Educational Technology

Fiber Optics Cracked: Super-Fast, Cheap Internet En Route

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 00:30


Electrical engineers have made a major breakthrough in fiber optic communications which has the potential to lead to super-fast, cheap Internet. When sending data through fiber optic systems — such as those which serve as the backbone of the Internet, cable, wireless and landline networks — the distance data travels before it becomes indecipherable has proven to be a major setback when it comes to data transmission rates. But this hurdle has been overcome by photonics researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) who managed to send data a record-breaking 12,000 kilometers through fiber lines with standard amplifiers and no repeaters, reported.

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The Importance of Mastery and Working Smart

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 22:06

Jack Suess is Vice President of IT and CIO at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

This is the second in my blog post series building on Richard St. John's TED Talk "8 Secrets of Success." The first post in the series, "Finding Your Secrets to Success," was about finding your passion. Today's post will combine two of the eight secrets that I feel are related: get good at something; and learn to work hard.

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Spicing Up Student Learning With History and STEM Podcasts

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 00:38

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

Podcasts have been around for a long time now, but they have only just begun to surge into mainstream popularity. That’s all thanks to a little podcast called Serial, a true crime program that reopened investigation into the murder of a high school student committed in 1999. With tens of millions of downloads, this podcast is officially the most popular of all time. To those of us who are longtime podcast fans, the potential of the medium to both captivate and set minds whirring is no surprise. There are so many great podcasts out there, that we found we couldn’t narrow them all down into one article. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest podcasts to adapt for classroom and at-home learning within the fields of History and STEM, and we’ll follow up with other subjects in coming weeks.

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Degree on Their Own Time

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 00:35

by Jacqueline Thomsen, Inside Higher Ed

One women’s college is making sure that all students who want a degree can earn one. Alverno College, an all-women’s institution in Wisconsin, is phasing out its once popular weekend courses in favor of a hybrid option for students, a move the college’s president said will allow the student body to better balance personal and professional demands while still pursuing a degree. President Mary Meehan said when the weekend program at Alverno began more than 40 years ago, the institution would see women travel from as far as Colorado to attend the courses. But over the years, students found working full-time during the week and giving up weekends to be too demanding. Enrollment numbers fell from about 1,000 a decade ago to roughly 100 now, and the college started exploring other options.

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Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 00:30

by Danny Crichton, Tech Crunch

With the rise of the internet, it seemed like education was on the cusp of a complete revolution. Today, though, you would be excused for not seeing much of a difference between the way we learn and how we did so twenty years ago. I have attempted to tease out these challenges in two previous essays on what the modern university still offers us and how we might learn in the future. One thesis that becomes more clearer over time is simply that we have ignored the more human aspects of education, replacing it instead with a “give ’em tablets and they will learn” mentality. The next wave of education innovation won’t come from dumping technology on the problem. Instead, it will come from deeply engaging with people and empowering them to make learning all their own.

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Teachers learn gardening basics in UGA class

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 00:39

By LEE SHEARER, Online Athens

Thirty schoolteachers learned the basics of gardening on the University of Georgia campus Thursday, but they had more in mind than backyard tomatoes. Their students will be the beneficiaries, explained MaryLauren Schroeder and Laura Ward, teachers at Athens’ St. Joseph Catholic school and two of those who came out in the blistering heat at the university’s UGArden on South Milledge Avenue. Like others in the group, they’re planning a garden at their school next year — the one at St. Joseph will involve children from pre-K, where Schroeder teaches, all the way up to Ward at the eighth-grade level.

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U California, Irvine Extension Debuts Online Courses in Student-Centered Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 00:35

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Extension is offering two new online courses designed to help teachers develop their skills in cognitive and student-centered learning. The courses, “Building Cognitive Curriculum” and “Motivation and Responsibility in the Student-Centered Classroom,” are currently open for registration and will run July 6-September 13. Both courses are requirements for a larger program, “Student-Centered Learning Specialized Studies,” launching in the fall and designed to offer educators insight into classroom practices that can be implemented immediately.

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Online summer classes beneficial to some Horry County Schools students

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 00:29

BY CLAIRE BYUN, the Sun News

For the past six years, Horry County Schools has offered supplemental online courses during the school year and summer to middle and high schoolers, all at no charge to the student. Course offerings include core classes such as Algebra and history, and electives such as journalism and computer programming. Students take the summer online courses to get ahead or make up after falling behind during the school year. Most summer enrollments are middle school students who want to finish their high school computer science credit early, said Edi Cox, executive director of online learning for the district. “Some students just want to get it out of the way so they have time to take other elective courses when they’re actually in high school,” Cox said.

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