Trends | Blending Education and Technology

etd-trends-MNU-Feb2015In this guide, learn more about the gap in technology skills in teaching, how technology is enhancing the learning revolution, what future educators need to know about technology in the classroom, and what future trends may be on the horizon for technology and education. With this information, students looking ahead to a career in education will be equipped to begin their own learning journey and understand how they can use technology to enhance their students’ learning as well as their own teaching methods and value. Some interesting statistics, graphs, perspectives and edtech trends. Check it out.

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Trends | International EdTech Conferences

CREDIT CSEDU 2015Outside the U.S., the concept of education technology isn’t exactly a ‘foreign’ idea. There’s plenty happening in the area, what with the BETT show in the U.K., with pioneering efforts in Australia, and with a smattering of conferences exploring where next with edtech, including beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. CSEDU 2015, the International Conference on Computer Supported Education, aims at becoming a yearly meeting place for presenting and discussing new educational environments, best practices and case studies on innovative technology-based learning strategies, institutional policies on computer supported education including open and distance education, using computers and, more generally, e-learning. CSEDU 2015 is expected to give an overview of the state of the art as well as upcoming trends, and to promote discussion about the pedagogical potential of new learning and educational technologies in the academic and corporate world. Visit Lisbon, or visit:

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Cool Tool | Boardmaker Online

CREDIT Boardmaker OnlineFor more than 20 years, parents, therapists and educators alike have loved using Boardmaker software to help students with special needs achieve their goals. Now, through Boardmaker Online, educators can access the same high-quality, symbol-based teaching solution anytime, anywhere without having to download software or tote a disk. Designed for special needs educators, speech-language pathologists, assistive technology specialists and parents, Boardmaker Online provides personalized instruction and progress tracking for students with special needs. The system allows teachers to quickly find, create, organize and deliver materials, making time with students more efficient and productive. Users can create hundreds of different types of symbol-adapted activities including schedules, matching, labeling, word study, calendars, books and more. It also provides performance tracking, so teachers can measure student progress toward academic, language, social and behavioral goals. Educators can also alter text, visuals, learning prompts and accessibility to tailor instruction for each individual. To meet a diverse range of needs, Boardmaker Online is available through personal, professional and district subscriptions, all which deliver standards-aligned instruction.

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Cool Tool | Listen Current

CREDIT Listen CurrentThis tool makes it easy to bring current events, authentic voices and engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom. They curate the best of public radio to keep teaching connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time. Non-fiction storytelling works for science, social students and ELA.  The curated public radio stories are carefully chosen for relevance to your curriculum and relevance to your students. They come with provocative discussion questions and pre-made quizzes.
 They also offer robust lesson plans that are Common Core from the ground up. Planning great lessons takes a lot of work. They help you with in-depth lesson plans that include a listening guide with transcripts, vocabulary, class activities and additional resources.

 Listen Current Premium gives you the power to assign students logins and create custom online assignments for your class. Choose one of their online graphic organizers, or provide enhanced language support with their interactive transcripts. It also allows you to differentiate assignments for individual students. And, you’ll receive class reports on student progress. Listen up.

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Cool Tool | Uconnect

CREDIT uConnectuConnect creates custom job search platforms for colleges and universities designed to more effectively engage students in career exploration and help them transition into rewarding careers. The recent rise in the cost of education has been prominent, yet student outcomes continue to suffer. A recent study conducted by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University found that over 50% of bachelor degree holders under the age of 25 are either unemployed or working in a job that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree. College and university career centers stand the best chance to solve this problem. However, many are under-resourced and struggle to impact student success in a scalable way. uConnect has set out to make sure students can rely on their own school’s career center to help them transition into rewarding careers

. See for yourself.

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