Sydney Johnson

?Chromageddon Comedown: Educators Are Wary After Thousands of Google Devices Fail

Kelly Dumont is an education technologist for Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. On December 5, his district was one of many around the country that experienced a massive Chromebook error that caused hundreds of thousands of devices to temporarily disconnect from the internet.

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?Why New Jersey is Banking on a Credential Registry to Boost its Middle Class

State officials in New Jersey recently announced an ambitious goal to arm 65 percent of the state’s workforce with at least one postsecondary credential by 2025. That’s about 15 percent more than the state’s current higher-education attainment. And to get there, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is partnering with a new nonprofit that’s taking on its own arduous task: Create an index of every available higher-ed credential.

?Here’s What We Know About the Chromebook Internet Outage

Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Adam Henderson began receiving a flood of reports from across his district’s 17 schools saying their Chromebook devices were no longer working.Henderson, who is the Director of Technology Systems at Nassau County Schools in Florida, was among the many educators who experienced the issue, which caused Chromebook devices to logout of existing internet accounts and fail to reconnect.

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With $14M Fundraise, Noodle Wants Colleges to ‘Pick and Choose’ How They Build Online Programs

As more nonprofit colleges and universities bet their futures on online offerings, many are turning to for-profit companies to help create and advertise their new digital degree programs.

?Researchers Ask: Does Academia Need Another Alternative to For-Profit Scholarly Platforms?

Researchers have long raised doubts over sharing work on venture-backed publishing platforms. Some scholars have even pushed for an exodus from sites like Academia.edu, pointing out that tech companies have access to academics’ work, and prioritize profit.

Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

At first glance, the brochure for the Muse headset might look more like a religious leaflet than a technology instruction guide. There’s an image of sunlight shining through trees and a message that reads, “Welcome to the Muse Community.”

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?Invasive or Informative? Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics

An online discussion platform called Piazza has taken off among faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in recent years. Professors can easily integrate the platform into an LMS, allow students to engage with one another and course material online, and faculty see data on how student are learning. Even more attractive: It’s free.But there’s a catch. To make money, Piazza sells student data to third parties via a revenue model it called “Piazza Careers,” a recruiting service that allows companies to find potential employees (i.e. students) based on their information.

In the Era of Microcredentials, Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning

Philipp Schmidt began thinking about the potential for blockchain in higher education long before the technology became a buzzword.

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’

If Blade Runner had a classroom scene, it might look something like the promotional video by BrainCo, Inc. Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. The video’s narrator explains: “School administrators can use big data analysis to determine when students are better able to concentrate.”

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Pencil Versus Keyboard: What Do We Know About Learning How to Write?

Like many skills, good writing comes with good practice. Just ask Jane Hyatt Yolen, author and editor of more than 280 books, whose most notable quotes include: “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

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