IoT in Education


Yet another example of how #IoT will change the way students experience their education

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Exploring the evolving potential for digital learning.

GUEST COLUMN | by Perry Correll

CREDIT XirrusYou simply can’t get away from the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner predicts there will be 25 million connected “things” in use by 2020. The news sensationalizes the impact IoT will have on all of our lives and the “paradigm” shift it is generating – equal to, if not exceeding that of the Internet. But in reality, what truly matters is how this shift addresses our specific needs.

It is very easy to envision how IoT capabilities can be used in STEM programs, robotics and anything having to do with gathering specific data points.

IoT’s impact was originally seen in logistics and inventory management, then surveillance and tracking. These days, however, IoT can provide benefits to almost any market. One that is proving to be impactful is education. IoT technology is bolstering education to bring about an…

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The Structuring of Debate: Notes on Higher Education


An excellent post by @KeithHampson – eludes to some of the reasons #HigherEd might be perceived as somewhat dysfunctional from a cost basis. However, leaves out other influences (banks, politicians, etc.) that have a profound affect. Also, how ’bout the students … with greater access to technology they too have a voice and are weighing in.

Originally posted on Management & Strategy Issues in DIGITAL HIGHER ED:

“Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.”

The idea at the core of this quote has been rehashed so often and by so many public figures that it’s now difficult to be certain of its origins (Woodrow Wilson?). But the relevance and longevity of the quote likely owes less to the actual insignificance of the debates in higher education, than its unrestrained quality. We have a tendency in higher education to not hold back.

There is no end to the topics worth debating: rising costs in higher education (and who’s to blame), identity politics, the “adjunctification” of academic labor, and rising calls for accountability, to name but a few. The role of educational technology is now a frequent focus.

There’s more of it, too. The Internet has dramatically increased the number of venues to facilitate debate. And just as importantly…

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“Business Is Experiencing a Once In a Lifetime Transformation” – Tien Tzuo

Originally posted on Fortune:

The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question “What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?” is by Tien Tzuo, CEO of Zuora.

The first piece of advice I would give anyone starting a new business is to forget everything they learned in business school. Or better yet, don’t go to business school. Why? Because right now we are going through a once-in-a-century transformation in business that is throwing out all the existing rules. And that includes everything that the MBA programs are currently teaching their students. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at how business has been taught for the last 100 years. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the fundamental goal of business is to create a hit product. You…

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The Future of Education is MOBILE (Part 2)

Student Mobile Workspaces Infographic

Student Mobile Workspaces - Citrix94% of education leaders agree that students should have access to applications and data anywhere, on any device, but 55% of schools do not provide this level of access today.

Discover how schools are overcoming campus mobility challenges with our student mobile workspaces infographic

Mobile Student Infographic from Citrix

Mobile Authentication Startup Toopher Acquired By Salesforce

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Cloud computing giant Salesforce has acquired Toopher, an Austin, Texas-based security software startup. The news was announced on Toopher’s site and confirmed to TechCrunch by Salesforce. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

According to Toopher’s post, the company has stopped selling its products as its team prepares to join Salesforce.

“We are thrilled to join Salesforce, where we’ll work on delivering the Toopher vision on a much larger scale as part of the world’s #1 Cloud Platform. We can’t imagine a better team, technology and set of values with which to align,” wrote founders Josh Alexander and Evan Grim.

Toopher, which raised $3 million in funding according to CrunchBase, makes two-factor authentication that checks a user’s location, among other factors, before allowing him or her to log-in or perform other security-sensitive actions on their smartphones.

The acquisition of Toopher can help Salesforce build its suite of security tools, which…

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Engaging or Distracting?


“Forward thinking colleges and universities that take a mobile approach when it comes to increasing engagement through apps will be ahead of the curve”.

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Lowering millennial dropout rates with mobile technology.

GUEST COLUMN | by Danial Jameel

CREDIT OOHLALADropout rates among college students remain high, and approximately 21 percent of students at public institutions fail to graduate. However, grades and tough class schedules are not the only reason students are leaving college without a degree. Institutions are increasingly finding that engagement is a common factor that affects student retention.

As a consequence, colleges and universities are working feverishly to engage students and turning to mobile technology, specifically apps, to do so. But as the edtech market continues to boom, are these tools engaging students in the right ways or are they just a distraction?

Forward thinking colleges and universities that take a mobile approach when it comes to increasing engagement through apps will be ahead of the curve.

Millennials’ Digital Behaviors Drive Demand for Change

The need to increase engagement among college students can largely…

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Cool Tool | Noodle Partners and Rossier

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CREDIT Rossier

Noodle Partners has teamed up with the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education to launch a new tutoring service for students in grades K-12 and lifelong learners at all levels. Now anyone looking for a tutor can get one from a top-tier university. The program uses Noodle Partners’ technology platform, which provides a complete tutoring experience both online and in person. A digital marketplace matches learner needs to tutor skills and facilitates scheduling, management, and performance tracking. Integrated services such as virtual whiteboarding, document sharing, and video conferencing enable tutors and learners to interact online. The platform was designed specifically for online tutoring and allows flipped model learning, which many students and teachers find more engaging. One With USC Rossier is spearheaded by one of the leading education schools in the country. The program matches experienced and specially trained tutors initially from the USC Rossier Master of Arts in…

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