Educational Technology

Why Online Certifications Are Key To Professional Success

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 00:35

by Tomas Laurinavicius, Huffington Post

Simply put, online certifications deliver incredible returns for the investment, both in terms of time and resources. While a college or university degree takes three to five years to finish, online certification programs run for no longer than a few weeks or a couple of months, depending on the field of study. Increased employer recognition and the tangible benefits that follow from having a certification to your name have made this a popular choice for professionals around the world. According to Upwork, 54 million people did freelance work in 2015, with the number as high as 75 million in 2016. That’s 24% of the population of the United States! The pull of a freer lifestyle and flexible working hours have been the main reasons an increasing number of professionals are opting for freelance careers.

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Social divide stays in online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 00:29

By Sean Coughlan, BBC

The debate about access to computers should move to how they are used, says OECD research. There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD. The economics think tank found that in many countries wealthy and poor pupils spent similar amounts of time online. But richer youngsters were much more likely to use the internet for learning rather than games. The study argues that even with equal access to technology a “digital divide” persists in how the internet is used. The OECD report, based on data from more than 40 countries mostly in Europe, Asia and South America, looked at how teenagers used online technology at home. Access to the internet and digital technology are seen as important to educational achievement.

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Student bandwidth demands create cost, access concern for campuses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 00:40

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Colleges nationwide seek ways to monitor, pay for campus bandwidth as demand increases among students for streaming services. Cornell University has adopted an overage fee system for students who exceed a 150GB monthly bandwidth allowance. Blocking streaming capacity could make a difference in recruiting, as many students consider wireless access a key factor in their college choice, according to a recent survey.

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California community colleges get $5M to boost OER access

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 00:35

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently gave $5 million to the state’s community colleges to expand open-source textbook development for the system’s 2.1 million students. The funding calls for development and marketing of open-source textbook options for use in other state higher education systems and beyond. The model follows a pilot program launched among Virginia community colleges, which has saved students more than $3 million.

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Flaws in wireless keyboards let hackers snoop on everything you type

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 00:30

by Zack Whittaker, ZD Net

Your wireless keyboard is giving up your secrets — literally. With an antenna and wireless dongle worth a few bucks, and a few lines of Python code, a hacker can passively and covertly record everything you type on your wireless keyboard from hundreds of feet away. Usernames, passwords, credit card data, your manuscript or company’s balance sheet — whatever you’re working on at the time. It’s an attack that can’t be easily prevented, and one that almost nobody thought of — except the security researchers who found it. Security firm Bastille calls it “KeySniffer,” a set of vulnerabilities in common, low-cost wireless keyboards that can allow a hacker to eavesdrop from a distance.

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