7/21/2016

Which Ed-Tech Tools Truly Work? New Project Aims to Tell Why No One Seems Eager to Find Out

"Which Ed-Tech Tools Truly Work? New Project Aims to Tell Why No One Seems Eager to Find Out - The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Every year ed-tech companies develop and sell shiny new products built more around marketing promises than proven efficacy. Those businesses — and their investors — don’t see a financial payoff in spending their time or their limited financial resources on academic studies." | 0 Comments

Mobile in and Out of the Classroom

"When Associate Professor Stephanie Cole walks into her U.S. History Survey class at the University of Texas at Arlington, she faces about 150 students, each of whom carries a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Cole, in turn, uses PowerPoint slides and a screen. For 80 minutes twice a week, Cole and her students engage with each other, discussing concepts, asking and answering questions, giving and taking notes." | 0 Comments

7/18/2016

What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

"As more people continue to jump on the latest social networking site or app to share their lives and interests with friends, dealing with the grim task of figuring out what to do with all the online accounts and social profiles of a deceased loved one is becoming more of a common situation that families are needing to face these days." | 0 Comments

7/13/2016

4 ways colleges are outsmarting data challenges

"Colleges and universities are home to the most advanced thinking and research in all fields: medicine, law, mathematics, business and beyond. Ironically, such schools haven’t always been as smart when it comes to data. This has been unfortunate, because the data needs of today’s two- and four-year degree granting institutions are as diverse and multidimensional as they come." | 0 Comments

7/12/2016

College Campuses Are Being Overrun by Pokémon Go

"A new game spinning off the ’90s kids’ card-game phenomenon has students exploring their campuses through new eyes — their smartphones. College officials are trying to keep up." | 0 Comments

6/14/2016

Academic Technology Wish List (and Anti-wish List)

"The #1, undisputed champion on the most desired classroom technology list is for simplistic (“one button”) network friendly device/platform agnostic screen sharing that can be used by instructors and students. This led to a discussion about other ways people have attacked the problem. " | 0 Comments

6/08/2016

University pays $20,000 to ransomware hackers

"The University of Calgary transferred 20,000 Canadian dollars-worth of bitcoins ($15,780; £10,840) after it was unable to unwind damage caused by a type of attack known as ransomware." | 0 Comments

The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It

"Today, the World Wide Web has become a system that is often subject to control by governments and corporations. So what might happen, the computer scientists posited, if they could harness newer technologies — like the software used for digital currencies, or the technology of peer-to-peer music sharing — to create a more decentralized web with more privacy, less government and corporate control, and a level of permanence and reliability?" | 0 Comments

6/07/2016

MOOCs, Money, and the Untold Story of a Professor Who 'Bought the Hype'

"... how officials and a professor tripped over one another as they raced into the future. At a time when universities faced pressure to adopt the "fail fast" mantra of the tech industry, the rec­ords offer a stark reminder of what haste, and failure, can cost." | 0 Comments

5/31/2016

UIS Computer Science Ranked 3rd in Affordability

"For its affordability, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, leads the group with an estimated out-of-state tuition rate of $10,500 for two years of full-time enrollment. Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, comes in second with a tuition rate of $12,240 for their two-year program, and the University of Illinois Springfield in Springfield, Illinois, comes in third at $13,041." | 0 Comments

5/18/2016

Millions of hacked LinkedIn IDs advertised 'for sale'

"A hacker is advertising what he says is more than one hundred million LinkedIn logins for sale. The IDs were reportedly sourced from a breach four years ago, which had previously been thought to have included a fraction of that number." | 0 Comments

UC students' suit claims Google scanned accounts without permission

"Legal action against Google by four UC Berkeley students has ballooned into two lawsuits by 890 U.S. college students and alumni alleging the firm harvested their data for commercial gain without their consent." | 0 Comments

5/16/2016

Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class

"Now there is an answer, thanks to a big, new experiment from economists at West Point, who randomly banned computers from some sections of a popular economics course this past year at the military academy. One-third of the sections could use laptops or tablets to take notes during lecture; one-third could use tablets, but only to look at class materials; and one-third were prohibited from using any technology.
Unsurprisingly, the students who were allowed to use laptops — and 80 percent of them did — scored worse on the final exam. What’s interesting is that the smartest students seemed to be harmed the most." | 0 Comments

4/26/2016

A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching

"A recent report from MIT about online education argues that the right way to use technology is to help professors do what they already do, but better." | 0 Comments

4/18/2016

Oh hey, look, someone dropped a USB drive!

"Researchers dropped nearly 300 flash drives, of different types, in 30 different locations on the Urbana campus, including the main quad, south quad and engineering quad, as well as in parking lots, hallways, classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and, yes, sidewalks. | 0 Comments

4/12/2016

University partners with Homeland Security to create infrastructure protection center

“Led by the University of Illinois, CIRI is developing new technologies and business approaches to improve the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure,” said a statement released by the Department of Homeland Security." | 0 Comments

4/11/2016

Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snake Oil

"Personalized learning! Adaptive learning! Brain science! Learning science! Big data! New and improved! The marketing for "personalized" educational products can feel a little like a late-night infomercial. Rather than getting common-sense explanations of how the products work or being provided with peer-reviewed research to justify ambitious (if vague) claims, we are simply reassured that a product works because it is "based on the science of neuroplasticity." | 0 Comments

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