Setting the scene for an open and engaging approach to tech education

There’s a lot of talk about the skills shortage in the UK at the moment, and rightly so. According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, 43% of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) vacancies are proving difficult to fill. If the UK is to hold on to its position as the digital capital of Europe it is vital that we produce enough graduates with the right skills to meet demand. “Putting coding on the school curriculum is a serious step forward and puts us ahead of many of our European neighbours”  …

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Editorial: Ivy Tech pivots to meet local education needs

While Anderson and more than 40 other Hoosier cities with Ivy Tech Community College campuses have many common education needs, each also has variations in culture, history, geographic location, economic conditions, major employers and other factors. Ivy Tech’s recent restructuring to give local campuses more autonomy is a clear indication that the leaders of the statewide community college network recognize the consequences of those variations and want sites to be ultra responsive to local needs. Prior to the restructuring, Anderson’s campus was, essentially, a satellite of the Ivy Tech in…

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Education-tech startup Leverage raises seed money

Leverage, an education technology startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from a clutch of internet entrepreneurs and global executives among others. Serial entrepreneur Kashyap Deorah who has also authored – The Golden Tap—the inside story of hyper-funded Indian startups, and VRL Logistics MD Anand Sankeshwar have led the funding for the Delhi-based company. Arjun Mehta, former CFO at American Express in India, the husband-wife duo of UCLA Professor Bhagwan Choudhary and 2Meditate founder Swati Desai, NYU Stern Director Anindya Ghose, Deepak Jain, founder of Flexiloans, former BabajobCFO Sadashiva NT and Satish Koul, VP-Union National…

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Alameda Municipal Power presents check for tech education

ALAMEDA — At its July 17 meeting, the city of Alameda’s Public Utilities Board presented a check for $10,426 to the Alameda Education Foundation. The check represents funds collected in the 2016-2017 fiscal year by Alameda Municipal Power for Power Up for Learning, a joint program of AMP and AEF, according to AMP spokeswoman Kathleen Haley. The funding supports the Island robotics program based out of Wood Middle School. By joining Power Up for Learning and adding an amount of their choice to their monthly electric bill, AMP customers have…

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Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom

There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people. Schools now spend £900m on education technology every year, and it is estimated the global market will be worth £129bn by 2020. It’s making a difference – the 2017 consumer digital index [pdf] suggests that 97% of those aged 15–24 in the UK have basic digital skills – a 4% improvement on 2015. Among the emerging “edtech” ventures…

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How can dynamic learning objects enhance your e-learning efforts?

As e-learning evolves and becomes more sophisticated, training providers are broadening their repertoire of educational tools to ensure they are always able to deliver effective teaching across multiple channels and to different audiences. One trend that is becoming particularly important is the emergence of dynamic learning objects, a form of visual content that is becoming increasingly popular and widely used across both physical and online media channels. Designed to be both engaging and eye-catching, these objects can present information effectively and succinctly, without demanding too much of the learner’s time…

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Instructional Design Strategies to boost eLearning

Be it any game, you need a right game plan or a strategy to succeed. And the same applies to eLearning design for corporate training. “eLearning when designed correctly with sound instructional design strategy has the potential to bring organizational excellence with a positive eLearning ROI. ” An instructional strategy is an action plan or a method to help people learn. It defines the approach to achieve learning objectives using various learning devices, techniques, resources, and various learning theories. Note: You need to analyze the learning needs, learner profile and…

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New eLearning Industry Webinar Series to Offer L&D Insight with Impact

  The prominent online eLearning Industry community’s first webinar, presented by leading corporate LMS provider Docebo, will address the steps required to unlock the potential of extended enterprise training. The one-hour webinar will take place on July 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT. “Extended enterprise training is critical for companies who aim to squeeze the maximum ROI out of their eLearning activities,” says Christopher Pappas, founder of eLearning Industry. “The insights shared in this webinar will help companies ensure that no learner is left behind.” The eLearning Industry community shares valuable and relevant content…

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The top 5 tech gadgets college students really want

As summer winds down and college students ponder the return to classes, it’s time to consider what to bring to school this fall. No surprise, trendy tech gadgets often tops the list. CNBC has assembled a brief guide to the hottest choices. However, buyer (that’s you, parents) beware: If you snatch up everything on this list, it could set you back some big bucks. To knock down the cost, always ask if you can get a student discount. Apple offers education pricing, Amazon Prime membership for students is half-price and…

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EduGeek Answers Education IT Professionals’ Tech Challenges

A British-based online peer support community called EduGeek wants to be education IT professionals’ lifeline for any kind of technical support. The company demoed their browser-based and mobile platform at ISTE 2017 last week (June 25-28) in San Antonio, TX. The company was founded in 2005 to provide first-class support without personal information being disclosed or paying a membership fee, according to a company news release. Now, EduGeek is used by nearly 90,000 members worldwide. It is primarily known for its technical forums, but it also offers direct support through its partnerships with Impero, Smoothwall and Promethean World. Forum thread…

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