Desktop Research: Emerging Technologies

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

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  • Services that allow for anonymous or at least semi-anonymous social sharing - For a while there has been an assumption that if we are online, we just have to assume for better or worse that everything is recorded and stored forever. This is a good strategy, but recently some new services have emerged that do seem to allow for social sharing without the permanent dimension. I'm interested to see how far the trend of apps like Snapchat and Secret go towards remaking the privacy vs giving away our data dimension of the web. This article from The Verge gives a good insight into this: - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 This seems to follow the same trend spurring the popularity of reality TV shows. As was noted in the article, more users view comments as opposed to posting.- lori.swinney lori.swinney Feb 19, 2014- ole ole Feb 20, 2014. Critical thinking skills as well as creative thinking skills could be utilized by an app like this. However caution to the wind when students are not being guided with acceptable use in a virtual world. There are many merits to this technology but again we need to start at very young ages describing socially accepted conversations- sbedard sbedard Feb 20, 2014 I'm curious how this would play out if the idea of self-destructing communication were built in as a choice in other forms of communication such as email.- jill.leafstedt jill.leafstedt Feb 20, 2014

  • 2 Drone-Journalism Programs Seek Federal Approval to Resume Flying
    Drones have enormous potential for research purposes, but its currently not easy to use them. Two Drone Journalism programs, one at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and one at University of Missouri–St. Louis have received cease-and-desist letters from the Federal Aviation Administration. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 The potential of drones is a democratisation of this kind of airiel journalism and just for the kind of high shots not possible for student films before. Prices for quality video drone rigs is still a little high however. Great article! - Sam Sam Feb 18, 2014Lets hope with the federal government investing in pilot non-military drone programs the regulatons will open up a little for this use in the near future.- jmorrison jmorrison Feb 18, 2014
  • 3-D Printed Brain Lets Students Take a Stab at Neurosurgery
    Researchers at the Center for Biomedical and Technology Integration have created a 3-D printed brain that lets doctors and students do just that — and it's disturbingly realistic.
Amazing. I think we'll see more and more simulation-type use for 3D printers in the coming years. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014
- lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014- ole ole Feb 20, 2014- jill.leafstedt jill.leafstedt Feb 20, 2014
- vedantha vedantha Feb 22, 2014 Here is an article from UPenn about 3D printing to help veterinary students visualize animal brains:
Interesting potential, but immature still for complex texts - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Feb 18, 2014 I agree. This is a field of huge interest for us abroad. Surveys show that Danish PhD students are most uncomfortable about academic writing in English and tools like this might - wenn more developed - be of enormous help - ole ole Feb 20, 2014
Our investigation of AWE has turned up some interesting options, but all of them require an enormous amount of front-end work by the faculty member(s) involved. Most of the systems we looked at required between one hundred and four hundred blind double-scored examples of short answer or essay questions. These answers would then be used by a company like Measurement Incorporated ( to build an algorithm for each question. We are not pursuing this currently, and the faculty members we've discussed this with tend to be more interested in it as a "first pass" over student writing in a formative assessment mode. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014 Another site that may be of interest: - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 20, 2014
- Katie_vale Katie_vale Feb 23, 2014In our MOOC work we have been experimenting both with AWE and calibrated peer review. Our faculty are certainly more comfortable with the latter.

I just wonder about the impact on the field of medicine.- jmorrison jmorrison Feb 18, 2014 Hard to tell where this is going, do think there are many ethical issues to consider (so what else is new when we explore the cutting edge of that intersection of technology, neurology, and learning?), and see this as something that merits our attention. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014
Not sure I agree as where does this lead? The brain being used to control objects or even connecting it to a machine is one thing (for example using it to allow speech or movement of body parts that were otherwise paraliized)...but another human...makes me uncomfortable - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 Is there potential with this technology to help use our own brains to controls prosthesis? - jill.leafstedt jill.leafstedt Feb 20, 2014
University of Washington Researchers Also Created a Brain-to-Brain Interface Between 2 Humans
The result was that one person could remotely "send" a simple command to move a mouse to a person in another room to operate a simple video game.
I think badges can be really useful in recognizing smaller accomplishments in a class that don't show up on a transcript, at least in the higher-ed space. We're working on two projects that use badges to show competencies in various skill sets, but the design of the badge systems are very important in helping students take them seriously. Sometimes I prefer the term "microcredentials" for this very reason, but I'm still unsure about it. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014 Not sure if Higher Ed students would buy in. For younger students, I think it would probably work well - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 I agree - in our culture it wouldn't Work; but I appreciate that this might not be the case elsewhere. - ole ole Feb 20, 2014
I am going to be trying them in our student work environment for the micro process mentioned above. We have high expectations of the students who work in our division, including being able to teach others how to use multimedia creation tools and expecting them to learn how to support video editing, audio production, graphics program and a little bit of WYSIWYG web editing. We are going to have basic, intermediate and advance skills badges for all areas of our student job, technical and soft skills alike. BTW, my college students asked if I would get gold stars, so it does come back around sometimes. - lindleyshedd lindleyshedd Feb 19, 2014 - Katie_vale Katie_vale Feb 23, 2014 I think higher ed could buy into badging with trusted badging accreditation sources. - Katie_vale Katie_vale Feb 23, 2014 I'm a Girl Scout leader, and to earn those badges requires following a very particular set of learning objectives. Each troop leader verifies that a badge was earned. Would we see regional badging accreditors?

For what it's worth - here's my thoughts on Badges in Higher Ed. - brettbixler brettbixler Feb 20, 2014

  • Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps
    Scientists are "edging closer to manipulating memory and downloading instructions from a computer right into a brain." Interacting with devices by using our thoughts could be a tremendous boon to disabled populations. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 This will be the next mLearn stage beyond wearables, no doubt. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014 Another great article drawing attention to computer-brain interfaces; I suspect the more we learn about this, the better prepped we will be to understand and react to the implications for training-teaching-learning.
This will be the next mLearn stage beyond wearables, no doubt. - Looking forward to being able to save all those great ideas I have when I am driving in the car and cant write them down! - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 Fantastic perspectives! - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 I'm curious if we will get to a point where we can give someone a skill, not just a memory, but allow them to do something more efficiently than their brain currently allows. For example a person with dyslexia, could be given the ability to decode words efficiently. - jill.leafstedt jill.leafstedt Feb 20, 2014
  • Consumer Electronics Show Will Highlight New Ways to Collect Biometric Data
    In Las Vegas at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, biometric tools were heavily showcased for activity tracking, voice and facial recognition, and fingerprint identification. As technology moves deeper into the habits — and the biology — of Internet users, the collection and analysis of everything from iris patterns to the unique qualities of a person’s walking style raise fresh questions about privacy, as companies share the information to build more-sophisticated portraits of consumers.
  • Data Visualization & Information Design
    This relates to information visualization, interaction design, infographics, and 3D concept mapping. - sheila.carey sheila.carey Feb 18, 2014 I love well-done data visualizations. I think this is important, and
    related to open data, as there is so much information available.
There is a great, free program called Gapminder that illustrates how this can be used in Economics and other numbers-driven areas: - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014 Gapminder is a great "gateway drug" into quantitative social science!
- sheila.carey sheila.carey Feb 18, 2014 I love well-done data visualizations. I think this is important, and related to open data, as there is so much information available.
- lindleyshedd lindleyshedd Feb 19, 2014 Very interested in visualization.
~- dtorres dtorres Absolutely agree. Big Data visualization intuitive tools and creative use are key in making the most of tech's potential in education.
From a brain perspective we cannot Work enough with all sorts of visualizations - this is an important technology, indeed. - ole ole Feb 20, 2014
the amount of data that almost anyone can analyze is tremendous. Combining graphics with numerical information is a great idea and appeals to many as we are able to do more and more visually this is a great way to display complex and simple data.- sbedard sbedard Feb 20, 2014
- ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014 Our College of Journalism is placing a high priority on how big data can be better visualized not only in stories but on mobile devices since that platform is so different from larger screens. I love this topic and echo my vote for its importance. - Feb 21, 2014 I too echo my vote on this as essential as so many aspects of education involved in this
  • Deep Learning Comes of Age
    This article discusses the developments in machine learning systems to perform “deep learning” which refers to improvements in the accuracy of computer vision and speech recognition. Artificial neural networks (“neural nets”) patterned after the arrangement of neurons in the brain, allow the behavior of the net to change according to internodal weights assigned to each connection.
Last year when Machine Learning was listed as a technology I had a difficult time getting my arms around it, even though I did feel it could have a great impact on education. Just this past year, as with the work discribed in tis article, progress is being made- jmorrison jmorrison Feb 18, 2014 This (along with many other articles on our reading list) appears to be a wonderful complementary piece to the 2014 Higher Education Edition four- to five-year horizon technology of virtual assistants in that it takes us behind the scenes to see how those virtual assistants and other technology might further develop. If deep-learning technology becomes mainstream, it could have a magnificent impact on putting additional learning resources into the hands of learners and learning facilitators. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014
Recently listened to an interesting podcast about the IBM deep learning framework (known as Watson), and the kinds of applications to which it is currently being put. ( Examples include diagnosis assistant for doctors and real-time translator. Applications for education remain to be seen, but one that comes to mind is personal tutors that learn the habits, strengths, and weaknesses of a student and personalize the learning process. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014
  • This Drool-Worthy $99 Kit Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers
    A 99-dollar kit called Kano is hoping to make learning coding more accessible to kids or anyone interested. The Raspberry Pi kit merges basic computer science concepts with gorgeous, functional design, turning just about anyone into a computer maker. Each kit, created by the London startup, is comprised of bits and pieces that are constructed to build a functioning computer that can be hooked up to a monitor. - Sam Sam Feb 17, 2014
    - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Yes! Bridging the Digital Divide is about devices, too! I got all excited about the Raspberry Pi, but then realized that it's incomplete by itself. I live in Mexico...can't find a monitor for my Pi...without paying as much as a regular laptop costs! So complete kits like this are a better alternative: My son is currently on co-op programming on (?) a Raspberry Pi and cant wait to get a kit to build his own computer. - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 - Feb 21, 2014 This reminded me of one laptop per child of years past
  • 8 Brilliant Concepts for the Future of Wearable Tech
    Fast Company Design displays how a design studio, Frog, with studios across the globe, conceptualizes the future of wearable technology I can imagine the following applications for this tech in Higher Ed: wearable bracelets that do audio/video recording could create language performance assessments on the fly. Others would be great for collaboration on PBL events and finally the tree bands could be used for location based gaming.
This was a very interesting article. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014
  • The Era of Ubiquitous Listening Dawns
    “Devices of the future will be increasingly aware of the user’s current context, goals, and needs, will become proactive—taking initiative to present relevant information,” says Pattie Maes, a professor at MIT’s Media Lab. “Their use will become more integrated in our daily behaviors, becoming almost an extension of ourselves. The Moto X is definitely a step in that direction.” AND "Schmandt says one of his grad students once recorded two years’ worth of all the sounds he was exposed to—capturing every conversation. While the speech-to-text conversions were rough, they were good enough that he could perform a keyword search and recover the actual recording of a months-old conversation." - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014 If Pattie Maes is talking about it, I'm listening (ubiquitously!)--as I have ever since seeing her 2009 TED talk on wearable technology and watching how quickly that technology moved from being clunky to nearly mainstream before Google Glass even becomes readily available to members of the general public. "Ubiquitous Listening" seems to be a technology that could support the 2014 Higher Education Edition near-horizon technology of learning analytics (think of the part of this article that talks about how ubiquitous learning could help detect stress and consider how that might be useful in helping us spot and cope with learners' in-the-moment stress) and might also be an element in making virtual assistants more reliable for learners and anyone else using those devices.
  • Google Glass and wearable tech: This is a game-changer, not a fad
    This article underscores the impact that technologies which are dismissed as hype can often end up having on the world and our future. Many concerns have been brought up in regards to Google Glass, like over privacy and motives behind the product, but the author of this article argues it is important to recognize what a monumental technological step Google Glass is taking. I would agree that this is a real step forward in tech design (the loss of the handheld device) and it could be useful for class project creation and design introducing much more of a 'real' experience in the project. - paul.gallagher paul.gallagher Feb 17, 2014 - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 I've been reading/hearing the "concerns" re: Google Glass for a while now, and they're trivial compared to what this innovation represents in terms of truly portable technology. Although I confess I'm hoping the same people who wreck their cars because of texting won't wear Google Glass while behind the wheel. ;) Unlike other technologies, I see education as leading the way for this could also speed up the Internet of Things and other innovations: The price is going to have to drop drastically before this can be considered realistic for schools. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014 Completely agree that this is a real game-changer; what I'm already seeing among colleagues in a variety of learning organizations (e.g., universities and libraries) is that learners and those facilitating the learning process are quickly finding ways to incorporate wearable technology--particularly Google Glass--into learning. I suspect we'll see widespread adoption in learning environments as soon as Google Glass is readily available and the price drops, and also suspect we're going to see this as part of a progression of easily-adaptable learning technology that flows from tablets to wearable technology to virtual assistants. - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 Agree- ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014I suspect that in 2-3 years these devices will be as popular (although probably not yet as plentiful) as the cell phone so I'm in complete agreement that this "game changer" truly represents a tectonic change in how students will interact with technology as they grow older. It won't happen overnight, of course, but it will happen. Cell phones will be "so 2010." - tom.haymes tom.haymes Mar 2, 2014 Here is a cool report on the BBC about using Google Glass to interact with art at the National Portrait Gallery.
  • CloudFlare Blows Hole in Laws of Web Physics with Go and Railgun
    Thirty of the world’s biggest Web hosting companies have announced they will support Railgun, a compression protocol for dynamic Web content that was largely developed in the open-source Go programming language launched by Google. This could provide significant bandwidth savings for high-traffic sites running on Amazon Web Services or other cloud platforms that charge based on bandwidth. Anything that saves money and bandwidth could be useful to higher ed as well as K-12. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 Although not as sexy as other trends, these kinds of developments (also see the new H265 video protocol) will make a huge difference for schools and especially developing economies that rely on mobile data. Although not as sexy as other trends, these kinds of developments (also see the new H265 video protocol) will make a huge difference for schools and especially developing economies that rely on mobile data. - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014
  • Google I/O: The End of Search as We Know It?
    Google is working to expand its voice search capabilities so that it will answer, converse, and anticipate. We will soon be able to search with naturally phrased questions. A real help to the disabled student as well as students and researchers alike. - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 Applications in all voice-recognition environments (including our vehicles). - ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014
Google’s Project Loon
Two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters. Love this idea! Would certainly level the playing field of educational access and extend the reach of MOOCs.- davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 It is a great idea...not sure how practical it is. Brings to mind the 3D cartoon "Up, Up and Away." Until we all have BSPs (Balloon Service Providers), though, I prefer more...uh...grounded efforts for bridging the Digital Divide... like the 50X15 Project: As well as developments such as the Kennari tablet: - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014 Because the digital divide remains a real issue in many parts of the world, any offering (like Project Loon) that offers a potential solution seems well worth our attention. - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 I'm afraid I tend to wrote 'agree' quite a lot today, but I do agree here also.- Feb 21, 2014 Fascinating idea
  • Graphene? Wonder Material is Potential Next Big Thing in Technology
    Graphene is the thinnest material in the world, basically a sheet or layer of carbon only one atom in thickness, which has led it to be described as the world's first two-dimensional material. Among the few ideas being suggested for potential uses of graphene are flexible electronics, such as a cellphone that you could fold or roll up into a tube or a piece of clothing or a even a potato chip bag that could function as a digital device. Very practically speaking, having devices and other objects made of this could lighten backpacks around the world!
  • Haptix
  • Haptix is a new technology to transform any flat surface into a 3D multitouch surface to control your computer, TV, or any other screen. This could make classroom presentations a breeze. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014 I know we've tracked haptic technology in the past and that electrovibration is among the technologies on our master list, so this intriguing project seems to fit into an area that hasn't exactly been ignored but may well be worth more attention as Haptix moves toward production. Yes, I agree that this offers opportunities for exploration! - ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014
  • How Algorithms Rule the World
    Police forces, investment banks & more are using algorithms, as "algorithms are now programmed to look for indirect, non-obvious correlations in data." This article covers the good and bad implications of how algorithm are affecting our day-to-day lives.
This article covers the good and bad implications of how algorithm are affecting our day-to-day lives. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014
  • How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple
    According to this tech enthusiast, wearable computing is not just a fad because it will be extremely useful to people who want the internet inside of the "me" bubble. Not the whole internet, but notifications, virtual assistance, and communication. Apple will have to join the wave if they want to compete against Google Glass.
  • Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers
    This article underscores a major challenge in progressing forward with an internet of things, which is the fact that every connected device will need an identifier connected to a power source. To harvest the necessary energy, scientists are now looking to light and human motion as viable sources. Maria Gorlatova at Columbia University in New York is part of a research team who attached energy harvesting devices to 40 individuals to analyze the power available. - sheila.carey sheila.carey Feb 19, 2014 This is related to this, I guess. While impressed with potential applications, I can't help but wonder about the privacy issues - ole ole Feb 20, 2014
  • This Insane Technology That Makes Buttons Appear On A Flat Smartphone Screen Is Pretty Close To Magic
    A new tablet from Tactus can make tactile buttons rise up out of a screen when you need them. and disappear when you don't. You can activate buttons over your keyboard to make typing easier and more natural, or control buttons to enhance gaming. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 not so sure we need buttons anymore, but will be great for sight-impaired.
  • Intel Bringing Vision, 3D to Laptop and Tablet Cameras
    From mundane 2D devices, integrated cameras in laptops and tablets in the future will change into powerful 3D tools that can sense movement, track emotion, and even monitor reading habits of children, according to Intel.
  • Introducing the LEAP
    Leap Motion Video
    Interacting with your computer in an entirely new way. Natural hand movements, interpreted instantly with remarkable accuracy.- davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Still yawning about this. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. ;) - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 I agree with David - I cancelled my order after reading the reviews - a solution looking for a problem at present - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 I agree (again!); have worked with it myself and even though I consider myself open minded I didn't have any benefit from it - and it's power consuming, right now anyway.
- bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014 Not sure I agree. Seems like it would have some great potential for simulations, augmented reality, and data visualization. I think, some many other things, there are specific applications for this, but I don't see how it will appeal to all. - ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014
  • Key Glove
    Keyglove is a wireless, open-source input device a user wears over the hand to control devices, enter data, play games, and manipulate 3D objects. I just add this to the rapidly growing list of all "near field" devices and interfaces. This is just one of many specific applications for what I think will become a common interface.- ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014
  • Lifelogging: Crowdsourcing + Life Logs = Big Insights
    Life-logging apps are now giving researchers more broad data troves than ever before. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 The key should be that they give this data to users and respect privacy while allowing for individual improvement - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014 Another technology that fits into the larger learning analytics playground we've been documenting through the Horizon Project?
  • MakerBot Unleashes Giant 3D Printer That Prints 10 Items at Once
    LAS VEGAS — 3D printing company MakerBot announced at the 2014 International CES show on Monday a collection of new 3D printers, including one that lets you print up to 10 items at one time. - lbowler lbowler Feb 18, 2014
    Use 3D printers as a teaching tool in social studies, to help explore broader social/cultural issues with students: Think about "critical making" as a new arena for critical thinking.

  • The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI
    The Google Brain movement led by Stanford professor, Andrew Ng, seeks to meld computer science with neuroscience in a new field of computer science known as deep learning, so that machine learning will mimic the way human brains learn. For instance, one of Ng’s algorithms taught itself to recognize cats after scanning millions of cat images on the internet, it over time learned to identify cat images from non-cat images.- davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Yep, just what we need: a machine that can recognize cats. ;) Sorry, folks, I was studying AI back in grad school. Conclusion: Why bother programming a computer to do what billions of human beings can already do? Maybe we should focus on their doing what we can't. ;) - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 The progress may be slow, but when it does come Education will have to seriously look at how to train students for a jobs market where they compete against AI.- ole ole Feb 20, 2014 From another perspective this might help understand or rather getting a feeling of how the brain learns; thus it would be an important step forward.
  • Maps That Live and Breathe With Data
    As mobile phones become all-in-one tools for living, suggesting where to eat and the fastest way to the dentist’s office, the map of where we are becomes a vital piece of data. This explains why Google is deep in negotiations to buy Waze, a social mapping service used by millions of drivers around the world that has generated many of its maps by tracking the movements of its nearly 50 million users via GPS. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 18, 2014 Imagine a day when we can have the 'locater social apps' are designed to connect with people who have similar interests, not sexual preference. Just sayin'. - ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014 I've already attended a conference where we WERE connected to people with similar research interests...or at least notified about them on our mobile devices with the option to collaborate.
  • Medicine That Monitors You
    As society struggles with the privacy implications of wearable computers like Google Glass, scientists, researchers and some start-ups are already preparing the next, even more intrusive wave of computing: ingestible computers and minuscule sensors stuffed inside pills. I can' t help but wonder what the long term implications are of sending signals through your body to communicate what's occurring internally.
  • Minority Report Meets Google Glass
    Barrett Ens suggests a cockpit like environment will be the future way to interact with Google Glass apps - sheila.carey sheila.carey Feb 26, 2014
  • Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of ‘Robo Sapiens’
    The Pentagon has devised a challenge in which competing teams of technologists program a robot called Atlas to do things like shut off valves or throw switches, open doors, operate power equipment and travel over rocky ground. The challenge comes with a $2 million prize. The goal is to use the robot as a tool that can come to the aid of humanity in natural and man-made disasters.
  • Multiview 3D Photography Made Simple
    A new technique enables the conversion of an ordinary camera into a light-field camera capable of recording high-resolution, multiperspective images. Researchers in the Camera Culture Group at MIT’s Media Lab have developed a system they’re calling Focii that can produce a full, 20-megapixel multiperspective 3-D image from a single exposure of a 20-megapixel sensor. So it can be bought as an add-on to a normal camera allowing affordable computational photography.
  • Pearson Project Will Let Professors Mix Free and Paid Content in E-Textbooks
    Pearson has created a new service that allows instructors to publish their own e-textbooks using not only Pearson’s own content, but open-access material as well. Entering in a keyword of the subject the instructor wishes to teach will populate a list of Pearson content and free educational content so that he/she can then pick and choose which textbook chapters, videos, studies, etc. to insert in the e-textbook. I think this is a really handy and quick way to create deep content for a course. I like that an instructor and pick and choose from a wide variety of media and resources to create a custom eText for students. MOOC videos should be among the mix of options to pick from, as well.- davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Overall, this is a great concept: Open Content/Licensing, Electronic Publishing, etc. But editors/editing...content control...will be needed. You've got people out there who want to teach kids that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs around the Garden of Eden. Ironically, the more open content gets, the more censorship will be needed! Just as Google lets instructors create a search filter, content access will have to be controlled too. - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014 Good point. Just because its free content, doesnt make it accurate. - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 It's the "paid content" that has me nervous. Just another venue for product placement in education. I think there are PLENTY of good free resources to tap. - ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014 - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 Wow - so good to see this kind of mixing being officially supported - I think that having a major organisation allow this could be a big breakthrough - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Feb 18, 2014 Intriguing step toward what I see as an unexplored trend: the continuing evolution of textbooks. It's fairly common to see discussions about print books vs. ebooks (which more or less ignore the idea that the discussion could easily be reframed as "print books and ebooks"), but I haven't seen us frame that discussion in terms of how technology could be offering us options for reimagining textbooks. (An offhand comment by a colleague--John Shank--at a recent American Library Association conference made me think that this is well worth exploring: MOOCs could be the next shape that textbooks take--particularly if we look at how connectivist MOOCs produce something akin to what Shank seems to be observing.) - Feb 21, 2014 worthy of attention
  • Purdue Boosts Student Graduation with Data Analytics
    Signals software tracks how students engage with course materials and alerts them when they are falling behind so they can make changes before it is too late. The article also highlights that even with this software, it is still up to the student in the end to heed the advice of the software.
There is some reason to be skeptical of this, as the early results from the Signals software seems to include selection bias: - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014 - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 Of course there is a Big Brother element in this, but if can be pitched as a tool for students to use to monitoring and adjusting their own learning process (meta cognition) is has a huge potential - not least nowadays where we take in youth segments that would not have considered a HE program 5-10 years ago.
  • Push vs. Pull Technologies
    Given greater bandwidth, push technologies have implications for disseminating information to students in online learning and affording greater convenience/access to scholarly works.`- ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014 I understand the main point for greater bandwidth but if we're talking only bandwidth, I am more concerned about Cisco's projection that by 2017, more than half of all DATA on the web will be video. So, while this article argues for more bandwidth for "pushing" content, there are other significant reasons for us to think about the voluminous data stream coming. What will this mean to the WIFI connections in our schools?
  • Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else
    Google and NASA announced a partnership to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center. For machine learning and searching the quantum computer can work much faster due to its refrigeration system that creates an environment where laws of quantum mechanics can come into effect.
  • Robots are Teaching Kids to Code
    Say hello to Yana and Bo, two robots who want to teach your five-year-old to write code. The newly crowdfunded Play-i system uses music, animation, and stories to teach kids ages 5 to 12+ to program their new robot friends--and have fun in the process.
    - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Now this is really cool and in fact, these products -- along with Lego EV3 and Bee Bots -- are among the ones I want to introduce to the next school. Robots are going to be BIG, and one of the main reasons is that they're the perfect way to get kids interested in programming. The cost of a robotics program has always been a deterrent where I've worked, but now it can be done virtually: Not convinced doing stuff with roaches is gonna catch on. ;) - lbowler lbowler Feb 18, 2014Robotics can happen in the humanities class at university as well. For example, robots are a great way to explore transmedia storytelling and discussions about the rhetoric of storytelling. We've used the Hummingbird Robotics Kit and visual programming language with grad students, to build rather elaborate robots that interpret children's literature. The kit is developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab):
  • RoboRoach Lets You Control an Insect's Mind With an App
    A neurological education and outreach company launched a Kickstarter Monday to make neuroscience portable and classroom-accessible via the RoboRoach. RoboRoach is a hands-on experiment that guides students/users in inserting wires into the roach's antennae and attaching a temporary "backpack" to the bug's thorax so that the backpack communicates directly with the neurons via small electrical pulses, and by using an iPhone app, users can temporarily control the critter. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014
  • Robotic Plant Learns to Grow Like the Real Thing
    Barbara Mazzolai from the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and colleagues are creating a system that mimics the behaviour of roots. The system could produce more energy-efficient robots that can adapt to their environment. An obvious use for plant-like robots is environmental monitoring in soil, but their knack for exploration and ability to anchor themselves could have applications in space.
The idea of roots will likely take on new meanings. For example, in using this technology to provide supports.- jmorrison jmorrison Feb 18, 2014
I like the idea of this, and social network analysis in general. I would be very interested to see it adapted to a digital humanities project. - bryan.blakeley bryan.blakeley Feb 18, 2014 - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 Since personal meta data often also reflect personal research interests and fields I see a large potential in this.
- ole ole Feb 20, 2014 "There is still much to be explored" - yes, but go ahead, this technology is very important, not least because all the world doesn't speak and read English that well! BTW The last link is dead.
This pretty much gives me the creeps. But not enough to stop using the technologies.- jmorrison jmorrison Feb 18, 2014 - lbowler lbowler Feb 18, 2014Folks
in education who are promoting data analytics, tracking software, etc. need to consider the growing concern that people have about privacy. I see an increased awareness and sophistication with regard to what data people "let" algorithms see (see work of dana boyd, about the little tricks teens have to maintain privacy in social media). If these applications are built on an assumption that people don't care about privacy, the applications will fail.
  • WePresent
    The WePresent-1000 is a professional presentation device that allows a group of up to 64 users, to take turns in giving presentations from their Windows/Mac computer, Smartphone or Tablet. The WePresent can be connected to any display or projector with HDMI or VGA connection, and can project up to full HD resolution. This tech equipment can be used to shift the instruction from teacher-centered to student-driven.- davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Uh, great, I guess...if you still believe in giving presentations. ;) - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 18, 2014 Love this technology…and I'm not about giving presentations. This allows the screen to divided into four panels, students share their thinking/ideas and teachers can highlight certain aspects of a students' work. Love it.- jmorrison jmorrison Feb 18, 2014 - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 It's TEAL made affordable as far as I can see, and the TEAL concept - as I have learnt about it at MIT - is strong and very much supports deep learning. Most recommendable.
  • What Comes after the Touch-Screen? Technology Review
    This post talks about Microsoft's hand-gesture bracelet and other interaction devices/interfaces.- davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Tongue movement and muscle flexing? Forgive me if I laugh...but companies like Microsoft need to conduct some focus groups and otherwise figure out what people want. Windows 8 is breathtakingly bad...for anything but a touch tablet. If I'm on the go with a device, then maybe being able to snap my fingers to open a file is meaningful...maybe. What's got me worried is that as interface technologies get more sophisticated, this corresponds with a "dumbing down" of the operating systems. Windows 8, e.g., has all sorts of file and other permissions locks that are downright insulting to not just power, but average, users. OK, so now I can touch a tile and start a program. So what? The PC itself is actually much harder to use because so much is beyond my control. This isn't just ironic, it's "suicide design." You're selling a $1,500 laptop...that can't run apps without UAC turned on? - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 17, 2014 Agree with David - more solutions looking for problems - but perhaps a new non-OS interaction scheme will emerge eventually - the desktop OS isn't suited to these new methods, however a next gen OS that uses the walls and space around you will need this. - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 Now and then things get a bit far fetched.
  • Wikimedia Launches ‘Nearby’ to Surface Wikipedia Articles Based on Location, and It Wants Your Photos Too
    Wikimedia Foundation, the charitable organization behind Wikipedia and other online collaborative projects, has introduced a new Nearby page as it looks to surface articles based on a user’s location. This Nearby page is accessible via the main menu in the mobile Web version of Wikipedia.- ryaros ryaros Feb 20, 2014 This is another "game changer" at least for journalism because of the increasing popularity of personalization and location-based information acquisition. I sure would like to see the issue of one's location (privacy) addressed, however, before we get too excited about information automatically "pushed" to us when we arrive in a particular venue. Personalization is/will be key to filtering the overwhelming amount of information but while location can be automated, it's not the only way to personalize content for students. In the right application, I could see students greatly benefiting from specific types of information.
  • Wikipedia's List of Emerging Technologies
    Wikipedia features a crowdsourced list of emerging technologies, with categories including robotics, biomedical, and transportation, and provides examples of each.
    - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Good to see that Augmented Reality is making it onto some lists! ;) Considering the frenzy over Google Glass, it's a bit strange that it's considered to be in a separate "wearable technology" category when in fact its primary functions revolve around AR. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have a Google Glass (or two, or two dozen) in school but I'll have to wait until the price drops substantially. In the meantime, some of us still think AR is cool for school: - sheila.carey sheila.carey Feb 18, 2014 I agree, David, I think AR is great and definitely has a lot of potential. - ole ole Feb 20, 2014 Me too.
  • Augmented Reality - Gamification - paul.gallagher paul.gallagher Feb 17, 2014
    Piggybacking on David's comments above about augmented reality, but with a twist. Ever hear of Ingress? It's Google's new project, combining mobile augmented reality and geolocation to create a capture the flag style game happening in the real world. The game has created quite a buzz, but the concept - using mobile technology as a way to gamify real spaces in a socal context - could be big. Plus, data collectors (Google) are leveraging the data as a croud sourced way to improve both mapping as well as imagery. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 Yes, I've heard of it, and you're right, Paul, it's fantastic! Only on Android now, but it's coming to Apple, supposedly this year: jmorrison jmorrison Feb 18, 2014 - lkoster lkoster Feb 18, 2014
  • Xively
    Xively is a platform that connects devices and apps so they can store and exchange data. Developers are using it to create their own smart products.- davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 17, 2014 People have been touting the Internet of Things for several years now, and I've always shrugged. Cool concept...for a sci-fi movie. When I read about organizations like Xively, though, I believe this is something that could happen. Because of the investments, it would need to start in the corporate and/or military realm, then extrapolate to education. I'm not talking about a storage cabinet telling me when I'm about to run out of whiteboard markers! I'm more interested in stuff like the language learning capabilities referenced in this second article: Of course, having the ability to get a signal from a kid's brain when s/he didn't understand something would be geeky-cool, but this might involve a few human rights issues. ;)
  • Reflections on the Future of Global Higher Education (WAAS Conference Report)

  • This is a very powerful report by the World Academy of Art and Science, announcing the creation of a World University Consortium to look for answers and new directions in higher education in the future. It's full of insights and clear ideas from an overall perspective on the subject. I hope it will be useful!
    ~- dtorres dtorres

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