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Educational Leadership:Teaching with Mobile Tech

May 2015 | Volume 72 | Number 8

Teaching with Mobile Tech

Feature Articles

For today's students, learning is a 24/7 enterprise.

Devices alone can't reboot …


The Rise of Emoji on Instagram Is Causing Language Repercussions

At 30, I am still considered a millennial. Yet unlike many in my age group, for years I was stubborn about one very popular, unimportant activity: I disliked using emoji in my text messages.

For years, I’ve watched the inexorable rise of emoji, a collection of happy faces, kissing lips, cigarettes …


Podcasting On A Budget: How To Record Great Audio For Less

High-quality audio recording was once the exclusive domain of professional studios, radio stations and other settings tricked out with top-notch equipment. But now, thanks to advances in technology and lower pricing, professional-level audio recording has moved within reach of practically anyone.

So …

Audio Quality

You can build Microsoft's Kinect-powered holodeck at home

Got a Kinect, a projector and a knack for code? If so, you can create a Star Trek-like holodeck in your living room. Microsoft has released the RoomAlive Toolkit, a software framework that lets you string together Kinect motion trackers to create interactive projection maps. You can use it to build …

Build Developer Conference

In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

SPRINGFIELD – Steve Wozniak captivated the crowd Friday night at the MassMutual Center, telling stories from the early days of Apple, promoting …

Steve Wozniak

Woz: We've made machines too important

Technically Incorrect: Speaking in Massachusetts, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says humans lost to the machines 200 years ago and that putting …

Steve Wozniak

The most glaring drawback to Microsoft’s HoloLens goggles

Last week, Microsoft showed off such an impressive demo of HoloLens, its yet-to-be-released augmented-reality goggles, that I—generally a deliberately late technology adopter who’s often skeptical of frivolous devices—actually thought to myself: “Hmm, I see the appeal.” But after donning the …


7 Social Media Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Learn Today and Teach Tomorrow

In a world ruled by content curation, every educator should be passing along social media strategies to students. The “That’s a parent’s job” mantra …

Social Media

Storyboarding Best Practices from Top Instructional Design Consultants

When eLearning is being developed, instructional design services should include a visual storyboard. This will save money, time and avoid clients …

Learning Moments, (Screen) Captured

Blog: GradHackerHeather VanMouwerik is a doctoral candidate in Russian history at the University of California, Riverside. You can find her


What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom?

As part of C.M Rubin’s monthly series in the Huffington post: The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs, this is the second …

Legislators Introduce Student Digital Privacy Bill

Months after President Obama proposed to strengthen digital privacy protection for students, two legislators on Wednesday introduced a comprehensive bill in Congress intended to accomplish that goal.

Titled the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015, the bill would prohibit …


Making Kids Teach a Robot Can Help Them Learn, Too

What do a precocious computer elf, a math-loving avatar, and a robot with terrible handwriting have in common? They’re all digitals spins on the …


33 Graphic Design Tools To Publish Visual Content

33 Graphic Design Tools To Publish Visual Content

by TeachThought Staff

Digital literacy is, in part, about digital publishing.

Digital publishing is, in …

Graphic Design

Microsoft unveils new Hololens features

That bit in Star Wars where R2-D2 displays Princess Leia's holographic message to Obi Wan is edging closer to everyday fact rather than science fiction, and Microsoft's HoloLens is shaping up to be a major step on the journey. The computing giant has shown off a whole new suite of features for its …

Microsoft Windows

Apple Watch Supply Constrained by Taptic Engine Defects

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the reason the Apple Watch has been available in such extremely limited quantities is due to an issue with the Taptic Engine, which was found to be defective from one of Apple’s two suppliers for the important component.

WSJ, via MacRumors:

After mass

Apple Watch

5 Keys to Flipped Learning Success

Flipped Classroom

Flipping the classroom isn't easy, but many instructors have found it to be well worth the effort. Here's some advice for making …


Google’s New Free Tool Will Help You Avoid Getting Hacked

Password Alert sniffs out hackers' trap websites

By far one of the most common methods hackers use to infiltrate your inbox is what’s called a “phishing attack.” In a phishing attack, an Internet bad guy tricks you into sending him your password by emailing you a link to a trap site disguised as a …


Turnitin Announces Turnitin Scoring Engine for Automated Writing Assessment

Turnitin® today announced the general availability of Turnitin Scoring Engine, a service that provides automated scoring of short answer texts and …


Education tech funding soars -- but is it working in the classroom?

Technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the money keeps flowing in — and so do questions about its impact.

From iPads in kindergarten to virtual classrooms in high schools to online graduate degrees, technology has captured the American education system. As it does, the …


Samsung Overtakes Apple to Reclaim Title of World's Largest Smartphone Maker

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Samsung surpassed Apple to reclaim its position as the world's largest smartphone maker in the first quarter of 2015. The two smartphone vendors were previously tied in the fourth quarter of 2014 after Apple matched Samsung with 74.5 million …


DORA offers a realistic telepresence experience through Oculus Rift

Many commercial telepresence robots are merely screens or iPads on moving platforms. DORA (Dexterous Observational Roving Automaton), however, promises to make users feel like they've been transported to another location when it does become available. The system was created by a team of University …


Facebook shuts down friends data API to generate more trust among users

When signing on to a new app, Facebook users are often confronted with a disconcerting choice — let Facebook access information about hundreds of your closest friends without their knowledge or permission — or perhaps just give up that particular product or service.

It’s surprising that such a …


News now mostly read on cell phones

There's probably a good chance that you're reading this on your cell phone. The latest findings from Pew Research Center seem to indicate as much, anyway.

The center published its annual "State of the News Media" report early Wednesday, aiming to provide a clearer portrait of an industry that …


Twitter boss confirms plans to expand curated 'experiences' to all users

Twitter will expand its efforts to “curate” tweets and media for its users, according to chief executive Dick Costolo, although his latest comments to analysts stopped short of signalling a Facebook-style filter for people’s main timelines.

In the social network’s latest earnings call, Costolo was …

Social Media

Dropbox brings ability to comment on files to all users

Dropbox has announced that all users will soon get its new commenting feature.

The option debuted in March, but has only be available to Dropbox for Business Early Access customers until now.

The feature, which allows you to add comments to Dropbox files and have conversations in the side-pane, can …


Survey shows participation in online courses growing

Distance learning programs at community colleges continue to grow even as two-year institutions' enrollment falls.Editorial Tags: Distance education

Distance Education

What’s the best teaching method?

Seventy teachers from the UK were sent to Shanghai to study classroom methods to investigate why Chinese students perform so well. Upon their return, …

Primary Education

xxArray full body scanner will turn you into a playable video game avatar

Fact: The selfie generation can’t resist photo booths. It’s even more fun when our simple photos get turned into an interactive experience, like Fiverr’s custom portraits or the strange dancing characters from the MyIdol app craze last week.

But before all that there was xxArray’s massive photo …