Technology in the Classroom

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eSchool News - 13 hours 37 min ago

A new, intuitive platform lets educators design their online courses—easily

As an educator, it’s hard to please today’s tech-savvy students with PowerPoints and lecture-on-video—but those are exactly the kinds of tools available for educators who don’t have time to learn online learning design 101.

That is, until now.

Coming out of beta today (March 4th), an online content creation platform called Versal is quickly gaining traction with educators in 59 countries interested in creating online lessons to support dynamic teaching methods, such as flipped learning, blended learning, MOOC creation, and fully online learning.

“My school is very interested in flipped learning classrooms, but I didn’t feel comfortable making videos myself or taking over PowerPoints,” said Steven Iannuccilli, a science and technology teacher at New York’s Xavier High School. “Versal gave me the idea to reinvent myself and get away from the typical PowerPoint lesson that I normally do, and to make it more organized and academic then, say, a blog. Without Versal, I probably wouldn’t have tried flipped learning because of the uncomfortableness of hearing and seeing myself on a podcast.”

(Next page: How Versal works; an open platform for integration)


American Teens, Young Adults Lag Behind International Peers in Tech Skills, Analysis Finds

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 19:55
According to new analysis by testing company ETS, the generation of adults born after 1980 demonstrate "weak skills" in literacy, numeracy and technology problem solving —  in spite of having more years of schooling than all other previous generations.

Aeries SIS Integrates LearnSprout Early Warning Tools

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 18:23
Student information system provider Eagle Software has partnered with LearnSprout, a predictive analytics provider, to provide California-based users of the Aeries SIS with early warning tools.

New Partnership Aims To Facilitate Online Course Creation for Teachers

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:00
Versal and Wolfram Research are joining forces to make it easier for teachers to insert interactive elements into the online courses and other learning experiences they create — without coding.

CK-12 Foundation Debuts Free STEM Simulations

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:29
The CK-12 Foundation has launched a simulations module, designed to improve engagement through physics simulations, for its free STEM learning platform.

1 School in 7 Loses 'Critical Data' Forever

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:26
Compared to other kinds of organizations — business, government and not-for-profit — educational institutions are the least prepared for disaster recovery.

MakerBot Launches 3D Printing Starter Labs

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:01
MakerBot has launched Starter Labs, kits designed to help educational institutions get 3D printing systems set up quickly.

Fellowship Program Initiated To Encourage Games in Civics Instruction

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:00
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has started a program to give free professional development to social studies and civics teachers in the use of games, play and digital tools.

Research: Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 16:01
An active learning approach produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University.

Learnosity Integrates MyScript for Handwritten Math Assessments

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:02
Learnosity has integrated handwriting recognition technology from MyScript, which recognizes more than 200 mathematical characters and symbols, to its new suite of assessment tools to allow students to write and solve equations with handwritten input.

FreshGrade Debuts Parent Engagement iPad App

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:30
FreshGrade has released a free new iPad app, also called FreshGrade, designed to help teachers efficiently capture, document and share student learning with parents in real time.

Embry-Riddle Expands Dual Enrollment to Online Courses

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 09:30
The online program is based on a "joint enrollment model"; the student receives only college credit unless his or her high school decides to award credit for the course.

Adaptivity Tops Gartner Ed Strategic Tech List

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
Even as education spending is expected to inch up two percent this year to reach $67.8 billion worldwide, the way in which school districts, colleges and universities are spending that money is evolving to reflect the growing digital nature of teaching and learning, according to Gartner. In a new report, "Top 10 Strategic Technologies Impacting Education in 2015," the business IT consulting firm ranked 10 innovations and tech trends that it believes the education CIO should plan for in 2015.

MOC-Floyd Valley High School Updates Science Classrooms

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:55
MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, IA is redesigning and expanding its science area to provide additional space for computers, labs and storage in support of a focus on science, technology, engineering and math education.

Idaho Schools Scramble when Broadband Contracts Voided

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:49
Idaho school districts are scrambling to make sure they have Internet broadband after a court case threw out the agreements they had with their Internet service providers.

New Ed Tech Accelerator To Establish Network of Educators

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:20
The "Jefferson Education Accelerator" will offer mentoring, analysis, networking opportunities, access to financing and evaluation of products and services to companies in the education sector at the "growth" stage.

Cesar Chavez Adds Solar Power for Reduced Energy Costs, Improved STEM Opportunities

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:08
The Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy has installed an interactive learning solar power system at its Washington D.C. Parkside Campus.

California Senator Introduces Bill to Protect Privacy of Mobile Device Users' GPS Data

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:30
Senate Bill 576, authored by Senator Mark Leno, requires vendors to give consumers a clear notice explaining how their location information will be used and shared when they install a new app. It also stipulates that app users give express consent before their geolocation data can be collected and shared.

EDUonGo Debuts Classroom Coding Platform

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:27
EDUonGo has launched a learning platform, Ucodemy, designed to provide coding curricula, collaborative teaching tools and professional software coaching.

JoVE Debuts Online Tool for Video STEM Quizzes

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:28
JoVE has launched JoVE Quiz, an online tool designed to be used in conjunction with the company's JoVE Science Education video database.