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Marketplace trend update: 4 ed-tech developments

Don't miss this recap of the latest product news, reports, and research in the ed-tech world

Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.

Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Turnitin’s Feedback Studio for iPad app has merged the benefits of mobile technology with the power of learning and engagement through feedback. This release gives students the power to submit papers, analyze similarity reports (to check for originality), and review instructor feedback on the go. An enhanced interface for instructors offers streamlined grading on- and offline. More than ever, students use mobile devices to manage their assignments. With the Feedback Studio app for iPad, institutions can ensure that students are not only able to complete and submit assignments on their iPad, but they also have immediate access to their instructors’ comments, feedback, and grades where and when they need it. Read more.

Ten university finalists have been selected for the 2016 National Cyber Analyst Challenge, a competition that supports top students currently pursuing cyber-related degrees in the nation’s leading programs. The competition will send 10 teams to Phase 2 advanced cyber training and the subsequent Phase 3 finals. The finalists (in alphabetical order) are: Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Iowa State University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Maryland University College, University of South Florida, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Villanova University. Each team will receive an award of $6,000 to $12,000 to support student, faculty, and curriculum development. The winning team will be selected by a panel of industry experts and will receive $25,000. Read more.

On Sept. 20, the New York University Tandon School of Engineering cut the ribbon on its new MakerSpace, a collaborative work space and lab that will encourage new kinds of iterative, interdisciplinary teamwork using cutting-edge tools for rapid prototyping and digitally driven production. In addition to numerous 3D printers, laser cutters, vacuum formers, and soldering stations, the bi-level, 10,000-square-foot space includes several pieces of equipment that students do not typically access unless they are in specialized graduate laboratories. Read more.
In a statewide effort, California Community Colleges are rapidly expanding the use of NETLAB+ to give students round-the-clock access to Career Technical Education (CTE) training and virtual labs. Nearly 50 colleges are using the virtual lab system for courses that prepare students for jobs in IT. A regional sharing model enables participating colleges to offer courses that support training for Certifications from the industry’s most recognized providers like Cisco, CompTIA and VMware. Instructors receive training on how to use NETLAB+ and easily access virtual lab equipment and curriculum for classes installed on the system. In the first eight months of usage, nearly 15 instructors in the Northern Region taught classes using NETLAB+ and the demand for courses is growing. Read more.

Laura Ascione