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Worthy of Note: November 25, 2014
Prepared by June Weis


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College Affordability Profiles Show Tuition, Loans, Family Income in SREB States
SREB, November 21, 2014
Declining affordability threatens states' college completion goals by making it more difficult for many students to begin, continue and finish degrees. Affordability of Public Higher Education in SREB States includes an overview of trends as well as college affordability profiles specific to each SREB member state with cost, family ability to pay, and reliance on loans. The paper was presented to SREB's Commission on College Affordability in the South. 

Net Neutrality

What the Net Neutrality Ruling Means for The Internet of Things
Rachel Ramsey, Machine to Machine, January 16, 2014
Lengthy description here of net neutrality and IoT. The key to the future of the IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is making all of these different services, networks and applications integrate seamlessly. Without net neutrality, this will be a big challenge, as service providers now have control over what services, applications and devices can use their networks to communicate with others. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement the FCC is considering an appeals option, so stay tuned to see what happens in the development of net neutrality and the Internet of Things. 
Bandwidth-sipping IoT steers clear of net neutrality debate -- for now
Stephen Lawson, PCWorld, May 19, 2014
The question of IoT and net neutrality is likely to mostly revolve around connected devices that use home broadband connections.
Indicating Split, FCC Head Declares 'Independence' from Obama's Net Neutrality Stance
Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, November 12, 2014
FCC chair Tom Wheeler meets with Internet industry heads hours after Obama voices support for net neutrality
The New York Times featured several informative articles about Net Neutrality on November 10-11.
A Super-Simple Way to Understand the Net Neutrality Debate
Neil Irwin, New York Times, Internet Gates, November 10, 2014
Obama Tells the FCC to ‘Implement the Strongest Possible Rules to Protect Net Neutrality’
John Nichols, The Nation, November 10, 2014
Obama’s Call for Net Neutrality Sets Up Fight Over Rules
Edward Wyatt, New York Times, November 11, 2014
Net Neutrality Debate: Internet Access and Costs Are Top Issues
Eduardo Porter, New York Times, Technology, November 11, 2014
In Net Neutrality Push, Internet Giants on the Sidelines
Farhad Monjoo, New York Times, Technology, November 11, 2014

Internet of Things IoT

Internet of Things is offered here in support of Mike Abbiatti’s messages about the need for education to join this movement.

Gartner Predictions IoT

Gartner Says By 2017, 50 Percent of Internet of Things Solutions Will Originate in Startups That Are Less Than Three Years Old
Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT)* has become a powerful force for business transformation, and its disruptive impact will be felt across all industries and all areas of society. 
From an industry perspective, manufacturing, utilities and transportation will be the top three verticals using IoT in 2015 – all together they will have 736 million connected things in use. By 2020, the ranking will change with utilities in the No. 1 spot, manufacturing will be second and government will be third, totaling 1.7 billion IoT units installed. “Government will take the No. 3 spot as it invests in smart street and area lighting for energy saving reasons,” said Mr. Tully. “Utilities will move to the No. 1 position because of investment in smart meters.”
Report: Internet of Things To Reach 25 Billion Units, $264 Billion by 2020
Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology, November 13, 2014 (Report on above article)
The number of objects connected to the Internet and in use will grow 30 percent from this year to next, for a total of 4.9 billion, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner, and will hit 25 billion by 2020.

Along with the growth in the number of devices, Gartner predicts an increase in total spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) to climb from $69.5 billion next year to $263 billion in 2020.

Infographics IoT

Tapping M2M: The Internet of Things
The rise of objects that connect themselves to the Internet -- from cars to heart monitors to stoplights -- is unleashing a wave of new possibilities for data gathering, predictive analytics, and IT automation. This article discusses how to tap these nascent solutions.
IoT Infographic from Windriver
What is the Internet of Things? IoT Infographic from Goldman Sachs

Education IoT

The Implications of the Internet of Things for Education
Robert Lutz, SYSTech, n.d.
Applications for the IoT are already being leveraged in sectors like healthcare and customer service; now schools are joining the party. Some of the ways the IoT can benefit education may be apparent, while others are not as obvious. So I decided to tell you what I believe are the biggest implications for connected devices in schools and how they could shape the learning for the next generation. This is his list with description: Help for Special Needs Students, Increased Efficiency, School Security, and Mobile Learning.


Internet of Things (IoT); what it is and why it matters
Interesting take. This site includes a number of topics related to IoT. The Internet of Things is a growing network of everyday objects -- from industrial machines to consumer goods -- that can share information and complete tasks while you are busy with other activities -- like work, sleep or exercise. Ten Internet of Things facts and predictions and some other features follow this blog, too.

To make the Internet of Things useful, we need an Analytics of Things. This will mean new data management and integration approaches, and new ways to analyze streaming data continuously. (Thomas Davenporet, Babson College, Co-founder and Director of Research, International Institute for Analytics, Author of Competing Analytics and Big Data at Work)

PCWorld IoT

Bandwidth-sipping IoT steers clear of net neutrality debate -- for now
Stephen Lawson, PCWorld, May 19, 2014
The question of IoT and net neutrality is likely to mostly revolve around connected devices that use home broadband connections.

Business IoT

The Internet of Things: The Next Mega-Trend
Goldman Sachs, September 2014
The Internet of Things, or IoT, is emerging as the next technology mega-trend, with repercussions across the business spectrum. Where is education??

OER Resources

Two-Thirds of Faculty Unaware of Open Education Resources
Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology, October 29, 2014
Nearly two-thirds of faculty members in U.S. higher education are generally unaware of open educational resources (OER), according to a new study from Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson. Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the project surveyed 2,144 faculties across a wide range of positions and institution types to explore the role of OER in higher ed.

Ellen Wagner WCET

Big Data, Analytics and Reflections on Student Success
Ellen Wagner, WCET
Ellen Wagner, Chief Strategy Officer, Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework as she takes us on a tour of the post-secondary big data landscape, including reflections on the first three years of the PAR Framework.
One of the surest signs that a technology trigger is starting its roller-coaster ride through the (Gartner) Hype cycle of innovation is when the name we all call that trigger becomes a part of the public lexicon.
Today, Big Data is an all-encompassing term used to describe data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using traditional data processing applications. A quick search of Google Trends shows that references to Big Data started to appear in web references, literature, and popular press back in 2007, after Tom Davenport and Jeanne Harris published their book Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning (Harvard Business Review, 2007). Today, after only seven years, a Google search on Big Data will result in more than 857 million search results being surfaced. Big Data is so pervasive as an idea that it has become a meme, standing for something even bigger and more transformative than the data themselves. The term has come to stand for the idea that the records of activity that we leave in the path of our various digital engagements is just waiting to be mined by service providers, beacons, and embedded code strings, all in the service of optimized, personalized experience.

A New Name

Online and blended learning is now “digital”
John Watson, Keeping Pace, November 13, 2014
Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning, first published in 2004, now has a new name: Keeping Pace with K–12 Digital Learning

Online Learning (Digital Learning)

Letting Faculty Drive
Marie Norman, Inside Higher Ed, November 21, 2014
The results are in. Inside Higher Ed recently released its third annual survey of college and university faculty members, focusing on perceptions of online learning. Check out their findings.
Next Generation Online Learning
Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed, November 19, 2014
“Online education” takes many different forms.  It can be synchronous or asynchronous, self-paced or scheduled, video- or activity-based, free or for-fee, modularized or unchunked, and instructor- or learner-centered. An online class can be the size of a standard course, massive in scale, or somewhere in between. At one end of the spectrum of innovation are the online courses that are simply digitized versions of traditional lecture courses, sometimes supplemented with a discussion forum and various assessments, or real-time online seminars. At the other end of the spectrum of innovation are a wide variety of richer approaches. As many blog posters in this series attest, it isn’t so much MOOCs and social media that are propelling changes in instruction, but the increased attention and time being paid to teaching and learning.  There is a critical difference that the author expounds on.

Higher Education Going Digital

Impacts of MOOCs on Higher Education
Allison Dulin Salisbury, Inside Higher Ed, October 23, 2014
An international group of higher education institutions—including UT Arlington, Stanford University, Hong Kong University and Davidson College—convened by learning researcher and theorist George Siemens gathered last week to explore the impacts of MOOCs on higher education (full list of participating institutions below).
The takeaway? Higher education is going digital, responding to the architecture of knowledge in a digital age, and MOOCs, while heavily criticized, have proven a much-needed catalyst for the development of progressive programs that respond to the changing world.
The participants describe some of the effects MOOCs have had on their colleges or universities

Blended Learning

Reimagining Teaching in a Blended Classroom
TNTP, formerly New Teacher Project, November 2014
Teaching in "blended" classrooms requires a different set of skills than teaching in traditional classrooms, and district's human-capital processes need to shift accordingly, argues a new report from teacher-recruitment and policy-advocacy group TNTP. (TNTP is a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP works with schools, districts and states to provide excellent teachers to the students who need them most and advance policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.) TNTP found that successful teachers in blended environments occupy roles that differ from those of their more traditional colleagues.   Read more….
National Organizations Applaud FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Announcement to Increase Funding for E-Rate
SEDTA, November 17, 2014
Funded at $2.25 billion annually since 1999, the E-Rate was level-funded until 2010, when it began receiving annual inflationary increases. Total funding for the program in fiscal year 2013 was $2.413 billion, less than half of school and library demand for that year. An increase of $1.5 billion equates to just 16 cents per month per line, or less than a penny per day or a cup of coffee per year.
The Chairman’s proposal to infuse $1.5 billion into the E-Rate program will ensure that:
  • At least 10 million of our neediest students will gain access to Wi-Fi in 2015.
  • Thousands of additional schools and libraries, including many in rural and remote areas, will gain access to support for external high-speed Internet connections, reaching millions of students and community members.


State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Update
Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota, Kansas and Missouri. These new additions bring the total number of SARA states to 17. Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota were approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) on November 11, 2014, to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). Kansas and Missouri were approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) on November 16, 2014, to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA).

Cloud Safety

What you need to know about keeping your cloud data safe
Adrian Bridgewater, The Register, November 3, 2014
There are a lot of what-if questions about data storage in the cloud. This lengthy article covers lots of concerns to consider. Cloud backup is serious, so be sure to take it seriously.

Resources Offers In-School Access to Publication
D. Frank Smith, EdTech Focus on K-12, November 10, 2014
On Thursday, The New York Times announced an in-school digital subscription model for K–12 schools. The service allows students to access through any device without logging in, if they connect through their school's network. The news outlet began offering the digital model to select schools in the U.S. over the summer. The recent announcement opens the doors to the service worldwide.
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