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Report Card: What’s Happening in the World of Education Technology?

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Many K–12 administrators, teachers, staff and students already rely on mobile devices to do their jobs, complete their assignments and collaborate with peers. Others are just beginning to explore how mobility — and the anytime, anywhere connectivity, functionality and productivity that it enables — can enhance the teaching and learning experience.”


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Is it time for us to redefine “educational technology?”

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Question:

How can schools make the most out of their limited resources to provide robust technology opportunities for students?

Response:

Over the course of the last 25 years, educational technology has gone through two major changes. First, it has become increasingly smaller and portable and secondly, it has become remarkably cheaper. These are important in the world of education.


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Online courses, gateway to limitless knowledge

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In the heart of every scholar’s woes is their never-ending thirst for knowledge; the constant ‘need to know all’ basis and the burning desire to challenge the mind to higher analytical thinking and problem solving skills. 

To add to their distress, complications arise when they cannot find the required resources to quench their thirst: lack of teachers, overcrowded classrooms, exorbitant fees, missing books, unavailable courses; the list just goes on and on. But with the recent evolution of high-tech gadgets, these scholars can seek solace in the newly found panacea for their difficulties – online courses. 

So if you are one of these scholars, here are eight reasons why online courses serve as great educating tools.”


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How to curb Heartbleed’s impact on school technology

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Over the past week, it’s been next-to-impossible to surf the web or social media without running into the news about Heartbleed, one of the biggest security vulnerabilities ever found in the critical infrastructure of the Internet. For schools, students and parents, it’s the latest headache (heartache?) over issues of data privacy and security.”


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The Latest Chat App for iPhone Needs No Internet Connection

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A startup’s software will let iPhone apps connect phones without the Internet.


FireChat makes use of a feature Apple introduced in the latest version of its iOS mobile software, iOS7, called multipeer connectivity. This feature allows phones to connect to one another directly using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi as an alternative to the Internet. If you’re using FireChat, its “nearby” chat room lets you exchange messages with other users within 100 feet without sending data via your cellular provider.”


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Online students and “on-campus students learning online” - is there a difference?

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Proponents of on-campus university education will argue that students will also be engaging with each other on team work and projects and socialising. This is true, but they will like all young people, be simultaneously interacting with each other via social media and messaging. Again, what was once limited by being physically co-located has now shifted to making where you are, far less important. Add to this the fact that a large number of students don’t now bother to actually come onto campus because they are working or find the effort of travel too much, the difference between online and oncampus narrows.”


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