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Apple Tries to Regain Education Market Share With iPad Changes

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-08 17:26

by Tripp Mickle, Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. said it is updating its entry-level iPad with capabilities designed to appeal to students and new software for teachers, as the company tries to recharge sales of the tablet and shore up its dwindling share of the U.S. education market. The company Tuesday said its new 9.7-inch iPad includes a faster processor and works with the Apple Pencil stylus, which previously worked only with higher-end iPad Pro models. The entry-level iPad’s price remains at $329, the lowest-priced tablet available from the company. Schools, which receive discounts on pricing, can buy the device for $299.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-updates-ipad-with-stylus-support-1522167400

 

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Some UNG professors are implementing free, online textbooks

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-08 17:25

by Faith Green, University of North Georgia

Some UNG professors are taking the initiative to keep students from breaking the bank and their backs by providing free digital textbooks. One such professor is Ana Bonfante, a German lecturer on the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. She created her own collection of varying resources for her students to use as an alternative to a textbook.  “Although I understand that authors and publishing houses want to make profits, I believe I need to do what is best for my students,” Bonfante said. “If I can save them money while still providing quality materials, then why not?”

http://ungvanguard.org/2018/03/some-ung-professors-are-implementing-free-online-textbooks/

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Scaling Investment in Open Textbooks Through the Omnibus Bill

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-08 17:15

By Lindsey Tepe, New America
For the first time in nearly a decade, Congress has significantly boosted federal education spending through its $1.3 trillion spending bill. In addition to the good news for early education advocates, legislators have done more than increase higher education spending—the omnibus bill also introduces several new programs. One of these new programs aims to address the issue of college affordability in an unconventional way: through targeting the rapidly growing expense of college textbooks. The new Open Textbook Pilot supports projects that create or expand the use of openly licensed college texts with the joint goal of reducing student costs and maintaining or improving student learning outcomes

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/open-textbooks-omnibus-bill/

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Some UNG professors are implementing free, online textbooks

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-08 17:05

by Faith Green, University of North Georgia

Some UNG professors are taking the initiative to keep students from breaking the bank and their backs by providing free digital textbooks. One such professor is Ana Bonfante, a German lecturer on the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. She created her own collection of varying resources for her students to use as an alternative to a textbook.  “Although I understand that authors and publishing houses want to make profits, I believe I need to do what is best for my students,” Bonfante said. “If I can save them money while still providing quality materials, then why not?”

http://ungvanguard.org/2018/03/some-ung-professors-are-implementing-free-online-textbooks/

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More women than men take online classes at Florida universities

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-08 17:03

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida
More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors. Sixty-five percent of the undergraduates who took only distance-learning courses in the 2016-2017 academic year were women, who make up 56 percent of the overall undergraduate student body.

https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/03/26/more-women-than-men-take-online-classes-at-florida-universities

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Apple Tries to Regain Education Market Share With iPad Changes

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-08 17:01

by Tripp Mickle, Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. said it is updating its entry-level iPad with capabilities designed to appeal to students and new software for teachers, as the company tries to recharge sales of the tablet and shore up its dwindling share of the U.S. education market. The company Tuesday said its new 9.7-inch iPad includes a faster processor and works with the Apple Pencil stylus, which previously worked only with higher-end iPad Pro models. The entry-level iPad’s price remains at $329, the lowest-priced tablet available from the company. Schools, which receive discounts on pricing, can buy the device for $299.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-updates-ipad-with-stylus-support-1522167400

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Microsoft Education and Open Up Resources announce partnership to deliver top rated math curriculum

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-07 17:20

by Microsoft
Today we are announcing the integration between Open Up Resources curricula and Microsoft Education for Back to School 2018. Open Up Resources is a nonprofit working to develop the highest quality full-course OER curricula, standards-aligned, and provided for free to promote instructional equity. This curriculum was developed by Illustrative Mathematics, and currently covers 6th – 8th Grade Math. Recently, EdReports rated this curriculum with their highest ever rating. Any teacher can now easily sign up to use the Open Up Resources curriculum. With today’s announcement, Microsoft Education is offering this curriculum through OneNote , Forms and custom dashboards. This solution is free and can be used by teachers and students on any platform and device.

Microsoft Education and Open Up Resources announce partnership to deliver top rated math curriculum

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Top 10 TED talks for EdTech

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-07 17:19

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) formed in 1984, and since then, its series of short videos have revolutionized motivational speeches and the technology. With the click of a button, you can access powerful speeches that will make you help you embrace change and new ideas. Are you looking for some inspiration? TED-Ed offers tons of great educational content, and it has a significant amount of comment aimed at the EdTech industry. By watching these talks, you will gain insight into how students think and what teachers want in the classroom.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/top-10-ted-talks-edtech/

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On Change and Relevance for Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-07 17:15

By Mary Grush: A Q&A with Phil Long, Campus Technology

Higher ed institutions are facing some serious challenges to stay relevant in a world that is diversifying and changing rapidly. They want to make sure that the experiences they have designed for students will carry the next generation forward to be productive citizens and workers. But institutions’ abilities to keep up in our changing environment have begun to lag to a sufficient degree, such that alternatives to the traditional university are being considered, both by the institutions themselves and by their constituents and colleagues throughout the education sector.  As for technology’s role, it is an affordance and a means by which universities can better reach their audiences and at the very least engage with them in new ways. Still, there are huge challenges pressing universities. The pace of change never seems to slow down. And the issues and implications of the technologies we use are actually getting broader and more profound every day.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/12/on-change-and-relevance-for-higher-education.aspx

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7 of the best study apps out there

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-07 17:04

by Christina Battons, Know Techie

You’re a college student, or soon to be part of college life, so of course, you’ll want to make the most out of your experience. Thanks to the digital savvy world we live in, new technology is making it a whole lot easier to study smart with hundreds of apps available for student use, but which of them are the best and which aren’t worth your consideration? Here we’ve compiled a list of the seven best apps out there for college students that will leave you stress-free and studying at your best.

7 of the best study apps out there

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Scaling Investment in Open Textbooks Through the Omnibus Bill

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-07 17:02

By Lindsey Tepe, New America
For the first time in nearly a decade, Congress has significantly boosted federal education spending through its $1.3 trillion spending bill. In addition to the good news for early education advocates, legislators have done more than increase higher education spending—the omnibus bill also introduces several new programs. One of these new programs aims to address the issue of college affordability in an unconventional way: through targeting the rapidly growing expense of college textbooks. The new Open Textbook Pilot supports projects that create or expand the use of openly licensed college texts with the joint goal of reducing student costs and maintaining or improving student learning outcomes

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/open-textbooks-omnibus-bill/

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The spending bill is a rebuke of DeVos’ priorities

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-07 17:01

by Elizabeth Mann Levesque, Brookings

Fellow Elizabeth Mann discusses the educational funding outlined in the congressional spending budget bill, which rejected many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposals.

The spending bill is a rebuke of DeVos’ priorities

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IoT Has Arrived (Just Not in the Way You Expected)

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-06 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Forget about sensors everywhere. The Internet of Things is really about networked devices making our lives easier. According to Steve Burt, the applications for IoT in the school environment currently most often involve lighting, climate control and transportation. Burt is the director of strategy for Clarity Innovations, a professional services firm that consults with education agencies, organizations and companies on technology. So far, he noted, retail is a far better venue for IoT usage than education, collecting data “to help them essentially do their job, selling things better.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/22/iot-has-arrived.aspx

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A lifeline to learning: Leveraging technology to support education for refugees

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-06 17:20

by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Published

The issue of provision of education and related services for refugees is complex and multifaceted. With a record number of 65 million individuals who were forcibly displaced worldwide in 2016, the magnitude of the refugee and displacement crises is unprecedented (UNHCR, 2017). Particularly alarming is that children make up more than half of the 22.5 million refugees, i.e. those individuals who fled their countries to seek protection elsewhere. The repercussions in the field of education can be quite severe. Immediate, strategic and sustainable educational responses are required to ensure that refugees and displaced populations have access to equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities. In this report, the analysis of mobile learning projects and practices is structured alongside ten education-related challenges,1 grouped into three main categories:

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/lifeline-learning-leveraging-technology-support-education-refugees

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The Third Education Revolution

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-06 17:15

by Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic

The world of work is undergoing a massive shift. Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries and the Information Age that followed in the last century has the scale of disruption taking place in the workforce been so evident. An oft-cited 2013 study from the University of Oxford predicted that nearly half of American jobs—including real-estate brokers, insurance underwriters, and loan officers—were at risk of being taken over by computers within the next two decades. Just last fall, the McKinsey Global Institute released a report that estimated a third of American workers may have to change jobs by 2030 because of artificial intelligence.  More than a century has passed since the universal high-school movement took off in the United States and 50 years since the college-for-all movement began. Those first two waves of education helped the U.S. build the world’s most successful economy. Now it’s clear a third wave in the evolution of education is needed to compete in a new economy in which learning can never end.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/03/the-third-education-revolution/556091/

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On Change and Relevance for Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-06 17:10

By Mary Grush: A Q&A with Phil Long, Campus Technology

Higher ed institutions are facing some serious challenges to stay relevant in a world that is diversifying and changing rapidly. They want to make sure that the experiences they have designed for students will carry the next generation forward to be productive citizens and workers. But institutions’ abilities to keep up in our changing environment have begun to lag to a sufficient degree, such that alternatives to the traditional university are being considered, both by the institutions themselves and by their constituents and colleagues throughout the education sector.  As for technology’s role, it is an affordance and a means by which universities can better reach their audiences and at the very least engage with them in new ways. Still, there are huge challenges pressing universities. The pace of change never seems to slow down. And the issues and implications of the technologies we use are actually getting broader and more profound every day.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/12/on-change-and-relevance-for-higher-education.aspx

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Why Game-Based Learning Works for This Math Teacher

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-06 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

When Giulia Bini started using a video game in her high school calculus class, she saw a 100 percent pass rate on testing about limits compared to 80 percent in the previous year; plus, grades rose by 10 percent. The game she used, Variant: Limits by Triseum, places players on an imaginary planet. To rescue the planet from “imminent doom,” they help “Equa,” the main character, solve a series of increasingly tough calculus problems. Triseum, based in Bryan, TX, grew out of the Texas A&M University Live Lab, to target games for college students tackling calculus and art.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/19/calculus-game-born-out-of-texas-a-m-lab-boosts-student-outcomes.aspx

 

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The Third Education Revolution

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-06 17:02

by Jeffrey Selingo, The Atlantic

The world of work is undergoing a massive shift. Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries and the Information Age that followed in the last century has the scale of disruption taking place in the workforce been so evident. An oft-cited 2013 study from the University of Oxford predicted that nearly half of American jobs—including real-estate brokers, insurance underwriters, and loan officers—were at risk of being taken over by computers within the next two decades. Just last fall, the McKinsey Global Institute released a report that estimated a third of American workers may have to change jobs by 2030 because of artificial intelligence.  More than a century has passed since the universal high-school movement took off in the United States and 50 years since the college-for-all movement began. Those first two waves of education helped the U.S. build the world’s most successful economy. Now it’s clear a third wave in the evolution of education is needed to compete in a new economy in which learning can never end.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/03/the-third-education-revolution/556091/

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If you want to understand Blockchain, try to understand Switzerland

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-05 17:25

by Jeremy Epstein, ClickZ

In our latest guest post from Jeremy Epstein, he takes a high-level view of Switzerland’s decentralized governance model, which gives us a sneak peek into what blockchain-based governance may enable at global scale.  Ethereum is the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, with a total market cap of $75 billion dollars.  This new economic paradigm relies on blockchain, or more accurately distributed ledger, technology. What makes Buterin’s invention so special is that it takes the fundamental innovation of Bitcoin – that you can immediately have total trust in another entity without a third-party vouching for that entity- and adds a powerful layer.

If you want to understand Blockchain, try to understand Switzerland

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What video games can teach educators about student engagement

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-05 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Teachers have long competed with video games when it comes to maintaining the focus of their students. Children are more likely to head home at the end of a long day and zone out in front of a mindless video game than they are to complete another math worksheet. The research supports the fact that gamification can sustain interest far better than the traditional teaching methods that many educators would rather employ. What can these games teach modern educators about student motivation? Here are a few of the key points that teachers need to take note of regarding student engagement.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/video-games-can-teach-educators-motivation-student-engagement/

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