Online Music Composition Tool Helps Students Engage, Learn and Socialize

Apr 25 8:41pm Educational Technology
By Shelley Emslie, THE Journal A fifth grade teacher from Montana reflects on how Soundtrap helped an unmotivated, unfocused student discover his voice and passion. One day in class during Genius Hour, I noticed this student really engaged on a Chromebook. He had earphones on, so I could not hear what he was listening to, but [...]...
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3 keys to student success with early college programs

Apr 25 8:35pm Educational Technology
BY DENNIS PIERCE, eSchool News Guilford County, N.C., is a national leader in providing early college opportunities for students. Here’s what other districts can learn from its success. In all of these programs, students take high school courses taught by GCS instructors during their first two years. During their junior and senior years, they take college-level [...]...
Read More - Multimedia Publishing That Doesn't Require Registration

Apr 25 8:35pm Free Technology for Teachers is a free publishing tool that I featured last week in Three Simple Platforms for Publishing Writing. In that post I made an error in saying that it didn't allow you to include videos in your stories. A reader named Dan emailed me this morning to correct me and explain that you can include videos in stories. I then made the following video to show how you can publish a multimedia story on One of the best aspects of is that you don't have to register in order to use the service. Watch my video below to learn more about how to create and publish a story on This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They WriteStory Cubes - Templates to Help Students Plan StoriesThree Simple Platforms for Publishing Writing ...
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This is what Gen Z-designed curriculum looks like for the future

Apr 25 8:30pm Educational Technology
BY DARREN FAUST, eSchool News Cross-curricular lessons help Generation Z develop the problem-solving skills they will need in an ever-changing world for tomorrow’s jobs. Cross-curricular lessons are one way educators can prepare students for an uncertain future. With the national emphasis on STEM, cross-curricular learning teaches students about history, science, technology, engineering, and math (as well [...]...
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Researchers examine the effectiveness of a psychological strategy on online learners

Apr 25 8:08pm Online Learning Update
by Milenko Martinovich, While online education has opened access to learners worldwide, new Stanford research suggests that a single approach to teaching everyone in an online class may not yield the best outcome, especially when it comes to course completion. The key, the Stanford researchers say, is to recognize cultural differences among class participants, especially [...]...
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Online courses make up more than half of CPSs revenue

Apr 25 8:06pm Online Learning Update
By Liz Konneker, GW Hatchet The College of Professional Studies is earning more than half of its revenue from online courses – making the college a leader in online learning at GW.Fifty-four percent of the college’s revenue comes from students enrolled in online programs or courses and 60 percent of its students took at least one [...]...
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College has new twist to online learning

Apr 25 8:03pm Online Learning Update
by News Channel 13 “We are providing to the learner the ability to affordably, flexibly and in a personalized way get the education that they want,” explained Nurit Sonnenschein, the Center for Educational Measurement general manager at Excelsior College, It’s called a CourXam. Excelsior College teamed up with Cengage Learning to create college credit worthy exams [...]...
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A day in the life of a futurist

Apr 25 6:04pm Bryan Alexander
People often ask what I do as an educational futurist.  As one answer I thought I’d share a kind of diary, to give a sense of the practical work and life. 6:30 am – rise later than usual, due to … Continue reading →...
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Professional Certificate Programs: Delivering real job impact and critical skills you need to stand out

Apr 25 11:33am edX Blog
Today, we are proud to announce the launch of Professional Certificate programs, the latest offering to further our mission to increase access to education that today’s global, connected learner demands. Professional Certificate programs are a series of in-demand courses designed to build or advance critical skills for a specific career. Created by industry leaders and top universities, Professional Certificate programs help develop the skills and... Read More about Professional Certificate Programs: Delivering real job impact and critical skills you need to stand out The post Professional Certificate Programs: Delivering real job impact and critical skills you need to stand out appeared first on edX Blog.
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Workplace of the Future video

Apr 25 11:07am Learnlets
Someone asked for a video on the Workplace of the Future project, so I created one. Thought I’d share it with you, too.  Just a walkthrough with some narration, talking about some of the design decisions. One learning for me (that I’m sure you knew): a script really helps!  It took multiple tries, for a variety of […] The post Workplace of the Future video appeared first on Learnlets.
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15 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Learning Retention

Apr 25 10:00am Whooo's Reading Blog
By Reuben Yonatan The process of learning is a key part of the human mind and determines how able we are to tackle life’s many challenges and problems. But without sufficient retention of everything the mind has taken in, much of what you has been learned will be lost. This is a critical aspect of the […]...
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Try This Fun, Free AR App for Outdoor Lessons

Apr 25 9:58am Free Technology for Teachers
Spring is here in the northern hemisphere and those of us in northern climates are ready to get back to playing outside without wearing seven layers of clothing. This is the time of the school year when my students always ask about having class outside. If you're an elementary school teacher who is ready to get your kids outside for a lesson, take a look at Plum's Creaturizer.Plum's Creaturizer from PBS Kids is a free iOS and Android app that lets students create fun cartoon creatures then place them into outdoor settings through the use of augmented reality. The purpose of the app is to have students learn and show how the characteristics of an animal help it thrive in its environment. In the following video I demonstrate how the app works (apologies for the background noise, I recorded this video outside to show how the AR feature works in real settings). This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesStory Cubes - Templates to Help Students Plan StoriesThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They Write ...
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Edublogs Publishes a Report on the State of Educational Blogging

Apr 25 9:43am Free Technology for Teachers
Edublogs, a popular student blogging service, recently published the findings of their annual survey to gather feedback from teachers, students, and school administrators about their use of educational blogs. This year 688 people completed the survey, down from 777 last year, but up from the 587 two years ago. Sue Waters wrote a detailed report of the survey's findings. There are a few items from the survey that jumped out to me. The use of tablets is on the decline. Only half of the respondents indicated that they work or learn in a 1:1 environment. Almost half of all student blogs are private.Tablet use on the declineBased on my observations at conferences and the conversations that I have had with school leaders over the last year, this is not surprising. In short, the rise of affordable Chromebooks combined with some of the peculiarities/frustrations of trying to type on tablets makes Chromebooks and other affordable laptops a better choice for blogging.Only half of respondents in 1:1 environmentsIf you haven't started a classroom blog because you don't have dedicated laptops for each student to use, this survey proves that you don't need 1:1 to use blogs in your classroom. You might need to give students more time to complete a blogging activity and or plan it a little differently than those in 1:1 environments, but you can still use blogging effectively in your practice. Strategies for classroom blogging are covered in detail in Blogs & Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders.Half of student blogs are privateI have mixed feelings about this statistic. On one hand I recognize the need to protect student privacy and making a blog private is one way to do that (as is teaching students not to reveal personally identifying information/ sensitive information). On the other hand, making the blogs private limits the opportunity for students to have their work shared with a global audience. Unfortunately, the survey results don't include explanations from respondents in regards to why they made their students' blogs private.If you haven't tried blogging with your students or you want to try again, take a look at my comparison of classroom blogging tools. Join Blogs & Social Media for Teachers & School Leaders to learn how to make blogging a successful part of your practice. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if...
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Whos Asking the Questions?

Apr 25 9:10am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
The average students goes a whole day at school without asking any questions about what is being learned. How can we change that? The post Who’s Asking the Questions? appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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6 Tips for Teachers If Youre Running on Empty

Apr 25 9:00am MiddleWeb
Standardized testing and the end-of-year rush leaves Michelle Russell feeling low on energy, ideas and patience. She shares strategies she uses to bounce back and help her students do their best, starting with strengthening school relationships and having some fun.
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GE Teach Tour Builder - Create Google Earth Tours for the Web

Apr 25 8:58am Free Technology for Teachers
GE Teach is a fantastic project developed by Josh Williams. Josh and his students were some of the first to use the new version of Google Earth in a classroom. In fact they used it before it was available to the public. (Click here for a video overview of the new Google Earth). The new version of Google Earth works differently than the old version, particularly when it comes to building tours. Josh built a free tool that makes it relatively easy to create and publish tours to view in the new version of Google Earth.GE Teach Tour is a free tool that you and your students can use to create tours to play in the new web version of Google Earth. To get started head to then enter a title for your tour. The next step is to give your first placemark a title and to enter a description of the location you're featuring with that placemark. To place your placemarks in your tour you can either manually enter latitude and longitude coordinates or you can click on the map to insert your placemarks. Finally, to add images to your placemarks you will have to link to publicly available images that are in your Google Drive account or on another image hosting service like Flickr (by the way, linking to images found on sites that prevent hotlinking won't work).When you have completed all of the steps to build your tour in GE Teach you will then save the file as a KML that you then import into Google Earth. (Click here for directions on importing KML to Google Earth). Once you're KML file is loaded it will play your tour just like the default Voyages that you can find in Google Earth.Applications for EducationGE Teach Tour could be a great tool for teachers who want their students to create Google Earth tours on their Chromebooks. Students can use GE Teach Tour to create things like Google Lit Trips, to map stories, or to construct a tour of significant landmarks in a region.We'll be covering how to use Google Earth and Google Maps in more detail in Teaching History With Technology starting on May 8th.H/T to the Google Earth Blog.  This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Create Your Own Placemarks in the New Google EarthTo Geography and Beyond With Google MapsCreating and Te...
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The case for social networks in schools yet again

Apr 25 7:20am Blue Skunk Blog
Some educational battles need to be continually re-fought, especially those surrounding intellectual freedom for young adults. I was reminded of this when a parent requested that our district block all social media sites recently*. It was a good nudge for me to think again why I fight for tools that can certainly  be used in both foolish and dangerous ways to remain a part of our educational toolbox. Maybe I needed to re-convince myself. I have argued that students should have access to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram in many of my posts and articles. But here is the high level summary of why... Access to social media sites is an equity issue. Students whose only Internet access is through school resources - both computers and networks - are disenfranchised from social discourse were we to block these sites. For better or worse, social media has become the country's go-to source for news, opinion, and discussion. Access to social media sites is necessary for students learning safe and appropriate Internet use. School is a place to learn from mistakes. Caring adults surrounding our kids can help rectify poor choices and turn the experience into a teachable moment. Were students to reach college or work prior to gaining instruction and practice in the use of social media, the mistakes would have greater ramifications and the adult guidance less probable. Access to social media leads to greater care of school-owned devices. On a very pragmatic basis, students will take better care of devices that they find valuable to them. We can harness their love of online interactions and personal inquiry by keeping networks, including social media, as open as possible. The likelihood of students remembering to bring their devices to school, to charge their devices, and to take greater physical care of their devices improves when the device is simply more than a link to digital textbooks and worksheets. I've called giving student access to social media the neglected side of intellectual freedom. The fight for human rights, it seems, must be won and then won again and again. I will keep fighting. * I think we found a good solution for this parent - an extension that we can place on his child's Chrome account that allows him to create his own set of filtering rules. We will see. Image source...
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Heres How an E-Learning Portfolio Builds Your Skills

Apr 25 3:40am The Rapid E-Learning Blog
Having a portfolio is really important, especially in today’s world of digital technology. It’s a great way to document your skills, experience, and qualifications. Recently, I gave a presentation on why you should maintain a work portfolio, here’s part of the presentation where we’ll focus on your personal development. What is a Portfolio? A portfolio […]...
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Free, Live Online Review for AP Government Exam

Apr 24 8:43pm Free Technology for Teachers
On May 2nd two of my favorite history teachers, Keith Hughes and Tom Richey, are hosting an online review session for students who are taking the AP Government exam. The free, live session will be held at 8pm EDT on May 2nd. You and you're students can join the session here. Watch Keith's promo video embedded below to learn more. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesGetting Going With G Suite - An Online CourseViewedIt - Quick and Easy ScreencastingThe Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts ...
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11 Ways to Make Your Online Course Go Global as a Freelance Educator

Apr 24 8:40pm Educational Technology
By Sarah Cordiner, THE Journal The continued growth of online courses and the introduction of alternative accreditations will spawn a growth in freelance or independent professors. By 2025, all you need to start your own university is a great online teaching style, course materials and marketing plan.” The booming demand for self-study, on-demand and access-anytime training [...]...
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Computer Science Ed Policies: We Have a Long Way to Go

Apr 24 8:35pm Educational Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal If understanding of computer science is essential to being an informed citizen, then it makes sense that every child needs an education in the use of computing devices and software, digital literacy and computational processing. That’s the premise of a new report developed by half a dozen organizations that undertook a [...]...
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Are some Georgia dual enrollment classes making it too easy to earn an A?

Apr 24 8:30pm Educational Technology
By Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution The state encourages high school students to take college courses through Georgia’s Move on When Ready dual enrollment program. Some high school students have long contended dual enrollment college courses are easier than their school’s AP or IB classes. The AJC’s Will Robinson looked into a report that MOWR classes [...]...
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Simulated classroom learning

Apr 24 8:10pm Online Learning Update
By Robert Klimper, Coyote Chronicle Online courses sometimes are exactly what a busy college student needs, allowing for a more flexible schedule. Though online courses offer a more flexible schedule, it is not unheard of for students to feel a somewhat of a disconnect to the instructor of the courses as they can just be a [...]...
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eMarketer Unveils New Estimates for Mobile App Usage

Apr 24 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by eMarketer Daily App time will make up nearly 20\% of total media time this year. Americans are spending more time within mobile apps and less time within mobile browsers. However, the number of apps being used regularly is dropping, as users concentrate their activities in core apps. In 2017, the average US adult will spend [...]...
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What MasterClass Online Courses Pay to Lure Hollywood Stars as Teachers

Apr 24 8:02pm Online Learning Update
by Nataley Jarvey, Hollywood Reporter A hundred grand is entry-level pay for masters including Shonda Rhimes, Aaron Sorkin, Steve Martin and Kevin Spacey dabbling as online instructors: “I would love a class from Elon Musk,” says MasterClass CEO David Rogier. When San Francisco-based MasterClass got underway in 2014, it had a hard time finding big names [...]...
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How to Control What Appears in Your Facebook Feed

Apr 24 4:39pm Free Technology for Teachers
This afternoon I received an email from a reader who was quite upset that I was posting on her Facebook account. Since I'm not in the business of hacking the social media accounts of my readers, I think she meant that she was seeinf a lot of the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook posts in her stream. The only people who control what you see in your Facebook account are you and Mark Zuckerberg's employees. You can adjust what you see when you sign into your Facebook account by using the various visibility controls that Facebook makes available to users. The following video that I made will give you a crash course on how to adjust what you see on Facebook. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThis Creepily Named Site Reminds Us To Check Facebook Privacy SettingsPractical Ed Tech Webinar FAQsThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They Write ...
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Improving a campus without growth: Matt Reeds excellent and difficult challenge

Apr 24 1:31pm Bryan Alexander
What if your college or university isn’t going to grow, and you can’t cut your way to sustainability?  What do you do then?  Community college dean and Inside Higher Ed commentator Matt Reed posed this hard challenge in a couple of … Continue reading →...
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Story Cubes - Templates to Help Students Plan Stories

Apr 24 10:42am Free Technology for Teachers
Read Write Think's Cube Creators provide templates designed to break the writing process into six distinct parts. There are templates for writing biographies, mysteries, short stories, and a blank template that you can customize. Students enter the required information into the online template. When the template is completed, it can be printed with lines for cutting and folding to create an actual cube.Applications for EducationCube Creator templates could help students get started on a writing assignment when they're confronted with writer's block. The templates also provide guidance for outlining and formatting a story. These templates are suitable for elementary school use. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They WriteCreate Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReaderThree Simple Platforms for Publishing Writing ...
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Getting Going With G Suite - An Online Course

Apr 24 10:38am Free Technology for Teachers
Next Tuesday at 7pm Eastern Time I am starting a new section of my popular online course Getting Going With G Suite. Once again this course will offer a graduate credit option.This course offers everything you need to know to take advantage of the great things that G Suite offers to teachers and students. Getting Going With G Suite is a webinar series designed for teachers and administrators who are new to using Google Apps for Education. Getting Going With G Suite is a five week course covering everything you need to know to integrate Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Calendar, and Google Sites into your practice. Getting Going With G Suite costs $147. (Subscribers to the Practical Ed Tech newsletter receive a discount code). Three graduate credits are available for the course through my partnership Midwest Teachers Institute and Calumet College of St. Joseph. Graduate credits require an additional fee and completion of weekly assignments. Click here to register. The course will meet on May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 7pm Eastern Time. The live meetings are recorded for folks who register but cannot attend every live meeting. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesSeeSaw Now Directly Accepts Google Drive FilesHow to Create Your Own Placemarks in the New Google EarthViewedIt - Quick and Easy Screencasting ...
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ViewedIt - Quick and Easy Screencasting

Apr 24 9:57am Free Technology for Teachers
ViewedIt is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. With the extension installed you can record your entire screen or just one window tab. ViewedIt will let you record yourself with your webcam too. The best part of ViewedIt is that you can track who watches your video.To record on ViewedIt you simply have to click the extension icon then choose what you want to record. When you're done recording your video is automatically stored on ViewedIt. From ViewedIt you can share your video via email and social media. If you choose to share via email, you will be able to track who watched your video.The shortcomings of ViewedIt are that it doesn't let you download your videos and it doesn't let you upload your videos to YouTube.Applications for EducationViewedIt could be a good screencasting tool for teachers who use Chromebooks and want to share tutorial videos with their students. Being able to track when your students watch your videos could prove to be handy. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Create Your Own Placemarks in the New Google EarthThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They Write ...
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Choosing an Online Payment System

Apr 24 9:24am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Selecting an online payment system can be a headache at first. But once it's in place, your staff will thank you. Here are some tips and tricks. The post Choosing an Online Payment System appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids

Apr 24 8:42am MindShift
Some students can feel so difficult to work with that the challenge begins to strain a teacher's empathy. Alex Shevrin offers some tips for how she shifts her mindset when this happens and proactively practices self-care.
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10 Math Tutorial YouTube Channels Not Name Khan Academy

Apr 23 9:59pm Free Technology for Teachers
One of the most popular posts of all time on this blog featured math tutorial YouTube channels for high school and college students. That post was originally created as a response to an email from a reader who was seeking suggestions for math videos that were not on Khan Academy. This evening I took some time to update my list of math tutorial channels on YouTube that are not Khan Academy. Here's the new list.Yay Math! features an excited teacher teaching mathematics lessons to his students. The videos capture just the teacher and his whiteboard with some feedback from students. The videos cover topics in Algebra and Geometry. You can check out the Yay Math! companion website to learn more about Robert Ahdoot, the teacher featured in the is developed by high school mathematics teacher Bradley Robb. His YouTube channel has more than six hundred videos covering topics in Algebra and Calculus. You can access the videos on a mobile version of WowMath too.Patrick JMT offers of hundreds of videos covering topics in Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus. The channel also includes tips for answering math questions on the SAT and on the GED.Numberphile is a neat YouTube channel about fun number facts. There are currently thirty-three videos in the Numberphile collection. The videos cover things like 998,001 and its Mysterious Recurring Decimals, Pi and Bouncing Balls, and 1 and Prime Numbers.Bright Storm is an online tutoring service. On their YouTube channel Bright Storm provides hundreds of videos for Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus. Bright Storm also offers some SAT and ACT prep videos.Ten Marks is another online tutoring service that offers mathematics tutorial videos on their site as well as on their YouTube channel. Some of the lessons in their playlists include lessons on units of measurement, decimals, fractions, probability, area and perimeter, and factoring.Math Class With Mr. V features seven playlists made by a mathematics teacher teaching lessons on basic mathematics, geometry, and algebra. In all there are more than 300 video lessons. Like most mathematics tutorials on YouTube, Math Class With Mr. V uses a whiteboard to demonstrate how to solve problems.The Open University is one of my go-to YouTube channel for a...
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Seventeen jobs, five careers: learning in the age of automation

Apr 23 8:40pm Educational Technology
by Max Opray, the Guardian Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution: the economy of always learning. Staying still is more likely than ever to result in obsolescence, as indicated by a report released last month by consultancy firm PwC, which estimated 30\% of British jobs could be automated by 2030. As professionals need to update their [...]...
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USU-Online to offer accelerated course options

Apr 23 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Mitch Henline, Cache Valley Daily For students already competent in their field of study, Utah State University-Online is making it possible to get through courses faster – or just test out of them altogether. Starting this summer, USU-Online will be offering a limited number of its courses with accelerated options. At the professor’s discretion, three [...]...
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5 EdTech Tools

Apr 23 8:30pm Educational Technology
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate With thousands of edtech products on the market, consumers are met with the daunting task of picking out products that address the needs of their students, better teaching practices or make the schooling experience better. With over $537 million spent on K12 education in 2015, there is no doubt that this [...]...
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The Democratization of Machine Learning: What It Means for Tech Innovation

Apr 23 8:12pm Online Learning Update
by Kartik Hosanagar and Apoorv Saxena, Wharton Now we are on the cusp of a new grand leap thanks to the democratization of machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence that enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed. As recently as 2015, only large companies like Google, Amazon and Apple had access to the [...]...
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Chinas Artificial-Intelligence Boom

Apr 23 8:06pm Online Learning Update
by SARAH ZHANG, the Atlantic The country’s universities and tech giants are starting to surpass American ones when it comes to researching and implementing AI. China’s rapid rise up the ranks of AI research has people taking notice. In October, the Obama White House released a “strategic plan” for AI research, which noted that the U.S. [...]...
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6 improvement trends spreading like fire across all colleges and universities

Apr 23 8:03pm Online Learning Update
BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News Academic program creation and evaluation is top-of-mind with institutions. This year colleges and universities are looking to diversify their program portfolios, either through offering online or blended learning offerings, through offering micro-credentials, or by placing their bets on emerging programs. What’s also noteworthy this year is that Hanover has gone a [...]...
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My next Devils Dictionary: a call for nominations

Apr 23 2:27pm Bryan Alexander
In 2016 we satirized educational technology keywords through a Devil’s Dictionary (part 1, part 2).  Now I’d like to tackle the words of education beyond ed tech.  Which vocabulary would you like to see skewered? I have assembled a first list, … Continue reading →...
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Showcase Your Schools Success

Apr 23 10:16am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Learn how to showcase your students' successes and save time in this second blog in our series on productivity tools for leaders and do-ers. The post Showcase Your School’s Success appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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BFTP: Reading incognito and revisiting childhood reads

Apr 23 10:01am Blue Skunk Blog
Reading incognito Women can now download electronic erotica on their Kindles, Nooks and iPads anywhere they want, with no bodice-ripping Fabio cover to give them away. Maureen Dowd, March 31, 2012 When I started reading on my Kindle six years ago, my wife must have asked me three times a day what I was reading. My standard response was always, Porn. I don't know why she stopped asking. I have a love/hate relationship with book covers. They've sucked me into buying a title many times. They are great icebreakers with your seatmate on a long flight ( So how do you like that Dan Brown? ) They look pretty on the coffee table. But at the same time, I am just as happy reading incognito. I think it stems from when as a kid I finished reading all the Hardy Boy mysteries and moved on to Nancy Drew, definitely a girl's book I didn't want to be seen reading. And as an adult it was embarrassing to have to go the romance section of B&N to get the latest in the Gabaldon Outlander series. It is historical fiction, not romance, I'd advise the store clerk. As sad and troubling as these trials may have been for me, I think we all know kids in our schools and libraries who might read more, read more broadly, and certainly read more at an appropriate reading level, if other students couldn't see what they are reading.  Who want to be seen reading a baby book? A book written for the other gender? (The old rule of thumb is that girls will read boys' books but boys won't read girls' books.) A book that may identify a personal problem being experienced. (A book on divorce written for teens, for example.) Even books that are controversial or have strong political or religious messages, can subject the young reader to teasing or questioning. We need to figure out how to get our materials into digital format as soon as possible. Reading on a digital reader will remove stigmas that may well discourage reading. Oh, Ms Dowd, I'm guessing it's not just women who are downloading erotica to their Nooks. I a little suprised B&N didn't call it the Nook-E. Original post April 2, 2012 ------------------------------- Revisiting Childhood Reads On the evening before our departure I saw them approaching along one of the great avenues which lead into the plaza from the east.  I advanced to meet them, and telling Sola that I would take the responsibility for Deja...
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Why Spirit Week Matters to Middle Schoolers

Apr 23 6:32am MiddleWeb
Fresh from her middle school's Falcon Pride Day, Amber Chandler celebrates the joy of a pre-Spring Break event that's one part competition, one part team building, and one part controlled chaos, noting that kids' SEL needs are at least as important as curriculum.
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Teaching Students to Set a Purpose for Reading

Apr 23 6:30am MiddleWeb
Many students over-annotate text to the point where they are noticing everything but not determining what's MOST important. Literacy expert Sarah Tantillo shares tested strategies to help students detect the purpose of reading, including her What's Important Organizer.
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Non-profit organization works to end country-wide teacher shortage

Apr 22 8:40pm Educational Technology
by WMBF The education nonprofit American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence hosted a meeting in Socastee Saturday to inform the public of their online program that certifies users to become teachers in one year. To qualify for the program, you must have any bachelor’s degree from any accredited university. Once registered for the program, [...]...
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Online lessons helping Forbes Road student come back from kidney transplant

Apr 22 8:35pm Educational Technology
by JAMIE MARTINES, Trib Live On a snowy Friday morning in April, 16-year-old Jarrod Danka settled in at a desk in the cozy den of his family’s home in Natrona Heights. The 10th-grader had a 9 a.m. conference call, and he was running a few minutes late. Within moments, his teacher’s face popped up on a [...]...
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Lacking a teacher, Atlantic City High School offers chemistry on computers

Apr 22 8:30pm Educational Technology
by DIANE D’AMICO, Press of Atlantic City he school district advertised three times for a certified chemistry teacher last summer and fall, and three times they failed to get a candidate to accept the job. So they turned to Edmentum, a provider of online courses, to fill the gap. This year, four classes at the high [...]...
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Training Program Automation & Online Courses Nine Step Cheat Sheet Launched

Apr 22 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by Military Technologies A new nine step cheat sheet has been launched by Training Automation Secrets. The cheat sheet is aimed at trainer, coaches and consultants who wish to learn how to automate their training programs. Training Automation Secrets are offering an exclusive, free cheat sheet filled with the nine most valuable secrets to training business [...]...
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U of Phoenix-HBCU Partnership Expands

Apr 22 8:03pm Online Learning Update
By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed Another historically black institution — South Carolina State — teams up with the University of Phoenix to offer online courses to a greater number of students. S.C. State will waive a $35 readmission fee and offer students a 50 percent discount on tuition rates, dropping the cost of a three-credit-hour [...]...
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eLearning turns a boon for students who skip classes

Apr 22 8:02pm Online Learning Update
by THE HANS INDIA After a year-long practice and competitions in tournaments, Snehit an international table tennis player who barely attends schools, takes a break from his sports activity to appear for his 11th standard final exams. Snehit is always on the move, either for a practice session in Chennai or elsewhere in the world. Yet [...]...
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Kitchen Science - Let's Make Butter

Apr 22 10:37am Free Technology for Teachers
SciShow Kids recently released a new video titled Let's Make Butter. The video provides directions for making butter in your kitchen then goes on to explain the science of what happens in the process of making butter. Applications for EducationRainy days like the one we're having here in Maine are perfect for kitchen science lessons. My daughter is a little too young for this activity, but if you have kids of elementary school age, this could be a nice rainy day science lesson. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesUnderstanding the Science of BaseballHow to Make a TerrariumFind Inspiration for Video Projects While Judging a Video Contest ...
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Practical Ed Tech Webinar FAQs

Apr 22 9:31am Free Technology for Teachers
Starting in May and running through the end of August I will be hosting five different professional development webinars for teachers and school administrators. I recorded the video embedded below to answer some of the questions that are most frequently asked about my Practical Ed Tech webinars. Watch the video and you'll get the discount code for the webinars as well as a chance to see a guest appearance from one of my dogs. Getting Going With G Suite is a five week course that offers a graduate credit option. Teaching History With Technology is a three week course for middle school and high school social studies teachers. Blogs & Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders is a three week course that walks you through how to create blogs and use social media to engage your community. Practical Ed Tech Jumpstart is the course for anyone who has looked at the educational technology landscape and wondered, where do I start?  Finally, by request, I am offering from Blog to Job - A Teacherpreneur Jumpstart.Of course, you can always email me at richardbyrne (at) if you have questions that aren't answered in the video or on the webinar registration pages. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Use Incognito Mode In Google Chrome - And Why You Might Use ItPractical Ed Tech Live - This Thursday at 4pm EDTThe Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts ...
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Three Things to Remember When Building Capacity in Staff

Apr 22 8:33am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Whether you are working with a small number of staff that report to you or a larger group that you supervise, building capacity is an important skill. You may need to work on building capacity in a particular staff member due to a changing job environment. Or, building capacity may need to be done because your […] The post Three Things to Remember When Building Capacity in Staff appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Exploring the Benefits and Downsides of Online Courses

Apr 21 8:39pm Educational Technology
by Christina Laderoute, UMass Lowell Connector According to Mary Barrett, the associate director of Student Services, some benefits of online courses include their extensive flexibility. If a student has access to a computer, they can take classes from anywhere. Online courses provide higher education access to a wider range of students. Julian Zamudio, a senior computer [...]...
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Using Google Cardboard to Simulate Virtual Learning Experiences

Apr 21 8:32pm Educational Technology
By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate The reason that many teachers strive for a more virtual experience instead of the traditional talking points is that the interaction makes the lesson more memorable to the students. Google Cardboard is an interesting and very low-cost solution to creating a virtual experience. You can compare it to the Oculus Rift, [...]...
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Companies turn to online platforms to upskill staff

Apr 21 8:10pm Online Learning Update
By Varuni Khosla, Prachi Verma, Brinda Dasgupta; Economic Times Ericsson is among tens of companies pushing their employees to join massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the top universities to upskill themselves even as online education upends established teaching norms, getting rid of the classroom and giving learners the ability to study from just about [...]...
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Where Non-Techies Can Get with the Programming

Apr 21 8:05pm Online Learning Update
By STEVE LOHR, NY Times When the Georgetown University Law Center offered computer programming last year, it was an experiment, a single class for about 20 students. It was filled almost instantly, and the waitlist swelled to 130. This semester, the law school has five programming classes, and the waitlist still overflowed. “They aren’t going to [...]...
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Instructional Design and Technology Teams: Work Experiences and Professional Development

Apr 21 8:02pm Online Learning Update
by the UPCEA eDesign Collaborative The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) conducted a research study in the spring of 2017 to learn more about the professional development needs and work experiences of instructional designers, instructional technologists, multimedia designers, and their team leaders.  The goal was to determine how similar the team leaders and team [...]...
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Three Simple Platforms for Publishing Writing

Apr 21 2:38pm Free Technology for Teachers
I recently finished making a couple of videos that teach people how to create self-hosted WordPress blogs. Using a self-hosted WordPress blog is the way to go if your goal is to create a robust platform to showcase your professional work. But creating a blog like that could be overkill for those who just want to find a quick and easy to way to publish their thoughts online. The following three platforms reside somewhere between Creed Thoughts and full-fledged blogging gives you a simple place to publish your writing and pictures without the need to create an account on the site. To publish you simply go to and start writing. You can include pictures in your writing, but you cannot include videos. Your writing will be given its own URL that you can share with those you want to read your work. The whole process of publishing on Telegraph is quick and easy. Here's my first Telegraph entry.Draft is a free, collaborative writing platform that provides a distraction-free environment. When you write in Draft you won't see anything but the text in front of you. Draft is stripped of options for messing about with font colors or inserting pictures. Anyone who has an email address can participate in editing a document in Draft. Draft is a nice option for people who don't have access to Google Docs and or those who just want to focus on the text and not worry about playing around with font styling.Page O Rama is a free service for quickly creating stand alone webpages. Creating a webpage with Page O Rama is very simple. Just visit the Page O Rama homepage, select a web address, title your page, and start typing. Page O Rama offers a good selection of text editing tools including page breaks. If you want to, you can add images to your Page O Rama pages too. If you think your page is something that you're going to want to edit and update occasionally, you can enter your email address to create an administrative log-in. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They WriteCreate Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReader5 Good Ways for Students to Create Digital Showcases of Their Work ...
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