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

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Yes, Colleges Check Applicants' Social Media Posts

As the new school year begins, many incoming high school seniors are beginning the process of applying to college. And along with transcripts and SAT …

Social Media

The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?

Connection begets connection. In 1999, 18 years ago, when just 4% of the world’s population was online, Kevin Ashton coined the term Internet of …

Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse

"Nothing like the Megamovie was ever possible before!"<p>This Monday, while you’re processing the incredible solar eclipse you just saw, a Google …

Solar Eclipse

Report: Popularity of 'personalized learning' could be putting student data at risk

(Getty Images)<p>As for-profit technology companies continue creeping into every aspect of education, everyone involved should demand greater …

Education

Why Late Adopters Are Skeptical of Edtech (and How to Get Them on Board)

There are plenty of “innovators” and “early adopters” of education technology out there, from educators who make the rounds on the ISTE and SXSWedu …

Education

Engaging Non-Traditional Students with (Mobile-Compatible) Microlearning

Microcontent is easy to create and provides engaging and flexible chunks of learning ideal to serve non-traditional students—especially working …

Learning

Shonin isn’t just a wearable, it’s a body cam for civilians

Because live-streaming with your smartphone isn’t always practical<p>Video via Kickstarter<p>A new palm-sized body cam called Shonin has launched on Kickstarter, positioning itself as a security device (as opposed to other wearable cameras like FrontRow meant for capturing “experiences”).<p>The camera, …

Gear & Gadgets

An inside look at Ford’s $1 billion bet on Argo AI

In the race to launch autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence expertise is the prize<p>Somewhere between the 14th and 15th floors in a concrete stairwell, Bryan Salesky pauses, searching for the right words to explain his mission for the foreseeable future. He wants to give cars the eyes, ears, …

Artificial Intelligence

Gartner Hype Cycle 2017: Artificial intelligence at peak hype, blockchain heads for disillusionment, but say hello to 5G

The hype around artificial intelligence is at its peak, while those interested in blockchain might be heading for disillusionment.<p>That's according to …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Is Taking Over the Cloud - MIT Technology Review

The cloud is getting smarter by the minute. In fact, it will soon know more about the photos you’ve uploaded than you do.<p>Cloud storage company Box …

Machine Learning

AI creates fictional scenes out of real-life photos

AI's not quite ready to build photorealistic worlds on its own. But it's getting pretty close.<p>Researcher Qifeng Chen of Stanford and Intel fed his AI system 5,000 photos from German streets. Then, with some human help it can build slightly blurry made-up scenes. The image at the top of this article …

Artificial Intelligence

Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk

Worried about Internet companies snooping on your online browsing? You might turn to something called a virtual private network to protect your privacy. But researchers say these networks can themselves be insecure.<p>Earlier this year, the federal government rolled back rules that would have …

Privacy

Today's Newsletter: Ensuring All Voices Are Heard in Schools

<b>Guest post by Steven Baule, Superintendent at Muncie Community Schools, Indiana:</b> With the tragic events in Charlottesville last weekend, we need to …

Education

Class Tech Tips: 4 Reasons I’m Excited for Book Creator on Chrome

Have you thought about creating ebooks on Chromebooks? Well I’m super excited to share the news you can now access Book Creator on the Chrome web …

Common Core

7 Digital Icebreakers for #BacktoSchool

<i>“It’s the little conversations that build the relationships and make an impact on each student.” – Robert John Meehan</i><p>Back to school is around the …

QR codes

Best Laptops for Students

When it comes to choosing laptops for students, children and parents don't always see eye-to-eye.<p>Ask an undergrad what model to buy and chances are …

Laptops

What are Cognitive Biases?

Cognitive bias is an umbrella term that refers to the systematic ways in which the context and framing of information influence individuals’ judgment …

Behavior

Skype’s much-debated redesign hits the desktop

In June, Microsoft introduced a completely revamped version of its Skype app, designed with a heavier focus on media-sharing, and other social expression tools, like emoji, reactions, and even a Snapchat-like stories feature. Now that new experience is rolling out to desktop users, but in a more …

Microsoft

6 Ways to View the Solar Eclipse Without Losing Your Eyes or Breaking the Bank

On Monday, August, 21st (2017), the US will see it’s 16th total solar eclipse, and the first contiguous since 1918 and while a lot of us we see it in its entirety when it moves across the nation, most will still be able to see a good percentage of it no matter where you’re located.<p>Be sure to check …

Astronomy

International Perspectives on Next Generation Digital Learning Environments

Key Takeaways<p>How can higher education institutions worldwide <b>support transforming educational needs</b> with the right tools at the right time?<p>Next …

Learning

De-Jargonizing Program Helps Decode Science Speak

<i>August 10, 2017</i> <i><br>Kevin Hattori</i><p>Science is fascinating to many, but sentences that are full of expert-level terms and description can scare away even the …

Science

Google Docs adds a ton of new editing features, including suggestions from your phone

Google is updating Docs, Sheets, and Slides today with a bunch of really handy new editing features — some of which are overdue, and others that are smart new improvements.<p>On the overdue side, we have the ability to add suggestions to a document from a phone or tablet. Until now, the suggestion …

Google

Everybody Chill: Robots Won’t Take All Our Jobs

SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>SCROLL DOWN<p>Everyone thinks that automation will take our jobs. The evidence disagrees.<p>by James Surowiecki | …

Intelligence

Generations Will Not Be Destroyed by Smartphones

This article from the Atlantic appeared multiple times in my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds last week. The author, a professor of psychology …

Parenting

The History of STEM vs. STEAM Education (and the Rise of STREAM)

As a technology educator with a K–8 undergraduate degree, creation with technology has always been at the heart of my assignments. Students in my …

Education Technology

For Ed Tech to Be Successful, 'It Has to Come From Teachers'

« Teachers Share Resources for Addressing Charlottesville Hate Rally in the Classroom | Main<p>In a recent article, an Economist reporter wrote that "to …

Education Technology

Fabulous Phablets: The Best Large-Screen Smartphones

Bigger is better, right? That seems to be the thinking of many smartphone makers—and consumers—these days.<p>The industry analyst IDC says sales of …

Phones

One Framework Does Not Rule Them All [Infographic]

Just as teams benefit from diverse, multi-functional teams, at the macro-level organizations can benefit from diverse practices such as systems …

Design Thinking

Wave hello to Kano’s latest learn-to-code tool, a gesture controller

<i>Author note: Abel Owen is Ingrid’s nine-year-old son. These are mostly his words; Ingrid just helped type them a little faster.</i><p>I use computers and the Internet all the time and really like them. They are an important part of modern life. And it’s pretty cool to know how they work. So when my mom …

Kids