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WILL GAMIFICATION BE THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION?

Fri, 2017-01-06 16:15

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

The truth is, it’s already happening. The system of education is becoming more and more gamified every day. Gamification is simply bringing components of gaming-scores, rewards, and levels to non-gaming settings. In the classroom, this is becoming more and more prevalent. For instance, in the Uncommon Schools system, a coalition of charter schools spread across the Northeast, a paycheck system is used to monitor student behavior. These “scholar dollars” are given or taken away based on good or poor behavior. This gamified system shows rewards and demerits based on how well the students can behave; or how well they “play the game.”

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/will-gamification-be-the-future-of-education/

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The 5 Biggest Higher Education Tech Trends in 2016

Fri, 2017-01-06 16:14

by Megan Bogardez Cortez, EdTech

Here’s the lowdown on what was interesting and innovative at universities this year. 1. Understanding the Power of Data; 2. Protecting Colleges from Growing Cybersecurity Threats; 3. Seeing the Valuable Potential for Virtual Reality; 4. Creating Robust Networks for Even More Devices; 5. Increasing Utilization of Cloud Services.

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/12/5-biggest-higher-education-tech-trends-2016

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Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching?

Fri, 2017-01-06 16:11

by Hannah Devlin, the Guardian

As the technology evolves, the interventions could become more sophisticated and the software might play a more active role in teaching, raising questions about the extent to which intelligent software could replace human teachers. Rose Luckin, a professor of learner centred design at University College London, who is collaborating with Third Space Learning on the project, said: “What we are very interested in is the right blend of human and artificial intelligence in the classroom – identifying that sweet spot.” According to Luckin, AI provides a unique opportunity to assess which teaching strategies are working and to individualise teaching.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/26/could-online-tutors-and-artificial-intelligence-be-the-future-of-teaching

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More college students taking courses online

Fri, 2017-01-06 16:07

BY MARK PORCARO AND RICK MUMA, Wichita Eagle

More and more traditional-age students are taking online courses and enrolling in 100 percent online programs. The latest figures reported by U.S. colleges and universities show that 70 percent of students are doing so at public institutions. Many of today’s students may have already taken online courses in high school, or even pursued K-12 education completely online, and expect to continue to do so in college. Students wanting to attend college may not be able to afford to stop everything, move to campus and attend courses at times when schools want to offer them. They expect, like with many other things, that learning should be personalized and available on demand. Because of this, institutions that cater to this trend are seeing their enrollments grow.

http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article122750519.html

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5 brilliant ways top universities are handling Millennials’ web needs

Fri, 2017-01-06 16:03

BY IVO PASCUCCI, eCampus News

From LMS to Facebook, and from streaming in class to proliferating devices, universities are coming up with new ways to satisfy the Millennials’ digital age. The proliferation of connected devices (Gartner predicts that 20 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020) is coming with a generation of people who will leverage the internet in novel ways. Already, online courses and web-based resources are an everyday option on campuses all over the country thanks to Millennials’ web needs. To handle this new digital paradigm, universities are coming up with new ways to leverage students’ expanding use of technology and adapt their networks to meet new demands.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/it-newsletter/universities-millennials-web-needs/

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