Newest Library Items en Why Students Prefer to Learn From a Machine <p>New Jersey Institute of Technology instructors have been using a program called E-Rater as a proofreader and basic writing tutor and have found that students who feel that handing in successive drafts to an instructor wielding a red pen is “corrective, even punitive” do not seem to feel rebuked by similar feedback from a computer.</p> <p>Precisely because learning can be so emotionally fraught, a nonjudgmental computer may motivate students to try, to fail, and to improve more than almost any human. Just don’t let the robo-reader give out grades.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 134 proofread robo-reader robot software tutor writing Food for Thought Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:23:24 +0000 Michele Cummins 22725 at Top ed-tech stories to watch: Maker movement makes waves <p>eSchoolNews has a series of posts on key ed-tech trends for the new school year and this particular one focuses on the proliferation of maker spaces in schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Emerging Technologies HZ 134 maker movement maker space K-12 K12 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:29:39 +0000 Michele Cummins 22724 at Use BYOD strategies to prepare for BYOA <p>BYOD has led to BYOA—bring-your-own-app—and focus must now shift from devices to software.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> app apps BYOA BYOD HZ 134 Mobile Device mobile learning Food for Thought Challenges and Trends Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:11:06 +0000 Michele Cummins 22723 at Harvard’s 1,000 Kilobot swarm demonstrates the future of robotics <p>Swarms of small robots in their thousands that collectively complete complex tasks are now possible – and could be the future of robotics, according to researchers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> collective Emerging Technologies hive HZ 133 robot robotics swarm HZ News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:52:20 +0000 Michele Cummins 22722 at Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation <p>Mr. Huttenlocher, dean of Cornell Tech, a closely watched collaboration in New York City between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, is making it his goal to create an environment where everything can be repurposed. Committing to flexibility means committing to nothing. Embracing technology means not buying too much.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Cornell Tech flexibility Higher Education HZ 133 infrastructure plsnning HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:44:04 +0000 Michele Cummins 22721 at Canvas Network Announces Minecraft MOOCs and App in a Suite of 15 MOOCs for K-12 Teachers, Students and Parents <p>Instructure has unveiled a suite of MOOCs including two Minecraft MOOCs that aim to help teachers leverage gamification best practices in the classroom. Enrollment is free and open for registration for anyone in the world at</p> <p>Instructure is also releasing a Minecraft app for Canvas, which allows students to link their Minecraft account to Canvas and use in-game actions to submit assignments. For instance, students can tag locations of their creations for teachers to visit and explore.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> canvas game-based learning Gamification gaming HZ 133 Instructure minecraft MOOC News online course online learning professional development K-12 K12 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:59:31 +0000 Michele Cummins 22720 at 50 apps for the new school year <p>Apps for productivity, travel, geography, and more can help teachers and libraries use and share new resources.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> app Apps for EDU HZ 133 mobile learning resources K-12 References Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:40:02 +0000 Michele Cummins 22719 at Using Design Thinking to Create a School from Scratch <p>Are you familiar with Design Thinking? Alpha Public Schools are using the "iterative approach to innovation and problem solving that starts by empathizing deeply with the people in a particular community."</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"><div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Alpha Public Schools</span> <div class="street-address">1601 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA 95122</div> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="">Google Maps</a></div></div> </div> </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Alpha Public Schools creativity design Design thinking HZ 133 maker problem solving real-world learning K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Michele Cummins 22718 at Is This The School Library Of The Future? <p>Rearranging physical library spaces can make them more conducive to creative thinking and group work. The focus is less about organizing books and more about the student experience.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> design HZ 133 learning space library physical space redesign Food for Thought K-12 Challenges and Trends Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:17:25 +0000 Michele Cummins 22717 at Magnets Join Race to Replace Transistors in Computers <p>Scientists at Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered a way to grow a computer chip with "number-crunching layers 100 nanomagnets deep." ...Meaning magnets could definitely be welcome competition for the transistors we're accustomed to.</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"><div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Technical University of Munich (TUM) </span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="">Google Maps</a></div></div> </div> </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> computer Emerging Technologies Europe Higher Education HZ 133 magnet magnetic Tech News Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:05:35 +0000 Michele Cummins 22716 at MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education <p>MIT researchers are leveraging viewer data to help them enhance videos used in online courses.</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"><div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="">Google Maps</a></div></div> </div> </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> data Higher Education HZ 133 insights learning video lecture video MIT News North America online course online learning HiEd Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:55:49 +0000 Michele Cummins 22715 at 15 Cool Tech Tools For Education Market Differentiation <p>This slideshow presents some quick snapshots of new learning tools on the market to help with a variety of things ranging from student safety to assessment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> 3-d visualization analytics Big Data digital tools Emerging Technologies HZ 133 mobile learning online learning sentimentor Watchitoo K-12 K12 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:47:35 +0000 Michele Cummins 22714 at New Technology Brings Science Education to Life <p>A Novosibirsk-based start-up has created 3-D software that uses spherical image technology to project content around the user on fulldome immersive dome-based video projection systems. </p> <p>The company hopes the technology will be adopted in schools to display educational content including geography, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and biology lessons targeted at different age groups.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> 3-D Emerging Technologies HZ 133 immersive interactive video K-12 K12 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:21:02 +0000 Michele Cummins 22713 at Higher education, business can collaborate in many ways <p>Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to serve as resources, facilitators and partners to local and regional businesses. In turn, businesses have an opportunity to engage with and value the expertise and resources of academic institutions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> business collaboration Higher Education HZ 132 private sector public sector Reflections on the Future HiEd Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:27:36 +0000 Michele Cummins 22712 at Wireless Charging, at a Distance, Moves Forward for uBeam <p>When Meredith Perry, 25, started studying astrobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, her career goal was to eventually find life on other planets. Instead, Ms. Perry accidentally stumbled upon something even more exciting: the ability to charge portable electronics, like cellphones and laptops, wirelessly using ultrasound...</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> BYOD electronics Emerging Technologies HZ 132 internet of things power uBeam ultrasound Tech News Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:57:36 +0000 Michele Cummins 22711 at Self-assembling origami robot is world's first Transformer <p>Harvard scientists have built the world's first working Transformer robot, inspired by the ancient Japanese paper-folding art of origami. Built with help from researchers at MIT, the robot could pave the wave for flat-packed machines for use in space or in hazardous environments on Earth where they can be put into confined spaces and left to assemble themselves.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Emerging Technologies hazardous area HZ 132 origami robot robotics space transformer Tech News Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:24:12 +0000 Michele Cummins 22710 at Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads <p>It is still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom. An L.A. school district has recalled about 2,100 iPads from students in favor of a program which allows students to choose from among six different devices, including Chromebooks and hybrid laptop-tablets.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> chromebook device HZ 132 investment iPad laptop tablet K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:37:56 +0000 Michele Cummins 22709 at Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients <p>At the Perpetuo Socorro hospital in Gran Canaria, a patient recently used a virtual reality headset, built by start-up company Oculus VR to immerse her in a comforting environment during surgery, which lowered her heart rate and blood pressure, allowing the surgeon to use a less risky local anesthetic.</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"><div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Perpetuo Socorro hospital</span> <div class="country-name">Spain</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> </div> </div> </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Emerging Technologies Europe Google glass HZ 132 medical Spain virtual reality Tech News Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:15:28 +0000 Michele Cummins 22708 at AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs <p>In this report the Pew Research Center dives into artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, and their impact on jobs and employment. Many interesting perspectives here!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> AI future HZ 132 Research and Reports robotics Reports and Research Economic Development Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:14:10 +0000 Michele Cummins 22707 at Teens Run $67K Data Center Researching Cure for Cancer <p>Six teens in Iowa are running a small-scale data center, built with donated parts and a grant from Google. By getting ahead of the curve, they're learning tools of the trade that could coast them through years of on-site training in their chosen IT careers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> data data center HZ 132 K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:42:43 +0000 Michele Cummins 22706 at