Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
December 9th, 2014
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Learning that Connects
  • Young people are learning how to organize and how to collaborate online and outside of school. They’re learning complex technical skills, but they tend not to see that as learning that can be connected to schools or civic engagement.
  • So, how do we, as educators, bring the research into educational practice and how can we best support our kids in their learning, given how much the environment outside the classroom has changed?
  • The Internet, social media and digital technology give us the potential to expand the capacity of our public educational system and to reach all youth in their diverse communities and with their wide-ranging interests.
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Keywords: Learning, Social Media, Technology, Ed Tech
Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2015
The Times Higher Education
  • The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2015, powered by Thomson Reuters, includes only institutions in countries classified as “emerging economies” by FTSE, including the “BRICS” nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
  • The Tecnológico de Monterrey occupies the #71 position in this rankings. Climbing 28 positions since last year.
  • The top universities ranking uses a similar methodology as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, covering all core missions of a world-class university - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook – using 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/RankingBRICS

Keywords: Rankings, Higher Education
13 Higher Ed Tech Tools and Approaches to Watch in 2015
Education Dive
  • Higher education technology businesses can get lost in the weeds after their launch has passed and they’re no longer in the startup or seed funding mode.
  • Here are 13 ed tech tools and approaches from companies and institutions that you should keep on your radar due to their recent recognition:
  • Biometric Signature ID, Capella University's FlexPath, Civitas Learning, Colorado Technical University's Intellipath, Ellucian, Excelsior College's OWL, Hitachi ID Systems, iDashboards, Johnson County Community College's Learning Studios, Respondus, Skillsoft, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's U-Pace, and Verificient Technologies.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/13EdTechTools

Keywords: Higher Education, Online Education, technology
The Pursuit of Deeper Learning
The Atlantic
  • At the Impact Academy of Arts and Technology in Hayward, California, students are evaluated based on yearly portfolios—not test scores. Students will have to compile a portfolio and defend its contents in order to graduate.
  • Called a performance assessment, the exercise is designed to gauge their readiness for college. Some 40 percent of Impact’s seniors are asked to revise their work after their first dissertation-style defense to a panel that includes teachers, other students, and even parents and community members.
  • The presentation will have to demonstrate mastery in four areas: research, inquiry, analysis, and creative expression. Students must display their sources of information and their evaluation of their credibility. They pass or fail depending on how well the presentations satisfy a rubric created by Stanford University.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DeeperLrning

Keywords: Charter schools, Learning
College Students: These Are the Top 6 Trends in Higher Education
eCampus News
  • Annual survey reveal what college students increasingly value about their higher-ed experience. The survey, revealed that today’s college students increasingly value online, social and mobile technology as essential educational tools.
  • The findings validate students’ dependence on technology to increase their productivity and job prospects in this competitive, globally-connected world, while also providing insight into market trends that will affect the next generation of educational technology.
  • According to the survey, these are the top six trends in higher education as cited by students: Interactive textbooks, online classrooms, accessibility, social classroom, collaborative work and awareness of tuition costs.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/6TrendsHe

Keywords: Trends, Higher Education, Online education
Sorry, Microsoft! A Bunch Of Teenagers Just Talked About Doing School Work And None Of Them Use Word
Business Insider
  • If you were a teen today, there's a good chance you'd be finishing your homework on your smartphone on the way to school. Teens like to work on the go and in collaborative ways, and almost all of their school work happens on the internet. 
  • Teachers post homework on assignment-dedicated websites. Some apparently tweet out assignments. Other classes create Facebook groups to discuss projects.
  • When asked which programs or apps the students used to get work done, Google Drive came up the most. One program that was notably ignored by the teens: Microsoft Word. People think we use our phones only for stupid stuff, one teen said, but they've really changed how we work. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TeensEdApps

Keywords: Google Apps, Mobile apps, trends
A Beginner’s Guide to Establishing a Professional Online Presence
Inside Higher Ed
  • While it may seem like everyone is connected with all the “musts” of online networking and social media, there are plenty of stragglers who are not there yet.
  • I’ve put together an overview of some of the most popular social networks used by academics and other ways for establishing an online presence.
  • But there are a few things to keep in mind regardless of which networking tools you use: Be professional, Follow copyright laws, Be consistent and, Maintain control.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/OnlinePresenceEd

Keywords: Social Media, Academia
Classroom Orchestrator Program Spurs Individualized Learning
Education News
  • Lightspeed Systems has debuted a new classroom management tool that helps ensure students are using their mobile devices properly during classroom time.
  • The new tool, Classroom Orchestrator, offers an easy way to monitor devices and student activities through a centralized dashboard view of the screens of the entire class.  Teachers can easily see who is on task as well as who needs help and who is getting ready to move on to the next task. 
  • Classroom Orchestrator works with the cloud, meaning the program does not need the school’s servers to run.  In addition, it runs on low bandwidth, offering a minimal impact on the school’s network.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/ClassOrchestrator

Keywords: Ed Tech, Technology
The Vending Machine of the Future is Here, and it Knows Who You Are
The Telegraph
  • The Luce X2 Touch TV is the world's first vending machine with facial recognition technology.
  • The machines are able to identify and greet a user, remember a person’s preferences and even refuse to vend a certain product based on a shopper’s age, medical record, dietary requirements or purchase history.
  • No word yet on whether the new technology will put an end to the days of vigorously shaking a vending machine to dislodge a caught packet of crisps, though.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/VendingMachineTV

Keywords: Technology
Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's  Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: observatorio@itesm.mx. TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2014.

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