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What’s in Store for Ed Tech? An Annual Report for Leaders Lays It Out

When it comes to education technology, it can be hard for higher-education leaders to separate fads from paradigm shifts: MOOCs rose and fell, but …

Education Technology

This company embeds microchips in its employees, and they love it - MIT Technology Review

When Patrick McMullan wants a Diet Dr Pepper while he’s at work, he pays for it with a wave of his hand. McMullan has a microchip implanted between …

Employment

More Popular Than Gmail, Facebook and Instagram: The Education App That Hit #1 on the iOS Chart

Gmail. Instagram. YouTube. Chances are you’ve opened up one of those apps today on your phone (and perhaps spent more time on them than you might …

Apps

FCC chairman Ajit Pai defends his silence on fake DDoS attack

FCC chairman Ajit Pai was on the defense Thursday during a Senate oversight hearing when he was questioned about why he didn't correct the record earlier about an alleged cyberattack on the agency at the height of the controversial debate on net neutrality last year.<p>Pai defended his decision not to …

Net Neutrality

Saint Louis University will put 2,300 Echo Dots in student residences

If you're attending Saint Louis University this semester, you'll find more in your dorm room than the usual tiny furnishings. The school has unveiled plans to provide all 2,300 student residences on campus (both dorms and apartments) with Echo Dots by the time classes begin in late August. To no …

College & University

Twitter Is Funding Research Into Online Civility. Here’s How One Project Will Work.

Twitter has pledged to increase the “health” and “civility” of discourse on its platform, and it recently teamed up with college researchers to …

Social Media

Instructional designers share an evolving role, research finds

The demand for instructional design professionals in higher education has soared in recent years, due in part to an increase in online and blended …

Higher Education

Dispelling the concerns around utilizing remote proctoring systems

(Getty Images)<p>Remote proctoring gets a bad rap. Critics have called it “creepy” and “anxiety-inducing,” and say it may not even be effective when …

Oracle releases GraphPipe, an open-source tool for deploying AI models

Major tech firms regularly open-source internal software projects, but it’s not often that Oracle Corp.’s name comes up in this context. Today marked …

Machine Learning

Children 'at risk of robot influence'

<b>Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests.</b><p>The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by robots, children were.<p>The fact that children tended to trust robots without question raised ethical …

Robotics

Saint Louis University is placing 2,300 Echo Dots in student living spaces

Saint Louis University has announced that it will be placing Amazon Echo Dot devices, powered by Alexa for Business, in every student residence hall room or student apartment on campus. While other colleges, like Arizona State University, have put Echo Dots in student housing before, SLU says this …

College & University

After a year's wait, Amazon and Microsoft bring Alexa and Cortana to each other's devices

Alexa and Cortana: Tech's new BFFs?<p>That's the premise behind a cooperative effort from Amazon and Microsoft that lets Alexa users cue up Cortana on their Echo speakers. Meanwhile, you'll be able to ask Cortana to let Alexa take the wheel on Windows 10 devices, and on the Cortana-powered Invoke …

Smart Homes

Three Examples from the Field: AR and VR in Teaching and Research

Three projects at Harvard University illustrate how AR and VR technologies are transforming the work of faculty and students.<p>As virtual reality (VR) …

Virtual Reality

3 things to know about the students arriving on campus this month

They're Generation Z — not millennials — and their interests are different than those of previous generations.

Higher Education

Does the Magic Leap One, and the Promise AR, Matter to Higher Ed?

Blog: Technology and LearningThe Magic Leap augmented reality (AR) headset is finally available. (If you live in a few select cities). After years of …

Augmented Reality

Despite Increase in Instructional Designers, There Is No 'Universal Profile' for the Role

A new report from the Online Learning Consortium seeks to clear up the mystery surrounding the role of instructional designer in higher education.

Education Technology

The rising profile of blockchain in academe

When he was in graduate school and working toward a doctorate in computer science, Arthur Carvalho made a life-changing decision.“It was 2012, and my …

Blockchain

Expand the Student Experience with Immersive Video-Wall Programs

On an increasing number of university campuses, <b>video-wall technology</b> is helping administrators find new, exciting ways to connect with students.<p>After …

Stanford University

Chromebooks to get new Windows 10 dual-booting feature called Campfire

Google is reportedly working in a new feature in ChromeOS called Campfire, which will allow users to dual-boot Windows 10 on their Chromebook laptops.<p>The feature was highlighted by XDA Developers, which discovered a code branch called Campfire in the Chromium Git, and a reference to an “Alt OS.” It …

Windows 10

Pricing and lack of content are still barriers against the adoption of VR

A recent survey questioned 595 virtual and augmented reality professionals about their business growth in the consumer and enterprise markets. …

Virtual Reality

All You Need to Know About the ‘Learning Styles’ Myth, in Two Minutes

ON A SUNNY hike along a Madeiran levada a couple of years ago, I got chatting to a retired school teacher and I told him about the brain myths book I …

Pedagogy

Principles of Human-Centered Design (Don Norman)

<b>Summary:</b> Human-Centered Design (HCD) is not about following processes. It’s about being mindful of HCD principles. Keep focus on people and the …

Design

Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how

The "blue screen of death" is taking on a whole new meaning.<p>Blue light’s rap sheet is growing ever longer. Researchers have connected the high-energy visible light, which emanates from both the sun and your cell phone (and just about every other digital device in our hands and on our bedside …

Blade Runner

Gen Z strongly favors learning through YouTube and video, report says

Members of Generation Z prefer to learn from YouTube and other video platforms, much more so than millennials. (Pearson)<p>Generation Z is significantly …

Education Technology

NewsCenter | SDSU | Artificial Intelligence Meets Education at SDSU

An artificial intelligence platform developed by SDSU students has the potential to make grading more efficient.Artificial intelligence (AI), the …

Artificial Intelligence

Making Lessons Memorable Designing from Two Perspectives

Making Learning Memorable<br>August 9, 2018 | Volume <b>13</b> | Issue <b>23</b> <b><br>Table of Contents</b> <b></b><p>Share |<p>Making Lessons Memorable: Designing from Two Perspectives<p>Harvey …

Pedagogy

Ultimate Resource Guide for the NEW Google Classroom!

Google Classroom is an essential tool for any teacher using Chromebooks or Google Drive as a teaching tool. On the surface, classroom is a simple …

Google Drive

Security researchers take control of a brand new Mac on first Wi-Fi connection

Security researchers at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas have demonstrated a method of taking control of a brand new Mac as it makes its first Wi-Fi connection.<p>A vulnerability in the way Macs handle Mobile Device Management allowed them to install unlimited malware on the machine prior to its …

Information Security

AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them - MIT Technology Review

Here’s the conundrum with corporate online learning: there are so many classes available from sites like Coursera, edX, and Udacity that companies …

Machine Learning