Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


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. The post Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education appeared first on Wisewire.

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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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OER and you. The curation mandate


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. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S. What are OER?

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent.

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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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SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

eSchool News

Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools. SETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. Trends toward implementing OER are increasing as educators work to personalize learning.

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.

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education


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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Higher Ed’s Biggest Pressure Cookers in 2019


What are the three topics or trends that will dominate higher education in 2019? That will trend will continue to be exacerbated by the Trump effect on international applications, which was a source of sustainability for some institutions. In 2019, interoperability for open education resources (OER) is going to be the big technological opportunity. Given the continued momentum with general-ed courses using OER, the question will be what that allows.

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OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

What I do want to comment on (in greater than 140 characters) is the practice of ‘openwashing:’ what it is, why I believe not being able to go beyond a pro-OER elephant test for organizations and service providers is untenable in practice, and some thoughts on what we can do about it.

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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.

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. However, most people remain unaware of OER. Future Trends Forum FTTE“We are in the learning century!”

“We need textbooks!”

K12 Open Ed

Several conversations lately have made me ponder the importance of community understanding and support for various new initiatives like open learning and OER adoption. This relates to OER as well. OER, and even more so open learning, look different in the classroom.

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


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. 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. Office of Education Technology launched GoOpen last year, OERs have gotten a big boost.

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


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.

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


Education Technology Open Educational Resources (OER) Higher EducationAn open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Department of Justice opposing the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest textbook publishers, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education.

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


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 trend has won admirers in the upper echelon of the education system as well.

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology


OER and open books. In fact, I think some of the biggest edtech trends have been rather. Two that shine are OER/open books and learning analytics. OER and open books also help keep course materials more affordable for students.

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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 Education Flat Classroom News & Trends STEM

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


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

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


How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom Digital Tools and Apps PearDeck WeVideo Canva DoInk Green Screen Book Creator Kami Creative Commons Resources for Classroom Project Use Free Images & Free stock photos - PxHere Beachfront B-Roll - Beautiful Free Stock Photos (CC0) ccMixter - Welcome to ccMixter OER Commons Free stock photos · Pexels Free stock videos · Pexels Videos Project Gutenberg Educator Resources | National Archives.

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Six trajectories for education and technology

Bryan Alexander

The director of EDUCAUSE ELI describes six major trends (he calls them “trajectories”) for technology and education. Malcolm draws on those to illuminate the titular six: device ownership and mobile-first; the textbook and open educational resources (OER); adaptive learning technology; learning spaces; the next-generation learning management system (LMS); and learning analytics and integrated planning and advising services (IPAS). education and technology trends

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Digital learning futures

Learning with 'e's

The latter in particular is a trend that is allowing us to use web-enabled television, dual view screens, and in the near future will enable a merging between e-mail and social media. OER social media Learning Technologies Conference mobile learning touch screens Games based learning

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.

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. 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.

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

Bryan Alexander

“[One] tenth (11 percent) were using OER materials and 4 percent were currently using OER in their classes and also making their own course materials available as OER.” Casey Green will be my guest this week on our new Future Trends Forum.

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The 2018 ‘Horizon Report’ Is Late. But It Almost Never Emerged.


The story behind the latest Horizon Report —which ranks tech trends in higher education—is easily more dramatic than the document’s actual conclusions. One possible change will be to incorporate “ predictive validity ” techniques that Educause applies in some of its other research, to try to make the process of identifying trends more rigorous, says Barajas-Murphy. Open educational resources (OER) have been included as key trends since 2013, for example.

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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.

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


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. Siemens: We’ll discuss the OER and licensing dynamics. How could you talk about OER without talking about equity?

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Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

OER Commons. Every teacher should become familiar with open educational resources, or OERs. Through the OER Commons platform, teachers can search for thousands of lessons or create and share their own.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry


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 professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

See Efficacy, the Golden Ratio, and the OER Impact Factor.). As we conduct original research and review the literature on empirical impacts on student outcomes when faculty make a displacing adoption, we’re beginning to see an interesting trend. But when a faculty member leverages the possibilities provided by OER to improve their pedagogy in ways that are only possible in the context of the 5R permissions, drastic improvements in student success are possible.

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


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). A good example of this would be the usage of OERs by Sky Customer Service to train their employees. E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years. The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees.

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


Being a good digital citizen not only improves the user’s experience but also foils the growing trend of cyberbullying. OER Commons provides a database of free learning materials commonly used by teachers nationwide.