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

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Amazon is selling a terrific 11-inch Chromebook for just $159

I might be showing my age by saying this, but it’s still crazy to me that you can actually now buy a perfectly capable laptop for under $200. I’m old …

Amazon

Barack Obama in a VR headset is still inherently funny

One of video games’ big breakthrough moments came in the early seasons of <i>House of Cards</i>, when consummate politician Frank Underwood sat down and booted up <i>Call of Duty</i> during an episode. It didn’t seem silly or forced; if anything, it was just the 21st century version of watching TV. This is the …

Democrats

This malware sold to governments could help them spy on iPhones, researchers say

Many people assume their iPhones are secure, but new research sent Apple scrambling to fix vulnerabilities that left users at risk.<p>Spyware relying on three previously unknown, or “zero-day,” flaws in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system for years made it possible for governments to take over …

Security

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

Five higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week.<p>Michelson Runway, a San Francisco-based accelerator, announced the handful of companies that …

Ed Tech

Viveport Development Awards offers cash prizes for VR apps

How do you attract developers to a fledgling virtual reality content delivery service for a VR headset that <i>already has</i> a shopping platform? With half a million dollars in cash and prizes, of course! Today, HTC announced the Viveport Development Awards: a contest with a $500,000 prize pool designed …

Virtual Reality

5 ways to practically incorporate virtual reality

Right now, there’s a lot of talk about virtual reality (VR) across many industries, including higher education. Everybody seems to agree that VR is …

Virtual Reality

VR game developers prefer the HTC Vive, grapple with nausea

The decision to get a high-end virtual reality headset is as much about the software selection as the technology itself. So which platform is getting the most attention from developers? Apparently, it's HTC's Vive. A UBM Game Network industry report shows that 49 percent of VR developers are …

Nausea

LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Keeping our cool about COOLs (without drinking the COOL aid)

Keeping our cool about COOLs (without drinking the COOL aid)<p>Yesterday the government (as part of a wider announcement around updating the Education …

Learning

Why Dell Foundation is backing this edtech platform for K-12 kids

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) today announced an investment of US$900,000 in Indian edtech startup ConveGenius, which provides mobile …

Dell

It's happening: Pokemon Go popularity is in decline

Pokemon go, the mobile app that distracted us for much of the Summer, is in decline.<p>According to new numbers from Axiom Capital Management (provided to Bloomberg), Pokemon Go engagement is in steady decline. After peaking around the middle of July, it has since been trending downward.<p>Axiom used …

Pokémon

Google's Daydream VR platform reportedly launching 'in the coming weeks'

The VR platform was announced back in May, but we've not yet seen any glimpse of a headset designed for it.<p>2016 was a big year for VR, and it's about …

Computer Science

US parents largely unaware of what their children do online, research finds

The parents of America’s digitally literate teenagers are largely in the dark about their children’s internet activity, new research has shown.<p>The new study on teen internet use by the National Cyber Security Alliance found that only 13% of teens thought their parents understood the extent of their …

Kids

Creating App Lists for Families

Back-to-school is a popular time to share resource lists with families. As educators, we know that dialogue with parents might start at events early …

List-Worthy

KQED

Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfers to other …

Education

Five Fun and Free Ways to Engage Students with Technology

<i>By Alyssa Nucaro</i><p>With the growing need to incorporate technology in learning, it is more important than ever that teachers have resources that are both free and fun for students. Computer skills are necessary to be a career and college-ready, and it is equally crucial to give students opportunities …

Teaching

The Future Of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring Its Biggest Market

Educational technology is booming. Technology is helping to redefine how we learn, obtain skills, and get credentialed. That value proposition has captured public attention and attracted record amounts of venture capital funding.<p>But the vision for edtech is, and should be, much broader. After all, …

Scientific Research

Augmented reality power tool helps anyone craft things

Crafting with CNC mills, routers and other power tools isn't all that easy, especially if you're new to it. You'll frequently want a template, and it's all too easy to mess up a cut if you haven't developed a steady hand. Shaper doesn't think it has to be daunting, though: it's launching Origin, an …

Mixed reality

HoloLens' 24-core chip makes vivid AR possible

Microsoft has revealed more details about its HoloLens headset at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino. The augmented reality (AR) device marries video games with the real world, so it needs to calculate your location, head position and gestures extremely rapidly. We now know more about the …

Augmented Reality

How Online Education Is Changing The World Of Fashion

Online education has definitely brought about positive changes on how students learn effectively and efficiently. It is also fast gaining popularity …

U.S. Ready to Hand Over Control of the Internet Naming System

The United States will officially relinquish its authority over the internet's naming system on October 1 to a California-based non-profit comprised of government and technology stakeholders.<p>Over 33,000 emails have been exchanged and more than 800 hours have been spent in meetings discussing the …

United States

Android Nougat starts rolling out to Nexus devices. Here are its best new features

The Android update includes side-by-side apps and can boost your battery life<p>The latest version of the Android OS is finally here.<p>Google has confirmed it is rolling out its Nougat update to Nexus phones from today, although the release will be staggered over a few weeks depending on the model of …

Android News

CoSpaces Virtual Reality Creator for Teachers and Students

You’ve probably heard. Virtual reality is one of the hottest topics in education this year. CoSpaces is a free virtual reality creator tool that …

Students

Part 3: Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom - Questions, Metacognition, and 15 Pre-search Tools

<i>Welcome to this third post in a series that promotes student inquiry in the classroom. This post is dedicated to reflecting on that important topic</i> …

Research

9 ABCs of Livestreaming

<b>Always Be Capturing:</b> Be on the look out for great opportunities worth capturing to share with your audience.<p><b>Always Be Checking:</b> If you’re taping …

Batteries

Episode 69 Trends for August 10-21 AR, VR, Online Teaching & Learning, & Social Media in Education

Image from https://www.timeshighereducation.com/a-z-social-media<p>We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of August 10-21 as we …

Teaching

7 new standards for excellent online learning leadership

As online learning evolves from amateur experimentation to a mainstream professional entity on campus, new standards for quality online learning …

Education

Social Media App Uses Augmented Reality to Connect College Students

The TeePeedU app uses AR technology to help students build real life connections across their campus.

Social Media

Research: 3D Printing Market to Double by 2020

The 3D printing market will reach $35.4 billion in 2020, according to a new report form International Data Corp.

3D Printing

6 must-have ed tech platforms for the new academic year

Technology is the center of all conversation on how to make higher education more affordable, more accessible and more engaging to a wide range of …

Ed Tech