Educational Technology

New tech offers virtual field trip to an aquarium tank

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 00:29

By Cynthia Sewell, eSchool News

A Boise, Idaho, company is taking armchair adventuring and learning to a new level by letting anyone on the internet take command of a remotely operated underwater vehicle. The LiveDiver device from Reach-In is now installed at the Aquarium of Boise. By logging into the aquarium’s website, users can control a small mini-submarine in the shark and fish tank to get a diver’s perspective of the marine life.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/29/virtual-trip-aquarium-090/

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New analytics could help measure content efficacy

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:40

by eSchool News

New analytics tools from uClass aim to give users a better picture of what instructional materials their teachers are using—and whether these resources are effective.  Learning analytics have become a key feature within many school software programs. These tools can help educators understand trends and patterns in student learning, helping them target their instruction more effectively to improve achievement. Most of these tools focus on analyzing student performance—but what if educators had tools that could measure the effectiveness of the instructional resources they’re using as well? That’s the idea behind new analytics tools developed by an ed-tech company called uClass.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/25/analytics-content-efficacy-283/

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School stakeholders urge FCC to adopt net neutrality

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:35

by eSchool News

An overwhelming majority of comments from education stakeholders pushed for stronger net neutrality rules. Letting broadband companies charge more for content providers to stream their services at faster speeds threatens ed-tech innovation, thousands of school stakeholders argue. The Federal Communications Commission’s latest “net neutrality” proposal has stirred controversy because it would allow companies like Google, Netflix, and Skype to pay extra to ensure faster transmission of their content online. But this proposal threatens the existence of smaller companies that can’t afford to pay these higher rates, many critics say—including ed-tech startups that don’t have the resources of larger, more established competitors.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/26/fcc-net-neutrality-534/

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K-12 students find success in virtual school

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:30

by the Democrat

With more school choices than ever and the evolution of technology, students are redefining their own pathway to a successful K-12 education. More families are building complete, harmonious educational experiences for their children by choosing schools that meet their needs at a point in time – whether the school is traditional brick and mortar, private or charter. Over the past decade, families have added fully online and blended schools to their list of options – making online learning one of the fastest growing forms of education in the U.S. today.

http://www.thedemocrat.com/71932/2368/onlinefeature/474656/education-pathways-k12-students-find-success-in-virtual-school

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'Online Security' Need Not Be an Oxymoron

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:09

Raechelle Clemmons is vice president and chief information officer at St. Norbert College.

[Thanks to Raechelle Clemmons and the Green Bay Press Gazette for allowing EDUCAUSE to republish this column for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. —Editor]

October is right around the corner, and with it comes fall (or is fall here already?) and National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about online security.

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.”

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'Online Security' Need Not Be an Oxymoron

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:09

Raechelle Clemmons is vice president and chief information officer at St. Norbert College.

[Thanks to Raechelle Clemmons and the Green Bay Press Gazette for allowing EDUCAUSE to republish this column for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. —Editor]

October is right around the corner, and with it comes fall (or is fall here already?) and National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about online security.

Now in its 11th year, NCSAM was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.”

read more

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