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EDUT 522 Spring 1 2016. Top 10 emerging technologies of 2015. Technology is perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world.

Top 10 emerging technologies of 2015

While never without risk, technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time. From zero-emission cars fuelled by hydrogen to computer chips modelled on the human brain, this year’s 10 emerging technologies offer a vivid glimpse of the power of innovation to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard our planet. To compile this list, the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, a panel of 18 experts, draws on the collective expertise of the Forum’s communities to identify the most important recent technological trends. By doing so, the Meta-Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to closing the gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding that so often thwart progress.

The 2015 list is: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 1. Zero-emission cars that run on hydrogen 2. Rolling away from the production line. Emerging. 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher. Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives: the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach.

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

Along with that, those advances necessitated an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and, the topic of this post -- "21st-century teacher. " As I am writing this post, I am trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as "20th-century teacher" or "19th-century teacher. " Quick Google search reassures me that there is no such word combination. Changing the "20th" to "21st" brings different results: a 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skills -- all there! Obviously, teaching in the 21-century is an altogether different phenomenon; never before could learning be happening the way it is now -- everywhere, all the time, on any possible topic, supporting any possible learning style or preference. The 10 Education Blogs Every Teacher Should Be Reading - 2015's Top Teaching Degrees: Compare Programs by Cost, Location, Size.

These days, the need for world-class teachers and educators is stronger than ever before.

The 10 Education Blogs Every Teacher Should Be Reading - 2015's Top Teaching Degrees: Compare Programs by Cost, Location, Size

As of 2012, the percentage of students that go on to complete higher education in the United States is still substantially lower than that of several other developed countries around the world. These statistics show that now, more than ever, current and prospective teachers have an exciting opportunity to greatly improve the state of education in the United States. Below are some resources we’ve handpicked to help you learn more about educating students for success in the 21st Century.

The 10 Blogs Every Teacher Should Be Reading Living in Dialogue: This blog was started by Anthony Cody, a 24 year veteran science teacher for middle and high school students in Oakland, CA. Additional Resources After taking a look at the blogs recommended above, here are a few additional resources to help you keep up with the ever-changing face of education in America: How MacArthur Genius Peidong Yang Uses Nanowires and Bacteria to Make the Ultimate Clean Fuel.

On a sunny day on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, the peaceful rustling of eucalyptus trees belies the furious chemical activity happening inside every single leaf.

How MacArthur Genius Peidong Yang Uses Nanowires and Bacteria to Make the Ultimate Clean Fuel

Through photosynthesis, leaves use the energy in sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into substances that plants need, emitting only oxygen in the process. In a nearby lab, chemist Peidong Yang is building an artificial system that does the same, using arrays of nanowires coupled with engineered bacteria. If something like this is ever scaled up, it would churn out a better version of the fuels we use today—one that does not add to the total amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Photosynthesis has been very difficult to imitate in the lab. 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2015. Networks of Genome Data Will Transform Medicine. Breakthrough Technical standards that let DNA databases communicate.

Networks of Genome Data Will Transform Medicine

Why It Matters Your medical treatment could benefit from the experiences of millions of others. Key Players Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Google Personal Genome Project Noah is a six-year-old suffering from a disorder without a name. A match could make a difference. In January, programmers in Toronto began testing a system for trading genetic information with other hospitals. Clumps of Living Human Brain Tissue Could Reshape Medical Research. A new method for growing human brain cells could unlock the mysteries of dementia, mental illness, and other neurological disorders.

Clumps of Living Human Brain Tissue Could Reshape Medical Research

Availability: now Breakthrough Three-dimensional clusters of living neurons that can be grown in a lab from human stem cells. Why It Matters Researchers need new ways of understanding brain disorders and testing possible treatments. Key Players Madeline Lancaster and Jürgen Knoblich, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology Rudolph Tanzi and Doo Yeon Kim, Massachusetts General Hospital As Madeline Lancaster lifts a clear plastic dish into the light, roughly a dozen clumps of tissue the size of small baroque pearls bob in a peach-­colored liquid. Before it grows in one of Lancaster’s dishes, a brain organoid begins as a single skin cell taken from an adult.