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.

Splunk Inc., provider of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, announced Splunk Pledge, a new philanthropic program through its Splunk4Good initiative. Splunk Pledge commits to donate a minimum of $100 million over a 10-year period in software licenses, training, support, education and volunteerism to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions in order to support academic research and generate social impact. Read more.

University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education‘s (DCE) state-of-the-art instructional and collaborative facility is now open. Located on the east side of the UCI campus, the five-story, eco-efficient facility boasts more than 75,000 square feet dedicated to continuing education courses and programs, and specialized events. The completion of the new building – which broke ground in October 2015 – follows another significant milestone for the school: the renaming of the school to its new, more encompassing and forward-thinking name, UCI Division of Continuing Education. Read more.

In the fast-changing world of science and technology, if you’re not innovating, you’re falling behind. That’s one of the key findings of The Reuters 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities. Now in its second year, the list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy. Unlike other rankings that often rely entirely or in part on subjective surveys, Reuters relies exclusively on empirical data such as patent filings and research paper citations. Read more.

Carlow University in Pittsburgh selected Schoology as its new learning management system for all faculty and students starting the 2016/17 academic year. University leadership stated that Schoology was the best platform to support and encourage student-centered, personalized learning for which Carlow University is well known. Schoology also easily handled the transition of existing courses and content so that courses were quickly up and running. Read more.

An algorithm developed at Carnegie Mellon University makes it easier to determine if someone has faked an Amazon or Yelp review or if a politician with a suspiciously large number of Twitter followers might have bought and paid for that popularity. The method, called FRAUDAR, marks the latest escalation in the cat-and-mouse game played by online fraudsters and the social media platforms that try to out them. Read more.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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