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

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100 Useful Web Design Tools For Creative Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re a designer in an agency, freelancer or entrepreneur, you use a variety of design tools to get the job done.<p>In the past couple of years, I cofounded a startup, a design magazine and worked with several businesses and individual entrepreneurs. I have tried hundreds of different tools …

Web Design

Episode 71 Trends for September 8-25 VR, AR, Hardware & Software Releases, Internet Access & Security, and Design Strategies for Online Learning

Image from https://goo.gl/NIr7Gz<p>We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of September 8-25 as we flipped resources into our …

Virtual Reality

Virtual Classrooms Can Be as Unequal as Real Ones

Online courses are hailed for their potential to make education accessible to everyone—but they’re leaving students behind.<p>When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, exploded in popularity in the early 2010s, educators were particularly excited about the courses’ potential to give disadvantaged …

Education

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80 percent of life.” Unfortunately, Woody’s old line turns out to be a poor standard for measuring academic …

Education

Efforts to bring computer science to all students make progress

A new initiative announced at the White House’s Sept. 14 Summit on Computer Science Education aims to give every student from kindergarten through …

Computer Science

Dissecting Eyeballs and T Rex’s

In the fall of 2015, the Montour School District opened its doors to a new Virtual Immersion Lab. At first, students did not know what to expect (nor …

Virtual Reality

Minecraft: Education Edition to Launch November 1 - Minecraft Education Edition

In June, <i>Minecraft: Education Edition</i> launched in early access to students and educators around the world. Over 35,000 students and educators have …

A Spotify for Lifelong Learning

What I want from the edtech industry<p>It’s no secret that there is an engagement issue in edtech. Anecdotal evidence suggests that most online courses …

Spotify

October is VR’s biggest month: Google Daydream, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR

Even if you’ve tried virtual reality or already own a VR system, nothing has prepared you for what’s coming over the next month. Three major VR platforms are expected to launch before Thanksgiving Day with massive announcements and retail roll-outs in the works.<p>Despite our dogged pursuit of VR news …

Virtual Reality

7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According To Science

The brain's creative circuitry holds some unexpected secrets that scientists are only just beginning to understand.<p>Daydreaming. Horsing around. Aimless wandering. A sudden, traumatic loss. So many things that seem to conjure an automatic, negative connotation can actually have an …

Science

'Pepper' robot uses trial-and-error learning to master a child's game

Robots, much like children, are now using simple games to learn important skills. Pepper, SoftBank’s adorable humanoid robot, recently learned to play ball-in-a-cup (also called ring and pin) in an effort to better understand optimal trajectory. In the beginning, SoftBank’s team demonstrated the …

Learning

iOS 10.0.2 update fixes bugs in headphones, Photos

A glitch that could cause the controls on Lightning AirPods to time out has been fixed.<p>Even if you've already updated to iOS 10, Apple has released its first official update for its mobile/TV operating system. Bugs that could shut down the Photos app when turning on iCloud Photo Library and disable …

iPhone

The BBC is testing a holographic television inspired by 'Star Wars'

The BBC is testing technology that could one day see the stars of "Strictly Come Dancing" pirouetting on your living room coffee table.<p>The British broadcaster has created an experimental holographic television, inspired by the Princess Leia hologram in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope."<p>In a blog …

Star Wars

Snapchat launches video-capture sunglasses

Undeterred by the failure of Google Glass, Snapchat has decided to launch its own pair of glasses that can record video.<p>The picture and video messaging app is expected to release its Spectacles sunglasses in the US in time for Christmas, priced at about $130 (£100).<p>The glasses can record 10-second …

Snapchat

MOOC 4.0: The Next Revolution in Learning Leadership

Last month my colleagues and I completed a pilot of what well may be the most interesting project of my life. It was the pilot of a new type of MOOC …

LinkedIn undergoes big redesign in bid to become your new favorite social network

LinkedIn today unveiled a complete overhaul of its flagship social network in an effort to boost engagement.The changes — which include the biggest …

LinkedIn

Student Privacy Begins With This Simple Strategy

Giving students a Chromebook, tablet or other digital device to take home lets them continue their learning online once the school day ends. But …

Education

A New Cost at College: Digital Access Codes

DIGITAL books and study tools don’t weigh down backpacks as heavy textbooks do. But fees for the codes to get them may be a financial burden for some college students, a new report found.<p>An analysis from the Student Public Interest Research Groups, state-based groups that advocate for causes like …

College & University

How Does a Simulated Classroom Work?

The expanded use of simulations in the educational field is a key component in the process of preparing teachers and assessing their competence in …

Education

Microsoft to launch full version of Minecraft Education on Nov. 1

Microsoft is finally releasing the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition on November 1, following months of beta testing and early access for …

Microsoft

MakerBot's two new printers are meant for professionals and schools

3D printing company MakerBot has announced two new printers and an official shift of focus, away from general DIY printing and toward the specialized worlds of professional design and education. The MakerBot Replicator Plus and Replicator Mini Plus are new generations of existing products, both …

3D Printing

Web Tools for Video and Audio Feedback on Essays and Projects

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” …

Education

Customer Experience Critical in Retail Training Curriculum Design

Realistic training scenarios let learners practice interacting with customers—what to do, when to do it, how to do it, why it's important.

Science Says This Old-School Style of Note-Taking Will Supercharge Your Brain Power

Writing notes by hand at work might translate into a quick climb up the corporate ladder because of how it forces the brain to process information.<p>Laptops and other devices mean you don't have to write your business notes by hand anymore, or even type them out at all if you don't want to. …

Note-Taking

Hand-delivered hacking: malicious USBs left in mailboxes

LONDON (AP) — Julien Ascoet was already suspicious when he pulled the plain white envelope from his mailbox this past July.<p>The letter had no stamp and was completely unmarked. Someone must have delivered it in person to Ascoet's home outside the French port city of Nantes.<p>"I opened it gingerly," …

Science

Interactive lecture halls enhance higher ed

Students enrolled in media ethics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall walked into a lecture hall that looked radically …

Education

Former Battlefield finalist Photomath’s app can now solve your handwritten math problems

Learning any new subject can be challenging — for many students, that subject is math. Fortunately, Photomath is here to help. Photomath, a finalist in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Europe 2014, is an app that solves complex math problems using your smartphone’s camera.<p>Since Disrupt, Photomath …

Handwriting

Meet Google Allo: The New Messaging App That Talks For You

Allo brings AI more intimately into your life than any other tech product. Are you ready for it?<p>There’s an episode of <i>Black Mirror</i>, a British television show that imagines life in the near future, that tells the story of a woman who reunites with her deceased lover, reincarnated thanks to the …

Google

Combining Good Educational Models with Good Business Models for CBE Programs

When an institution introduces a new educational model designed to create new approaches to learning for students, they also need to consider how to …

Education