Top Blog Posts of January 2016

The CoolCatTeacher

January 2016 was an epic month here with a reach of over 200,000 views between this blog, my blogspot blog, and vickidavis.me. — MAD-learn (@MADLearn) February 1, 2016. Top Blog Posts of January 2016. Top Tips for Teaching with Robots (using Sphero!). The post Top Blog Posts of January 2016 appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. News & Trends Teaching top blog posts

What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

I do a lot of speaking about technology trends in education, and none of my talks seem to get larger audiences than those that address new or emerging technologies. Produced with the insights of an international panel of experts, and with nearly one million downloads per year, this report on emerging technologies for learning is likely the most well-read report identifying key technology trends for primary and secondary education.

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Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

In the movie, moviegoers often see the world through “the terminator” robot’s vision. As this robot looks at the world, text appears to show him targets, where to go, and other information. However, if you look at the robotic exoskeletons being worn already in the military and in some jobs , you’ll soon be able to put on a suit that lets you lift a hundreds of pounds. Innovation News & Trends Technology Tools

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Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about a Wonder Workshop robotics club. Last year I judged a robotics competition for Wonder Workshop. This would make a great summer activity at home for kids or check out their robotics clubs. Today’s Sponsor is Wonder Workshop: The Wonder Workshop robotics club is a great way to get students excited about STEM. My son loves the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop.

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IT#1: What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

I do a lot of speaking about ed-tech trends, and none of my talks seem to get larger audiences than those that address new or emerging technologies. Produced with the insights of an international panel of experts, and with nearly one million downloads per year, this report on emerging technologies for learning is likely the most well-read report identifying key technology trends for primary and secondary education. Next page: The key trends.

Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch

eSchool News

Take a casual flip through this year’s trend-predicting Horizon Report, released today, and you’ll find plenty to get excited about. The end of the report is stuffed with tantalizing promise about how future learners will engage with robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and wearable tech (think data-collecting headbands, and skill-tracking sensors) that could explode into classrooms in as little as four to five years.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the big challenges to effective implementation. This year NMC and CoSN have also put together a digital toolkit to help educators and policy leaders start conversations about these trends in their community, with the hope that some of the changes they see happening in pockets around the world will become more broadly accepted. “It TRENDS.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. The event became much more dramatic than expected, once the hosting city, Washington DC, was clobbered by the great snowpocalyspe of 2016. I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.” presentations and talks trends Uncategorized aacu16

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. It starts with a game of Robot Turtles, a board game by Thinkfun that’s being used at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill., Within HWS and District 36’s other four schools, this is the first step of a journey that will touch on coding and robotics at each grade level. Schools Get Started in Robotics. District 36 started small with its robotics program. “We Ask ‘What can you make the robot do?’

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote

Edsurge

In his opening keynote at the ISTE 2016 conference, noted physicist Dr. Michio Kaku showed educators the forest that he and others believe will encircle the classroom of the future. Remember, robots are [just] adding machines. The jobs that cannot be automated, he noted, will be those that require creativity and experience, “Remember, robots are [just] adding machines – they do sums faster than you do, giving the illusion that they’re intelligent.”.

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers Report Sharp Growth in Game-Based Learning by District Administration (July 2016) – reports that 48% of classroom teachers report using games in classroom instruction in 2015. Builder Bowls – Builder Bowls revolve around a wide range of immersive technologies, including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), simulations, video games, caves and domes, 3D printing and robotics. 2016). 2016). 2016). 2016. < 2016).

Robots in Rhode Island and Telescopes in Tennessee – What’s Your State Getting This Christmas?

Fractus Learning

Robots. Between new Star Wars characters , excitement over machine learning and driverless cars, robots are taking over this Christmas… From the numbers it seems that there are two mechatronic-mad pockets of the country. Topping the list is robotic Rhode Island, closely followed by neighboring Connecticut. We can also see robots dominating what should now be known as the BB-8 band of Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Top 5 Robot Rabid States.

Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

One more stat — which may explain the whole social-media-as-news-trend — and then I’ll connect these dots: 60% of people don’t trust traditional news sources. Of great utility to curious students is a series of over 400 video shorts (most two-five minutes) on topics such as robots, ancient civilizations, and nature — all searchable by topic and date. I read recently that 70% of millennials get their news from Facebook. Really?

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Friday 5 — 2.26.2016

Perry Hewitt

Weekend fun: If 180lb walking robots are your jam, Boston Dynamics has just the video for you. Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally. Friday Five AI business culture data Friday5 music productivity robotics snapchat spotify visualization

Friday 5 — 3.11.2016

Perry Hewitt

Weekend fun: Take a break from this week’s Game of Thrones trailer to try out faceswapping, high on my list of top ten disturbing trends enabled by the internet. Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally. Friday Five amazon bots culture design echo facebook Friday5 publishing robots social strategy voice WordPress

Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017

Edsurge

But while EdSurge paced the ISTE floor on June 25-28 in San Antonio, Texas, we decided to ask a slightly different question: What edtech trends, products, and buzzwords do you wish would retire—for good? In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education. On the floor of the ISTE conference, it’s easy to meet educators and administrators from all over the country (and the world at large).

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

The Four P's—The Future of Edtech

LearnBop

Current technology trends allow for real-time data, ease of assessment, and the ability to let a student move at their own pace. The uprise of teaching coding has inspired the growth of robotics in schools, it has pushed the trend towards STEM in the school systems, and created a culture where the idea of computer science is cool and acceptable. We're happy to share this post by Julie Davis, Technology Coordinator at Chatanooga Christian School (CCS).

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Startup U: Draper University and the Students of Tomorrow

EdNews Daily

Background: Majoring in industrial design, Sharon concentrated on robotics so she could create real, working prototypes. Business Proposal: Sharon’s app, “Hotpoint,” is a video-social networking app that allows users to zoom in on a map to see what’s trending by viewing user-generated video in real time. Meet Tim Draper and the amazing students live on your own screen from Draper University.

Friday 5 — 10.7.2016

Perry Hewitt

You might be embarrassed to try a new French word with a colleague, but a robot won't judge. Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally. Chatbots still have a long way to go, but Duolingo has identified a great application: bots for language learning. Not yet, anyway.

Friday 5 — 9.23.2016

Perry Hewitt

Weekend fun: First the robots took our factory jobs, and now they're coming for the songwriters. Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally. As we perform more of our work collaboratively online -- suddenly, nothing seems as antiquated as a corporate "shared drive" -- there's a lot of value in knowing the range of features available.

In the marketplace: An NBA math program, coding tools, and a new literacy initiative

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education. CodeSnaps teaches coding basics by enticing students to actively work together, hands-on, to control Sphero robots.

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Can $10 million build the ideal high school?

The Hechinger Report

Since they opened in 2014, Brooklyn LAB has embraced the idea of “personalized learning,” a trend in schools intended to tailor learning to students’ individual needs and interests. The school offers a science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum, along with extracurricular activities such as robotics, coding and art. Students attend classes at Brooklyn LAB school Submitted photo. BROOKLYN, N.Y.—If

Friday 5 — 3.4.2016

Perry Hewitt

Weekend fun: Last week we had Boston natives bashing a humanoid robot with a hockey stick — this week, a velociraptor checks you in a a robot hotel in Japan. Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally. My mild obsession with work hacks is gratified by this list of 32 of the best productivity tools.

Friday 5 — 8.12.2016

Perry Hewitt

I saved you some time by skipping to Mr. Robot at 2:31.). Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally. Jasmine Friedl suggests how to make your not-so-great visual design better. More importantly, she shares the process that can help a designer get better: asking questions and guiding rather than issuing prescriptive statements.

Friday 5 — 6.24.2016

Perry Hewitt

Weekend fun: If your definition of "fun" extends to "mildly terrifying," don't miss Boston Dynamics' latest video featuring Spot, a new mini robot that can toss a soda can in the trash even if it struggles with hardwood flooring. Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally.

Friday 5 — 6.24.2016

Perry Hewitt

Weekend fun: If your definition of "fun" extends to "mildly terrifying," don't miss Boston Dynamics' latest video featuring Spot, a new mini robot that can toss a soda can in the trash even if it struggles with hardwood flooring. Every Friday, find five, highly subjective pointers to compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas that affect how we live and work digitally.

School leaders are taking tech in new directions

eSchool News

In this week’s news, school leaders are leveraging innovative technologies and trends to position their districts at the forefront of high-quality teaching and learning. Students see the future through robots. Robotics programs drive interest and teach critical thinking. Having students create and work with robots offers them a range of skills. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

Hack Education

This is the last public talk I’ll deliver in 2016, and I confess I am relieved (I am exhausted!) As I have done for the past six years, I will spend the rest of November and December publishing my review of what I deem the “Top Ed-Tech Trends” of the year. I pick ten trends and themes in order to closely at the recent past, the near-term history of education technology. It wanted to identify technology trends without developing models.

Empower your learners – 9 reasons to try design thinking in education

Nureva

So while it might be a natural fit when it’s time for your students to build bridges or prototype Lego robots, design thinking is equally useful when you want them to take action on a pressing problem. As design thinking has become an education trend, I’ve heard from naysayers who think that elementary-aged students simply don’t have enough experience to engage in empathy or define problems. Students can be amazing problem solvers – no matter their age.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Edsurge

Rise of the robots Siemens has both an academic and an industry perspective on digital learning. Now that robots are flipping burgers and reading X-rays—for a fraction of the cost of human labor—learners need to prepare for careers that employ uniquely human traits like self-regulation and communication. Even the latest edtech trends are still preparing students for a concept of work and life that’s quickly becoming outdated, he says.

Is your school’s network ready for the future of education?

FETC Converge

A few weeks ago, “The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K–12 Edition” outlined coding, online learning, robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality as the key education trends for the next five years. As identified in its 2016 reported titled “The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning,” SETDA recommends that making sure enough high-speed internet is available is paramount to a school’s future.

Bryan’s travels for June

Bryan Alexander

Afterward, they will build practice scenarios, drawing on a set of major trends partially determined by the group, testing out several methods. Continuing my new habit , I’d like to point out some places I’m traveling to in the near future. Specifically, let’s look ahead to June. June 7th: working with the excellent St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont, to explore changing traditional-age undergraduate attitudes and experiences.

VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

Edsurge

In 2014, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year , and in 2015, I wrote about edtech teaching trends for the new school year. I’ve seen the students in my own school get pretty excited about the robots they’ve built and programmed with code. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech BusinessUsing technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career.

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The ‘Maker’ Movement: Understanding What the Research Says

Marketplace K-12

Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot–or as under-researched–as “Maker” education. While exciting, that trend has begat a number of questions and tensions, many of which are just now beginning to be explored by researchers. Second, the notion of what constitutes legitimate Maker activities needs to be broadened to include community-based practices from multiple cultures (think more sewing and crafting, in addition to computer science and robotics.)