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Fresno State Intros Tablet Program, Supplies Device Grants

Campus Technology - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 21:33
Today California State University, Fresno is introducing a new tablet program as classes begin.

Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better

OLDaily - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 20:12


Annie Murphy Paul, The Hechinger Report, Aug 21, 2014

When I read that robots are "unable to discern meaning" my first thought is to wonder what the critic thinks it is for a human to discern meaning. Yes, you can fool computers with nonsense - but you can also fool human referees of academic journals with nonsense as well. And - interestingly - it seems that it is becoming less and less easy to fool the computers, while humans remain as fallible as ever. So infallibility is not a criterion for being able to discern meaning.

This article suggests that computers may be better markers because they create a 'disinhibition effect' among students. "A non-judgmental computer may motivate students to try, to fail and to improve more than almost any human." But this isn't a criterion either - indeed, the author would not recommend allowing a computer to give grades. So what, then, is it to 'discern meaning' - and correspondingly, what is it to 'demonstrate meaning'.

I've discussed this in the past. Most writers believe that meaning (and truth) are based in representations, and that learning is essentially the creation (or construction) of these representations in the mind. So demonstration of meaning is a demonstration of the presentation and use of those representations. But this leaves the discernment criteria unfulfilled. Discerning is, I argue, a process of recognition. And computers can and do perform quite well at recognition tasks.

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Why The Education Economy Is The Next Big Thing For The American Workforce

OLDaily - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 20:12


Brandon Busteed, Fast Company, Aug 21, 2014

The author, Brandon Busteed, is executive director of education at Gallup. He argues that there should be a tighter commection between education and the economy to create what we calls the educonomy. The article is largely about how education is failing the economy:

  • "no correlation between the grades and test scores of its employees and their success on the job"
  • "we’ re more likely to see kids with entrepreneurial talent diagnosed as underperforming troublemakers"
  • "seven in 10 K-12 teachers are not engaged in their work (69%)"

All very well, but is increased involvement of the commercial sector in education likely to change this? Busteed calls for "paid and unpaid internships to high school and college students" and for ways to engage teachers and instructors. That sounds good for business - it gives them cheap labour (think of the adjunct professor model applies across the economy). But it's very bad for students and workers, who are already underpaid. Here's a better plan: hire people at full wages, then take steps to enable access to learning while on the job. Oh, but that might cost the commercial sector money. My take: if the economy is not willing to pay the freight, there's no good reason to integrate education and economy.

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Technology Lab / Information Technology How Twitter’s new "BotMaker" filter flushes spam out of timelines

OLDaily - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 20:12
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Lee Hutchinson, Ars, Aug 21, 2014

I still maintain that it's easier to select for what you do want rather than to filter for what you don't want. But a centralized system, I think, can only attempt the latter. It doesn't help when the business model of the service provider involves sending you unwanted advertising messages. Anyhow, this is an interesting article about Twitter's Botmaker anti-spam system (and how it will be used to send you advertising).

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EBSCO Adds New Subject Sets To Its e-Book Collection

Campus Technology - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06
EBSCO Information Services has added 12 new e-book subject sets to its complete library that now numbers more than 200 sets.

Carnegie Mellon Team Grabs the Most Flags in DEF CON Competition

Campus Technology - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 17:43
There are hackers, and then there are victors. Carnegie Mellon University's computer hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, has for the second year running taken first place in a Capture the Flag competition at the DEF CON hacker convention.

How Notre Dame Creates Mobile Apps With No Coding Required

Campus Technology - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 16:30
Non-technical end users can now build their own mobile apps using a modular, do-it-yourself approach.

Atto Text Editor gets Font Size Addon

Moodle News - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 15:30
Atto as a text editor doesn’t have the same number of tools that TinyMCE had, but the usability and accessibility improvements give it a lot of value. Slowly but surely new addons are created...

Autosave feature screenshot and progress

Moodle News - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 14:26
Autosaving draft text in the text editor is something that I cherish as a blogger. You never know when you’ll have drafted the perfect post and poof, power or internet goes out or Chrome...

Google Classroom opens its doors

Open Education Europa RSS - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 12:01
Summary: 

Google has announced that Google Classroom, their latest addition Apps for Education, is available for all. Google Classroom is a product designed in collaboration with teachers to help them save time, keep classes organised and improve communication with students.

Interest Area:  Schools Higher Education Training & Work Learning & Society

Google Classroom opens its doors

Open Education Europa RSS - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 12:01
Summary: 

Google has announced that Google Classroom, their latest addition Apps for Education, is available for all. Google Classroom is a product designed in collaboration with teachers to help them save time, keep classes organised and improve communication with students.

Interest Area:  Schools Higher Education Training & Work Learning & Society

Lynn U Expands iPad Initiative

Campus Technology - 21 Agosto, 2014 - 00:17
Lynn University in Florida has expanded its iPad initiative to include all of its day undergraduate students, new MBA students and Ed.D. students.

University of Houston Intervention Program Focuses on Struggling Bio Students

Campus Technology - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 20:30
A successful intervention program at the University of Houston is funneling resources to faculty development and curricular improvements to keep students from failing or dropping intro and general biology courses.

MIT Offers STEM Institute for Middle School Students

Campus Technology - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 20:09
Students entering grades 6-9 in the Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, MA area recently had an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math concepts thanks to a STEM Summer Institute offered by MIT's Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.

Leading Ed Tech Innovation and Change

Campus Technology - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 17:00
Campus Technology 2014 brought together technology thought leaders for a dialogue on data, change, MOOCs, innovation and more.

Research: What Value Does a Degree or Certificate Hold for the Adult Learner?

Campus Technology - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 16:49
The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and Hobsons completed a pilot study during AY 2013-2014 of adult learners at eight participating higher education institutions. The investigators have just released "Measuring Impact: Findings From a Study of Adult Student Gains and Satisfaction." CT asked Jim Fong, Director of the UPCEA Center for Research & Consulting and Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer at Hobsons for their comments.

ED Asks for Feedback on Research Centers

Campus Technology - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 15:05
The Department of Education has issued a call for feedback on the work of two Institute of Education Science research centers. The centers will use the feedback to plan their future work.

Video: Working with the Workshop Module in 2.3

Moodle News - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 14:48
The Workshop module is a self- and peer-assessment activity in Moodle that has a multistep process for users as they submit, review drafts (their own and others work) and then by the teacher. Moodle...

OER for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture: What are the challenges and how do we tackle them?

Open Education Europa RSS - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 10:02
Area of interest:  Learning & Society Summary: 

The webinar will address the challenges of the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) for less used languages.

OER for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture: What are the challenges and how do we tackle them?

Open Education Europa RSS - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 10:02
Area of interest:  Learning & Society Summary: 

The webinar will address the challenges of the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) for less used languages.

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