neděle 19. listopadu 2017

4 characteristics of a good ed tech investment

4 characteristics of a good ed tech investment
BY MERIS STANSBURYJanuary 18th, 2017 - "ecampusnews".
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Cituji vybrané části z textu článku:"Thanks to savvy advice from technology investors, here's why some innovations succeed, why some fail, and what the higher-ed market should expect in the near future."
"According to investors, one of whom was once approached by a young Steve Jobs, investing in ed tech first means understanding its place in the overall market."
“The last major technology innovation that truly disrupted the higher education model was the lecture, and that happened in medieval times,” said Daniel Pianko, a partner at University Ventures. “Innovation in higher education moves slowly.”
“Disruption only happens when others know it exists,” continued Pianko. “Because of the growing global interest in higher education, not only are incoming and current students demanding access to technologies on an incredible scale, but institutions need to become the best at what they offer to remain competitive—technology can help reach those goals.”
"However, it’s not enough to provide technology, institutions need to know what they should invest in for success."
4 Characteristics of a Good Investment
"According to the panel’s investors, there are four characteristics of a good investment that ed-tech companies should consider–but these considerations can also apply to institutions:
1. It includes mass-market technology components:
2. It should be independently tested:
3. It should have great branding and distribution:
4. It isn’t too innovative: 
The Technology to Invest in Now
"According to investors, MOOCs were an unfortunate mistake for many institutions, mainly because it was the only answer presidents and deans had to their board’s question of, “What is your digital strategy?”
“Presidents and deans were like deer in headlights, but they’re coming around,” said Pianko. “It’s important moving forward not to be short-sighted but to see the bigger picture of providing the best ‘product’ in higher education; and that means looking beyond just online learning to personalized learning and simple data.”
“It’s not about ‘how can I analyze Big Data to predict everything,’” said Davis, “but instead ‘what simple data can I use today (that may not be perfect yet) to improve outcomes?’ 
“The data doesn’t have to be perfect,” he continued, “it just has to be good enough now and able to be improved upon later.”
“Big Data has the potential to predict pathways of successful people, but any data that can pinpoint a way to improve outcomes is useful.”
"EdCast: A personal learning network that aims to enhance the ability to collaborate and learn across educational materials, instructors, students and employers. Read the eCN article on EdCast here."
"Fidelis: A tech startup company that developed the Learning Relationship Management (LRM) system that “does for learning what CRM did for sales.” Read the eCN article on the LRM here."

Can Ed Tech Nurture the 'Hearts and Minds'?

Can Ed Tech Nurture the 'Hearts and Minds'?
By Sarah Schwartz on October 11, 2017 4:24 PM - ""
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Cituji vybrané části textu:
"From digital readers to online platforms that aim to teach social-emotional skills, schools are increasingly relying on software and devices to try to enliven and enhance day-to-day lessons. But despite their growing use in K-12 education, online curricula, digital tools, and personalized learning programs deliver mixed results."
"Some show evidence of success, like digital math games that raise student achievement and engage students. But many others still have significant shortcomings."
"Tech is a tool, Vander Ark argues—not inherently good or bad—and only valuable if there's a motivating pedagogical strategy behind its use. It can, he wrote, open more pathways to "create and invent, launch social movements, and even contribute to solving global problems."
"For all the potential reasons ed tech doesn't fulfill its promise to further learning, one likely reason is teachers' lack of comfort with digital tools and the lack of professional development that meets their needs."
"Schools' ability to train teachers in implementing technology is also sharply divided along economic lines."
"Students in high-poverty schools are less likely to have teachers who have received training on how to use technology effectively in the classroom, Education Week reported, as part of this year's Technology Counts report."  

Learn What's Happening in Edtech

Jedním z webových zdrojů, orientovaných na novinky v oblasti EdTech je portál "EdSurge". Sám o sobě tvrdí: "The best resource on how and when to use technology in K-12 and Higher Ed.
EdSurge covers the latest news and helps schools and colleges find, select, and use the right technology to support all learners."
Najdete ho na adrese:

pátek 17. listopadu 2017

EdTech Trends And Challenges In 2017

EdTech Trends And Challenges In 2017
By Sam Maniar - May 24, 2017 - "elearningindustry"
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Cituji vybrané části textu článku:
"An industry that has the combined power of education and technology has managed to set trends along with some challenges that is set to mark its growth in the present era. With billions being invested, edTech is considered to be one of the richest and fastest growing industries."
A) Trends - Challenges - Development: EdTech Trends And Challenges In 2017
EdTech –a combo that has managed to curb the world of technology into education– is being accepted with open arms across the globe. It all started as an experiment that eventually went to become the biggest trend that the world would love to follow. EdTech is the new limelight of how things would be gearing up all day long for the best of both worlds. Before we look at the edTech trends and challenges in 2017, let us take a dig into the making of this giant sector that is all set to rock the future with its unending benefits.
B) The Journey Towards Expansion
C) 6 EdTech Trends Ruling The Year 2017
EdTech has crossed decades in the world of innovations. This has given it the experience of how and what are the key factors that are being accepted by the learners. So what's trending in the world of EdTech? The below points lists a couple of trends that the world is witnessing.
1. The Penetration Of Smartphones
2. Virtual Reality
3. High-Quality Contents
4. Learning Management Systems
5. Wireless In Schools
6. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)"
D) 4 EdTech Challenges Worth Crossing
"Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational" – a quote that very well supports the use of education in technology. What are the confrontations that edTech is facing in this contemporary world?
1. The Hesitation To Change 
2. Cost Crunch
3. More Theory And Less Action
4. Too Much To Handle"
"Final Note
Schools have expanded their horizons beyond the bricks and mortar concept, giving way to technology to make learning practical. EdTech has its own set of perks and challenges where they are vulnerable to the technology that is changing, the perception of people, the awareness and how to make the best use of education in technology."

7 good EdTech tools to try out

8. října 2017 byl vystaven na portálu "educatorstechnology" článek na téma: "7 good EdTech tools to try out".
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Cituji vybrané části textu článku:
"Below is a collection of some good EdTech we are featuring for the first here in EdTech and mLearning. Some of the things you can do with these tools include: accelerate your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define, easily manage highlights and notes for Kindle and iBooks, control opened tabs in your browser, access tons of resources and articles covering a wide variety of global issues and many more."
SelfCad announces free licenses for all students and teachers for 3 years! SelfCAD is an online 3d printing software application which allows users to design and print in 3D.
Empatico, an initiative of The KIND Foundation, is in the early stages of creating a free tool for teachers to connect their students to classrooms around the world using seamless video conferencing technology. 
‘aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define
Wrapper is an awesome tab manager that lets you control your tabs in the browser.
‘Klib is a new way to manage highlights and notes for Kindle and iBooks. Some of its features include: Import from Kindle, iBooks or Amazon.
YaleGlobal Online is a free and independent online publication that explores globalization and the connections of our world in the global economy, politics, the environment, security and more.
WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a cost-free academic Internet directory that is part of the volunteer-run WWW Virtual Library System, with over 2000 carefully selected, annotated links in 34 international affairs categories.
Kharbach, M. October 17, 2017. 7 good EdTech tools to try out
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Umělá inteligence za katedrou - CHIP

V prosincovém vydání časopisu CHIP 12/17 je publikován článek na téma "Umělá inteligence za katedrou". Jde o velmi aktuální téma, proto jsem se rozhodl pro monitoring webových zdrojů na toto téma.
Autorem článku je MICHAL ČERNÝ
Cituji z úvodu článku:
"Díky digitalizaci a umělé inteligenci stále více firem slibuje zlepšení práce škol či univerzit. Je však více technik ve vzdělávání skutečně to správné řešení?"
"Nové nástroje využívající umělé inteligence se označují jako „adaptivní výukový software" a lze je považovat za nejnovější výkřik v sektoru, který se nyní bouřlivě rozvíjí - takzvaný „EdTech* neboli „Edukační technologie.' Vzděláváni bylo dlouho povinností a privilegiem státních institucí Současně však vyrostly stovky soukromých, na zisk orientovaných startupú. počínaje poskytovateli kurzů na YouTube přes on-line nabídky vyučování od renomovaných univerzitních docentů až po plně automatické tutoriály na bázi umělé inteligence. Jestli při této digitální explozi ve vzdělávání převažují výhody nad nevýhodami není zcela jasné. Jisté jenom je, že přelom probíhá podobně dynamicky jako změna pracovního světa prostřednictvím digitalizace."
Cituji závěr článku:
"Naše dlouhodobá priorita
Podobně kontroverzní jsou i diskuse odborníku, do jaké míry tato technická pomoc ve výuce funguje. V současnosti nejobsáhlejší studii k účinnosti výukových adaptivních systémů uskutečnila Maya Escueta z Kolumbijské univerzity společně s americkými kolegy na zakázku organizace National Bure-au of Economic Research." 
"Závěr, který uvádí Escueta a její kolegové, zní zmenšení tříd a přímé zaměření se na žáky přináší srovnatelné zlepšení jako počítači podporované učení. Dlužno dodat, že česká vláda neustále opakuje fráze o tom, že .vzdělávání je naše dlouhodobá priorita", v praxi však často scházejí oba jmenované přístupy."
( pozn. plné znění článku najdete v CHIP 12/17 )

čtvrtek 16. listopadu 2017

"Educational technology" - Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Heslo/termín "Educational technology - EdTech" je charakterizována ve Wikipedii na následující adrese:
Cituji základní část textu_
"Educational technology is "the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources".
"Educational technology is the use of both physical hardware and educational theoretics. It encompasses several domains, including learning theory, computer-based training, online learning, and, where mobile technologies are used, m-learning. Accordingly, there are several discrete aspects to describing the intellectual and technical development of educational technology:
- educational technology as the theory and practice of educational approaches to learning
- educational technology as technological tools and media that assist in the communication of knowledge, and its development and exchange
- educational technology for learning management systems (LMS), such as tools for student and curriculum management, and education management information systems (EMIS)
- educational technology as back-office management, such as training management systems for logistics and budget management, and Learning Record Store (LRS) for learning data storage and analysis.
- educational technology itself as an educational subject; such courses may be called "Computer Studies" or "Information and communications technology (ICT)".