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You may already be using video to support your lessons, but have you considered encouraging your students to create them? Student-to-student videos enhance student understanding of a subject as well as student creativity and critical thinking skills. In a recent KQED MindShift article, Katrina Schwartz lauds peer-created videos for their ability to reach struggling students in ways that you as a teacher cannot. No longer are videos a distraction or a tool used only by teachers; videos can create a richer learning experience.Share on Facebook
By Sharon Noguchi, Mercury News
Textbooks, those long-entrenched staples of classrooms, could soon be pushed from their place of prominence by a high-tech alternative: online lessons that can be downloaded, customized and updated — all at will, and all for free. The online material offers enticing benefits as it provides more current content, appeal to students and saves schools potentially big money. San Jose Unified, for example, spends $1 million annually on textbooks. For some time, textbook publishers and software developers have marketed digital lessons to schools. But unlike Apple’s proposition to replace books with more costly iPad lessons, the movement for “open educational resources” focuses on free material, created and curated by educators.Share on Facebook
By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic
In a perfect world students would understand that education is for their benefit and put their all into every assignment. Unfortunately, every educator working today knows how far off the reality is from that ideal. Cheating isn’t just something that a few bad apples do every now and then, it proliferates. In a 2010 survey of high school students, one in three admitted to using the web to plagiarize. That makes it a problem no teacher can ignore.Share on Facebook
By Amanda Ronan, Edudemic
udents in the United States today have any memory of a time before the Internet. With a world of interactions (both good and bad) a mere click away, it is crucial to prepare our students for a connected existence that values respect, awareness, and collaboration with others from diverse backgrounds – in essence, to make truly global citizens. How can it be done? By harnessing the power and design of many familiar apps and websites, teachers can bring this global diversity and collaboration into their classrooms. In fact, by simply pairing a few tried and true tools with new or more obscure apps, you can deftly combine curriculum-based and global learning.Share on Facebook
By Melissa Schmitz, Edudemic
California’s Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), situated along the Salton Sea in one of the poorest sections of the country, has found a unique way to deliver Internet access to its low-income students: their school buses. The district installed routers in two of its buses, allowing students access to the Internet on their school-issued tablets during their morning and afternoon commutes. This just goes to show that cash-strapped schools can augment their students’ education, just by thinking a little outside of the school walls – and the box. But is the model one that generalizes outside of CVUSD? To determine this, we’ll take a close look at the experiment and extrapolate from there.Share on Facebook
Or, How Technology Helps Your Friendly Neighborhood Policeman Violate Your Privacy in New and Innovative Ways
Geoffrey S. Nathan, Faculty Liaison for Computing and Information Technology, Wayne State University
We already know that our government (and other people's governments) like to collect vast amounts of data on its citizens, on the off-chance that the data might prove useful in preventing a terrorist attack. And, given the extent of mission creep, that data is also being used in other kinds of criminal investigations, such as drug investigations and child pornography prosecutions (although perhaps not always in a legitimate manner).  That data is collected at a national level, however, and has not (to the best of public knowledge) been shared with local law enforcement.
By Mark Rockwell, Campus Technology
The United States Department of Homeland Security is warning universities that their information-filled IT infrastructures might give hackers access to sensitive federal networks. Intruders hijacked a university’s supercomputer in early 2014, leveraging its vast capabilities in a massive electronic assault on U.S. gaming networks, according to a recent warning to American higher education from the Department of Homeland Security. DHS’s “unclassified, for official use only” memo said university networks are attractive targets for cybercriminals, adding that universities’ networks can provide access to other types of electronic facilities, including sensitive federal networks.Share on Facebook
By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
The University of Central Florida (UCF) has partnered with two organizations to reboot a massive open online course (MOOC) for teachers focused on blended learning in higher ed and K-12. The university has partnered with Educause, a nonprofit focused on technology in higher education, and ed tech company Instructure to launch “BlendKit2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer.” The course is intended to build on the success of BlendKit2014, a similar MOOC released last year that also covered blending learning and was Educause’s first. “The power of online professional development is that we can collaborate and educate in real-time,” said Julie Little, Educause vice president of teaching, learning and professional development, in a prepared statement. “BlendKit2015 leverages that power to advance strategic understanding of blended learning’s full potential.”Share on Facebook
by Kelci Lynn Lucier, US News
“All good online classes include interactive elements that replace classroom discussions,” Guy Trainin, associate professor of education at University of Nebraska—Lincoln, writes via email. He encourages students trying to identify their fellow intellectual leaders to look for those who “show proficiency with the material and think beyond the text, making connections with other ideas, classes, and real-world events.” Similar to a traditional classroom, he says, online students who are strong academically possess “the ability to respond to others and lead discussions.” Mitch Boucher, lecturer at University of Massachusetts—Amherst’s University Without Walls, a bachelor’s program that allows adult students to choose from a wide range of online courses, has similar observations.Share on Facebook
“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World”
Call it disruption. Call it progress. Call it innovation.
No matter how it’s labeled, real sustainable change begins from within—inside the hallowed halls of academia, and inside the hearts and minds of individuals driving those institutions forward,
NGLC is proud to again offer two annual programs that are breaking down barriers to college completion and student success. The Breakthrough Models Academy and the Breakthrough Models Incubator—for individuals and for institutional teams, respectively—will usher in new cohorts for a yearlong series of virtual and onsite programming, workshops, webinars and more. Alumni become part of a vital global network that is rethinking and redesigning higher education programs and student services.
Celina Stewart is an undergraduate student in International Relations at Brown University.
"We should hack an application," a fellow teaching assistant brainstormed to our Cybersecurity and International Relations Teaching Staff at Brown University. His suggestion to hack a widely used photo- and video-sharing app, popular especially among college students, might seem malicious or even illegal. However, after vetting the idea and checking its legality (we created our own account to hack by cracking our own password rather than targeting the application itself), we scheduled a lab aptly called "Scaring you into securing your information."
by Ultimate Typing
Skeptics say technology has no place in the classroom. The distractions are too many to count, and students almost always end up chatting on social media rather than paying attention to the lecturer. But aren’t college students mature enough to decide for themselves whether they will follow a lecture to its conclusion instead of playing on their tablet? If done correctly, using a laptop or tablet in the classroom will actually help a student with their learning performance. With good typing skills, students can take advantage of technology to boost their educational opportunities and make the most out of every lecture, seminar, and class they attend.Share on Facebook
by Traci Gardner, Ideas for Teaching Writing
Last month, I considered the strategy of including quizzes in a writing course. Essentially, while I hated pop quizzes as a student, I thought I might be shortchanging students who do well as test takers. I decided to try quizzes in the online technical writing course during Virginia Tech’s Winter Session. Now that the course is over, I have to admit that the quizzes seemed useful and effective. Logistically, the system was simple to set up. The companion website for the textbook included quizzes that were ready to import to Scholar (our campus installation of Sakai). I had to edit the quizzes in order to randomize answers where possible and remove the requirements for written rationales for some questions. Otherwise, they were ready to go. I just used what was available.Share on Facebook
By Laura Devaney, eSchool News
Access to high-speed internet is among middle and high school students’ top technology preferences, according to a CompTIA national survey of students and educators. Fifty-six percent of surveyed students said they’d like access to high-speed internet, 57 percent said they would like laptops, and 53 percent said tablets are a must-have. When broken down by gender, male students demonstrated a greater preference for high-speed internet and game-based learning simulations, while female students expressed a preference for tablets and mobile e-learning apps. Fifty-two percent of students want to learn more about gaming in school, 49 percent want to learn more about computer troubleshooting, and 45 percent want to learn more programming/coding.Share on Facebook
On January 21, the new Congress quickly stepped into the net neutrality debate. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held separate hearings, both of which focused on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming Open Internet Rules and new legislation recently introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI).
On December 18, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, composed of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), held its sixth stakeholder meeting to identify improvements to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s notice-and-takedown process that affected parties could adopt on a voluntary basis. The meeting was held in Alexandria, Virginia.
Want to see some of the most successful blended, competency-based, and personalized learning programs in the country?
We examined 11 strategies and innovations from the work of NGLC grant recipients that helped to increase student success at their breakthrough schools and degree programs.
We want to share these 11 “tools” with you!
Each brief is an easy-to-consume 2-pager that describes the work of a NGLC grant recipient along with screenshots, links, and videos. These tools will help you to adopt a successful next gen learning model at your institution.
You can browse each case study below or read the whole collection here.
Later this week I’ll be delivering a three-hour online workshop on how to use the Higher Education TechQual+ Project survey and Web site tools. The survey and tools are available free of charge for assessing the quality of IT services on college or university campuses. The first question we’ll cover is “Why TechQual+?” Or, why should IT leaders use a standardized survey for gauging IT service quality?
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