Press Clippings


Press Clippings: Emerging Technologies

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- -
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Larry Oct 30, 2011 8:15 pm . This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • 5 Apps College Students Should Use This School Year
    http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2012/09/21/5-apps-college-students-should-use-this-school-year
    There are now more than 20,000 educational apps; this list published in USNews describes five of the most useful apps for college students including a graphing calculator app, Evernote Peek, and collaboration software. -
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    Sam Wednesday, 8:19 pm Based on research, I've definitely noticed an increase in productivity apps used among students and teachers! -
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    lisa.koster Yesterday 4:14 am Apps that are available in multiple formats (Android, iPhone etc.) can be really useful, especially, if they can be shared/connected. Eg. sharing an Evernote folder that groups could build together when working together on projects. - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 There are also new apps developing for foreign language instruction such as www.nativetongue.com - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012
    The critical point is having apps available in multiple formats unless institutions are prescriptive in BYOD. Cohesive mobile strategy is needed otherwise the non-iphone/pad users at a disadvantage if only Apple apps promoted - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
  • 2012 Technology Innovation Awards
    http://online.wsj.com/public/page/technology-innovation-awards-10162012.html
    Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Awards resulted in some very important inventions to improve quality of life and save lives worldwide, like " a tsunami barrier that automatically deploys when destructive waves approach." Check out the 37 winners.- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012 What I like about this is 2-fold. 1) Innovation that focusses on social good, and 2) that Innovation can happen from anywhere. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012Ditto to what Mara wrote; was particularly interested in the network security innovation since it's a step toward resolving one of the great hindrances to online explorations (fear of damage from hackers)
  • Amazon Launches Whispercast for E-Book Deployment, Kindle Management
    http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/10/24/amazon-launches-whispercast-for-ebook-deployment-kindle-management.aspx
    Whispercast is a new free online tool to help school districts manage their e-reading devices. The management system will allow teachers to send e-books and documents to specific groups of students who use a Kindle, iPad, Android phone, tablet, PC, or Mac. - - Sam Sam Jul 25, 2011 17 minutes ago -
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    lisa.koster Yesterday 4:20 am Imagine being able to go to the bookstore and have them send you your books instantly! (or even order them online and have them arrive on your device). -
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    jasonr Yesterday 4:20 pm This is interesting--This means that profs would be able to send students e-docs that they put together, including curated lists of web-based resources in addition to .pdfs. That would allow instructors to manage resources on a class-to-class need. - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 This could also allow instructors to personalize the learning experience for the student by sending specific resources as needed.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012 This seems to value information dissemination over the usual emphasis on copyright restriction. It will be interesting to see how this is implemented in the future. I can see the same kind of issues that we saw 20 years ago with the Kinko's Coursepack issues. - tom.haymes tom.haymes Nov 20, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Many Humans
    __http://www.technologyreview.com/news/429118/artificial-intelligence-powered-by-many-humans/__
    A new crowd-powered chat system called Chorus can give better advice than any one person by using a crowdsourced response system in which each response is the result of tens of people paid a few cents to perform small tasks: including suggesting possible replies. -
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    jasonr Yesterday 4:22 pm "Perhaps you could help someone with cognitive impairment by having a crowd as a personal assistant." Brilliant application!- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 16, 2012There is perhaps something really important about this - the connection between crowdsourcing and AI resonates also with the providing feedback and assessment for student work. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Nov 20, 2012
  • Big Data on Campus
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/education/edlife/colleges-awakening-to-the-opportunities-of-data-mining.html?pagewanted=all
    >Data mining experiments are now happening at the country's largest public university-- Arizona State. Advising procedures are now being conducted via the ASU eAdvisor system, a preliminary effort to personalizing higher education. -
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    neil.witt Wednesday, 11:08 pm Big Data is going to be big, not only will it impact on Universities as a tool we need to be able to respsond in equiping students with the skills to work in the Big Data industry if the figures from Gartner are to be believed (http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=2200815 ) Agreed big data is going to be big -
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    paul.hollins Today 11:27 am - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- richard.holeton richard.holeton Nov 17, 2012 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 18, 2012Great promise. Difficult implementation. - tom.haymes tom.haymes Nov 20, 2012 - amichaelberman amichaelberman Nov 20, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Blood Infection Treatments to be Discovered Using Crowdsourcing (VIDEO)
    http://mashable.com/2012/09/01/crowdsourcing-blood-infections/
    The mobile game, Foldit, which presents users with a simulated structure of a protein and challenges them to find new stable forms, is becoming instrumental in research on better treatments for sepsis, or "blood poisoning." -
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    jasonr Yesterday 4:25 pm this is amazing. brilliant use of a game-based approach to crowdsourced experimental research.
  • Chips and apps: How emerging tech will change education
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/canadian-university-report/chips-and-apps-how-emerging-tech-will-change-education/article4620464/
    This article describes how a University of Toronto professor has developed devices that help students understand the internet of things simultaneously while studying social interactions, and how the two are interrelated. He goes on to discuss some other exciting applications of topics in the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Ed Edition. will have impact in medium term -
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    paul.hollins Today 11:38 am - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012 The merging of the physical promises to dramatically change the way in which we interact with eachother in the educational space. Mobile is already doing that, but it can become much more nuanced and responsive. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012This article makes a great companion piece to the "Online learning -- the future of education?" piece also available on this page.
  • The Future of Wi-Fi Is Already on These 10 College Campuses
    http://edudemic.com/2012/09/future-wi-fi-10-college-campuses/
    The partnership between Google and Microsoft--Gig.U--is providing universities with super fast, gigabit bandwidth. -
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    jasonr Yesterday 4:33 pm I also recommend reading the original article: http://gigaom.com/2012/06/26/super-wi-fi-goes-to-college-with-new-government-effort/ -
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    lisa.koster Yesterday 7:04 pm With the increase in mobile devices, apps, online content etc, having adequate bandwith is a common problem. The tools are great, but if the connection is slow or non-existant, they are useless. as lisa mentions a speedy and ubiquitous connection is vital. -
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    bdieu 46 minutes ago - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - - andrew.barras andrew.barras Nov 16, 2012 The best thing universities can do is to provide high speed connectivity for the devices students will bring. Each jump in performance opens up new applications such as telepresence, and access to simulation resources.- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012I'd like to see this concept expanded. There is a digital divide between HE and K-12 as well as the larger universities and small colleges. A look at consortial relationships would be good.- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012I worry less about Universities and surrounding neighborhoods having more high(er) speed wireless than I do rural areas with chronically under-served populations. - tom.haymes tom.haymes Nov 20, 2012This will be an increasingly important issue as we shift from a computer lab model to a BYOD model. We have to figure out how to restructure infrastructure and services to support devices if we are going to have any hope of successfully integrating them into the educational process. Wireless is the basic foundation of so much that we do now it has become a basic necessity for learning. | Perhaps campus WiFi networks will become irrelevant as wireless broadband becomes ubiquitous in most areas? People want access everywhere, not just on campus - amichaelberman amichaelberman Nov 20, 2012 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012Great example of how technology expands the reach of educational opportunities to underserved areas; thanks, Jason, for the link to the original article--both were well worth reading - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012 I disagree that campus or any wifi will become irrelevant anytime soon, not because LTE might not be able to replace it some time (but I currently get 70mb/s symmetrical on wifi, which is slow compared to wires) but because the business model of the two major wireless providers. Data caps make the every increasing speeds of LTE and high bandwidth educational materials like HD videos mean students will be slammed with overages - alanwolf alanwolf Nov 26, 2012
  • Gesture-sensing interfaces to rival keyboards and mice
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22353-gesturesensing-interfaces-to-rival-keyboards-and-mice.html
A new device, Digits, is being developed by a team from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. The interface will be worn around the wrist to track hand movements more precisely than the Kinect gaming sensor so that users can gesture to control their computers and devices. -
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javier.no Yesterday 1:23 pm A very important topic for the next years because of its relation with the augmented reality and the so called "tranmedia". -
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jasonr Yesterday 4:37 pm Finally, gesture based alternatives to standard control devices! Implications for media creation and has significant software-design implications both for OS and client apps--and of course, implications for classroom teaching. -
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lisa.koster Yesterday 7:21 pm I can't help but think how these devices could help the physically challenged teacher/student. - helga helga Nov 17, 2012 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012In addition to agreeing with the previously-posted comments on this one, I found myself relishing the quick shot in the video showing how we might further untether ourselves from the front of physical learning spaces by controlling display screens and other classroom tools while walking around a classroom--nice way to further develop connections by being able to move throughout an entire learning space rather than being limited to the part of the room closest to whatever screens/demo tools we're using to faciliate learning. - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012 Definitely agree with Lisa on how these devices can help all students in various ways.
  • Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st Century Online Learning
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/googles-open-course-builder-todd-finley
Google is making use of its analytical prowess to create an open course builder and its first massive open online course (MOOC), delivered using it, covered "Power Searching with Google." It drew 150 thousand students, including the author of this article who explains what he gleaned about how well Google's new learning management software fares. - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 UniMooc, here in Spain is working on the basis of Google course builder. MOOCs and Google will be a good partnership. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012; Another article on MOOC: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/11/napster-udacity-and-the-academy/ - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 18, 2012 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012This is encouraging and very good news for any of us struggling to master programs like Adobe Captivate 6 and other tools designed to help us effectively reach learners online; makes me want to jump right in and try it. - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Memoto Makes Lifecasting Way Easier Than Instagram
http://hyperallergic.com/59088/memoto-makes-lifecasting-way-easier-than-instagram/
Are we ready for prosthetic knowledge? The Memoto Lifelogging Camera, a tiny camera and GPS that you clip on and wear, is gaining momentum on Kickstarter. -
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jasonr Yesterday 4:39 pm creepy, but wow. -
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lisa.koster Yesterday 7:25 pm Just saw this device on Kickstarter. Could be some very interesting applications of this device beyond lifelogging...- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012
  • Microsoft's New Gadget Lets Your Control Any Device With a Mid-Air Gesture [video]
http://kotaku.com/5950393/microsofts-new-gadget-lets-you-control-any-device-with-a-mid+air-gesture
Wearable hardware--this wrist strap developed by Microsoft' research division in the UK allows users to "interact spontaneously' with their devices. -
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bryan.alexander Yesterday 1:13 am A big step beyond the mouse. -
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jasonr Yesterday 4:43 pm yes, very promising. another report on the Microsoft Digit. - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012
  • Mobile GPS for Indoor Use: Just Around the Corner?
http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/sgc-cms/nouvelles-news/anglais-english/?p=4891
Indoor GPS technology has previously been a problem because it must be incredibly precise and able to differentiate between overlapping floors, etc. differently than outdoor GPS which can be a few feet off. Advancements in magnetic GPS, pinpointing a user's location based on magnetic fields, looks to be the up and coming answer to this dilemma. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 18, 2012Accurate indoor geo-location is a hard problem, but totally worth solving. Also smart mobile device guided interior wayfinding has a big future.- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 As a new Associate Editor of the Journal of Navigation, this is high on the agenda - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012 this could have a powerful impact on campus libraries and museums
  • A New Google App Gives You Local Information — Before You Ask for It
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/a-new-google-app-gives-you-local-information-before-you-ask-for-it/
Google's new app, Field Trip, gives historical trivia and facts about a location as a user approaches it, to help people connect with their physical surroundings. This is a step in the direction of "ambient intelligence" where computers are part of the environment rather than separate machines. Greeat tool for learning but it would get even more interesting if the content/data input could be crowdsourced so as to include not only "official information" but also personal pics & narratives of places - interactive/adaptive ambient intelligence -
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bdieu 29 minutes ago - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - - andrew.barras andrew.barras Nov 16, 2012 When children start to learn outside of the classroom like this, will they ever be satisfied by a lecture hall? - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012 More on Google Field Trip- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012 - tom.haymes tom.haymes Nov 20, 2012We always have to be mindful that the 19th/20th Century vision of the lecture is but a blip in the history of education - maybe only a transitional one. It's easy to miss the long view on these things. This is yet another example of where this model is being chipped away. Only most students and teachers haven't recognized it yet. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012OK, here we have it: a perfect example of learning in action by building upon what we already know and exploring new topics. As soon as I finished reading this article, I pulled out my Samsung Galaxy Tablet (which became an essential tool for me while we were exploring tablets during our 2012 Horizon Report work) and downloaded this new app (which I learned about during this part of our work together). Within moments, I was reading about local gems here in my own neighborhood in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District and dreaming about how this could effectively be worked into learning opps for others. Heartfelt thanks to our New Media Consortium colleagues who bring these tools to our attention and help us spread their use to even larger audiences. And let's not lose sight of the fact that it's a great building block added to our ongoing exploration of augmented reality--a technology that day by day literally becomes an increasingly important part of our learning landscape. - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Google+: John Butterill's Virtual Photo Walks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Uv7as5ZmI - helen.keegan helen.keegan Nov 20, 2012 Photographer John Butterill discovered a way to share his photo walks through Google+ Hangouts. Almost immediately photographers around the world began volunteering to share their view of the world with people whose mobility was limited." Easy to use, free (relatively), open - makes virtual fieldtrips/remote collaborations a breeze, also reminds me of this article:=
http://www.creativitypost.com/technology/what_i_learned_during_my_sabbatical_at_the_mit_media_lab_part_two ("we are all disabled, just at different levels"). Thinking technology for inclusion here. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012Spectacular use of a free social media tool to extend opportunities for learning and connections; as someone who continually tries to push the envelope with tools like Google+ Hangouts in learning, I'm grateful to whoever posted this--it's one of the best reminders I've seen of the human, from-the-heart side of what we're all exploring with technology, learning, and collaboration.
  • The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World
http://www.wired.com/design/2012/09/how-makerbots-replicator2-will-launch-era-of-desktop-manufacturing/
3D printers will soon be available for the masses with desktop manufacturing. This article predicts and describes how this revolution will play out and the companies involved. -
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bryan.alexander Yesterday 1:16 am Get ready for 3d printing across the curriculum. -
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kumiko.aoki Yesterday 5:17 am I think the potentials of 3D printers in education are huge. -
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jasonr Yesterday 4:48 pm - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012 - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012 this is a good one that makes you think about education and our perception of how it can change.
  • Online learning - the future of education?
http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/online-learning-the-future-of-education/
This thorough feature story published in the New Zealand Listener covers how tertiary institutions are reacting to the exigency caused by the emergence of Moocs--What does this mean for universities? How will the learning environment evolve? How do institutions adapt early-on? -
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bryan.alexander Yesterday 1:16 am Of huge interest to campus leaders, trustees, and governments. Agreed of huge interest at policy level -
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paul.hollins Today 11:38 am - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012Wonderful article on what appears to be a highly significant topic for all of us; can't help but note I've seen several articles, including one in the New York Times, recently indicating this may be developing as quickly as tablets were when we did our work together last year. - j.zagami j.zagami Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- richard.holeton richard.holeton Nov 17, 2012 see At Stanford, Scholars Debate the Promises, Pitfalls of Online Learning - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/october/tanner-lecture-two-101512.html also http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/august/online-learning-office-083012.html and http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/september/class2go-online-platform-091212.html
  • 6.003z: A Learner-Created MOOC Spins Out of MITx http://hackeducation.com/2012/08/14/6.003z-learner-organized-mooc/ "6.003z is the creation of Amol Bhave, a 17-year-old high school student from Jabalpur, India who was disappointed to learn that MITx had no plans to offer the follow-up class to 6.002x. Typically, the next class students take at MIT is 6.003, Signals and Systems. So Bhave took matters into his own hands, creating his own open online course with help from two other members of the 6.002 learning community – a class based on a blend of MIT OpenCourseWare and student-created materials." - helen.keegan helen.keegan Nov 20, 2012 Neat example of student-created/led MOOC - xMOOC going full circle back to cMOOC in a sense.
  • Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/education/online-mentoring-program-to-encourage-women-in-sciences.html\
  • A new connectivist MOOC will connect young students to accomplished women working in STEM fields. Universities who have signed on include California Institute of Technology, Cornell, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. -
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    kumiko.aoki Yesterday 5:17 am I think pedagogically cMOOC is more promising than xMOOC. -
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    jasonr Yesterday 5:03 pm +1 But isn't this just a semantic argument ? Conceptually MOOC emerged from connectivist pedagogy or philosophy what has emerged thus far pedagogically is, arguably, something else as we reach maturity this will change as we reach the "plateau of productivity" please lets just work with WOOC's as Mooc's just now -
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    paul.hollins Today 11:34 am - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012 mentoring can be a very powerful motivator, especially when talking about different populations needing guidance and support where there "seems" to be little in the field.
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  • The Open Textbook Challenge
    http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/10/30/the-open-textbook-challenge/
    This infographic published by Online Colleges shows the current state of open-source textbooks and the potential benefits that would come with further adoption and usage of digital texts in the classroom. - dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - j.zagami j.zagami Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012 - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 18, 2012- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012
  • <Pearson Project Will Let Professors Mix Free and Paid Content in E-Textbooks
    http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/pearson-project-will-let-professors-mix-free-and-paid-content-in-e-textbooks/40830**
    Pearson has created a new service that allows instructors to publish their own e-textbooks using not only Pearson’s own content, but open-access material as well. Entering in a keyword of the subject the instructor wishes to teach will populate a list of Pearson content and free educational content so that he/she can then pick and choose which textbook chapters, videos, studies, etc. to insert in the e-textbook. -
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    bryan.alexander Yesterday 1:16 am Important because Pearson is rising as a big player, and because it suggests one future for open education. Again agreed and surprisingly engaging positively with the "open " agenda -
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    paul.hollins Today 11:38 am - helga helga Nov 17, 2012 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012- rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 19, 2012Pearson's initiative is one example, I think the general trend to open digital textbooks ("make it yourself" is important). The new e-books (EPUB3) will integrate multimedia and contribute to a closer integration into e-learning.- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012. A very promising approach is Pressbooks concept to use Wordpress as a tool to create and publish e-books in epub (http://www.pressbooks.com) - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 20, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • The crazy facts around Apple's role in education http://edudemic.com/2012/10/the-crazy-facts-about-apples-role-in-education - helen.keegan helen.keegan Nov 20, 2012 (on the subjects of big players/open/textbooks)

  • Stanford Physicists and Engineers Take First Step Toward Quantum Cryptography
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/november/toward-quantum-cryptography-111512.html
    - richard.holeton richard.holeton Nov 17, 2012 "Quantum mechanics offers the potential to create absolutely secure telecommunications networks by harnessing a fundamental phenomenon of quantum particles. Now, a team of Stanford physicists has demonstrated a crucial first step in creating a quantum telecommunications device..."
  • Tokyo University of Science shows off robotic suit powered by pneumatic artificial muscles (video)
    http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/02/tokyo-university-of-science-pneumatic-muscle-suit/
    A new robotic suit created by Koba Lab from Tokyo University of Science provides support to the wearer's back, shoulders, and elbows, allowing him/her to carry more weight and perform more difficult physical tasks. -
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    kumiko.aoki Yesterday 5:17 am ;)
  • With $20M Raised, MyEdu Launches New Tools To Help College Students Actually Connect With Employers
    http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/10/with-20m-raised-myedu-launches-new-tools-to-help-college-students-actually-connect-with-employers/
    MyEdu currently helps students manage their academic experience by letting them view ratings of professors and courses before taking them. The platform is now expanding to improve student-employer interaction by leveraging student user data so employers can search for job candidates as students showcase their coursework and interests on the site. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012The expansion appears to be a wonderful use of technology to make concrete connections between education and the use of what we've learned once we explore job opportunities--yet another sign of how technology is changing the way we do business. - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
  • The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/10/after-google-glass-the-content-of-our-augmented-reality-future/264059/
    Drawing from conversations with the experts behind Google's projects like the new FieldTrip app and Google Glass as well as some new startups working on augmented reality applications, this article discusses the importance of figuring out what digital content is important enough to be overlaid in our daily physical spaces that will be helpful versus distracting or annoying, and in what manner or medium the information should be displayed. -
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    jasonr Yesterday 7:32 pm - j.zagami j.zagami Nov 16, 2012 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012 - helen.keegan helen.keegan Nov 20, 2012 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Nov 20, 2012Great article to read after reading "A New Google App Gives You Local Information -- Before You Ask for It" (above); it provides additional food for thought to our ongoing explorations of how we sift through information overload and carries that theme into the new information sources (e.g., Field Trip and Google Glass) that are obviously on the way to becoming standard resources for a variety of uses. - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012
  • Realtime Machine Translation; The Tower Of Babel Reborn - andrew.barras andrew.barras Nov 16, 2012 thought this was missing - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012
http://gizmodo.com/5801247/google-could-very-well-develop-universal-translation
All 7 Billion people in the world right now need to learn things to function in their lives. Right now we are separated by language into distinct groupings. Each grouping then needs to create an educational framework for their members which leads to a huge amount of repetition and wasted resources. Google, Microsoft, Apple and others are close to having practical realtime translation for both text and spoken word. Here are the implications of this as I see them.
1. Searching YouTube for the word Education leads to 1.98 million videos. Microsoft is close to enabling voice translation in realtime (see this post on my blog for the video). Imagine all those videos being able to be translated for the whole world.
2. The Chrome browser already has translation of text built in and there are several cell phone apps to do it via augmented reality. When this becomes standard it will open up the sum total of human knowledge to anyone, regardless of language. It will also also online lessons to be translated and made available to anyone. This exponentially increases the amount of materials available for teachers.
3. The Internet has already accelerated the rate of change. I think Steven Johnson lays out why in this cool video. (Where Good Ideas Come From). If good ideas are the product of two lesser ideas colliding, then translation software will put all the world's ideas into one big idea supercollider. That will take the rate of change to 11.
  • 4. This is the "killer app" for online education. You can then have synchronous class sessions online with people from literally around the world, each speaking their own language but being translated for everyone else.
5. Teachers in the US will have to get used to having a world wide student body. They also will have to deal with competition from overseas teachers (being translated for their US based students). Globalization will have reached education. (see
Higher Education For The World )
It is critical to understand that this impending capability is cloud based so it can show up overnight. We aren't waiting on some new computer processor to be invented. Like most massively disruptive innovations it will show up quietly. Students will get a new software update for their phones, or browsers and there it will be. The effects will be profound and I think they are imminent; 3 years max.
Some further info:
Realtime Voice Translation Gets A Step Closer To Schools
Realtime Voice Translation Moves Closer
Realtime Text Translation App
Realtime Language Translation on the Horizon
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  • Reflection App
https://www.reflectionapp.com
AirPlay mirror your iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or the new iPad to any Mac or PC, wirelessly. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 19, 2012 Just imagine what one could do in a large classroom with multiple screens to display. Could be info overload but certainly an opportunity to increase peer to peer learning. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 19, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012
  • The Algorithm Didn’t Like My Essay
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/business/essay-grading-software-as-teachers-aide-digital-domain.html?_r=0
AS a professor and a parent, I have long dreamed of finding a software program that helps every student learn to write well. It would serve as a kind of tireless instructor, flagging grammatical, punctuation or word-use problems, but also showing the way to greater concision and clarity. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 19, 2012
  • Grading Automated Essay Scoring Programs- Part I
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/edtechresearcher/2012/04/grading_automated_essay_scoring_programs-_part_i_bjfr.html
  • Automated Essay Scoring software programs can grade essays as well as humans. That was one of the key findings from a new Hewlett Foundation-funded study of Automated Essay Scoring (AES) tools produced by eight commercial vendors and one open source entry from Carnegie Mellon University. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 19, 2012 With the increase of MOOCs, these types of programs will provide the 'direct feedback' that is needed to improve student learning. - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
  • BBC's "Click" on 3D Printing http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9770565.stm This is a nice little piece on the present and future of 3D printing. I see this as a "stealth" technology at this point where we'll wake up one day and it will be ubiquitous. We just won't always notice where it is now. - tom.haymes tom.haymes Nov 20, 2012
  • MOOCS For Credit
Nick Anderson has written several good articles in the Washington Post recently on MOOCs and their implications for the future of Higher Ed.
Exploring credits for free online courses
Elite education for the masses
MOOCs and entrepreneurial professors
Grades are in for a pioneering free Johns Hopkins online class
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