Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

Underlying a range of new trends, experts say, is a growing recognition that designing learning resources from the beginning with students with disabilities in mind can benefit all students. “Developers and [K-12] consumers are now very tuned in,” said Cynthia Curry, the director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning , more commonly known as the AEM Center. Making Computer Science Accessible for All.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

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The primary trends identified by the team were: adaptive learning, open education resources (OER), gamification and game-based learning, MOOCs, LMS and interoperability, mobile devices, and design. Secondary trends, found in only a few of the reviewed resources, included: blended learning, dashboards and learning analytics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. While the trends might have been expected, there were surprises in the findings.

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OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. The Twiter feed shows the buzz around the trending event and it shows school librarians were at the table. But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S. What are OER? Curation is about selection, access, organization, equity.

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Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

On April 14th Cable Green, many participants, and I explored this question on the 11th Future Trends Forum. He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. The mood was positive, especially as OER adoption seems to be rising, reaching <>15% of adoption in some cases. TRENDS IN OPEN EDUCATION. Related trend: open policies from government agencies.

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Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

On April 14th Cable Green, many participants, and I explored this question on the 11th Future Trends Forum. He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. The mood was positive, especially as OER adoption seems to be rising, reaching <>15% of adoption in some cases. TRENDS IN OPEN EDUCATION. Related trend: open policies from government agencies.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. As a result, educators trust that the resources found in the Knovation Content Collection, including Open Educational Resources (OER), are ready to be incorporated into instruction.

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OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

My reaction to a news story about an education company acquisition seems to have set off a debate in my twitter feed about the intersection of open educational resources (OER) and the role of the private, for-profit sector in the K-12 content/curriculum market: For the love of all things good and holy, can we not keep confounding ‘open’ with ‘free’? And, to be clear, I am not claiming here to be the first to define this term or highlight this trend.).

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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. Casey noted some long-term persistent trends, such as campus IT seeing technology as an underutilized aid for instruction, and not feeling satisfied about institutional promotion of technology for faculty. ” Casey’s response: we have more information and expanded access to educational materials, but no increase in faculty productivity and no decrease in costs. Future Trends Forum

The design and future of open education: Curtis Bonk on Future Trends Forum

Bryan Alexander

After one conversation with Cable Green , my Future Trends Forum pursued this theme further on April 27th with excellent and dramatic guest Curtis Bonk. Access and convenience remain major motivations that bring learners to open content. However, most people remain unaware of OER. Future Trends Forum FTTE“We are in the learning century!” ” What does open education mean for higher education?

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

The EdTech Trends You Might Be Missing (Redux)

Doug Levin

As compared to others, I am more likely to tag local/regional and state-specific news stories, in-depth policy analysis, open resources (OER, open source software tools, open data, open access, etc.), Blog News Trends journalism news trendsAbout a year and a half ago , I launched a ‘reading list’ feature on this site in an effort to expand folks’ perspectives on technology in education.

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

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An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. But they argue that their new business models—subscription options and inclusive access plans—benefit students and colleges and reduce the cost of course materials thanks to economies of scale. The joining of our two companies will allow us to offer students even more value and more affordable options to access textbooks and course materials.”

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

NeverEndingSearch

Back at ALA Midwinter, I was honored to present on LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel , with fellow panelists Kate Tkacik, Suzanne Wulf, Becky Yoose, James Neal and Cynthia Dudenhoffer. Each of us was initially assigned two trends to explore and discuss. I thought I’d break my own two ish trends and resources into two posts. Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). Coming in the next post: OER, OA and openness.

Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

Edsurge

In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). The increasing availability, accessibility and quality of OER materials offer districts the opportunity to move away from textbook publishers and develop their own curriculum. The trend has won admirers in the upper echelon of the education system as well.

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MAD about Mattering: A New Global Collaborative App Project #steam

The CoolCatTeacher

A toolkit for teachers will be made available at the end of the 2015-2016 school year as an OER (open education resources), allowing other teachers across the world to follow this method of quad engineering. “So We’ve seen students around the country do amazing things in their classrooms when they are given the ability and access to create technology in a simple fashion”, says Crescerance co-founder, Alefiya Bhatia. Education Flat Classroom News & Trends STEM

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Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ Around the World

Edsurge

Open educational resources have gone global and may help make learning more accessible, equitable and inclusive around the world. So says the new Educause Horizon report , which identifies technologies and trends that are changing higher education. OER was one of six “emerging technologies and practices” the panelists highlighted as most likely to significantly influence postsecondary teaching and learning in the future. “It

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Higher Ed’s Biggest Pressure Cookers in 2019

Edsurge

What are the three topics or trends that will dominate higher education in 2019? The question is when we will see large universities become active buyers in states like Texas and California to gain better access to growing markets. That will trend will continue to be exacerbated by the Trump effect on international applications, which was a source of sustainability for some institutions. OER is here to stay, and 2019 will be around what its presence enables.

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

Lastly, I forecast continued incremental growth of open educational resources (OER) and open access in scholarly publication. If we look back on 2017 in educational technology, some of the biggest surprises were political and cultural. The first is the spread of free public-university tuition programs in American cities and states.

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How to Boost Classroom Engagement With the Tech Tool That 'Always Works'

Edsurge

The teachers who have access to Vivi-enabled classrooms have been using more interactive tools to engage their students, so it's made them feel more confident in being able to quickly connect, share, show something, get feedback from students. Education Technology Technology Tips Teaching & Learning Student Engagement STEM Video Instruction Instructional Trends Education Research Student Voice Computer Science

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Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Now that the book is appearing in print, I’m publishing the full-text chapter here so that there will be an easier-to-access open access version of the chapter available online. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.).

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

Bryan Alexander

A quick round of introductions revealed some interesting trends: a growing number of liberal arts institutions are launched or growing online learning programs; many sought to find the distinct ways liberal arts institutions, and campuses pursuing liberal education, can use technology. That meant open source software, open education resources, and open access in scholarly publication. The other spoke of access, public financing, inequalities.

Why American higher education faculty tend to resist digital materials: new study

Bryan Alexander

When professors select analog instead of digital content, it’s largely because of perceived quality and impact on learning: “Faculty are not convinced that digital offers higher quality, provides real added-value content, or improves learning outcomes” When asked “Why might you decide to select OER materials for your classes?”, Casey Green will be my guest this week on our new Future Trends Forum.

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

It offers a large number of students access to study high-quality courses online through video streaming. Anyone can access these courses and there is no minimum qualification to take them. Wearable gadgets such as Google Glass and Apple watch is the new trend that has innovated the e-learning industry in the last ten years. Open Education Resources (OER). Open Education Resources are accessible courses available online which can be viewed by anyone.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

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George Siemens, professor and education technology researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington, and David Wiley, co-founder and chief academic officer at OER company Lumen Learning, will lead the free course that aims to introduce graduate students (though anyone with internet access can take the classes) to open education, and how the field has evolved. Faculty that don’t want to access the content in edX can easily download and use any of content we’ve developed.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. Some economists say OpenStax and other OER producers helped to halt the decades-long rise of textbook prices , which now set the average undergraduate back between $1,200 and $1,440 each school year, according to the College Board. Some professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.

The Pin that Popped the Textbook Bubble: Open (Notes for my 2015 #sxswedu talk)

Iterating Toward Openness

Publisher’s refusal to sell copies of educational materials, now only allowing students to access educational materials as long as they are subscribed , wages a war on private ownership of property. See Efficacy, the Golden Ratio, and the OER Impact Factor.). The entire internet is free to access and read – CNN, BBC, National Geographic, HuffPo, etc. See The Access Compromise and the 5th R.).

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Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall.

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

In summary, their results suggested “no noticeable improvement” in standardized test scores (PISA) for reading, mathematics, or science in countries that heavily invested in classroom technology; thus, they do not believe expanding access to high-tech devices (1:1 Chromebook programs) will abate falling test scores. . Being a good digital citizen not only improves the user’s experience but also foils the growing trend of cyberbullying.

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More College Students Are Downloading Course Materials for Free—Or Skipping Them Entirely

Edsurge

That figure includes texts procured legally, like open educational resources (known as OER), and illegally, such as pirated files shared through torrent websites. The decrease follows a trend of near-steady spending decline going back at least 10 years to 2007-2008, when students reported spending an average of $701 on course materials. A third may be the growth of so-called inclusive-access programs.

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Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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Department of Education to improve access to open-licensed educational materials, or OER. Ben-Naim says the acquisition by Pearson could “affect the plan,” which was to build OER content on Smart Sparrow.

Musings on the Economics of Commercial and Open Educational Resources

Iterating Toward Openness

I have a chapter about open educational resources that will be appearing in a book on trends and issues in instructional design and technology later this year. Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Some publishers provide “forever access,” but this is not ownership and does not enable secondary markets.).

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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. Transforming teaching and learning and providing access to digital instructional materials, both on and off campus is critical for all students,” said Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA.

Further reflections on EDUCAUSE 2015

Bryan Alexander

Many quiet signs of OER. ” On Twitter I asked her for access to the slides, and she promptly webbed them up. Not all the way, but watch this trend. I don’t know, honestly, if this group is isolated from some political and cultural trends, or just focused very practically in what I saw. Last week was the major EDUCAUSE annual conference. I already shared materials and thoughts from my various presentations and events.

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An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

TESS101x: Enhancing Teacher Education Through OER. Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom. Locating, Creating, Licensing and Utilizing OERs. Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Learning. An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. by Class Central. EDUCATION & TEACHING (29). Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools. University of Houston System via Coursera. Go To Class | Next Session : 3rd May, 2015.