Educational Technology

Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 00:28

by Judy Willis, Edutopia

There are some standards or units of instruction that, for whatever reason, you know aren’t going to be runaway hits with students. While you can certainly reconsider the unit design, there are other strategies you can use to help prime student brains for learning. Among the simplest of these strategies is promoting curiosity — and students’ natural tendency to predict — by advertising the content the same way that a marketing company might. This promotes advance interest, and the resulting questions increase the student curiosity, opening the brain’s attentive intake filter. In short, it preps their minds to engage.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/cognitively-priming-students-for-learning-judy-willis

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Investing in Personalized Learning Strategies to Improve College Student Outcomes

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 16:12

By Jason Palmer, Deputy Director Postsecondary Success

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

My passion for education has been a constant throughout my life, starting with my father, who was principal at my high school in upstate New York, and later the superintendent of Albany Public Schools. My dad instilled in me a bedrock belief in the power of education to transform lives, and he helped me understand that every student deserves personalized feedback to succeed.

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Investing in Personalized Learning Strategies to Improve College Student Outcomes

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 16:12

By Jason Palmer, Deputy Director Postsecondary Success

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

My passion for education has been a constant throughout my life, starting with my father, who was principal at my high school in upstate New York, and later the superintendent of Albany Public Schools. My dad instilled in me a bedrock belief in the power of education to transform lives, and he helped me understand that every student deserves personalized feedback to succeed.

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From Cell Phone Bans to BYOD

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:40

By Christopher Piehler, THE Journal

Christopher PiehlerA couple of years ago, the first and last word in mobile devices for education was “iPad.” The Apple tablet’s dominance of the ed tech market has been gradually eroded by an armada of Android and Microsoft tablets boasting lower prices, easier enterprise management and integrated access to the Google or Windows cloud ecosystems. These days, though, with districts across the country preparing for online assessments that require keyboards, it’s no coincidence that the most-purchased category of device is the notebook, with the Chromebook especially popular. But the era of one device dominating classrooms is over.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/09/17/from-phone-bans-to-byod.aspx

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7 resources for student collaboration

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:35

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Collaboration is increasingly emerging as one of today’s top skills. Part of the 4Cs, it is needed in K-12 classrooms, in higher education, and in the workforce. Students who leverage technology to build collaboration skills are building strong college- and career-ready skills. More and more classrooms are going mobile, whether that is through school-issued laptops or tablets, or via BYOD initiatives that allow students to bring and use their personal mobile devices in school.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/19/resources-student-collaboration-543/

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10 ways ed-tech tools promote academic honesty

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:30

By Andy Trus, Campus Technology

Instructors need to be familiar with methods that make cheating far more difficult than traditional paper and pen homework assignments, and how to check for signs of cheating in their class. With the help of sophisticated ed-tech tools, instructors can easily check for signs of cheating and employ methods to crack down on student dishonesty. The following tactics help provide peace of mind when it comes to academic honesty and ensuring that students maximize their learning potential. These best practices can be used for homework, quizzes, or exams.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/tech-academic-honesty-329/

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Weston High behind new online learning initiative

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:40

by Weston Town Crier

EdX, the online learning venture founded by Harvard and MIT, recently announced a new high school initiative – 26 MOOCs (massive open online courses) in a wide variety of subjects geared to high school students around the world. Three of the selected 26 MOOCs were developed by Weston High School and are featured on edx.org, among courses developed by other leading high school and university institutions like MIT, University of Texas at Austin, Rice, University of California at Berkeley and more. Covering subject areas that range from mathematics to science, English and history, and even college advising and AP onramps, edX high school MOOCs will provide students within the U.S. and around the world the opportunity to pursue challenging, advanced coursework.

http://weston.wickedlocal.com/article/20140919/NEWS/140916638/12423/NEWS

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Lack of encouragement a barrier to girls pursuing a career in science, math, new study suggests

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:35

by Payments Business

MasterCard is launching a national campaign to bring more girls and women into the tech field. In partnership with Ladies Learning Code , the cross-country program will see more than 700 girls (ages 8 to 13) and their parents take a free, six-hour introductory coding class, held simultaneously across the country November 8th. The University of Waterloo , another partner, will also participate by hosting a Python-language coding workshop aimed at students who are in non-STEM disciplines in an effort to introduce a variety of students to coding in a supportive and female-friendly environment. In addition, MasterCard is working with the Centre for Education in Math and Computing (CEMC) and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo to introduce a first-of-its-kind free online teaching and learning resource in 2015 that will be open to everyone. The courseware is designed to help students learn to program and support teachers in their daily classroom work.

http://www.paymentsbusiness.ca/News/Sep192014_MasterCard.htm

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8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 00:30

by Elana Leoni, Edutopia

Twitter is one of the most powerful tools that you can use for your professional development — 24/7. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of educators around the world are currently using Twitter to connect, share, and collaborate. While it’s fantastic that educators are flocking to Twitter, many of them still feel even more alone and isolated within their own school and district. There’s an unfortunate inverse trend I’ve noticed in education: the more connected you are on Twitter, the less support and collaboration you tend to have within your school. Although many of you may teach in rooms with closed doors, there is no reason not to connect with your colleagues through Twitter. Here’s how administrators can help move this needle.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/create-twitter-driven-school-culture-elana-leoni

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Report: 4 in 10 Wristworn Devices Will Be Smartwatches by 2016

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:35

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Four out of every 10 devices worn on the wrist will be smartwatches by 2016, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. That prediction follows a swell in the smartwatches available to consumers as the number of companies offering the devices has increased from just two a year ago to seven with a device either currently on the market or about to ship.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/17/report-40-percent-of-wristworn-devices-will-be-smartwatches-by-2016.aspx

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From online dating to driverless cars, machine learning is everywhere

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:29

by Nicola Davis, The Observer

With machine learning behind myriad technologies, from online dating to driverless cars, we ask expert Dr Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford to give us the lowdown. Artificial intelligence is really the goal of trying to develop algorithms that can learn and act. Older AI research ran up against this difficulty that people didn’t really know what intelligence was. Machine learning is a much more modern approach to solving the AI problem where we are coming from the bottom up rather than top down, so we are saying, well, let’s define these really crisp, well-defined, sub-problems, like classifying a handwritten digit as being either a one or two, and then use novel techniques within statistics and optimisation to create an algorithm that can improve its performance over time.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/18/machine-learning-artificial-intelligence

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How to Craft Effective Learning Objectives for an E-learning Course?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:23

by Neha Goel, eLearning Design

We talk lot about creating interesting and engaging eLearning courses, but do we ever talk about how the course would be relevant to the learners taking it? This is where the necessity of the learning objectives is felt. If the learners don’t find the course relevant, it becomes hard for the instructional designers to keep them motivated. Hence, to overcome this, you need to tell the learners in the beginning of the course itself what they would learn after completing the course and set clear learning objectives.

http://blog.commlabindia.com/elearning-design/crafting-effective-learning-objectives-for-elearning

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