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The Engaging Power of Using Social Constructs in Your Online Courses

The Engaging Power of Using Social Constructs in Your Online Courses | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"While Online Learning has created opportunity for many students who would otherwise find it highly impractical to pursue their education further, one of the down sides of this type of learning is limited social interaction. Social networking constructs can play a powerful role in helping to fill the social gap that exists where regular face-to-face interaction is absent. Building a sense of community and increasing social presence can be an excellent aid keeping distance learners engaged and encourage their success."

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UTRGV Master of Education in Educational Technology  - Testimonial

Corporate trainer, classroom teacher, or instructor of any kind? This is how you become an effective educator in our technology-driven world. It's much more than learning how to build online courses.

In as little as 1 year, learn to apply the educational tools of tomorrow with a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UTRGV (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley).

--- 100% online
--- Surprisingly affordable
--- Fast-paced program
--- Study from anywhere in the world on your own schedule

Learn more: http://utrgv.edu/edtech

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For Some Districts, Tech Was Messy This Spring. Now They’re More Prepared.

For Some Districts, Tech Was Messy This Spring. Now They’re More Prepared. | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Too little technology makes remote instruction nigh impossible. Too much makes it a hassle. Such was the two-sided dilemma that many educators experienced in the spring. Computers, hotspots and other devices were in short supply. At the same time, the number of digital tools used across schools and districts seemingly multiplied."

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We've had all summer to reflect on what when right and what didn't during the Spring semester. What lessons did we learn to help us do better in the Fall?

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Staying Connected During COVID-19 [Teacher Spotlight]: Marisabel Soliman

Staying Connected During COVID-19 [Teacher Spotlight]: Marisabel Soliman | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

“We never cease learning, and as educators, this is a great time for us to add more skills to our bag of tricks.”

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Navigating cyberbullying more difficult amid COVID-19, but there are options

Navigating cyberbullying more difficult amid COVID-19, but there are options | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Among steps educators can take are limiting when students' cameras are on during online lessons and embracing digital citizenship curriculum.
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Upskilling Instructional Design Talent: Preparing for Quality Online Learning

Upskilling Instructional Design Talent: Preparing for Quality Online Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A new initiative aims to provide the skills and expertise that instructional designers need to help higher education meet its growing demands for online education."

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7 Ways To Maximize Efficiency And Productivity Of Remote Work

7 Ways To Maximize Efficiency And Productivity Of Remote Work | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Working remotely comes with its own unique set of challenges. Read this article to learn how you can successfully train your remote employees.
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Pandemic Pivots: Edtech Edition

Pandemic Pivots: Edtech Edition | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Necessity begets ingenuity, and for many businesses no test of survival has been tougher than the current one wrought by a global pandemic. Many have adapted to provide existing services while limiting human contact. Others are expanding into areas unexpected. General Motors is making face shields and ventilators. Denny’s is selling groceries. Kodak is getting into … pharmaceuticals."

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How Edtech Can Help Post-Pandemic

How Edtech Can Help Post-Pandemic | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Online learning is more essential than ever before as we navigate the current state of the pandemic and keep an eye toward the future of education. With some schools planning on opening back up in the fall, others trying out a hybrid of on-and-off-campus learning, and others still keeping all learning online, the question of how edtech will adapt and serve students and teachers is on everyone’s minds."

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Zoom Enters Appliance Business with Zoom for Home

Zoom Enters Appliance Business with Zoom for Home | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Zoom Video Communications announced a new dedicated device for home videoconferencing. But at least one analyst suspects the price may keep buyers at bay."

EDTECH@UTRGVs insight:

While I can envision a dedicated Zoom screen for conference rooms, most people who use Zoom will be just fine with a laptop or tablet.

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How esports can bring students together during social isolation

How esports can bring students together during social isolation | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
An esports tournament spanning the majority of a university system went a long way in helping students feel like a part of the community--even while remote.
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When Learning Becomes Leading, Leading Becomes Learning

When Learning Becomes Leading, Leading Becomes Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
At Georgia State University, students learn not only the technical competencies deemed necessary for "digital literacy"; they learn how to pair their new technical understanding with fledgling leadership skills. Now Tiffany Green-Abdullah, founding director of GSU's Digital Learners to Leaders co-curricular program since 2018, is focusing on developing similar programs to be offered more widely — outside GSU.
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Guest Post: Benefits of E-learning For Teachers

Guest Post: Benefits of E-learning For Teachers | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The advancement of technology has had a noticeable impact on education... But, does e-learning have any benefit for teachers? Yes, it does. Online learning is rich with materials such as videos and photos, and various websites. Therefore, the teacher has more access to resources that help in teaching."

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Teaching students how to manage digital distractions

Teaching students how to manage digital distractions | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Here are a few ideas on teaching students how to manage digital distractions that can successfully be implemented in any classroom:
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Computers are good at multitasking. People, not so much.

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After the Pandemic, Higher Education Can’t Afford to Go Back to ‘Normal’

After the Pandemic, Higher Education Can’t Afford to Go Back to ‘Normal’ | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"To serve students during the pandemic and beyond, I believe institutions not only must innovate their approaches to learning, but also their approaches to teaching. No longer should we accept that simply delivering curricular materials online constitutes real innovation, nor that the incorporation of instructional videos is a sure-shot method of engaging students. Unfortunately, the “sage on the stage” from before the coronavirus has now become the “sage on the computer screen.”"

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"Unfortunately, the 'sage on the stage' from before the coronavirus has now become the 'sage on the computer screen'.” Sad but true

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Gen Z views traditional college path as old school

Gen Z views traditional college path as old school | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
While young people believe education is critical to their future, they're not always convinced a 4-year degree is the right solution.
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There's a challenge for universities to make 'old school' new again. To remain relevant, we may need to rethink how higher education is packaged and delivered.

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Taking Your Classes Online in a Flash

Taking Your Classes Online in a Flash | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Nearly all schools already have a learning management system (LMS) on hand. Here are some tips for moving classes online in a flash.
EDTECH@UTRGVs insight:

While it may be technically possible to put a class online in a flash, it will take a lot more time to make the course good. Also, online teaching takes time to master and skills are developed incrementally.

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Poll: 2 in 3 teachers want to start the school year remotely

Poll: 2 in 3 teachers want to start the school year remotely | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A majority of teachers are concerned about risking their health, and a separate survey shows most parents also prefer distance learning to start the fall. 
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Make Super Simple Videos for Teaching Online

Make Super Simple Videos for Teaching Online | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The hard part can be getting the confidence to talk to the camera, but making simple videos for online teaching can help you engage with students."

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Judging A Course By Its Cover: 5 Ways To Improve Your Cover Design

Judging A Course By Its Cover: 5 Ways To Improve Your Cover Design | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Are learners skipping past your course? Maybe it's your cover page. Learn how to improve your course cover design and engage your learners from the start.
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First impressions are very important. They can set the stage for the entire learning experience. In addition to making the cover or landing page look good, it is important for the entire course to you look professional, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to navigate. If a students' first impression about your course is dread, you'll have to work very hard to change their impressions.

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Facilitate Innovative Peer-Based Learning Feedback

Facilitate Innovative Peer-Based Learning Feedback | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Discover the importance of a collaborative learning environment and learn how you can help enable peer-based learning feedback in your organization.
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Discover—But Don't Misuse—the Wealth of Open-Access Media

Discover—But Don't Misuse—the Wealth of Open-Access Media | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Interesting, relevant multimedia elements are essential to creating engaging eLearning. Obtaining these can be a challenge for eLearning designers and developers with limited resources to create photos, graphics, audio, and video.

An often untapped resource, open-access media, offers a solution for the budget-strapped eLearning designer.
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The Fine Line in Game Based Learning

The Fine Line in Game Based Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Games can be powerful learning experiences, as long as adaptive learning doesn’t put an algorithm, rather than the student, in the driver’s seat.
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Institutionalizing equity through video instruction

Institutionalizing equity through video instruction | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Using video to teach doesn't have to be intimidating--with a few creative strategies, you can create engaging lessons for all students"

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High School Students Share Their Thoughts On The Upcoming School Year

High School Students Share Their Thoughts On The Upcoming School Year | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with high school students from Washington, D.C., Detroit and New York City about how they're feeling about the upcoming school year.

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Adapting the 5E teaching model to remote classrooms

Adapting the 5E teaching model to remote classrooms | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Adapting the 5E teaching model to remote classrooms: an LMS can offer a wide range of solutions for each stage of the model
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What to Do When Hands-on Learning Is Essential

What to Do When Hands-on Learning Is Essential | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The University of St. Augustine faces a problem unique to programs delivering healthcare training — how to help students prepare for clinical careers.
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