Educational Technology

The Situational Approach to Learning with New Media

Thursday, August 18, 2016 Comment A situational approach to learning: electronic reading and pencil and paper writing

The topic of whether or how children should use new and emerging technologies for learning is evergreen, particularly as the new school year commences. I’ve written in this space before about reactions to tools for electronic reading and writing, and I’ve begun to notice that commentators on these subjects adopt a few different approaches for discussing learning with new (and old) media. I call them the nostalgia, work habits, and the situational approaches. Nostalgia Approach The nostalgia approach tends to focus on personal and emotional connections to books. When this approach is evoked, advocates note their

Watchworthy Wednesday: Infographics Showcase Edtech, eLearning, Gamification

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Comment Infographic illustration of child looking through vr virtual reality headset

Infographics: they pack facts and stats with colorful visuals; the best ones teach you something in a quick and alluring way. That’s why I’m digging this website: It curates some of the most informative infographics on topics including edtech, e-learning (blended and mobile learning, distance education, instructional design), MOOCs (massive open online courses), school (from preschool to adult education), gamification and social learning. There are so many, I stopped counting after 100. But, I picked three recent ones that I think the DML community might find useful. This one gives a timeline on education’s evolution from

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Systems and the Learning Brain

Monday, May 30, 2016 Comment hand holding multi-colored wires

New ideas about artificial intelligence and cognitive computing systems in education have been advanced this year by major computing and educational businesses, including Pearson and IBM. Pearson’s promotion of AI reflects its growing interests in data analytics and other digital methods while IBM is seeking to extend its existing R&D on cognitive computing into the education sector. AI has been the subject of serious debate recently. High profile figures including Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk have voiced concern about the threats it poses, while awareness about cognitive computing has been fueled by widespread media