How can this software have the intelligence to grade essay papers? Scoring a piece of text based on grammer , length and punctuation etc is the kind of thing I'd find a software capable of, but how does it make intelligent decisions regarding the actual context of an essay?
Sara PetersHow Essay-Grading Software Should Be Used5/20/2013 11:30:08 AM
Sara, it's ironic that after four years of sound and fury about Obamacare, budget crises, and and gun control, the most enduring and significant part of President Obama's legacy might very well be the BRAIN Initiative. It's incredibly ambitious and the potential payoff—in terms of both dollars and quality of life—is enormous.
As you rightly point out, this project may very well be the "killer app" for Big Data (though it might be more accurate to call it the "lifesaving app"). And please indulge me as I take this opportunity to point out that research in the field of mindfulness over the past several years has created some fertile ground in which all of this might take place. (This book is the best lay-person's overview that I've seen yet.)
Teaching those skills could be the most valuable thing schools can do for their students.
@Curtis, thanks for the post. Its not surprising to know that Big-Data pros are hard to find. I think colleges dont have enough infrastructure and faculty to teach Big-Data since the filed is still emerging. I really hope industry and educational institutions will join hands to produce more Big-Data pros.
a.sajiBig-Data Pros Wanted, Hard to Find5/15/2013 11:01:58 AM
Like it or not, tablets are here to stay in education. As you have pointed out, especific tablets for schools have started to be manufactured. More eBooks are being published at a much lower price than paper books, showing a significant ROI. It's only a question of time until the schools that are not quickly adopting tablets will get way behind.
Kids and teens today have an incredible capacity of creating things using technology. If CIOs in education give them a little push with a more dynamic participation in IT matters we can all be surprised of what these kids can create.
I have come across several cases of these kids lately. They are amazing, and the things they are doing putting into practice what they know about technology surpeise me every time.
What they don't know the will find out by themselves on the Internet. They are natural researchers. That's a good proof that restricting kids from access to the Internet and computers is a big mistake product of the ignorance of some adults.
Always the most difficult thing an institution has to go through is budget cuts. Yet they become inevitable when the funding has been narrowed. It makes sense that IT capital spending takes a cut initially ecause you can't buy new gadgets and not have money to run them. on the other hand when people get cut back it is sad...it won't always be possible to avoid but i agree schools should find a way of not having to cut people until it is absolutely necessary. This is where analytics would have helped, to focus the financial future from before and avoid overhiring.
I have to say, this has me really riled up. I'm one of the few people on the planet that still believes int he ideal of the student athlete. I believe the football team of a school is made up of people who ATTEND tha school. Johnny Manziel is no longer attending that school in my opinion. He is attending a podcast.
The idea that this counts is outrageous to me. While there is not doubt in my mind that college football is perceived by many as just a feeder league for the NFL, i don't want it to be one. I want real students who go to real classes who see their fellow classmates, who date cheerleaders and go to parties. I wan them to walk to class from their dorms like eeryone else.
Granted, I'm sure there are non-football playing students at Texas A&M who take all or some of their clases online. They're stupid to do it, too. The point of college is to live a real life in front of real people.
Go to class, johnny. You might learn a skill-- like how to deal with people-- that will be useful in the NFL.
Sara PetersJohnny Football: Good or Bad for Online Ed? 2/25/2013 3:44:58 PM
I think you are right by getting ahead of the game early one you have an advantage over other college which may not take this approach. I think this trend is growing even without the score cards. Many families using such criterias to find the best school for their kids. I think it makes sense, careers with most prospect in finding a job are better are more appealing than other fields. At my university, they are even changing the curriculum to fit the needs future employment.
singlemudEducation CIOs Have a New Game to Play2/21/2013 10:47:37 PM
Earlier, the high price of the tablet was the main issue that made many people hesitant towards it. On the arrival of cheap tablets and government also participating in it, things are different. This can be a great great advanatge in e-learning , making life simpler yet attractive for students.
tekedgeLessons in Tablet Education From India3/28/2013 7:35:06 PM
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