Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. Today, Google Maps is an open ecosystem for accurate, real-time geospatial and navigation data. In other words, statements within PDF documents cannot be reliably referenced in information systems and digital content. This is similar to how up-to-the-minute traffic data helps Google Maps find the fastest routes.

New Ways to Gamify Learning

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Augmentation: Technology not only replaces a traditional tool but adds functionality, e.g. using Google Earth to explore the setting of a story rather than a map. e.g. using virtual meeting tools (like Google Hangouts) to include housebound students in a class. Badges.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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To match the changing, unpredictable nature of today’s economy and digital landscape, these programs should aim for flexibility and innovative paradigms. One example of this is the newest trend of “ digital badges.” Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama.

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. This release will also now include support for Google Drive.

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Via The New York Times : “How Google Protected Andy Rubin , the ‘Father of Android ’ ” “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out. Remember: the biases of engineers and managers get baked into the software you use. Enjoy your Google for Education products ! Speaking of Google, “ Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online.

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Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction,” according to MIndwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Related, via Doug Belshaw : “Some thoughts on the future of the Open Badges backpack.” Google has launched a curriculum called “ Be Internet Awesome ” to encourage digital safety and citizenship. So many reasons why Google is the wrong entity to claim any sort of leadership position here, but hey. Education Politics.

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'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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Code.org is backed by a long list of technology companies – from AT&T to Amazon to Facebook to Google to Verizon. (I’ll These products – badges , microcredentials , micromasters , nanodegrees , and the like – have been packaged alongside (and by) MOOCs , coding bootcamps, and other popular ed-tech trends. MIT will issue digital diplomas on the blockchain. And Northeastern has teamed up with IBM to put digital badges on the blockchain.

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Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support Digital Badging ,” says Edsurge. There’s some more research on badges and alternative credentials in the research section below. Google released a handful of updates timed with ISTE, including Google Cast for Education which I heard someone say was the product most enthusiastically received by educators at the conference. Education Politics.

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Tag your questions #eduquestion or post them on our Facebook page or Google+ community. Participants will first learn about teaching students digital citizenship using a free K-12 curriculum aligned to Common Core Standards, available online or on iPads.