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Canadian EdTech Market Moves: Quantius Invests USD 2.2 Million In Lambda

Moodle News - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 20:10
Toronto-based “alternative lender” Quantius has announced its “non-dilutive” investment in Vancouver-headquartered Lambda Solutions, a 15-year old provider of e-learning solutions with expertise in...

Multi-Campus VR Session Tours Remote Cave Art

Campus Technology - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 18:34
The University of Oklahoma and several other institutions recently held what they believe to be the first multi-state, multi-campus virtual reality class.

Las Organizaciones Educativas a Debate con Linda Castañeda y Fernando Trujillo

David Álvarez - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 18:21

Como parte del MOOC de INTEF ‘Organizaciones Educativas Digitalmente Competentes‘ tendremos mañana martes 10 de octubre un encuentro virtual con Linda Castañeda y Fernando Trujillo, que han participado en el diseño instruccional y en el desarrollo de los contenidos del curso. Con motivo del desarrollo del MOOC tanto en español como en inglés, mantuvimos un encuentro en la segunda semana del curso con Linda y Fernando, moderado por nuestra compañera Naír Carrera, y dirigido a la comunidad de habla inglesa. Mañana volvemos a encontrarnos para la comunidad española.

Desde las 20:00h, y durante unos sesenta minutos aproximadamente, revisaremos el marco conceptual DigCompOrg para Organizaciones Digitalmente Competentes desarrollado por JRC, atendiendo a la dimensión tecnológica como transversal a las dimensiones pedagógica y organizativa, tal y como lo planteamos al hacer el diseño instruccional del MOOC.

Entre los principales temas en nuestra agenda para mañana estarán el liderazgo educativo, el desarrollo profesional docente, las prácticas de enseñanza y aprendizaje, y la evaluación, temas todos ellos clave a nuestro modo de ver para la transformación de las organizaciones educativas.

Puedes seguir el debate en directo a través del Canal en YouTube de educaLAB y participar con tus comentarios y preguntas mediante Twitter, usando el hashtag #DigCompOrg:

This Is How the World Will Shop by 2025

OLDaily - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 17:21

Juan Martinez, PC Magazine, Oct 09, 2017

2025 is only eight years away, and it's not clear that large parts of the world (including possibly Puerto Rico) will even have reliable power and water by then, so the definition of "world" in this article is very narrow (and probably a 25-block radius around the author's house). The shopping scenario isn't realistic either: your house detects when you've run out of something and automatically orders a replacement. Now tell me that wouldn't be abused by marketers and advertisers! For example: "Your connected razor will know when its blades have gone rusty." No. It will tell you your blades are rusty. But it will be lying! All these things that work automatically (including educational technology) will not be working for our benefit. They will be selling - hard selling - to us.

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Con Moodle Mobile 3.3.2, Deslízate Como Nunca Antes

Moodle News - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 17:00
This Story in English. El secuaz móvil acompañando el recientemente lanzado Moodle 3.3.2 está disponible para su descarga en tu tienda de aplicaciones preferida. Trae pocas características nuevas. En...

Bridge Program Speeds Prep for Non-Engineer STEM Masters Studies

Campus Technology - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 14:30
The Tandon School of Engineering at New York University is trying a new tack to woo non-STEM students into STEM degree programs.

The EME Debacle: A Moodler’s Perspective. Open Source News Roundup

Moodle News - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 14:03
Last September, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), representing “major organizations such as Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Mozilla, Apple, [and] Adobe,” published specifications for Encrypted Media...

AccuCampus Retention Tool Extends Student Analytics

Campus Technology - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 14:00
The latest update has added artificial intelligence algorithms to assess student risk based on demographic data, academic information and behavior.

Udacity Intros Flying Car Nanodegree

Campus Technology - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 13:45
Lessons will train participants in smart transportation, including the software skills needed for building autonomous flight systems.

Cornell to Launch Center for Data Science for Improved Decision Making with $1.5 Million Grant

Campus Technology - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 13:30
A team of computer scientists at Cornell University is looking to ensure that data management systems are responsible and used for the public benefit.

MIT Launches Digital Plus Courses for Professional Learning

Campus Technology - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 13:29
MIT Professional Learning is launching a new program designed to offer organizations courses for their employees that feature project-based challenges designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty.

LWMN011: Digital Inequality, Martin Dougiamas on the Future of Moodle, Curriculum Theory | Week of October 7th, 2017

Moodle News - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 13:20
Hey everyone – welcome to the Last Week in MoodleNews, I’m Stephen Ladek from MoodleNews.com. In this episode we’ll be talking about the most important stories from the Moodleverse for the week...

Memòria INS Antoni Pous

Educació Demà - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 11:30

Crida #ReunióFamílies: Què està passant?

Educació Demà - 9 Octubre, 2017 - 11:10

Des que van tornar de vacances, els centres educatius escollits per participar en el projecte Redissenyem la reunió amb les famílies estan treballant intensament per repensar les reunions d'inici de curs. 

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

OLDaily - 8 Octubre, 2017 - 15:43

Paul Lewis, The Guardian, Oct 08, 2017

I remember having a conversation once with a friend who was having an existential crisis because she wasn't sure whether any of her thoughts were her own. She had realized (as do I) the extent to which her ideas, beliefs and habits were influenced, even controlled, by external influences. This was before the days of Facebook addition, but all the means were still present: online and mass media, social pressures, the news hype cycle, expectations at home or in the office. So while this article describes the phenomenon on social media addition, my perspective is that it's the same story in new clothing. Since when has social approval not been addictive? Since when has this not been leveraged by advertisers, educators and propagandists to entice people into working against their own best interests? I think of the Civitus Vetus of Rome, the playing grounds of Eton, and the halls of West Point all in the same breath. The only thing that changes is who is in charge.

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Invisible skills

OLDaily - 8 Octubre, 2017 - 15:30

Alastair Creelman, The corridor of uncertainty, Oct 08, 2017

Summry and a bit of commentary on the Skills, Competencies and Credentials report from Alan Harrison (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario) referenced here last week. The key bit is this: "Universities must come to terms with two facts: their undergraduate programs are where general skills are developed and second, it is these skills that make the graduates of these programs employable." Universities test for the content of these courses, but it isn't the content thata makes them employable, it's the skills. What sort of skills? Well, that's where everybody gets really vague: they include things like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, resreach and learning how to learn, and the like. But instead of enumerating the skills, both Harrison and Creelman focus on assessing them. "The answer lies probably in providing more comprehensive credentials that describe both the knowledge and skills acquired."

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The Open Home Lab Stack

OLDaily - 8 Octubre, 2017 - 14:56

Mighty Womble, HackerNoon, Oct 08, 2017

Eventually all of this will be a black box, and we'll work with features and services rujnning on top of it, but it's useful to look at the details now, so we can understand the capacities that will be avaiklable in the future. What Mighty Womble describes is essentially a hub for virtualized services; these services will be available to any device or appliance in your home or on your network, and they will support your interactions with the rest of the world. There are too many layers to list, but important ones include the virtual servers, storage and directories, firewalls, routers, VPNs, security, and authentication. These are the things that today an enterprise infrastructure contains, but what's described here is almost all open source, which means it is affordable for individual users, and eventually will be paxkaged for them. 

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