David Gagnon is talking to a group of educators about how to use mobile devices for learning. In his work as an instructional designer with the University of Wisconsin’s ENGAGE program, Gagnon has given this workshop many times. But these days, he says, things are starting to change.
TED Talks Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.
As a teacher and a freelance writer, I love my iPad and my computer. But lately I’ve been reading about some alarming effects of the use of all our gadgets. Here are just 5 that have troubled me recently:
In a student’s capable hands, a smartphone might as well be a rocket ship.
“It’s got a camera, a GPS and an accelerometer,” said University of Michigan electrical engineering and computer science professor Elliot Soloway. He was addressing teachers, academics and industry professionals who filled the Raytheon Amphitheater on Monday for a daylong conference on using technology in the classroom. “These are far more powerful than your average computer.”
TED Talks Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body's parts and systems.
The scenario is likely familiar to many: Shopping for new shoes, texting with your BFF and flipping through that DVR-ed episode of The Voice–all at the same time. As such, the news shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone ...
I view technology as an incredibly efficient way to differentiate in the area of writing. I can help support student’s learning and pin point the area they are struggling with and usually find a tool that will scaffold their learning. I have some students use mind mapping software or webs, some students use voice recordings or dictation.
The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students — or so it may seem to them at first. Truth is, students who haven’t been taught the skills to conduct good research will invariably come up short.
One of the arguments that educators often give for integrating technology into the classroom is that 21st Century kids are more MOTIVATED by digital lessons than the old school practices we were all raised to know and love.
An iPad is a social computing platform. Small, sharable, interactive, easy to pass physically from person2person. How often do you reach for your laptop when you want to show someone something? You don’t; you reach for your iPad. The immediacy of the human experience with this technology makes it a successful initiative, but it is hard to quantify. The endgame: is it used? Absolutely.