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Four Types of AI from Reactive to Self-Aware #infographic

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:25

by Futurism

With advances in computing power – including machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, genetic algorithms and computational creativity – just to name a few – it increasingly seems likely that artificial intelligence is evolving from simple to self-aware machines.  Here is a look at where AI is now, and the prospect of what it will become.

https://futurism.com/images/types-of-ai-from-reactive-to-self-aware-infographic/

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Google Unveils ‘Teachable Machine’ to Showcase AI to Users

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:20

by Todd R. Weiss, IT Pro Windows

Google has unveiled an AI experiment that’s designed to expand and promote the understanding of artificial intelligence and machine learning by allowing anyone to try their own online AI experiences.  Called “Teachable Machine,” the project is a simple experiment that lets online participants teach a machine using their computer’s camera right within a web browser, with no laborious hand coding required, wrote Barron Webster, a designer and machine learning enthusiast in Google’s Creative Lab, in a recent post on The Google Official Blog. From helping you find your favorite dog photos, to helping farmers in Japan sort cucumbers, machine learning is changing the way people use code to solve problems,” wrote Webster.

http://windowsitpro.com/machine-learning/google-unveils-teachable-machine-showcase-ai-users

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MOOCs Reborn: Online Education’s Student-Friendly Makeover Promises Better 

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:15

by Tom Lindsay, Forbes

A number of MOOCs have taken on the challenge to increase course completion, crafting innovations that are now yielding completion rates that are up to five times the average. They have accomplished this through seeking to ameliorate the “loneliness”—that is, the social isolation—of the long-distance learner. This advance is especially encouraging, given the speed with which MOOCs are multiplying: According to one survey, roughly 2,000 new MOOCs have taken flight since the beginning of the year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomlindsay/2017/10/11/moocs-reborn-online-educations-student-friendly-makeover-promises-better-results/#4cb83b5949ce

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How Will AR Transform Education? [#Infographic]

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:05

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, edtech Magazine
Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV. In the summer of 2016, nothing was quite as buzzy as the smartphone game, “Pokémon Go.” Thanks to its augmented reality (AR) format — which blends real-world interactivity with an immersive video game world — the game spiked in popularity among K–12 and college students. It also introduced the concept of AR into the education sector. By 2018, the AR device market is expected to reach about $660 million, a new infographic from the New Jersey Institute of Technology reports. While AR is still up and coming, several mobile apps have emerged to let students (both at the K–12 and higher ed level) engage with interactive books about space and human anatomy charts.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/how-will-ar-transform-education-infographic-0

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Virtual teaching in bigger schools can foster collaboration skills and give students access to new experiences

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:02

by Alan Joch, edtech Magazine

The master plan developed by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) identifies virtual classrooms and blended learning opportunities as critical resources for personalized instruction. “We’re focusing on cultivating collaboration and communications skills, critical thinking and creativity in our students,” CTO Melissa Dodd says. “To do that, we must provide opportunities for them to engage in rich tech environments, which is what they’ll encounter after they graduate and move into their professions.” Virtual classrooms not only provide well-stocked environments for the general student population, they also help SFUSD address specific needs. About 350 students use virtual classrooms to revisit classes they previously failed or for which they received poor grades.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/10/large-school-districts-can-make-most-virtual-classrooms-too

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Best Practices for Cybersecurity Are Simple and Keep Users in Mind

Fri, 2017-10-20 17:02

by Nicci Fagan, edTech Magazine
To keep networks safe, higher education leaders need to ensure security measures are easy to navigate. The Department of Homeland Security recently released its themes for October, from basic online safety to cybersecurity careers. Each week, DHS and its partners will release resources relating to each theme that IT staff can incorporate into cybersecurity education and training.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/best-practices-cybersecurity-are-simple-and-keep-users-mind

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Online Guide Helps Students Learn How to Create Immersive Media

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser10/12/17
When the New York Times Magazine launched its free virtual reality app, “The Displaced,” which could be viewed on a smartphone inserted into a low-cost cardboard headset, it opened possibilities for educators on bringing immersive experiences to their students. Less than a year later Digital Promise Global teamed up with Oculus VR for Good, a unit within Facebook’s VR headset division, to provide 360-degree production equipment to American high schools for helping students produce their own videos on topics that mattered to them.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/12/online-guide-helps-students-learn-how-to-create-immersive-media.aspx

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Report: Taking Just 1 More Course Improves Student Persistence

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:20

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Taking just one more course per term can increase persistence toward graduation for some students, according to a new report from Civitas Learning. Based on data from 60 institutions and nearly 1.4 million students, the report found that, particularly for part-time and nontraditional students, “even small shifts in course load can have a profound impact on success rates.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/12/report-taking-1-more-course-improves-student-persistence.aspx

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Faculty Predict Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Will Be Key to Ed Tech in 10 Years

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:15

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Judging by the outlook of faculty in colleges and universities today, the future is bright for technology in higher education. A full 98 percent of faculty members who took Campus Technology’s second annual Teaching With Technology Survey believe technology will play a positive role in education going forward. That’s a step up from 97 percent who answered the same in 2016. What technologies do faculty think will be important in education over the next decade? The most popular answer to that question by far was virtual/augmented/mixed reality, garnering 81 percent of responses (it topped the list last year as well). Mobile devices and apps, 3D modeling/scanning/printing, adaptive/personalized learning and video/streaming all rounded out the top five.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/11/faculty-predict-virtual-augmented-mixed-reality-will-be-key-to-ed-tech-in-10-years.aspx

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Google Unveils ‘Teachable Machine’ to Showcase AI to Users

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:05

by Todd R. Weiss, IT Pro Windows

Google has unveiled an AI experiment that’s designed to expand and promote the understanding of artificial intelligence and machine learning by allowing anyone to try their own online AI experiences.  Called “Teachable Machine,” the project is a simple experiment that lets online participants teach a machine using their computer’s camera right within a web browser, with no laborious hand coding required, wrote Barron Webster, a designer and machine learning enthusiast in Google’s Creative Lab, in a recent post on The Google Official Blog. From helping you find your favorite dog photos, to helping farmers in Japan sort cucumbers, machine learning is changing the way people use code to solve problems,” wrote Webster.

http://windowsitpro.com/machine-learning/google-unveils-teachable-machine-showcase-ai-users

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MOOCs Reborn: Online Education’s Student-Friendly Makeover Promises Better 

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:03

by Tom Lindsay, Forbes

A number of MOOCs have taken on the challenge to increase course completion, crafting innovations that are now yielding completion rates that are up to five times the average. They have accomplished this through seeking to ameliorate the “loneliness”—that is, the social isolation—of the long-distance learner. This advance is especially encouraging, given the speed with which MOOCs are multiplying: According to one survey, roughly 2,000 new MOOCs have taken flight since the beginning of the year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomlindsay/2017/10/11/moocs-reborn-online-educations-student-friendly-makeover-promises-better-results/#4cb83b5949ce

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Four Types of AI from Reactive to Self-Aware #infographic

Thu, 2017-10-19 17:02

by Futurism

With advances in computing power – including machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, genetic algorithms and computational creativity – just to name a few – it increasingly seems likely that artificial intelligence is evolving from simple to self-aware machines.  Here is a look at where AI is now, and the prospect of what it will become.

https://futurism.com/images/types-of-ai-from-reactive-to-self-aware-infographic/

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The gap between what employers need and the skills of the workforce is growing

Wed, 2017-10-18 17:24

By Mike Averill, Tulsa World

The skills gap refers to the skills required by employers and the training held by the workforce or the number of jobs requiring skills that the workforce does not have.  There are more than 60,000 unfilled jobs in the state, of which nearly 18,000 are deemed critical to growing the economy. In August there were 81,476 unemployed, or about 4.5 percent of the state’s 1.8 million-person workforce. “We have people who have skills who aren’t working and we have jobs that are available but the people who have skills don’t have the right skills for the jobs,” said Shelley Cadamy, executive director of Workforce Tulsa.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/the-gap-between-what-employers-need-and-the-skills-of/article_8142a964-7e45-546c-b641-502a607bb5b0.html

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5 MUST HAVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT APPS, TOOLS, AND RESOURCES

Wed, 2017-10-18 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate
For most teachers, classroom management is one of the biggest challenges. Managing twenty-six young people with a variety of interests, skill levels, and behaviors is no easy task. Luckily, edtech can help. Use these five classroom management apps, tools, and resources to minimize classroom management issues and maximize instructional time.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-must-classroom-management-apps-tools-resources/

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7 MUST-HAVE PROBLEM BASED LEARNING APPS, TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Wed, 2017-10-18 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Problem Based Learning (PBL) can radically change student learning. Rather than stuff students full of facts or material to memorize, problem based learning encourages students to solve problems independently (or in groups) to find solutions. Additionally, problem based learning is student-centered, which is where all of education is headed. Therefore, teachers must make efforts to provide students with problem based learning activities. To grow your collection of PBL resources, here are seven must-have apps and tools.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-problem-based-learning-apps-tools-resources/

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Report: Taking Just 1 More Course Improves Student Persistence

Wed, 2017-10-18 17:10

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Taking just one more course per term can increase persistence toward graduation for some students, according to a new report from Civitas Learning. Based on data from 60 institutions and nearly 1.4 million students, the report found that, particularly for part-time and nontraditional students, “even small shifts in course load can have a profound impact on success rates.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/12/report-taking-1-more-course-improves-student-persistence.aspx

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Why Is Live Interactive Video Streaming So Rare Among MOOCs and LMSs?

Wed, 2017-10-18 17:04

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

ELearning is clearly here to stay. As early as 2013, The Wall Street Journal found that, of people seeking higher education in the U.S., only 29% were traditional college students, e.g. 18-22-year-old high school graduates. A much bigger percentage was made up by people over 25 with a full time job and/or a family. In some cases, these lifelong learners will be able to attend class in person, but for most, online courses and other eLearning programs are far more accessible, less expensive, and easier to fit into a demanding schedule.

https://news.elearninginside.com/why-is-live-interactive-video-streaming-so-rare-among-moocs-and-lmss/

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The gap between what employers need and the skills of the workforce is growing

Wed, 2017-10-18 17:03

By Mike Averill, Tulsa World

The skills gap refers to the skills required by employers and the training held by the workforce or the number of jobs requiring skills that the workforce does not have.  There are more than 60,000 unfilled jobs in the state, of which nearly 18,000 are deemed critical to growing the economy. In August there were 81,476 unemployed, or about 4.5 percent of the state’s 1.8 million-person workforce. “We have people who have skills who aren’t working and we have jobs that are available but the people who have skills don’t have the right skills for the jobs,” said Shelley Cadamy, executive director of Workforce Tulsa.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/the-gap-between-what-employers-need-and-the-skills-of/article_8142a964-7e45-546c-b641-502a607bb5b0.html

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Why Is Live Interactive Video Streaming So Rare Among MOOCs and LMSs?

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:24

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

ELearning is clearly here to stay. As early as 2013, The Wall Street Journal found that, of people seeking higher education in the U.S., only 29% were traditional college students, e.g. 18-22-year-old high school graduates. A much bigger percentage was made up by people over 25 with a full time job and/or a family. In some cases, these lifelong learners will be able to attend class in person, but for most, online courses and other eLearning programs are far more accessible, less expensive, and easier to fit into a demanding schedule.

https://news.elearninginside.com/why-is-live-interactive-video-streaming-so-rare-among-moocs-and-lmss/

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Emerging Tech Boosts Online Education Growth Over Next 4 Years

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:20

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

A study finds that mobile devices, virtual reality and blending learning programs will spark innovation. With millions of students enrolling in at least one online course, it should be no surprise that a recent Technavio study found that the online education market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent until 2021. As enrollment and investment in online education increases, the report claims that the industry owes a lot of this growth to mobile devices and increased desire for blended learning opportunities.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/emerging-tech-boosts-online-education-growth-over-next-4-years

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