Great post! My favorite quote from it: “I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our education system”. Well, it is true, bu the coolest thing is that this quote from T. Edison is 94 years old… and it goes further like this: “and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.” But we still use textbooks…
This very post has also the interactive timeline of classroom technology. Take a trip down the memory lane…
Of course it looks cool… But I am not sure I would like to stand in front of 59 monitors and teach my students this way. But I also believe this model can be useful for executive education courses. What do you think?
Some are pretty typical: easier than the f2f one, too expensive (and all that technology costs $$$), might replace instructors… Read this blog post and decide for yourself. I am a proponent of distance learning and truly believe that if done right, it could provide great learning opportunities to students, transform education, and make it more professionally rewarding for faculty!
There are many products on the market. Some might be expensive. FTFT offers an overview of two free tools: Chrome app Dictanote Speech Recognizer and Dictation.io. The latter is pretty handy!
Try them out and judge for yourself.
Because Harvard… But still wow.
It looks like HarvardX MOOCs are not cheap to produce; but I assume it is their way to protect prestige and reputation and provide high quality materials. Read more in BostonGlobe.
More about MOOCs at my digo collection.
Google had quite an eventful month: releasing new way of running the apps, announcing a new LMS (called Classroom; which might be more suitable for secondary education), and getting a court decision requiring Googe to “remove links that might be damaging to someone’s reputation (effectively allowing people to erase their records), unless there’s a compelling reason not to — even if the pages the links point to are perfectly legal, and need not themselves be removed.”
More in this post.
Peer instruction developed and described by a physicist Eric Mazur has been in use for at least 20 years: “The method aims to engage students by devoting class time to active discussions. Rather than starting a class with regular lecture, the professor poses a series of questions about an assigned reading or video, and gives the students time to discuss and come to a consensus.” See this post for more details. Dr. Mazur will be honored with a Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education for his pioneering his work.
Summer is fast approaching (by the calendar, it is, not by the weather forecast…). If you are looking into enhancing your teaching with technology and would like your students to produce digital content and use technologies for learning, you might want to browse 100 blogs related to using technologies in education.
Same old, same old… Nothing new in these findings; just one more confirmation. Might be a good time to reflect at the end of the academic year and come up with ideas for active learning! And do not forget to make technology-enhanced!
Interested in knowing how the Internet of things would affect our world and how it will look like in 2025?
I can certainly see some cool stuff, but also some disturbing things… Judge for yourself!