Abbie Brown

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100 e-Learning Books Every Instructional Designer Should Read

In this article, I’m providing my personal selection of well-reputed books on Instructional Technology. The review encompasses 100 titles within 16 …

Learning

Seven Steps to Preparing for Online Education

Though increasing numbers of institutions recognize the value of creating online access to their offerings, the online education market is a mature …

Education

Some Android Apps Have 'Wormholes' That Can Lead To Attacks: Study

Hundreds of Android apps have wormholes” that allow bad actors to exploit mobile devices, according to a study by the University of Michigan. Google …

Education Technology

‘Smartphone addiction’ seems to only be getting stronger

When it comes to our smartphones, we seem to be more addicted than ever.<p>Even as the tech industry is trying to figure out what a post-smartphone world will look like, smartphone users are spending more and more time with their handsets. Indeed, in various countries around the world, smartphone …

Mobile Technology

VR is now helping teach midwives to deliver babies

A new project will allow aspiring midwives at the University of Newcastle to deliver babies in a virtual environment.<p>Midwifery students now have to deliver babies as part of exams at Australia's University of Newcastle -- but they will do it in virtual reality.<p>The Australia's University of …

Pregnancy

This French school is using facial recognition to find out when students aren’t paying attention

Nestor software will be used for two remote classes at a Paris business school later this year<p>A business school in Paris will soon begin using artificial intelligence and facial analysis to determine whether students are paying attention in class. The software, called Nestor, will be used two …

Education

Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes

Surface Pro 4's innovations inspire an army of imitators<p>After the disastrous launch of the original Microsoft Surface RT, it's hard to imagine that …

Laptops

Yale/UC study finds extensive Facebook usage decreases health & happiness

A large-scale study jointly carried out by academics from Yale University and the University of California has concluded that greater than average use of Facebook decreases both mental health and happiness …<p>The <i>WSJ</i> reports that the study was a rigorous one, tracking the Facebook habits of more than …

Research

Oculus can now officially keep up if you want to move in VR

The latest update to the virtual reality headset adds full support for room-scale motion tracking.<p>Oculus is working to make its VR experience even more immersive.<p>The latest update for the Oculus Rift headset adds full support for room-scale motion tracking. Put on a headset, start a game, and if …

Virtual Reality

Note-taking app Bear is rapidly improving with new features

Bear is a note-taking app from Italian design firm Shiny Frog that’s seen a recent spate of popularity as a replacement for apps like the bloated Evernote, primarily due to its simple design and quick speed.<p>And Shiny Frog has been good about keeping Bear up to date, with today’s 1.2 update (as …

Apps

3 Ways to Improve Learner Retention in E-Learning

The ultimate goal of any online course is the create memorable content.<p>How do you make an impact with your online course?<p>First and foremost you …

Learning

Meet Caliper, the Data Standard That May Help Us (Finally) Measure Edtech Efficacy

Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting, hosted by the IMS …

Big Data

Jad Abumrad Reflects on Radio, Race, Technology and Education

ISTE | Keynote<p>The opening keynote speaker for the ISTE conference struggled during the early years, but has found unexpected success with …

Education

OER, Vertical and Horizontal

Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanWhy is there funding for the vertical development of OER, but not for horizontal?OER refers to Open …

Education

Review: The mUVe 3D DLP Pro+ Creates Clean and Crisp Resin Prints

<i>This machine was reviewed as part of our 2017 Desktop Fabrication Shootout. See more machines in our 3D Printer Guide and non-3D printer reviews here.</i><p>Looking at the mUVe 3D DLP Pro+’s aluminum extrusion legs, projector, visible electronics, and partial coroplast case, it is easy to think that this …

Laptops

Samsung's latest Gear 360 is cheaper, more powerful than before

The 2017 version arrives Thursday for $230, captures 4K spherical video and is iPhone compatible.<p>If you're ready to dive into creating 360-degree photos and video, Samsung has a new camera to sell you and you don't even have to have one of its phones this time around.<p>Available starting Thursday, …

Samsung

Apple launches new Swift app development curriculum for free on iBooks, offered at six community colleges this fall

Apple has today announced that is launching a new app development curriculum designed to teach students how to start using Swift to create fully functional iPhone apps. The course is available for free on iBooks (plus teacher’s guide) for anyone to download, and builds on the Everyone Can Code …

Education

Helping Graduate Students Join an Online Learning Community

Key Takeaways<p><b>Online learners in graduate studies</b> often face two new realities at the start of their academic careers: <b>shifting identity</b> into becoming …

Education

Is Intelligence Genetic?

Exactly what constitutes intelligence, and to what extent it is genetic, are some of the most controversial questions in science. But now a new study …

Intelligence

Timbre is a totally free app for editing video and audio

Good audio and video editing tools are somewhat hard to come by on mobile — a sentiment shared by app developer Xeus. The dev was prompted to create the Timbre: Cut, Join, Convert mp3 app after failing to find a “decent” tool for doing the same in the Play Store. And what Xeus has come up with is …

Apps

Garmin crams 5K and AR into its latest 360-degree camera

Thanks to the steady growth of VR, 360-degree cameras are now the latest object of lust for videographers. Yet with many of the more mainstream options outputting low res videos, Garmin's taking aim at videophiles with its newly announced 360-degree camera. The Virb 360 will be able to capture …

Augmented Reality

2.6 million comments in, the FCC has changed almost nothing about its net neutrality proposal

Since taking over the FCC earlier this year, commission chairman Ajit Pai has released the text of most proposals a month before they’re voted on. This is done in the name of transparency, so the public knows what the commission is up to. But it’s also done so that the commission can begin …

Net Neutrality

Apple Launches App Development Curriculum for U.S. High School and College Students

Apple today announced a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum comes as a free download from the iBooks Store.<p>Called "App Development with Swift", the full-year course aims to teach students the elements of app …

Education

Forget augmented reality glasses—AR windows are here today

We hear a lot of talk about the possibility of augmented reality glasses in the future, but it turns out there's another way engage the technology that might be more social: through an interactive window.<p>That's the idea behind a new prototype device called DeepFrame from Denmark-based RealFiction. …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option

Available on June 15th starting at $799<p>Microsoft is launching a new Surface Pro today, and it’s dropping its numbering scheme as a result. While many were expecting a Surface Pro 5, Microsoft’s new tablet / laptop hybrid is simply the Surface Pro from now on. At first glance, the new Surface Pro …

Microsoft

Fast. Isolating. Superficial.

Kellan Jett <i>This article is part of the Big Shortcut, a series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have</i> …

Education

Digital Education, @ev, and the 'Broken Internet’ | Technology and Learning

<b>“I think the internet is broken...”</b><p>Evan Williams, founder of Medium - co-founder of Blogger and Twitter. Quoted in NYTimes 5/20/17 - <i>‘The Internet Is</i> …

Learning

Students warned against using 'essay mill' sites to write dissertations

Sites offering written-to-order essays may deliver poor work or none at all, say experts – and students risk failing their degrees<p>Students are being warned that using quick-fix “essay mill” websites puts them at risk of being scammed out of hundreds of pounds, as well as failing their degree if …

Education

Six Classroom Elements Learned from Zombie Films

College courses, like movies, can inspire, entertain, shock, or repulse. Instructors produce, direct, and star in a series of semester-long scenes, …

Pedagogy

Tech adoption skyrockets among older adults

Over 40% of American adults ages 65+ own a smartphone, more than double the amount since 2013, according to the latest survey from Pew Research …

U.S. Census