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10 Emerging Education and Instructional Technologies that all Educators Should Know About (2012)

10 Emerging Education and Instructional Technologies that all Educators Should Know About (2012)
Naturally, as author of EmergingEdTech, I’m always keeping an eye out for education and instructional technologies that are emerging from the seemingly endless array of tools and concepts that are out there – which applications and ideas are rising to the fore and best positioned to enhance engagement and impact learning? This year I’ve also been working with constituents at The College of Westchester to develop a Strategic Technology Plan for the next 3 years, so it’s never been more important for me to be aware of those impactful education technologies and concepts that are on the horizon or are already in use and pulling ahead of the pack. Since this listing is more pointedly focused on emerging technologies and looking out over the next few years than the list I published at this time last year, it should not come as a surprise that there are a lot of new entries here (edging out six technologies that remain prevalent and potent, but are more ‘established’ than ’emerging’).

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Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board — Emerging Education Technologies An iPad and Apple TV can combine to provide an advantageous alternative to more expensive, traditional interactive white boards. Guest writer and High School Principal David Mahaley is using this approach and offers his insights, and observations from educators in his school. With the integration of the iPad into the instructional environment, teachers and students have discovered many new ways in which the device can expand and enhance the learning environment. A Checklist For Using Google's New eLearning Course Builder Google has entered the increasingly crowded eLearning fray with their new Course Builder software, an open source software that will allow educators to create courses of their own on any topic. Their first course, Power Searching With Google released in July 2012, saw 155,000 students register for the course–and 20,000 complete it (a little less than 8%). Wasting no time, the software is now Open Source, and has been released into the wild to see what will happen. Background

Writing Measurable Learning Objectives When you begin creating a course, you want to design with the end in mind. The best way to approach this is to start by writing measurable, learning objectives. Effective learning objectives use action verbs to describe what you want your students to be able to do by the end of the course or unit. 12 Things Successful People Do Differently Email I’ve always been fascinated by people who are consistently successful at what they do; especially those who experience repeated success in many areas of their life throughout their lifetime. In entertainment, I think of Clint Eastwood and Oprah Winfrey. 6 Free Online Interactive White Boards — Emerging Education Technologies An update to last April’s post about free web-based IWBs. Last April, I wrote a post about a few Online Interactive Whiteboards that I had checked out. That post remains one of my most popular posts, so obviously this is a topic of interest to a lot of people. [Note to readers: There is now an updated version of this post, with new links added, and apps that are no available removed, here: “6 Free Online Collaborative Interactive White Boards – 2012 Update“. – KW 11/5/12] I figured it was time for an update, to check out new tools, and to see if there have been any changes with the apps I reviewed last year. Below I have listed 6 web-based Interactive White Board applications, and provided a little info about each.

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Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard (Plus 4 Cool Free Apps To Try It Out) — Emerging Education Technologies There are some nice free Digital Whiteboards apps available for the iPad. Free rocks. I found myself wondering how the iPad might work as a Digital Whiteboard, to project, as well as to use collaboratively. I also wondered if there might be some free apps that provide this kind of functionality (there are so many decent free apps for the iPad). New Forms of Assessment: measuring what you contribute rather than what you collect Once again, as we do at the start of every school year, we are hearing about the rampant cheating that goes on, especially online, but in fact, everywhere, and without remorse or regret. As Nikhil Hoyal writes, "Cheating is an epidemic in schools across the nation. A 2010 survey of 2,000 Stuyvesant students revealed that more than 72 percent of students copied their homework from others and about 90 percent of seniors cheated on tests."

10 Creative Ways to Use Interactive White Boards in the Classroom — Emerging Education Technologies Over the last decade or so, Interactive White Boards (IWBs) have proliferated in schools in the U.S. and across much of the world. Some teachers have embraced them, and others, well … not so much. Unfortunately, some schools did not offer the professional development necessary to help teachers become familiar with these systems and get the most out of their availability. Many teachers were left to their own devices to learn and use their IWBs. In this blog entry on edweek.org, a few specialists stated their views on the topic.

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