Abbie Brown

11,963 Flips | 2 Magazines | 3 Likes | 11 Following | 1,258 Followers | @abbiehbrown | Professor of Instructional Technology at East Carolina University - specializing in instructional design, educational media production, and distance learning - http://www.ahbrown.com

Valve's Knuckles EV2 controller will let you squeeze things in VR

Valve originally introduced its vertical-grip "Knuckles" controllers for VR in 2016, and shipped working models to developers last year. Now the company sending game makers another version, the EV2, that has revamped buttons, straps and a slew of sensors that essentially translate finger motion and …

Virtual Reality

Apple acknowledges faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards with new repair program

Extended service for four years from original purchase date<p>Apple has officially acknowledged that there are problems with its “butterfly” mechanism built into the keyboards of the recent MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The company is now offering an extended keyboard service program for computers …

MacBook Pro

Can You Put a Score On a Student’s ‘Agility’ or ‘Diligence’? A New Service Tries It

Companies that make learning software now gather unprecedented amounts of data on student behavior as students do things like read online textbooks …

Higher Education

Instructional Design – Mistakes to Avoid

Content Mistake #1: Too Many Words<p>We’ve all been here, trying to read a document that is Times New Roman, size 12 font, single line spaced and A4 top …

Instructional Design

5 Instructional Design Mistakes You Can Avoid Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Posted on June 21, 2018<p>Everybody makes mistakes… yes, even Instructional Designers. View this infographic to know how to avoid making some common …

Infographics

ISTE Announces New Platform to Help Educators Share Reviews of Tech Tools with Confidence

June 20, 2018<p>Washington, D.C. — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is launching a new community-driven review platform that …

Education Technology

Writing app Scrivener makes it easier to format your book in Vellum

Scrivener is my favourite writing app, which I use for everything from white papers to novels, and Vellum is my preferred book formatter. The latest Scrivener update makes it easier to combine the two …<p>We know many Vellum users love using Scrivener to develop their story. We’re excited to share …

Scrivener

Article 13: Europe's hotly debated revamp of copyright law, explained

First they came for the privacy violations, then they came for the memes.<p>The European Union is trying to pass a hotly debated law on copyright. The European Copyright Directive has been two years in the making, and on June 20, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee voted to approve the …

Privacy

Facebook expands its Messenger Kids app beyond the U.S. to Canada and Peru

Facebook is expanding its controversial Messenger Kids app beyond the U.S. and into Canada and Peru, the company announced today. Messenger Kids will now also be made available in Spanish and French in all three of its available markets.<p>With well over 1 billion users, Messenger is one of the most …

Social Media

Episode 115 Trends for June 8-21: Professional Development, Hardware & Software, Assistive Technology, and Instructional Design

Image from https://bit.ly/2JX3dA8<p>We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks that include June 8-22, 2018 as we flipped resources …

Education Technology

GitHub Education Is Now Free For Classroom Use

<b>769</b> <b>5</b><p>GitHub has made more than a couple headlines in June, mostly in regard to Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of the internet’s most popular …

High School

Adult Learning: Building Paths to a Better Future

There are 36 million adults lacking basic literacy in the United States. Many of them might be considered relics of the industrial age supplanted by …

Education Technology

Survey: 7 in 10 People Don't Believe Online Classes Can Provide a 'True College Experience'

In spite of the fact that nine in 10 people believe online and distance learning programs will grow in popularity over time, seven in 10 don't think …

Education Technology

How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

There isn’t a New York Times bestseller list for online courses, but perhaps there should be. After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online …

Online Education

Evolve to Solve: 6 Ways to Navigate the Changing Landscape of an Instructional Designer

Two instructional designers separated by the Atlantic Ocean explore common ground to stay ahead of our ever-changing profession.<p>Improvise, Adapt, …

Education Technology

Public Libraries Have Grown Into eLearning Centers | eLearningInside News

<b>169</b> <b>0</b><p>For awhile in the late aughts and early ‘10s, public libraries looked like they were in trouble. Budgets were reduced year after year in regions …

Makerspaces

Two-Thirds of Online Students Do Some Coursework on a Mobile Device

In a survey of 1,500 "past, present and prospective fully online students," most are taking advantage of — or want — the option to use smartphones or …

Education Technology

4D printed thermoplastic objects morph when heated • Materia

<b>Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Morphing Matters Lab created a series of 4D printed objects made from thermoplastic, printed with a</b> …

Thermoplastic

The legendary Apple research group that shaped our world

Before Steve Jobs gave it the ax in 1997, the Advanced Technology Group developed some of the most influential technology of the century.<p>At this year’s WWDC, Apple delighted some users with a new feature in macOS Mojave. Called “Stacks,” the new functionality automatically sorts your desktop …

4K Ultra HD

Children who listen to portable music players three times more likely to suffer hearing loss

A new medical study suggests that children who listen to portable music players are three times more likely to suffer hearing loss than those who don’t …<p><i>Gizmodo</i> notes that the large-scale study was conducted among more than 3,000 children aged 9-11.<p>Overall, 14 percent, or 450 children, had hearing …

Portable

Adobe announces Lightroom CC improvements, Spark Post for Android, and more

Slowly but surely, Adobe has been improving its library of Android applications. The Lightroom app finally gained a tablet UI last year, and now …

Lightroom

Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face -- Campus Technology

In a survey of 1,500 online students, most considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those …

Education Technology

3 ways technology has evolved the lecture

Interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) have become increasingly common in educational environments, thanks in part to the technology’s flexibility …

Education Technology

Ten Frequently Overlooked PowerPoint & Google Slides Features

PowerPoint has been around for more than three decades! Google Slides has been available for free more than a decade. Despite that longevity both …

Education Technology

The WHO officially puts gaming on its list of addictions

The World Health Organization was putting its finishing touches on the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) when it released a draft back in December. The early version of the document, which medical professionals will use like its predecessors as a baseline for …

Mental Health

Microsoft extends education push with acquisition of Flipgrid, a student video discussion platform

A YouTube reaction video platform for students is now free to use for schools<p>Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by more than 20 million teachers and students around the world. Flipgrid is a platform that allows students to discuss and reply to topics with video clips …

Education Technology

Apple and Pixar created a new file format for augmented reality on your phone

The new USDZ file format will make it easier than ever to look at AR objects in iOS.<p>Sharing photos and videos on a computer or a smartphone is, for the most part, pretty easy. File formats like JPG and PNG for still photos, and MOV for videos, display just as intended on pretty much any device. Now …

Augmented Reality

3 Good Lesson Planners for Teachers

After posting about lesson plan resources for teachers, we received a request from one of our readers asking about lesson planners, so we decided to …

Education Technology

Move Over Pixels, Scientists Are 3D Printing With 'Voxels' And The Results Are Breathtaking

In many areas of research, scientists need to analyze three dimensional data in a variety of forms, such as medical brain scans, the structures of cells and molecules, geological features on our own planet and others, or the hearts of exploding stars.<p>The ability to visually analyze most 3D data …

Breakthroughs

3 higher ed experts share their blended learning advice

With a growing non-traditional student population, many colleges and universities are looking to blended learning technology and strategy to meet …

Education Technology