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Moocs deliver Ebola health advice

Moocs deliver Ebola health advice | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
Online courses are delivering health advice about preventing the spread of Ebola to thousands of people in West Africa.
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The Future of Higher Education

The Future of Higher Education | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it

Innovation 1:  Learning Analytics

Innovation 2:  Microcredentialing

Innovation 3:  Competency-Based Education

Innovation 4:  Personalized Adaptive Learning

Innovation 5:  Curricular Optimization

Innovation 6:  Open Educational Resources

Innovation 7:  Shared Services

Innovation 8:  Articulation Agreements

Innovation 9:  Flipped Classrooms

Innovation 10:  One-Stop Student Services

 

 

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The 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools for Teachers

The 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools for Teachers | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
Free Educational Technology: The 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools. How To Use The 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools for Teachers.
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Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership

When a school leader neglects to allocate sufficient professional development time for newly-purchased classroom technologies, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

When a school leader doesn’t provide adequate technical support personnel for a new 1:1 laptop initiative, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

When a school leader purchases system-wide learning software with little thought given to long-term financial and instructional sustainability, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

When a school leader fails to ensure adequate parent education and support before initiating expensive, organization-wide technology programs, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

When a school leader refuses to remove internal policy and filtering barriers that get in the way of students and teachers actually using purchased technologies, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

And so on…  

In other words, most of the leadership problems we run into regarding school technology implementation and integration have less to do with the technologies and more to do with failure to enact good leadership practices. It’s likely that if school leaders aren’t facilitating appropriate training or time or funding or support or policy for technology initiatives, they probably aren’t for most other, non-technology initiatives either.

Does the technology lens sometimes cast new light on traditional leadership concerns? Sure. But next time you complain about your administrators’ poor technology leadership, ask yourself first if it’s a technology-specific issue or just a general leadership issue. Most of the time I think you’ll find it’s the latter.

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Where Is All The VC Money Going In Education Technology? - Edudemic

Where Is All The VC Money Going In Education Technology? - Edudemic | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
Everyone and their mother seems to have an edtech startup these days. You know I love a good hyperbole, but I’m not exaggerating too much on this one. We get literally hundreds of emails a day asking for coverage of the “latest and greatest” new edtech products. There’s even been talk of an edtech bubble. …
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Learning in Progress: SAMR Smash - Integrating iPads into Teaching & Learning Practices

Learning in Progress: SAMR Smash - Integrating iPads into Teaching & Learning Practices | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
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5 technologies that will help big data cross the chasm

5 technologies that will help big data cross the chasm | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
Big data has been a buzzword for years, but it’s a lot more than just buzz. There are now so many tools and technologies for creating, collecting and analyzing data that almost anything is possible if you know where to look.
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Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel

Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
What is a backchannel you ask? A backchannel is a conversation that takes place alongside an activity or event. In most cases, this happens using a digital or mobile device. There are many different ways you can backchannel. You could use Twitter, Today’s Meet, or Google Moderator just to name a few. Having a backchannel …
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The Augmented Web: Simplifying Augmented Reality In Education

The Augmented Web: Simplifying Augmented Reality In Education | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it

If you spend time on twitter looking at the #augmentedreality and #edutech hashtags you will know that there is quite a lot of discussion going on about Augmented Reality, and how it can be used as an educational tool. And with good reason.

The web is full of innovative examples of how Augmented Reality is used in classrooms around the world every day.

The ability to overlay digital content and information onto the real world, using triggers like images and locations opens up a world of rich learning opportunities. Students are using Augmented Reality to make their artworks interactive, solve complex mathematical problems, interact with planets in the solar system by scanning an image, make their textbooks come alive, or engage in interactive treasure hunts in their playground or campus.

There is a wide range of Augmented Reality applications for the classroom currently available and real, practical uses of the technology are easy to find.

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Is Flipped Learning Really that Effective? You Might Be Surprised

Is Flipped Learning Really that Effective? You Might Be Surprised | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
In the fall of 2013, over 403,000 students, parents, teachers, and administrators were administered the 11th annual Speak Up online surveys asking them questions about their feelings on flipped learning and the use of videos in the classroom.
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Apollo Education Group Starts Nontraditional Course Catalog

Apollo Education Group Starts Nontraditional Course Catalog | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it

The Apollo Education Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix, is starting a website to help people find courses that teach skills they need to land specific jobs in the technology industry. Call it a course catalog for nontraditional courses, most of which have no connection to colleges’ degree programs.

The website, called Balloon and announced on Tuesday, will be pitched to adult learners who want to pick up skills that have been flagged by technology companies as requirements for certain job openings. The idea is to make recruiting more efficient for companies, while giving learners a better idea of what skills employers in the tech industry are looking for apart from the general ones indicated by a traditional degree, said Robert W. Wrubel, chief innovation officer at Apollo

 

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Classroom Design Principles for an Increasingly Online World

Classroom Design Principles for an Increasingly Online World | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that we must stem the tide of rising costs and tuition and adapt our current business models to change. But as one provost I talked with put it, "The future of education is not 18-year-olds going to college in their bedrooms. L...
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Provosts, business leaders disagree on graduates' career readiness

Provosts, business leaders disagree on graduates' career readiness | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it

In a new survey by Gallup measuring how business leaders and the American public view the state and value of higher education, just 14 percent of Americans -- and only 11 percent of business leaders -- strongly agreed that graduates have the necessary skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace.

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Education-Degree Programs, Once Popular, Take a Nosedive

Education-Degree Programs, Once Popular, Take a Nosedive | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
Colleges are scrambling to lure back students after states slashed teacher hiring and dropped the pay bump for those with master’s degrees.
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6 Tips To Use Google Hangouts For Synchronous Learning

6 Tips To Use Google Hangouts For Synchronous Learning | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
How Can eLearning Professionals Use Google Hangouts For Synchronous Learning? Check the 6 Tips To Use Google Hangouts For Synchronous Learning to find out!
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The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning

The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
The role of reflection is vital to retention and helping people integrate what they learned. Reflection is also one of the best ways to improve performance.
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Harnessing Learning Theories for the Mobile Platform: A m-learning perspective

Harnessing Learning Theories for the Mobile Platform: A m-learning perspective | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
With the growing utility of mobiles devices in our everyday lives, the Training & Learning industry is realizing that learners are spending a large chunk of their time on their smartphones or tabl
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Bye-Bye Textbooks! How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic

Bye-Bye Textbooks! How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
The How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic reveals information about how digital devices have changed the traditional education landscape.
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Using Twitter for Learning | Anything and everything about eLearning

Using Twitter for Learning | Anything and everything about eLearning | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it

The simplest method is to use Twitter simply as a communication channel to publicise school and college activities, or to remind students of important dates.  With this you just set up a standard twitter account, promote the name and remember NOT to follow any of your students.  This prevents any issues there may be from direct messages or receiving unwanted updates of students.  Remember, students and parents can always message a you, even if neither of you are following each other.

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The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning

The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning
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Slow and Steady Wins the EdTech Race

Slow and Steady Wins the EdTech Race | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
Much has been written about L.A. Unified’s $1 billion iPad initiative, which has generated a heated national debate about what a school or district needs to consider before starting a blended learning program of its own.
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High-Tech in Higher Ed

High-Tech in Higher Ed | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it

The overlap between corporate learning and higher education could get messy.

 

Now that colleges have finally embraced online learning, there’s an interesting overlap happening between higher education and corporate learning. There are challenges, benefits and potential consequences to consider as the two partners compete. There are also questions to be answered:

Do certain subjects lend themselves to classroom?Can you really teach soft skills online?What about the importance of student interaction?Who owns the content once a course is created?Should tuition for online programs cost the same as classroom ones?
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Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10

Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it

When you think about the advance of technology in society in the last decade, the progress has been phenomenal – just take a look at these examples to see how far we have come in such a short space of time. Now, think about education. Think about the technology in your school ten years ago – perhaps a computer suite with an unreliable bank of PC’s; CD-ROMs; discs; slow, irrelevant programs; staff scared of using IT; and so on.

OK, we concede, there are some schools where this is still the picture, but the future of Educational Technologies are a lot brighter, and here is why we think that the next ten years of tech will be staggering. Belt up, and prepare for the voyage…

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University of the People gains accreditation

University of the People gains accreditation | Ed Tech Landscape | Scoop.it
An online university established to take higher education to disadvantaged students around the world has received accreditation
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