Educational Technology

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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Bill headed to governor would test e-learning on snow days

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:37

By Chris Dettro, State Journal Register

Snow days — those short, unexpected respites from school that students always hope for — could be shoveled away if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill the Illinois legislature passed in the waning days of its spring session. House Bill 2781 would create a three-year pilot program giving up to three school districts the option of eliminating snow days in favor of online learning. “This is something that has been enacted in a number of states, mostly in the north, including Minnesota and Ohio,” said Ray Schroeder, vice chancellor for online learning University of Illinois Springfield. “Many states looking at how they can avoid tacking on snow days at the end of the year.”

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Waco, University high schools to offer online, college-level courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:34


Waco Independent School District will begin online dual-credit classes in the fall in response to students’ requests to increase higher-level courses at both high schools. The online credit is part of a joint program between Waco ISD and McLennan Community College that will allow students to earn up to 18 college credit hours by the time they graduate high school, said Scott McClanahan, the district’s director of secondary advanced academics. Students who complete the necessary requirements in high school will automatically be enrolled at MCC the following summer to allow them to complete an associate’s degree within the following year, McClanahan said.

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Illinois Teachers Learn To Use Raspberry Pi in the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:29

By Michael Hart, THE Journal

The small computers that cost less than $50 a piece are the product of a United Kingdom-based nonprofit devoted to helping students understand and use computer science.By the end of the summer, hundreds of Illinois teachers should be prepared to use the Raspberry Pi in their classrooms. A new program sponsored by the Illinois IT Learning Exchange has already led a workshop for 80 teachers from 39 schools this spring to introduce them to the inexpensive, credit card-sized computer created by a United Kingdom-based nonprofit to help students understand and use computer science. The Illinois IT Learning Exchange is offering the workshops in conjunction with the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA.

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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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U Montana Speeds Research with Internet2 100 Gbps Connection

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:40

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The University of Montana has revved up its research network with a new 100 Gbps fiber connection to the Internet2 Network. Clocking in at times faster than the school’s previous connection, the ultra-high-speed capability will advance UM’s research efforts as well as support education, research and healthcare institutions across the state. “The Internet2 Network connection provides great support to our researchers who collaborate with colleagues both nationally and internationally and, in particular, for those involved in big data initiatives and their entrepreneurial activities,” said Scott Whittenburg, vice president for research at UM, in a press release.

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25 Gigabit Ethernet Gaining Traction

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Network administrators running data centers where moving directly to 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) is too big a leap may have an easier time making the transition with 25 GbE, demonstrated by QLogic and Huawei. U.S.-based QLogic makes data, server and storage networking infrastructure products. Huawei is a networking and telecommunications equipment maker headquartered in China. Huawei servers were equipped with QLogic 25 GbE adapters and hooked up to Huawei 25 gigabit Ethernet switches. The demonstration was intended to show potential customers an approach for upgrading from 10 GbE to something considerably faster with largely the same infrastructure for cabling. According to the companies, 25 GbE “single-lane” technology provides a 250 percent increase in bandwidth with the same port density as 10 GbE.

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3 Things To Remember When Creating On-Demand E-Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 00:30

by Sameer Bhatia, Chief Learning Officer

While e-learning best practices apply whether the course is scheduled or self-paced and moderated or not, the new tools and technologies used today require more thought to the learning environment and the user experience. Linked below are three essential things to consider when designing modern, self-paced and on-demand e-learning.

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Parents slam schools on ‘Trip Advisor-style’ websites: Commenters blast teachers and class sizes in online rants

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 00:40

by Daily Mail

The two sites, School Reviewer and School Guide, have been set up by parents frustrated by the lack of real information about the schools they were considering beyond often bland or impenetrable reports by education authorities. Critics warned they risked allowing parents with a grudge to damage the reputation of schools or their staff, but the sites said they were careful to vet comments. Edwin Chan, a 45-year-old financier who is behind the School Reviewer site, said it had grown out of his frustration with attempting to glean honest information on potential schools for his children.  He said: ‘Short of standing outside the school gates and canvassing opinions from parents, I had no other source of parental reviews or opinions on those schools via the internet.’

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South Central students find success with virtual learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 00:36

By MATT FRITZ, The News-Dispatch

By the time her junior year was nearly complete in the spring of 2014, South Central High School student Hanna Wleklinski was ready to quit. Since neither her mother, who worked as a hotel housekeeper, nor her siblings ever graduated, Hanna decided she wouldn’t either. But then, another option came along. Before her senior year began, South Central High School started offering a new program. Called the Satellite Virtual Learning Center, it allowed Hanna to take online classes in place of traditional ones. By the first week of April (in less than a school year), Hanna had earned the 19 credits she needed to graduate, and she became the first member of her family to do so. Now, when she walks with her class on June 7, she will be the first of her family to collect a diploma as well.

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How to Create Better and Cheaper Training and Development Programs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 00:30

by Erica Dhawan, INC

This shift in training and development is critical for any company that wants to retain top talent. “The bottom line is that companies need to rethink their talent management and employee engagement strategies,” said Dan Schawbel, Founder of “Personalized employee career development programs, accessible tools and tracking systems and a focus on redefining and re-engaging leadership — at all levels — will help deliver on the innovation and growth that businesses require.”  We know that developing your employees is crucial for business growth; it’s time for companies falling short to use the resources we already have and focus on this area. So what does this look like and how can companies take advantage of these new trends? As an advisor on talent to Fortune 500 companies, here are my top 5 best practices.

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