Educational Technology

6 Telltale Signs of Disruptive Innovation

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 00:40

by Rhea Kelly, CampusTechnology

In her keynote address at the CT Forum conference in April, Michelle Weise, senior research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, offered an insightful analysis of disruptive innovation — perhaps one of the most-used and least-understood buzzwords in higher education today. Weise gave an overview of what the term means and how it has played out in higher ed and other industries, but at the core of her talk were six defining characteristics of disruptive innovations — telltale signs worth posting on the wall of every IT leader’s office

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3 Key Trends in Campus AV Technology

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 00:33

By Dennis Pierce, Campus Technology

In colleges and universities from coast to coast, classroom learning environments are becoming more active and collaborative. Students are contributing to discussions and presentations, and the days of the “sage on the stage” are waning. This development is having a profound effect on the deployment of audiovisual technology in education. “Classroom AV technology plays a big part in facilitating active learning environments,” said Mike Tomei, an independent audiovisual consultant who designs and installs AV systems for classrooms. Makers of AV equipment have responded in kind, developing new products that support more active and collaborative learning. Here are three key trends that illustrate this concept.

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Ed Tech Must Embrace Stronger Student Privacy Laws

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 00:31

by Bradley Shear, THE Journal

During the last five years, schools have deployed new digital learning tools such as apps and cloud-based computing services that have the ability to track and store every single keystroke and activity performed on their platforms. Adoption of these technologies has raised significant questions about student privacy because vendors are storing personal student data on servers located outside of a district’s physical jurisdiction. Some vendor agreements state that student data may be processed and stored in any location around the world where the vendor or any of its agents maintains a facility. Being able to store data anywhere may offer price flexibility by enabling a provider to build its data servers in a low-cost area, but it may also enable some providers to process and archive personal student information in locations with weak student-privacy protections.

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Florida districts monitor early warning indicators

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:38

by eSchool News

Performance Matters solution aims to help administrators identify struggling students. In Florida, all schools that include grades 6, 7 or 8 are now required to implement an early warning system to identify students who need additional support to improve academic performance and stay engaged in school. The early warning system must include the following indicators: attendance below 90 percent, suspensions, and course failure or a Level 1 score on state tests in English language arts or mathematics. When a student exhibits two or more of these early warning indicators, a school-based team must convene to determine appropriate intervention strategies.

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How to survive an ed-tech crisis

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:35

by Dennis Pierce, eSchool News

When North Carolina’s Guilford County Schools had a tablet charger melt inside a student’s home in October 2013, it could have marked the end of the district’s $16 million effort to give every middle school student a digital device. Instead, district leaders reacted quickly and decisively, suspending the program until they could ensure the safety of every child. They also negotiated for higher-quality devices and other concessions from their tablet supplier, and they kept the community informed at every turn. With these improvements in hand, Guilford County relaunched the program last fall, which is part of an overall $35 million effort to personalize instruction—and so far there have been no major problems. Share on Facebook

Is your institution under Chinese cyberattack?

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:29

By Andrew Barbour, eCampus News

A recent cyberattack at Penn State by Chinese hackers may be part of a much broader attempt to steal intellectual property at universities nationwide. In May, the College of Engineering at Penn State shut down its network for several days in response to a cyberattack, making it the latest in a long line of higher education institutions to suffer network breaches in recent years. But this particular attack may not be over. In fact, the Penn State incident is likely just the tip of an ongoing espionage effort to infiltrate similar schools nationwide, according to Ken Westin, senior security analyst at Tripwire, an Oregon-based cybersecurity company.

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Benchmarking to Inform Planning: The EDUCAUSE Core Data Service

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:40

by Leah Lang, EDUCAUSE Review

To run their institutions efficiently and effectively, leaders at today’s colleges and universities must have a clear understanding of their own financial, staffing, and operational status. This information is critical to making informed decisions and optimizing the impact of information technology. Leaders can enhance their decision making by evaluating their financial, staffing, and operational status against comparable information for peers, aspirant peers, or even their own institution. For example, a metric on total central IT spending per institutional FTE (students, faculty, and staff) can be used to estimate the amount of IT support that individuals at an institution receive. Benchmarking this metric against peer institutions or an institution’s past performance can help leaders make the case for additional resources.

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The Linux Foundation Offers Course for SysAdmins on EdX

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:35

by the Linux Foundation

This is the second course from The Linux Foundation on EdX.  The Linux Foundation partnership with edX platform is expanding, and users will now get the Essentials of Linux Systems Administration (LFS201) online course, which should help prepare the SysAdmins of tomorrow. These courses are provided in different ways, but now they are also available on EdX, which is a nonprofit online learning platform launched in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The fact that you take these targeted Linux courses online makes all the difference in the world.

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SAT prep courses now free online at Khan Academy

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:30


Two nonprofit organizations have teamed up to make SAT preparation materials available free online. Khan Academy, an online education company, and the College Board, which manages the SAT, joined forces to create the Official SAT Practice, an interactive platform. The practice tools are hope to level the playing field for students who are interested in taking the SAT and preparing for college-level courses.

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Course provider giving away 3D printers to schools signing up for Maker class

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:40

by eSchool News

Level Up Village, a provider of STEAM-related courses, is offering a 3D printer to schools that sign up for its Global Inventors after-school course, where students in grades 3-8 learn about developing prototype inventions. Specifically, the course pairs students one-on-one with peers at one of Level Up’s Global Partner schools in developing countries to collaboratively design, print, and test solar-powered flashlights that can be 3D printed and used in energy-poor areas. A Cube 3D printer is provided to participating schools through a partnership with 3D Systems. Teacher training is also provided.

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To curb cyberbullies, this district will monitor students’ social media

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:34

By Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel

Student messages on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are now being monitored by the Orange County (Fla.) school district as part of a new program to curb cyberbullying, crime on campus and suicide. Central Florida’s largest school district announced that it had acquired new software that would allow it to grab and then analyze social media messages posted from its campuses, whether from students or staff. The software also would allow the district to search the thousands of messages posted on various sites for key words that might indicate trouble.

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Do Learning Management Systems Actually Improve K-12 Outcomes?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 00:30

by Eric Horowitz, Edsurge

Learning management systems are big business, with a market size estimated to approach $8 billion by 2018. Many popular systems, like Blackboard, Joomla and PowerSchool, offer case studies highlighting the remarkable improvements made by individual institutions. Yet the gusto of these pronouncements can’t cover up the fact that there is a lack of scientifically rigorous investigations into whether these systems are actually effective.

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Why Autonomy Is Important for Peak Performance

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 19:48

Joan F. Cheverie is Manager, Professional Development Programs, EDUCAUSE.

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Legislation Introduced to Help Public Track Success of Students in Higher Ed Institutions

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 15:11

House and Senate versions of the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act (H.R. 2518 and S. 1195) have been introduced in Congress with the intent of providing potential and current students, parents, and the general public with information on student learning outcomes at individual colleges and universities. It would require institutions of higher education (IHEs) to gather data on average student earnings post-graduation; graduation rates for first-time, full-time/part-time, and transfer students; student loan debt information for graduates and students who do not complete their programs; and whether a student pursues higher levels of post-secondary education.

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