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The latest news related to the meaningful and effective implementation of educational technology and e-learning in K-12, higher education, corporate and government sectors.
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Reboot Foundation research questions the use of educational technology

Reboot Foundation research questions the use of educational technology | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A mounting body of evidence indicates that educational technology in schools isn't boosting student achievement as its proponents had hoped it would
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Educational Technology Guy: How VR and AR Will Change How Art is Experienced

Educational Technology Guy: How VR and AR Will Change How Art is Experienced | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Virtual and augmented reality have become a trend more recently due to advances in artificial intelligence. They’ve grown to be more commonly utilized tools for interpretation of ideas in a variety of fields. VR is an immersive technology experience. Though it was commonly used in the gaming industry, it’s now being applied to a variety of fields. For example, companies can make use of simulated interviews and best choose candidates for the job when recruiting and training. AR on the other hand, supplements and enhances reality that already exists. Social media filters are a good example of this. Another example, the furniture company IKEA recently used this immersive technology to help shoppers envision how furniture would look inside their home."

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Edtech Matchmaking: One Teacher's Strategies for Choosing Better Technology

Edtech Matchmaking: One Teacher's Strategies for Choosing Better Technology | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Learn what edtech selection and procurement have in common with dating sites
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AI Scales Personalized Education in Ways the Teacher Can’t

AI Scales Personalized Education in Ways the Teacher Can’t | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Personalizing education is the heart of instruction. It’s also where you’ll find the heart of most teachers. I will tell you a trade secret that most outsiders don’t know. Your children’s teachers are incredibly talented at personalizing education. They understand the recursive nature of the curriculum they teach.  They recognize what was taught the year before and what will come the year after. These teachers know how your child learns best, what he or she does well, and what is still needed before going on to the next assignment or the next grade."

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The future of diversity and inclusion in tech

The future of diversity and inclusion in tech | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Silicon Valley is entering a new phase in its quest for diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Some advocates call this part “the end of the beginning,” Code2040 CEO Karla Monterroso tells TechCrunch."

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It’s Time to Remake the Makerspace, But Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone 

It’s Time to Remake the Makerspace, But Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Across America, students are learning in new ways many of us could only imagine, tinkering, creating and experimenting in makerspaces to solve real-world challenges."

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Designing data visualisations with empathy

Designing data visualisations with empathy | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
How do you get audience members, much less the journalists presenting a story, to walk a mile in the shoes of a dot? Or a bar chart?
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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Self-Directed Learning at the Workplace

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Self-Directed Learning at the Workplace | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
In a business environment where not knowing is akin to falling behind the competition, you can no longer ignore the power of Self-Directed Learning at the workplace.
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Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States

Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"There is no shortage of sound research on what constitutes effective professional development for teachers—focusing on specific curriculum content, encouraging active learning, supporting collaboration among peers, and offering opportunities for analysis of student work. However, many surveys of teachers suggest that teachers rarely have access to the professional learning they need and want, as well as the kind that is most effective in helping them improve their teaching."

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Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Innovative learning spaces and equipment do not necessarily make an impactful maker learning program. Strong professional learning to help create the desired instructional outcomes was paramount to our initiative’s success."

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How to Host an Education Conference on a Limited Budget

How to Host an Education Conference on a Limited Budget | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"According to Forrester Research, marketing departments spend 24% of their total annual budgets on live events in order to connect with customers, educate attendees, and generate new leads. But what do you do if you have to organize a conference on a tight budget? It can be a tricky undertaking. Fortunately, there are many ways to put on a successful event without breaking the bank."

EDTECH@UTRGV's insight:

If you have no budget, consider hosting a virtual conference.

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What to know about higher-ed data breaches and vulnerable web apps

What to know about higher-ed data breaches and vulnerable web apps | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The academic sector needs to focus on updating their cybersecurity strategies and combating higher-ed data breaches--here are some considerations.
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Student ed tech entrepreneurs argue they know what classrooms need 

Student ed tech entrepreneurs argue they know what classrooms need  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The majority of educational technology is designed for students. It is almost always designed by adults. Few ed tech developers consult students.
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11 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer

11 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"As a teacher-author who relies on technology to bring my dreams to life, even I am surprised by how often technology can be applied to life. I share these humorous gems with efriends, post them on forums, and incorporate them into conversations with colleagues. My goal is to demystify technology, a topic that remains for many confusing and intimidating. If fellow writers learn to approach it light-heartedly, they’ll be more likely to accept it. Here are eleven tech terms I find myself applying daily to many of life’s quirks"

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The End of the Line for iTunes U?

The End of the Line for iTunes U? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Apple’s app for sharing university lectures was an important precursor to the MOOC movement, but the future of iTunes U doesn’t look bright.
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Microsoft PowerPoint gets an AI presentation coach

Microsoft PowerPoint gets an AI presentation coach | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Love it or hate it, Microsoft’s PowerPoint is a ubiquitous tool in the corporate world. Over the course of the last few years, Microsoft started to bring some of its AI smarts to PowerPoint to help you design good-looking slides."

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Bots in the Library? Colleges Try AI to Help Researchers (But With Caution) 

Bots in the Library? Colleges Try AI to Help Researchers (But With Caution)  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The newest librarian at the University of Oklahoma is a robot.

It’s a chatbot, which library officials plan to add to the library’s website this summer to answer some of the most common questions students come in with, as well as to help them get started with their research. The system can tackle things like “where can I print?” or “what databases do you have about biology?” Anything it can’t answer gets sent to a human librarian."

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What technology can tell us about students’ cognitive skills, and why that matters

What technology can tell us about students’ cognitive skills, and why that matters | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Digital assessments can measure students’ strengths and needs in cognitive functioning, and help educators design interventions tailored to students’ cognitive profiles"

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See changes in Google Docs over time with Compare Documents

See changes in Google Docs over time with Compare Documents | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"What’s changing  It’s now easier to compare two Google docs. This feature will show you the differences between the docs as “Suggested Edits” in a new document."

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Facts Alone Won’t Destroy Fake News

In this era of “fake news,” facts aren’t necessarily the answer.
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The race is on for the AI-powered classroom

The race is on for the AI-powered classroom | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The race is on for the AI-powered classroom: as AI software and programs learn how we learn, we will no doubt be able to teach more students, with better outcomes.
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How Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement

How Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Rather than taking a traditional multiple choice test at the end of their unit on weather, sixth grade students at Gilbert Middle School in South Carolina created their own live weather reports—complete with green screens and fake snow. Down the hall, seventh graders used digital tools to design memes based on quotes from a novel in their English/language arts class."

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To Catch a Fake: Machine learning sniffs out its own machine-written propaganda

To Catch a Fake: Machine learning sniffs out its own machine-written propaganda | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Researchers at Allen Institute and the Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington have tuned the "GPT-2" neural network to create "Grover," a program that both creates convincing fake articles but also is able to detect those fakes, pointing to a way to combat propaganda.
EDTECH@UTRGV's insight:

I hope the general public will have access to apps that can help them spot fake news... Or better yet, search engines will be able to automatically flag fake content.

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One Caveat about AI and Fact-Checking

One Caveat about AI and Fact-Checking | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"AI is a part of almost everything you do. Smartphones and smart homes are only the beginning of what AI can do for us. We task artificial intelligence with following up on emails, setting reminders, and assisting us in searching online. No fact is too minute for extraction."

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