Newest Library Items en edX CEO: 'It Is Pathetic That the Education System Has Not Changed in Hundreds of Years' <p>In just a few years, massive open online courses have already been through a multiple phases of the Gartner "hype cycle." But Anant Agarwal, CEO of the nonprofit MOOC platform provider edX, remains undaunted. In the space of a few years edX has amassed more than 3 billion records. Agarwal said he wants to use the data to learn how students learn in order to continuously re-engineer the platform in much the same way that Google tweaks its services.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> edX Higher Education HZ 131 massive open online course MOOC online learning HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:24:39 +0000 Michele Cummins 22702 at Carts, 1:1 and BYOD: The Journey Towards Personal Student Devices <p>There is no tried and proven roadmap for districts to achieve 1:1. Schools are still learning how to do it right. This article gives some examples to help guide the discussion on BYOD and 1:1 programs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BYOD HZ 131 iPad laptop cart Mobile Device mobile learning personalized tablet K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:27:10 +0000 Michele Cummins 22701 at Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time <p>Give students a chance to explore their creativity with maker spaces and 20% time.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> 20% time create creativity HZ 131 maker maker space real-world learning student-centered K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:43:29 +0000 Michele Cummins 22700 at What Constitutes Success For Course Choice? <p>"Less than two-thirds of high schools–63%–offer physics. Only about half of high schools offer calculus." Can Course Access programs, in which students have access to publicly funded courses of their choice across a range of providers held accountable for results, be a solution?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> course access K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:40 +0000 Michele Cummins 22699 at How Technology Is Helping Students Take Ownership Of Their Work <p>A high school physics teacher discusses how her students authored their own content by creating an iBook, which they will soon share with other classes through Google Hangouts.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 131 ownership personalized personalized learning K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:48:46 +0000 Michele Cummins 22698 at New vision-correcting display shows promise <p>Researchers at UC Berkeley developed a method using algorithms to change images pixel by pixel to adjust for the viewer’s specific visual aberrations. The goal is to use this technology in creating vision-correcting displays that would allow users to use a device or computer without needing their glasses or contact lenses.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> algorithm display Emerging Technologies Higher Education HZ 131 North America UC Berkeley vision vision-correcting Tech News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:15:22 +0000 Michele Cummins 22697 at A Quick Reminder That Technology Can Be Wonderful Telepresence robots make it possible for people with disabilities to visit museums. <p>"In the years since his stroke museum-lover Henry Evans has made it his mission to find ways to extend his reach into the world, and when he began inquiring about using telepresence robots in museums earlier this year, he found willing partners."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 131 robot telepresence Tech News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:21:23 +0000 Michele Cummins 22696 at Lessons courtesy of the robot in the classroom <p>An engineering student who has to be hospitalized due to a climbing accident used a telepresence robot from Awabot, a French robotics company, which allows mobile video conferencing. "From his hospital bed Mr Charadeau was able to control the robot using a software package loaded on to his computer. High quality global journalism requires investment. He was able to see his professor and fellow students in lectures and classes through a camera mounted on the robot. His classmates could also see his face on the video screen of the robot via a camera mounted on Mr Charadeau’s computer."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Awabot Emerging Technologies EMLYON Higher Education HZ 131 learning lab robot telepresence HiEd Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:12:44 +0000 Michele Cummins 22695 at Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality <p>Here are a few of the most common myths about big data and education, and Charlie Harrington of Knewton's take on the reality.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> data digital textbook e-book ebook electronic textbook HZ 131 Reflections on the Future student data K-12 K12 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:32:44 +0000 Michele Cummins 22694 at Duke Libraries Offers E-Books and Audiobooks for Personal Mobile Devices <p>Duke University Libraries has launched a service called Duke Overdrive that allows students, faculty, and staff to download up to five e-books at a time onto their personal devices, including iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Android phones and tablets and Kindles.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 131 library mobile app mobile library mobile reading HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:38:12 +0000 Michele Cummins 22693 at Beaverton School District Will Award Technology Grants to 17 Teams of Teachers <p>Check out how 17 teams of Beaverton School District teachers are making use of the "Positive Change Innovation Grants" they've received for this coming school year.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Beaverton grant HZ 131 K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:22:03 +0000 Michele Cummins 22692 at Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful <p>Often, pedestrians want the quietest route or the most beautiful but if they turn to a mapping application, they’ll get little help. That could change now thanks to the work of Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a couple of pals. These guys have worked out how to measure the “beauty” of specific locations within cities and then designed an algorithm that automatically chooses a route between two locations in a way that maximizes the beauty along it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> algorithm Emerging Technologies GPS HZ 130 Tech News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:12:47 +0000 Michele Cummins 22691 at Creating a Community of Learners With Coding <p>This article highlights how the characteristics of a coding classroom go beyond the code and enable an environment of collaboration, communication, and creativity.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> authentic learning coding collaboration communication community HZ 130 real world learning real-world K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:01:35 +0000 Michele Cummins 22690 at Udacity’s Nanodegrees: Edtech’s Challenge To College Credentials? <p>Udacity plans to roll out an array of company-designed nanodegrees starting this fall. Thrun says pricing hasn’t been finalized yet for the nanodegree programs. But the cost could be about $3,000 or less for a sequence of courses that some students might complete in as little as six months, he says.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> alternative learning Higher Education HZ 130 nanodegrees online learning Udacity Challenges and Trends HiEd Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:42:22 +0000 Michele Cummins 22689 at In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven <p>Mississippi is so far behind on technology use in schools, it earned an “F” on a“digital report card” published this year byDigital Learning Now, a group that advocates for more online learning. The rankings examined whether schools have high-speed broadband, whether teachers and students have Internet-capable devices, and whether the states have metcertain benchmarks to ensure effective use of technology.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> digital divide digital report card HZ 130 Mississippi North America K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:26:28 +0000 Michele Cummins 22688 at Hiring an electric 'smart' bike in Copenhagen <p>Copenhagen has upgraded its bikes to include electric assistance and GPS travel guides and they can be booked using a smartphone.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Copenhagen Emerging Technologies HZ 130 smart bike smart tech Tech in Popular Culture Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:08:31 +0000 Michele Cummins 22687 at The Body Learns <p>Involving the body improves learning because bodily movements provide the memory with additional cues with which to represent and retrieve the knowledge learned. Educators and parents can also help students incorporate bodily movements of their own into the use of educational technology, an approach that Black has applied to the teaching the programming language Scratch. Asking students to act out the motions they intend for the program’s virtual “agent” using their own bodies, and then programming the agents to make the same moves, has shown itself to be “a particularly effective learning approach.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> body embodied cognition HZ 130 physical movement K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:33:07 +0000 Michele Cummins 22686 at A tablet a day <p>Nigeria is facing one of the world’s worst learning crises and desperately needs to rethink education. Techies argue that growing connectivity can reach these students in classrooms where books are scarce, and that teachers can use free online resources to keep their lessons up to date.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> digital divide HZ 130 Nigeria Raspberry Pi tablet K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:26:37 +0000 Michele Cummins 22685 at The Case for Social Innovation Micro-Credentials <p>We’ve seen the disruptive power of “micro” in the fields of finance (micro-loans and micro-savings), insurance (micro-insurance), work (micro-jobs), housing (micro-homes), and entrepreneurship (micro-consignment). Now, it’s education’s turn. Many schools, companies, and nonprofits are starting to experiment with micro-credentials, using a common digital framework (“open badges”) developed by the Mozilla Foundation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> badge badges badging Higher Education HZ 130 micro-credentials Mozilla open badges Challenges and Trends HiEd Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:29:11 +0000 Michele Cummins 22684 at Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process <p>Useful apps for the creative process are those that encourage the recording of our thought flow and merge text with features such as voice recording, video, sketching and photography.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> apps BYOD creative process creativity device mobile learning K-12 References Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:25:04 +0000 Michele Cummins 22683 at