The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies‘ Jane Hart has published the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011. These tools are chosen by vote from 500+ educators and professionals. All the old favourites are present, with one or two new tools for the classroom.
An article in Educause Review July/Aug 2012 explores what happens when a higher ed teacher uses Facebook and Twitter in undergraduate and graduate courses without becoming friends or followers. Because Nicol Howard experienced problems with contacting students via Facebook, Twitter became the social network of choice, and thus the term Twitical Thinking evolved.
Was it successful? A key take away from the experiment was stated “Continuing efforts using social networks in university classrooms will inform future theories on their effective use and best practices.”
Although a third of students found mobile devices an “important component of academic success”, many universities had not enabled mobile-enabled their services. These are findings, reported in the Australian 4 July 2012, from an Educause report conducted across 200 universities and colleges.
You may be surprised! This article from Time suggests that there may be advantages to the “old technology”, that is, books. Quoting Kate Garland, University of Leicester, the author concludes that people reading on paper get to “know” the content more quickly.
In his wiki Educational Origami, Andrew Churches, Curriculum IT Coordinator at an Auckland School, outlines Blooms taxonomy and explains what Web 2.0 online tools fit the Blooms levels of thinking skills.
For example, for the creating level of Blooms, there is a list of tools for video production, image manipulation, project management, game creators, podcasting and more, as well as start sheets.
The New Media Consortium and Griffith University has just released The Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2012-2017. This Horizon report, a first for the Australian higher education sector, forecasts those emerging technologies which will become mainstream within one year or less, two to three years, and four to five years.
One Year or Less:
Two to Three Years
personal learning environments
Four to Five Years
massively open online courses
natural user interfaces
Download and read the report at http://www.nmc.org/publications. The rationale and trends are outlined, and one page is devoted to each of the technologies, giving examples of use in the institutions, as well as further reading.
At the website, you will also see a link to download the K-12 Horizon report.
We all know about the inspiring TED talks. But now TED has a new project aiming to invite exemplary educators to submit lessons, not more than ten minutes long, with a view to animating them. The resulting short videos are fascinating and engaging lessons. Find out more at http://education.ted.com/