Are Students Too Hooked on Calculators?

Feb 26 1:56pm MiddleWeb
Math teacher Michelle Russell is rethinking her open-use policy toward calculators in her classroom. Is ready access hindering students' grasp of the fundamentals? She's decided to be more intentional about timing and helping her students recognize reasonable answers.
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How I Unconference in My Project-based Class

Feb 26 11:49am MiddleWeb
Traditional conferencing isn't a good fit for Amber Chandler's project-based classroom. She uses a version of unconferencing that provides flexible student support, with help available from both teacher and classmates. A detailed example explains the process.
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Easily Creating Explainer Videos

Feb 26 10:13am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Add MySimpleShow to your list of amazing resources for creating short but powerful videos for the classroom or professional learning. The post Easily Creating Explainer Videos appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Could digital cadavers revolutionize med school administration?

Feb 25 7:38pm Educational Technology
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive A growing number of medical schools are using virtual reality to train students on vital surgical procedures, a new wave of teaching and learning that could reshape the way medical schools operate and the expenses it creates for students. Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Ed profiles the University of Illinois at [...]...
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Free computer class for people with developmental disabilities

Feb 25 7:34pm Educational Technology
by KVAL A new computer class in Lane County is bridging the digital divide for people with developmental disabilities. Less than half of people with disabilities have access to the Internet, according to the Arc of Lane County, an organization that offers services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Angela Phinney, Director of [...]...
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Florida Virtual School model shows online learning can be engaging

Feb 25 7:29pm Educational Technology
by Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive The eSchool Media and Xirrus Innovate to Educate awards program has identified the Florida Virtual School as a community winner for its strategy engaging elementary students in the online learning environment. According to eSchool News, the ClassTime model uses live video lessons to get students and teachers interacting online twice [...]...
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New report bodes well for e-learning

Feb 25 7:09pm Online Learning Update
by Brett Henebery, Learning and Development Professional Melbourne-based course comparison start-up, ​training.com.au,​ recently surveyed over 3,000 people to gain a better understanding of what motivated them to consider further study and the role of technology in the delivery of courses. “Since there are so many online courses now on offer, and readily accessible, people are giving [...]...
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Check out Steppingstone Scholars new online course for low-income students applying to college

Feb 25 7:06pm Online Learning Update
by Generosity.org The nonprofit, which provides academic enrichment programs for minority and low-income students, collaborated with Penn to launch the course on Coursera. Steppingstone Scholars, the nonprofit established in 1999 to provide academic enrichment programs for minority and low-income students, believes first-generation and low-income students have particular difficulties navigating both the college search and admission processes. [...]...
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Ask 4 Questions About Accessing Online Courses on Mobile

Feb 25 7:02pm Online Learning Update
By Jordan Friedman, US News Want to take online courses on your smartphone or tablet? In many programs, you can. For online learners constantly on the go, being able to access courses on mobile devices is important. Many online degree programs offer students mobile apps with most of the same capabilities as the virtual classrooms on [...]...
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Must-Have iPad Apps for Content Creation

Feb 25 9:37am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Make these free iPad apps available to your students for whenever they need to showcase their learning. They're perfect for content creation. The post Must-Have iPad Apps for Content Creation appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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The Week in Review - Back from Vacation

Feb 25 8:00am Free Technology for Teachers
Good morning from Maine where I am back to work after my annual ice-fishing vacation on Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, Maine. While it wasn't the best fishing we've ever had, we still had a great time unplugging and relaxing. This year I was even captured some great footage of bald eagles circling over our heads.If you were on vacation this week too, I hope that you had an equally good break. And for everyone else, I hope you have a great weekend.Here are this week's most popular posts:1. The Things I Wish Every Teacher Knew About Technology... 2. Get a Free Presidential Timeline Poster for Your Classroom 3. Nudge - Interactive Algebra Lessons on iPads and Android Tablets4. Pattern Matcher Helps Students Prepare for ACT and SAT 5. 10 Ideas for Using Comics In Your Classroom6. Simple, Effective Search Challenge Lessons 7. Padlet Now Has Desktop and Mobile NotificationsJoin me this summer for...
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Career guidance for grandson Paul

Feb 25 6:50am Blue Skunk Blog
I personally think there's going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering, he said. When the data is all being spit out for you for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data. In particular, experts in philosophy or foreign languages will ultimately command the most interest from employers in the next decade, Cuban said. Mark Cuban Says This Will Be the No.1 Job Skill in 10 Years Money, February 20, 2017 Dear Paul, As a high school sophomore, I'm glad you are actively looking at colleges and considering your future career options. A dual major of Chinese and engineering sounds like real winner to me. Anytime you have skills and expertise in two possibly overlapping areas, your value to an organization increases dramatically...
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All About Bison

Feb 25 6:30am Free Technology for Teachers
There is a chilling scene in Dances With Wolves in which Kevin Costner's character and the Lakota Indians come over a hill to see hundreds of bison carcasses left to rot on the plains. I have, on occasion, shown that scene to students. It's a good illustration of what Americans did to the bison herds that once roamed the west. It is remarkable how bison populations have rebounded from near extinction. This topic is covered briefly in a recent SciShow Kids video titled Meet the American Bison.Meet the American Bison does a fine job of showing younger students basic facts about bison. If you look carefully, you'll also notice that it does a great job of modeling how to cite the sources of images used in a video.Older students who want to learn about bison should turn to the resources available on the Yellowstone National Park website. Those resources include the following video about the c...
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10 reasons why blended learning is exploding

Feb 24 7:37pm Educational Technology
BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News Infographic delves into recent education trend data to explain why blended learning is taking off. Blended learning, like many other buzzwords in education, is getting thrown around in ed-tech conversations as one of the hottest trends taking over course instruction and luring prospective students to colleges. But just like the current [...]...
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How universities are leveraging online video technology for no-boundaries learning

Feb 24 7:32pm Educational Technology
BY GARY WEIS, eCampus News In the wake of the travel ban, here’s how video can help support global learning for students interested in curricula from U.S. institutions. One of the reasons online learning is so successful is because it is powerful enough to bridge time and distance, allowing colleges and universities to share education across [...]...
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Whats Stopping Education IoT?

Feb 24 7:30pm Educational Technology
BY TOM RUFF, eCampus News College and University campuses could greatly benefit from the Internet of Things, so why is adoption in higher ed lagging? The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices is on a steady rise. Analysts predict that from now through 2020, the number of connected “things” will grow from 13.5 billion [...]...
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Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion?

Feb 24 7:11pm Online Learning Update
BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News New infographic details the causes of, and advice for, the incredible growth of college and university edtech spending over the next three years. According to recent research, edtech spending is on the rise, with an estimated $252 billion to be spent by colleges and universities on campus edtech by 2020. [...]...
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Should Online Courses Go Through Beta Testing? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers

Feb 24 7:05pm Online Learning Update
By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge Wesley Engers has an unusual hobby: beta testing online courses from well-known colleges and universities. He doesn’t get paid, but he helps improve the quality of courses by catching mistakes in quizzes and pointing out befuddling bits of video lectures, which can then be clarified before professors release the course to [...]...
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Synthesis and Reactions to the 2017 NMC Horizon Report

Feb 24 7:02pm Online Learning Update
By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed Trying to convince non-edtech academics to read and engage with this report. You don’t have time to read a 56 page report. Almost nothing that I could say could convince you to download, print, and devote a solid hour to the 2017 NMC Horizon Report. But maybe I can [...]...
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Quill Connect Helps Students Understand Sentence Structure

Feb 24 6:42pm Free Technology for Teachers
Quill Connect is a new feature on the Quill writing lesson platform. Quill Connect presents to students a collection of short sentences that they then have to combine to create a new sentence with the same meaning. Quill Connect also gives students run-on sentences that they need to correct. Students receive immediate feedback upon completion of each Quill Connect activity. Try a Quill Connect activity here.A short demonstration of the Quill Connect feature is included in the video embedded below. There are three other activity categories within Quill. Those activities are Quill Proofreader, Quill Grammar, and Quill Writer. In Quill Proofreader students are shown students passages that have grammatical errors placed in them. Students have to identify and correct the errors in the passages that they read. Quill Grammar requires students to complete short exercises in w...
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Two More ClassTools Templates for Showing Content Connections

Feb 24 6:09pm Free Technology for Teachers
Last week I shared the Hexagon Learning Template offered by ClassTools.net. That template is great for helping students make connections between topics in a subject area. The Hexagon template is not the only one of that style that you'll find on ClassTools.net. The Diamond 9 template and the Jigsaw template will also help students make connections between topics.The Diamond 9 template has students write text into nine boxes that form a diamond shape. Students have to sort the boxes into order of importance and connection to ideas in other boxes. A space is provided for students to write a justification for placement of each box.The Jigsaw template has students write keywords or phrases into jigsaw pieces. Students then arrange the pieces to show the connections between the keywords in the those pieces. Students can color code each piece in their puzzles.Applications for EducationThe Hexa...
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TinyTap Handbook - Tutorials for Making Interactive iPad Activities

Feb 24 5:22pm Free Technology for Teachers
TinyTap is a great tool for creating interactive, educational activities that your students can play on their iPads, on their Android tablets, or on their laptops. I have recommended TinyTap to at least five people in the last week. If you're looking for a way to create iPad games, TinyTap is the first tool that I'd try. To get started, take a look at the videos in the TinyTap handbook to learn all of the formats in which you can create activities for your students. The TinyTap handbook playlist is embedded below. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesTinyTap Courses - Create Interactive Lessons for iPad & AndroidNudge - Interactive Algebra Lessons on iPads and Android TabletsVocApp - Multimedia Flashcards...
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Start Learning from the Best Today

Feb 24 1:15pm edX Blog
Enroll in captivating courses from the world’s top schools. Stand out to potential future employers with courses from MIT, Harvard, Columbia and more on your resume!    Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Harvard University    ETH Zurich    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne    Columbia University    University of Pennsylvania The post Start Learning from the Best Today appeared first on edX Blog.
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Digital literacy and Open Learning: the final day

Feb 24 10:53am Bryan Alexander
Today is the last day of a week of digital literacy discussion, part of the Open Learning MOOC. The topic: the future of digital literacy.  To encourage you I’ve recorded some thoughts. In addition to our ongoing, even irrepressible Twitter conversation, we’ll … Continue reading →...
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Visualizing Our Understanding: Graphic Organizers

Feb 24 9:38am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Visualizing our learning is a powerful way to ensure retention of what has been learned, and graphic organizers make that happen. The post Visualizing Our Understanding: Graphic Organizers appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Free Tool Helps Schools Do Quick Impact Studies of Ed Tech Usage

Feb 23 7:38pm Educational Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal A new, free online tool is expected to help school administrators perform “quick, low-cost evaluations” to make better decisions about educational technologies. “Rapid-Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach” is the creation of Mathematica Policy Research and the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. RCE is a scientific approach promoted [...]...
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La Crescent-Hokah snow days could soon be online learning days

Feb 23 7:30pm Educational Technology
by Alex Graaff, Houston County News By the end of January, La Crescent-Hokah School District had three snow days. Two could be re-categorized as back-to-back ice days, and the third was a school board gamble to make up for an error on the school’s calendar in early January. It is only a guess as to how [...]...
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How to Decide if an Edtech Product Is Worth Using

Feb 23 7:30pm Educational Technology
BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate The Edtech industry is booming, and while this is good for a sector that promises to make everyone smarter, it can be overwhelming for teachers and schools. With the numerous choices on offer and constant innovation, it can be difficult to know what is trendy and what is worth bringing [...]...
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Report: Millions of students reveal surprising online learning trends

Feb 23 7:10pm Online Learning Update
BY MERIS STANSBURY, Campus Technology New study reveals that collaboration is still not a prevalent online learning habit; mobile phones have yet to be used for serious learning. GoConqr surveyed over 2.5 million students and teachers currently using the platform from over 160 countries last year (2016) to better understand their online learning habits and how [...]...
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How data analytics can bring out the best in a university

Feb 23 7:05pm Online Learning Update
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive New systems of data analytics can equip college campuses to set and reach goals for student achievement, operational efficiency, and financial stability, Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Ed reported — but the first step in harnessing these benefits is understanding concepts of implementation and execution. A risk that campuses face is [...]...
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Elite colleges bet big on micro-degree programs

Feb 23 7:03pm Online Learning Update
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive Several colleges and universities are now offering micro degree programs in the hopes of attracting professionals interested in career development while selling full graduate degree programs in the process, NPR reported yesterday. MIT, Columbia University and the University of Michigan are just a few of the high research institutions attracting students [...]...
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Pattern Matcher Helps Students Prepare for ACT and SAT

Feb 23 4:21pm Free Technology for Teachers
Pattern Matcher is a feature of PrepFactory's free ACT and SAT preparation service. Pattern Matcher is a game that students can play after they have completed the eight interactive strategy lessons in PrepFactory. The game is designed to help students recognize the types of questions that they will see on the ACT or SAT. After identifying the type of question students can try to match the strategy they should use to the questions they are seeing.Applications for EducationThe next ACT test date is just a week away. Reviewing the types of questions and the strategies needed to answer them is a good way for students to sharpen their skills before the ACT.Learn more about PrepFactory in the videos embedded below. Disclosure: PrepFactory is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without...
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Nudge - Interactive Algebra Lessons on iPads and Android Tablets

Feb 23 2:51pm Free Technology for Teachers
Nudge is a free iPad and Android app that provides students with interactive, on-demand algebra tutorials. The free app provides students with practice problems that they attempt to solve on their iPads or Android devices. When they get stuck on a problem students can ask for hint or for a demonstration of how to solve the problem. In addition to showing students hints and demonstrations, Nudge will show them where they made their mistakes in solving a problem.Learn more about Nudge in the video below. Applications for EducationNudge could be a good app for students who are motivated to practice algebra outside of the assignments that you give to them. Unfortunately, without becoming a Nudge partner, there doesn't appear to be a way for teachers to track students' practice activities. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been us...
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A Guide to Creating an Inquiry Classroom

Feb 23 2:18pm MiddleWeb
The second edition of John F. Barell's Why Are School Buses Always Yellow? shows teachers how they can inspire young minds to think beyond the text, to ask questions and to wonder, achieving inquiry learning while meeting standards, says reviewer Linda Biondi.
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Simple, Effective Search Challenge Lessons

Feb 23 2:13pm Free Technology for Teachers
One of my favorite ways to reinforce the use of good search strategies to students is to show interesting pictures and have students try to make a long list of questions about what they see. Then I let the students try to find the answers to those questions. When they get stuck, I intervene to remind them of one of the search strategies that they have been taught. (Google's search education page has great lesson plans for teaching core search strategies).Creating image-based search challenges: 1. Locate three public domain or Creative Commons licensed pictures to use as search prompts. If you have pictures of your own that you want to use, that’s okay too.2. In Google Slides create a list of questions that your students might ask about the image. Put one question on each slide.3. Arrange the slides in order of difficulty. On each slide give a search hint in the speaker notes.4. Publish...
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Its Not the Phishing, Its Your Lack of Influence

Feb 23 1:19pm TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Phishing schemes and ransomware remain a problem for IT support staff. But the bigger issue is their lack of influence in getting end users to make changes. The post It’s Not the Phishing, It’s Your Lack of Influence appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Make Your Videos Lively With Puppets

Feb 23 1:13pm Free Technology for Teachers
This is a guest post from Rushton Hurley. Rushton is the founder of Next Vista for Learning and the author of Making Your School Something Special.Getting a thought across to students in a short video can happen in all sorts of ways, and using puppets is one of the better ones for making content that can appeal to all ages. In this contest-winning video, Dennis Grice of Concordia International School in Shanghai made a piece to help students learn how not to spam each other, as well as what to do when getting messages that make you mad. Spam: Don't Do It A follow-up to watching this 90-second video might be having students think of some of the most important pieces of what they've studied, and to brainstorm what puppet PSA's could be that would help them remember the concepts going forward. If they go ahead with making the videos, you might have them follow the rules in the Next Vista fo...
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Minecraft: Education Edition Tutorial Videos

Feb 23 10:24am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
These short Minecraft: Education Edition tutorials videos will showcase ways to ramp your knowledge as well as your skills. The post Minecraft: Education Edition Tutorial Videos appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers

Feb 23 10:15am MiddleWeb
Bambrick-Santoyo's Get Better Faster offers a convincing argument and a comprehensive program for developing new teachers. Retired principal and teacher educator Mary Langer Thompson finds the 90-day plan sensible, fast paced, demanding, and dense with resources.
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Today in the Open Learning MOOC: fake news and crap detection

Feb 23 8:20am Bryan Alexander
Today is the fourth day of a week of digital literacy discussion, part of the Open Learning MOOC. Today’s assignment is to explore connections between digital literacy, fake news, open education, and politics. Our reading is Crap Detection 101, by Howard Rheingold. We’ll … Continue reading →...
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Why Group Work Could Be the Key to English Learner Success

Feb 23 3:12am MindShift
English learners are often portrayed as a struggling group, but at San Francisco International High School educators see the language diversity in their classrooms as an asset.
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A Guide to Picking a Learning Management System: The Right Questions to Ask

Feb 22 7:41pm Educational Technology
By Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge As University of Central Florida’s Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning, Tom Cavanagh, wrote in an article for EDUCAUSE, “every institute has a unique set of instructional and infrastructure circumstances to consider when deciding on an LMS,” but at the same time, “all institutions face certain common requirements”—whether a small charter [...]...
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Online courses in high school?

Feb 22 7:35pm Educational Technology
By ABBY KESSLER, Monadnock Ledger-Transcript As the world becomes increasingly more digital, schools face the decision about whether or not they will offer online courses for credit. ConVal offers blended learning labs, which include online courses that provide students with options based on their needs. The district offers four types of online courses, two of which [...]...
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Teach Kids to Code and Secure Their Future

Feb 22 7:30pm Educational Technology
by MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate Software applications are part of our everyday existence, and that means the language used to create them is only more important. It is also a language that is somewhat universal, as programming languages are used worldwide. This means code has the ability to make our vast world feel smaller as we [...]...
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These Top Schools Are Offering Big Savings On Masters Degrees, But Theres A Catch

Feb 22 7:06pm Online Learning Update
by KIRK CARAPEZZA, NPR There’s an experiment underway at a few top universities around the world to make some master’s degrees out there more affordable. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, says the class of 2018 can get a master’s degree in supply chain management with tens of thousands in savings. The university’s normal price [...]...
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UW class on how to spot fake data goes viral within hours

Feb 22 7:05pm Online Learning Update
by Katherine Long, Seattle Times Two University of Washington professors are taking aim at BS in a provocatively named new course they hope to teach this spring. The professors would like to push the course materials online — teaching it as a MOOC, for example, a freely available course taught over the web. When it came [...]...
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RECORD GROWTH FOR UK ONLINE LEARNING COMPANY

Feb 22 7:01pm Online Learning Update
by ICS A leading UK online learning company ICS Learn experienced record levels of growth last year – with revenue rising 48\%. The company, which caters for over 11,000 students, saw its students invest £11.3m in courses ranging from A-levels to industry qualifications – a £3.59million hike on the previous year. Across its faculties, HR saw [...]...
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What Writing Wikipedia Entries Can Teach Students About Digital Literacy

Feb 22 3:33pm MindShift
Creating Wikipedia entries is helping college students understand digital content and what goes into creating factual information.
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Cursos en Espaol en edX

Feb 22 11:35am edX Blog
Sumérgete en un curso en español. Desde la química orgánica hasta los derechos de las personas refugiadas, puedes explorar un nuevo tema de interés en edX con nuestra amplia selección de cursos en español. ¡Empieza a aprender hoy! Hemos preparado una lista de cursos ofrecidos en edX por algunas de las universidades y organismos internacionales más importantes del mundo. ¡Son todos gratuitos y completamente online!... Read More about Cursos en Español en edX The post Cursos en Español en edX appeared first on edX Blog.
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Another model for support

Feb 22 11:08am Learnlets
I was thinking about today’s post, wherein I was talking about a couple of packages that  might help organizations move forward. I was reflecting back on some previous posts about engagement models, and was reminded of a more recent one. And I realized this has played out in a couple of ways. And these approaches […] The post Another model for support appeared first on Learnlets.
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Saving Time and Sanity with Web 2.0 Tools

Feb 22 9:49am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
These Web 2.0 tools are perfect for saving time for busy administrators. Try out one, two, or all of them today and keep your sanity! The post Saving Time and Sanity with Web 2.0 Tools appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Digital literacy around the world in 2017: today in the Open Learning MOOC

Feb 22 7:37am Bryan Alexander
Today is the third day of a week of digital literacy discussion, part of the Open Learning MOOC.  Is mid-MOOC Wednesday digital hump day? Today’s assignment is to watch and listen to the recent New Media Consortium webinar on Digital Literacy.  It’s a … Continue reading →...
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How Social Bias Can Transfer From One Generation To The Next

Feb 22 2:23am MindShift
When it comes to bias, preschoolers are influenced by nonverbal cues that indicate how adults might feel about one another. Exposure to different kinds of people may help buffer those preconceived notions, especially in homogenous communities.
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Planning A Video Production

Feb 22 2:00am The eLearning Coach
The next time you need to shoot a complex video, plan like a pro. Here's your cheat sheet.
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Build a Makerspace That Engages Students Across Every STEAM Subject

Feb 21 7:41pm Educational Technology
By Stephen Noonoo, THE Journal Melissa Fernandez is the instructional supervisor for industrial education and technology education for the Career and Technical Education Dept. at Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida — and a huge proponent of makerspaces. Back when she was an engineering teacher, she turned her entire class into an instructional makerspace, and saw [...]...
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Infected Vending Machines And Light Bulbs DDoS A University

Feb 21 7:35pm Educational Technology
by Lee Mathews, Forbes IoT devices have become a favorite weapon of cybercriminals. Their generally substandard security — and the sheer numbers of connected devices — make them an enticing target. We’ve seen what a massive IoT botnet is capable of doing, but even a relatively small one can cause a significant amount of trouble. Infected [...]...
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Report: Number of Ransomware Attacks Grew Nearly 17 Times Larger in 2016

Feb 21 7:30pm Educational Technology
By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology Ransomware surged 16,700 percent from 2015 to 2016, though unique malware samples declined over the same period, according to a new report from network security firm SonicWall. That growth of nearly 17 times represents a swell from about 4 million ransomware attacks in 2015 to approximately 638 million last year. Internet [...]...
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Ransomware: Should you pay up?

Feb 21 7:09pm Online Learning Update
By Stephanie Condon, ZD Net The use of ransomware has spiked in recent years: Roughly A high percentage of spam emails in 2016 contained ransomware, according to a recent IBM Security study. Part of the reason is simply that it works: Nearly 70 percent of business victims surveyed by IBM said they paid hackers to recover [...]...
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What educators can learn about effective teaching from a Harvard prof

Feb 21 7:05pm Online Learning Update
BY ALAN NOVEMBER, Campus Technology Harvard professor David Malan has managed to pull off a neat trick: His Computer Science 50 course is the most popular course at both Harvard and Yale. By examining his success, we can learn some important lessons about effective teaching. CS50 assumes no prior knowledge or skill in computer programming, yet [...]...
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