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

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Teaching Students about Their Digital Footprints

Our students live in an online world. They’re emotionally and physically attached to their devices and many of their relationships exist within …

Students

10 most-needed higher education apps for 2017

From apps that manage finances and credit scores to those that find scholarships for all education levels, and from apps that better organize …

College & University

4 Guidelines for Early Learners Using Technology

For years, students learned to associate No. 2 pencils with going to school. In today’s classrooms, technology is becoming just as synonymous with …

Education

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

Poorly secured webcams and other Internet-connected devices are already being used as tools for cyberattacks. Can the government prevent this from …

Security

24 Hour of Code Resources for Teachers and Schools

Hour of Code‘s website is a great place to get started if you want to learn about this event.<p>Code.org’s YouTube channel has lots of videos to explore.<p>…

Education

Next Gen Makerspaces: NGSS & Makerspaces

Including opportunities to invent, tinker, create, make and do in which students are able to use and show scientific practices in meaningful, …

Education

The Importance of Balancing Classroom Technology Use

<i>By Kate Durocher</i><p>Technology changes in today’s classroom have changed how students learn to read and write. Forget taking notes with a pencil and …

Education

What to Do with Your Old Laptop

If you've got a few outdated laptops collecting dust in your home, you're not alone. In a survey conducted last spring by the Consumer Reports …

UX Trends 2017: Experts Bet On AI, Chatbots And VR

Last year, I wrote about the top web design trends to watch in 2016. My predictions received a lot of attention and questions about what’s next not only in the web design but UX design world.<p>I reached out to 10 UX design experts and asked them to share their opinion on what’s going to be the …

Trends

Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education

A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of …

Education

Bless This Stuff Gift Guide 2016

Love that new Mac smell? There’s just something about the smell that’s so ridiculously pleasing to the senses. Now you can buy a candle that smells …

Infographic: The Periodic Table of Instructional Design

Students and scholars of chemistry make frequent use of the periodic table of the elements in order to contextualize and organize their understanding …

e-Learning

The White House goes augmented reality with new '1600' app

Take a tiny tour of the country's most memorable address.<p>Following the breakout success of <i>Pokémon Go</i>, the White House is apparently looking to capitalize on the sudden interest in augmented reality. A new, official White House app called 1600 allows anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a $1 bill …

Augmented Reality

University notifies students of acceptance on Snapchat

High school students across America are nervously awaiting their college acceptance letters at present. However, one university is taking an unorthodox approach to the process.<p>The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) is trying to reach students on an app young people know and love: Snapchat. It …

Snapchat

Chinese MOOC learners to top 10 million by year end

Published by the MoE’s Online Education Research Centre, the report charts an explosion of interest in massive open online courses since 2014. In the …

Top 10

How virtual reality is about to take you to Pearl Harbor and the Berlin Wall

If you're like most Americans, you probably learned about Pearl Harbor from a textbook or by watching a film about the surprise attack in 1941 against U.S. naval forces.<p>But now, visitors to a Washington-area museum can experience a measure of what it was really like to be at the scene.<p>Standing amid …

Virtual Reality

What Universities Can Learn from Udacity’s ‘Gig Economy’ Service

Two weeks ago, Udacity launched a program to connect graduates from its programs with short-term work from potential employers. Called Blitz, the …

College & University

Osterhout Design Group raises $58 million for augmented reality smartglasses

The Osterhout Design Group has raised $58 million to develop new generations of mobile augmented reality and virtual reality smartglasses.<p>That’s a big round for the seasoned company, and it shows that the race is on to build smartglasses that can really deliver on the vision of AR. ODG is competing …

Augmented Reality

Can 'MicroMasters' credentials help fill the tech skills gap?

As 40% of employers globally report experiencing difficulty filling jobs, more than half of businesses say they now train existing employees on …

Tech Industry

7 Ways To Engage Employees With Training

On-going employee training can be a natural aspect to overlook – especially when there are more pressing or urgent goals on the horizon. This goes …

Employment

How Emerging Technology in Education Is Enhancing the Classroom Experience

In the 2016 K-12 Horizon Report, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) explore short- and long-term trends …

Education

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Richard Feynman

Best tech gifts for kids

Looking for something a bit more high-tech for that kid, grandkid, niece, nephew, or the child of a family friend? We have your back. We’ve taken the time to dig through some of the highest rating tech gadgets this season, as well as a few general items we recommend such as smartphones, tablets, …

Parenting

Eagle Flight and Star Trek: Bridge Crew to support cross-platform VR play

The VR landscape is one that’s fundamentally fragmented. Several manufacturers have their own devices, including Oculus, HTC, and Sony, and they’re all inherently different. But thankfully, this isn’t going to get in the way of some good old-fashioned multiplayer gaming, as Ubisoft just introduced …

Star Trek

Cloud, device proliferation, bad guys forcing evolutions in identity

Security, privacy, governance, analytics all part of story for next wave of identity and access management<p>Identity and access management is on the …

Security

Man in VR headset falls off fake cliff and hits a very real floor

One day, we’ll have an entire Tumblr account for hilarious VR accidents, but until then, George Takei’s Facebook account will have to do. Takei, the Star Trek alum and current boss of sharing things on Facebook, recently shared a video of a man attempting to conquer a virtual cliff while inside an …

Virtual Reality

Digitize your doodles with an e-reader you can draw on

The reMarkable is an impressively low-latency "paper" tablet.<p>No matter how useful a tablet can be, for many, nothing can beat the versatility of paper. Well, paper-loving reader, it might be time to re-think those analog allegiances as reMarkable has just unveiled an impressive new e-paper …

Tablets

Next-gen Gear VR may feature eye and face tracking

The first consumer generation of virtual reality headsets are now settling in, and it’s about time manufacturers start turning their attention to next generation technologies. A patent application filed by Samsung last May reveals that the company may have some new wearing tracking technologies …

Virtual Reality

Google Daydream View Is a Great Step Forward for Mobile Virtual Reality

I've been into virtual reality since the very first Samsung Gear VR was released in 2015. It was only a developer's version and had its faults, but was one of the most fascinating pieces of technology I had ever used.<p>Last year, I wrote a controversial piece on the consumer version of the Gear VR …

Virtual Reality