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From helping kids develop artistic skills to tutorials on complicated numerical, apps are changing the way children are learning today, says Shantanu Prakash .
Via Karen Bonanno, Audrey Nay
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Reschooled
L'émergence de nombreux outils et les diverses possibilités d'utilisation ont incité le Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup et l'APOP (Association pour les applications pédagogiques de l'ordinateur au postsecondaire) du Quebec à mettre à la disposition des utilisateurs et des intervenants pédagogiques « Éducapplis »,un répertoire en ligne permettant de documenter les applications disponibles. Évolutif et tributaire des expérimentations réalisées par les praticiens, il vise à documenter et à identifier le potentiel des applications disponibles sur le marché, en fonction de leur utilisation dans un contexte pédagogique au postsecondaire.
L'intérêt de cette ressource en format wiki s'appuie sur l'hypothèse que les différents intervenants disposent de l'expertise nécessaire pour concilier et partager les résultats de leurs recherches et de leurs expérimentations visant des solutions pédagogiques et technologiques adaptées à la formation en enseignement supérieur.
Via Laurent Blanquer
Les moyens pour décourager le vol, comme les fichiers IMEI, ne semblent plus adaptés à la donne actuelle. Il s'agit donc aujourd'hui d'offrir à tous les outils qui existent déjà pour les entreprises, à savoir la possibilité de neutraliser à distance un smartphone volé, même éteint…
Via Serge Meunier
The mobile market is growing fast. How fast do you ask? At light speed. PCs are becoming an afterthought. Mobile is not just going to be defined to your smartphone anymore. Mobile is going to be on your tablet, car, and clothing. And if Google and Apple’s move into home appliances is any indication mobile will be everywhere. This graph put out by Business Intelligence shows how PCs are hitting a plateau and mobile devices are on the rise.
Via The Ayantek Team
Il était attendu de longue date, ce Fire Phone. Entouré de rumeurs depuis de longs mois, il était initialement pressenti comme un appareil particulièrement bon marché, certains voulant voir dans le futur smartphone un produit gratuit ou presque, et financé par des services Amazon.
Pourtant, c’est un autre chemin qu’a emprunté le leader de l’e-commerce, avec un Fire Phone accessible pour le moment aux USA… pour 649 dollars. Un prix équivalent à celui des haut de gamme présentés par les marques classiques du milieu. Un pari risqué ?
Via Tolokonnikoff - Seratoo
Christina Warren 12/07/14 : "Good news for Apple developers: the Cupertino giant launched a bunch of new resources for its Swift programming language. Announced at WWDC 2014, Swift is Apple's new programming language for iOS and OS X. Early response from developers has been positive, with many seeing Swift making it easier for new programmers to come to the iOS and OSX ecosystems…
Swift blog : http://bit.ly/1q8ths2
Via Thomas Faltin, Valérie Demyttenaere, Serge Meunier
Five years ago this month, Scripps Health’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Eric Topol began a speaking tour about the potential of digital health at a mobile industry event in Las Vegas. One of his presentation’s key slides, which would become a fixture of his talks for the next two years, listed the top ten opportunities for digital health. In April 2009 MobiHealthNews called these Topol’s Top Ten Targets for Wireless Medicine. They included: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.
In an effort to reflect a bit on progress made since Topol first took framed the digital health discussion, MobiHealthNews caught up with Dr. Topol to discuss how he might rework that list if he had a chance to do so today and how well he thought the list stood the test of time. The MobiHealthNews team also reviewed our archives from the intervening years and put together a high level review featuring a sample of digital health activity relevant to each of Topol’s ten targets.
“The idea back then was what if we could have sensors and digital technology take fresh, novel approaches to these very important chronic conditions that affected tens of millions of Americans — the only ones that weren’t, like heart failure, Alzheimer’s, and breast cancer, obviously are very important and also growing,” Topol told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. “What’s happened in the five years since is that every one of those has had significant efforts to apply digital technologies and mobile devices to them.”
Topol says that in hindsight he underestimated digital health’s immediate opportunities.
“In fact, I had underestimated the field. While in some ways we haven’t gotten a final solution for any of them, so much has been done for each — most of which I had not envisioned at the time,” Topol said. “Plus the field has blossomed well beyond the sensor side of it. Back then, I was mainly thinking about sensors, but it’s really exploded in other ways too.”
While each of the targets he pointed digital health entrepreneurs toward in 2009 have received considerable attention, Topol says that digital health hasn’t yet gone too far beyond point solutions.
“The problem still today, I would say, is integrating the information from multiple data sources — that’s a major issue still,” he said. “That is, if you just take an example like depression and have a sensor that captures data that includes tone of voice, inflection, … blood pressure, heart rate, along with galvanic skin response, heart rate variability, movement, activity, posture, and breathing — if you had all of those and could process it all, you could come up with incredible quantitative tracking for state of mind and depression. You could do that. But none of them have yet folded them all together. What we have now is a lot of siloed activity.”
Topol said that’s true for many of the digital health offerings targeting asthma today too.
“We have sensors that can pick up air quality, pollen count, oxygen saturation, microphones that can sense lung functions, even sensors for inhaled [nitrous oxide] and breath analyzers that detect would-be constituents for precipitators of an asthma attack. But we don’t have that all folded together yet into a single functional system with the predictive analytics and learning we’d like to see. We are mainly missing the data platforms and data processing downstream.”
In addition to pulling the data streams together and developing better analytics, Topol said that digital health still needs to make much more progress in validation, regulation approvals, and reimbursement policies.
Topol said that he really missed the mark in his heart failure prediction by leaving out arrhythmia monitoring, which ended up being one of the first digital health products to find its ways into consumers’ hands thanks to AliveCor. He also admitted that he never would have predicted a digital health company developing a smart bra that could help predict breast cancer, but he did see a big opportunity for handheld ultrasound devices that at-risk women could use at home. Finally, Topol said he didn’t appreciate how powerful the smartphone would become as a hub for conducting lab tests, for example, or for various imaging devices used in annual physical exams.
“The other thing that I didn’t envision back then, that has really exploded since, is the other dimensions of the smartphone hub. For example, to do lab tests. That’s going to be — over the next five years — remarkable, in terms of being able to do almost any lab test. All the routine labs could be run through the smartphone with a very simple microfluidic adapter — any lab test could. Then there’s all the ways you can do a physical exam through a smartphone now via mostly medical imaging, whether it is ears, eyes, you name it — all through a smartphone.”
Topol believes that one of the most important factors that will drive digital health forward in the next fives years will be recruiting data scientists into the field.
“I’m starting to get convinced that we need to find a way to attract data scientists to digital health,” he said. “Too many of them are working at places like Twitter and Facebook and we need them here in healthcare and medicine.”
Via Andrew Spong, AttractiveHealthcare, dbtmobile
When the Apple iPad debuted, many observers fretted that it was better suited for consumption than creation. The Awl dismissed the device as “post-literate” and declared it was “designed to encourage you not to create at all.” Toshiba’s CEO agreed. I personally recall hashing out this notion as a guest...
Via M. Reddy-Hjelmfelt
By David Nagel06/05/14
Google is adding new features that allow multiple students to share a single Android-based education tablet.
Tablets that support Google Play for Education will now be able to support up to five user accounts, according to Emily Bernier, a software engineer for Google Play for Education. Setup will remain essentially the same, with the added option of setting up one to five individual user accounts. Students are then given a PIN code to access their own accounts and their individual content.
Individual student accounts can also later be transferred to new devices. For example, if students have previously had to share a device are given their own devices on a 1-to-1 basis, their individual accounts — including apps and documents — can be transferred from the shared device to the new device.
Google Play for Education is a suite of software tools that include apps, reading materials, educational videos, digital content management, classroom content distribution and app management.
Devices that support Google Play for Education are manufactured by ASUS, HP, Samsung and Google itself.
Additional details about shared accounts can be found on Google's support pages.
Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
Au sein des organisations (écoles, EPN, institutions, entreprises, association et en groupes projets), les tablettes sont de plus en plus utilisées pour des apprentissages, des formations sur le mode formel ou informel. Leur appropriation en groupe ou individuellement pour développer des compétences n’est pas si aisée par les coordinateurs de projets. D’où la judicieuse idée de Carrefour Education – Infobourg au Canada de produire un dossier essentiel sur le sujet et de le proposer en téléchargement gratuit en ligne (diffusé en Creative Commons)
Via David Gunn