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Forrester's top 15 emerging technologies

Forrester's top 15 emerging technologies | Languages, Learning & Technology | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "Research firm Forrester understands that everyone who’s been listening with even one ear knows that mobile, social, cloud, and data are big freight trains of change that are blowing up old business models and old business practices.

 

But let’s face it: that train is in the station. What’s next?  Analyst Bryan Hopkins gave us a peek into what Forrester thinks is next, and much of it builds on those four horseman of disruptive change. “We went a level deeper in our research by examining how today’s hot technology create platforms for future disruption,” he wrote this morning in a blog post.

Here they are, in four groups ..."


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Are video games really the villains in our violent age?

Are video games really the villains in our violent age? | Languages, Learning & Technology | Scoop.it
The Sandy Hook school massacre has revived concerns about the effects of first-person shooter games, but some of them are actually good for you, writes Vaughan Bell

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Interactive whiteboards: done and dusted, or worth the investment?

Interactive whiteboards: done and dusted, or worth the investment? | Languages, Learning & Technology | Scoop.it

Language educators differ in their views of the value of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) for teaching and learning foreign languages.

 

In our EU-funded project iTILT (http://itilt.eu) we are supporting the use of this tool in communicative language teaching.  Our classroom illustrations (http://itilt.eu/advanced-search) show teachers how the IWB can be used in different language classrooms.  

 

We also, however, acknowledge the difficulties that can arise with the tool - see Cutrim Schmid & Whyte (http://llt.msu.edu/issues/june2012/cutrimschmidwhyte.pdf) or Whyte, Beauchamp & Hillier (http://books.google.ie/books?printsec=frontcover&id=KxdY807kumMC&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false)for example.

 

Other educators argue that time is up for the IWB, and that this technology is already being overtaken by other technologies such as tablets and other types of interactive projection (Jeff Herb http://instructionaltechtalk.com/apple-tv-vs-interactive-whiteboards-in-the-classroom/ but see also Matt Granger's reply in the comment section)

 

The Learning Technologies special interest group of IATEFL is hosting a webinar on this topic this weekend (http://ltsig.org.uk/ Pete Sharma and Gavin Dudeney) so if you have something to say or just want to hear the arguments, this event may be worth a look.

 

 

 

References

 

Cutrim Schmid, E. & Whyte, S. (2012). Interactive Whiteboards in School Settings: Teacher Responses to Socio-constructivist Hegemonies.  Language Learning and Technology 16 (2), 65-86.  

 

Whyte, S., Beauchamp, G., & Hillier, E. (2012). Perceptions of the IWB for second language teaching and learning: the iTILT project. In L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (Eds.), CALL: Using, Learning, Knowing, EUROCALL Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-25 August 2012, Proceedings (pp. 320-6). © Research-publishing.net Dublin 2012. 




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The Best Texters Tend To Be The Best Spellers: Breaking Down Texting Myths [VIDEO]

The Best Texters Tend To Be The Best Spellers: Breaking Down Texting Myths [VIDEO] | Languages, Learning & Technology | Scoop.it

"In a 31-minute RSA video David Crystal dispels five myths surrounding today's wired youth and the impact on language."


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