Tuesday, December 30, 2014

6 Emerging Technologies in Education Teachers Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Big Idea 2015: Let's Rethink the Bachelor's Degree - Masters and PhDs

In the face of an increasing average student-loan debt and 44 percent for graduates ages 22 to 27 taking jobs that don’t require bachelor’s degrees, it is tempting to question the worth of college education. But rather than throwing out degrees altogether, it is really time to reassess how both education providers and students perceive and participate higher education.


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Friday, December 26, 2014

WizIQ Recordor: Create, Share Powerful Video Lectures for Flipped Classroom

WizIQ Recordor (yes, it’s spelt with an “OR” not “ER”. No pun intended!) runs as an add-in to Microsoft  PowerPoint and works seamlessly with WizIQ. Install this add-in and a few clicks is all it takes to create an effective MP4 video lecture using your presentation. This add-in allows you to record your live audio and sync it with presentation slides.

Recordor also lets you flip the classroom and share the captured videos with your students via email so that they can learn from your online lectures at their own pace. Besides the flipped classroom, Recordor lets you create effective e-Learning content for your online courses, classroom teaching and MOOC sessions. And don’t worry, the software is so fun and easy to use that you’ll fall in love with it.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Crowd Sourced Accreditation to shake up the staid world of traditional education says ALISON CEO

IRISHMAN Mike Feerick likes to stir things up, writes Andrew Trounson in The Australian. He was running the world’s first massive open online courses before the MOOC acronym was born.

And, unlike most MOOCs, his free online education site ALISON is making money.

But an even bigger disruptive force is on the way.

Feerick calls it crowd-sourced accreditation and says it will pose a threat to vested interests among established educational institutions, where accreditation has long been seen as the ace in the hand.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

UK Universities Gear Up For Enterprise Education

According to figures published by the UK Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) around 11% of 18 to 24 year olds aspire to start their own businesses compared with just 3% of those aged  55 to 65.

Trevor Clawson, Contributor to Forbes:

So if the figures are correct, a significant number of young people are currently leaving schools and universities with the aim of wither working for themselves or employing others. And this in turn poses challenges for Britain’s universities, schools and further education colleges. Traditionally the role of educators has been to turn out successive generations with skills and qualities necessary to become ‘good employees.’ Today there is an increasing awareness that it is also important to encourage and support an enterprise culture – and not just in terms of supporting technology spin-outs.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Potter versus 3D printer

Ceramics is an ancient, global art form, whose fundamentals have not changed for centuries. 3D printing on the other hand, has only been around for a couple of decades – but has attracted a wave of artists and craftspeople.

But should we think of 3D printing as a new branch of arts and crafts? Does it have any right to be considered a craft at all?


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

This Will Revolutionize Education

Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education?

It is instructive that each new technology has appeared to be so transformative. You can imagine, for example, that motion pictures must have seemed like a revolutionary learning technology. After all they did revolutionize entertainment, yet failed to make significant inroads into the classroom. TV and video seem like a cheaper, scaled back film, but they too failed to live up to expectations. Now there is a glut of information and video on the internet so should we expect it to revolutionize education?

Monday, December 15, 2014

TypoEffects - Create your individual text art images

Do you know the proverb “A picture is worth a thousand words” ?

With the Typo-Generators this proverb gets a new significance. Use online the RowText-Image Generator or the WordCloud-Image Generator, and your pictures will be converted into individual, typographical images, which can be used as a personal gift, for presentations or as the base for further graphics. 

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic

Last year, Edudemic published a list of the most essential and popular educational tools used in modern classrooms across the globe. While many of 2013′s contenders retain top spots for 2014, there are a few new and noteworthy tools that made it onto this year’s list, and some of last year’s mentions have shifted in the rankings. We highly recommend taking a look at these “battle-tested” teaching tools; some of them may be a perfect fit for your modern classroom.

Monday, December 8, 2014

SPOCs, Small Private Online Classes, Tweak MOOCs

First came MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses — and now universities are experimenting with SPOCs, or small private online classes, better known as “hybrid” or “blended learning,” in place of larg...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

For the First Time, Chromebooks Beat out iPads in Schools - Masters and PhDs

According to recent data from IDC, Google shipped 715,000 Chromebooks to schools in the third quarter.  Meanwhile, Apple shipped 702,000 iPads to schools in the same time frame.

Chromebooks now account for one quarter of the entire educational market.  Laptops running Chrome OS have gone from zero to a quarter of the market in only two years.


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The 4 Stages Of Edtech Disruption

What are the stages of technology in learning, and how can these stages be used as a framework for improving learning?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills

"A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:

raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Open University: Online Learning Must Be Collaborative, Social

An annual report by The Open University said the current key challenge for education specialists is to engage thousands of learners in productive discussions while learning in a collaborative, online environment.

The report, Innovating Pedagogy 2014, is the third annual report concerning technological trends that could revolutionize education.  It suggests that the next step in the world of MOOCs is to introduce massive open social learning.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [Infographic]

An infographic with eLearning Trends to you should follow in year 2015.

When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education - InformED

"Most of us know better than to use technology for technology’s sake. The Shiny New Tech Syndrome is taking the world by storm, and with the added pressure of finding new ways to improve educational outcomes, we try our best not to be tempted. But there are some things–certain methods, activities, and tools–we still assume can be enhanced with a little computational flair, when really, if we stopped to question ourselves, we’d find them best delivered the old-fashioned way."


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The author,  Saga Briggs, goes on to list 15 occasions when not to use technology in your teaching.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Don't-Leave-Home-Without-It Machine

Whatever it is you keep forgetting, this project can help. It combines a selection of parts from littleBits’ Premium Kit with a few common pieces of off-the-shelf hardware to create an automatic pick-me-up-and-take-me-with-you machine. Put it on a table by the door, put the stuff you want to remember inside, and turn it on. If you start to go out without pickings up your things, it sounds an alarm to remind you to grab them, and keeps ringing until you do.


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why Is American Teaching So Bad? by Jonathan Zimmerman | The New York Review of Books

In this article, Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of Education and History at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU, reviewes three books on American teaching: The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein; Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green; and, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher by Garret Keizer.

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two foster joeys meet for the first time [Video]

Daintree Wonder Tours’ orphaned agile wallabies (Gough and Salvador) meet for the first time. Very cute!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Raspberry Pi Model A+ on sale now at $20

When Raspberry Pi announced the Model B+ back in July, they said that they’d also be producing a lower-cost variant, analogous to the original Model A. On November 10, they announced the release of the Raspberry Pi Model A+ at a new low price of $20.

Like the Model A, the Model A+ uses the BCM2835 application processor and has 256MB RAM, but it is significantly smaller (65mm in length, versus 86mm for the Model A), consumes less power, and inherits the many improvements that we made to the Model B+, including:

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

How Fingerprint is taking its kids' 'mobile edutainment' platform worldwide (interview) - Masters and PhDs

Nancy MacIntyre has been flying around the globe sealing partnerships for Fingerprint Digital, which has created a platform on smartphones and tablets for educational games. That’s her thanks for addressing a tough problem: How to raise the spotlight for educational mobile games.

Discovery is the hardest problem for educational game creators to figure out (and that applies to anyone making games). With so many out there, it’s hard to stand out. But Fingerprint’s platform on mobile devices is akin to an app store for educational games. It stands out for parents as a way to sort through a bunch of educational titles.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Open Educational Resources (OER) - Advantages, Implications and Lists

Open educational resources (OER) are digitized materials that are available for use and re-use in teaching, learning, and research, very often under a Creative Commons license.  In this page you can find out more about the many benefits – and some challenges – in using these valuable resources …


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Education Administration PhD - Masters and PhDs

In the US, educational administration is often taken to include both management and leadership, whereas in the UK it is taken to be a separate activity – usually supportive of management and leadership. An education administration PhD will help you to progress your career in school or college management and administration. This page provides information on what is studied in these education degrees and where you can study them online.


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Online Masters and PhDs

Online and Distance Learning