Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mojo Networks Introduces Mojo Enforce for the K-12 Education Marketplace and Chromebooks



Mojo Networks Introduces Mojo Enforce for the K-12 Education Marketplace

Mojo Enforce is the First Cloud Managed WiFi Feature to Integrate Directly Into Google for Education to Automatically Enact Policies on the School’s WiFi Network

This is a great option for schools to control access to their wireless networks and works with Chromebooks.




Mountain View, CA, September 7, 2016 – Many K-12 schools and districts have challenges in controlling what devices connect to their WiFi networks because of the limitations of current WiFi authentication techniques. With the continued growth of connected devices – iPads, Chromebooks, smartphones and tablets and more – in schools, there is a growing need for school IT administrators to control WiFi device connections.

Mojo Networks, a leader in secure cloud managed WiFi for the K-12 educational market, announces Mojo Enforce. Enforce takes policies for network access and device management from third party systems and applies them to the WiFi network; the first integration for Enforce is with Google for Education. With Enforce, Mojo is the first cloud managed WiFi to integrate with Google for Education to ensure that only devices registered in the school’s Google domain are able to connect to the school WiFi network and enforce network access policies. This unique integration, coupled with Mojo Network’s robust cloud managed WiFi solution and high-performing access points, brings even more control, usability and ease-of-use to school districts.

According to data from Google, more than 50 million students, teachers and administrators around the world rely on Google for Education to learn and work together. Managing the WiFi credentials for those 50-plus million and growing individuals is handled by the network administrator, but is not easily integrated.

Currently, schools use two primary methods to authenticate devices on WiFi networks: PSK (Personal Shared Key) or 802.1x (the standard for post-based Network Access Control). But both have their limitations. PSK is easy to deploy but the passphrase is too easily shared with no real limitations, and 802.1x is costly as it typically requires on-premises appliances (AAA and User Directory). In the case of Google for Education schools, there is a need to create a local copy of the user database from Google Apps.

With both techniques, there is no real way for school network administrators to control which devices can connect to the network. Allowing unauthorized devices creates performance issues with too many devices; gives no visibility or control; and, creates IT management headaches. Mojo’s integration with Google adds an additional layer of authentication above PSK or 802.1x, providing administrators the control to define what devices connect to the network. Enforce is easy to setup with no additional licenses or on-prem appliances; it works on top of the existing school Mojo WiFi network without the need for any client or network re-configuration.

“It’s great to see a WiFi infrastructure vendor like Mojo Networks develop a direct integration with Google for Education that solves a real challenge people in my position face daily,” said Vernon Young, Director of Information Technology at Oakland Catholic High School. “With this integration, I have real control over who connects to our network and am able to ensure secure access for every student and teacher throughout our high school.”

“Mojo Networks looks to automate WiFi management for all our customers, whether it’s the large enterprise, higher education or K-12 school districts,” said Sriram Venkiteswaran, Director Product Management at Mojo Networks. “We look at technology and WiFi – and specifically the tools, automation and pricing of Mojo – as an enabler of education. With Mojo Enforce, we free up time for the network administrator, and secure WiFi for students and teachers alike with a low-cost, simple and functional process.”

How Mojo Enforce Works

Mojo Cloud fetches the enrolled devices (Chromebooks, iPads, etc.) from the school’s or district’s Google for Education account

Mojo Cloud pushes out the allowed device list to all Mojo cloud managed access points

The devices connect using either PSK or 802.1x authentication

If authorized, access point assign role / network policy based on device OU membership
If unauthorized, the access point denies the connection

With the ease of set-up and use, what was a complicated process and a pain point for school districts has become a non-issue. Mojo cloud managed WiFi coupled with Google for Education brings another level of authentication to schools and highlights the greater value of cloud managed WiFi. Mojo Networks is about making the school IT administrators life easier, with students and teachers easily connecting to WiFi and learning.

Enforce and the integration into Google for Education will be available in Q4 2016, with other integrations coming in 2017. The open beta will begin Q3 2016; to sign up for the beta, please fill out the form at http://mojonetworks.com/google-early-access.





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5 Great Digital Tools for Teachers




Planning for the first month of school can take on average 16 hours of prep, research, practice and refinement for every one hour of actual teaching time.

In the hopes of giving teachers some hours back this month, here are 5 digital tools that teachers can use to lifehack their course planning.



#1 BRAINSTORM IN THE CLOUD:
Always forgetting great coursework planning ideas you have outside of class? Jot your brainstorms on your phone’s Evernote app. Your ideas will be synced to a central location automatically, so you can have all your great ideas in one place.



#2 HAVE A DIGITAL PROJECT HUB
Are you a visual brainstormer? Trello mimics your wall of Post-Its so you can drag and drop course ideas and to-do’s, big questions or due dates for projects. Teachers can also create projects for students, and ask them to add writing tasks, encouraging classroom collaboration.



#3 TEACH VISUALLY
Course Hero has just launched an Infographic Study Series (coursehero.com/lit/): a collection of over 90 classic literature titles in visual form to help students learn efficiently. These easy to read infographics are the perfect bite-sized summaries to incorporate into your English 101 planning. See more information below.



#4 AMP UP YOUR PRESENTATION
Sick of conventional classroom presentations? Prezi’s zooming canvas opens up the classroom to active learning and interactivity, making lessons understandable, memorable and fun. Prezi also offers a free Edu Pro account.


#5 BE A DIGITAL TASK-MASTER
Wunderlist is a to-do list app that allows you to add tasks, set due dates and reminders, and link out to relevant resources.


Related:

Evernote for Education - great ideas and resources for using Evernote

Wunderlist - free and easy to use task manager

More Resources for Getting Organized and some more!

More Presentation Resources

Resources on Prezi

Top 5 Apps for Educational Administrators to Use

My most used/favorite Apps and how I use them

My Favorite Resources for Teachers and Students



Course Hero is an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed.

Course Hero Introduces Literature Infographics

The company announces first-of-its-kind visual learning collection to help students master literature

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Course Hero, an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed, has developed “Literature Infographics” to help students better understand great works of literature. This visually stunning learning tool includes the key critical literary works that students will need to prepare for the upcoming fall semester. Course Hero developed these unique learning materials to provide students with a visual tool to help understand the key elements of classic literary work.

The series currently includes the following titles:

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
And many more

The Literature Infographics (coursehero.com/lit/), which currently contain more than 90 titles, are a unique way for students to learn about the characters, themes, authors, and literary devices contained in the works many students will be reading this year.

“As an educator, I see these infographics as a fun, visual way to immediately immerse students in the essential ideas, concepts and literary devices that can facilitate their understanding and appreciation of literature,” said Kathi Duffel who has been a teacher for over 30 years and is an AP English and Journalism Advisor at Bear Creek High School (California). Kathi is also the recipient of the 2015 James Madison Freedom of Information Award by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.

“We believe our Literature Infographics will help students better understand the complex ideas behind some of these great works of literature by providing a visual, story-driven perspective to the content they are related to ,” said Course Hero Co-founder and CEO Andrew Grauer. “It’s also our hope that educators will find these materials rich, engaging and helpful in addition to the lectures, class notes and other materials that they painstakingly prepare for students in the classroom.”

The Course Hero Literature Infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download, and share with classmates, friends, and colleagues and can be found here.

About Course Hero | Master Your Classes™

Course Hero is an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed. Fueled by a passionate community of students and educators who share their course-specific knowledge and educational resources, Course Hero offers the biggest and best library of study documents, expert tutors, customizable flashcards, and course advice. Course Hero is now used by over 10 million students to supplement their class work with course-specific study materials.

















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Monday, September 19, 2016

Create Quizzes with Learnclick to ask Questions in Context



With www.learnclick.com you can easily create online cloze tests like fill in the blanks, drag & drop and dropdowns as well as traditional multiple choice quizzes. It is an ideal tool for asking questions in context as you can ask your students to fill out the missing words in a text. 

Create logins and assign your quizzes to a class in order to track progress. Or share it with anyone and embed the quiz into your homepage for the purpose of practicing. 



Learnclick offers the option to add pictures, sound files and embed youtube videos. Other features that make the life of busy teachers easier are: generating PDF files, import/export questions as well as an export to Excel for given answers. 

Sign up here to test Learnclick 3 months for free: http://www.learnclick.com/signup/edtechguyoffer 

(this is a special offer, sign up before September 30th 2016)


Disclaimer - Learnclick is a paid advertiser of Educational Technology Guy.






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Friday, September 16, 2016

CK-12 Concept Maps - see the connections between math and science concepts




CK-12, one of my all time favorite, free resources for teachers, has a very cool new feature called "Concept Maps".



 "Concept Maps" uses visual concept mapping to show connections between different concepts in math, science and connections between math and science. It is very easy to use and is a great way to help students see these connections, make their own connections, and see why learning these different topics is so important.

Just search for a topic and suggested items appear. Select one and see the concept map. Math and science are color coded so you can tell which is which.




Here is one on Bio and Forensics:



Here is one on Newton's 2nd Law of Motion:




This is an excellent resource for helping students better understand concepts and connections.

Make sure you also check out all of the other great resources CK-12 has to offer.


More great resources on CK-12 and what it has to offer for teachers and students. 
Digital, interactive textbooks, simulations, virtual labs, assessments, games, and much more.









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Ex Google Play Marketing Chief Hired to Help Students Enter "Workplace of the Future"




Consider this: Bill Gates has poured billions of dollars into what he calls the “future of learning” - and Mark Zuckerberg just announced a new $50M ed-tech investment. Both with a big push towards personalized learning.

Course Hero, now led by a new CMO - former Google Play Marketing chief, Patrick Mork - wants to also bet on students, by democratizing access to study materials: its 12.5M users, to be exact.

By tackling the “The 4 Ls” - crucial problems that students and educators face today - this college student favorite wants to change the way students learn, study, and succeed in the “workplace of the future”.


What are the 4 L’s? It’s lack of:

#1 TIME:
Students today have less time than ever before to master their course material because of more classwork, homework, multiple study groups, extra-curricular activities, and even side jobs to pay their ballooning student bills.

#2 MASTERY:
Students learn the same material at the same pace but are often not mastering the full content, resulting in an unstable foundation.

#3 COLLABORATION:
Collaboration is the absolute norm in the modern workplace, with tools like Slack, Google Docs, Box, and Asana. In fact, the time spent by employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50% or more in the past 20 years. Yet, many classrooms are still focused on individualized learning and individual contribution, which may not prepare graduates for the workplace of the future.

#4 PERSONALIZATION:

The sheer number of students per class poses a hard challenge for educators and TA’s in assisting the needs of each student. Educators just can’t personalize if they’re dealing with an over-crowded classroom.

In the last 12 months alone, the platform’s content library has grown over 50%, it has added 170,000 pieces of Course Advice (from virtually zero) and its user base now exceeds 12.5M users.




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Course Hero Graduates: Unveils a Brand refresh and Makes Key Hires to Accelerate White Hot Growth

Hires Google, Yahoo! and VMWare executives as it powers through 145+% user growth

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Course Hero, an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed, today is announcing major growth metrics, three big name hires hailing from Google, Yahoo!, and VMWare, and a corporate rebrand to better position itself for the hard-to-reach but very important demographics of students and educators.

Course Hero is a crowdsourced learning platform where students and educators share and access millions of course-specific educational resources, get 24/7 online tutoring, and create flashcards. In the last 12 months alone, the platform’s content library has grown over 50%, it has added 170,000 pieces of Course Advice (from virtually zero) and its user base now exceeds 12.5M users.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work the Course Hero team has done to support students and democratize access to course-specific study materials,” said company co-founder and CEO, Andrew Grauer. “I’m also proud of the work we’re doing to support educators as the Course Hero platform now serves more than 85,000 free educator accounts. These accounts enable them to share their own materials with other educators and students and get access to each other’s materials. Our aim is to bring educators together. We want to help them find new inspiration, learn new techniques, and investigate multiple perspectives to learn from each other, save valuable time, and get better learning outcomes for students.”

To continue this trajectory of rapid growth in serving both students and educators, Course Hero has also brought on a slate of top leadership, and is introducing an exciting new brand identity.

To help accelerate this growth and scale the company's marketing and partnerships team, the company recently hired Patrick Mork as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Mork, who led the rebrand initiative, has an impressive career background that includes building and leading the marketing team that launched the Google Play store. He is joined by new VP of Engineering Lynne Thieme, formerly VP of Engineering at Idealist and a member of the Alumni board at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Thieme’s career also includes positions at VMware, Oracle and IBM. Lastly, the company also brought on CFO Stephen Van Horne who was previously CFO at Get Insured and brings years of experience from Yahoo!, Ignite! and Bechtel.

About Course Hero | Master Your ClassesTM

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Course Hero is a venture-backed online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed. Fueled by a passionate community of students and educators who share their course-specific knowledge and educational resources, Course Hero offers the biggest and best library of study documents, expert tutors, customizable flashcards, and course advice. The company was named a Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group. Download the Course Hero app for iPhone or Android today or follow Course Hero on CrunchBase and AngelList.






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