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K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning Trend

By Maggie Wirtane, Rotational… Flex… Self-blended… Enriched-virtual… What are these terms describing? Apps? Cars? New types of virtual gaming? Actually, these terms describe a nascent form of learning referred to as blended learning or hybrid learning. Indeed, a 2011 report by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) indicates that blended learning is on the rise and… Read More ›

Educational Technology to watch

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 ›

digital textbook, open education resources

6 Major Recommendations for K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age

Founded in the fall of 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association serving, supporting, and representing US state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA works in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations as a forum for inter-state collaboration, cooperation, and best practices. To help the transition into digital textbook, through SETDA’s report : Out… Read More ›

Learning Content in the 3-5 Year Horizon

This slide deck is from the Next Is Now webinar delivered by Dr. Rob Reynolds on April 25, 2012. In his presentation, Rob explores key Internet trends affecting education, and makes projections regarding the future of learning technology and learning content. More reading: The Shift to Touch Will Introduce Major Changes in Education Flat World… Read More ›

21st century learning

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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The 7 Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today

by Terry Heick, : Shift_Learning: The 7 Most Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today So we’re taking a stand here. This is all incredibly subjective, but so are the VH1 Top 100 Hair Bands Videos and those are fun, am I right? So subjective it is. Let’s make a list. A list of ideas that are… Read More ›

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School in the Cloud and Self-Organized Learning Environment

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Dr. Mitra, an educational researcher and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK) delivered his… Read More ›


Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure (OPLI) #OER

The OER report published in February 2007 by Atkins, Brown and Hammond (2007) at the request of the Hewlett Foundation shows the evolution of OER movement. The report presents the next phase of the project, that will aim at consolidating understanding, technology, and incentive from multiple threads of activity into an Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure (OPLI):… Read More ›

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The Role Making Can Play in Education and Future Work

“American kids should be building rockets and robots, not taking standardized tests.”  —  By Dale Dougherty Learning by Making In this post “Learning by Making” published on Slate Magazine site, Dale elaborated:  “Learning by doing” was the distillation of the learning philosophy of John Dewey. He wrote: “The school must represent present life—life as real and vital… Read More ›

The History of Education and Textbooks [Infographic]

by Jessica Owen, Boundless ( To understand where we’re heading in education and edtech, it’s important to look back at our educational roots. As we searched for some of most memorable moments and discoveries in the history of education, we found there are lots of things that haven’t changed in hundreds of years! The groundwork for clunky, physical… Read More ›

Global Mobile Learning on the Move (#mlw2013)

Here are some great tweets from #mlw2013 you should know, and links to important posts too, especially lots of them are from @IGNATIA. (more to come) Use our mobile app to learn about UNESCO Mobile Learning Week #mlw2013 — UNESCO (@UNESCO) February 18, 2013 Tell us how UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning will assist… Read More ›

U of Virginia’s MOOC Connects Students with Real Businesses and Nonprofits

This is a news released from U. of Virginia about its MOOC, a brilliant idea of using MOOC as a platform to bridge opportunities for win-win-win. ***** 05/02/2013 The University of Virginia Darden School of Business today announced that more than 52,000 students have registered for Professor Michael Lenox‘s first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) for Coursera, “Foundations… Read More ›

The Shift From Cohorts to Competency [Infographic]

“The Shift From Cohorts to Competency” is the fourth DLN Smart Series white paper released in collaboration with Getting Smart. This paper outlines how schools and districts can ensure every student gains the necessary skills to graduate college and career ready by shifting to competency-based education. (View the infographic below) Also check out another policy paper… Read More ›

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Re-imagine Education – Learning from Scientists Directly

About one year ago, as Apple announced its interest in digital textbook market, WIRED had an article which might not raise your awareness : Digital Textbooks Go Straight From Scientists to Students. Duke University’s Cachalot app, a novel digital textbook is designed for students enrolled in Duke’s Marine Megafauna class, but free for everyone, everywhere. Johnston, who… 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.

student-centered learning

Research Report on Why Maker-Driven, Connected Learning is Important

Young learners today have the whole world at their fingertips in ways that were unimaginable just a generation ago. No matter how broad and deep the knowledge they need, everything is just a click away. How will their learning be different ? How should they benefit from that and not the opposite ? A report about… Read More ›

higher education

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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12 Must Read Papers on Digital Learning(2012)

This post “12 Must Read Papers of 2012” by Tom Vander Ark originally appeared on GettingSmart. Following are the 12 papers I most frequently cite (or plan to cite over the next few months) including a couple I co-authored.  The cover blended learning, online learning, competency-based learning, and edtech.  They come from our friends at SETDA, iNACOL, Digital Learning Now …. Read More ›

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10 Predictions and 20 Stories for Blended Learning

Michael Horn and Heather Staker from Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on education and innovation, gave 10 predictions for blended learning in 2013. (published on TheJournal) Some examples were given. 1. More Rotation Models at the Elementary School Level KIPP Empower Rocketship Education 2. More Self-Blending at the High School Level 3. More Flex-Model Prototypes 4. Growth in Enriched-Virtual Models Among Full-Time… Read More ›

MOOC, future education

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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Converging Trends and Opportunities of K12 EdTech

Seattle-based MIT Enterprise Forum of the NorthWest is one of 28 chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Strategic business reviews are the primary focus of discussion for Enterprise Forum programs. The forum held in Seattle, Washington on November 13th, 2012 focused on educational technologies. Based on the published content of the panel moderator, Frank Catalano, and from background… 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 ›

Google’s Mobile Future Is Now

Google Now is a tool that brings together virtually everything Google knows about you and where you are and then turns all of this information into a useful dashboard on your phone. TechCrunch gave a review on related clues to figure what Google’s mobile future will be: Google’s Mobile Future Is Now. Google Now is a standard feature… 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 ›

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Writing Textbooks at The Push of A Button

The first novel written by a computer has already been published four years ago. The future of content is increasingly becoming the stuff of science fiction. Not so sure? You must read this post from PATENTED BOOK WRITING SYSTEM CREATES, SELLS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BOOKS ON AMAZON. Philip M. Parker, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD Business… 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 .

Top 10 Educational Technologies of 2012

School Library Journal has listed the top 10 educational technologies of 2012 for our awareness that shift happens. It’s a good time for us to review all the trends at the end of this year. It’s exciting. Let’s examine some of the stickier trends and trends-to-be and see where our opportunities are. (actually there are… Read More ›

Manage Your Own Online Learning ePortfolio for Free

In the age of lifelong learning, we think this tool is really cool for our learning journey! We copy the most important things you need to know about it from . Built on award-winning Mahara software, gives you access to your own, free e-portfolio. You have the freedom to create your own portfolio away from… Read More ›

Internet Trend with Useful Data Updated by KPCB

Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, has just published her latest huge deck of amazingly useful data, the “2012 Internet Trends Year-End Update.” Areas like wearables, connected devices, education, e-commerce and healthcare are identified for potential growth going forward. Meeker is delivering her report to a group of Students at Stanford… Read More ›

Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum (MOOC)

from Open Learning Design Studio  Welcome to the Open Learning Design Studio’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) “Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum”. The course will run from 10th January to 13th March 2013. This free, open and online course (MOOC) has been designed with further and higher education professionals in mind – lecturers,… Read More ›

5 Predictions on Mobile Learning

Mobile is what’s happening.  TechCrunch alerted to us in Web 3.0: The Mobile Era: Here’s a quick review for the technology waves over the last roughly 20 years.  Web 1.0 was about web connectivity, the giants of that epoch catalyzed by Netscape were companies like AOL, Yahoo, and Google. Web 2.0 was social, with Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga, Twitter, and… Read More ›

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Mobile Learning is about Self-Actuated Personalization

Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization. This is a great quote from TeachThought, which actually published a post “12 Principles Of Mobile Learning” with an infographic. With the concepts, we could approach the true meaning of mobile learning beyond the tools or Apps. Worth your reading! An animated highlight of John Seely Brown’s Keynote Presentation,… Read More ›

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 ›

“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).