Educational Technology

How To Integrate The Real World Into Digital Classrooms

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:40

By Beth Holland, Edudemic

Lately, when talking with teachers about bringing mobile devices into their classrooms, a common concern has surfaced – that connections to the physical world are being sacrificed by over-emphasizing the digital. These thoughtful educators have raised excellent questions about screen time, losing tangible developmental opportunities, and the need to encourage face to face interaction. While the dichotomy between the physical and digital seemed more obvious when working between a classroom and computer lab, the lines have blurred as iPads, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices entered classrooms. As George Couros (@gcouros) stated in his keynote at last week’s Leading Future Learning conference, “Technology is not meant to replace face-to-face interaction, but to enhance it.”

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States Show Improvement on Digital Learning Report Card

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:33

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Digital Learning Now has released the 2013 Digital Learning Report Card, which grades K-12 education policy in each of the 50 states against the group’s 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning. This year only two states, Utah and Florida, received As, while 14 states received Fs and another 13 received Ds. “In 2013, more than 450 digital learning bills were debated and 132 were ultimately signed into law, bringing the total of enacted legislation since 2011 to more than 360,” according to a news release from Digital Learning Now. “More than 20 states advanced an entire overall letter grade as measured by the Report Card.”

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Croatian island children connect with online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:27

by Lajla Veselica,

For Croatia, making sure the five children on the tiny island of Susak get good schooling is not only a civic responsibility, it’s a way of ensuring the viability of its sparsely populated Adriatic islands. “Schools give life to small islands,” said Olivela Franko, the elementary school principal on the larger Losinj island who coordinates an “e-learning” network that links island schools in the area. “There are not that many children but we will not allow them to disappear. We try everything so they don’t feel like they are living at the end of the world,” she said.

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Podcast: Bruce Maas on the Role of the CISO

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 21:05



Bruce Maas, CIO for the University of Wisconson–Madison, discusses the evolution of the CISO role.


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ED OIG Drops Tech Fixes for Identity Verification in Latest Report

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:48

Summary: In its latest report on financial aid fraud in distance education, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) dropped previously proposed technology-based measures for student identity verification that EDUCAUSE considered problematic. The OIG now recommends enhanced admissions documentation to address identity verification concerns, which seems much more manageable within existing institutional systems and processes. However, the OIG continues to advocate for changes in the financial aid need calculation for distance learners as well as maintenance of a standard for determining the last date of attendance for the return of federal student aid funds that could damage online distance education.

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NIH Notice: Network Restriction on Pornography

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 19:38

Summary: NIH released a notice alerting award recipients of a new restriction on the use of funds “to maintain or establish computer network” unless that network blocks access to pornography. NIH interprets the provision as applying only to funds awarded directly for such purposes; overhead funds are not involved. That essentially restricts NIH’s application of the provision to project-based networks, removing the concern that any institution receiving NIH funds might have to implement blocking or filtering across its campus network. Researchers with potentially impacted projects should consider discussing their concerns with their NIH grants and contracts officer.

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Linux Intro Course Available Online for Free

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:35

By Sean Michael Kerner, eWeek

A Linux training course that once cost $2,500 is now free, as Linux Foundation ramps up its education efforts. The open-source Linux operating system is freely available to those who want to use it, but finding good sources of training for Linux has not always been as free. In a move to further enable more people to get Linux training, the Linux Foundation is now opening up its education efforts. The Linux Foundation is now working with edX to build a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Linux training. EdX is a nonprofit online learning platform started by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at the Linux Foundation, told eWEEK that edX was a natural choice for her organization.

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Getting off on the right foot in an inverted calculus class

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:29

By Robert Talbert, Chronicle of Higher Ed

When you hear people talk about the flipped classroom, much of the time the emphasis is on what happens before class – the videos, how to get students to do the reading, and so on. But the real magic is what happens in class when students come, prepared with some basic knowledge they’ve acquired for themselves, and put it to work with their peers on hard problems. But before this happens, there’s an oddly complex buffer zone that students and instructors have to cross, and that’s the time when students arrive at the class meeting.

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HBCUs, Lumen Learning Team Up To Create An Online Education Center

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:27

By Jaleesa Baulkman, University Herald

Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities are working together to improve online education at HBCUs through the effective use of open education resources, Inside Higher Ed reported. Florida Memorial University, Oakwood University and Wiley College announced Tuesday the founding of the Center for Excellence in Distance Learning, which is aimed at helping HBCUs create distance learning programs.

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Department of Education Addresses Gainful Employment Standards at For-Profit Institutions

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 23:42

On Friday, March 14, the Department of Education announced the release of a proposed rule containing the “gainful employment” standards for vocational programs at for-profit institutions and community colleges. The 841-page proposal would require career colleges to meet certain standards for gainful employment or risk losing access to federal student aid. The goal of the rule, as stated by the Obama administration, is to ensure the programs are preparing students to obtain jobs where they can earn enough money to pay back their loans.

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ED and Higher Education Associations Look to Address Distance Education Regulations

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 23:33

On February 19, a 15-person negotiated rulemaking panel appointed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) met to begin discussing a variety of issues concerning federal student aid regulations, including how a program or institution can apply or qualify for federal student aid programs and how to better protect such programs from fraud and abuse. The panel consists of representatives from for-profit institutions, community colleges, and other relevant stakeholders. It will address “state authorization” for distance education providers seeking to participate in Title VI and other Higher Education Act student aid programs. As explained in the issue paper released by ED, the agency is seeking input on how state reciprocity agreements should be used in conjunction with the new regulations.

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Staying “Plugged In”

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 21:20

In the March/April 2014 EDUCAUSE Review, Susan Grajek and the members of the 2013–2014 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel outline this year’s top-ten IT issues for colleges and universities. Their descriptions of the issues are clear and their recommendations highly useful. Campus IT leaders and staff must focus on the present—but they must also stay “plugged in” in order to anticipate the future and be ready for whatever comes next.

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