Educational Technology

Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 00:30

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

Brad Sandman and Tanya Jenkins both work at Suitable Technologies, based in Palo Alto. The company makes Beam, a mobile videoconferencing device that can be operated remotely with a computer or a phone. The Sandmans spoke with their company and convinced them to let Naya indefinitely lease the Beam+. Within a couple of weeks, Naya was virtually attending classes through Beam, even socializing with her friends, while she was lying in the hospital or at home in San Carlos, getting treatment or recovering. “I think it’s pretty cool,” she said. “I feel it’s more high tech. I feel really lucky to be in the Bay Area because of stuff like this.”

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UMD’s virtual reality students show off final projects

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 00:40

by eCampus News

Universities are expanding virtual reality course offerings as the technology expands. For 29 students at the University of Maryland, the Spring 2016 semester ended with a virtual walk in the desert and junkyard demolition derby and a digital waterfall created from tweets. The undergraduate and graduate students were part of the university’s first class in virtual reality, the exploding immersive technology that is expected to generate more than $1 billion in sales this year. Students spent the semester learning the technical aspects of virtual reality and augmented reality.

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New trend sees higher ed bootcamps go 2.0

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 00:36


Coding bootcamps are step one, new 12-week data science bootcamps from accredited parties are step two. It seems that coding bootcamps are so 2015. For students eager to get into a burgeoning field that pays well, data science bootcamps promise to be the new oases amidst hiring deserts. Starting this summer and continuing throughout the fall, third-party hosts, such as Metis and NYC Data Science Academy (NYCDSA), are offering 12-week programs in data science for students that have some beginner’s knowledge of coding and/or statistics. The impetus behind these trending data science bootcamps, say creators, is largely due to reports from career research websites, like Glassdoor, which say positions in data science fields not only aren’t getting filled—leading employers to offer high-paying salaries—but will only increase in number of positions available in the future, providing stability within the field.

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Harvard Grad School of Ed Holds Online Data Wise Institute

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 00:30

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

The Harvard Graduate School of Education has introduced an online version of its Data Wise Leadership Institute. The Data Wise Leadership Institute is a week-long intensive program that teaches the 8-step Data Wise Improvement Process for using data from standardized tests, student work, teacher observations and other sources with the goal of improving classroom instruction and, ideally, student outcomes. The institute first launched 10 years ago, and is now available online. The online institute has lower tuition than the on-campus program and eliminates additional airfare and lodging costs.

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