Newest Library Items en Duke Libraries Offers E-Books and Audiobooks for Personal Mobile Devices <p>Duke University Libraries has launched a service called Duke Overdrive that allows students, faculty, and staff to download up to five e-books at a time onto their personal devices, including iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Android phones and tablets and Kindles.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 131 library mobile app mobile library mobile reading HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:38:12 +0000 Michele Cummins 22693 at Beaverton School District Will Award Technology Grants to 17 Teams of Teachers <p>Check out how 17 teams of Beaverton School District teachers are making use of the "Positive Change Innovation Grants" they've received for this coming school year.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Beaverton grant HZ 131 K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:22:03 +0000 Michele Cummins 22692 at Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful <p>Often, pedestrians want the quietest route or the most beautiful but if they turn to a mapping application, they’ll get little help. That could change now thanks to the work of Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a couple of pals. These guys have worked out how to measure the “beauty” of specific locations within cities and then designed an algorithm that automatically chooses a route between two locations in a way that maximizes the beauty along it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> algorithm Emerging Technologies GPS HZ 130 Tech News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:12:47 +0000 Michele Cummins 22691 at Creating a Community of Learners With Coding <p>This article highlights how the characteristics of a coding classroom go beyond the code and enable an environment of collaboration, communication, and creativity.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> authentic learning coding collaboration communication community HZ 130 real world learning real-world K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:01:35 +0000 Michele Cummins 22690 at Udacity’s Nanodegrees: Edtech’s Challenge To College Credentials? <p>Udacity plans to roll out an array of company-designed nanodegrees starting this fall. Thrun says pricing hasn’t been finalized yet for the nanodegree programs. But the cost could be about $3,000 or less for a sequence of courses that some students might complete in as little as six months, he says.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> alternative learning Higher Education HZ 130 nanodegrees online learning Udacity Challenges and Trends HiEd Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:42:22 +0000 Michele Cummins 22689 at In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven <p>Mississippi is so far behind on technology use in schools, it earned an “F” on a“digital report card” published this year byDigital Learning Now, a group that advocates for more online learning. The rankings examined whether schools have high-speed broadband, whether teachers and students have Internet-capable devices, and whether the states have metcertain benchmarks to ensure effective use of technology.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> digital divide digital report card HZ 130 Mississippi North America K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:26:28 +0000 Michele Cummins 22688 at Hiring an electric 'smart' bike in Copenhagen <p>Copenhagen has upgraded its bikes to include electric assistance and GPS travel guides and they can be booked using a smartphone.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Copenhagen Emerging Technologies HZ 130 smart bike smart tech Tech in Popular Culture Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:08:31 +0000 Michele Cummins 22687 at The Body Learns <p>Involving the body improves learning because bodily movements provide the memory with additional cues with which to represent and retrieve the knowledge learned. Educators and parents can also help students incorporate bodily movements of their own into the use of educational technology, an approach that Black has applied to the teaching the programming language Scratch. Asking students to act out the motions they intend for the program’s virtual “agent” using their own bodies, and then programming the agents to make the same moves, has shown itself to be “a particularly effective learning approach.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> body embodied cognition HZ 130 physical movement K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:33:07 +0000 Michele Cummins 22686 at A tablet a day <p>Nigeria is facing one of the world’s worst learning crises and desperately needs to rethink education. Techies argue that growing connectivity can reach these students in classrooms where books are scarce, and that teachers can use free online resources to keep their lessons up to date.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> digital divide HZ 130 Nigeria Raspberry Pi tablet K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:26:37 +0000 Michele Cummins 22685 at The Case for Social Innovation Micro-Credentials <p>We’ve seen the disruptive power of “micro” in the fields of finance (micro-loans and micro-savings), insurance (micro-insurance), work (micro-jobs), housing (micro-homes), and entrepreneurship (micro-consignment). Now, it’s education’s turn. Many schools, companies, and nonprofits are starting to experiment with micro-credentials, using a common digital framework (“open badges”) developed by the Mozilla Foundation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> badge badges badging Higher Education HZ 130 micro-credentials Mozilla open badges Challenges and Trends HiEd Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:29:11 +0000 Michele Cummins 22684 at Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process <p>Useful apps for the creative process are those that encourage the recording of our thought flow and merge text with features such as voice recording, video, sketching and photography.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> apps BYOD creative process creativity device mobile learning K-12 References Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:25:04 +0000 Michele Cummins 22683 at Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom <p>Observing the tactile changes within the “glassroom,” students are moving away from the tablets’ “touch, swipe, double tap” to interacting with content through voice and head motions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> augmented reality classroom EduGlasses Edustream Emerging Technologies Glass K-12 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:21:46 +0000 Michele Cummins 22682 at The special educational needs reforms are a lost opportunity <p>Headmaster Barry Huggett discusses why he feels that education, health and care plans will benefit students with severe disabilities but not those with language-based problems</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> health care HZ 130 More House School special education special needs Food for Thought K-12 Challenges and Trends Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:15:56 +0000 Michele Cummins 22681 at This practically ancient Internet technology supports speeds 1,000 times the national average <p>Bell Labs is using copper wire technology - the same stuff that once upon a time drove dial-up and now supports DSL in addition to your regular telephone calls - to send Internet traffic over phone lines at speeds 1,000 times faster than what the average American household currently gets.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Bell Labs DSL Emerging Technologies HZ 130 internet speed Tech News Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:54:01 +0000 Michele Cummins 22679 at Report: Importance of Data's Physical Location Diminishing <p>A new Gartner report defines four types of data location: physical location, legal location, political location, and logical location. "None of the types of data location solves the data residency problem alone, but the future will be hybrid — organizations will be using multiple locations with multiple service delivery models. IT leaders can structure the discussion with various stakeholders, but eventually, it's the business leader who has to make a decision, based on the input from general counsel, compliance officers, the information security team, privacy professionals and the CIO."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> data data residency gartner HZ 129 Reports and Research Tech News Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:53:47 +0000 Michele Cummins 22678 at Micro Cars Drive Sustainability Research at 4 Universities <p>Four universities have been chosen to participate in a pilot program to test new, all-electric micro cars on campus. Each car is equipped with sensors that will feed researchers data on how they're used.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Colorado State University data Higher Education HZ 129 micro car sensor sustainability University of Pittsburgh University of Washington University of Wisconsin-Madison HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:39:38 +0000 Michele Cummins 22677 at Boston Is Getting Solar-Powered Park Benches That Charge Your Devices <p>Thanks to a trio of hardware designers and engineers who generated the idea at the MIT Media Lab, Boston is now turning to cute benches that can charge mobile devices. With 10 already installed in parks across the city in a pilot project, the solar-powered “Soofas” mark a new milestone in smart urban furniture.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Boston HZ 129 mit media lab SoLAR solar-powered soofa Tech News Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:30:18 +0000 Michele Cummins 22676 at NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas <p>NASA is using crowdsourcing to field ideas from the public of how NASA's technologies can best be applied commercially.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> crowdsourcing HZ 129 NASA Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Tech News Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:59:13 +0000 Michele Cummins 22675 at Virtual flashlight reveals secrets of ancient artefacts <p>Revealing Flashlight is a system that projects computer-generated models on to real objects, filling in missing details wherever its spotlight lands. The system has been piloted at the Allard Pierson Museum at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where it illuminated lost pigmentation on a fragment from an Egyptian tomb.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> artefact Emerging Technologies exhibit gesture-sensing HZ 129 LeapMotion Revealing flashlight Museum Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:52:50 +0000 Michele Cummins 22673 at College Prestige and Internet Speed Don't Go Hand-in-Hand #Infographic <p>The most expensive colleges don't necessarily have the fastest Internet speeds. This infographic shows how of the 25 colleges with the fastest speeds, only one was also ranked in the top 10 for endowments: Texas A&amp;M University.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 129 infrastructure internet internet speed prestige Challenges and Trends HiEd Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:47:23 +0000 Michele Cummins 22672 at