Today’s students are connected. This past holiday break, I was reminded just how much Gen Y (18-30 year olds) requires anytime access to the tools in their life.
I came to the realization that board games and cards may become a thing of the past. If you don’t have a smartphone and/or tablet, you’re considered old school. I do have one of the two so I’m only half old school. Smartphones and technology have come a long way. I still have a bunch of physical maps in my car from when I first moved to California. I honestly don’t remember the last time I touched that stack of maps with built in navigation and point to point map applications in my phone that’ll take me where I need to go without having to plan the physical route myself beforehand. Read More »
With a landmark year for education technology behind us, now is the time to harness the momentum and drive innovation forward in 2013. So as we slither into the year of the snake, here are four high impact trends worth watching:
Transition to hybrid learning: With online courses on the rise, educators will experiment how to best integrate them with traditional teaching methods. This year schools and universities will hone in on the most effective formats for learning in the digital age.
Many organizations and education institutions entering the New Year are seeking significant changes in instructional models and improvements in employee skills to achieve 2013 organization goals. Social Learning Communities have emerged as a primary strategy to achieve these goals.
Check out this short video about how social learning can remove barriers caused by space, place and time, while increasing collaboration and results.
35 percent of organizations are actively encouraging and making time for social and informal learning, and 52 percent of organizations are unblocking and leveraging social networks to support learning, according to a recent study.
“Telepresence expands the learning environment by offering students a virtual window on the real world, by reducing administration costs so more can be spent on teaching, and offering increased equity of access to learning for all.”
Antoniette Guglielmo, Ph.D.
Distance Learning Educator
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Education Fast Forward (EFF), an organization, sponsored jointly by Promethean and Cisco, that brings together leading global experts and change agents from the world of education to discuss ‘the topics that matter most’, wants to begin to change that by bringing together some articulate and intelligent voices from the world’s youth to discuss issues that are relevant to young people themselves and to their education.
In July 2012, in the most recent of the five debates organized by EFF to date, a group of eloquent and youthful voices debated the topic ‘From Learner Voice to Global Peace’. The young people were located all across the globe and came together primarily through the wonder of Telepresence (TP), a high-definition video conferencing technology. The discussion that day was not only intelligent and thoughtful: it was truly inspiring for everyone involved.