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

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12 Surprising Office Wi-Fi Killers

Think twice before you set up the office aquarium.<p>Nothing grinds a workplace to a halt like a lack of internet access. Gone are the days of hard-wired desktops in every office. Work environments increasingly support staff and guests with Wi-Fi, which can create a surprising amount of strain on your …

Wi-Fi

This game is teaching particle physics to five-year-olds

Five-year-olds and particle physics don't usually go in the same sentence together.<p>But the guys that made <i>Angry Birds</i> is trying to change that with the launch of <i>Big Bang Legends</i>, its new game that introduces particle physics concepts to kids.<p>“Five years ago we'd joke that one day we’ll teach quantum …

Particle Physics

New augmented reality visualization app Dotty has launched in the app store

As augmented reality continues its march into the workplace, new tools are emerging to integrate collaboration and visualization tools into virtual and augmented reality.<p>One application, which recently launched on both iOS and Android, is DOTTY, which provides three-dimensional visualization tools …

Augmented Reality

Here’s a look at some of the cool new emojis coming in the June update

The Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization responsible for the development of the Unicode standard, has outlined the new emoji set to appear in the Emoji 5.0 update coming in June.<p>The update will include 47 never-before-seen emojis — including dinosaurs, a genie, a forward-facing giraffe, a …

Curling

Online Courses are Competitive, Here is How Yours Can Stand Out

Everyone is jumping into the online course game, and with good reason. It’s a fantastic way to supplement (or possibly replace) your income.<p>If you …

Education

Distance learning technology offers a bright future for higher ed capacity

Dive Brief:<p>Duke University and San Jose State University are two institutions which have broadened research and teaching capacity through distance …

Education

Internet of Things Promises Smart Future for Campus Infrastructure

Traditional approaches to academia — studying the classics, dedicating years to esoteric research — have given higher education a reputation in some …

Internet of Things

Why Students Living on Campus Take Online Courses

Students at the University of Central Florida are busy, and it’s not always with classes. They have sports to play, student organizations to run, …

9 innovative design ideas for student learning spaces

According to an innovative study, colleges and universities need to create layered, blended and personalized places that support a variety of …

Pear Deck Raises $4M to Jazz Up Digital Presentations in the Classroom

A crop of startups have embarked on the laudable task of ridding the classroom of stale PowerPoint slides. One of the latest is Pear Deck, which just …

Education Technology

DoubleAgent attack can use anti-virus apps to hijack your PC

Security researchers from Cybellum have discovered another technique cyber criminals can use to take over your computer. The zero-day attack called DoubleAgent exploits Microsoft's Application Verifier tool, which developers use to detect and fix bugs in their apps. Developers have to load a DLL …

Cybersecurity

Now you can easily save web articles to your Kindle on iOS

Users of Amazon’s iOS Kindle app can now send documents, web pages, and other content viewed on Safari to their Kindle devices to be read later. The new feature comes as part of the iOS app’s latest update, which is available now on iPhone and iPad. Sites and files are converted to Kindle format …

Apple

The Next Mobile Computing Platform: A Pair Of Sunglasses

<b>Within the next several years, wearable, lightweight smartglasses will replace your smartphone, your monitor, even your television.</b><p>Osterhout Design Group (ODG), just raised 58 Million dollars to turn its successful R-7 Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) for enterprise into a $1,000 consumer product (the …

Augmented Reality

Apple’s cheap iPad is tailor-made for education

Lost amidst the red iPhone and death of iPad Air hoopla was Apple’s latest attempt to turnaround its education market:<p>A $299 iPad.<p>Apple didn’t lead with that news and the pricing for the new 9.7 iPad flagship is only for education institutions, but make no mistake, it’s a critical strategic move …

Education

Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) — Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a grant from Google, she can now use that time more productively and get her homework done.<p>The aspiring forensic anthropologist is one of nearly 2,000 students …

Education

Apple's new video app is part Snapchat, part iMovie and full of AI

Quick: you want to make a casual, shareable video that's longer than 60 seconds, what app do you use?<p>If you're drawing a blank (besides your phone's stock camera app) then you may have just made the case for Clips, Apple's new video app, which is due out in April.<p>At a high level, Clips is something …

iOS

VR makes a big classroom impact

Dive Brief:<p>Students at Franklin Square Union Free School District in Nassau County, New York are using virtual reality to take hands-on, deep dives …

Virtual Reality

A Call for Fewer Screens in the Classroom

First Person<p>—Getty<p>Printer-Friendly<p>Email Article<p>Reprints<p>Comments<p>A colleague of mine recently invented a new buzzword: "screen-free reading." It refers …

Education Technology

“StoryShares” Lets You Create Virtual Classrooms Where Students Can Read & Write Books

StoryShares lets teachers create virtual classrooms for free and offers a collection of books that students can read. Even better, there’s an option …

Education Technology

Boston Students Get A Glimpse Of A Whole New World, With Different Maps

Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one laminated 24-by-36-inch sheet of paper at a time.<p>Beginning last Thursday, Boston Public Schools administrators have been sending social studies teachers in the second, seventh and 11th grades new maps for their …

Geography

VR motion tracking narrows the gap between real and digital

Researchers at Disney have developed a way for the real and virtual worlds to cross over.<p>Two researchers attached small tracking nodes to a tennis ball and tossed it to someone wearing a VR headset — who would not have been able to see the real ball flying at them. The motion-tracking technology …

Virtual Reality

Google commits $50 million to close the education gap

The company's philanthropic arm wants to back nonprofits using tech to bring educational resources to kids around the world in need.<p>There are 130 million students around the world who haven't learned basic math or reading, even after being in school for several years, according to UNESCO.<p>Google's …

Education

Everything Apple just announced: Cheaper iPad, red iPhone 7 and more

Apple drops a new iPad, a special-edition iPhone 7 and a new video-editing app into our laps.<p>Apple unloaded a laundry basket of announcements Tuesday, with changes for its iPad and the iPhone.<p>Here's a quick rundown of Apple's news, including a new color for the iPhone, the disappearance of the iPad …

iPhone

Apple’s new Clips app makes social videos for other social networks

Social video without the social network<p>Apple wants in on social video sharing — just not with its own social network.<p>The company just announced a new Apple-made app called Clips, which borrows features from Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Prisma, iMovie, and Qwiki (remember that one?), and puts them all …

Snapchat

Google Glass Didn't Disappear. You Can Find It On The Factory Floor

Remember Google Glass?<p>They're the headsets that look like regular glasses but have a small computer on the side to speak to and access the Internet. If that's not ringing a bell, it could be because Google Glass fizzled out and was discontinued in the consumer market.<p>But now, it's getting a second …

Google Glass
Education

Students’ worry: education technology might predict failure before they have a chance to succeed

A high-tech program designed to predict which students are at risk of failure might sound like a way to extend a helping hand.Some students don’t see …

Education

What Research Tells Us about Online Discussion

Student discussion differentiates online education from the old correspondence courses. But there are still many questions to answer in order to …

Education

Virtual Reality Space Travel: Mars Mission Experience Unveiled By Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin’s already been to the moon. His next mission? Getting humans to Mars. The 87-year-old astronaut, and second man ever to walk on the moon, …

Virtual Reality