The Education Foundation has joined forces with Facebook and education leaders from across the UK to create a new, toolkit; one designed to introduce teachers to the use of social media in and around the classroom. The free set of resources will be hosted at Edusocial.info, and will contain a range of practical guidance and advice built from over two years of work in UK schools, colleges and universities to apply social media to learning.
UNESCO is currently investigating how access to text can be improved through the use of technology, specifically basic mobile phones. Today mobile phones are common in areas where books are scarce. The United Nations estimates that 6 billion people have access to a connected mobile device of some sort, while only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet.
One the most over written, but still under appreciated stories in technology is the fact that Google now controls the next generation of computing devices. This chart from Statista, based on Gartner data, shows the forecast for Android devices versus iOS devices versus Windows devices for the next year.
Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter initiated coverage of Apple last night, giving the stock an outperform rating, and a price target of $US630.
Schachter’s bullish forecast is built around the success of iTunes, and services, which he thinks will be a profitable, high-growth business. He thinks the hardware business growth will fade. The iPhone will see single-digit growth, and the iPad and the Mac might stop growing altogether.
He builds his entire forecast around the current line of products. He doesn’t forecast products that don’t exist because … um, they don’t exist.
However! He does list six categories where he thinks Apple could attack and create new, high-growth businesses. In case you’re wondering what people think the future holds for Apple, here’s a peek.
Mark Pegrum's insight:
Interesting speculation on likely future developments at Apple.
If you use a phone to send text messages, chances are you’ve been burned by autocorrect at some point. You’ve typed messages to friends or co-workers wherein “meeting” morphed into “mating,” or the phone changed “Trish” to “trash” without you noticing—making you appear ridiculous, incompetent, or drunk. We’ve all been there.
A quick perusal of Twitter on a few recent weekday afternoons showed that someone tweets “stupid autocorrect” or “f---ing autocorrect” approximately once every 65 seconds. And seemingly everyone has a story about bizarre or problematic “corrections”—“arguments” becoming “argue menus,” “hiney” taking the place of “honey,” and so on. The iPhone transforms “Steve Buscemi” into “Steve bus emu.”
In fact, when used judiciously, ICT can support different aspects of learning and development processes of young children, including language, creativity and problem-solving skills. Children can also play and learn together using ICT, which can foster their ability to communicate and collaborate. Moreover, ICT facilitate more personalized learning and thus can diversify and increase learning opportunities for every child, including children with special educational needs.
Six critical shifts are happening in education right now that are being driven, at least in part, by technology. According to preliminary findings from an upcoming report, these changes affect everything from the role of the teacher to a rethinking of how schools themselves work.
You probably know what a "selfie" is, but what about "gamification"? Both words from the corners of technology and social media are among the 150 that Merriam-Webster said Monday it is adding to its collegiate dictionary.
Everyone is freaking out about this chart from mobile analytics company Flurry on Twitter today. It shows people spend 86% of their time on iOS and Android devices in apps. The mobile browser only accounts for 14% of our time now. A year ago, 80% of time was spent in apps, and 20% was in the mobile browser. Chart via Statista.
Here's what the current research says about kids who play with smartphones.
Mark Pegrum's insight:
Some interesting insights into the possible connection between technology (over-)use and speech problems in children. Once again, the advice is that we need to turn off our devices at least some of the time!