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The NMC Horizon Report – 2013 K-12 Edition

June 5, 2013

From NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Education Edition (full report) The six technologies featured in the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition are placed along three adoption horizons that indicate likely timeframes for their entrance into mainstream use for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Near-term Horizon On the near-term horizon — that is, within the next 12 months — are two related… Read More ›

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Horizon Report – Australian Tertiary Education 2013

Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2013-2018 has just been released as one of Horizon reports, produced with the same process underlies the well-known NMC Horizon Report series. Take a minute to grab the main ideas and comparisons below. Comparison of 12 technologies to watch Top-Ranked Trends Across Three NMC Horizon Research Projects Top-Ranked Challenges Across… Read More ›

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Build Your Own Dream, Otherwise Some Body Else Will Hire You to Help Build Theirs.

Build your own dream, otherwise some body else will hire you to help build theirs.  — —  from Knowmad Society What’s Knowmad Society ? You ask. Knowmad Society “Knowmads are nomadic knowledge workers –creative, imaginative, and innovative people who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas… Read More ›

(Infographic) 12 Emerging Technologies That Will Impact Higher Education

A new infographic based on New Media Consoritum’s 12 emerging technologies to watch highlights how mobile technologies will impact the future of higher education. It’s from There is no more section on mobile Apps alone (only tablet computing) – why? Apps are already becoming ubiquitous. Please include attribution to with this graphic.

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Top 15 Effective Methods of Teaching and Learning

About learning and teaching, everything works, but how well? John Hattie has led a team at Auckland University, New Zealand which compares the effect on learning of over 100 classroom interventions. In his book, John Hattie said that almost everything we do in our efforts to help students in schools has a positive effect on students. However,… Read More ›

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Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age

by Tom Vander Ark, : Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age Marty Neumeier teaches companies to innovate.  He shared lessons learned in his new book Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age.  Neumeier sees machines taking jobs that don’t require creativity, humanity or leadership. “Creative abilities are critical in a time of change,” says Neumeier. “Unfortunately,… Read More ›

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Notable EdTech Trends in 2013

2013 is set to see an almost unprecedented embracing of technology in education. Muhammad Saleem likes to share this infographic which organized some of the major ed-tech trends for 2013. For deeper and more comprehensive perspectives, visit “5 Must-Read Articles for Latest Educational Technology Trends” and “Converging Trends and Opportunities of K12 EdTech“. Please include attribution to with this graphic.

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The first MOOC on Learning Design (#oldsmooc)

In the words of Dave Cormier, “curriculum is not driven by predefined inputs from experts; it is constructed and negotiated in real time by the contributions of those engaged in the learning process”. This is how the MOOC “Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum” from Open University is facilitated. Watch the introductory presentation here… Read More ›

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From 2012 The Tipping Point to EPIC 2020

2012 The Tipping Point is a short presentation in a TED like format that was given by Bill Sams in June 2012 to the Ohio Tech Angel Fund members.  It is a concise overview of what has already happened in the education world. The EPIC 2020 web site contains links and additional information on every thing discussed… Read More ›

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NMC Horizon Report – Preview 2013 Higher Education Edition

from The New Media Consortium (NMC) The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program, and is slated to be released in February 2013. The tenth edition will describe annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to… Read More ›

If Steve Jobs Designed Education System

What if Steve Jobs had re-invented the education system rather the computer and consumer electronics industry? Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers(LWF) Conference, London, January 26th 2012. Jim Knight talked about “If Steve Jobs Designed Schools”, at the end of 2012 we still think it’s worthwhile to revisit this topic. Jobs had a revolutionary impact… Read More ›

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Crowdsourcing Homework Assignment Review

(from MIT News) In an effort to bring a more human dimension to the online-education experience, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Associate Professor Rob Miller has developed a new computer system that will help provide students with feedback on their homework assignments and create more interaction between students, teachers and alumni. Crowdsourcing homework assignment… Read More ›

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Future Work Skills 2020

In the 1990s, IBM’s Deep Blue beat grandmaster Gary Kasparov in chess; today IBM’sWatson supercomputer is beating contestants on Jeopardy. A decade ago, workersworried about jobs being outsourced overseas; today companies such as ODesk and LiveOps can assemble teams “in the cloud” to do sales, customer support, and many other tasks. Five years ago, it would have taken years for NASA to tag… Read More ›

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Innovating Pedagogy 2012 from The Open University

The Open University has published an innovation report – Innovating Pedagogy 2012. The executive summary is as below for your preview. It’s an excellent timing to review them and plan ahead for 2013. This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The first… Read More ›

15 Ways to Reinvent Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education examined several of higher education’s perpetual problems and imagined solutions. Here is what they came up with. Muhammad Saleem would like to share this infographic with our readers, take a look at some of the most common and persistent problems in higher education and possible solutions for reinventing the college experience. It was first… Read More ›

Online Education: Non-Profit vs For-Profit

For years, for-profit universities have dominated the online education space, however that’s changing. Please take a look at how non-profit universities are offering competitive alternatives. Muhammad Saleem shared this infographic crunching all the numbers behind the status. It’s from .

10 TED Talks about Creativity and A Free Toolkit to Design Education

TED just published a playlist called 10 Talks About the Beauty—and Difficulty—of Being Creative. We think every educator will be inspired by these talks. My favorite one is “Tales of Creativity and Play” from Tim Brown (CEO at IDEO). Also, in his post “A Design Lens on Education” he gave an interview with Sandy Speicher,who now leads the education… Read More ›

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What You Should Know about Badges

Badges, badges, badges! To badge or not to badge? What’s in it for you? How will it impact our education system? Mozilla Open Badges, adding a “reputation layer”? “Learning today happens everywhere. But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen online or out of school.” Mozilla is hoping to bring… Read More ›

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Free Field Trip Guides in Your Pocket

Google released Field Trip, a free app for Android smartphones, about one month ago. It periodically serves up alerts based on your current location. The alerts are gathered from a slew of online sources that range from The Historical Marker Database to concert site Songkick to the Google Offers deal service. You can determine how and how often Field Trip pings you… Read More ›

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5 Must-Read Articles for Latest Educational Technology Trends

Here are our picks to represent the latest educational technology trends. They will give you an updated picture of it. Now it’s the moment to think different and think big for education. To empower students, let’s bring interactive learning tools into the classroom — A over view of noteworthy start-ups and new tools by Troy Williams The… Read More ›

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Learning Like Spock in Star Trek

Imagine we all can learn like Spock (in Star Trek) sitting in front of computers and learning with real-time feedback and instructions. It could be a simulation for training specific skills or solving problems, meeting friends in a virtual world. Computers will give you suggestions for your best next step. This kind of artificial intelligence(AI)… Read More ›

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The End of Universities?

The Conversation, a website(funded by University of Melbourne) providing independent analysis and commentary from academics and researchers, raised a conversation about the future of universities last week. Read the following posts to  see which side you agree more. Universities must adapt or perish: report The Ernst & Young report, titled University of the future: A thousand year… Read More ›

A Summary of Online Education on Demand just built an infographic organizing all the free or not free online courses for learners. Detailed learning resources are summarized for each provider. It’s definitely an age of education on demand, although there is still concerns and issues. Let’s look forward to a shifted paradigm that will grow with more maturity. Via:

what is school for?

Stop Stealing Dreams

by Seth Godin The economy has changed, probably forever. School hasn’t. School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it’s not a goal we need to achieve any longer. In this 30,000… Read More ›

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The Magic of Kids Tech and The Future of Learning

Who is most adapted to a world of social uncertainty, technological change, and constantly shifting habits and behaviors? Above all others today, it may be kids. With touchscreens, simple programming languages, and other lowered barriers for human-computer interaction, kids are poised to gain a high level of technical proficiency. When you combine this access with the resources… Read More ›

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(Infographic) Where The Funding Is Going in Education

by Jessica, Boundless blog Education is finally getting the attention it deserves from investors and innovators alike. Follow the money trail in the infographic below to find out where funding is going in the sector. Let us know what you think in the comments!

How Google Glasses Will Change Our Education

by Staff Writers at Education is already seeing some major changes in light of new, cutting-edge technologies. Students can now access educational information from virtually anywhere at any time, and mobile devices are influencing some to flip their classrooms, changing the educational experience altogether. While current technologies are making waves, further changes linked to… Read More ›

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Motivating Students – Opportunity Isn’t Enough

by Brandt Redd, In his book, Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen and his co-authors identify four objectives that U.S. society has asked of public education. Each one is incremental; that is, each adds new expectations while still retaining the previous objectives. 1840: Preserve the Democracy (Advent of Public Schooling) 1890: Prepare Everyone for Vocations (Industrial Revolution) 1980: Keep… Read More ›

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MIT and Harvard provide interactive courses from both schools online for free through edX, which UC Berkeley recently joined. Stanford has the aforementioned programs, some of which include other Universities, a curriculum redesign in the medical school to eliminate lectures and now has doubled down with the Vice Provost for Online Learning.

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25 Principles of Design for Classrooms

by Michael Keathley , Good design is everywhere: on websites, in objects you use in your home, the car you drive every day. But often, design is missing from the modern classroom, and we think that’s a big mistake. Educators have a lot to learn from the principles of design, bringing strategic thought and creativity to today’s… Read More ›

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An Alternate Reality Game Needs Your Story about Education

I came across this story on the blog of Josh Spiro, “Will Play Games for Change”. Debates, critiques or discussion on education are often seen on internet, but not much is from students. It’s interesting to witness that game-like interactions can bring us different perspectives and mash-ups on a stale topic. It’s an alternate reality game called Ed… Read More ›

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3 Schools That Are Getting It Right

by Diana Moore, from : Three Schools That Are Getting It Right It’s easy to spend a lot of time on what’s wrong with education—and there’s a place for that. Identifying problems can lead us to solutions. But another crucial part of the conversation needs to be discussing schools that have already found solutions—and how can they be replicated…. Read More ›

connected learning

Connected Learning Manifesto

by Justin Marquis Ph.D. Much of the writing on Education Unbound is focused on evaluating existing programs or innovations to explain how best to use them or to examine their efficacy or applicability in larger contexts. The recent open call on Twitter to help develop the Connected Learning Manifesto provides a different focus however. This invitation to help create… Read More ›

The Future of Education and Evidence-Based Perspective

Today, No one can disagree that higher education requires a complete rethink. Our current toolsets and thinking are over 400 years old. But now the transmission of knowledge need no longer be tethered to a college campus. The technical affordances of cloud-based computing, digital textbooks, mobile connectivity, high-quality streaming video, and “just-in-time” information gathering have… Read More ›

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The School Becomes An Inquiry Hub

The Obama administration is asking every U.S. school to accelerate the transition to digital textbooks with the goal: an e-textbook in every student’s hand by 2017. FCC had provided Digital Textbook Playbook offering information about determining broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).