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VR is great, but here’s why hands-on learning can’t disappear

Mon, 2017-08-28 17:20

BY LADISLAS DE TOLDI, eSchool News
Physically engaging with tangible toys is the best way to take a lesson that is taught on a computer screen and apply it to everyday skills. With 80 percent of teachers reporting that they support the use of technology in the classroom, it is important to integrate tools that best fit with a child’s learning abilities, as well as school curriculum. Just this spring, a tech trend spun through the nation and it seemed as though almost every elementary school child was holding a fidget spinner. It was reported that the momentum of these small, ball-bearing devices provide a pleasing sensory experience, and therefore help hold the attention of those with ADHD or Autism.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/08/21/vr-tangible-physical-toys/

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Georgia Tech Launches Facility for Remote Users to Control Robot Swarms

Mon, 2017-08-28 17:14

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology is opening the “Robotarium” this month to allow users from around the world to test out their code on a rotating pair of robot swarms. The 725-square-foot facility features a 12-inch x 14-inch bowl-shaped court and is home to teams of wheeled and flying swarm robots that users can put their code to the test on after honing it on simulators provided by Georgia Tech. Passersby can see the robots in action through a window and users can watch video captured by motion-activated cameras on the Robotarium’s ceiling of the robots running their code.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/17/georgia-tech-launches-facility-for-remote-users-to-control-robot-swarms.aspx

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Wait-HOW many students doubt they’ll graduate?

Mon, 2017-08-28 17:06

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
A new study reveals surprising information about students’ confidence in their ability to reach college graduation. Nearly half of students entering college are arriving on campus already doubting their ability to reach graduation, according to a new study. According to the 2017 Allianz Tuition Insurance College Confidence Index, 48 percent are less than very confident they will finish college without dropping out permanently, and 55 percent think they will need to take at least some time off.

Wait-HOW many students doubt they’ll graduate?

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The Bittersweet Convergence of Policy, Higher Ed and Tech

Mon, 2017-08-28 17:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
This panel of analysts examined the issues currently faced by post-secondary education and how tech and regulation can and will influence the outcomes. Even as technology continually promises to deliver a more effective education to a more engaged audience of learners, it hardly ever measures up in the classroom let alone institutionally. Could it be that current policies constrain schools from being able to innovate in deep and important ways? During Blackboard’s recent user conference, BbWorld, a group of leading analysts in education met to discuss the post-secondary landscape and how government policy and the use of tech can influence the outcomes.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/16/the-bittersweet-convergence-of-policy-higher-ed-and-tech.aspx

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Stanford Hosts Cyber Bootcamp for Congressional Staffers

Mon, 2017-08-28 17:02

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Stanford University is hosting its third annual cyber bootcamp for congressional staffers this week in an effort to bring policy makers up to speed on a group of thorny and accelerating issues with myriad ramifications. The university is offering informational sessions, panel discussions, role-playing exercises and networking opportunities for nearly three dozen staffers from the United States House and Senate, representing offices and committees such as Homeland Security, Commerce, Judiciary, Energy, Appropriations and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “We created the cyber bootcamp precisely because many congressional staffers had told us this was the type of help they needed,” said Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), a sponsor of the event, in a prepared statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/15/stanford-hosts-cyber-bootcamp-for-congressional-staffers.aspx

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The Bittersweet Convergence of Policy, Higher Ed and Tech

Sun, 2017-08-27 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
This panel of analysts examined the issues currently faced by post-secondary education and how tech and regulation can and will influence the outcomes. Even as technology continually promises to deliver a more effective education to a more engaged audience of learners, it hardly ever measures up in the classroom let alone institutionally. Could it be that current policies constrain schools from being able to innovate in deep and important ways? During Blackboard’s recent user conference, BbWorld, a group of leading analysts in education met to discuss the post-secondary landscape and how government policy and the use of tech can influence the outcomes.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/16/the-bittersweet-convergence-of-policy-higher-ed-and-tech.aspx

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Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

Sun, 2017-08-27 17:20

by ROBBIE FEINBERG, NPR

Welsch learned what a lot of teachers, researchers and policymakers in Maine have come to realize over the past 15 years: You can’t just put a computer in a kid’s hand and expect it to change learning. Research has shown that “one-to-one” programs, meaning one student one computer, implemented the right way, increase student learning in subjects like writing, math and science. Those results have prompted other states, like Utah and Nevada, to look at implementing their own one-to-one programs in recent years. Yet, after a decade and a half, and at a cost of about $12 million annually (around one percent of the state’s education budget), Maine has yet to see any measurable increases on statewide standardized test scores. That’s part of why Maine’s current governor, Paul LePage, has called the program a “massive failure.”

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/08/18/536875865/15-years-later-how-did-it-go-with-maines-school-laptop-program

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GAME OF THRONES: SHOW’S LINGUIST CREATES ONLINE COURSE TO TEACH HIGH VALYRIAN

Sun, 2017-08-27 17:15

BY ALEX GILYADOV, IGN

You can now learn one of Game of Thrones’ ancient languages, High Valyrian, thanks to Duolingo. Quartz reports the company teamed up with the show’s linguist David J. Peterson to create a free online course that teaches Daenerys Targaryen’s mother tongue. You can try it out on Duolingo’s website now, and it will soon be available on iOS and Android devices. The course is free, with an option to pay for a subscription to remove ads. You’ll learn everything from how to simply say father, which is “kepa” in High Valyrian, to more complex phrases like “Daenerys praises the dragon,” which translates to “Daenerys zaldrīzī rijas.”

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/08/18/game-of-thrones-shows-linguist-creates-online-course-to-teach-high-valyrian

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Consider an Online Degree Program’s Alumni Services #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-27 17:05

by Joe Chapman, US News

As students determine which online degree program is the best fit for them, researching the available support services is essential. With the growth of online learning, more programs invest in resources and staffing for enrolled students. But it’s also important for prospective online students to consider the support and guidance they will receive after graduation. For online students, the merits of a school’s alumni association may not always factor into their selection process. However, having access to a quality post-graduate support system can make all the difference as students embark on a career and look to maximize their newly earned degree or certificate. These resources can be critical to developing their social and professional networks.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-08-18/look-into-alumni-services-when-choosing-an-online-degree-program

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Africa ‘must embrace online learning’ to meet demand for degrees #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-27 17:02

by Chris Parr, Times Higher Ed

There is a “crisis of capacity” on the African continent, Dr Andrews said, pointing out that half the population is under 19 – just one of the factors contributing to the spiralling demand for higher education. “To meet that demand,” he said, “Africa would need to build 10 universities a week, [with] each [one enrolling] 10,000 students every week for the next 12 years.” This simply isn’t going to happen. “I am not saying that all bricks-and-mortar institutions need to be closed, but it is impossible for African governments to build enough to [educate the population] in the traditional way,” said Dr Andrews, who was a lecturer at Bournemouth University for 13 years, leaving in 2006. “They have to think about innovations, to think about online as part of the solution.”

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/africa-must-embrace-online-learning-meet-demand-degrees

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FDU Announces Nation’s Unique Online Tutoring/Learning Skills Support Program #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-27 17:01

by Farleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has announced its innovative LD Virtual Tutoring program will be offered to students throughout the U.S. and worldwide beginning this fall. Developed by expert learning specialists at FDU, LD Virtual Tutoring is the nation’s first online support program designed exclusively for high school and college students who learn differently. Students can receive personalized, one-to-one online tutoring and learning skills support regardless of their grade, academic major or location. Mary Farrell, Ph.D., founder of the program and a nationally recognized expert in language-based learning disabilities, said the program offers students a direct connection to a live tutor with sessions tailored to their individual needs. Tutors are learning specialists with subject area expertise.

https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/17/08/p9949470/fdu-announces-nations-first-online-tutoringlearning-skills-support-prog

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