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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Daily Spotlight on Education 03/09/2010



  • eBooks are becoming more affordable and with devices like the Kindle, Nook, and soon to be released iPad, ebooks are becoming more practical (as well as environmentally friendly as they save paper.) This trend is predicted to move full scale into the college scene within the next 2-3 years. These are the links from the Horizon Report 2010 on this topic.

    tags: hz10, ebooks, education

  • Augmented Reality is enhancing the world around us by using electronic devices to create a reality that is supplemented (or "augmented") with additional information.

    Sometimes this is location based (using GPS) or uses QR Codes (with QR code readers) and most often with handheld devices making this truly possible.

    These links are from the Horizon Report 2010.

    tags: education, learning, hz10, augmentedreality

  • This listing of resources covers Visual Analysis. Visual analysis "blends highly advanced computational methods with sophisticated graphics engines to tap the extraordinary ability of humans to see patterns and structure in visuals."

    tags: education, learning, hz10, analytics

  • Students on the NetGenEd project will use list of tags that bookmark the latest news and information about mobile learning. This is also a great list (compiled from the Horizon Report 2010) for those who specialize in mobile learning.

    tags: education, hz10, mobile

  • Lots of resources from Tony Vincent. This page focuses on the many things you can do with an itouch in the classroom.

    tags: education, hz10, mobile, edu_trends, bestpractices

  • This video shows how to use itouch and google docs for a classroom. (I prefer polleverywhere for this.)

    This video demonstrates how to do this.

    tags: education, learning, itouch, hz10, mobile

  • If you think that cell phones can't improve math scores -- check again - read this report about a pilot where algebra problems were sent to smartphones. (So much for "leaving your homework at school.)

    "During the 2007-2008 school year, Wireless Reach began funding Project K-Nect, a pilot project in rural North Carolina where high school students received supplemental algebra problem sets on smartphones (the phones were provided by the project). The outcomes are promising -- classes using the smartphones have consistently achieved significantly higher proficiency rates on their end of course exams. So what's so different about delivering problem sets on a cell phone instead of a textbook? The first obvious answer is that the cell phone version is multi-media. The Project K-Nect problem sets begin with a Flash video visually demonstrating the problem -- you could theorize that this context prepares the student to understand the subsequent text-based problem better. You could also theorize that watching a Flash animation is more engaging (or just plain fun) and so more likely to keep students' attention."

    tags: education, hz10, mobile

  • Project K-Nect is designed to create a supplemental resource for secondary at-risk students to focus on increasing their math skills through a common and popular technology – mobile smartphones. Ninth graders in several public schools in the State of North Carolina received smartphones to access supplemental math content aligned with their teachers’ lesson plans and course objectives. Students communicate and collaborate with each other and access tutors outside of the school day to help them master math skills and knowledge.

    tags: hz10, mobile, education

  • Julie Lindsay and I are doing this working on 6/2/2010 12:30 pm -7:30 pm at ISTE. It will be a lot of fun and learning.

    tags: education, learning

  • HOrizon Report 2010 - an important document in ed-tech for both the collaborative methods used to create the document AND the implications of what is written. If you want to know where college education is going or needs to go (as K12 we should care about it also) - then this is an important document to read.

    We use this as one of the fuondational research pieces for the NetGenEd project with Don Tapscott.

    tags: education, netgened, edu_news


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