Educational Technology

Schools look for creative ways to make e-textbooks a possibility

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 00:30

by Heather Mullinix, Crossville-Chronicle

“If it never starts, there is never going to be a shift. To me, let’s take that money that we were going to buy new math textbooks and let’s do something creative and culture shifting with that money instead of continuing to replicate the past,” he added. The school system will be considering adoption of new math textbooks this year and possible purchase of new books for the next school year at an estimated cost of $500,000. However, the school system has also been exploring possibilities for reducing the reliance on printed textbooks with laptops or tablets for each student to access digital learning content in school and at home. “The only way we’ll ever be able to go in this direction is if we have a culture change, we have the professional development to back it up, and we have the ability to utilize textbooks that are free or extremely reduced in cost.”

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Competition essential to solving U.S. STEM gap

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 00:40

by eSchool News

Developing a rigorous vetting process for talented teachers and opening up school choice options are paramount to engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to a new report by National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Research Fellow Lloyd Bentsen IV. “It’s important to remember that real education reforms are necessary to effectively engage our students in the education process,” says Bentsen. “Finding and retaining more talented teachers and allowing students to choose the school that makes them the most comfortable are both key to engaging students in difficult subjects like STEM-related education.”

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How to Turn Computer Games into Lesson Plans

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 00:35

By James Hinton, Edudemic

Edutainment is now a very popular tool in the classroom. Current students tend to be computer savvy gamers with a hefty appetite for active learning. A wide variety of edutainment has been created for the classroom to meet this need. But sometimes purpose built software doesn’t meet the specific needs of a given classroom. When that occurs a teacher may have to get a little creative and find ways to adapt commercially available games meant for private gamers. At the university level various professors have engaged in novel solutions. For example, Boise State uses Second Life as an interactive classroom. I myself found Empires III surprisingly helpful in learning how the Tokugawa Shogunate came to power during my military history studies. But what about at the highschool level? Have highschool teachers been able to similarly adapt? Today I’d like to share three real world examples where teachers did precisely this. Hopefully by looking at how they adapted popular games to their classrooms you’ll find inspiration that will help you in your own classrooms. Our three examples are Jeremiah McCall, Dan Bloom, and Don LaBonte.

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State of Delaware offering AP computer science online

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 00:30

by Matthew Albright, The News Journal

There are plenty of companies in Delaware who are keenly interested in students seeking computer science degrees. Whether it’s J.P. Morgan Chase seeking cybersecurity experts and technicians to run their massive data operations or PSEG Nuclear that needs experts to maintain its important computer infrastructure, many companies say they are having a hard time finding employess with specialized computer skills they need. AP Computer Science could be a huge boost for students seeking those skills. The class teaches students some of the fundamentals of programming and coding, and could give them a head start into a computer science major in college. The problem, though, is that most schools don’t have enough students who are interested in taking the class to justify the cost of administering it or pulling a teacher aside for it. That’s why the state has started offering the course online.

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Nearly half of workers say Internet improves productivity

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 00:40

by Dan Kedmey, TIME

Nearly half of workers say that the Internet, distractions and all, has improved their productivity at the office, according to a report released last Tuesday. Pew Research Center asked 1,066 Internet users how web access has changed the way they work. Only 7% of respondents blamed the Internet for a decline in productivity, while 46% credited it as an improvement, opening up new paths of communication and extending their workday over longer and more flexible hours. More than one-third of respondents said that round-the-clock Internet access means they now work longer days than they used to.

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App transforms assignments from textbooks to tablets at Raleigh County school

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 00:35

By JESSICA FARRISH, The Register-Herald

Mabscott Elementary School students are putting down their pencils and papers and picking up their iPads as the second year of the iRaleigh Initiative takes shape in district classrooms. Through Showbie — an iPad app that fifth-grade math teacher Emily Greene pioneered at Mabscott — students are completing assignments exclusively with the iPad and getting immediate help with homework from their classroom teachers.–Tablet-Based-Assignments

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Online program to help Madison City Schools bring chess to more students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 00:30

By Crystal Bonvillian,

A new licensing agreement approved by the Madison school board has given a boost to the already-vibrant chess program in the city’s schools.The board recently approved a one-year site license agreement that provides students with access to, the school-based arm of John Peck, public relations manager for the school district, said every elementary student in the system, plus students enrolled in the middle school chess elective or on one of the schools’ chess teams will have access to the site. Training on using the site begins next month.

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Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 00:35


Hundreds of students fill the seats, but the lecture hall stays quiet enough for everyone to hear each cough and crumpling piece of paper. The instructor speaks from a podium for nearly the entire 80 minutes. Most students take notes. Some scan the Internet. A few doze. In a nearby hall, an instructor, Catherine Uvarov, peppers students with questions and presses them to explain and expand on their answers. Every few minutes, she has them solve problems in small groups. Running up and down the aisles, she sticks a microphone in front of a startled face, looking for an answer. Students dare not nod off or show up without doing the reading.

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Report: N.H. virtual school has 12,000 taking classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 00:30


Six years after it launched, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School has more than 12,000 high school students taking at least one class via the online program. New Hampshire Public Radio reported this week that the free program appeals to several kinds of students: Those who are making up classes they failed in a classroom setting so they can graduate with their peers; students looking to graduate early or earn college credits while still in high school; and full-time online learners who thrive in that environment.

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Tablets make great learning tools for kids, but parents should be vigilant

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 00:27

By CAL POWELL, Online Athens

A University of Georgia human development specialist says the introduction of touchscreen tablets into the marketplace represents a technological “game changer” for kids. “The iPad and other tablets are logical: I touch this and something happens,” said Diane Bales, associate professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and UGA Extension specialist. “You’re seeing the connection between the action, and the interface is so easy.” The challenge for parents can be managing their child’s use of the device. “It can be misused,” Bales said. “There are a lot of apps and programs marketed to children that are not very appropriate in terms of being child-directed that aren’t building any deep knowledge.

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2014: One Educator’s Year in Review

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:39

by Vicki Davis, Edutopia

The person who never makes mistakes never makes progress. As we embark on new journeys in 2015, remember that there’s truly nothing new under the sun and learn from what has gone before in 2014. For if we cannot inhale the fresh wind of progress, we will surely asphyxiate in the stale wind of yesterday’s exhale. So here’s my pondering on the stories, conversations, and stats of 2014 that suggest trends in education. I hope you’ll add more about the trends you see.

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Exitticket: Creating Individualized Instruction for Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:35

By Edudemic

When it comes to crafting individualized instruction for your students, ExitTicket tops the class. Tested against other apps in its category, this app emerged as the fullest-featured piece of exit ticket software I’ve seen. Although indispensable for offering individualized instruction, it also offers the additional advantages of being aligned with national Common Core and Science Standards initiatives. After using it over the course of a week for lesson-planning and student assessment, I found that Exitticket’s features and continuity with educational standards create a seamless experience.

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Cuomo Signs Online Learning Bill

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:30

by Post-Journal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law authored by state Sen. Catharine Young, R-C-I-Olean, chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, that will help bring more academic enrichment and opportunities to classrooms across the state. Senate Bill 5509-C calls for the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program. It addresses the need for new technology and teaching systems that will change the classroom experience for students by providing them with access to unique courses and innovative instructional methods. Virtual learning programs include online courses as well as blended learning initiatives that combine both a physical location with online resources. They provide schools with cost-effective opportunities for students to access coursework and educational resources otherwise not available.

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:39

by Dana Mortenson, Edutopia

Over the next generation, whether they work for corporations, small businesses, government organizations, nonprofits, or other organizations, many U.S. employees will move from working primarily with American colleagues, bosses, and customers for American organizations in U.S. cities, to being part of global teams. As leaders, they will use technology to bridge geographic divides, build organizations that transcend borders, and work together with colleagues from around the world on issues such as climate change, food security, and population growth — issues that require multinational teams coming together to effect change. For those whose work is closer to home, the changing demographics of the U.S. will mean that their colleagues, customers, and neighbors may look a lot less like them, and have fewer shared histories than American colleagues, customers, and neighbors have shared in the past.

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Net neutrality important to all Internet users

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:35

By Sean McGarvey, Iowa State Daily

Four million people have submitted their comments to the FCC about net neutrality. Disabling the free and open Internet goes against the founding principles of why it exists—creation and innovation of ideas and organizations that can help further the growth of our society. I believe net neutrality is very important to college students and online learning in general. If this two-tiered system of a fast lane and a slow lane goes into existence, students may not be guaranteed access to necessary information required to gain knowledge in the classroom. It will also be detrimental to distance learning on all levels of education.

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Top 10 Ways iPads Are Key to Teaching Kids With Learning Disabilities

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:30

By Leah Levy, edudemic

By now, saying that “the iPad is a great tool for customizing the classroom” wouldn’t exactly be breaking news. But while this holds true for every student, each of whom learns in their own way, iPads are truly a lifeline for students with learning disabilities and the people who work hand-in-hand with them. For these students, iPads act as a translation, communication, and individualization tool with unrivaled effectiveness. In so doing, these devices reduce frustration, build confidence, and, well, just work in teaching students the skills they need to learn to thrive.

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HEISC Update: 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Priorities

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:43

As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to highlight some of the HEISC (Higher Education Information Security Council) accomplishments this year.

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HEISC Update: 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Priorities

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:43

As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to highlight some of the HEISC (Higher Education Information Security Council) accomplishments this year.

read more

HEISC Update: 2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Priorities

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:43

As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to highlight some of the HEISC (Higher Education Information Security Council) accomplishments this year.

read more

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