A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement

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When third-year students in strategy classes at BI Norwegian Business School have a question about their assignments next semester, odds are a robot will provide their answer. A chatbot—a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation—will respond to routine student inquiries and prompt students to complete assignments, mimicking some of the tasks of a teaching assistant. Students have a lot of the same questions over and over again.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

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Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. The rising cost of printed textbooks—as well as tuition and university life—have made them unaffordable for many students. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. In order to succeed in a rapidly changing market, educators, students, and publishers need to evolve.

How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos

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Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors. These are now accessible to Course Hero members on the company’s YouTube channel. “We

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight.

Library 2.0 Sponsored Webinar - "Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification" with Tasha Squires

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Presents: "Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification" With: Tasha Squires Learning Resource Center Teacher at O’Neill Middle School Library Date + Time: Wednesday, August 17th 10am EST for one hour (Click on the time link to see the event time in your own time zone.)

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

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A great deal of initial research exists about blended learning techniques such as game-based learning, but adoption has stalled because of a lack of scalable, practical techniques that have also proven effective. students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. There are a lot of opinions and fads in education, and they are not serving students well. “In Founding a company based on research results. Game based learning is. [an]

To Boost Engagement, Give Tech Savvy Students Interactive Content

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As studentsdigital literacy grows, schools must match or surpass the level of technology students use outside of the classroom. Offering these multimedia learning environments aren’t just add-on services for colleges; they’re now a necessity to meet students’ expectations—and keep them engaged. Hinds Community College , has observed a shift in the learning needs of students over the last decade as their technology competency has exponentially increased.

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Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

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As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. But how are these innovations building on what we know about how people learn? In order to fully leverage research to improve learning outcomes for all students, we must fundamentally shift the relationship between learning research and educational practice.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

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Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

How Digital Textbooks, Tech-Friendly Furniture, and Better Data Are Boosting Engagement at Community Colleges

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When Jenny Billings piloted a digital textbook class and saw an immediate increase in engagement and retention after just one semester, she thought it must be a fluke. In many cases, the use of digital tools, platforms, and applications has helped to boost student engagement, grow pass rates, and increase retention. Here are three colleges that have found a way to use technology to create a more cost-effective, customized, and engaging learning experience.

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How Automated Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

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Tech entrepreneur Fred Singer is the CEO and founder of Echo360 , a company which he launched after a visit to his son’s classroom. Singer has funded and led a wide range of digital companies over the past twenty years, and the list of business and charitable boards on which he serves is long.

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How Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

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Tech entrepreneur Fred Singer is the CEO and founder of Echo360 , a company which he launched after a visit to his son’s classroom. Singer has funded and led a wide range of digital companies over the past twenty years, and the list of business and charitable boards on which he serves is long.

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106K free teacher-created digital textbooks hit the web

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The move to digital textbooks and resources is spreading as more companies partner with open education efforts. More than 100,000 teacher-created digital textbooks are now available online through the CK-12 Foundation’s free STEM content and tools platform.

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

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–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus, STEM Connect, or other digital services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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HMH launches marketplace to connect educators, developers

eSchool News

New online marketplace destination to discover, share and sell digital learning tools and teacher-created content now live. It means that the great ideas a single teacher has in her own classroom can spread widely to help thousands of teachers and, perhaps, millions of students.

Epson BrightLink interactive projectors will be bundled with Smart software

eSchool News

Epson and Smart aim to bring collaborative learning solution to classrooms. Epson and Smart Technologies are now bundling Smart collaborative learning software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. “We’re Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

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Study: Adaptive literacy program could reduce summer slide

eSchool News

Independent academic research of New York City middle school students shows LightSail’s adaptive literacy platform helps sustain, grow reading performance in summer months. They evaluated the technology’s impact on student learning, impact on reader identity, and perceptions of the technology.

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The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey

eSchool News

Created to assist executives and curriculum and technology directors in guiding the transition to digital curriculum and content, the survey also offers schools the chance win national awards. The impact of digital curriculum use. • Digital Learning and Tools News

A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)

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Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. You run around to a bunch of different places to get information about whether students are actually making progress through the tools.” Teachers can also set weekly usage targets for individual students and track their progress against those goals. The company already shares student login data with district administrators.

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PowerSchool Buys Chalkable, Tops $200 Million in Acquisition Spending

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Ever since Pearson sold PowerSchool in June 2015, the two companies have embarked on very different paths. The once venerable publisher axed several high-profile (and profitable) businesses in the Financial Times and The Economist as part of efforts to transform itself into a digital learning business. PowerSchool , meanwhile, has been eagerly buying pieces as it marches to “build a unified classroom” data management system, in the words of company CEO, Hardeep Gulati.

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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A rural Montana district goes all in on makerspaces

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Beginning in fall 2014, the students and teachers at Burbank Elementary School in Hayward, California, embarked on a new and ambitious program to integrate arts across the curriculum.

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Michigan’s Van Buren Public Schools Select Discovery Education to Support Districtwide Movement to 1:1 Learning

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- Unparalleled Blend of Discovery Education’s Digital Resources and Professional Learning Services to Power School System’s Movement to More Personalized Learning Environments - Silver Spring, Md. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,

Discovery Education Chosen by New Mexico’s Hobbs Municipal School District to Accelerate STEM Education in District Middle School

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- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and STEM-focused Professional Development System to Create Authentic Learning Experiences for Middle School Students - Silver Spring, Md. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,

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Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

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But how much surveillance is acceptable, and what are the implications for students’ privacy rights? SXSW EDU Launch Competition Judge Tony will try his best Judy Judy impersonation, as he joins Bridge Burns (University Innovation Alliance), Vince Chan (Creta Ventures) and Jonathan Rochelle (Google) to dispense advice and feedback for eight companies pitching their wares. Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers.

New York’s Yonkers Public Schools Joins Forces with Discovery Education to Create Culture of Student Inquiry Districtwide

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- Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Streaming Plus Digital Resources Will Help Create Immersive Learning Experiences in All 39 District Schools- Silver Spring, Md. The fourth largest school district in New York State, YPS serves 27,000 students from 100 cultures and nationalities.

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

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My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. No, the students weren’t zombies, nor were my thoughts morbid. What is your student to teacher ratio?

Alabama Department of Education Gives Students Free Summer Access to Fuel Education Solutions

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Herndon, Virginia, May 22, 2018 — To keep students actively learning over the summer and to help prevent summer learning loss, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), with the help of Fuel Education® (FuelEd®), is launching its sixth annual Alabama Summer Learning Challenge.

Don’t Let Your Projects Die When Grant Funding Runs Out

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Many teachers across the country are working tirelessly to personalize learning for their students. At Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, which serves students in one of the fastest-growing regions of Alaska, we use grant funding to support a number of initiatives. Over the years, we’ve learned some tough lessons. Our district has had the most experience learning about grants that support instructional tools and new jobs.

Rangatiratanga: How Tapping Into New Zealand’s Indigenous Concepts Sparked New Educational Gains

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You are formally welcomed by a dozen students, each representing a different school. They will mihi (welcome) you formally in Te Reo (Maori, New Zealand’s first language) and proceed to inform and charm you over 20 minutes via an interactive presentation about their competency in digital learning. Each of these young people is digitally fluent and has become so by following the same pedagogical approach of their peers in their neighbouring schools.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning

eSchool News

This year’s Brightspace Excellence Awards , announced at FUSION 2016 by global learning technology provider D2L, recognized the promise of online learning and its ability to connect more and more people to high-quality educational programs. Faculty dedicated to helping students learn online created robust online environments and high-quality tools to help students succeed in their online learning endeavors.

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

MindShift

Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work. She sees the same trend in students, but also recognizes many schools have policies against phones because they can be distractions.

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Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

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The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our students are children of technology and the web. Teaching and learning globally will create the need for new competencies.

This Weeks Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

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Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. As Blackboard Collaborate, Elluminate and Wimba want to continue our partnership with you to define an open, education-focused learning and collaboration platform that sets the standard for worldwide communication, education, and collaboration. Join Corey to learn more about Cyberchase and our newest PBS resources.

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

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Achieve3000 and Virginia Beach City Public Schools have partnered to create Smarty Summer: Diving into Early Literacy, a new kindergarten reading readiness initiative exclusively for Virginia Beach students. Digital Learning and Tools News