Horizon Project 2016 Wiki

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The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. {Click Here for 2015 Horizon Report.} Six key trends, six significant challenges, Six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, This provides campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology […]

An App that Can Tell How you Feel? What if Technology Could Read our Emotions?

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In the May 2015 TED Talk, Rana el Kaliouby shares how she was able to create a way to capture emotions using technology. Her story is based on how she had a need to express herself more demonstratively in her online communications with distant loved ones than just a mere emoticon. :-)  One of the caveats of e-Learning is the lack of the instructor to get robust feedback from learners. Interactivity is a key ingredient in the learning process. In addition to education, this tech tool has many implications in areas such as psychology, law and legal studies, and more. […]

How to Learn Anything – TED X Talk

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Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, ‘The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business’, as well as the book ‘The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.’ Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way. I wish I had known this before taking Mr. Wayne Ervin’s American History course at Brunswick High School. 

Screenflow + 6 Additional Screen Capture Tools

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One of the current assignments for my students is to create a short “standalone” digital lesson using audio, video, text, and graphics. If you have ever visited the “eHow” or “Instructables” you will see a large variety of how to leverage the technology and provide a thoughtful learning episode on a particular topic.     While it is not exactly “Artificial Intelligence” this approach will save you and the learners time and allow for the concept to be repeated for deeper learning. In addition, this tool, and the 6 additional programs have implications and applications for mobile learning. Here’s a […]

What is “Mindfulness” and how can it increase learning?

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Do you meditate? Do you reflect on your learning? Do you keep a journal either digital or a traditional paper? I carry a bound, blank, book, with me to all meetings and gatherings so that I can create a resource that allows me to reflect on these often complicated and poignant life moments. Most are informal anecdotes. After watching the recent documentary on the Life of country singer Glen Campbell entitled “Ill Be Me”, I was saddened and touched by his ability to continue to play and remember music despite his diminishing ability to remember. My wife’s mother is experiencing […]

QR Generators

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There are numerous free QR GENERATORS on the web, but IMHO, QR STUFF is the best for many reasons. From their website: “We don’t use the Google Charts API for QR Code generation – we’ve gone to the trouble of building and developing a custom ISO-compliant algorithm – so we aren’t bound by the data type, image size and resolution limits imposed by other sites that use somebody else’s third-party generator as their back-end.” I created the QR Code below to be used on my business cards. It allows for the quick and seamless digital input to be added to […]

Controlling an Airplane remotely + FREE Air Miles for Hackers

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CNN is reporting that a hacker was able to take control of the flight of an airplane through hacking a wireless system. But what about our trains? Could the recent Amtrak crash be the direct result of a system that was hacked? I have no seen or read about anything raising this question. Perhaps it is too much of a stretch and maybe a degree of paranoia, but would I don’t think it would be a policy to have a proactive security system in place before this scenario becomes a reality and we must be reactive. An once of prevention…  As […]

Google for Education Conference, May 8-9th

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Join me and others from around the globe for a free online conference. You have the best seat in the house (your own!) to learn with other educators. Click here to register and to view the conference schedule. Something for everyone! Topics that resonated with me include: What are the Skills of the Future?, Three Ways to Drive System-wide Change (Mark Fullan), and Transforming Learning with Technology (Panel Discussion). LaVar Burton (Below) will be the keynote speaker. Here he is below, during his pre-Star Trek days, with his all-time favorite teacher, his mother. Here’s an excerpt from his work with […]