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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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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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Getting Started with Blended Learning Videos 

Getting Started with Blended Learning Videos  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Creating a blended learning course can be quite effective, especially when using a specific set of video content creation tactics.
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Help Students Evaluate Wikipedia as a 21st Century Research Skill

Help Students Evaluate Wikipedia as a 21st Century Research Skill | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Wikipedia is the electronic elephant in the classroom. I recently conducted a straw poll among students I knew. The question was simple: What do you your teachers tell you about Wikipedia in school…
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Create Effective Mobile Learning Through Three Cognitive Levels 

Create Effective Mobile Learning Through Three Cognitive Levels  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Here we explain how the three cognitive levels (visceral, behavioral, and reflective), first defined by Donald Norman, can be applied in m-learning to achieve compelling m-learning experience."

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With Bug-in-Ear Coaching, Teachers Get Feedback on the Fly

With Bug-in-Ear Coaching, Teachers Get Feedback on the Fly | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Real-time coaching through an earpiece, similar to what's used in pro football, is a growing trend in teacher training—and there's evidence it works.
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Smart idea!

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School-Issued Devices Are Spying on Your Children

School-Issued Devices Are Spying on Your Children | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"School-issued devices harbor a scary secret. The Chromebooks, iPADS, or other tech devices your child borrows from school each year are digital spies. They are intimately familiar with your child’s private information and browsing habits. When most people think of digital surveillance, images of cameras come to mind. Digital surveillance is already in place at shopping malls, traffic lights and even classrooms where surveillance cameras monitor behavior. "

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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."

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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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Deepfakes: Can You Spot a Phony Video?

Deepfakes: Can You Spot a Phony Video? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Today’s internet meme culture thrives on Photoshopping images for comic effect. But there is a newer form of image manipulation using AI technology to create hyper realistic alterations to video. These so-called ”deepfakes” can be very difficult to detect or debunk."

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Tech Flop: When NOT to Use Technology in the Classroom

Tech Flop: When NOT to Use Technology in the Classroom | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"As I reflected on the lesson, I realized I didn’t follow my own rule of thumb for using technology in the classroom: technology is not meant to supplant, it’s meant to enhance. The interactive timeline didn’t enhance, it just supplanted the old school fill-in-the-blank study guide."

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Baudratte D's curator insight, June 14, 2:13 PM
This article explains the effect of using technology in class and how they play a big rule in students memories. It gives us things technology should be used and things that technology should not be used in class.
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What Good K-12 Tech Leadership Looks Like

What Good K-12 Tech Leadership Looks Like | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Want to make your mark as a school district CTO or CIO? Technical expertise is just the beginning, and strong communication skills are a must.
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Students in Tech Say Soft Skills and the Arts Set Them Up for Success 

Students in Tech Say Soft Skills and the Arts Set Them Up for Success  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Recent surveys have repeatedly found that employers want college graduates with strong soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration."

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Its sad how the arts and extracurriculars are the first to be sacrificed due to high stakes testing.

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