Educational Technology

Forming “Teams” or “Discussion Groups” to Facilitate Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:34

by Todd Zakrajsek, Teaching Professor

Learning is enhanced when the material to be learned is thought about deeply and also when related material is retrieved from memory and associated with the new material. When students have an opportunity to work together to learn course content, particularly when applying that material to a new challenge, both deep thinking and retrieval of associated materials are realized. Active and collaborative learning are regularly discussed in the literature, and when done well few debate their value in terms of impact on student learning (1, 2). Although some students resist anything that even resembles group work, most students understand the value of working in teams or in discussion groups. Responses from students indicate that they learn when they “reflect, dialogue, question, write, summarize, and create their own knowledge” (3).

http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/enewsletter.php?msgno=1315

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Is OLPC Dead or Alive?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:30

By Christopher Piehler, THE Journal

Eight years ago, One Laptop Per Child started on its quest to provide computers to the developing world. This Tuesday, OLPC News posted an article called “Goodbye One Laptop Per Child.” In it, author Wayan Vota wrote, “With the hardware now long past its life expectancy, spare parts hard to find, and zero support from the One Laptop Per Child organization, its time to face reality. The XO-1 laptop is history. Sadly, so is Sugar. Once the flagship of OLPC’s creativity in redrawing the human-computer interaction, few are coding for it and new XO variants are mostly Android/Gnome+Fedora dual boots…. OLPC is dead.” On Wednesday, Giulia D’Amico, Vice President of Business Development for the OLPC Association, the Miami-based group focused on XO sales, responded that “OLPC’s mission to empower the world’s children through education is far from over.” As evidence of this, she pointed to a recent strategic alliance with the Zamora Teran family to deliver XO laptops to Central America, South America and Africa.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/03/14/whats-new-with-olpc.aspx

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Do we still need school buildings?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:29

by John Eggers, Bemidji Pioneer

Schools as we know them today will no longer exist in 2114. School buildings are still constructed today, but before long, one of the questions that communities should begin to ask is “Do we still need a school building?” As you know, it is now possible to get a high school diploma by attending a virtual high school where everything is online. Colleges and universities have been operating “schools” without campuses for many years and more and more classes are being offered online every year. Online learning is big business. At one time, our college campuses were filled with meandering summer school students but today’s campuses are pretty quiet.

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/john-eggers-do-we-still-need-school-buildings

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Quick Takes - Cybersecurity Updates

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:33

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Integrated Task Force has been disbanded after completing the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). Remaining functions of the task force were transitioned to their DHS components. The task force was originally created to raise security and resilience among the nation's critical infrastructure operators and owners. The plan outlines how government and critical infrastructure owners in the private sector can work together to manage cyber risks and secure critical infrastructure. 

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Technology Leadership Evolved

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:35

By David Raths, THE Journal

Four K-12 technology leaders explain how they’re changing the way they work with educators to meet the new demands of 21st century schools. They also offer up some of their trade secrets for building consensus, overcoming poor morale and generally keeping the peace between IT and academic staff. Years ago, typical K-12 IT leaders came up through the administrative ranks and focused on keeping computers and business applications running. Whether they were called CTOs or CIOs, they had compartmentalized skill sets that tended to favor technology over teaching. In 2014, however, the role of chief information officer or chief technology officer is just as likely to go to a former teacher or principal with an interest in finding new ways to harness technology to collaborate with curriculum and assessment leaders.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/03/13/technology-leadership-evolved.aspx

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The 64-Bit Mobile Processor Race Is On

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:33

By David Nagel, THE Journal

Tablet and smart phone processors will increasingly shift toward 64-bit architectures, though it will be a few years before these chips power the majority of devices. The shift is being driven, at least in part, by Apple’s rollout of its 64-bit A7 processor, according to market research firm ABI Research. According to a new report released this week by ABI, “Intel, Marvell, MediaTek, Qualcomm and Nvidia all announced their first 64-bit mobile processors at Mobile World Congress this year but 64-bit-compliant smartphones are unlikely to hit the market before the release of the next Android update, expected in the second half of the year. By the end of 2014, ABI Research expects shipments of 64-bit mobile processors to exceed 182 million, of which only 20 percent will power Android devices.”

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/03/12/the-64-bit-mobile-processor-race-is-on.aspx

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FLN Shares its Four Pillars of Flipped Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:30

By Christopher Piehler, THE Journal

The FLN definition of Flipped Learning is the following: “Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.” Along with the definition, FLN announced its Four Pillars of F-L-I-P and a checklist of 11 supporting indicators for educators. Jon Bergmann, coauthor of Flip Your Classroom and secretary/treasurer of the FLN, said of the checklist, “Educators can use it as a frame of reference because it demonstrates what effective Flipped Learning looks like. It’s a baseline — or roadmap — containing the principles of Flipped Learning.”

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/03/12/fln-announces-formal-definition-and-four-pillars.aspx

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