Educational Technology

Rise of the Teacherpreneur

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:29

By Leah Levy, Edudemic

You’ve heard the term “entrepreneur.” You’ve probably even heard the term “edupreneur.” But do you know what the term “teacherpreneur” means? As you can probably intuit, “teacherpreneurs” are teachers who create their own educational product or service to fix a problem they or they colleagues have encountered in the classroom. This is distinct from an edupreneur, which can be interpreted to mean any entrepreneur working in the education space – teacher or not. There is no doubt that our educational system could benefit from this kind of internal entrepreneurialism – from that creativity, innovation, and lust for change. Ed tech companies, outside think tanks and nonprofits are an important force in creating and fostering these changes. But when innovation begins with educators who not only recognize the issues at hand, but who also have an immediate, textured, nuanced, and concrete firsthand experience with those issues in action, the solutions they develop have the potential to be extremely powerful, comprehensive, and long lasting.

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U.S. Reps. Rokita and Fudge Introduce Legislation to Safeguard Student Education Records under FERPA

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 18:01

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.


(August 3, 2015) On July 22, Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157), which would update student privacy safeguards under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA (the federal law that governs institutional management and disclosure of student education records).

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Pitching the Next Big Idea in Higher Ed

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 16:37

Imagine standing before a room full of your peers and colleagues – many, if not all, of whom have a vested interest in what you’re about to say. Your project team is armed with slides, possibly containing videos or role-playing scenarios.

You have five minutes to introduce your project and to convince the audience that your idea to impact higher ed is a viable one. The clock is ticking.

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What Google’s virtual field trips look like in the classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:39

By Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News

Google Expeditions are field trips with a virtual reality twist – google-expeditions. Last spring, Hector Camacho guided his high school economics class on comprehensive tours of the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve banks, and the Treasury Building. Students swept their eyes up countless Neoclassical columns before heading inside for a detailed look — all without leaving the library of their Mountain View, California school. The catch? Students were plugged into Google’s latest virtual reality creation — Expeditions, which creates immersive, 360-degree tours out of a cardboard viewer and a smartphone.

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Growth of a combined high school, community college program

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:33

by Associated Press

More students flock to program that allows for simultaenous high school diploma, associate’s degree college-diploma. A River Parishes Community College (La.) program that lets students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree will have its largest freshman class yet when school begins Aug. 10. The Advocate reports more than 100 ninth-graders have enrolled in what’s called the Early College Option program, a partnership of the community college and the Ascension Parish school district.

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University gives students mobile personal assistants

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:30

By Andrew Barbour, eSchool News

Texas A&M at Galveston hopes a new personal assistant app will help students manage their time more effectively, engage more fully with the campus community—and stay in school. Many freshmen find the freedom—and responsibilities—of college overwhelming. Loosed from tightly scheduled lives overseen by hovering parents, they lack the ability to manage their own time and can struggle as a result. Nationwide, about a third of college freshmen drop out every year. Texas A&M at Galveston is hoping that a new mobile app will help address the problem by serving as a personal smart assistant for its students.

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Texas College Tries ‘Drop-in’ AV Setup in Collaborative Space

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A Texas college is trying out a “drop-in” audiovisual setup in a collaborative classroom. Lone Star College’s Tomball campus has added technology from TEKVOX that allows small student groups to work together and share their computer screens. The classroom has four student “huddle pods,” each outfitted with the company’s 4K Quadview technology, which enables interactive collaboration for up to six participants tiled onto a single display or shifted to a single high-definition resolution. The pods are integrated with a podium.

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High-tech summer school

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 00:35

By Lois Ann Baker, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

As with everything, even the face of summer school is changing. Gone are the days when those students unlucky enough to not quite make the grade have to give up part of their summer, stuck in a classroom in summer school. Classes are still offered, but thanks to modern technology, classes offered in the summer semester are done online. Tim Mills, superintendent of education for Upper Canada District School Board, said this is the first year they have not have any stand-up model, face-to-face classrooms. “The numbers dwindled over the years and really made it difficult to run a quality program,” said Mills. “The numbers were so low.” Mills said they are not the only school board offering online classes.

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Learning to cope with work in future

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 00:30

by Diana Clement, NZ Herald

‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,” wrote Alvin Toffler. His predictions are coming true as the very nature of work is changing before our eyes. Technology is disrupting a wide range of professions and the workforce is likely to look very different by the time most workers today hang up their briefcases for the last time. We could even find ourselves sending our avatars or holograms to the office instead of ourselves, says AUT professor Tim Bentley, who heads up AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute.

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Homeschool and online programs becoming a popular way to educate

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 00:38

By ARRIEL VINSON, Indianpolis Recorder

In 2012, 1,773 school-aged students were being homeschooled, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. This was an increase from 2003, with 1,096 homeschooled students and 2007, with 1,520 home-schooled students. Some parents prefer their children not attend public or private schools, in fear of their child not learning at a quick enough pace, falling behind or maybe even being bullied. For these parents, homeschooling was an option they were willing to explore. Online programs and schools are growing in Indianapolis. Some programs are more online-based, while other programs have a blended-learning approach, using online and in-person courses to teach students. Following is a list of online programs in Indianapolis.

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MIT looks to stay in vanguard of digital education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 00:35

By Nick Anderson, Washington Post

One way to find the future of higher education is to track the brainstormers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who often seem to be a step ahead of the pack. So it matters when L. Rafael Reif, the MIT president, says that an idea for digital innovation is “on the table.” Reif, in a recent visit with The Washington Post, said the institute is pondering whether to launch new online education programs that would generate revenue. “All this is on the table,” he said, “and we’re exploring it.” Such programs, Reif said, could help subsidize the operation of the campus in Cambridge. “Yes, of course,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it.” Reif, a fervent believer in residential education as well as online innovation, said he is continually looking to generate revenue that can “support the mother ship.” Exactly what form these online programs would take remains to be seen.

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MIT Offering Free Poker Class Online

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 00:30

by Ed Scimia, Cards Chat

If you want to improve your poker game, there is an endless supply of books, videos, forums and online streams out there that can help you take your skills to a new level. But few of them have the kind of clout that comes from a class offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The new course, known as Poker Theory and Analytics, is taught by Kevin Desmond. Over the course of eight video lectures, viewers are introduced first to the basic strategies of poker and then to more complex decision making skills. As a graduate-level course, the material can get pretty advanced at times, but there’s plenty of guidance to help you follow along.

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