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Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
March 10, 2015
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Mind the Gap: Connecting K–12 and Higher Education Educators to Improve the Student Experience
Educause Review
  • As students transition from a high school to a college setting, the role of the teacher in their educational experience changes as well. When we compare high school teachers and college professors, high school teachers typically have deep expertise in pedagogy, whereas college professors are more focused in their subject area.
  • With such vastly different and equally important skill sets in the educational spectrum, it's unfortunate that high school teachers and college professors do not collaborate more often. Strong collaborations would enhance instruction and assist students in their transition from high school to college. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MindGapK12HE

Keywords: Learning, K12, Higher Ed
To Innovate Or Not to Innovate? Solving the Educator's Dilemma
EdSurge
  • When it comes to innovation in education, there is a tension. Some educators express concern about innovating when children are involved. Innovation implies experimentation and uncertainty. 
  • So how should educators innovate? Our research suggests that the lean-startup method might not work for most educators. Instead, we think a process called “discovery-driven planning”
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/EducatorsDilemma

Keywords: Innovation in education, Teaching
Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official
The New York Times
  • Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened? The failure of MOOCs to disrupt higher education has nothing to do with the quality of the courses themselves. What they don’t offer are official college degrees, the kind that can get you a job. And that, it turns out, is mostly what college students are paying for.
  • Free online courses won’t revolutionize education until there is a parallel system of free or low-fee credentials, not controlled by traditional colleges, that leads to jobs. When that happens, students will be able to acquire credentials at a fraction of today’s costs.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/OnlineDegreess

Keywords: Higher Ed, Online education, MOOCs
Where Have All The Teachers Gone?
NPR
  • Enrollment at teacher training programs is down in many parts of the United states, raising fears of a looming teacher shortage. The numbers are grim. 
  • The question is: Are we overproducing certain kinds of teachers school districts aren't looking for and under-producing certain types of teachers that schools and other types of employers are desperately looking for?
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TeachersGone

Keywords: Education, teachers
4 Ways to Engage Digitally Distracted Students
EdSurge
  • The demand for digital learning offerings presents new challenges for educators and administrators. One of the biggest is keeping students engaged. In one survey, 74 percent of students reported that the Internet distraction was “significant” and “worrying.”
  • Educators have an opportunity to structure online learning environments in a way that addresses how students already interact online, and in a way that also reduces distraction and increases engagement. Here are four ways to get started.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/Digitallydistracted

Keywords: Digital learning
The Mind of a Teacher and the Body of a Machine: One School’s Experience With a Telepresence Robot
The Hechinger Report
  • At the Nexus Academy of Columbus, students can choose either morning or afternoon sessions offered four days a week, and are required to do at least 12 hours of schoolwork off campus. The 120 students and 10 in-person staff report to the school building a few days a week at required times to work together. Another 50 teachers are online-only teachers who instruct a variety of classes.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TelepTeacherRobot

Keywords: Telepresence, Technology
British Universities' Best Ideas Revealed
The Telegraph
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering has identified seven of the most promising inventors based in UK universities and is supporting them to turn their research into spin-out companies. The technologies include a wireless device that uses detailed 3D movements in your fingertips to interact with a computer, ‘smart’ glasses to help the blind and partially sighted, and smart materials based on ‘photocatalysts’. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/BestIdeasBritishU

Keywords: Research, Science
Digital Literacy, Engagement, and Digital Identity Development
Inside Higher Ed
  • When we think about digital literacy, it is important to think broadly about the many aspects of all things digital. How we engage students, staff, and faculty via digital means requires a thorough understanding of our own digital identity.
  • The seven elements of digital literacies model from Jisc, the UK's leading resource for digital solutions for education and research, represents a useful visual/model for those of us who teach, speak, and write about all things digital.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DigitalLiteracyEd

Keywords: Digital Literacy, Digital Identity
The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love
NPR
  • NPR Ed is celebrating 50 Great Teachers. Today: The story of a young algebra teacher in Oklahoma oil country, who's taken an unorthodox approach to classroom math. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/MathEqualsLove

Keywords: Great Teachers, Stories
What Educators Can Learn From House of Cards
EdSurge
  • In 2011, Netflix made a reported $100 million bet and bought 2 full seasons of House of Cards, sight unseen. While Netflix executives hadn’t seen the show, what they had seen was data. Tons of data. 
  • Education is the most promising industry for current and future analysts and data scientists. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/EdHouseCards

Keywords: Data in education
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