Educational Technology

How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:30

By Ann Elliott, Edudemic

Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Linked below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom.

http://www.edudemic.com/how-classroom-project-infographic/

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Stephen Colbert on Dreams

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 07:00

Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of South Carolina

The satirist Stephen Colbert is a popular commencement speaker. He’s a funny guy, and his speeches draw lots of laughs, just as we would expect. But commencement tradition also demands that the speaker dispense advice to the graduates. So, what wisdom does Colbert offer to the next generation of leaders seated before him?

Follow your dreams.

Service is love made visible.

Life is an improv.

We’ll explore Colbert’s observations about service and improvisation (improv) in later blog posts. Today, let’s look a little more closely at what he says about “Follow your dreams.”

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Stephen Colbert on Dreams

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 07:00

Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of South Carolina

The satirist Stephen Colbert is a popular commencement speaker. He’s a funny guy, and his speeches draw lots of laughs, just as we would expect. But commencement tradition also demands that the speaker dispense advice to the graduates. So, what wisdom does Colbert offer to the next generation of leaders seated before him?

Follow your dreams.

Service is love made visible.

Life is an improv.

We’ll explore Colbert’s observations about service and improvisation (improv) in later blog posts. Today, let’s look a little more closely at what he says about “Follow your dreams.”

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Blended Learning: It’s Not the Tech, It’s How the Tech is Used

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:39

by Preston Smith, Huffington Post

Since the 1970s we’ve known of Moore’s Law, which states the processing power of computers will double every two years. Forty years later, computers are presumably a million times more powerful. The education world is finally beginning to harness this power, taking us far beyond the origins of computer labs where students clicked away at the Oregon Trail and practiced word processing. Finally, we’re starting to reach a point where adaptive online programs engage students with rigorous academic content at their exact level while providing teachers with detailed data, allowing us to better group students and meet their unique needs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/preston-smith-/blended-learning-its-not-_b_6165398.html

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Online gym class offered for Rock Bridge and Hickman High School students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:35

BY MEGAN BEDFORD, Columbia Missourian

High school students in Columbia can now take gym class from their computers. Columbia Public Schools is allowing high schoolers to take physical education online through a program called Online PE, said Christi Hopper, one of the district’s physical education and health coordinators. With an online physical education class, students check out fitness kits that include a stability ball, a heart rate monitor, a resistance band, jump ropes and dumbbells. Based on a video they watch, students follow an exercise regimen while using the heart rate monitor. They videotape themselves doing stretches, lifts with weights and other aerobic workouts and then post the videos online for their teachers to view and grade.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/181747/online-gym-class-offered-for-rock-bridge-and-hickman-high-school-students/

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How to get more girls to code: Use Frozen’s Elsa

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:30

by Laura Mandaro, USA Today

If you want to lure young girls into computer coding, go straight to the heart — which these days is likely to inhabit the magical snowy landscape of Frozen. Code.org announced Wednesday that it had teamed up with Disney Interactive on a tutorial that lets young programmers help Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa make ice fractals and skating patterns using basic coding skills.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/11/19/disney-codeorg-frozen-girls-computer-programming/19260097/

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The average undergrad getting an online degree is older

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 00:39

by MARLENE HABIB, The Globe and Mail

As Jason Nixon watches his twin seven-year-olds kick their way through karate class, the dad, husband, politician and champion for the homeless can often be seen booting up his computer – to work toward earning his bachelor of commerce degree through Alberta’s Athabasca University. At 34, Mr. Nixon possesses many of the traits of the typical Canadian taking an undergrad program online – he’s older than the average early-20s student attending university in person, has been working for years, and has a growing family.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/the-average-undergrad-getting-an-online-degree-is-older/article21627226/

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Clare-Gladwin RESD offers online learning option

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 00:36

By the Midland Daily News

Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District recently unveiled the Middle Michigan Regional Online Collaborative (MROC), offering students in grades 9-12 with an online learning option. The program gives high school students in Beaverton, Bullock Creek, Clare, Coleman, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison school districts the opportunity to take up to two high school courses online each semester. Unlike a traditional online education experience, MROC provides multiple systems of support to help ensure student success. MROC courses are taught by a teacher from a local participating school district who is qualified a specific subject area.

http://www.ourmidland.com/news/clare-gladwin-resd-offers-online-learning-option/article_0cf7dd90-4e0b-502b-ad15-f9d95080ab6a.html

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All-girls academy activates online classes instead of snow day

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 00:30

By Cedra Mayfield, WAVE 3

While November 17 marked the first snow day of the season for many schools throughout Kentuckiana, for Mercy Academy students and staff it proved to be a day in rather than a day off.As her younger brother sat and watched television Monday morning, Kayla Fitzgerald, 16, kept her eyes glued to her iPad. “It’s basically like Facebook for school,” said Kayla, a sophomore at Mercy Academy in Louisville. “This is a rubric that our teacher sent us of a project that we were going to do in class today.” Unlike many other school districts that opted to cancel classes after the season’s first snow, Mercy Academy leaders decided to promote productivity by holding classes online Monday.

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/27412903/all-girls-academy-activates-online-classes-instead-of-snow-day

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Learning Tech Poses “Real Threat” To Vulnerable Business Schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:40

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs poses a “real threat” to business schools and could replace some classroom teachers. Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs, or massive open online courses, pose a “real threat” to business schools and could “replace a large number of classroom instructors”. The professors also envisaged a scenario in which the “fundamental architecture of the business school could crumble” in the face of wide-scale adoption of distance learning technology. In comments that echo their research earlier this year which forecast that two-thirds of MBA professors could be sacked due to the emergence of Mooc tech, Wharton School professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich say business schools and faculty are “clearly vulnerable”.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2916/learning-tech-poses-real-threat-to-vulnerable-business-schools

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Pi Top is a chunky open source laptop to teach you about coding

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:30

by Nick Echavarria, BackerJack

The mission behind Pi-Top is simple: focus on teaching people how to create and code great hardware. Initially, the open source laptop is shipped in pieces: a 13.3″ HD LCD monitor, various PCBs, keyboard, trackpad, Wi-Fi adapter, wiring, battery, and a Raspberry Pi to control it all. Instructions are included to lead users in the Pi-Top’s construction, and serve as an introductory lesson to everything the Pi-Top does. Afterwards, it functions as a laptop dedicated to teaching the skills necessary to transform a pure novice into someone who can design printed circuit boards, 3D print, and code anything they’d want using free online lessons direct from the company. In addition, the Raspberry Pi’s HAT specification allows small add-on boards to add functionality, a consideration Pi-Top was built with.

http://www.backerjack.com/pi-top-is-a-chunky-open-source-laptop-to-teach-you-about-coding/

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The 10 Best Apps for Online Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:29

By gearfuse, Before It’s News

Technology has become an integral part of the student experience. There’s no shortage of apps to help students organize their schedules, stay on track with homework, and pay the bills on a tight budget. Students taking online or distance courses have additional needs that can also be assisted with today’s best apps. Take a look at these options, most of which are free to download.

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2014/11/the-10-best-apps-for-online-students-2732414.html

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