Educational Technology

U California, Irvine Extension Debuts Online Courses in Student-Centered Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 00:35

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Extension is offering two new online courses designed to help teachers develop their skills in cognitive and student-centered learning. The courses, “Building Cognitive Curriculum” and “Motivation and Responsibility in the Student-Centered Classroom,” are currently open for registration and will run July 6-September 13. Both courses are requirements for a larger program, “Student-Centered Learning Specialized Studies,” launching in the fall and designed to offer educators insight into classroom practices that can be implemented immediately.

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Online summer classes beneficial to some Horry County Schools students

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 00:29

BY CLAIRE BYUN, the Sun News

For the past six years, Horry County Schools has offered supplemental online courses during the school year and summer to middle and high schoolers, all at no charge to the student. Course offerings include core classes such as Algebra and history, and electives such as journalism and computer programming. Students take the summer online courses to get ahead or make up after falling behind during the school year. Most summer enrollments are middle school students who want to finish their high school computer science credit early, said Edi Cox, executive director of online learning for the district. “Some students just want to get it out of the way so they have time to take other elective courses when they’re actually in high school,” Cox said.

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Creating Engaging Assignments

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 00:39

by L. Lamar Nisly, Sarah Cecire, Melissa Friesen, and Amanda Sensenig, Tomorrow’s Professor

Miller (2011) defined student engagement as “students’ willingness to actively participate in the learning process and to persist despite obstacles and challenges. Indicators of student engagement include class attendance and participation, submission of required work, involvement in the learning environment, and participation in the extra-curricular learning opportunities provided on their campus” (2). Each of the three case studies presented here details an example of course assignments that led to significant engagement by students.

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Teachers’ Perspectives and Practices in Applying Technology to Enhance Learning in the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 00:35

by Tantri Sari Safitry, et al; iJet

The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the classroom activities has become more famous to the teachers over the last decade. This study tries to investigate the teachers’ perspectives and practices toward the use of ICT in their classroom activities. A survey was conducted to collect the data of the research. Using a revised expectancy-value theory called the Technology Implementation Questionnaire (TIQ), a questionnaire was administered among 20 elementary teachers. The findings revealed that there are still teachers who have more than 10 years experiences in teaching but they never got any formal training on using ICT. The lack of proficiency in ICT such as in using software, lack of technical support from the school also make them feel stressed out even though they have positive perspectives in applying ICT in their classroom activities.

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Apple Watch, wearable technology raising cheating fears at universities

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 00:30

by Larissa Garza, Phoenix Business Journal

The Apple Watch is being banned in universities and standardized testing centers worldwide to prevent cheating. The Apple Watch, along with other wearable technology, is forcing a number of universities and colleges to institute bans on the technology to curb potential cheating on exams and tests. While no university in Arizona has instituted such bans on wearable tech, the Chronicle for Higher Education reports that universities in Australia have recently placed restrictions on smart watches. The University of New South Wales also banned wristbands during exams.

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Digital Curriculum Results in Greater Achievement for Boston Public Schools

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:41

PR News Wire

Boston Public Schools (BPS) recently announced a historic milestone with the graduation rate at the highest level in recorded history. Data released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) shows the 2014 four-year graduation rate stands at 66.7 percent, up from 65.9 percent in 2013 and continuing an upward trend since 2006 when that figure was 59 percent. The data also shows the district’s annual dropout rate has dipped to a record low at 3.8 percent. Director of Online and Blended Learning for BPS High Schools, Janice Manfredi, attributes the increase in achievement in part to the use of Apex Learning digital curriculum for the district’s credit recovery program, which targets students most at-risk of dropping out.

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Online Learning with a Social Twist, Launches to Give Teachers Income and Students Knowledge

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:36

by Digital Journal

It’s free to access and free to teach. How did education get so simple? Launched in May with an innovative approach, combines social networking with online learning. Quite literally becoming an ‘information super highway’ the new platform already offers over 75 self-paced courses and an education-based newsfeed. Illuminating students on everything from self-improvement to technology one could ask, what’s in it for the teachers? Answer being, a commission-based payout structure and the satisfaction of working with students hungry to learn.

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More steps toward online school

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:30

by The Virginian-Pilot

Every Virginia student enrolling in high school this fall must take a course online, or part of a course, in order to fulfill state-mandated requirements for graduation. The move, approved three years ago by state lawmakers, was designed to familiarize students with technologies reshaping education, business and every other aspect of contemporary life. Online learning has grown exponentially in the past decade, particularly in higher education, where more and more colleges and universities have embraced the flexibility it allows. And Virtual Virginia, the commonwealth’s online high school program, is poised to recruit as many as 100 students to pilot the state’s first full-time online diploma program.

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