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The Global Learning XPRIZE - YouTube

Published on Sep 22, 2014

The $15M Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.


The learning solutions developed by this prize will enable a child to learn autonomously. And, those created by the finalists will be open-sourced for all to access, iterate and share. This technology could be deployed around the world, bringing learning experiences to children otherwise thought unreachable, who do not have access to quality education, and supplementing the learning experiences of children who do.

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I heard Ray Kurzweil speak in the mid 90's about right now. He predicted computer power, following Moore's Law, would continue exponential growth to the point where AI could manifest the perfect teacher, capable of adapting perfectly to the learner and able to individually educate each person on the planet and allow everyone to maximize their potential.   


The Global Learning X-prize is a part of this vision. Explore it. 

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Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Story and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta Earlier this year, 


Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.

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Ever since Douglas Adams introduced the Babel Fish concept in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I've been fascinated by the implications of A.I. enabled universal translation of languages. 


Here's a step in that direction via Skype. (We all know it will be wonky and buggy at first, but it's another step down the road to cross cultural communication.

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Rocio Watkins's curator insight, July 30, 10:37 AM

Wow! 

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 30, 11:16 AM

Looks like we are one step closer to Gene Roddenberry's view of the future. Does this remind anyone of a universal translator??? 

terry clarke's curator insight, July 30, 2:54 PM

Although universal communication among people speaking different languages is certainly a worthy goal, I am reluctant to embrace the technology that allegedly allows instantaneous translation during audio/video conferences among speakers of different languages--for many reasons.

  • My ethnic Kazakh daughter and I are bilingual (English & Russian), and I have found that the act, itself, of learning a new language necessarily draws one closer to the customs and practices of the people who use the language in their day-to-day lives (requiring an examination of nearly every aspect of the lives of those who speak the "different language"--allowing, at least the feeling of, adoption of a new and different culture).
  • Language (particularly oral as opposed to written) is an imprecise method of communication, and even experienced translators will attest that different languages have idiosyncrasies that do not allow for an accurate or precise communication of a particular idea, description or opinion sought to be сonveyed. Подвиг (Podvig) is a Russian word used to describe a particular idea in Eastern Orthodox Christianity is an example of one such word--though others may disagree
  • Because of the decline of formal language usage in favor of slang and the explosion of the use of acronyms (SMH, YOLO, WTF), and the multitudes of "figures of speech", I am skeptical that current technology exists that would allow a computer program algorithm to translate accurately and instantaneously the communications between people speaking different languages.
  • Upon reflection, I could not support the widespread use of the technology described in this article. Language, in its many different and beautiful forms, is a reflection of the culture, history and heritage of those who speak it.
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The evolution of computers in the classroom

The evolution of computers in the classroom | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The proliferation of tablets maybe the most revolutionary addition of technology in the classroom, but the path was paved with other tools. PostTV took a detailed look at some of the milestones in classroom technology from the past several decades:
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I've lived this timeline. Tablets are another stop on the Oregon Trail of Tech I've seen come and go.  


Indeed, tablets are so two hours ago... I'm surprised this timeline misses a little development called mobile learnig. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 1, 5:41 PM

This is an interesting time line and history. Where innovations in digital technologies were spaced out over years now impactful ones are emerging yearly. Somehow the pace does not seem to be slowing. What that means in School is an important and ongoing question.

 

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Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change

Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Mulukan Ayalu, who may be the busiest man in Dalifagi (Paul Salopek, 2013) http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/01/Paul-Salopek-Oasis3-1024x683.jpg


Combine inexpensive mobile technology with the archived course content available right now, add translation software and satellite bandwidth and the possibility of reaching across the globe into the most remote spots on the planet becomes real.  

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How do you see the disruptive power of open education, moocs and mobile tech?

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David J MacFadyen's curator insight, June 27, 7:28 PM

Just a hint in this link, but the imbedded link on a remote African town is mind blowing. MOOCs make lives better for those with the self-guided learning skills needed to learn independently.

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In the Future Everything Will Learn: Personalized classrooms are on the way.

In the Future Everything Will Learn: Personalized classrooms are on the way. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Each year, IBM releases a list of five innovations that it believes have the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years. This year, the IBM researchers working on the “5 in 5” listing focus on the notion that in the future, everything will learn. 


According to IBM: “Driven by a new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason, and engage with us in a more natural and personalized way. These innovations are beginning to emerge enabled by cloud computing, big data analytics, and learning technologies all coming together.” 


The number 1 item for 2014: The Classroom Will Learn You

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Ray Kurzweil predicted a computer based personal teacher for each student back in the nineties. (I was in the audience and the concept fascinated me.)  


Here's IBM's take on what to expect in the near future. We live in interesting times! 

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John Rudkin's curator insight, April 26, 6:31 AM

Before you know it....but the world of mixed IoT is going to be a challenge.

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10 Competencies Students Need to Thrive in The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Competencies Students Need to Thrive in The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Iván Camilo Lombana's curator insight, January 12, 7:19 PM

If you want to read something about skills for the future workforce, this reading is for you

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10 Competencies Students Need to Thrive in The Future | Educational Technology ... | @scoopit via @wiredinstructor http://sco.lt/... ... http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com  - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins ;

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The Future Is Going To Be Awesome, And Here’s Why

The Future Is Going To Be Awesome, And Here’s Why | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
We are in fact facing a wonderful future and here's why.
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Time for an updbeat future forecast!

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Tomorrows World

Tomorrows World | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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I love thinking about the future.  We are soaking in the changes everyday.  It's an amazing time to be alive.  Aren't we lucky?

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The 10 biggest edtech trends of 2013 and 2014 - Learn Egg

The 10 biggest edtech trends of 2013 and 2014 - Learn Egg | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The guide below outlines the biggest edtech trends that you should know about. It touches on the 4 big ones of this year plus 6 more trends that we should expect to see next year.
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Steve Klien's curator insight, November 30, 2013 9:18 PM

Edtech trends

Annet Smith's curator insight, December 1, 2013 11:29 AM

With large infographic.

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Curtis Bonk (2010): Trends on the Horizon

Uploaded on Sep 21, 2010

To find additional "Resources" for each video, go to:
IU Instructional Consulting office:http://www.indiana.edu/~icy/media/de_...

In the final installment "Trends on the Horizon," Dr. Bonk envisions future developments in education and their potential impact on teaching. Points covered range from mobile learning and cloud computing to creating Personal Learning Environments.

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It's always fun to review a 'trends of the future' presentation three years after it has been posted.


Here's a look back at a look forward from the thougthful and insightful Curtis Bonk!

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Isaac Asimov's 1964 Predictions About 2014 Are Frighteningly Accurate

Isaac Asimov's 1964 Predictions About 2014 Are Frighteningly Accurate | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In 1964, famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov ventured a guess at what you might find if you set foot inside the 2014 World’s Fair. Using his gift for envisioning future technology, Asimov’s predictions from 50 years out are both stunningly accurate and perhaps a little bit depressing. Here’s a look at what he got right.
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MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed: Futurist Bryan Alexander | DMLcentral

MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed: Futurist Bryan Alexander | DMLcentral | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Does it continue to make sense to go to college when the sticker price of a college education is soaring, the amount of debt college students are taking on – even for the non-elite universities and what were formerly affordable public universities...
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6 Emerging Technologies in Education (infographic) | EdTech Times

6 Emerging Technologies in Education (infographic) | EdTech Times | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Via Devrim Ozdemir, Ph. D.
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Infographic based on the Emmerging Technologies Report from 2011.  Dated already! 

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Steve Klien's curator insight, November 13, 2013 11:03 PM

Emerging Ed tech infographic

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:04 AM

Horizon report in an infographic

 

master us - grupo a's curator insight, November 28, 2013 12:09 PM

Muy interesante, con la información bien clara. Trae el tema del "mobile techonology".

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Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review

Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Laptops with 3-D sensors in place of conventional webcams will go on sale before the end of this year, according to chip maker Intel, which is providing the sensing technology to manufacturers. And tablets with 3-D sensors will hit the market in 2015, the company said at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Achin Bhowmik, general manager for Intel’s perceptual computing business unit stated, “You can bring all these digital characters into the real world. It could be your favorite Disney character or something from a game."

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As an online educator, I look at gaming technology and immediately see learning opportunities. At a conference in 1996 I listened to Ray Kurszweil describe a future where AI enabled holographic avatars would be personal mentors and master teachers able to meet the individual needs of each and every learner. It was a vision of ultimate differentiation that would allow everyone to meet there maximum potential.


This 3-D gaming announcement feels like another step into that future.

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This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition -- and it could change everything

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition -- and it could change everything | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Above: Free founder Xavier Niel, speaking at Ecole 42, the free engineering school he created.Image Credit: Dylan Tweney/VentureBeat


The basic idea of École 42 is to throw all the students — 800 to 1,000 per year — into a single building in the heart of Paris, give them Macs with big Cinema displays, and throw increasingly difficult programming challenges at them. The students are given little direction about how to solve the problems, so they have to turn to each other — and to the Internet — to figure out the solutions.

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Interesting to see what a French Billionaire does when experimenting with education.

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Donald Clark Plan B: From Rift Valley to Oculus Rift (7 lessons learnt at eLearning Africa)

Donald Clark Plan B: From Rift Valley to Oculus Rift (7 lessons learnt at eLearning Africa) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Africa is rising and needs, not the failed models of the developed world but new models that are more suited to the massive demand that already exists for education and training. This is not more universities but more vocational learning. The great opportunity here, is to use the great gifts of the internet, that are already there, for free. 

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We live in times of great opportunity. Open Educational Resources (OER) can transform the world. Here's a first person view of what's happening right now in Africa. 


Open your mind to it!

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The Aspen Institute - LEARNER AT THE CENTER OF A NETWORKED WORLD Report

The Aspen Institute - LEARNER AT THE CENTER OF A NETWORKED WORLD Report | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

26 ways to ensure kids have safe & vibrant learning opportunities in & out of the classroom. The Aspen Task Force is here: bit.ly/1oAuCah

 

The digital revolution has transformed almost every aspect of society. No facet of this revolution has more potential than its ability to change the way people learn. The availability of a vast array of knowledge and resources at the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen, together with the ability to connect instantaneously with peers and mentors across the street and across the globe, make possible completely new learning environments and experiences. These opportunities are highly engaging and collaborative, and they are based on learners’ own interests and strengths. Students can truly learn any time, any place and at any pace.

However, our traditional system of education is rooted in a model first developed in the Industrial Age. It assumes that knowledge is transferred from an external source—teachers, books and schools—to a student. Students are grouped by age, and progress is often based on the amount of time they spend in class and not on how much they have learned. In most instances, any learning that takes place outside class does not count for credit, nor is it even formally recognized.

This long-held model is struggling to engage a new generation of students for whom learning is happening all the time—online, off-line, in classrooms, as well as after school, in libraries and at museums. The connected learner can access tutorials, lessons and entire courses online while participating in afterschool programs such as code academies and maker labs.

To maximize these learning opportunities, young people must be fully connected. Students need to connect easily with others who can support their learning and to have the ability to share their ideas widely and safely. They need access to broadband, devices and software as well as to high-quality content and the literacy skills to support their full participation. They need to prepare for the world of bits, networks and entrepreneurship.


Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
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I spent 25 years in k-12 education. The vision described in this report has been in my mind since the early 80's. Now is the time to realize the potential of information technology to engage young minds.

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Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, June 17, 6:14 PM

Important work.  

Good executive summary. 

 

Give to your superintendent and principals.

 

Webinar recording available for viewing.

 

Library created

 

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, June 24, 5:54 AM

Accrediting 'life' experience has always been an issue,though schooling per se is such a small fraction of our lifelong and lifewide learning arena

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Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers

Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
TL;DR In summary, we’ll have another contentious year. We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a con
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What does an expert see coming for the new year?

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NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Preview


Via Karen Bonanno
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Here's a preview of the latest NMC Horizon Report.  Great changes ahead! 

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, December 30, 2013 3:49 PM

Preview reveals trends, challenges and developments - look forward to when the full report is published. 

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Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024

Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Professor Larry Cuban:


With all of the above occurring, one would think that by 2024, age-graded schools and the familiar teaching and learning that occurs today in K-12 and universities  would have exited the rear door.

I do not think so. Getting access to powerful electronic devices for all students and teachers is surely a victory for those who believe in better technologies solving teaching and learning problems. But access does not guarantee use, especially the kind of use that vendors and ardent technophiles seek.

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I recall arguing with English teaches about their apocalyptic predictions about word processing back in the mid-80's.  I agree with Dr. Cuban, access does not quarantee use. Still the future is bright and change is accellerating to the point that even the inertia of the education establishment might be overcome.  We'll see!  Here's to ten years of positive change in teaching and learning! 

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, December 26, 2013 11:04 AM

Tech in education - enhancement not destruction, just my not-so-humble opinion.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 26, 2013 1:34 PM

Better technology to solve learning and teaching problems is a great thought but should not be seen as the bottom line. Identifying the problems accurately so they can be focussed  on with purpose, practicing to put into the long term memory, motivating  and rewarding the student...have to be in the  mix too, not to mention self discipline and good mental and physical health. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 26, 2013 2:58 PM

"None of these incremental changes herald the disappearance of K-12 age-graded public schools or the dominant patterns of teacher-centered instruction. What these gradual changes will translate into is an array of options for teaching and learning available to both teachers and students."

 

This is particularly disconcerting. Without a shift away from the way we have always done things, will education really meet the demands of th 21st Century?

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Thinning the Heard: The Nicest Thing Johns Hopkins Can Do for Its Ph.D. Students Is Accept Fewer of Them

Thinning the Heard: The Nicest Thing Johns Hopkins Can Do for Its Ph.D. Students Is Accept Fewer of Them | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Faculty and graduate students at Johns Hopkins University, an elite private research institution that costs undergrads $61,000 per year, are up in arms about a new strategic plan that proposes sweeping changes (and cuts) to its Ph.D.
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I've no stake in the death of the academic tenure system. It is entertaining to see this system described with a dash of gonzo cynicism.  There is a screaming need for well trained brains... but the demands are outside the walls of academia.

The UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate provides teaching skills to the the 'professional TA' who, by working online, is empowered to string together several jobs because online teaching isn't tied by geography.  This opens the way to earning a modest living while maintaining a degree of mobility and freedom that will appeal to those tired of the drudgery of a typical school teaching career. 
One thing seems sure, the cradle to grave teaching job is fast fading away.  The skills we teach are vital for for survival for any 21st century educator. 
Ultimately the world of learning is changing and the best way to cope is to remember that to be a teacher is to be a lifelong learner.
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to remember that to be a teacher is to be a lifelong learner.! I tally agree
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Taking Advantage of the Pause | The Thinking Stick

Taking Advantage of the Pause | The Thinking Stick | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

by Jeff Utecht


"I have come to an understanding that this technology trajectory we are on isn’t a straight line. That we go through moments of great technological growth…usually around new hardware….and then we have these plateau periods. They might not be as flat as they look in this image…but there are definitely slower periods I think of innovation as we prepare for the next disruption.


"So the image above shows my thoughts on this kind of innovation and plateau idea that I think we go through.


"We saw steep climbs when the desktop came out…then there was a period of using them before the Internet came out that created another steep climb of innovation. The laptops and then mobile where other steep moments in technology innovation. These times when we try to figure out what we do with this thing. How does it impact education, what’s it’s best use, etc. We are all trying to figure out how to best use this new technology.


"In between these climbs we have moments of pause that allow us to really look at learning, the new technology, and start thinking of ways to really truly use it in the classroom to impact student learning.

I believe we are in one of these pauses right now….we’ve been in one since about 2011…or a year after the iPad came out. There hasn’t been any real new technology. Sure things get faster, smaller, lighter…but it’s all mobile right now…that’s the stage we’re in. I think we also have a couple years left in this pause before wearable technology creates the next steep stage and sends us all once again scrambling to figure out how this new technology impacts education."


Via Jim Lerman
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Being an online instructor means you'll make a living by swimming strong in an ever evolving sea of technology.  Ultimately it's about communicating with tech and stimulting thinking as well as independent learning.  Mobile - Wearable - Embeddable tech... all in the next few years my friends.  Are you ready to keep swimming?

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The Future of Learning, Networked Society - Ericsson

Published on Oct 19, 2012

Learn more at http://www.ericsson.com/networkedsociety

Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students' needs and self expression.

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Jan Lindblom's curator insight, November 10, 2013 7:04 PM

Todays education system is processing batches of students like it has been done since the age of industrialisation in order to produce educated labor force to factories. We don't have shortage of factory workers anymore, our priorities have shifted and access to information has changed. Should education models be therefore changed to? 1:00-2:20.


Using technology is no doubt included in Education 3.0, but should Cloud Education - using networked information technology in education also include new pedagogical ways to teach?

Koller speaks that equal education for global population to access best education available can be worthy goal, but we need to pragmatic with our short timescale goals. Improving how students are learning in education facilities and allowing education to be accessed by those who have not had access before is a great and achievable goal. 15:00-17:15.

Mitra is also speaking in this one.

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A look into the mind-bending Google Glass of 2029

A look into the mind-bending Google Glass of 2029 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
How far-fetched is it, really, to go from today's Google Glass to nanobots communicating between your brain and a Google cloud that is indistinguishable from a human? Read this article by Dan Farber on CNET News.
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NMC Horizon Report :: 2013 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report :: 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Pro...

Via Devrim Ozdemir, Ph. D.
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This video gives you a quick overview of the emmerging technologies for the next 5 years.


I've been using the horizon report as a guide for this Scoop.it page for over two years.  It's one of the ways I decide on what to follow! 

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