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Revolutionizing Libraries with Social Media

Revolutionizing Libraries with Social Media | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"We are seeing faster and faster changes in the technological landscape. In fact, in the past few years cloud computing has gone from an abstract idea to state-of-the art storage that we cannot do without."

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Highlights from Day 1: Region One Technology Conference Educational Technology at UTRGV | Facebook 

Highlights from Day 1: Region One Technology Conference Educational Technology at UTRGV | Facebook  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

The EdTech faculty were present at the 2019 Region One Technology Conference in beautiful South Padre Island, TX. See highlights from Day 1 here: Day 1 Highlights

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Thanks to everyone who dropped by the EdTech booth to say hi.

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All high schools in Georgia must teach computer science by 2024

All high schools in Georgia must teach computer science by 2024 | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A new law passed this month attempts to accelerate K-12 computer science education in a state where it’s exceedingly rare.
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Google says the new Google Glass gives workers 'superpowers'

Google says the new Google Glass gives workers 'superpowers' | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A new version of the device–Glass Enterprise Edition 2–comes with a new look, a faster processor, and a brighter display.
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If they can make the device a little cooler, I might be inclined to give them a try. The original glasses were a little creepy to wear, and I didn't feel comfortable being around people who wore them.

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AI Needs an Ethical Compass. This Tool Can Help. 

AI Needs an Ethical Compass. This Tool Can Help.  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A design researcher, a business designer, and a data scientist were sitting at a bar. It sounds like the setup of a joke, but the conversation was actually quite serious."

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5 Ways to Improve Online Discussion Boards 

5 Ways to Improve Online Discussion Boards  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"When it comes to online classes, discussion boards typically form a vital crux of group participation. It is through this medium that students share their ideas, interact with each other, clarify doubts, offer suggestions and learn in the process."

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Billionaire Pledges to Pay Off Morehouse Graduates’ Debt. Research Shows How They’ll Fare. 

Billionaire Pledges to Pay Off Morehouse Graduates’ Debt. Research Shows How They’ll Fare.  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Commencement speakers often tell graduates to follow their dreams, but yesterday the orator at Morehouse College’s graduation made that easier in
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How cool is that? All he asked was that the graduates pay it forward. I wonder what the ripple effect of this generous offer might be.

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Report: Girls Outpace Boys in Technology Literacy

A new report from the National Center for Educational Statistics digs into the trends in technology and engineering literacy for eighth graders over a four-year period.
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5 of the coolest edtech tools since sliced bread

5 of the coolest edtech tools since sliced bread | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"It seems like new edtech tools are developed each day, and while many of them serve practical purposes without too much fanfare, there are some edtech tools that sound super exciting."

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In the age of AI, trust becomes the most valuable commodity

In the age of AI, trust becomes the most valuable commodity | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Artificial Intelligence is becoming the biggest technology of the information age, and we need to bake human judgement into it in order to use it fully.
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The 5 Worst Types of eLearning Courses and How to Fix Them

The 5 Worst Types of eLearning Courses and How to Fix Them | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
To avoid having your own eLearning courses slip into this undesirable category, make sure you aren’t creating any of these worst types of courses.
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With their industry under scrutiny, OPM (Online Program   Management) leaders ponder their role 

With their industry under scrutiny, OPM (Online Program   Management) leaders ponder their role  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

'During almost 30 years as a for-profit college official and as president of two companies that help colleges and universities deliver their academic programs digitally, Steve Fireng has had a front-row view of the evolution of online higher education.

 

The early days, he said at a conference here last week, were best described as "deans gone wild," in which individual schools or departments (usually a business school) within larger universities, acting independently and untethered to any larger institutional strategy, started an online program and (usually) saw it take off."

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Less Screen Time and More Socialization

Less Screen Time and More Socialization | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that we spend too much time in front of a computer screen. We work in front of a computer, check our smartphones throughout the day, and relax with a tablet in the evening, either watching a show or playing digital games. Our children watch us and copy us, but their screen time is hurting them more than helping them."

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If we left it up to the kids, they would say that they use their screentime to socialize.

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Infographic: 10 Ways to Build a Culture of Exceptional Customer Experience in Schools 

Infographic: 10 Ways to Build a Culture of Exceptional Customer Experience in Schools  | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"As local populations change and alternative schooling options continue to expand, public schools throughout the U.S. are confronting the funding challenges associated with dramatic shifts in student enrollment. School leaders must consider creative new ways to build trust across their communities, appealing directly to their most important customers—students and their families."

EDTECH@UTRGV's insight:

When I came across this article I had to chuckle. Not too long ago I discussed the need to build a culture of customer service for our online programs at a national conference. The topic was met by my peers with skepticism. "That's not my job!" I heard some faculty say. Then, last year at the same conference, the main topic of discussion was the increased competition programs were experiencing from for-profit (and non-profit) online universities who were poaching their students. I wonder what they think about developing a culture of customer service now. <grin>

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How should teachers manage smartphone distractions in the classroom?

How should teachers manage smartphone distractions in the classroom? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Commentary: edWeb.net’s Eileen Belastock reviews research showing students with smartphones receive one notification every eight minutes and pay less attention in class.
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Mrs Lord's curator insight, May 21, 7:59 PM
Aww yes! Proof that phone use in class can be a distraction, especially when it's not task related! Some useful strategies in here that can be easily implemented in the classroom too.
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Phone addiction: students are getting 2 hours' sleep

Phone addiction: students are getting 2 hours' sleep | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Parents called on to set mobile-usage limits after research finds 92 per cent of secondary pupils check phones during the night, while 70 per cent do so during lessons
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What Are The Most Significant AI Advances We Will See In The Near Future?

What Are The Most Significant AI Advances We Will See In The Near Future? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The AI revolution - and yes, I do think it’s safe to call it a revolution - is only in its infancy. We’ve seen some exciting applications of artificial intelligence in the last few years in areas like natural language processing, image recognition, and process automation. In fact, these advances have helped our own company, ThoughtSpot, bring artificial intelligence to the domain of analytics."

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Fact Checking? Not Any More

Fact Checking? Not Any More | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Lectures aren’t what they used to be. Back in the day, professors amassed a collection of well-researched information, partly from peers and colleagues, and partly from their own work. From these notes and selected course textbooks, they created a syllabus. Then each week, the teacher delivered the information to his or her students. Some students took copious notes, and others listened, but they were all accountable for the information on the mid-term and final. Technology and the Internet have changed that approach."

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Female-voice AI reinforces bias, says UN report

Female-voice AI reinforces bias, says UN report | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Female-voiced AIs are portrayed as "eager to please", suggesting women are "subservient" says study.
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Creating Quality Designed Online Courses

Creating Quality Designed Online Courses | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Creating quality designed online courses should not be a daunting task for all involved. In this article, I will list areas of importance that can serve as a positive environment conducive for learning."

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3 experts share their blended learning advice

3 experts share their blended learning advice | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
With a growing non-traditional student population, colleges are looking to blended learning technology and strategy to meet their pedagogical needs.
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It's people, not technology, that will decide the future of work

It's people, not technology, that will decide the future of work | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Technology can help improve lives for workers, or lead us back to "feudalism" - it's up to us, argues the head of the International Trade Union Confederation
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These rules could save humanity from the threat of rogue AI

These rules could save humanity from the threat of rogue AI | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Intelligent machines turning on their creators has long been the stuff of science fiction - but without a sound ethical framework, the risks posed by malfunctioning or malevolent AI in our near future could be enormous. Could a framework developed by Tencent founder Pony Ma be the answer?
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Institutions find success by developing online programs in-house rather than outsourcing

Institutions find success by developing online programs in-house rather than outsourcing | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
As concerns about outsourcing ring out across online education, several institutions have carved out niches by developing in-house capacity that resembles OPM functions.
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At UTRGV we partnered with an OPM for a while. After a few years, we decided to do it ourselves.

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Why People Matter More than Algorithms

Why People Matter More than Algorithms | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"There’s a lot to love about an algorithm. For one thing, it’s orderly. The procedure for solving a formula of this kind is a step-by-step progression. The nice thing is that it includes repetitive calculations, and the familiarity feels friendly. When you arrive at the algorithm’s solution, you also feel a sense of accomplishment. I don’t know if computer software is capable of developing feelings about the algorithms it solves."

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Instead of data-based decision making, we should be practicing data-informed decision making. There's a difference.

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Many workers say they will pursue continuing education on their own

Many workers say they will pursue continuing education on their own | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A Randstad report indicates employers and employees agree about the importance of upskilling and where it is most in-demand.
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I see this trend as a problem and an opportunity for colleges and universities. How do you see it?

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