Educational Technology

These Six Companies Are Leading The Way In EdTech

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 00:28

by Drew Hendricks, Forbes

After two decades of progress, and after at least eight years of ambitious educational technology (edtech) startups spending fortunes on R&D (and marketing), the sector has finally reached a modicum of maturity. Top edtech companies are getting the attention of large, traditional education companies as well as venture capital firms. Methods used by edtech are being found effective and are generating profit. Given all that, it’s a good time take to a step back and look at who’s currently at the vanguard of edtech.

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This Company May Hold the Secret to the Future of Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 00:40

by Victor Luckerson, Time

Whether people are actually learning new languages effectively with Duolingo is still an open question. von Ahn is careful not to oversell the capabilities of the service. The idea that a piece of software could make a person fluent in a foreign language in mere hours is, in his words, “bull—t.” “If you really want to become perfectly fluent, probably what you need to do is move to that country,” he says. “Learning a language is something that takes years.” Still, he says completing all the lessons in a language course in Duolingo is about the equivalent of taking an intermediate-level language course in college. A study commissioned by the company found that people learned as much taking Duolingo lessons in Spanish for 34 hours as they would in a semester of an introductory college class.

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How MOOCs are flattening corporate training and education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 00:36

By Erin Carson, TechRepublic

The MOOCs trend is bleeding into other segments of learning too. Saba Software is a learning and talent management provider that aids in compliance needs, as well as talent enrichment. According to Nag Chandrashekar, senior product director, when they ask customers what they want in terms of adding to the Saba framework, it’s MOOCs integration. “It’s the most interesting revelation for us in talking to our customers,” he said. Now, Saba hopes to build partnerships that would bring MOOC content into their system so customers can not only access it but keep track of things like certifications as the idea of continuous education gains ground. And apart from big name MOOC platforms, companies are taking the idea and often the structure of this next iteration of online learning, and creating their own MOOCs, both internal and external facing.

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Internet can keep kids excited about learning this summer

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 00:30

by the Spectrum

In summer, keeping kids busy means camp, pool time and outdoor games. But all that sun, fun and physical activity should also be well-balanced with mental exercise. With that in mind, here are several ways kids and parents can use the Internet to focus on education when class is not in session. Nothing beats one-on-one learning time to improve grades and build confidence and yet most kids learn in large groups all school year. Students can get that one-to-one time this summer with online tutoring. Available 24/7 with expert tutors in more than 40 subjects, is a great way to help students brush up on concepts and keep their skills sharp all in a secure online learning environment that is accessible from any computer or mobile device.

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Think Twice Before Cheating in Online Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:10

By Devon Haynie, US News

Instructors can rattle off a number of reasons why online students should think twice about cheating: they learn less, they cheapen their credential and in some cases, they even get caught. Instructors use webcam proctoring, among other methods, to cut down on cheating in online classes. Still, the message falls on deaf ears. “A lot of people cheat a little,” says David Pritchard, a physics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has studied academic dishonesty. “There’s also a few people who cheat a lot.”

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Duolingo offers free language learning while helping to translate the web

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 00:40

By Erin Carson, Tech Republic

Luis von Ahn was bored. “The goal is to make Duolingo the de facto way to learn a language around the world,” he said. Users sign up and pick a language to learn. Whether on a browser, mobile phone, or tablet, they work through a tree of skills, like adjectives, or possessive pronouns, with exercises that include speaking, listening, and translating. A recent study by the City University of New York said that 34 hours spent on Duolingo equaled a semester of a language class. While Gina Gotthilf, head of marketing and international development at Duolingo says that Duolingo is not a substitute for the classroom, there are several reasons why Duolingo is proving effective. For one, Duolingo is managing to keep users engaged. Online learning has a notoriously high dropout rate. About 40-50% of their more than 25 million users are active in the course, which might be due to how game-like the Duolingo format is.

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Sprint Supports ConnectED, Boosts e-Learning Scope

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 00:30

by Zacks Equity Research

Since the launch of the government initiative ConnectED that focuses on expanding online education, telecom service providers have been keen about lending support to this cause. One of the front runners, Sprint Corporation (S – Analyst Report) has already announced its plans in this regard. The company has launched the online ConnectED application and information portal to help educational institutions and school districts in applying and receiving the Sprint Spark high-speed wireless broadband connectivity for up to four years, to further off-campus digital learning opportunities. The initiative will benefit up to 50,000 students across the U.S.

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Hack Your Classroom – Week Seven: Handing the power over to the learners

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:40

by Claire Amos, Teaching and eLearning

Interestingly, when it comes to teachers not really adopting and embracing technology it often isn’t technical skill or lack thereof that is the problem, it is the teachers need to maintain power and control in the classroom. You hear the panic, the running joke that BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Distraction. Well I hate to break it to you, but if the students are distracted by the technology (particularly after the novelty of access to the Internet has worn off) the problem ain’t the technology – quite possibly your/their teaching and the students lack of ownership of their learning is. *lobs grenade and ducks for cover*

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Education, My Career: The digital classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:36

by Kristie Kellahan, Sydney Morning Herald

Dr Marilyn Dunn-Bernstein is helping students and teachers learn through online programs. Significant growth in the tertiary education field is occurring in the online arena, with increasing numbers of students expanding their skills without leaving their house. A recent survey of Open Colleges students found that two-thirds of students surveyed already had jobs while completing their online studies. A third of those surveyed said they were studying in order to make a career change. Online learning appealed because they could study anywhere, any time and at their own pace.

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For women in technology, a little support goes a long way

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 00:32

By Laura Raines, AJC

Tanzania Adams saw few women in her classes while earning her engineering degree at the University of Alabama about 25 years ago. There weren’t many women co-workers at Southern Company either, but she’s seeing the numbers grow and doing what she can to support young women entering science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recently promoted to area manager of Statesboro for Georgia Power Co., Adams is one of the corporate advisory board members of the Women in Technology chapter at Gwinnett Technical College. The group launched last year as part of a pilot program to put WiT chapters at Gwinnett Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University and Spelman College.

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FCC Considering Regulating Municipal Broadband Network Projects

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:08

On June 10, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a blog post encouraging consumer advocacy groups and individuals to file comments on whether or not a Tennessee state law prohibiting municipalities from investing in broadband network projects actually hinders competition and hurts economic growth in their communities. The blog post may be a signal that the agency intends to issue regulations that would allow municipalities to invest in the broadband development projects regardless of any current or future state or local laws to the contrary.

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Circuit Court Issues Decision in HathiTrust Digital Library Case

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:04

On June 10, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit determined in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust that the HathiTrust Digital Library constitutes a “fair use” of copyrights works, largely upholding the 2012 dismissal of the case by the U.S. District Court in New York.  EDUCAUSE filed an amicus brief to the Second Circuit with other higher education associations and issued a policy brief outlining the importance of the case.

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Sloan-C, UPCEA, and WCET Send Letter to ED on State Authorization

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 21:01

In a June 13 letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) set forth their joint stance on the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) proposal on “state authorization for distance learning.” ED is expected to release the regulations based on the proposal for public comment this summer.

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