Internet Security

If you haven’t seen the  Norse Global Real-Time Attack Map, I highly recommend it as both visually fascinating and informative. The site provides a geographical display of live cyber attacks along with the origin, attack type, and target.

What Is A DDOS

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources.

They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.

WordFence–a company that monitors and provides the leading protection for WordPress sites, issued their December 2016 WordPress Attack Activity Report which showed an increase in both brute force (password guessing) and complex attacks.

What About Your OWN Protection?

The value of anti-virus protection is directly related to the consequences of not having anti-virus software. The increases in viruses and malicious code make the Internet unsafe if you’re aware nor prepared.

Web sites get attacked and hacked all the time. Whether the Internet is a safe or a secure place for even the most tech-savvy user often debated.

Users of email and visitors of many different websites have a relatively high likelihood of accidentally downloading some form of malware or becoming the victim of an identity-stealing scam.

Your computer AND smartphone need an antivirus program which you can trust to keeping your system clean and secure from harmful virus, worms and attacks through scanning process. A trusted anti-virus software will stop problems BEFORE they start by detecting suspicious websites and files that contain malicious programs before they enter your computer and they’ll block malicious tracking software from being downloaded to your system.malicious tracking software from being downloaded to your system.

Consumer Affairs Best Antivirus Software Reviews

Antivirus software is used to detect, prevent and remove viruses and spyware, stop hacking and phishing attacks and protect consumers from identity theft. This software is essential to prevent loss of data and personal information and to keep computers and mobile devices running effectively.

Most antivirus software now runs on PC, Mac and Android and iOS mobile devices and may include a firewall to prevent access to computers and networks.

Parental monitoring options keep minors protected by limiting access to selected websites.

Whatever YOUR choice, make sure ALL your Internet-connected devices are protected, to ensure your data & privacy information is safe.

VIEW THEIR COMPLETE LIST & DETAILED COMPARISONS HERE: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/computers/antivirus-software/

Top Experts predict what will transform eLearning in 2017

A big THANK YOU to Joomla LMS for including me recently, in their very nice “flip book” of educational technology predictions.

It’s a fantastic compilation of varied educational technology experts.  Out of space concerns, they edited my rather lengthy response (if you’re interested, it’s included in full below).

Embedded below is the flipbook. Click the tiny white arrows to flip through the 14 experts’ opinions.

 

Full site page: elearning edTech Experts Predict the Future

 

My full answer regarding e-Learning Transformation in 2017

It’s an exciting time to be involved in eLearning! As I look ahead to the new year, there are six areas that I believe will transform eLearning in 2017.

First to improve eLearning in the coming year, are the developments in cloud computing and SAAS (the application layer). These technological advances provide for anywhere, anytime, anywhere & any device access to amazing and innovative online tools.

These tools include powerful creation & collaboration applications, interactive media, and opportunities to share and interact with anyone in the world.

These increased computing innovations will lead to continued eLearning advances with both open and proprietary learning management systems (LMS) for creating engaging and interactive learning ecosystems for students, teachers, institutions, and communities. Examples include: Google Classroom, the Award-winning Schoology, and Canvas. Nearly 20 years later, even Blackboard has completely overhauled their LMS to the new cloud-based “Learn Ultra”.

Second is simply the evolution of ideas and the adoption of new and different pedagogies. I believe we’ve finally stopped moving the lecture classroom to the virtual world and are seeing an increase in student-centered courses. Students are excited to have more options with how they engage with the curriculum, while being encouraged to interact with the content. In addition, they’re provided with increased opportunities to interact with classmates, the instructor, and the world. Importantly, they’re given choices in how they’re evaluated and are often able to create demonstrations of understanding and standards mastery.

The combination of technological innovation and changes in learning theory allows for the most important aspect of eLearning, which is the ability to individualize and personalize student learning. This will continue to be a critical driver in 2017 as educators at all levels use eLearning to reach students at whatever level the student is at and, provide an individualized learning pathway that ensures student success.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly developing and we’ve already started to see the introduction of chatbots into classes. Ashok Goel, a computer science professor at Georgia Tech made news when it was revealed his students didn’t know their TA was in fact an AI chatbot. Microsoft and Facebook are rapidly advancing the development of chatbots. Google recently released their new Pixal phone with built-in AI and as of this writing, ChatBot.org has 77 publicly available and programmable chatbots available for anyone in their education and learning category..

The fifth important factor for eLearning is a good instructor. While the “digital natives” are good with using technology it takes a skilled instructor with expertise and experience to truly connect with students and build relationships that foster student engagement through the virtual morass. In the coming year, more focus will be on instructors making important connections with their learners.

It might sound like a contradiction to tout the advances of AI chatbots in eLearning while also saying human instructors are important but there’s an important difference. AI chatbots take care of the routine, fact-based tasks (ex FAQs)  that can now free-up the teacher to truly teach and work with individuals. Good teachers who are flexible, innovative, creative and can connect and inspire students will be difficult to be replaced by AI.

The last item I believe will transform eLearning in the coming year are certifications earned for successfully completing online courses. Whether an eLearning course is a MOOC or a micro-course, I think we’ll see greater recognition for the value of the learning experience as represented by earning a certificate. More institutions will include them in degree programs. Additionally, more career opportunities will be opened as industries grow to recognize the value of a quality eLearning pathway.

In conclusion, eLearning continues to grow in exciting ways that are being embraced by a wider audience and enhanced with innovative technological advances. Elearning will continue to make an impact on education.

In summary, the items I believe will transform eLearning in 2017 are:

  • Continued advances in cloud computing
  • New instructional models
  • Student-centered learning
  • Artificial intelligence (chatbots), combined with:
  • Great instructors and
  • A greater recognition & applicability for certificates earned online

If you have a thought or question regarding my list of six items, let me know, I’d enjoy hearing from you!

Thank you,

Kevin Corbett

★Consider ADDing These Contributing EdTech Experts To YOUR PLN

#TxEduChat LOGOSunday, April 24th at 8PM Central (6PM Pacific)

Thanks to @Tom_Kilgore and the popular @TxEduChat for asking me to host another Twitter Chat!

I’m excited to have some fun and explore the topic:

AI & Robots: How can we “future proof” students?

Artificial Intelligence and Robots are developing are a RAPID pace!

With two new grandchildren, I’m investigating more seriously the advancing new technologies in an effort to understand the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve happiness and success in a technological future.

I’m certain that the ubiquitous nature of technology will have a considerable impact on a new generation and believe that adults–educators, parents, and more, will be critical in mentoring young people as they navigate and work through all the changes, along with new moral and ethical decisions mankind has never had to deal with.

Sunday’s TXeduchat is intended to be a fun-filled hour to consider the possibilities and get us all thinking about how to future proof our students in a world where deep learning, automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics are accelerating.

It will be hard to accomplish too much in the hour we have online but, there are a lot of amazing and brilliant people that frequent the #TxEduChat, so I’m confident it’s going to be a frenetic paced evening!

For those of you who are here for the first time. I’ll post a reference link below after the chat.

 

New Learning Times Profile

New Learning Times NLT_LOGOThank you to George Nantwi and New Learning Times for their featured profile!

KevinCorbett_NewLearningTimesProfileIn the interview, I was asked five questions:

  1. How did your educational trajectory and past professional experience shape your current work?
  2. How do you hope your work will change the learning landscape?
  3. What broad trends do you think will have the most impact on learning in the years ahead?
  4. What are you currently working on & what is your next big project?
  5. Who are the most interesting people you are following on Twitter?

READ the entire Profile interview at New Learning Times: https://newlearningtimes.com/cms/article/3071/kevin-corbett

Or, download now the PDF: New Learning Times Profile: Kevin Corbett

About New Learning Times

The New Learning Times (NLT) provides daily coverage of the transformation of learning opportunities in the information age for those shaping the future of education. NLT is produced at the EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The editorial frame for NLT is governed by our understanding of three major trends, which we have termed “The New 3R’s.” Far beyond mere reform, the education sector is undergoing a major Reformation, a profound reconfiguration of the customs, institutions, and relationships that together constitute the foundations for learning opportunities around the world. Spurred by rapid developments in communications and computation, the education sector is also experiencing a Renaissance of new ideas, processes, and possibilities to support learning across the lifespan. The rapid introduction and convergence of these emerging political, technical, and artistic forces is creating the conditions for a Revolution in what is becoming the new learning sector. The New Learning Times seeks to chronicle the major transformation in learning possibilities.

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