Pearson seeks to better understand how college students use technology for learning. The market for tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices has grown dramatically in the past few years. These mobile devices have the potential to transform learning and to impact the delivery of course materials. The 2015 Student Mobile Device Survey covered: § Current ownership and usage of mobile devices by college students; § How college students currently use mobile devices for school work, and how they expect to use them for school work in the future; § Students’ attitudes towards mobile devices for learning, with a special focus on tablets; § The devices that students feel they learn best on; and § Preferences for different types of digital devices when reading, studying, taking notes, and doing other school-related activities. Pearson’s partnership with Harris Poll in examining students’ use of mobile devices began in 2011. This report contains both proprietary findings for Pearson’s internal, strategic planning and results available for public release.
Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences. Based on results from PISA 2012, the report discusses differences in access to and use of ICT – what are collectively known as the “digital divide” – that are related to students’ socio-economic status, gender, geographic location, and the school a child attends. The report highlights the importance of bolstering students’ ability to navigate through digital texts. It also examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment. As the report makes clear, all students first need to be equipped with basic literacy and numeracy skills so that they can participate fully in the hyper-connected, digitised societies of the 21st century.
“Henry County Schools and BrightBytes, a company focusing on technology analytics and advancements for school systems, have partnered together to provide a research-based questionnaire and analysis aimed at gauging the role of technology use in...”
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If you’ve always wanted to give a TED Talk, dive in! And if the traditional TED Talk style isn’t for you, try something new. Share your ideas in visuals or animation or lyrics or any style you’ve been imagining.
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The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.--and What We Can Do About ItAlthough American millennials are the first generation of "digital natives"--that is, people who grew up with computers and the internet--they are not very tech savvy. That fact would probably come as a shock to most Americans--especially to millennials themselves. After all, millennials are glued to their phones, tablets, and other devices. Many assume that using technology often means using it well.
By: Scott Anthony David Duncan Pontus M.A. SirenDecember 2014 IssuePractically every company innovates. But few do so in an orderly, reliable way. In far too many organizations, the big breakthroughs happen despite the company. Successful innovations typically follow invisible development paths and require acts of individual heroism or a heavy dose of serendipity. Successive efforts to jump-start innovation through, say, hack-a-thons, cash prizes for inventive concepts, and on-again, off-again task forces frequently prove fruitless. Great ideas remain captive in the heads of employees, innovation initiatives take way too long, and the ideas that are developed are not necessarily the best efforts or the best fit with strategic priorities.
Most executives will freely admit that their innovation engine doesn’t hum the way they would like it to. But turning sundry innovation efforts into a function that operates consistently and at scale feels like a monumental task. And in many cases it is, requiring new organizational structures, new hires, and substantial investment, as the “innovation factory” Procter & Gamble built in the early 2000s did
Ebooks in 2015: Trends and Forecasts Part 2 by Nancy K. Herther Posted On January 20, 2015 PAGE: 1 2
With all of the Big Five publishers now agreeing to ebook-lending terms with libraries, we are finally seeing stability on this point across the book industry. Additionally, we are also starting to see publishers setting up their own sales/access portals as well as working with vendors and other distribution channels.
This is the second article in a two-part report that aims to provide the information you need to catch up and keep up with this complex area of the information industry. (Click here for Part 1.)
Ebook Subscription Services Arise
YouTube brought video viewing to users anytime, anywhere just 10 years ago, and 2 years later Netflix began to offer streaming video. Given the market dynamics, it was only a matter of time before ebook subscription ventures would also arise. Oyster and Scribd launched their services in 2013. In July 2014, Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited with a 600,000-plus-title catalog heavy on classics, best-sellers, and books from authors who self-publish on Amazon. Each of these services offers unlimited access to its catalog for $9–$10 per month. There is no limit to the number of books you can read online or download for offline reading (without due dates)—unless you decide to cancel your subscription, when you can no longer access any saved titles.
This model is a bit pricey for all but the voracious reader, perhaps. Amazon’s service has attracted severe criticism from its own self-published authors who clearly see adding their titles to the Unlimited collection as bringing them far less revenue for their efforts than when titles are offered individually. Prolific indie romance author H.M. Ward notes, “I had my serials in it for 60 days and lost approx 75% of my income. That’s counting borrows and bonuses. My sales dropped like a stone. The number of borrows was higher than sales. They didn’t complement each other, as expected. … This model needs to be changed for it to work. Authors shouldn’t be paid lottery style. For this system to work we need a flat rate for borrows, borrowed or not borrowed (not this 10% crap), and it needs to be win win for the reader AND the writer. <-- That is the crux of the matter. I’d like to see Amazon create something new, something better instead of falling in step with Scribd and Oyster.” Amazon has a reputation for strong-arming publishers (which was recently apparent in its negotiation with Hachette Book Group). However, Amazon’s efforts to shortchange its own authors are creating significant frustration in its carefully cultivated indie author community.
Scribd is clearly a company to watch in 2015. On Jan. 5, 2015, it announced “that it has closed a $22 million financing led by Khosla Ventures with reinvestment from existing backers including Redpoint Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. … This brings Scribd’s total funding to date up to $48M,” with a currently estimated 80 million customers—a number that has been increasing by an average of 31% each month.
“We had a fantastic 2014 at Scribd,” co-founder and CEO Trip Adler explained in the same announcement. “We launched audiobooks with 30,000 titles from publishers like Blackstone and Scholastic. We also doubled our e-Book titles, adding content from 1,000+ publishers—including Big 5 publishers HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster—along with industry leaders like Harlequin, Houghton Mifflin, Lonely Planet, Perseus and Wiley. This new funding round will enable us to work towards achieving our goal of creating the most comprehensive library of the future for our millions of users around the world.”
Is Print Dead? Or Are We Not Asking the Right Questions?
In September 2014, the British trade paper The Bookseller surveyed 16–24-year-olds and found that nearly 75% preferred print to ebooks or audiobooks. In December 2014, Nielsen reported on a survey of the reading habits of 13–17-year-olds, saying, “Despite teens’ tech-savvy reputation, this group continues to lag behind adults when it comes to reading e-books, even with the young adult genre’s digital growth relative to the total e-book market.”
In December 2014, scientists published research on the impact of e-reading on sleep, finding that “those that read from an e-reader such as an iPad or a Kindle before going to bed, had a much more difficult time getting to sleep, and once they were slumbering, they spent less time in a crucial phase of the sleep process and were highly fatigued the following day.” Worse yet, disruption to circadian rhythms can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, obesity, and a wide variety of other serious health issues. Perhaps technology isn’t always best.
Scott Pack, a HarperCollins publisher, says, “I believe the reader of 2020 or 2030 will have two libraries, print and digital, with different types of books and publications in each. While I have no qualms about trying out a debut author on e-book or loading up some holiday reading on to my Kindle, when it comes to my favourite authors I have to own the print edition, and I remain a sucker for a beautifully designed and printed book.”
Across the country, as district and schools shift to digital learning environments educators are leveraging digital instructional materials including open educational resources (OER) to provide more diversified and personalized instruction to improve teaching and learning.
As a part of the movement to digital learning, the implementation of open educational resources is climbing. States, districts, and local schools are modifying their current policies for approving curricula to include OER materials, encouraging the use of OER at the local level and in some cases providing OER materials. These trends provide educators the opportunity to fully utilize digital instructional materials, including OER, to improve teaching and learning.
This set of case studies demonstrates how the policies and practices at the state level have provided the avenue for the implementation of OER materials in New York, Utah, and Washington.
E-rate: Fiber Opportunities New to FY2016Thursday, September 24, 20152:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) Show in My Timezone
Presented by John Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Funds For Learning In December, 2014, the FCC released the Second E-rate Modernization Order, further modifying the program rules in efforts to provide greater flexibility to schools and libraries for securing affordable broadband networks. These rule changes and new options will go into effect beginning with the 2016 program year. Join us for this webinar, where we take a closer look at what program rules have changed, and how this will impact the services and broadband solution options, supported by the E-rate program. Funds For Learning will also be joined by a representative of USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company), with extensive expertise in fiber network builds. With the ever growing need to expand network connectivity and further increase capacities, it is important to explore all viable solutions. This webinar will supply you with the knowledge and understanding of these changes, in order to fully leverage the E-rate program in support of a solution that meets your connectivity needs for the upcoming program year.
2015-2016 Webinar Series Announced! October 6, 2015: Designing Robust Education Networks for LearningNovember 12, 2015: Developing Performance Strategies for Technology Planning & ManagementDecember 8, 2015: Learning Beyond the Classroom—Digital Equity and AccessJanuary 12, 2016: Transforming the Way Students Learn in an eLearning CultureFebruary 16, 2016: Safeguarding Your Network for Digital LearningMarch 2016: Special Webinar To Be AnnouncedMay 10, 2016: Sneak Peak: Exploring What’s On the ‘Horizon’ … 2016 Horizon Report > K-12 EditionJune 14, 2016: Shifting to Mobile Digital Content for Teaching and Learning
At Microsoft, we believe providing quality education to the 1.4 billion students around the world is essential to the future of our society. Effective, immersive learning experiences inspire students to demonstrate creative thinking. The right technology can empower education, inspire learning anywhere, and unlock the potential of students, educators, and schools. To make this technology available worldwide we partner with education communities, delivering solutions, services and programs that enhance learning and school management.
Microsoft in education empowers educators to:
• Inspire students to create and demonstrate critical thinking • Learn anytime, anywhere • Prepare students for their futures • Transform and modernize schools and college campuses
The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, or Gig.U, is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States. Drawing on America’s rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. Improvements to these networks drive economic growth and stimulate a new generationof innovations addressing critical needs, such as health care and education.
Gig.U members understand that next-gen networks lead to next-gen opportunities.
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Do we need a similar K12 non-profit? What would gig to every building and classroom look like and to what benefits?
Schools and libraries are going to get a big boost in their Internet connectivity over the next few years.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a second E-rate Modernization Order in December, making further changes to the program that subsidizes Internet connectivity at schools and libraries across the country. Building on the FCC’s July E-rate Modernization Order — which took initial steps to improve Wi-Fi connectivity in schools and libraries and streamline program administration and data collection — the new ordertackles the underlying connectivity challenges and addresses the fact that the program has been historically underfunded. While the media coverage of the latest reforms has focused primarily on the $1.5 billion expansion of E-rate funding, it’s important to recognize that the additional money comes alongside key changes to the program rules to streamline and incentivize cost effective purchasing and investment in long-term, scalable infrastructure solutions. Taken together, these changes will substantially help schools and libraries to meet the connectivity challenges of today and tomorrow.
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