Educational Technology

Digital literacy classes provide necessary education for free Internet in Choctaw Nation

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 00:33

By Miranda Wilcox, Herald Democrat

With great connection comes great responsibility. With the recent launch of ConnectHome free Internet to a majority of homes within the Choctaw Nation, participants will be required to take digital literacy classes this summer to ensure they use the Internet appropriately. As part of President Barack Obama’s Internet initiative, which he announced last summer when he visited Durant, this project is designed to bring free or discounted Internet to 27 U.S. cities and the Choctaw Nation, the only tribal nation that’s participating. ConnectHome Coordinator for the Choctaw Nation Fred Logan has actively been getting HUD residences connected to the worldwide web one by one. In this process, he’s seen firsthand the digital divide that exists with the Choctaws, and how many don’t even know how to use the Internet that’s being given to them.

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MIT Report Calls for Integration of Online Learning Research, Support for ‘Learning Engineers’

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 00:30

by EdSurge

A call to “blend” learning research is included in the report. How will advances in learning science and education technology impact online learning? This question and more are the subject of “Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reform,” a report released by the MIT Online Education Policy Initiative that follows the university’s 2014 report on the Future of Education at MIT. The new report, which targets institutional leaders, policy officials, education researchers, companies and foundations, is the result of discussion by members of the Initiative and an advisory group.

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Survey Shows Schools Hitting Digital Hard

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

A recent survey found that half of school districts believe they’ve completed their 1-to-1 initiatives and the infrastructure required; and almost 4 in 10 (38 percent) are planning to or will definitely “modernize” in the next 12 to 24 months. More districts also have digital content and curriculum strategies in place this year compared to last year — up from 49 percent to 62 percent. Another 33 percent of districts have one under development. More than half of those existing strategies incorporate the use of open educational resources.

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Dremel Rolling Out Next-Generation PLA 3D Printer for Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 00:36

By David Nagel, THE Journal

Dremel has unveiled the Idea Builder 3D40, the latest update to its line of 3D printers. The new model will be available in two versions — a standard retail configuration and a bundle designed specifically for education. The single-extruder, PLA-based 3D40 adds several enhancements over previous Dremel 3D printers, including:

WiFi and Ethernet network printing (in addition to USB printing); A larger build plate (10″ x 6″, supporting a build height of 6.7″, with a layer thickness of as little as 0.1 mm); Active filament monitoring; Assisted print bed leveling; and A “maintenance-free” extruder, according to Dremel.

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8 Skills for Future-Proofed Teachers

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 00:30

By Joe Barnhart, THE Journal

At the University of Montana — Western, we train teachers. So, a new model classroom is not a bad thing, is it? It seems a delightful idea akin to buying a beach-front condo. But the decision about which gadgets those soon-to-be teachers need to be familiar with is less important than the skills they’ll need to help their students thrive. The gadgets will, after all, be ever changing. Linked below are some of those skills any future teacher will need, whether their classroom is equipped with a whiteboard or a TV.

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