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. Here are five trends in the use of educational technology for special education that K-12 educators and policymakers should keep an eye on. Schools’ embrace of free open educational resources, or OER, (which educators may use, adapt, and share as they see fit) has many potential benefits.

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


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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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. I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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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. The online resource, OER in Action: Implementation Highlights , examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

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. There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact. She and her fellow panelists mentioned a few OER sources that do provide teacher support (aka professional development) in their offerings.

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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. 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 DOE networking OER OpenEd white house

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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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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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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. Community colleges are much more interested in OER than other sectors. Future Trends ForumWe explored campus technology and faculty attitudes towards digital materials.

“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. As we’ve seen with other progressive trends, there is often a negative reaction to methods that are different from what was “good enough for us” when we were in school. This relates to OER as well. OER, and even more so open learning, look different in the classroom.

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!” ” What does open education mean for higher education?


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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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. 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.

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


Specifically, that it would accelerate two trends that major textbook publishers have been driving in recent years: creating subscription services that give students access to all of a company’s digital textbooks for a per-semester fee, and selling “inclusive access” programs to colleges where the educational institutions buy licenses to digital content on behalf of students and then pass along the costs as a course materials fee.

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 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. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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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 STEMThe Next Step in Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. MAD about Mattering is a new project that is a dream come true for me!

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Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ 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 It is moving up the adoption ladder,” says Susan Grajek, vice president of communities and research for Educause, of OER. “It

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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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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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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. Education Technology Higher Education Technology Trends Digital Learning in Higher EdThis op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology.


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. 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.

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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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.

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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

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.). 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.

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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. Several participants pointed out limitations on faculty time which block creation and even adoption of OER. presentations and talks trends Uncategorized aacu16

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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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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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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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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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 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.

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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