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

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Study challenges cost and price myths of online education

The myth that online education courses cost less to produce and therefore save students money on tuition doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, a survey of …

Tour the Solar System — NOVA

• Posted 04.21.11<br>• NOVA<p>Warning: For those wanna-be astronauts and space travelers out there, this interactive model of the solar system could prove to be …

Astronomy

Microsoft’s HoloLens successor reportedly arriving in 2019

Microsoft first unveiled its HoloLens headset more than two years ago at a special Windows 10 event. While the company didn’t start shipping units to developers until last year, anyone is currently free to purchase a HoloLens developer device for $3,000. Many had expected Microsoft to start selling …

Microsoft

Snapchat Spectacles Now Available to Purchase Online for $130

After debuting exclusively inside special pop-up vending machines last year, Snapchat has today begun selling its video-recording Spectacles online for $129.99. Like in the vending machines, the Spectacles come in Coral, Black and Teal, and include a charging case and cable. At the time of writing, …

Snapchat

QR Codes - Design, Create, Share

QR Codes provide a fast and efficient way to help students link to a website or web video on their iPad or other digital device.<p>iPads<p>Scan QR Codes: …

10 Online Research Tools Every Online Learner Should Know About

Research is a time-intensive activity, which means you will need a tool to organize both your professional and personal life. We advise you to give …

Confirmed: Magic Leap acquires 3D division of Dacuda in Zurich

Magic Leap, the augmented reality startup that has raised $1.4 billion in funding but has yet to release a product, has made an acquisition to expand its work in computer vision and deep learning, and to build out its operations into Europe.<p>The company has acquired the 3D division of Dacuda, a …

Augmented Reality

British hospital uses VR to make MRI less scary for kids

A London hospital is using VR to make medical testing more comfortable for children.<p>King’s College Hospital teamed with the Google Play Specialist team to create an app that — when worn before an MRI — helps kids understand the procedure through an immersive VR experience.<p>The app provides a …

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Is Bringing These Lost Worlds Back to Life

Stuart Eve thinks that to really understand what it was like to live in the past, you have to see it for yourself. And you have to hear it and smell it, too.<p>Eve is an archaeologist working on something like a low-budget time machine. A few years ago, he made a prototype for an augmented reality app …

Virtual Reality

Your new tool to beat hackers? A portable battery pack

Thinking about charging your device from a public outlet? Think again.<p>Drew Paik, founder of security firm Authentic8, told CNN that hackers access phones from public outlets and wi-fi via a technique called “juice jacking.” It works because your USB cable is designed to transmit data, even when you …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple will unveil the future of iOS, macOS, and more on June 5th

WWDC moves to a new location<p>Apple will kick off this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5th, when the company will take to the stage to present the next series of updates to iOS, macOS, and likely watchOS and tvOS as well.<p>There aren’t any hints — yet, at least — about what we’ll be …

Wwdc

These Top Schools Are Offering Big Savings On Master's Degrees, But There's A Catch

There's an experiment underway at a few top universities around the world to make some master's degrees out there more affordable.<p>The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, says the class of 2018 can get a master's degree in supply chain management with tens of thousands in savings. …

College & University

16 issues driving higher education's approach to teaching and learning

Portion of illustration highlighting 16 key issues in higher education teaching and learning released by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.<p>Rising …

Learning

10 reasons why blended learning is exploding

Blended learning, like many other buzzwords in education, is getting thrown around in ed-tech conversations as one of the hottest trends taking over …

Learning

5 Tips for Protecting Data When Navigating This Mobile World

January 28 is Data Privacy Day. Throughout the months of January and February, the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Initiative will highlight higher education …

Security

10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom

<b>10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom</b><p>by <b>Ashley McCann</b><p>Although still an emerging technology in terms of recognizing its full potential, …

Virtual Reality

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." …

Education Technology

“Digital Learning Day” Is On Feb. 23rd – Here Are Related Resources

Digital Learning Day, an annual event to recognize how tech can support student learning, takes place on February 23rd this year.You might be …

Sesame Street Plans Social-Emotional Learning Program for Refugee Children

« Trump Administration Signals Shift on Transgender Students. What's Next? | Main<p>| No comments<p>The Sesame Workshop hopes the friendly faces of Sesame …

Refugees

Teachers open world to classrooms with virtual reality

While most teachers spent the day in the classroom, social studies teacher Doug Kirchner spent a recent Friday traveling the world.<p>As Kirchner pulled …

Virtual Reality

Top Hat raises $22.5 million for digital platform that replaces pricey college textbooks

Cloud-based teaching platform Top Hat has raised $22.5 million in a series C funding round from Union Square Ventures, in addition to existing investors Emergence Capital, Georgian Partners, iNovia Capital, Golden Venture Partners, Version One Ventures, and SoftTech VC.<p>Founded out of Toronto in …

Education Technology

Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?

A veteran educator reflects on the personalized-learning trend that’s left him wondering if a computer is more capable of doing his job than he is.<p>Leaving my school building the other day, I had an unexpected realization: Perhaps a computer was a more effective teacher than I currently was. The …

Education

Scientists are making VR displays that match your eyesight

One of the reasons why VR games and experiences cause headache and nausea is because headsets' displays can't optimize images for your eyes. A team of Stanford scientists seek to change that by developing VR displays that can adjust how images are shown based on your age and any other existing …

Virtual Reality

Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis

The science fair has been an annual rite of education for generations of students, going back to the 1940s. But even the term “science fair” stirs stereotypical images of three-panel display boards and baking-soda volcanoes. Its regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are …

Science

iPad sales fell twice as fast as overall tablet market last year, but remains market leader

Trendforce data shows that iPad sales fell more than twice as fast as the tablet market as a whole last year, sales falling 14.1% against a decline of 6.6% in total tablet shipments. The only major winner last year, reports <i>CNET</i>, was Amazon, which doubled the number of tablets it sold – though …

Tablets

Makeblock's Lego-like 'Neuron' teaches kids robotics and code

Makeblocks, a company known for kid-friendly robotics and DIY hovercraft-drones, is launching a new gadget-building platform called Neuron. It's like Lego meets Littlebits -- you get over 30 blocks with different functions that kids can snap together and then program to create science experiments …

Lego

Now you can climb Mount Everest in VR

Just last week, I had a great conversation with a Manhattan taxi driver named Sherpa, who, after I asked if his name was connected to Nepal, told me that he had indeed stopped working on Mount Everest to live in New York City. Smiling, he suggested I visit the famed (and quite dangerous) mountain …

Virtual Reality

More problems for AR firm Magic Leap as it faces sexual discrimination lawsuit

These last few months haven’t been the best for augmented reality company Magic Leap. The latest scandal to hit the company comes via a sexual …

Augmented Reality

Voice calls may be coming to the Amazon Echo and Google Home

Landlines forever<p>Amazon and Google are considering bringing voice calls to their respective smart home speakers, according to a report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The feature could be rolled out to Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers as soon as this year, but both companies have concerns about …

Amazon Echo