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. High Hope #4: Cleanly Curated Open Education Resources In order for high quality OERs to be combined with high quality instructional design, teachers need tools that allow them to curate the resources.

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

Looking ahead to 2018, here are three predictions: First, we will probably see more work on the many ways automation (AI, robotics, etc.) 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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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.

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.

The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

Bryan Alexander

Under “Long-Term Trends for Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for five or more years” were “Advancing Cultures of Innovation” and “Cross-Institution & Cross-Sector Collaboration.” Further along (4-5 years) are mixed reality and robotics.

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

NeverEndingSearch

I was honored to join several esteemed colleagues to present on the panel: Leading the Charge: Leveraging Librarian Leadership to Support the OER Journey. And here is the sketchnote Margaret Sisler created during the session: #oer and teacher librarians! it’s an interesting trend.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. ” “ OER , CARE , Stewardship, and the Commons” by “Econproph” Jim Luke. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Techcrunch : “This tortoise shows kids that robot abuse is bad.” ” “ Robot abuse ”?!

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Perhaps it should go in the “robots” section. “ Will these four technology trends change education in India? Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Edsurge : “Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think.” ” (Yes, I’m tracking on this sort of thing as part of my 2017 “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Last year Achieving the Dream began a $9.8-million project to use open educational resources (OER) to create degree programs at 38 community colleges. (National) Education Politics.

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“Can robotics teach problem solving to students?” To continue a trend that I monitored last year , it’ll be worth watching who becomes a power-player in the business of ed-tech procurement. ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” “ Robots and drones take over classrooms,” according to the BBC.

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Edsurge on the business of OER. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” Tarena International has acquired the K–12 robotics company Wuhan Haoxiaozi Robot Technology (a.k.a. From The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ The 2018 Trends Report.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. ” Via TeacherCast : “Why Teachers Will Never Be Replaced By Robots.” ” Inside Higher Ed on Robot-Proof : “Northeastern president discusses his new book on how higher education can train students for careers where technology cannot make them redundant.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. I wrote about social-emotional learning (algorithms) as a “trend to watch.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. For more news about robots not taking jobs, see the HR section above. Education Politics.

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” If you repeat these stories enough, it’s almost as if you can convince people to make it a trend. Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley. “If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER” by Stephen Downes. “If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access” by David Wiley. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. “ Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. Education Politics.

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“Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “How Robots Will Save Liberal Education.” Via Campus Technology : “ MIT , Segway Robotics Hackathon Focuses on Eldercare.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ State Spending on Higher Ed Continues Upward Trend.” Education Politics.

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The business of OER. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company, which makes educational and entertainment robots, has raised $520 million total. From investors Chian Gong and Jennifer Carolan, writing in Edsurge : “ Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments.” ” (No surprise, my review of “2017 trends” will be very different.). (National) Education Politics.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

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The robot startup, formerly known as Play-i, has raised $35.9 From Berkery Noyes, the “ Mergers and Acquisitions Trend Report ” for the first half of 2016. ” Phil Hill also weighs in on the latest Babson survey on OER. Presidential Campaign Politics. Convention Week #2. This time, it was the Democrats ’ turn. Higher ed showed up in Hillary Clinton ’s acceptance speech Thursday night, including a mention of her plans to make school debt-free.

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” (“Reinventing the transcript” seems to be one of the things folks are hoping to make “ trend ” this year.). ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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