The Horizon Report released its 2011 K-12 edition this week. As usual, the report assesses the dominant trends in education technology, positing the amount of time until their broad adoption. According to this year’s report, cloud computing and mobile computing will be broadly used in one to three years. In two to three years, we’ll see the adoption of game-based learning and open content. And in four to five years, personal learning environments and learning analytics will see widespread adoption.
Social learning startup Sophia has acquired Guaranteach, an educational video site boasting a library of more than 22,000 short videos as well as accompanying assessment tools. The acquisition will give a boost to the content on Sophia’s site, as well as offer more pieces for the startup’s social learning platform.
The New York Public Library released a free iPad app entitled Biblion: The Boundless Library. A re-launch of the library’s Biblion journal, the app has been specifically designed for the tablet. It is a beautiful discovery and browsing experience as you scroll through the library’s collections from the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. The app lets you explore the library’s “stacks” — documents, images, essays, film, audio.
Technology author Dan Gillmor has released his latest book Mediactive under a site-wide license for universities. “The university will pay a discounted rate from the list price for the first 40 copies. For each copy beyond that, up to 250, the rate will be lower yet. And after 250, the license will be free for anyone else at the university who wants to download the book.”
Google announced the winner of its Doodle 4 Google contest: seven year-old Matteo Lopez. His doodle will appear on the Google website today, and he’ll receive a college scholarship as well as a technology grant to his school, Monte Verde Elementary School in South San Francisco.
One of the most popular professors in the world, MIT Physics Professor Walter Lewin, delivered his last lecture on Monday, after teaching at the university for more than 45 years. As part of MIT OpenCourseWare, Lewin’s course materials have been available online, and his YouTube videos have been watched by 5 million people.
When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
Though spatial skills — the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects — are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don’t always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.
Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the […]
Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer […]