Five Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Are Like Teachers

Five Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Are Like Teachers

Originally found on: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/03/21/five-ways-tech-entrepreneurs-are-like-teachers/#13018ca85d43

What words come to mind when you think about teachers? Imaginative; innovative; risk taker; lifelong learner? Now think about a technology entrepreneur. Might some of the same descriptions apply? Like entrepreneurs, great teachers dream up engaging activities to hook their students, adopt new and untested approaches in their classrooms every day, and constantly strive to learn more about their disciplines.

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Eight Steps to Improve the Ed-Tech Industry

Eight Steps to Improve the Ed-Tech Industry

Originally found on: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/02/21/eight-steps-to-improve-the-ed-tech-industry.html

No responsible investor would invest in a health-care-technology product that wasn’t thoroughly researched by top medical scientists. No one would invest in energy technology whose potential was unsupported by the studies and practices of relevant experts. Yet when it comes to education technology, the logical connection between evidence of effectiveness and the wisdom of investment decisions is often ignored.

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Can You Spot an Outlier?

Can You Spot an Outlier?

If you’re asked to describe camouflage, your first thought may be of an animal blending into its surroundings. Something that is otherwise hard to spot without sudden movement. Assessment writers assume the arduous task of camouflaging the correct answer, or key, into a set of incorrect choices, or distractors. On formative or summative assessments, a poorly camouflaged answer choice is an outlier. Your students will spot these and gravitate toward them like the school bus at the last bell.

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Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion?

Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion?

Originally Found on:http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/higher-edtech-explosion/

According to recent research, edtech spending is on the rise, with an estimated $252 billion to be spent by colleges and universities on campus edtech by 2020. IT leaders and campus admin are projected to invest in everything from online learning solutions to personal devices, as well as investments in up-and-coming technologies as listed in the recent Horizon Report (Read: “6 essential technologies on the higher ed horizon.”)

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5 Elements Of A Quality Multiple Choice Question.

5 Elements Of A Quality Multiple Choice Question.

Computer-based assessments have given teachers, educators, and administrators powerful tools for enhancing the testing process, all while allowing for efficient scoring of high volumes.

However, those benefits are rendered useless if the actual content isn’t successful. The key to this is crafting assessment questions that zero in on the most important element: Does it test the student’s mastery of the topic?

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Six significant challenges for technology in higher education in 2017

Six significant challenges for technology in higher education in 2017

Originally found on: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/six-significant-challenges-technology-higher-education-2017#survey-answer

The NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition came out earlier this week, laying out what its panel of experts believe to be the significant challenges hampering technology adoption in universities in 2017.

In collaboration with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, the report is produced by the New Media Consortium – a community of hundreds of universities, colleges, museums and research organisations driving innovation across their campuses.

The NMC has grouped the trends in three sections – those that it says are “solvable”, “difficult” or “wicked”. Read on to find out more about them.

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How Computer-Based Assessments Empower Educators and Students.

How Computer-Based Assessments Empower Educators and Students.

Originally found on: http://educationpost.org/how-computer-based-assessments-empower-educators-and-students/

If you went through grade school in the last 40 years, chances are you remember filling in answer bubbles to columns of multiple choice items. The introduction of Scantron forms allowed for high-volume processing of standardized results, but it also facilitated a culture of remembering rather than knowing. This method of test-taking tends to prioritize the final answer over the process and does not provide a true picture of student understanding.

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