Educational Technology

Obama’s Internet initiative a US necessity

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:35

News and Observer Editorial Board

Heading toward the end of his second term, President Obama is rightly gearing up an important initiative to help lower income people gain access to the Internet. This has broad implications for people of all ages who might otherwise be left out in the cold with regard to a “connection” that most Americans take for granted. The Internet is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity, for kids who want to do their homework, for people who want to find jobs, for access to emergency contacts, for families who want to communicate with each other.

http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article28613368.html

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Liberty to offer online law master’s degrees

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:30

BY JESSIE POUNDS, Daily Progress

The Liberty University School of Law plans to offer online master’s degrees this fall, according to an announcement from the school. The plan is for juris master degrees in American legal studies and international legal studies, as well as a master’s of laws degree in international legal studies. The typical qualifying degree for lawyers in the United States is the juris doctorate, which Liberty offers on-campus. The American Bar Association’s accrediting arm recently granted permission to Liberty to implement the degrees. The bar association accredits only juris doctorate degrees, so its role in granting permission is only to make sure those degrees won’t pull away resources or interfere with a school’s existing law degree program.

http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/liberty-to-offer-online-law-master-s-degrees/article_ab5faf6c-33e1-11e5-b95d-5fd45f3e8087.html

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Higher Education and Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 19:41

As higher education institutions continue identifying new ways to leverage big data, it is important to consider the privacy implications and implement best practices. Sol Bermann, campus privacy officer at the University of Michigan and co-chair of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers working group, describes several privacy challenges institutions face, such as anonymization and de-identification, the unintentional use of data beyond the original intended purpose, and the omnipresent collection, analysis, and sharing of data. Bermann also cites foundational principles around student data privacy and suggests four steps or best practices: plan, be transparent, handle data carefully and with purpose, and provide for individual control.

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EDUCAUSE Supports Call to Make Federally Funded Ed. Materials OER

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:09

(August 4, 2015) A group of 90 higher education and related organizations, including EDUCAUSE, released a letter today calling on the Obama Administration to establish a new government-wide policy on educational, training, and instructional resources developed with federal funds. The proposed new policy would make any such materials open educational resources, and therefore freely available for anyone to use or adapt as needed. As the letter states:

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Stumped by AP calculus? Click on Davidson College’s online help

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:38

BY ANN DOSS HELMS, Charlotte Observer

Davidson College is out to make the planet a bit smarter – or at least more successful on Advanced Placement calculus, physics and macroeconomics exams. The edX High School Initiative just started offering free online lessons on the concepts most likely to trip up high school students who tackle these brain-busting college-level tests. The interactive lessons were designed by Davidson professors, with teachers and students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as guinea pigs. While the Internet teems with online lessons, it’s hard to find ones that match the AP curriculum and the College Board’s exams, said Bruce Bacon, an AP calculus teacher at South Mecklenburg High. The videos created by Davidson professors “hit the sweet spot,” he said.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article28702138.html

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Huntsville’s newest high school brings ‘blearning’ connection with 121 universities worldwide

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:36

By Paul Huggins, Alabama

Huntsville will have a new high school starting in August, and it will be showcasing the growing trend of “blended” online and face-to-face instruction. The U.S. Department of Education found that “classes with online learning (whether taught completely online or blended) on average produce stronger student learning outcomes than do classes with solely face-to-face instruction.” Education Week’s July 13 edition had an article that said blended learning models allow “for more student-centered learning experiences” and “a powerful way to scale personalized learning.” “New learning models will continue to emerge that adopt the best features of online learning and face-to-face instruction,” stated the article submitted by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/07/huntsvilles_newest_high_school.html

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Rise of the Teacherpreneur

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:29

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

You’ve heard the term “entrepreneur.” You’ve probably even heard the term “edupreneur.” But do you know what the term “teacherpreneur” means? As you can probably intuit, “teacherpreneurs” are teachers who create their own educational product or service to fix a problem they or they colleagues have encountered in the classroom. This is distinct from an edupreneur, which can be interpreted to mean any entrepreneur working in the education space – teacher or not. There is no doubt that our educational system could benefit from this kind of internal entrepreneurialism – from that creativity, innovation, and lust for change. Ed tech companies, outside think tanks and nonprofits are an important force in creating and fostering these changes. But when innovation begins with educators who not only recognize the issues at hand, but who also have an immediate, textured, nuanced, and concrete firsthand experience with those issues in action, the solutions they develop have the potential to be extremely powerful, comprehensive, and long lasting.

http://www.edudemic.com/why-we-need-edupreneurs/

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U.S. Reps. Rokita and Fudge Introduce Legislation to Safeguard Student Education Records under FERPA

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 18:01

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.

 

(August 3, 2015) On July 22, Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157), which would update student privacy safeguards under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA (the federal law that governs institutional management and disclosure of student education records).

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Pitching the Next Big Idea in Higher Ed

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 16:37

Imagine standing before a room full of your peers and colleagues – many, if not all, of whom have a vested interest in what you’re about to say. Your project team is armed with slides, possibly containing videos or role-playing scenarios.

You have five minutes to introduce your project and to convince the audience that your idea to impact higher ed is a viable one. The clock is ticking.

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What Google’s virtual field trips look like in the classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:39

By Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News

Google Expeditions are field trips with a virtual reality twist – google-expeditions. Last spring, Hector Camacho guided his high school economics class on comprehensive tours of the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve banks, and the Treasury Building. Students swept their eyes up countless Neoclassical columns before heading inside for a detailed look — all without leaving the library of their Mountain View, California school. The catch? Students were plugged into Google’s latest virtual reality creation — Expeditions, which creates immersive, 360-degree tours out of a cardboard viewer and a smartphone.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/07/23/google-expeditions-class-599/

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Growth of a combined high school, community college program

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:33

by Associated Press

More students flock to program that allows for simultaenous high school diploma, associate’s degree college-diploma. A River Parishes Community College (La.) program that lets students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree will have its largest freshman class yet when school begins Aug. 10. The Advocate reports more than 100 ninth-graders have enrolled in what’s called the Early College Option program, a partnership of the community college and the Ascension Parish school district.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/07/24/combined-college-program-674/

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University gives students mobile personal assistants

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:30

By Andrew Barbour, eSchool News

Texas A&M at Galveston hopes a new personal assistant app will help students manage their time more effectively, engage more fully with the campus community—and stay in school. Many freshmen find the freedom—and responsibilities—of college overwhelming. Loosed from tightly scheduled lives overseen by hovering parents, they lack the ability to manage their own time and can struggle as a result. Nationwide, about a third of college freshmen drop out every year. Texas A&M at Galveston is hoping that a new mobile app will help address the problem by serving as a personal smart assistant for its students.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/mobile-personal-assistants-299/

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