Newest Library Items en U.S. Views of Technology and the Future <p>A new national survey by The Pew Research Center asked Americans about a wide range of potential scientific developments—from near-term advances like robotics and bioengineering, to more “futuristic” possibilities like teleportation or space colonization. In addition to asking them for their predictions about the long-term future of scientific advancement, we also asked them to share their own feelings and attitudes toward some new developments that might become common features of American life in the relatively near future.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Emerging Technologies HZ 120 opinions pew Research and Reports technology Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:37:39 +0000 Michele Cummins 22565 at Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians <p>Listening to jazz musicians improvise, how the piano player’s chords toy with the sax player’s runs and the standup bass player’s beats, it may seem like their music-making process is simply magic. But research of jazz musicians’ brain activity as they improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity, and it turns out creating that magic is not as serendipitous a process as we might think.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> brain creative creativity HZ 120 Food for Thought Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:28:52 +0000 Michele Cummins 22564 at Tell Me a Story: Augmented Reality Technology in Museums <p>This article describes how European museums are employing augmented reality mobile technology to engage visitors in interactive digital storytelling.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> app augmented reality digital storytelling Europe exhibit HZ 120 interactive digital storytelling mobile museum Museum Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Museum Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:34:26 +0000 Michele Cummins 22563 at Games that teach: It’s not just about scaffolding <p>One of the workshops at the recent Sandbox Summit@ MIT parsed the process of creating a good game for teaching. It was a collaborative process, led by Barbara Chamberlin, from the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State, Peter Stidwill, from the Learning Games Network, and Allisyn Levy, from BrainPop’s GameUp. In this interview, Barbara adds another layer to the developers’ playbook.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> developer game development gaming HZ 120 learning games Food for Thought Challenges and Trends Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:12:29 +0000 Michele Cummins 22562 at Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress <p>Foster Starks checks his grades most every day on his phone, logging into a website where teachers at Celebration High post marks for tests, papers and other assignments. But the constant checking and the occasional unnerving mark — whether it's a flubbed quiz or a grade entered in error — "induces a lot of stress," he said.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> grades HZ 120 instant access learning management system LMS mobile access K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:09:15 +0000 Michele Cummins 22561 at Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Will Replace Face-to-Face Interaction” <p>What some teachers have done is use technology to actually give students a voice and options that they didn’t have before, like a teacher who uses Google Forms to do a simple “check-in” with students to give them the opportunity to share what is going on in their lives and ensure that she can help them in any way possible.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> edtech HZ 120 technology Food for Thought K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:36:56 +0000 Michele Cummins 22560 at Heartbleed, the Branding of a Bug, and the Internet of Things <p>This interview with cryptographer and security expert Bruce Schneier describes what he considers the surprisingly effective response to Heartbleed, how difficult security is because of humans, and why he’s happy Heartbleed wasn’t discovered in the near future, when the Internet of Things will make it much more difficult to fix bugs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Heartbleed HZ 120 internet of things News Tech in Popular Culture Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:03:10 +0000 Michele Cummins 22559 at Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign <p>When considering courses for redesign, many questions are asked but the most important is this: “What data should be considered to ensure our course redesign efforts are successful?”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> analytics course design data Higher Education HZ 120 metrics Challenges and Trends HiEd Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:22:34 +0000 Michele Cummins 22557 at How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning <p>The Taylor County School Distrct in Campbellsville, Kentucky has created a ten-year plan that implements individual learning plans tailored to a student's interests and career path. Partnerships with universities, local enterprises, and businesses give students the opportunity to decide what path they would like to choose after high school, whether it is pursuing a trade or a university education.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 120 personal learning environment personalized personalized learning Taylor County K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:10:19 +0000 Michele Cummins 22556 at Researchers use Google Glass to help Parkinson’s sufferers <p>Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK have conducted a study into how Google Glass can be used to assist sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. The team is working directly with patients to develop straightforward and useful technology that will help sufferers cope with the disease, while aiding them in becoming more independent.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Google glass Higher Education HZ 119 Newcastle University Parkinson's wearable HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:43:46 +0000 Michele Cummins 22555 at The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations <p>The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations is the first in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2013, which describes how students want to leverage digital tools for learning based upon the authentic, unfiltered ideas of students themselves.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> digital tools edtech HZ 119 Speak Up student voice K-12 Reports and Research K12 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:45:59 +0000 Michele Cummins 22554 at Librarians Go From Quiet to Crowd Pleasers <p>This article discusses some of the ideas and projects that resulted from Startup Weekend Library Edition like helping university students find open study spaces more easily, especially during peak study times, using wifi data and user opt-in check-in’s.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 119 library Food for Thought Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:33:08 +0000 Michele Cummins 22553 at 10 Courses With a Twist <p>The New York Times looks into some of the more popular courses in HiEd schools across the U.S. to showcase the innovative ways professors are engaging their students.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> engage engagement Higher Education HZ 119 HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:09:33 +0000 Michele Cummins 22552 at Schools Shift from STEM to STEAM <p>This article describes STEAM programs that immerse students in an inquiry-based, hands-on, cross-disciplinary curriculum more closely aligned with what ­they will experience in college and the workforce.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> design DeSoto engineering HZ 119 maker STEAM STEM K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:38:04 +0000 Michele Cummins 22551 at "Fixing" Higher Education Requires a Diversity of Assessments and Reforms <p>Cross-disciplinary and informal learning experiences are difficult to assess formally and therefore are often overlooked in the drive toward specified degrees and majors.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> assessment diversity formal learning Higher Education HZ 119 informal learning inter-disciplinary Challenges and Trends HiEd Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:27:32 +0000 Michele Cummins 22550 at What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech <p>The author discusses some interesting points concerning the function, business, and reality of education technology:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> cost edtech HZ 119 open content open source K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:24:27 +0000 Michele Cummins 22549 at Using Humor in the Classroom <p>"In the present environment of high stakes testing, budgetary challenges, increased demands on educators and competition for students attention, everyone in the school benefits when humor is part of the pedagogy. Humor builds a learning relationship through the joyful confluence of head and heart."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> humor HZ 119 pedagogy K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:36:14 +0000 Michele Cummins 22548 at What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces <p>In a world of ubiquitous mobile devices, where we can connect with information and people anywhere and any time, limiting student learning to a traditional classroom environment seems increasingly shortsighted. This article describes how environmental factors are a component in aligning physical and digital activities around learning goals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> blended learning environment HZ 119 learning environment physical learning physical space space K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:09:53 +0000 Michele Cummins 22547 at North Arizona University Launches Online Competency-Based Degrees <p>In Northern Arizona University’s new competency-based online degree program, students learn by taking modules — smaller chunks of material that build up to create a course. Instead of paying annual tuition, they are charged $2,500 for a six-month subscription that covers as many modules as they want to complete.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> blended learning competency competency-based Higher Education HZ 119 NAU Northern Arizona University online learning HiEd Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:58:30 +0000 Michele Cummins 22546 at 10 things wrong with what kids learn in school <p>This author believes that educators have been handicapped for more than a century by a curriculum adopted to serve a too-narrow purpose—admission to college—and failure to address that curriculum’s problems has made the institution vulnerable to destructive corporate and political manipulation. He gives a brief descriptions of some of the more obvious of those problems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 118 K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:54:04 +0000 Michele Cummins 22545 at