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Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring

Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The practice is part of a general trend of some hiring companies to move away from assessing candidates based on their resumes and skills, towards making hiring decisions based on people’s personalities.
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What could an AI glean about your personality by analysing your social media presence?  How would you feel about an employer scanning your video interview to feed an artificial intelligence algorithm as it compares your micro-gestures to those of proven producers?   It's a brave new world of work out there.  

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Inforgraphic: Major Technologies That Will Shape The Future Of Education

Inforgraphic: Major Technologies That Will Shape The Future Of Education | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Innovative technologies change the way we used to learn and that happens incredibly quickly. What major technologies will define the future of modern education?
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Strong infographic that should spark some ideas for course design.

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Kellie Wheatley's curator insight, May 9, 2017 9:25 PM

A great site for outlining the implementation of technology in the classroom. It outlines the most effective integration methods and appropriate situations for certain digital formats and platforms. 

It details the need for personalised learning through flexibility, progression and individuality, all of which are based off modern learning methods. In specific regards to technology, this article explains:

- virtual classrooms

- audio and video integration

- data interpreting

- student mentoring

- transitioning from consumers to producers (more hands-on)

- truth vs untruth

- social environments of learning (an online presence)

- learning camps (a place to find individuality)

- transitioning through schools (students, environments and        teachers)


These ideas are important to consider, particularly for pre-service teachers like myself. These are key aspects to students being able to move forward in regards to technology, and this publication outlines all of that. The aspects which I found most beneficial, and that I could relate to were the transitioning from consumers to producers and teaching through transitions of the schooling system. Both of these promote a more hands-on classroom with students being able to apply their skills, while being taught and supported by their teacher.

Terry Smith's curator insight, June 9, 2017 5:32 PM
I re-scooped this article specifically because it deals with how technology has influenced personalized learning particularly in online environments.  The article goes through the various ways that technology is reshaping, adapting and enhancing how students learn.
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What next for the future tech of 2014? - CNET

What next for the future tech of 2014? - CNET | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The year gone by brought us more robots, worries about artificial intelligence, and difficult lessons on space travel. The big question: where's it all taking us?
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Here's an end of the year round up article that tip-toes through the artificial tulips highlighting technologies and possibilities for the near future. 


Depending on your point of view the near future is either filled with promise or threatening.  


Is the glass half full or half empty? Are you interested in what's coming or afraid to look?  Would you buy a ticket to ride into space or be able to fall asleep in your car as it drives you home?


It's an amazing time to be alive. 

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With Sprout, HP bets on remaking the PC as a 3D maker tool | ZDNet

With Sprout, HP bets on remaking the PC as a 3D maker tool | ZDNet | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
It's called Sprout by HP and it's an all-in-one PC that looks similar to an iMac, but sports a small digital projector on the top of the monitor that projects down onto a mat (where the keyboard would normally be) and creates a second screen that is fully touch-enabled and also works with a digital pen. And the projector also serves as a 2D image scanner and a full 3D scanner for digitizing real world objects.

CNET first take on Sprout
That's the hardware. The software involves what HP refers to as an "apperating system" called Workspace. It sits on top of Windows 8 and the computer boots directly into this HP environment to access a suite of creative tools. HP has Microsoft's support on this, which is a first in terms of a third party being sanctioned to bypass Windows and boot into their own environment.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Here's a tool to support a "maker space" environment for 3D design. Not what you need at home? Perhaps not, but an amazing bit of affordable tech for any team looking to do quick prototyping. I see this as a computer lab/maker space station that helps bring ideas to life. 

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10 Rules for An Effective Virtual Workplace and Remote Collaboration

10 Rules for An Effective Virtual Workplace and Remote Collaboration | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Collaborating in a virtual workplace is difficult. To help improve the collaboration on your remote team, we've come up with 10 rules to guide your efforts.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

I like these tips.  They make sense and they will make your 'presence' known if you telecommute to work. 


I telecommuted to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora for 8 years. It was a great job with a fantastic team. Much of what is presented in this article I learned the hard way. Save yourself time, and be a telecommuting wizard! Check it out!

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Pamela Schield's curator insight, July 31, 2014 3:23 PM

Informative  article  on how to improve the customizable,  transformative, and collaborative environment. 

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, August 1, 2014 8:31 AM

I agree with Dennis O'Connor - I've been in a virtual work space for over a decade and for much of the time, it was trial and error. Take a shortcut to how to collaborate with ease and skill. Read on!

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UPCEA - Promise and Potential of Blockchain

UPCEA - Promise and Potential of Blockchain | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
There is much hype and hyperbole, and nearly as much promise and potential for blockchain in higher education. As has been the case with many technologies, I believe there is both much hype and underestimation of the coming impact of blockchain in higher ed.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Get a grip on a sophisticated idea that may become a very important way to establish your reputation and credentials.

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At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution.

You may never have heard of Moore's law, but it has a lot do with why you will pay about the same price for your next computer, smartphone or tablet, even though it will be faster and have better screen resolution than the last one.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Gordon Moore is the founder of Intel. This article includes a link to NPR's "All Technology Considered".  If you who don't know about Moore's Law MUST read this article.  (It's a good read/listen for those of you who do as well! 8-)

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Harold Jarche: uber-proof your labour - Can Teaching be 'Uberized'?

Harold Jarche: uber-proof your labour  - Can Teaching be 'Uberized'? | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Harold Jarche "Platform capitalism is beginning to define the economy for the second Gilded Age we seem to be entering. It requires 4 contributing factors, which when combined, create a perfect opportunity for the “uberization” of almost any industry...


...Any work that can be billed by the hour is probably a commodity. Any work that can be standardized is a commodity in the eyes of platform capitalists. Any work that can be represented as a flowchart, and eventually put into a software program, is a commodity.


What’s left is work that is creativeSolving complex or wicked problems is another area for human workDealing with people as individuals, requires human compassion and empathy."  (emphasis mine - doconnor)


Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Horold Jarche always gets me thinking.  Thanks Harold for provoking the question: Can teaching be 'uberized'?


Can the art we've practiced and evolved become something parceled out via an app to anyone with a demand?  


There is no doubt that much can be learned without a teacher. Mobile learning is real and useful. On demand apps & and the endless supply of YouTube How-To videos can provide us with process knowledge as soon as we come up with a keyword search. 


In a world where information is just a few 'taps' away, all we need is the education to turn information into knowledge. 


As an online teacher I specialize in creating environments that promote self-directed learning.  I've shifted my stance from teacher to guide. My work is to help my students become independent thinkers, learners, and teachers.


Could very clever programming put me out of work? Perhaps.


However,  I believe (based on many years of online teaching experience) that my empathy and compassion for my students can be delivered in a very real and meaningful way via the technologies I teach 'in'.  I doubt that there will be an app for that. 


If someday we can each have our own on demand, mobile and empathetic AI Mentor that develops our capacity to truly learn, then the world becomes a more educated place and everyone wins.  


Until then, a new semester is about to being and I'll be teaching online with all the skills at my command. 8-) ~ Dennis





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tom cockburn's curator insight, January 5, 2015 7:04 AM

I fear it may be too late.Much creative work is getting 'outsourced' to the crowd by companies and Menlo Park or somewhere have already begun on mood recognition apps.

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Chilean Students invent mobile monitoring system to collect biomedical data

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Learning is Global.  Entrepreneurship and the recognition of talent can change the world (one idea and one student at a time). 


Hear it from the source: http://vimeo.com/78736943


This is a feel good story. 

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The Next Fifty Years In Technology: Here's What's Coming!

The Next Fifty Years In Technology: Here's What's Coming! | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
What will the next fifty years bring in the world of social media, mobile, robotics and more? Our fifty year timeline shows you just what could be in store

Via Beth Dichter
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Predictions over the the next 10 years are usually better focused and more possible.  As the event horizon extends things get wilder. This infographic will give you food for thought. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 18, 2013 11:08 PM

Technology changes at such a rapid rate that it is tough to look ahead and envision where it will be in five years let alone fifty years...but that is what this infographic does. This timeline focuses on digital and mobile as well as big data, and references are provided for the information. 
Check it out and see if you agree or disagree. 

Gary Faust's curator insight, May 22, 2013 10:01 PM

Very interesting. Product development is possible, but the human brain has capabilities that a computer sill not surpass in that time. I doubt we understand the human brain sufficiently at this time to speculate about a computer's comparitive ability. Good ideas for science fiction writers, though.