Archive of ‘technology literacy’ category

zaption is zapped

Zap! Zaption Sold to Workday

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-30-zap-zaption-sold-to-workday

K12 – Nearpod or EdPuzzle.

Higher Ed: HapYak or H5P

http://blog.zaption.com/post/146724427719/zaption-joins-workday

http://www.zaption.com/faq

Are there any other platforms like Zaption that you recommend?

For K12 users, we recommend you look at EDpuzzle or Nearpod. Both allow you to quickly create high-quality interactive content. For Higher Ed, we encourage you to look at HapYak or H5P – an open source interactive media platform. Finally, Vizia offers another simple but effective option for users of any kind.

Zaption is shutting down. Thankfully, educators have alternatives

For those looking to replace Zaption, Vizia is a viable alternative for creating interactive video content.

Zaption is shutting down. Thankfully, educators have alternatives

Vizia

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More on Zaption in this blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=zaption

more on badges

Badging: Not Quite the Next Big Thing

While badging and digital credentialing are gaining acceptance in the business world and, to some extent, higher education, K-12 educators — and even students — are slower to see the value.

By Michael Hart 07/20/16

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/20/badging-not-quite-the-next-big-thing.aspx

That’s when the MacArthur Foundation highlighted the winning projects of its Badges for Lifelong Learning competition at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Chicago. The competition, co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation, had attracted nearly 100 competitors a year earlier. The winners shared $2 million worth of development grants.

Evidence of Lifelong Learning

A digital badge or credential is a validation, via technology, that a person has earned an accomplishment, learned a skill or gained command of specific content. Typically, it is an interactive image posted on a web page and connected to a certain body of information that communicates the badge earner’s competency.

Credly is a company that offers off-the-shelf credentialing and badging for organizations, companies and educational institutions. One of its projects, BadgeStack, which has since been renamed BadgeOS, was a winner in the 2013 MacArthur competition. Virtually any individual or organization can use its platform to determine criteria for digital credentials and then award them, often taking advantage of an open-source tool like WordPress. The credential recipient can then use the BadgeOS platform to manage the use of the credential, choosing to display badges on social media profiles or uploading achievements to a digital resume, for instance.

Finkelstein and others see, with the persistently growing interest in competency-based education (CBE), that badging is a way to assess and document competency.

Colorado Education Initiative, (see webinar report in this IMS blog http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2016/06/20/colorados-digital-badging-initiative/)

There are obstacles, though, to universal acceptance of digital credentialing.
For one, not every community, company or organization sees a badge as something of value.

When a player earns points for his or her success in a game, those points have no value outside of the environment in which the game is played. For points, badges, credentials — however you want to define them — to be perceived as evidence of competency, they have to have portability and be viewed with value outside of their own environment.

 

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More on badges in this IMS blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=badges

tech curriculum design

Dell and Microsoft sponsored.

Register for this complimentary webcast on July 19th to learn how your school or district can design a tech curriculum that matches the future needs of your students today.

During this interactive presentation, you’ll hear how Kennewick School District is giving its students a head start with access to modern tech tools they are likely to use in the real world. Find out how the right tech plan can enable innovative teaching and learning at your school.

Join us as Ron Cone, Kennewick School District CIO, shares:

  • How to design a tech curriculum that matches your students’ future career needs
  • Tips for selecting the right tech to support that curriculum
  • Managing the nuts and bolts of deploying and managing that tech
  • Assessing curriculum and student success

Register »

Thank you,

Linda Briggs
Senior Contributing Editor
THE Journal

Microsoft IMB deal

Microsoft just made a deal with IBM — and Apple should be nervous

CIO position

The Ever-Changing CIO Job Description

https://campustechnology.com/Articles/2016/06/23/The-Ever-Changing-CIO-Job-Description.aspx

operates with agility and responsiveness, recognizing the fast-changing environment
“The individual needs the ability to monitor and react to trends appropriately,” she said, “and to see patterns, connect the dots, explain to others and build consensus in response.”

i fail to see any of those where i work.

“If you can’t deliver quality, robust services, you have no political capital on campus to talk about your vision. If the network keeps crashing or is slow, why are people going to believe that we could do some visionary new activity?”

Library Technoculture

Cultivating a Library Technoculture: We are Tech Workers!

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google cast

Google Cast for Education Allows Students, Teachers to Share the Projector

By David Nagel

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/06/27/google-cast-for-education-allows-students-teachers-to-share-the-projector.aspx

Cast for Education is an app that works on Chrome OS, macOS and Windows. The app is launching in a public beta today and is available as a free download. The difference between Cast and other screen sharing solutions is network-independence.

Google today also launched the full version of its educational virtual reality tool Google Expeditions, along with a new Quiz feature for Google Apps for Education.

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more on screen-sharing opportunities in education:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=doceri

Facebook virus


CNET has an educational movie (4:21 min) how to recognize, avoid and clean up:

here are some categories of intrusion, which you might face with your use of Facebook:

I accepted a fake Facebook friend request, should I be afraid?

  • Stalker.
  • Identity thief. Your bogus Facebook friend may be interested in your profile because of the information you might be sharing up there
  • Spammer/Malware author.
  • Scammer.

If you want to learn more about threats on Facebook, join the Sophos Facebook page where more than 100,000 people are benefiting from early warnings about the latest attacks.

here some general idea of the different types of Facebook viruses:

Remove Facebook virus, removal guide – 2-Spyware.com

Facebook Child Porn virus

Facebook Change Color virus

Facebook Friend Request virus

Facebook Automatic Wall Post virus

Facebook Message virus 

Invitation Facebook virus

Facebook Stalker virus 

Facebook “hahaha” virus

Facebook video virus

here are steps, which you can take to clean up the damage:

How to Clean up a Facebook Virus

Remove Facebook virus, removal guide – 2-Spyware.com

How to remove Facebook virus?

If you want to avoid Facebook virus, you MUST avoid clicking on links that are not legitimate. If you are not expecting a message from your friend, you should simply ignore it or send him/her a message FIRST and ask if he/she has sent something to you. Additionally, avoid accessing every game or other app on Facebook because it may be hacked by cyber criminals. If you have been tricked by any of these types of Facebook virus, you should change your Facebook’s password ASAP in order to avoid identity theft in the future. Additionally, conatct your friends and warn then that your account has been hacked. Finally, download Reimage or Malwarebytes Anti Malware, update it and run a full system scan in order to make sure that your PC is free of viruses…

win for net neutrality

Big Telecom lost in court, but an open internet won. So did you.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/net-neutrality-verizon-212332710.html

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Full

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/14/471286113/u-s-appeals-court-holds-up-net-neutrality-rules-in-full

Net Neutrality Won Big Today, But Don’t Celebrate Just Yet

http://www.wired.com/2016/06/net-neutrality-won-big-today-dont-celebrate-just-yet/

Net Neutrality Court Decision Yields Early Winners And Losers

http://www.forbes.com/sites/howardhomonoff/2016/06/15/net-neutrality-court-decision-yields-early-winners-and-losers/

News about #netneutrality on Twitter

more on net neutrality in this blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=net+neutrality

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