Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Science

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A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook

According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data …

Teens

Is the joy of learning gone from online education?

In a recent discussion about a job offering, I was asked a series of questions about how I conduct myself in a classroom. One question focused on how …

​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

column | Postsecondary Learning<p>​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers<p>By Amy Ahearn (Columnist)     Jul 20, 2017<p>Sydney Johnson<p>A 2016 report funded …

Learning

Medical Schools Get Virtual with VR and AR Trainings

Virtual and augmented reality are helping to chart a new vision of healthcare for providers.<p>The technology has been making waves in patient care for …

Augmented Reality

Google Glass is back. There’s only one problem now, but it’s not what you think

Google Glass Enterprise Edition isn’t a terrible product. That’s one surprise, given the track record of the consumer version of this head-mounted …

Google Glass

Apple launches machine learning research site

Apple just launched a blog focused on machine learning research papers and sharing the company’s findings. The Apple Machine Learning Journal is a bit empty right now as the company only shared one post about turning synthetic images into realistic ones in order to train neural networks.<p>This move …

Machine Learning

What’s Driving the Machine Learning Explosion?

Machine learning systems have been around since the 1950s, so why are we suddenly seeing breakthroughs in so many spanerse areas? Three factors are at play: enormously increased data, significantly improved algorithms, and substantially more-powerful computer hardware. Over the past two decades …

Machine Learning

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Artificial Intelligence

Google tries to out-Facebook Facebook with its own news feed

The search giant is trying to tread on Facebook’s territory, even as the social network faces criticism for its handling of news.<p>Facebook already tailors its feed of news, sports scores and viral videos to show you what you want. Now Google is going to do it too.<p>In a classic case of Silicon Valley …

Facebook

Google quietly released a killer new feature in Google Maps

Google added a neat feature for cyclists in Google Maps in 2014. Whenever you asked for directions from point A to point B, Maps would also provide a little map with an estimated elevation for each part of the route.<p>Now the same is true for walking directions. For each set of directions, you'll get …

Google

Telepresence technology taking hold in classrooms

Beam is a robot that uses telepresence technology to help students, teachers and faculty members feel like they are a part of the conversation — even …

Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?

From AI-driven personalized learning to virtual reality, online courses will need to innovate to address their credibility issues and fulfill their enormous promise<p>There’s little doubt that online courses are proving popular with students all over the world. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) …

eLearning

Finding the ROI of Online Programs

It's time to get serious about growing online education programs if your institution wants them to be sustainable. This Arizona State University …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

KQED

Mitch Resnick has been working on how to give students new avenues of creative expression for over a decade. His Lifelong Kindergarten group at the …

MIT Media Lab

Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas

<i>Every school I visit that is attempting to integrate technology into instruction are also having conversations on SAMR. As I have talks with these</i> …

21st Century Skills

Women and minorities shatter records as thousands take AP computer science exam

Diversity is not one of the tech industry’s strongest suits, but Seattle-based Code.org sees hints this could change in coming years: In 2017, a …

Computer Science

Your Pioneering Project Could Earn a Rolex Award for Making a Significant Impact

<i>Featured Image: Andrew Bastawrous’ Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek). Photo courtesy of Rolex</i><p>The pages of <i>Make:</i> are consistently filled with creative projectsprovided by the magazine’s contributors. Many have practical applications, and some might lead directly, or even indirectly, to a project …

Mount Everest

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School: Using OER to Scale High-Quality Personalized Learning

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB), a network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter schools in downtown Brooklyn, New York, …

Education

Flipboard

Facebook is no longer the worst social network for online bullying

Instagram is themost commonly used network for online bullying, a new major survey has revealed.<p>More than 10,000 young people aged between 12 and 20 participated in the UK survey, published Wednesday by anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, which looked at issues including cyberbullying, abuse, …

Teens

U.S. Samsung Galaxy S8 owners will finally get Bixby today

American owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones will at long last get access to the Bixby assistant, first announced alongside the two phones. The company says that Bixby will be made available in the U.S. in an update happening sometime tonight…<p>Samsung announced its voice-based Bixby …

Samsung

Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends in Education

This is a continuation of my series looking at how digital transformation has impacted every industry. Today’s focus is on educational trends.<p>Educators from all grade-levels are coming to realize the benefits of technology in the classroom. Typically, education is one of the last industries to make …

Digital Transformation

'Mira Prism' Headset Uses an iPhone to Power Augmented Reality Experiences

A new iPhone-compatible augmented reality headset has been announced today, called the Mira Prism, and it allows users to plug their iPhone 6, 6s, or 7 into a headset and interact with holographic images overlaid onto real-world objects.<p>The iPhone 7 sits facing away from the user when placed within …

Augmented Reality

Google Glass returns: This time, it's professional

Glass 2.0 goes to work, and suddenly it looks normal. Maybe enterprise is where it should have been all along.<p>A long time ago, before Snapchat Spectacles and Microsoft HoloLens, there was Google Glass. Google's bold vision of headsets wasn't as futuristic as it seemed back in 2013 -- it was more …

Wearable Tech

Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning?

Though no hard numbers are available yet on how many K–12 classrooms are using virtual or augmented reality, new estimates suggest the technology …

Virtual Reality

There are much better ways to measure student engagement—here’s how

The software that visualizes data trends and helps organizations make informed, key decisions has significantly evolved in recent years. Higher …

in order to

Science: Doodling Has Real Benefits For The Brain

Doodling, coloring, and free-drawing increase blood flow to the parts of the brain associated with reward.<p>Many creative people know that making art is its own reward. Now science corroborates it. A new study from Drexel University shows that the process of making art stimulates the area of the …

The Brain

Virtual Reality Is Medical Training's Next Frontier

"Are you just going to let him die?"

Virtual Reality

'Education is the solution': the Gloucestershire high school enforcing a digital detox

Pupils at Stroud high school were outraged by strict new rules prohibiting the use of digital devices, but the results were alarming<p>Fourteen-year-old friends Hannah Cox and Libby Shirnia admitted they were a little taken aback when their school announced stringent new rules on mobile phones, smart …

Education