Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study. Training for education software, digital applications, digital program, other digital product: 34 percent. Training for electronic/digital devices: 33 percent.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

Badging Systems. Digital Badging as become a fun way for teachers and students to show off their accomplishments. Organizing and tracking badges could easily be managed through Google Classroom. Badging has become particularly popular for encouraging teachers to learn new tech skills. Be sure you check out these blog posts to learn more about how some districts are using badges for professional learning. Use #GoogleClassroom for Badging!

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “Free MOOCs Face the Music,” writes Inside Higher Ed on edX ’s decision to start charging fees. More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. ” From the press release : “ Concentric Sky Announces BadgeRank – a New Search Engine for Digital Badges.” million for its MOOC platform.

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3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Few were predicting, however, that new certifications or badges would eliminate the value of a college degree.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The White House said Friday it would delay an annual conference for historically black colleges and universities that had been scheduled for mid-September.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.”

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Via The New Republic : “Betsy DeVos is headlining Harvard’s Koch-backed conference on school choice – with no critics of school choice.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Responses to last week’s news about Western Governors University and the audit of its competency-based offerings: Via NPR : “Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway? (National) Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Badges.