Newest Library Items en This Guy Just Built a Mind-Controlled Robot <p>Mind-controlled robots aren’t that expensive. Chip Audette just built one by attaching his laptop to less than $500 in specialized equipment and writing a little custom software code.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> brain-powered brain-wave Brainwriter Emerging Technologies HZ 134 mind-control OpenBCI robot Tech News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:08:55 +0000 Michele Cummins 22731 at 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners <p>Working within an answers-based education system, and in a culture where questioning may be seen as a sign of weakness, teachers must go out of their way to create conditions conducive to inquiry.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> environment HZ 134 inquiry question Food for Thought K-12 Challenges and Trends Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:43:11 +0000 Michele Cummins 22730 at What Will a Liberal Arts Education Look Like in 50 Years? <p>At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, The Atlantic asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to weigh in on the fate of higher education. "We won't have liberal arts and sciences at all 50 years from now unless we really understand how to save what's good, but reinvent what's new and needed," says Harvard University education professor Howard Gardner.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 134 Liberal arts Reflections on the Future HiEd Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:10:48 +0000 Michele Cummins 22729 at Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay <p>Even though nobody goes into teaching to get rich, compensation is one of the most important factors determining who enters the profession and how long they stay. Nearly 90 percent of all school districts in America use a lockstep approach to teacher pay that completely ignores job performance. This report discusses the consequences of lockstep pay.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 134 lockstep pay professional development Research and Reports teacher education Reports and Research Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:06:43 +0000 Michele Cummins 22728 at Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School <p>If "the enemy of innovation and growth is routine," how can you shake yours up a bit in positive ways? Here are some great ideas to prepare yourself for an innovative school year:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> edtech habit HZ 134 Innovation professional development K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:33:17 +0000 Michele Cummins 22727 at Adult Education: Finally Hip to the Game <p>This article describes the landscape of mobile and/or game-oriented products that allow adult learners to gain skills outside the classroom at their own convenience. Mobile learning for adults can deliver instruction in small, bite-sized snacks rather than comprehensive, multi-course meals. Adult education students often don’t have time to sit down and do traditional homework, notes Gaer.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> game-based learning games Gamification gaming Higher Education HZ 134 Mobile Device mobile learning HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:29:29 +0000 Michele Cummins 22726 at 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