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

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Google Docs adds a ton of new editing features, including suggestions from your phone

Google is updating Docs, Sheets, and Slides today with a bunch of really handy new editing features — some of which are overdue, and others that are smart new improvements.<p>On the overdue side, we have the ability to add suggestions to a document from a phone or tablet. Until now, the suggestion …

Google

Everybody Chill: Robots Won’t Take All Our Jobs

SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>Everyone thinks that automation will take our jobs. The evidence disagrees.<p>by James Surowiecki | …

Intelligence

Generations Will Not Be Destroyed by Smartphones

This article from the Atlantic appeared multiple times in my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds last week. The author, a professor of psychology …

Parenting

The History of STEM vs. STEAM Education (and the Rise of STREAM)

As a technology educator with a K–8 undergraduate degree, creation with technology has always been at the heart of my assignments. Students in my …

Education Technology

For Ed Tech to Be Successful, 'It Has to Come From Teachers'

« Teachers Share Resources for Addressing Charlottesville Hate Rally in the Classroom | Main<p>In a recent article, an Economist reporter wrote that "to …

Education Technology

Fabulous Phablets: The Best Large-Screen Smartphones

Bigger is better, right? That seems to be the thinking of many smartphone makers—and consumers—these days.<p>The industry analyst IDC says sales of …

Phones

One Framework Does Not Rule Them All [Infographic]

Just as teams benefit from diverse, multi-functional teams, at the macro-level organizations can benefit from diverse practices such as systems …

Design Thinking

Wave hello to Kano’s latest learn-to-code tool, a gesture controller

<i>Author note: Abel Owen is Ingrid’s nine-year-old son. These are mostly his words; Ingrid just helped type them a little faster.</i><p>I use computers and the Internet all the time and really like them. They are an important part of modern life. And it’s pretty cool to know how they work. So when my mom …

Kids

Apple rolls out sixth betas for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and more

Apple’s sixth betas for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4 are now available to download for registered developers.<p>This rollout comes just one week after Apple seeded its fifth beta releases, which indicates the company is close to finalizing these updates for their public debut this …

iOS

This mini wearable camera wants to be like a GoPro for your everyday life

A more fashionable GoPro. That's a descriptor I wasn’t expecting to use anytime soon, but it’s more or less what Ubiquiti Networks has created with its new Front Row camera.<p>Announced on Tuesday, the Front Row is a miniature wearable camera designed to capture, stream, and share whatever it is …

Wi-Fi

UPS will use VR to train its student delivery drivers

UPS is about to give its student delivery drivers a whole new training setup. Soon the shipping company will teach a new class how to navigate city streets and avoid hazards in a VR simulator using off-the-shelf HTC Vive headsets.<p>Currently, students at UPS' nine Integrad training facilities use …

Virtual Reality

Google releases updates to Classroom in time for back-to-school season

(Getty Images)<p>Educators who rely on G Suite for Education will notice a number of changes to Google’s set of digital classroom tools as they head …

Education

Microcredentials, MicroMasters, and Nanodegrees: What’s the Big Idea?

The microcredentialing movement is forcing the traditional postsecondary establishment to look more closely at their existing offerings and, perhaps, …

Education

Now is the Time to Think About Accessibility

<i>Looking for more advice on teaching? Browse the</i> <i>Pedagogy Unbound archives</i><i>.</i><p>As a new semester approaches, the academic's to-do list can fill up pretty …

Now Is the Time

Report: Influence of online learning companies could undermine public higher ed

As colleges and universities flock to take their academic programs online, many of them work with outside contractors to handle some or all of the …

Higher Education

Sal Khan: Can Technology Help Create A Global Classroom?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Rethinking School.<p><b>About Sal Khan's TED Talk</b><p>Sal Khan turned tutoring lessons with his cousins into a series of free educational videos called Khan Academy. His goal: To make learning accessible for everyone, everywhere.<p><b>About Sal Khan</b><p>Salman "Sal" Khan is the …

Learning

Giving Data Meaning: Students Should Have A Say In What Analytics Tell You About Them

Postsecondary Learning<p>Giving Data Meaning: Students Should Have A Say In What Analytics Tell You About Them<p>By Leif Nelson and Timothy D. Harfield     …

Education

The best way to engage college students? Text them.

Signal Vine, a messaging platform for colleges, reports increased student engagement and matriculation among its higher education clients.<p>It’s no …

Education

5 Tips for Sounding More Professional On Email and Slack

The rise of workplace chat apps like Slack means there could be fewer meetings clogging up your afternoons in the office. But when communicating with …

Etiquette

Amazon recalls ineffective (and dangerous) solar eclipse glasses

On August 21, the United States will witness a total solar eclipse, the first for almost 99 years. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything like it ever again. Suffice to say, America’s gone eclipse-crazy, with hotel rooms in the best viewing locations going for …

Solar Eclipse

3 Ways Technology is Empowering Educators

Bridging the gap between digital and the classroom.<p>Digital transformation is disrupting every industry, and education is no exception. Global investment in edtech companies is increasing rapidly, with some reports predicting a total of $252 billion in investments by 2020. Investors aren't the only …

Learning

Are We Designing Girls Out of Education Technology?

This week, a software engineer at Google was fired for writing a widely-derided internal memo, critiquing the company’s diversity efforts for …

Gender

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

Vinyl Records

6 Key Trends in Educational Technology

Learning Tools As schools and teachers continue to adopt a growing number of technology tools and solutions, it’s important to think about new trends …

Learning

MIT Researchers Designed An AI That Deduces A Food's Ingredients From Its Photo

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Google Play Music

Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

Y Combinator backed Plasticity is tackling the problem of getting software systems to better understand text, using deep learning models trained to understand what they’re reading on Wikipedia articles — and offering an API for developers to enhance their own interfaces.<p>Specifically they’re …

Machine Learning

Purdue gets OK for online university from Indiana officials

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has given Purdue University the OK to launch a new online school.<p>The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier reports that the commission's unanimous Thursday vote is the first of three major approvals that Purdue needs to start operating …

Education

10 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies that will rule 2018

Share<p>Tweet<p>Share<p>+1<p>Shares 0<p>Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we think of technology. It is radically changing the various aspects of our …

Machine Learning

Sweden is using VR training simulations to help the military work with civilians

Our white Land Rover comes to a stop a few metres in front of the checkpoint, and a man approaches the window. He asks us what we are doing in the area, and we inform him that we’ve just had a meeting with the mayor of the town. To this he responds: “The mayor is a war criminal. You have to talk to …

War