The New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), with the support of HP, produced the "NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition".
This fifth edition in the annual K-12 series of the NMC Horizon Project examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education.
"Online And Distance Learning Weekly", by Natalie Stewart: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about online and distance learning - for students and professionals in the field.
D.M. Kennedy, James Cook University Australia, Singapore Campus R. Fox, The University of Hong Kong
Abstract Students entering universities in the 21st century have been described variously as digital natives, the millennial generation or the net generation. Considerable study has occurred around the world to determine the knowledge, skills, understanding and the purposes to which this group of individuals makes technology work for them. A number of researchers have begun to question some of the claims made for this group in terms of their ability to engage with and use technology for learning. To date there has been little information specific to the Asian learner and their use of technology. This paper begins with a description and analysis of a survey that examined the knowledge, skills and understanding of students entering first-year undergraduate studies at the University of Hong Kong. This description is followed by a discussion of the potential impact this has for the design of learning environments in higher education.
Published in the International Journal of Education and Development using ICT - Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013)
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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak said at a conference this week in Northern Ireland the future could allow each student to have a personalized "human computer" to serve as a school and career tutor.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Wozniak told attendees at the Londonderry's Millennium Forum for the European Business Network the concept would facilitate one-on-one teaching and encourage students to take action — such as write a book — rather than focus on studying tested ideas.
A middle school is blazing a trail in e-learning to create a more dynamic teaching environment, write Linda Yeung and Richard James Havis.
It's morning assembly, and Form One students at Pui Ching Middle School, have their iPads ready. It's the same story in their English and Chinese classes. As they listen to the news, read poems or watch other media on the screens in front of them, the students are preparing to put forward their thoughts via projector linked to their devices.
They are a pioneering group in a school already at the forefront of e-learning. From this autumn, the use of iPads will be rolled out to Form Two and Form Four classes. The school already has its own online learning system with various teaching materials and activities, and its students chat with one another on Facebook or the online course management system Moodle.
You know those people who put tape over their laptop's webcam to keep digital peeping toms at bay? They're not crazy.
A new proof of concept is making the rounds today that demonstrates how a hacker can snap pics off your webcam, right through the browser, with no consent required.
We tested the proof of concept on the latest build of Chrome for Mac, and it pulled from our webcam without issue or any visible prompt. Others have found the exploit to work on IE10, but it seems to be patched on the most recent releases of Safari and Firefox. When it works, the only evidence that the camera was ever accessed is a near instant and oh-so-easy-to-miss blink of the LED indicator.
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 – is severely constraining their choices post-graduation, and job prospects for new graduates are dismal?
Let’s face it, most people do not look forward to Professional Development (PD) Days in their school district due to the fact that most of these are created with someone else deciding what is most important for the learners.
From my standpoint, we could change PD dramatically for the better if we focused our professional learning efforts on just two qualities: choice and learning with others.
In The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler says Georgia Tech's new Internet master's degree in computer science is the future of education.
"Education is going to change, the question is how and when. Think about it: Today's job market—whether you're designing new drugs, fracking for oil, writing mobile apps or marketing Pop Chips—requires graduates who can think strategically in real time, have strong cognitive skills, see patterns, work in groups and know their way around highly visual virtual environments. This is the same generation that grew up playing online games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, but who are almost never asked to use their online skills in any classroom."
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IRRODL, Vol 14, No 2 (2013). Special Issue - Open Educational Resources: Opening Access to Knowledge
Special issues give our readers and our authors an opportunity to focus on a theme of particular relevance. Certainly open educational resources, open courses, open publishing of scholarly works, and most recently open courses are particularly relevant issues to all distance educators and researchers.
The issue was aptly edited by Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Wanjira Kinuthia, Georgia State University, and Stewart Marshall, The University of the West Indies, with technical assistance from Tim McNamara.
The frustration is a familiar one in autism research: A new behavioral therapy works great when study participants come into a laboratory or academic clinic. Not so well in classrooms where teachers and therapists try to put the intervention into action.
In 2011, Autism Speaks organized a special session of the International Meeting for Autism Research to explore the gap between research and application in real-world classrooms. From this meeting came this month’s special issue of the journal Autism: “School-based Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Autism Speaks sponsored the issue’s publication.
The Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge model or TPACK for short has been around for some time. It builds upon the work of Lee Shulman and extends his idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Matthew Koehler and Punya Mishra expand upon this in much more detail on their site http://tpack.org and on the site there are lot of links to other scholarly articles related to this topic.
In my work, I’ve been trying to apply these three things in order to bring about use of technology in lessons that doesn’t dictate that technology is at the heart of everything we do but there as something which will enhance the PCK (Pedagogical Content Knowledge) based learning that is happening.