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Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students

Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Access to technology costs money and some fear lower-income schools and students will lag behind the frenzy for newer and better devices, faster connectivity and effective teacher training on digital tools. EveryoneOn is one attempt to make sure that doesn’t happen... The program offers low-cost devices and Internet service, as well as access to digital literacy training programs around the country, hoping to give access to the estimated 100 million Americans who have no broadband connection at home and another 62 million who don’t use the Internet at all."

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Enter your zip code to see if you qualify for discounted technology and internet service: http://www.connect2compete.org

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Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D.

Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D. | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Educational Technology News site. I have been involved in technology and distance education for over 30 years. Research interests include best practices in elearning and mobile learning. I am currently researching effectiveness of social media for enhancing social presence and teacher immediacy in elearning environments.

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Drora Arussy's comment, June 6, 2013 1:31 PM
This is really helpful in helping me stay on top of what's out there and how people are using it. Thank you
Surapon Boonlue's comment, July 5, 2013 5:11 PM
Well i want to know to research in social media in your country
burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:45 AM
Thats amazing...
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How Mentors Can Improve Online Graduate Student Attrition Rates

How Mentors Can Improve Online Graduate Student Attrition Rates | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"In the United States, the rate of attrition for doctoral programs is alarmingly high. Half of the students who begin a doctoral program fail to complete their degree [1]. One of the major issues causing such high rates of attrition and poor retention of students is the culture of blaming the student for dropping out rather than looking to the school, faculty, or administrators [1]. Efforts to improve this rate should be focused on financial support, professional development, academic preparation, and mentoring relationships."

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Game Changers: How game mechanics and social media motivate healthy change

Game Changers: How game mechanics and social media motivate healthy change | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The formula for losing weight is no secret: the calorie burn rate needs to be higher than the calorie intake. The same goes for quitting smoking. Just quit. Easy. Everyone who has tried to change behaviors like these knows that in reality it is not so straight-forward. Motivating people to establish healthy habits and make significant changes is — yes — rocket science."

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Nano-Degrees as a New Model to Integrate into Higher Education

Nano-Degrees as a New Model to Integrate into Higher Education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Last year, AT&T and the online educational organization Udacity teamed up to offer a “nano-degree” that directly trains students for a job with AT&T. This move is in line with a new government report that suggests that more cooperation between universities and businesses is the key to economic success in the future. However, Michael Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, is skeptical of nano-degrees. The degrees, he claims, are no substitute for a liberal arts degree."

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What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like?

What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"We asked a young innovator, a futurist and the CEO of the One-to-One Institute to imagine what students will be using for learning one day. Here are their predictions, from the fantastical to the practical."

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen?

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Writing useful comments on students’ work can be a fine art. And for instructors who put a lot of effort into crafting a critique, there’s always a substantial risk students will skip the written feedback and go right to the grade."

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, January 26, 6:00 PM

My nerdy teacher side says- awesome, but will other teachers say yes? hmmmmm

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 27, 5:58 AM

La vidéo demeure une manière dynamique de diffuser de l'information. Son usage dans les feedbacks est déjà présente dans notre quotidien mais attention, il faut savoir choisir le contexte

David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 27, 8:49 AM

Let's hope so! 

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Why No One Cares About Your Lousy Elearning

Why No One Cares About Your Lousy Elearning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"It's 2015. By now, almost everyone reading this post has taken some form of self-paced online learning, aka "elearning," either by choice or under duress. Perhaps you got a speeding ticket and had the option of taking online learning to reduce the $300 ticket. Maybe you've accessed a software tool's online tutorials to get up to speed. Or maybe your company has compliance requirements that make you take a few hours of required eLearning every quarter. 


Whatever the case, you've probably experienced some lousy eLearning along the way. But the truth is that most eLearning out there gives the rest of eLearning a bad name. What do most of these eLearning programs get wrong, and what are they really telling their learners? "

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Google Finally Signs Student Privacy Pledge

Google Finally Signs Student Privacy Pledge | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"In an about-face, Google has finally decided to sign President Barack Obama’s student privacy pledge."

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Future Of EdTech 101: Automation, Curation And Gamification

Future Of EdTech 101: Automation, Curation And Gamification | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Education is one of the fastest progressing industries. Today, research, materials and communication can be shared instantly and globally. However, information technology is hardly at its full potential, particularly in education. As a college senior set to graduate in 2015 and asked to write an essay about the future of higher education, here is what I see when I look into the crystal ball. By the year 2050 higher education will be transformed by three trends: automation, curation, and gamification."

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 25, 11:37 AM

Check this out! 

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 26, 10:10 AM

Quelques pistes, j'aime beaucoup l'idée de gamification mais elle doit être entendue comme de l'apprentissage par le jeu et sortir du stéréotype du jeu électronique ... Le jeu est motivant par le défi qu'il propose, c'est ce levier d'apprentissage qui ouvre la porte à de belles perspectives en lien avec le "Problem Based Learning" ou le "Case Based Learning"

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3 Ways Schools Can Stretch Their Technology Dollars

3 Ways Schools Can Stretch Their Technology Dollars | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"New York City schools take a look at staffing, the type of equipment they purchase and ways to extend the life of technology."

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Redesigning Schools for Today’s Students and Beyond

Redesigning Schools for Today’s Students and Beyond | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A number of studies emerged in 2014 with promising early evidence that new school designs can accelerate learning gains for all students, especially those who are furthest behind."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 24, 8:36 PM
Reading this article, I was left with the impression that it is the technology that teaches and the teacher is just a goal setter with the students. I am sure that is a misunderstanding, as human relationships remain central to teaching and learning. @ivon_ehd1
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Using Technology to Enable Parent Teacher Communication

Using Technology to Enable Parent Teacher Communication | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"It may not take a village to raise a child anymore, but parents and teachers certainly continue to play a vital role in the growth of the child. Hitherto, the parents' and teachers' groups were largely disjoint with brief overlaps coinciding with "PTA" meetings where a five minute face-to-face was expected to exchange a semester-worth of information."

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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Some big education issues have been making headlines, including how many and what kind of standardized tests should be used in education, implementation of Common Core State Standards and the Vergara ruling in California challenging teacher tenure. But many educators continue to focus on the more personal issues behind these headlines: how to improve their craft, serve students better, nurture well-rounded, emotionally intelligent students and make educational change in more fundamental ways."

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, January 25, 11:45 PM

"Students who have grown up in the current school system are used to being told exactly what they need to do in order to succeed. But the emphasis on grades and college can sometimes have the unintended consequence of making learning all about achieving an external goal and not about the learning itself." True. So when we teach kids the importance of asking questions and how to learn to ask the better questions, we work towards ensuring our students are learning how to learn.

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How a GoPro got my students excited to learn

How a GoPro got my students excited to learn | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"One teacher recounts the transformation in learning, collaboration, and creativity he’s seen after adding a GoPro"

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Khan Academy Releases All Classes for iPad

Khan Academy Releases All Classes for iPad | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"For the first time ever, Khan Academy has released all of its classes specifically for the iPad. This is great for anyone interested in getting some free education, but it’s much more than that. In fact, Khan Academy’s decision is big news for human civilization."

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Why online learning needs to get serious about apps

Why online learning needs to get serious about apps | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Last month, New Oriental Education, China’s largest provider of private educational services, and Tencent, the leading texting provider in China with nearly 500 million users on its WeChat app, agreed to launch an integrated, chat-centric education service. The question every university should be asking is: What does this mean for online learning?"

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Virtually There: 5 Best Practices for Designing Virtual and Blended Learning

Virtually There: 5 Best Practices for Designing Virtual and Blended Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Designing for the face-to-face delivery is hard enough; how do you transfer those skills to the virtual and blended delivery environments?"

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Facebook Addiction and GPA

Facebook Addiction and GPA | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Facebook is a tempting distraction. I have it open as a tab in my browser as I write this. And look, it’s showing that I have a new notification! I must see it, immediately. Facebook designed the site to make me feel that way.


This doesn’t bode well for college students. If professionals, and even some professors,have a hard time resisting the lure of Facebook, then what chance do 18-year-olds have?"

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More Colleges Offer Competency-Based Degree Programs

More Colleges Offer Competency-Based Degree Programs | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can’t always agree on what it is.


A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in exchange for direct demonstrations of learning. That’s a big shift from credit hours — the currency of higher education for more than a century — which require students to spend an allotted amount of time with instructors."

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More than MOOCs, Competency-Based Programs are a game changer in higher ed.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 27, 8:50 AM

Move in the right direction! 

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Can the Freshman Year of College be Free Online?

Can the Freshman Year of College be Free Online? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A New York philanthropist has announced a donation totaling $1 million to help make President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college a reality through an online venture overseen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University."

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5 Productivity Skills Every Educator Must Have

5 Productivity Skills Every Educator Must Have | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Educators literally have a “world of knowledge and resources” at their fingertips, as one director of curriculum and instructional technology declared in response to THE Journal’s national survey."

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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The study examines students’ assessments of the use of the flipped classroom approach in an undergraduate course in the Business Department at the College for Academic Studies in Israel. In its essence, learners prepare for classes by watching videos away from class, allowing the classroom encounter to focus on discussion, exercises, and discourse. Data were collected by a questionnaire distributed toward the end of the course."

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Bill Gates: digital learning will revolutionise education in global south

Bill Gates: digital learning will  revolutionise education in global south | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Microsoft founder predicts cheaper digital devices and better software will bring big change to learning as lives of poor people improve faster than ever."

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 25, 11:40 AM

Bridging the Digital Divide.

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Should Teachers Still Care About Windows? -

Should Teachers Still Care About Windows? - | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"With the pending release of Windows 10 (sometime this fall–for a new operating system by Microsoft, that’s pretty soon), they took the stage to explain to an increasingly mobile world why they still mattered. We all grew up on Microsoft products (with some Macintosh thrown in). Office continues to be the standard by which productivity suites are measured. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and other de facto 1990s products are available everywhere today–on Macs, PC, iPads, iPhones, Androids."

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Why technology must be invisible during ed tech roll outs

Why technology must be invisible during ed tech roll outs | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"One district leader shares his philosophy for invisible tech roll outs that focus on goals, not tools"

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Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom

Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"While some teachers are trying it out for the first time this fall, others who used the flipped classroom method in 2013 are making changes to build on their lesson plans for the 2014-15 school year. Read this brief guide to learn why flipped learning is an increasingly popular choice, and review a few steps for teachers wanting to try it out."

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