proposal on “state authorization for distance learning.” ED is expected to release the regulations based on the proposal for public comment this summer.

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Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 00:39

By mralbert, Edudemic

How often have we sat in a Staff Meeting or Professional Development day and listened to the talk turn into a complaint session with no real solutions being offered? I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before that it was mostly sports, celebs, and leisure activities. I am not an expert, and I make mistakes. I have messed up hashtags and @ signs and have learned they are not the same or used for the same reason. I follow more than follow me. I have also learned more in the last month then ever before and have been exposed to so many fresh ideas. These ideas I bring right into the classroom, which means the students are being exposed to some of the newest and brightest ideas out there. Imagine going to a faculty meeting and hearing great ideas in 140 characters or less from everyone. If you can’t say it in 140 characters, chances are, it is not worth saying.

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9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 00:35

By Lisa Johnson, Edudemic

Rapidly approaching the dog days of summer (give or take a few days or weeks), I felt a need to share a power packed suitcase of tools that could be used to archive your summer highlights and memories. Many educators never really go on vacation. While they may appear to be leisurely sipping daiquiris on the beach, let’s be realistic… their brains are constantly running, reflecting, and mentally archiving away ideas for the next school year. To meet both the recreational and curricular needs of educators, I have concocted a special blend of FREE web tools and apps, highlighting both extracurricular as well as instructional integrations for each. Hopefully, these tools will exceed your souvenir quota and prove to be true digital treasures for the 2014-2015 school year as well.

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Interactive White Boards in Preschool and Primary Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 00:30

by Athanasios Drigas, George Papanastasiou; International Journal of Online Engineering

Technologies within the domain of interactive, remote and on line science which are extensively adopted in education’s everyday life are interactive whiteboards and related applications. Interactive whiteboards indicate positive effects on students’ learning and instructors’ teaching, promoting whole class teaching. In this review-paper we cope with the studies that explore the integration of IWBs in preschool and primary education in the last decade (2004-2013). Research has shown that interactive whiteboards are able to keep students involved and foster their attention in every aspect of the curriculum, much easier than without it. This technology has proven its value added to students and teachers in different facets of teaching and learning, in literacy, in mathematics, in science, in physics, its impact on English Language Learners, on relations and learning, on the use of IWBs by kindergartners, professional development of teachers, pedagogical orchestration, classroom dialogue and pedagogic practice.

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Easy Animation for Teaching

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 00:38

by: John Orlando, Magna Publications

The first thing I look for when I visit a new website is a short video describing what the organization or person does. If I don’t see a video, I consider the site amateurish. Online teaching is no different from other forms of communication. The best communicators take advantage of their medium’s strengths to reach their audience. The Web is a fundamentally visual medium, and videos use this fact to capture our interest. Plus, a teacher must grab the student’s attention right away to motivate the learning, and nothing grabs interest as quickly and easily as animation. It may sound exotic, but new (and cheap) software has made animation simple to produce. In fact, those clever animated videos you see on company websites were created in-house with off-the-shelf programs, not by professionals in studios.

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Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 00:35

by Sunnie Toelle, Huffington Post

Our vision at Labster is to “empower the next-generation of scientists to save the world.” Whenever we talk with students and science teachers, we always hear about two things: On one hand, schools tell us how they are challenged by the high costs of science education. On other hand, students are often bored in science classes because they are stuck with old text books and the schools simply cannot afford to carry out real practical lab experiments. By creating Labster’s virtual laboratories, we’ve been able to solve these challenges; Labster reduces schools’ costs by up to 90 percent and creates fun and engaging science education by bringing learnings from the gaming industry into the education sector.

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Grant funds help online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 00:29

By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News

Beloit Turner students were able to improve their math and reading skills this year thanks to their participation in some unique online math classes offered through Northwestern University. Beloit Turner received a grant through the Department of Public Instruction to cover online math courses for fifth through eighth graders in the gifted and talented program for the 2013-2014 school year, said Sue Brandenburg, the program coordinator for the Literacy, Gifted and Talented programs. Beloit Turner along with Oregon and Horicon school districts partnered with the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) to apply for the grant. The three school districts received a total of $29,930. Beloit Turner received $10,625, which was used for students who wanted to take online math classes through Northwestern University’s WCATY program.

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