Educational Technology

10 privacy steps for every district

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:40

By Keith Krueger, eSchool News

It would be hard to name an issue that has taken the education technology world by storm as has student data privacy over the past year. To address this issue, CoSN published our Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning toolkit in March to help districts navigate FERPA (Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). During the 2014-2015 school year, the Toolkit will be expanded to include additional information on the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule–rounding out the four federal privacy laws relevant to schools.

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Why You Should Be Using Video In Your Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:30

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Using video in the classroom has come a long way from a TV and VCR on a cart to watch a movie during class (The standard about ten gazillion years ago when I was a student). There are a ton of different ways you can employ video in your classroom, from video feedback to educational videos about specific topics, there is a lot of possibility out there. Even if you know that this way and that are options for including video in your classroom, you might still be wondering why you should be using video in the first place. The handy infographic below takes a look at reasons why video is a great form of engagement

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:29

by Judy Willis, Edutopia

Right now, you have students. Eventually, those students will become the citizens — employers, employees, professionals, educators, and caretakers of our planet in 21st century. Beyond mastery of standards, what can you do to help prepare them? What can you promote to be sure they are equipped with the skill sets they will need to take on challenges and opportunities that we can’t yet even imagine? Following are six tips to guide you in preparing your students for what they’re likely to face in the years and decades to come.

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Teenagers Seek Out Online Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:40

by Larry Press, A New Domain

As you can see, more than 40 percent of incoming freshman UCLA polled had been frequently or occasionally assigned an online course in the past year. More shocking (to me, anyway) was that roughly 70 percent had sought out an online course on their own. Looking more closely at the information, it is clear public school students had slightly more experience with online courses than those enrolling in private colleges. This makes some sense, as public institutions tend to offer more online courses in their own curriculum. The most fascinating part of this poll for me was that incoming freshman to historically black institutions of learning were much more prone to having engaged with online courses than any other freshman group, whether it was assigned or not.

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Personalizing Instruction With 1-to-1 and Blended Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:35

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

Rich Boettner is the chief technology officer at Hilliard City Schools (OH). Here, he details how his district started with a technology task force and ended up using 1-to-1 computing to facilitate blended learning. This past school year, we created a technology task force to figure out where we should be going. The result was to move forward with a 1-to-1 initiative. But what we heard the loudest was that unless you have a strong vision of what you’re trying accomplish, just buying devices is not going to be a fruitful endeavor. So working with a committee of staff, teachers and principals, we outlined a vision for blended learning as a component of this project.

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Pequea Valley considers letting students supplement high school with online courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 00:30

by CINDY HUMMEL, Lancaster Online

The Pequea Valley School District Board of Directors has reviewed proposed updates to the school’s graduation requirements, including one that would let students add online classes to their course load. Board members discussed a new draft of a policy on graduation requirements which included how online courses would be accepted for graduation credits. Under the proposed changes, high school students could take approved online courses from institutions other than Pequea Valley at their own expense, according to director of curriculum and development Rich Eby.

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Don't Bore Me with Your Presentation, Inform Me

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 18:01

Randall Alberts

Randall Alberts is assistant director, Project Management, Ringling College of Art and Design.

We have all been to presentations in the office, or even at conferences, where we feel as if the speaker is as soothing as a nice warm glass of milk or a fuzzy blanket. The hardest part of being in such an audience is staying awake. If the audience is fighting the sandman to listen to a presentation, then no one is really listening. The people listening to you when you give a presentation are there for a reason: either to learn something new or because they were required to be there by management. Regardless of the reason for their attendance, your job is to give them information they can use.

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Schools grapple with data privacy

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:40

by eSchool News

As school leaders turn to software companies for help in collecting and storing student data in the cloud, privacy advocates worry about what will happen to the information—and whether it might be used for marketing purposes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act governs the use and disclosure of students’ personal information, but it can only penalize schools for non-compliance. The law doesn’t include any direct authority over software providers—which is one reason many policy makers think it’s time to update FERPA for the digital age.

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What Will eLearning Look Like In 2075?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:38

By dana.rosen, Edudemic

In just a few years, nearly half of all college classes may be elearning-based. Similarly, over 40% of the global Fortune 500 companies use some form of educational technology to train employees (ELearning Magazine, 2013). So where is all of this going? If we place ourselves in the perspective of the 16th century learners, what could emerge that may not possible be able to imagine today? Futuristic elearning will probably involve technologies and platforms that derive from current trends. In this section I will outline some of the recently popular and emerging trends, which could easily develop into exciting, advanced, and helpful learning models.

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Online MBA courses ‘no longer second-rate’

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:30

By G. Anandalingam, Telegraph

It used to be that online courses were considered second rate; perhaps because the top ranking institutions stayed aloof from the market for so long.  But that’s all changed: with some of the world’s best business schools now offering online MBA programmes (among others) the stigma is gone and, in terms of student experience, online technology’s fast pace of development means student experience has improved enormously. As with almost anything based around technology, it’s a process of continuous improvement: the way universities and students use technology is always evolving, making now a very exciting time to be working and studying in this area.

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