National Distance Learning Conference – Nov 9 – 11th

It’s Free!  It’s Professional Development!  Augmented Reality + e-Learning: There is NO Kill Switch for the Awesomeness! Here’s the link to my presentation: (It will be recorded and posted on my website too) Conference Webpage – Conference Registration – **Webinar Schedule – (Eastern Standard Time Zone)

Grab These Educational Apps They Are Free Today

Grab These Educational Apps They Are Free Today – November 7, 2015 Below are two great iPad apps that are on sale today. They are free for a limited period of time at least in the Canadian and American iTunes App Stores. The first app called Clips Video Editor is a simple yet powerful application to use when editing your videos. It allows you to add music, split and/or trim clips, add voice-overs, mix audio and many more. The second app, NOTE’d, is a beautiful notepad application to use for recording ideas and bookmarking memos. It supports voice memos in cases where you can’t type and lets you attach photos and maps to you memos.    

Horizon Project 2016 Wiki

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 planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice. {Click here for the 2016 Horizon Wiki}

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

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. I think we will see this technology leveraged in a variety of applications as it becomes more robust and able to transcend the nuances and differences between ethnic groups and cultures. On a similar note, in May 2015, my Alaska Pacific University graduate student, Vania Lumatti-Lodewyk, finished her Master’s thesis […]

How to Learn Anything – TED X Talk

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. 

Capzles: A Creative Tool for Rich Multimedia Experience

Capzles is a web-based service whose purpose is to aggregate various media into a rich presentation experience. There is also a free iPhone app available {Click here}. Below is an example of a Capzle entitled: A Brief History of Apple. This chronological presentation has that provides an aesthetically pleasing visual history from 1976 to 2010.

Screenflow + 6 Additional Screen Capture Tools

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 link to a new tool called “Screenflow” (iOS, $99, Softonic) which allows those constructing the lessons to “work smarter, not harder” and maximize the technology to reproduce brief lessons. For example, a teacher could create a digital lesson covering the course syllabus and save valuable synchronous class time. Another example […]

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

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 some of the same frustrations, confusion, and inability to remember life events that were shown in the Campbell documentary and   in the 2015 Oscar-winning performance by Julianne Moore in the movie “Still Alice”. Here’s a link to some strategies offered by Adult Education Dr. J on his website that I […]

QR Generators

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 your “Contacts”. You will need a QR READER to scan this and other codes. Here’s a link to a QR Reader for the Apple OS and one for the Android OS.