Educational Technology

5 Higher-Ed Innovators Share Challenges, Ideas for the Future of Digital Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 00:30

By Charlie Chung, EdSurge

In a Meetup hosted by EdSurge on Aug. 17, more than 100 people gathered to hear speakers present how their organizations are embracing the future of digital learning. Held at NovoEd’s headquarters, five speakers gave their six-minute lightning talks and then led a smaller group discussion with attendees. Researcher Candace Thille of Stanford University, notable for developing the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie-Mellon University, now at Stanford, emphasized starting with the learner when we consider edtech research and products. Collaborating with her Stanford colleagues, Thille has been looking for ways to take additional learner factors into account, particularly social-psychological components.

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Startup Receives Federal Grant to Expand Minecraft Student Reach

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Minecraft just received another education boost. An ed tech startup that encourages students to build their own mods for the popular online virtual world game has received a second grant from the National Science Foundation that will enable it to continue development of its coding environment for novice programmers. ThoughtSTEM received its initial NSF funding in 2015 to test the use of its Minecraft extension, LearnToMod, for teaching rural middle school students how to program. During that phase, the company said it taught computer science (CS) concepts to “over 50,000 students,” who produced 1.5 million Minecraft mods. A mod is a customization to the block-oriented game that allows the player to add new characters, change the look of objects and modify the environment, among other activities.

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How Technology Is Revolutionising Adult Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:34

by Ed Cooke, Huffington Post

Edtech, it’s the new tech buzzword, and it’s growing – fast. According to a new report by Edtech UK, the global education technology sector was worth £45bn in 2015 and poised to reach £129bn by 2020. There are a lot of UK companies tackling digital education, and more specifically in our case the online language-learning space, and you can see why – technology offers us a completely new way of learning and exploits the brain’s capacity in a way that is far more fun and engaging than reading a textbook. Edtech is moving education out of the classroom and onto our mobile phones, making it accessible to anyone and everyone, and for little or no cost. With companies setting up new apps to help you revise and massive open online courses that allow you to complete an entire university-level course digitally, the possibilities for learning are now endless.

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Quick Tips for Teachers to Prep Their Classrooms for Online Learning and Engagement

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:30

By Corinne Hyde, Parent Herald

Social media has become a central part of our daily lives, and many conversations we have with friends, family members, and peers shift seamlessly between online and offline communication. With the surge of social media and digital communication, it’s no surprise that it has also made its mark in the classroom. In addition to social media, digital literacy-the ability to find, analyze, share, and create content using digital technology such as computers, tablets, phones, websites, and apps-has become a hot topic for educators over the past few years. Because of this shift in education, it’s crucial that all current and future educators become familiar with how to use social media and technology to meet learning objectives for students and become connected to the global education community. As the start of the school year nears, it’s an ideal time for teachers to start thinking about how to implement social media and technology into their classrooms so they can unlock their creative teaching potential.

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