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

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Facebook tests new twist on fact-checking

Now when you see an article posted on Facebook, links to third-party fact-checkers will appear below.<p>Facebook is hoping to calibrate its users' BS meters.<p>After a plague of fake news struck the social network during the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook began acknowledging its problem. The …

Facebook

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything

Education technology providers dangle the promise of transforming classrooms and equipping previously disengaged students with the skills to become …

Product Management

Student Safety Symposium: Finding the Balance Between Access and Safety

At the Symposium on Student Safety in Lancaster, PA, a free event sponsored by Gaggle, school and district administrators, cabinet members, …

What’s Open? Are OER Necessary?

Like most great conflagrations, it began as a small exchange that touched on a vital point. At OER17 a couple of weeks ago a suggestion appeared via …

Pedagogy

The death of the smartphone is closer than you think. Here's what comes next

Every technology rises, then falls: soon it will be the turn of the smartphone. But what will replace it?<p>The arrival of the original iPhone back in …

Innovation

Infographic: 15 Design Terms That Are Commonly Misunderstood

<b>Do you know</b> the precise difference between vector and raster? How about trim versus crop versus bleed? Can one use the terms ‘negative space’ and …

Design

The Essential Guide to Writing Effective Survey Questions

User surveys are popping up on websites and mobile apps everywhere. Well-designed ones yield helpful data. Poorly executed ones are a waste of time …

UX Design

7 Questions That Lead to an 'Aha' Moment, According to Research

Breakthrough thinking isn't magic, it's a science.<p>At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. But how do some entrepreneurs dream up game-changing idea after game-changing idea while others fade into mediocrity?<p>Cracking the code on "aha moments" and creative epiphanies is a topic …

Creativity

MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. That was in 2011. Unfortunately, this …

MOOCs

Gadget Lab Podcast: This is totally going to be VR’s year

Reports surfaced this week offering more details about Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio platform. This new architecture that’ll end up in 2017 …

Virtual Reality

Here’s Everything Facebook Announced at F8

On Tuesday, Facebook kicked off its annual F8 developer conference with a keynote address. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others on his executive team made …

Facebook

Remembering Bob Taylor, the Tech Legend Who Invented ‘Almost Everything’

Last week the world lost the most important tech pioneer whom hardly anyone has heard of: Bob Taylor. When I asked Alphabet executive chairman Eric …

Silicon Valley

The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing Is Here: Glass

A team of scientists printed finely detailed glass objects--which could have a big impact on manufacturing.<p>Three-dimensional printing brought significant and rapid changes to manufacturing, letting companies create customized objects like apparel and plane parts on demand.<p>With each passing year, …

3D Printing

Insta360's 'affordable' 8K VR camera is up for pre-orders

With the recent VR announcements at Facebook's F8 conference, things are certainly getting a lot more interesting in the 360 content space, especially with the new hardware that can shoot in six degrees of freedom for an unprecedented level of immersion. However, the current wave of …

Virtual Reality

Einstein chatbot shows Facebook Messenger's potential as an educational tool

An Albert Einstein chatbot on Facebook Messenger is a window into how the chat service could be used as an educational tool — at least when it comes to simple facts.<p>The chatbot is intended to promote National Geographic’s new show <i>Genius</i>, which is about Einstein. And it does that, with a constant …

Chatbots

Apple's AR smart glasses could be in the works

A leaked incident report suggests that Apple could be working on some interesting new eyewear, and that accidents happen.<p>Apple may be working on some top secret hardware, including a pair of AR smartglasses. Rumors surfaced after an incident report was allegedly leaked to Gizmodo suggesting that …

iPhone

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years: report

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.<p>Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries …

Elon Musk

3 Reasons Why My Wife Dislikes Online Learning

Blog: Technology and LearningMy wife and I are in a mixed marriage.I work in online education. <i>She dislikes learning online.</i>I spend the majority of my …

Instructional Design
Augmented Reality

YouTube to educate its young stars through the power of workshops

The Google-owned video portal wants to teach its young content creators to deal with the net's challenges<p>YouTube, the video streaming site best known …

You Tube

Help Your Students Fact-Check the Web Like Professionals

LUBBOCK, Texas (April 12, 2017) – Over the last 30 years, l...<p>Interested students submit an essay describing the non-academic skills...<p>Squirrels LLC …

Education Technology

Amazon opens up the voice control technology behind Alexa

Software and app developers can now use the technology that powers Amazon's Alexa assistant to add voice control to their creations. Amazon has opened up the service called "Lex" in what <i>Reuters</i> describes as a move to become the top player in voice-controlled computing. According to Werner Vogels, …

Automation

Facebook's new VR cameras let you move within a 360 video

Last year, Facebook announced the Surround 360, an open-source VR camera that cost a massive $30,000 for what was basically a fancy 360-camera. One year later, Facebook has updated the Surround 360 with two models that offer something more powerful: the ability to move <i>around</i> a VR scene.<p>Most 360 …

Facebook

Open Educational Resources, Explained

« 3 Tips for Supporting Students With Autism (Video) | Main<p>| No comments<p>Teachers sharing coursework is nothing new, but the Internet has greatly …

All of NASA's out-of-this-world images are now in one place

Finding a particular NASA image used to mean digging around a bunch of separate websites. Not anymore!<p>NASA first announced that all of its photo archives would be made available on one easily searchable website in late March. But an interview with some of the minds behind the merger, courtesy of …

NASA

Learning in Bursts: Microlearning with Social Media

Key Takeaways<p><b>Microlearning</b> refers to any pedagogy that encourages <b>learning in short segments</b>, and it can be supported through many platforms, …

Social Media Marketing

The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon

Key Takeaways<p>The rise of educational technology is part of a <b>larger shift in political thought</b>, from favoring government oversight to asserting</b> …

Higher Education

Two New Books About Digital Scholars | Library Babel Fish

I am not as fast a reader as Josha Kim (how does he <i>do</i> it?) but I’ve finally finished two books that have lingered on Mount TBR* for too long – and …

Education

Blended, Online Learning Innovation Grants Up for Grabs

Funding<p>An education non-profit that promotes the use of blended and online instruction as a route to personalized learning is now taking applications …