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Teachers Are Confident About Using Technology, Now More Than Ever

Teachers Are Confident About Using Technology, Now More Than Ever

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5 Classroom Tech Priorities for the Coming School Year

5 Classroom Tech Priorities for the Coming School Year

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Looking to Grow in China? 3 Lessons for Edtech Companies
June 01 2016

Looking to Grow in China? 3 Lessons for Edtech Companies

China-based ed-tech companies raked in more than $1 billion in investment in 2015, or 37 percent of global funding for the year .

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Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators
June 01 2016

Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators

A free, mostly-OER platform, Amazon Inspire works like a search engine for educational videos,..

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Microsoft and edX Are Planning Online Courses for School Leaders
June 01 2016

Microsoft and edX Are Planning Online Courses for School Leaders

Microsoft has partnered with edX on five upcoming courses for school leaders: principals, headmasters, superintendents and others.

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Blackboard's Big Week: IBM Partnership and Higher One Acquisition
June 01 2016

Blackboard's Big Week: IBM Partnership and Higher One Acquisition

It announced a partnership with IBM, in which Big Blue will manage Blackboard’s 28 global data centers...

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Moodle 3.1New Features
June 01 2016

Moodle 3.1New Features

The Moodle 3.1 version is now available for schools and businesses to upgrade

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Benefits of Microlearning Based Training for Business
June 01 2016

Benefits of Microlearning Based Training for Business

Affordable and agile: Lower than traditional eLearning due to the short training duration.

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The Perks of Mobile Optimized Learning
June 01 2016

The Perks of Mobile Optimized Learning

It’s estimated that by 2018, 70% of professionals will be working from mobile devices, and the world of mobile elearning has generated an industry worth roughly £3.7 billion...

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Mobile Learning Design Considerations
June 01 2016

Mobile Learning Design Considerations

The number of mobile phone users(globally) in 2017 is forecast at a staggering 4.77 billion...

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Why Edtech Companies Should Partner With Education Consultants

Why Edtech Companies Should Partner With Education Consultants

Any attempts to improve education must look at it as a system. No piece of technology out-of-the-box can produce a meaningful educational result by itself. Usage is usually cited as a measure of success for
technology, but that metric by itself does not prove educational value.

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30 Ways Google Glass Works in Classrooms

30 Ways Google Glass Works in Classrooms

Varied ways to use Google's wearable
technology have emerged, including as
an aid to teach interactive, STEMbased
class lessons and to augment learning
for students with hearing impairments.

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Penn State Responds to Surge of Interest in SkillsBased Online Teaching Certificate

Penn State Responds to Surge of Interest in SkillsBased Online Teaching Certificate

Last fall Pennsylvania State University’s World Campus launched a small, free skillsfocused certificate program meant to help 30 graduate students develop online teaching abilities—but 350 actually showed up,

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University Requires Freshmen to Use Wearable Tech

University Requires Freshmen to Use Wearable Tech

At Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, Okla., incoming freshmen are put on a strict fitness regimen monitored by Fitbit wearable devices.

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Rewind and Review: Videos Help Professors Grade Themselves

Rewind and Review: Videos Help Professors Grade Themselves

Erin McIntyre reports that Harvard’s two-year study found that video observation improves teacher evaluation in several ways.

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Becoming Digitally Mobile

Becoming Digitally Mobile

Thanks to modern technology, the world is connected unlike ever before.
A Pew Research study followed smartphone users for 1 week and found that Americans are using them most for:

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The Rise of Language Learning Technology in K12

The Rise of Language Learning Technology in K12

According to the article, 75 percent of students say that they are able to achieve their goals more effectively when they use technology in the classroom.

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Study on Costs of Personalized Learning Finds Tech Isn't the Biggest Expense

Study on Costs of Personalized Learning Finds Tech Isn't the Biggest Expense

According to a new report titled
"Financing Personalized Learning:
What Can We Learn From
First-Generation
Adopters?"

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Five Things About Efficacy That Should be Intuitive, But Are Not

Five Things About Efficacy That Should be Intuitive, But Are Not

Does it work? That’s the question asked of all ed-tech tools. How do we know if their products actually help
kids learn?

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Barnes & Noble Education Acquires LMS Provider, LoudCloud System

Barnes & Noble Education Acquires LMS Provider, LoudCloud System

Barnes & Noble Education has spent $17.9 million in cash to acquire LoudCloud Systems, a developer of
an LMS used by K12 and higher-ed.

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University of Maryland University College Eliminates Textbook Costs for Students

University of Maryland University College Eliminates Textbook Costs for Students

As of 2016, an undergrad education at the University does not come with any textbook costs for students.

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Rosetta Stone to Shut Down Livemocha

Rosetta Stone to Shut Down Livemocha

Rosetta Stone announced that it will be shutting down Livemocha, an online, web-based language learning platform

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Top 5 Corporate Learning Trends for 2016

Top 5 Corporate Learning Trends for 2016

Corporate learning is changing at a rapid pace. Here are the trends that are expected to be adopted

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Teachers Use OER More than Textbooks

Teachers Use OER More than Textbooks

According to a new survey by TES Global, 73 percent of the nearly 1,000 U.S. teachers say they use open educational resources (OER) more than textbooks.

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2.6 Billion Reasons For Thinking Mobile First in eLearning

2.6 Billion Reasons For Thinking Mobile First in eLearning

2.6 billion smartphones were sold worldwide in 2014-2015. The biggest growth is in emerging markets.

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Obama’s Rather Untraditional Plan to Help Tech Companies Hire Smart Employees

Obama’s Rather Untraditional Plan to Help Tech Companies Hire Smart Employees

“It turns out it doesn’t matter where you learned code, it just matters how good you are at writing code,” ...

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The Adoption of Personalized Learning

The Adoption of Personalized Learning

Personalized learning is the most effective style of teaching according to the majority of the educators who participated in

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Are Low-Income Families in the U.S. Connecting to the Internet? Yes, but Not Easily.

Are Low-Income Families in the U.S. Connecting to the Internet? Yes, but Not Easily.

A new report documents the state of connectivity among low-income families with children aged 6-13 in order to

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Number of U.S. Distance Learners is on the Rise

Number of U.S. Distance Learners is on the Rise

The Babson Survey Research Group’s annual report about

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Survey: The Top Deciding Factors in Ed-Tech Choices

Survey: The Top Deciding Factors in Ed-Tech Choices

When asked about the No. 1 influence on ed-tech choices, 48% of respondents identified cost,

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Schools Turn to Digital Tools for Personalizing Career Searches

Schools Turn to Digital Tools for Personalizing Career Searches

Many districts are encouraging students to think about career ...

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The Current State of Sales Training

The Current State of Sales Training

In a recent study, it was found that 37% of sales representatives receive 16 days...

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What are Educause's Top 10 IT issues and Technologies of 2016?

What are Educause's Top 10 IT issues and Technologies of 2016?

Educause, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting information technology literacy for...

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The Technology, Obstacles and Outcomes of Flipped Learning

The Technology, Obstacles and Outcomes of Flipped Learning

A survey of college faculty shows that more than two-thirds of respondents have experimented with the popular teaching model. Results indicate that the approach offers benefits over traditional lecture-style
teaching.

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