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360° videos on YouTube are now available for PlayStation VR

YouTube is one of the first stops for most VR users, mainly because it’s one of the few apps supported on nearly every VR platform. However, PlayStation’s first step into VR didn’t include YouTube, until now.<p>Today, Sony and YouTube have announced an update to the YouTube app for PlayStation which …

Virtual Reality

Instructional Design Careers In A Digital Transformation Economy

<b>Digital Transformation Economy: What About Instructional Designers?</b><p>It’s a complicated title to an article, but then careers are a complicated …

Learning

6 LMS Pricing Models Explained

If you are in the market for a learning management system then there is a good chance that your head is spinning. There are so many options out …

Prices

U.S. Department of Education launches supplement to technology plan focused on higher education

The average higher education student of today is no longer an 18-year old undergraduate student who receives a bachelor’s degree in four years to …

Education

What Do You Call It When Colleges Turn Their Research Powers On Their Own Practices?

Colleges around the country have been setting up a new kind of research center—with the goal of continually improving how their institutions teach …

Innovation

Are wearable devices destined to flop in education?

Although wearable devices and the data they generate have dominated talks about the future of education, research suggests these devices will have to …

Gear & Gadgets

2 Great (and free) Ways to Learn About Design Thinking

The free K12 Online Conference (@k12online) is continuing this year with short “mini-conferences.” Last week John Spencer’s (@spencerideas) keynote …

Learning

Will 2017 be the Reboot Year for K-12 Education?

Source: Genesis Global School<p>With companies replacing humans with machines and organizations launching a strife to digitize their processes, 2016 has …

Learning

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Researchers say that while the effect corresponds to a small drop in IQ per decade, over centuries the impact could be profound<p>Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more …

Genetics

The 20 speakers in this jacket turn you into music

Music lovers can't excrete music from their pores yet, but this jacket comes pretty close.<p>Japanese band One OK Rock has a new album coming soon, and to celebrate, they collaborated with a designer to make this leather jacket -- equipped with twenty speakers.<p>Yes, it may look like a regular leather …

Leather Jackets

MacBook Pro might become a lot more 'pro' this year, report claims

There was no shortage of complaints about Apple's refreshed, 2016 MacBook Pro line, be it shoddy battery life or absence of any ports besides USB-C. But one complaint stood above others as it indicated that Apple may be neglecting a crucial target market: With aging processors and a maximum of 16GB …

Apple News

6 web design trends worth knowing for 2017

From hidden navigation and pop-out menus, to wearables and split screen, these are the web design trends we expect to shape 2017. 01. Hidden …

Web Design

Augmented reality sandbox gives Bay Middle School students a unique perspective of Earth

Bay Middle School eighth-graders are getting a new dimension in learning, thanks to the use of an augmented reality sandbox in science class.

Augmented Reality

Eonite VR tracking software ensures you don’t lose your virtual head

Computer vision firm Eonite has launched new software to track users’ position in virtual reality (VR) with high levels of accuracy and low latency.<p>The Silicon Valley startup announced the release of its Eonite Vantage Head Tracker software this week.<p>The technology allows for the positional …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft affirms commitment to AI with acquisition of deep learning startup Maluuba

Microsoft today further proved its commitment to artificial intelligence through the acquisition of Maluuba.<p>Maluuba — a Montreal-based startup that impressed during TechCrunch’s 2012 San Francisco Startup Battlefield competition — uses natural language processing and machine learning to achieve a …

Engineering

Microsoft HoloLens Review: Winning The Reality Wars

Like many, I followed the coverage of CES from the Las Vegas Convention Center as the world’s tech giants showed off the principles and ideas that will be driving the industry forwards over the next year and beyond. The rise of various realities – be they mixed, virtual, actual, augmented or …

Augmented Reality

10 EdTech Resource Lists for Teachers

<i>By Jessica Carrell</i><p>Having worked as a teacher for years, I am impressed by how rapidly technology is changing classroom teaching and learning …

eLearning

MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear

An internal study of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by Harvard and MIT shows a serious decline in the number of students choosing to enroll and certify via these internet-accessible classrooms. 2016 only saw around half the participants as the previous year — likely due to the …

e-Learning

Researchers find that “moderate” screen use is OK for teens

Parents rejoice! Researchers have found that “moderate” screen use “has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement.” This means your kids can play on the iPad for a few hours — but not all of them.<p>The study, led by psychological scientist Andrew Przybylski of the University of …

Psychology

Augmented reality app from IBM and NY Times tries to make history fun

Using virtual reality to immerse people in history has become increasingly common in recent months, but a new collaboration between IBM and the <i>New York Times'</i> T Brand Studio instead relies on augmented reality.<p>The Outthink Hidden part of the T Brand Studio AR app allows users to visit 150 locations …

Augmented Reality

Indiana's MILL gives teachers some very techie tools: BTN LiveBIG

There’s a makerspace on the campus of Indiana University, but it’s not where you’d think. This space, full of 3D printers, laser cutters, welding …

New study offers insights into learner behaviour

Focusing on mentoring at the expense of authority is at the heart of what Kim Shepherd's company Decision Toolbox does. L&D professionals can learn a …

Apple MacBook Pro now gets thumbs-up from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is doing an about face on Apple's MacBook Pro.<p>The endorsement reverses an earlier call by Consumer Reports telling consumers to avoid the new MacBooks, for the first time ever, because of big fluctuations in battery life. The publication on Thursday said a software update issued by …

Apple News

Take a guided tour of the White House with Barack and Michelle in virtual reality

As one presidential administration ends and another begins, it seems much easier to pause and reflect on all of the changes that have defined the last eight years of the Obama presidency. A constant throughout time, however, is the dwelling where many of the United States’ most important policy …

Virtual Reality

A software update will solve those MacBook Pro battery issues

According to Consumer Reports, the new models now average around 15 to 18 hours on a charge.<p>Apple's latest MacBook Pros got plenty of mixed reviews, but the bugs with the laptop's battery life estimates were a bad ending to a tough year for Cupertino. Although Apple figured the machines would get a …

Consumer Reports

Popularity of eBooks, Audiobooks Increasing

The number of digital books borrowed on OverDrive's K-12 digital reading platform is up 48 percent compared to 2015. K-12 students are reading more …

Symbiosis: The New Paradigm in Online Education and Training

<i>“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” ~ W. Edwards Deming</i><p>In the quote above, Deming could have been speaking directly to the …

Learning

Sacrificing Learner Experience for Security

As I have conversations with people creating their first online course I often hear them talk about two distinct things:<p>Learner experience<br>• Content …

Security

3 cost, technology breakdowns for virtual reality in higher ed

There’s a lot of excitement about virtual reality (VR)—and there should be. It’s exciting, in its infancy, and reports say VR will be a $38 billion …

Virtual Reality