Newest Library Items en Technology Defines Much of Higher Education’s New Normal [#Infographic] <p>Technology has helped foster growth in the education world, but it has also increased the workload. Take a trip back to the Reagan years and see how higher education has changed:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> evolution evolving Higher Education HZ 135 online education Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:37:51 +0000 Michele Cummins 22740 at What it Really Takes for Schools to Go Digital <p>North Iredell Middle School, about 60 miles north of Charlotte, leaped into the digital learning age in March when it gave each of its more than 650 students MacBook Air computers. The gear is part of a $20-million federally funded plan by the Iredell-Statesville Schools District to issue MacBooks to some 11,300 students across nine middle schools and seven high schools. This article discusses how the changes have affected teaching and learning and what challenges have arisen.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> blended Digital digital divide hybrid HZ 135 Mooresville N.C. tech divide K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Michele Cummins 22739 at Creating Effective Videos for Flipped Learning <p>Imagine if textbooks were personalized to meet the needs of each student. Rice University is making this notion a reality through their OpenStax project.</p> <p>"We want a system that turns reading the book into an exploration of knowledge."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> adapt adaptive learning HZ 135 OpenStax personal learning personalized learning ple Rice University K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:09:58 +0000 Michele Cummins 22738 at NMC On the Horizon: Rearranging Learning Spaces <p>New technologies and pedagogies are putting teachers and students in a different headspace. So why not switch up their physical spaces as well? </p> <p>In this free event on Sept. 3, a panel will explore how rearranging learning spaces can bolster engagement and productivity.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> evolution hangout HZ 135 learning environment learning space News On the Horizon panel professional development String Theory NMC News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:48:16 +0000 Michele Cummins 22737 at Colleges enlist apps to combat assaults on campus <p>These apps helps users leverage a network of trusted people (friends and family) to create a safety net of contacts for emergency situations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Apps for EDU emergency Emerging Technologies Higher Education HZ 135 network safety social network Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:27:27 +0000 Michele Cummins 22736 at Computer Science: The Future of Education <p>According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 there will be 1.4 million new computer science jobs. However, between current professionals and university students, we will only have 400,000 computer scientists trained to fill those roles. This article lists five simple steps that teachers, schools, parents, and industry can take today to integrate computer science into classrooms and begin to overcome the above-mentioned challenges:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> computer science HZ 135 Internet Technology STEM K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:37:52 +0000 Michele Cummins 22735 at How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies <p>As a veteran science reporter for the New York Times and previously the Los Angeles Times, Carey has covered cognitive science, psychology and psychiatry for 20 years. Combing through decades of cognitive science investigations of memory and learning, he has pulled together its best lessons into a practical and engaging guid</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> brain HZ 135 strategies studying Challenges and Trends Food for Thought Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:24:53 +0000 Michele Cummins 22734 at From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Bringing Khan Academy (Lite) Around the World <p>Khan Academy is an open source Python server. Students can connect to this server using most devices so that content is always accessible without an internet connection. Soon, KA Lite will also allow teachers to create and share their own content.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> digital divide HZ 135 KA Lite khan academy offline K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:40:03 +0000 Michele Cummins 22733 at The Top 7 Technology Trends Dominating 2014 <p>This article takes a look at the top technology predictions Forbes made at the beginning of this year, and assesses how those predictions have turned out so far.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> 3-D print 3D print Emerging Technologies google HZ 134 natural language processing natural language search smart watch Tech News Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Michele Cummins 22732 at This Guy Just Built a Mind-Controlled Robot <p>Mind-controlled robots aren’t that expensive. Chip Audette just built one by attaching his laptop to less than $500 in specialized equipment and writing a little custom software code.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> brain-powered brain-wave Brainwriter Emerging Technologies HZ 134 mind-control OpenBCI robot Tech News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:08:55 +0000 Michele Cummins 22731 at 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners <p>Working within an answers-based education system, and in a culture where questioning may be seen as a sign of weakness, teachers must go out of their way to create conditions conducive to inquiry.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> environment HZ 134 inquiry question K-12 Challenges and Trends Food for Thought Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:43:11 +0000 Michele Cummins 22730 at What Will a Liberal Arts Education Look Like in 50 Years? <p>At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, The Atlantic asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to weigh in on the fate of higher education. "We won't have liberal arts and sciences at all 50 years from now unless we really understand how to save what's good, but reinvent what's new and needed," says Harvard University education professor Howard Gardner.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 134 Liberal arts Reflections on the Future HiEd Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:10:48 +0000 Michele Cummins 22729 at Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay <p>Even though nobody goes into teaching to get rich, compensation is one of the most important factors determining who enters the profession and how long they stay. Nearly 90 percent of all school districts in America use a lockstep approach to teacher pay that completely ignores job performance. This report discusses the consequences of lockstep pay.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 134 lockstep pay professional development teacher education Reports and Research Research and Reports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:06:43 +0000 Michele Cummins 22728 at Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School <p>If "the enemy of innovation and growth is routine," how can you shake yours up a bit in positive ways? Here are some great ideas to prepare yourself for an innovative school year:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> edtech habit HZ 134 Innovation professional development K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:33:17 +0000 Michele Cummins 22727 at Adult Education: Finally Hip to the Game <p>This article describes the landscape of mobile and/or game-oriented products that allow adult learners to gain skills outside the classroom at their own convenience. Mobile learning for adults can deliver instruction in small, bite-sized snacks rather than comprehensive, multi-course meals. Adult education students often don’t have time to sit down and do traditional homework, notes Gaer.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> game-based learning games Gamification gaming Higher Education HZ 134 Mobile Device mobile learning Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:29:29 +0000 Michele Cummins 22726 at Why Students Prefer to Learn From a Machine <p>New Jersey Institute of Technology instructors have been using a program called E-Rater as a proofreader and basic writing tutor and have found that students who feel that handing in successive drafts to an instructor wielding a red pen is “corrective, even punitive” do not seem to feel rebuked by similar feedback from a computer.</p> <p>Precisely because learning can be so emotionally fraught, a nonjudgmental computer may motivate students to try, to fail, and to improve more than almost any human. Just don’t let the robo-reader give out grades.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 134 proofread robo-reader robot software tutor writing Food for Thought Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:23:24 +0000 Michele Cummins 22725 at Top ed-tech stories to watch: Maker movement makes waves <p>eSchoolNews has a series of posts on key ed-tech trends for the new school year and this particular one focuses on the proliferation of maker spaces in schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Emerging Technologies HZ 134 maker movement maker space K-12 K12 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:29:39 +0000 Michele Cummins 22724 at Use BYOD strategies to prepare for BYOA <p>BYOD has led to BYOA—bring-your-own-app—and focus must now shift from devices to software.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> app apps BYOA BYOD HZ 134 Mobile Device mobile learning Challenges and Trends Food for Thought Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:11:06 +0000 Michele Cummins 22723 at Harvard’s 1,000 Kilobot swarm demonstrates the future of robotics <p>Swarms of small robots in their thousands that collectively complete complex tasks are now possible – and could be the future of robotics, according to researchers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> collective Emerging Technologies hive HZ 133 robot robotics swarm HZ News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:52:20 +0000 Michele Cummins 22722 at Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation <p>Mr. Huttenlocher, dean of Cornell Tech, a closely watched collaboration in New York City between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, is making it his goal to create an environment where everything can be repurposed. Committing to flexibility means committing to nothing. Embracing technology means not buying too much.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Cornell Tech flexibility Higher Education HZ 133 infrastructure plsnning Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:44:04 +0000 Michele Cummins 22721 at