Educational Technology

2016 Google Tracker: Everything Google is working on for the new year

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:30

by Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica

It’s that time of the year again—welcome to the Google Tracker! This is a bi-annual series where we recap every ongoing project (that we know about, at least) inside of Google’s sprawling empire. Though from now on, perhaps we should say, “Every ongoing project inside of Alphabet’s sprawling empire.” “Google” is now a mere company inside of “Alphabet,” the newly formed umbrella company created by Google’s founders. Most of the Google side projects we’ve been tracking in the past have been spun off into companies inside of Alphabet, but rest assured we’re still keeping track of everything. As always, the Tracker is a big roundup of previous announcements, rumors, and a bit of speculation.

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New program opens for STEM community college students

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:35

By Bridget Webster, The Fresno Bee

A California university is opening a 2-year program to help community college STEM students earn bachelor’s degrees.  Pacific University will begin a new 2-year graduation guarantee program, called STREAMS, for community college students planning to get a bachelor’s degree in STEM fields, starting in the fall of 2016. Supporting Transfers in Reaching Educational Aspirations in Math and Science, STREAMS, will help community college students earn a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, at Fresno Pacific.

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Top 4 must-haves for online, blended learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:28


Many educators turn to online and blended learning solutions to offer alternative solutions for at-risk students. The most important attribute of a successful online or blended learning program is a “rigorous and engaging curriculum,” according to participants in a recent study. The fourth annual Fuel Education (FuelEd) Benchmark Study, conducted by MDR’s EdNET Insight, also sheds light on why districts are turning to online and blended learning programs, their implementation best practices, and how they measure quality of an online program. Those surveyed also said successful online and blended programs need the following:

presence of student progress tracking and reporting tools

measurement of student progress with initial and ongoing assessments

instructors who are well-trained in delivering online courses

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Moving past the myths of mobile learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:26

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Two research professors discuss the mobile learning myths associated with its adoption infancy, and what they’ve learned since. By now, educators are familiar with the term mLearning, having experienced its rush in classroom popularity starting as early as 2000. But two researchers say it’s now imperative that educators slough off the myths from the reality to avoid ineffective classroom practice moving forward.

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