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Can coding improve your child’s writing skills?

Tue, 2017-04-04 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

There’s a big push in education right now to teach kids how to code. Coding is undoubtedly an important skill that will help students in the job marketplace. It’s an in-demand skill and a useful one. But can coding help students in other areas? Some are now suggesting that coding can help improve students’ writing skills.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/can-coding-improve-your-childs-writing-skills/

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App revolutionizes digital credentials, wins higher ed industry award

Tue, 2017-04-04 17:20

by Campus Technology

ASAE, American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation and Credly award first place prize for recruiting application using “near-miss” matching to pair employers and job seekers. The winning submission by Chicago-based architect Larry Kearns is a concept for a web-based recruiting ecosystem that matches candidates with potential employers based on a data-driven record of their perspectives and skills, verified by digital credentials. The judging panel found that Kearns’ proposal for a skill matching application brought a unique perspective to connecting employers and employees and offered an innovative approach to learning pathway design and the role played by industry and trade associations. “As the competencies critical to success in today’s workforce continue to change, employers are increasingly seeking timely, verified evidence of specific knowledge and skills while recruiting,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/alternative-pathways/app-digital-credentials-award/

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AI Market to Grow 47.5% Over Next Four Years

Tue, 2017-04-04 17:15

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The artificial intelligence (AI) market in the United States education sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 47.5 percent during the period 2017-2021, according to a new report by market research firm Research and Markets. The report, “Artificial Intelligence Market in the U.S. Education Sector 2017-2021,” was prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts, Research and Markets said in a news release. The report covers the market its growth prospects from this year through 2021. To calculate the market size, the report considered the revenue generated through sales of AI software-based products and complementary services to customers in the education market.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/24/ai-market-to-grow-47.5-percent-over-next-four-years.aspx

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An Open Online Harvard

Tue, 2017-04-04 17:05

By AKHIL S. WAGHMARE, Harvard Crimson

Thanks to the explosion of the internet, it is now possible to share content with billions of people. This has also allowed for increased access to high quality education through online platforms. Services like Khan Academy have reached millions of students worldwide and offered them resources for the classroom and traditionally expensive test prep for exams such as the SAT. And the rise of Massive Online Open Courses has given universities platforms for offering free, online versions of their own classes. Harvard has produced many of these, replicating almost 100 courses through the edX platform which it cofounded with MIT.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/3/27/waghmare-open-online-harvard/

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Facebook launches e-learning site for journalists

Tue, 2017-04-04 17:03

by The China Post

The e-learning courses for journalists are now available in Chinese, English and eight other languages, and are designed to help journalists discover content, create stories and engage audiences using Facebook. Every course features best examples, guides and cases of successful utilization of Facebook by journalists. Facebook is studying new methods to support journalists and help users make accurate judgements on news stories that they read and facilitate meaningful discussions on subjects of common concern, a statement said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2017/03/28/494432/Facebook-launches.htm

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Online classes provide students with options

Tue, 2017-04-04 17:01

By John Hoang, The Shorthorn

Learning through online classrooms can give students more options to incorporate into a busy schedule. Flexibility is a strong benefit for students taking online courses, said Jodi Tommerdahl, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, in an email. Students have more room to work and take care of college responsibilities. Students struggling with commuting to campus and work schedules that fall outside most class schedules can be alleviated through technology.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/life_and_entertainment/online-classes-provide-students-with-options/article_b9597dae-13ec-11e7-b0e7-db85e64d9b39.html

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8 Online Courses Teaching Skills To Boost Your Resume

Mon, 2017-04-03 17:25

by Laurence Bradford, Forbes

Online courses can help you level up your career and stay competitive–whether you have a job or are looking for one. Unsure which to take or don’t think you have the time? Here are eight resume-worthy skills you can learn from the comfort of your couch with short online courses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencebradford/2017/03/25/8-online-courses-teaching-skills-to-boost-your-resume/#120ef9eb2c8a

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Five Reasons to Teach Robotics in School

Mon, 2017-04-03 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

In today’s’ technology-driven world, it’s important now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society. Many governments have already recognized the importance of robotics in the classroom and have begun to create programs and laws that would incorporate it into their public education system. By teaching our students the basics of robotics, we can open a whole new world to them and exciting opportunities that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/five-reasons-to-teach-robotics-in-schools/

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Technology and graduation rate: a direct correlation

Mon, 2017-04-03 17:15

BY Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

There is a lot of talk out there about ways to raise the graduation rate. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan proudly wore #80 in the NBA All-Star celebrity game to tout the highest graduation rate the country has seen since 1974. Educators are collectively working harder to help students make it to the high school finish line and get prepared for college and the workforce. There is a lot of credit to be handed out for the successful graduation rates around the country (of course, there are still plenty of areas for improvement) but I think one shining area deserves a lot of the praise: technology.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/technology-and-graduation-rate-a-direct-correlation/

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App revolutionizes digital credentials, wins higher ed industry award

Mon, 2017-04-03 17:09

by Campus Technology

ASAE, American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation and Credly award first place prize for recruiting application using “near-miss” matching to pair employers and job seekers. The winning submission by Chicago-based architect Larry Kearns is a concept for a web-based recruiting ecosystem that matches candidates with potential employers based on a data-driven record of their perspectives and skills, verified by digital credentials. The judging panel found that Kearns’ proposal for a skill matching application brought a unique perspective to connecting employers and employees and offered an innovative approach to learning pathway design and the role played by industry and trade associations. “As the competencies critical to success in today’s workforce continue to change, employers are increasingly seeking timely, verified evidence of specific knowledge and skills while recruiting,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/alternative-pathways/app-digital-credentials-award/

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AI Market to Grow 47.5% Over Next Four Years

Mon, 2017-04-03 17:05

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The artificial intelligence (AI) market in the United States education sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 47.5 percent during the period 2017-2021, according to a new report by market research firm Research and Markets. The report, “Artificial Intelligence Market in the U.S. Education Sector 2017-2021,” was prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts, Research and Markets said in a news release. The report covers the market its growth prospects from this year through 2021. To calculate the market size, the report considered the revenue generated through sales of AI software-based products and complementary services to customers in the education market.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/24/ai-market-to-grow-47.5-percent-over-next-four-years.aspx

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10 Online Classes to Kick-Start Your Sales Career if You Have Zero Experience

Mon, 2017-04-03 17:03

By Alyse Kalish, the Muse

You’ll be pleased to learn that breaking into sales is a lot easier than getting into other fields. Unlike other industries that include that terrifying entry-level “needs 2-5 years of experience” clause on the job description, many sales roles do not. That being said, it always helps to be at least one step ahead of the game when considering a new career. So, if you’re a recent grad, career changer, or just a confused job seeker, we know the perfect online classes to dip your toes in sales—whether that means learning what the role entails or getting to throw “proficient in Salesforce” on your resume, we’ve got it all.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-online-classes-to-kickstart-your-sales-career-if-you-have-zero-experience

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Don’t teach your kids coding, teach them how to live online

Sun, 2017-04-02 17:25

by Kelsey Munro, Sydney Morning Tribune

“Don’t teach your kids coding,” says New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman. “Well – teach it if you want. But before you teach them coding, teach them digital civics: how to talk to one another on the internet, how to understand fact from fiction.” The internet is a sewer “of untreated, unfiltered information,” he told his audience of teachers and international education leaders at a conference in Dubai on the weekend, “and if we don’t build the values filters so our children can interact in this environment, with real values … we have a real problem.”

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/dont-teach-your-kids-coding-teach-them-how-to-live-online-20170323-gv5e9r.html

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The Invasion Of Tech In The Classroom

Sun, 2017-04-02 17:20

By Tanner Mondok, the Jambar

Classrooms no longer consist of only 20 desks and a chalkboard — they now most likely have at least a few computers and a projector at their fingertips. Technology has completely changed the way professors teach their classes and that trend isn’t going anywhere. Technology in classrooms has evolved to the point where students now have the ability to never leave their house but still get an education thanks to online classes. Sal Sanders, dean of College of Graduate Studies and a health professions professor, teaches an online class and said that technology is the classroom. “It is the learning environment for me and for the students,” he said. “It’s not so much the effect of technology on students and on the classroom, it’s just how we live today.”

http://www.thejambar.com/invasion-tech-classroom/

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Everything You Should Know About Blockchain

Sun, 2017-04-02 17:20

By Julia Chang, Forbes

If you’ve been skimming the financial news over the past few months, you may have noticed the word “blockchain” touted as the wave of the future. You may have even clicked on a story or two — but still been fuzzy on what exactly the terminology means. That’s not surprising, considering that blockchain sounds more like a new type of Lego piece or the name of a hot fashion house than a technology that could transform the way we make transactions online. It gets a bit complicated but, in a nutshell, blockchain is a digital method of record-keeping that makes information easily visible and accessible, which means there is no central authority required to keep track of all the stages of a transaction from start to finish. Blockchain is still probably a few years away from having a real, everyday impact on your life, but with companies like IBM and Microsoft working hard to develop the technology, the future may be here before you know it.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2017/04/01/everything-you-should-know-about-blockchain/#607431a263d7

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Develop a Cocurricular Transcript as an Online Student

Sun, 2017-04-02 17:16

By Bradley Fuster, US News

Online students should consider participating in virtual clubs to build their transcripts. In the early 1990s, residential colleges began encouraging students to develop cocurricular transcripts as a way to organize and document their learning experiences outside the classroom. Increasingly since then, many residential colleges and a few progressive online programs have adopted cocurricular transcripts or similar e-portfolios to help students showcase their out-of-class experiences. While these transcripts lend themselves more organically to on-campus students, I encourage online students to embrace this practice. Doing so can help level the playing field with on-campus students when applying to graduate school, internships, jobs, awards or scholarships.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-03-24/develop-a-cocurricular-transcript-as-an-online-student

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Online Degree Programs May Change the Future of Higher Education

Sun, 2017-04-02 17:12

by Pete Musto, Voice of America

The communications company AT&T gave the Georgia Institute of Technology $4 million to create an online degree program in 2014. In the past few years, the program has become a true success story, says Joshua Goodman, an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University. Goodman says online degree programs have faced two major barriers. First, it has often been lesser-known, lower-quality, or for-profit universities that have offered online programs. Second, well-known, high-quality schools charged the same price for online and in-person programs. But the Georgia Tech program may have solved these problems, Goodman says. Many experts consider the university to have one of the best computer science master’s degree programs in the country. Also, Georgia Tech began offering the online program at less than one sixth of the cost of the traditional program.

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/online-degree-programs-change-higher-education/3780203.html

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8 Online Courses Teaching Skills To Boost Your Resume

Sun, 2017-04-02 17:10

by Laurence Bradford, Forbes

Online courses can help you level up your career and stay competitive–whether you have a job or are looking for one. Unsure which to take or don’t think you have the time? Here are eight resume-worthy skills you can learn from the comfort of your couch with short online courses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencebradford/2017/03/25/8-online-courses-teaching-skills-to-boost-your-resume/#120ef9eb2c8a

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Technology and graduation rate: a direct correlation

Sun, 2017-04-02 17:02

BY Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

There is a lot of talk out there about ways to raise the graduation rate. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan proudly wore #80 in the NBA All-Star celebrity game to tout the highest graduation rate the country has seen since 1974. Educators are collectively working harder to help students make it to the high school finish line and get prepared for college and the workforce. There is a lot of credit to be handed out for the successful graduation rates around the country (of course, there are still plenty of areas for improvement) but I think one shining area deserves a lot of the praise: technology.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/technology-and-graduation-rate-a-direct-correlation/

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Teachers: Khan-style online tutorials go 2.0 with new technology

Sat, 2017-04-01 17:26

BY PETER WEST, eCampus News

Khan Academy-style tutorials go 2.0, humanizing online learning thanks to the LightBoard. This next stage of evolution of tutorials allows students to get an enhanced experience with a more personal connection between the student and the teacher. Students no longer view only writing with a disembodied voice. They now get to see their teacher, complete with facial expressions, gestures and all the “human” things that make person-to-person explanations appealing. While nothing can replace a one-to-one, face-to-face explanation, this is better than anything in the past. This type of tutorial is simple to make; any teacher who can stand at a board, write with a standard marker and explain a concept can now make tutorials—no digital pens and touch-enabled devices needed, and almost no technical knowledge required.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/ed-tech-leadership/khan-online-tutorials-lightboard/

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