Technology in the Classroom

How 4 visionary schools are venturing into a new mixed reality

eSchool News - 17 hours 49 min ago

A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality” learning experiences for students.

The collaboration will explore how mixed reality can help solve real challenges in areas of learning, ranging from online tutoring and coaching, nursing education, and engineering to construction and surveyor training.

Microsoft says its HoloLens is the world’s first self-contained holographic computer. Pearson is developing and piloting mixed reality content at colleges, universities and secondary schools in the United States and around the world.

Video: Hololens

HoloLens leverages virtual reality and augmented reality to create a new reality – mixed reality. With virtual reality, the user is immersed in a simulated world. Augmented reality overlays digital information on top of the real world. Mixed reality merges the virtual and physical worlds to create a new reality whereby the two can coexist and interact.

By understanding the user’s environment, mixed reality enables holograms to look and sound like they are part of that world. This means learning content can be developed for HoloLens that provides students with real world experiences, allowing them to build proficiency, develop confidence, explore and learn.

(Next page: Four schools using mixed reality)

Report: South Carolina Teacher Shortage is Getting Worse

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 20:00
South Carolina started the 2016-17 school year with 481 open teaching positions and it looks like the teacher shortage there is getting worse, according to the latest report from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA).

Project Lead the Way's California Conference Starts Monday

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 18:49
The sixth annual California Project Lead the Way Conference starts Monday in Riverside. More than 1,500 students, educators and business professionals are expected to gather at the Riverside Convention Center through Wednesday to witness student inventions and designs, built to solve real-world problems.

Classroom Projector trends for 2017 - Less Ladder climbing and less Lamps!

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:50
What’s the biggest complaint about classroom projectors? In a recent poll, 64% of projector users say it’s the Lamps. The lamps lose brightness and need to be replaced, or they stop working and need ..

Video Series to Reveal K–16 Education Plan and Advocate for Disadvantaged Students

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:48
Unite For California Students (U4CAS) and Prager University will launch a four-part video series discussing changes to California’s education system so it can better meet the needs of special needs and low-income students.

Carnegie Learning Adds Summative Assessments to Middle School Math Software

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:00
Carnegie Learning, a company that offers software- and web-based personalized learning solutions, and Edulastic, an online assessment platform, has teamed up to introduce a new feature to the former's math software that enables users to add summative assessments.

AAC App Adds Features to Engage Students, Communicator Team

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:00
The augmented and alternative communication (AAC) app, created for students who have trouble speaking, has debuted a feature that improves team communications and goal-setting efforts across the app.

A Comprehensive, Interactive Resource for Teaching Climate Change

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 06:30
A great launching point for engaging in accurate and timely climate change information

CommonLit Releases New Features that Offer Lessons on Literacy, Reading and History

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:17
CommonLit, a nonprofit that offers free, online instructional materials and tracking tools to support literacy development for students in grades 5 to 12, has released new features that further support its mission.

Earth Networks Partners with WeatherSTEM to Produce Weather-Related STEM Curricula

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:24
Earth Networks, a Maryland-based weather data company, is partnering with WeatherSTEM to deliver to schools STEM curricula built around hyperlocal weather data.

Phishing Attacks Down 10 Percent in 2016

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:17
Infosec professionals are 10 percent less likely to report that their organization was the victim of a phishing attack in 2016 than in 2015, though that still means three-quarters of organizations were targeted and half of that same group said phishing attacks are on the rise, according to the latest State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies.

More Than $4 Billion in E-Rate Funds Available for Districts in FY 2017

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:13
The Federal Communications Commission sets aside $3.9 billion annually for E-rate funding, and with $200 million rolling over from 2016, school districts will have access to more than $4 billion in fiscal year 2017 for connectivity upgrades.

Learningonline.xyz and Microsoft Collaborate to Build a Language Learning Bot

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:16
Microsoft’s Skype is collaborating with Eton Institute and partner company Learningonline.xyz in developing a bot that can teach users a new language.

Literacy Curriculum Provider Launches iOS App

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:00
Learning Upgrade, a company that offers digital, differentiated literacy curriculum for English language learners (ELLs), has launched a new mobile app that includes more than 300 sequenced lessons.

Obama Administration and ED Won't Finalize Controversial Regulation in ESSA

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:29
The Obama Administration and the United States Education Department (ED) are dropping an effort to adopt a final regulation under the Every Student Succeeds Act that would have required that federal funds must “supplement and not supplant” state and local funds.

Publisher Adds Augmented Reality to Children’s Books

T.H.E. Journal News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:00
Capstone, a publisher of children’s media, has launched a free mobile app that enhances its print books with augmented reality (AR).

Unified Technology to Revolutionize Classrooms

Tech and Learning News - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:30
Unified Technology to Revolutionize Classrooms Today’s K-12 educators are leveraging technology to inspire and engage students every day. As technology rapidly evolves, it continues to change the way..

ED Reveals Final Regulation on Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:21
The United States Department of Education (ED) has announced final regulations tied to competitive grant programs and open licensing. When educational institutions apply for grants, they are required to share certain findings and resources publicly, with some exceptions, so other educators, students and institutions may benefit.

Mississippi Attorney General Files Suit Against Google Over Handling of Student Data

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:21
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed suit against Google, Inc., over how the internet behemoth maintains and uses data collected from Mississippi public school students who have Google’s G Suite for Education accounts, the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

Report: Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning Increasing

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:01
While many have argued that the federal government sponsors too many childhood and early learning programs, a recent analysis of federal programs by the Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates otherwise. The new report says investments in early learning are not meeting the needs of families across the nation, and many eligible families are not receiving services.

Pages