Newest Library Items en Nixie is a Wearable that Flies Off Your Wrist <p>Meet Nixie, the wristband that acts as your own personal airborne camera. With a flick of your arm the device takes off, turns around to capture a photo of you in action, then comes back to you.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> drone Emerging Technologies HZ 140 Nixie wearable Tech News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:21:05 +0000 Michele Cummins 22791 at Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction? <p>esearchers now believe that when people learn another language, they develop cognitive advantages that improve their attention, self-control and ability to deal with conflicting information. Brain researchers who study bilingualism believe that the act of juggling two languages strengthens the brain system that helps people pay attention. That strong capacity to focus might be what leads to better academic performance in some children who grow up bilingual or attend language immersion programs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> bilingual bilingualism brain brain research distraction HZ 140 K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:34:53 +0000 Michele Cummins 22790 at How We Made the Show and Tell Circus App for Children with Autism <p>Circus Starr has created an interactive storybook where children can make their own circus story from a “bank” of related images and personalise these stories by uploading their own images, captions and footage. The research behind the app and future developments have potential to help support access to other forms of the arts like theatre visits, museums, and galleries.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> apps Apps for EDU arts Autism HZ 140 mobile learning personalize virtual K-12 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:05:52 +0000 Michele Cummins 22789 at A Solution To The Massively Disengaged Workforce [Slide Deck] <p>This article discusses how digital badges can address some of the current challenges of educating students and professionals to fit the job openings that are available and the needs of our future workforce.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 140 Challenges and Trends HiEd Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:43:28 +0000 Michele Cummins 22788 at Creating Classrooms for Social Justice <p>A lot has been discussed and written about being an "educator for social justice." What does that really mean? In this Edutopia post the author breaks down a few basic classroom practices that allow teachers to engage with best practices in teaching core subjects while also being advocates for social justice in the classroom.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> assessment authentic learning classroom community creating change HZ 140 real-world real-world learning real-world problems social justice K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:21:15 +0000 Michele Cummins 22787 at How Computer Coding Can Increase Engagement, Provide a Purpose for Learning <p>The HFOSS project has been likened to the well-known charity Habitat for Humanity — except that, instead of building houses for the needy, participants are building computer programs for use in situations where information is the scarcest and most valuable resource.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 139 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:41:38 +0000 Michele Cummins 22786 at The Future of Travel Has Arrived: Virtual-Reality Beach Vacations <p>The Teleporter is a new virtual-reality installation from Marriott Hotels that leverages 4-D elements like pneumatic pumps embedded in the floor, misting nozzles in the walls, heater blowers in the ceiling, fans in the ceiling and floor, a scent dispenser, and a 1000-watt amplifier in the rear cabinet to send guests on a 90 second vacation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> augmented reality Emerging Technologies HZ 139 immersive installation teleporter virtual reality virtual-reality Tech in Popular Culture Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:49:59 +0000 Michele Cummins 22785 at Ringgold Elementary School hosts technology workshops for parents <p>Ringgold Elementary School hosted a Tech Night workshop for parents to learn more about the programs students are using in class this year. Three stations were offered and led by administrators and staff, educating parents about Gaggle, Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Parent Portal, group messaging, and more.</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"><div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Ringgold Elementary School</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> BYOT HZ 139 parent-teacher parents safety student data student safety Tech night workshop K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Michele Cummins 22784 at Gaze-Tracker Lets You Connect to Devices with a Glance <p>GET ready to connect with a glance. Researchers have built a wearable, head-mounted computer that tracks your gaze. Called iGaze, it connects to devices just by looking at them.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Emerging Technologies eye-tracking eye-tracking camera gesture-based computing HZ 139 iGaze Tech News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:41:06 +0000 Michele Cummins 22783 at 8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture <p>Looking to integrate Twitter into your school or educational program? Where to start:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HZ 139 social media tools twitter K-12 References K12 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:30:31 +0000 Michele Cummins 22782 at With the Right Technology, Can Children Teach Themselves? <p>A new technology competition in the private sector seeks to “revolutionize global education" by developing a free, open-source and scalable software solution in 18 months that can enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. The software, says the challenge’s director, Matt Keller, will be designed to be deployed on very low cost Android tablet computers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> digital divide edtech HZ 139 open content open source open-source scalable K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:43:54 +0000 Michele Cummins 22781 at Penn State Students Use Technology to Help Boal Museum Reach Community <p>Three Penn State Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students interned at the Boal Mansion Museum to make the museums contents more visible and inviting to the public. Filmon Beraki updated the online Boal family genealogy, Lisa Khuu created a virtual tour of some of the museum’s rooms, and Charles Chiang helped Pazamickas create a walking tour map with GPS capabilities of historic Boalsburg village.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> HiEd HZ 139 intern internship North America Museum Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Museum Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:16:51 +0000 Michele Cummins 22780 at Kids coding at school: 'When you learn computing, you're thinking about thinking' <p>"When you learn computing, you are thinking about thinking, and about how thinking works. You’re having to try to imagine how this computer is going to do something for you."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> coding computer science curriculum HZ 139 ICT K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:40:29 +0000 Michele Cummins 22779 at Where Does Automated Essay Scoring Belong in K-12 Education? <p>This article argues that automated assessments are best used by students before turning in their final drafts so that digital tools can help in the revision process. Plus atomated tools can record the student’s process of writing so that each draft--with mistakes and student’s revisions--is recorded and reviewable by teachers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> automated essay scoring Emerging Technologies K-12 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:54:15 +0000 Michele Cummins 22778 at New social network aimed at improving education <p>IT company IBM and Brockenhurst College in the UK have created a private social network to help give staff a better understanding of their students and tailor lessons to them.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> analytics data data mining Higher Education ibm learning analytics predictive analytics social network student data Challenges and Trends Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:51:28 +0000 Michele Cummins 22777 at British Museum to be digitally recreated in Minecraft <p>The British Museum in London - complete with all of its exhibits - is to be recreated in the video game Minecraft in hopes to serve as an effective educational tool among a younger demographic.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> British Museum game game-based learning gaming HZ 139 minecraft museum museum education Museum Stories, Examples, Food for Thought Museum Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:07:28 +0000 Michele Cummins 22776 at Rhode Island Schools Embark on a Blended Learning Odyssey <p>The smallest state in the nation has undertaken the ambitious goal of becoming the first "blended learning state" in the nation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> blended HZ 139 North America online learning rollout K-12 Challenges and Trends K12 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:24:39 +0000 Michele Cummins 22775 at These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear <p>Strike Debt, a group of economic activists, has erased $3.9 million in private student loans. They buy secondary market debt, which is sold at bargain prices, &amp; instead of trying to collect this debt, the group makes it disappear.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 138 Rolling Jubilee student debt student loan Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:56:31 +0000 Michele Cummins 22774 at This One Red Button Promises To Do Anything <p>A new product called the Bttn connects internet of things tasks into a single press. It’s a single button, connected to the internet through either a mobile data chip (like LTE) or Wi-Fi and all of the complicated programming is handled by the existing service IFTTT, a platform that allows users to easily build cause and effect relationships to their connected devices.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Bttn button Emerging Technologies HZ 138 internet of things IOT programming Tech News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:56:57 +0000 Michele Cummins 22773 at A National Admissions Office’ for Low-Income Strivers <p>Arianna Trickey was opening a piece of mail in her bedroom during junior year of high school when a pamphlet fell out of the envelope. The pamphlet seemed to offer the impossible: the prospect of a full scholarship to several of her dream colleges.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> admissions financial aid Higher Education HZ 138 QuestBridge Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:33:54 +0000 Michele Cummins 22772 at