TeachThought | 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028

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Technology is changing at a rapid pace, so much so that it’s challenging to grasp.

While there is little uniformity in technology, there are some trends worth noting that have spurred tangent innovation, including speed (a shift from dial-up top broad band), size (from huge computers to small handheld devices), and connectivity (through always-on apps and social media).

In fact, we have some to expect nearly instant obsolescence—smartphone contracts that last a mere 24 months seem like ages. Whether this is a matter of trend or function is a matter of perspective, but it’s true that technology is changing—and not just as a matter of power, but tone.

In 2013, technology has become not just a tool, but a standard and matter of credibility. While learning by no means requires technology, to design learning without technology is an exercise in spite—proving a point at the cost of potential. And it’s difficult to forget how new this is.

Fifteen years ago, a current high school sophomore was born.

So was Google.

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The Updated Classroom – Developing Student Writing Skills with Tablet and Smartphone Apps | Emerging Education Technology #yam

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This collaboratively written article provides some great ideas for leveraging today’s mobile technologies to help students enhance those vital writing skills.

The use of smartphones in the classroom is no longer clearly something to be frowned upon. In fact, some teachers are now looking to use them as tools to get the best out of their students. Initially, smartphones were distractions, with students playing games or engaging in texting, taking attention away from group activities or lectures. But as today’s society embraces technology to an increasing degree, there is much to be said for leveraging it in the classroom. Traditional dynamics still have a place – the teacher is still the source and disseminator of information and the students are still the recipients, but with technology in the classroom, students can pursue independent learning even further, guided by the instructor.

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Converting Search into Navigation from @nngroup

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Summary: Most users are unable to solve even halfway complicated problems with search. Better to redirect their efforts into more supportive user interfaces when possible.

Users are incredibly bad at finding and researching things on the web. A few years ago, I characterized users research skills as “incompetent,” and they’ve only gotten worse over time. “Pathetic” and “useless” are words that come to mind after this years user testing.

In a recent study, for example, a user wanted to buy a highly protective yet girlish phone case as a gift for her daughter. While on Amazon.com, she engaged in random fishing expeditions into the product database, using search queries such as “pink impact resistant iphone 5 cover.”

This was by no means the worst query we saw that week; in this case, however, the user never found what she wanted. She tried a few query modifications — which most users won’t attempt — but never questioned her basic research strategy. Nor did she realize that Amazon uses a full-text search that doesnt understand the meaning of a query.

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Free Autodesk Products in UK Secondary Education

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Reimagine your classroom and help inspire creativity and critical thinking in your students with Autodesk® technology.

Easy to use and implement, Autodesk solutions help kids see the wonders of what can be accomplished and develop a lifelong love of design.

Through creative consumer apps and games, full-fledged design software, online workshops, and Autodesk-supported design competitions and projects, kids get the opportunity to explore ideas and concepts visually, learn the building blocks of design from the ground up, and gain confidence in critical STEAM subjects.

Free Software Options for in and out of the ClassroomDownload Free Software for Personal Educational UseThe Autodesk Education Community is an online community that enables teachers and students to download—for free—the same software used by professionals worldwide.Apply to Download Free Software for Institutional, in Classroom UseThe Autodesk Academic Resource Centre is an online grant delivery programme to provide free access to Autodesk software and technology to secondary education institutions in the UK.New: Download the step-by-step guide for ARCFree Apps to Use in the Classroom, Home or PlayFoster creativity in your students with fun and engaging Autodesk creative and mobile apps.

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What Skills Do Employers Want from Candidates? [INFOGRAPHIC] #yam

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Do you have the skills that would make employers want you? This infographic (from Youtern) shows what the employers want, and what the candidates need to get.


Strategic perspective is the most valued skill by an employer.

Many hiring managers believe skills can be learned.

70% of hiring staff rate interview skills as necessary for success.

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6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads – from Greg on @Edudemic #yam

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The app store is loaded with options that allow students to create content on their iPads. From comic strip creators to mind maps, video editing and publishing, screencasting & digital books, the options for individual student creation are expanding.

However, collaboration between students is often a critical component of any classroom activity or project and increasingly there are options available that allow for collaborative efforts across iPads.

Below are six ways to support collaboration between student iPads that cover the spectrum of creation options that range from text to digital storytelling to video creation.

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How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped) #yam

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English: Some of the basic elements of the scientific method, arranged in a cycle to emphasize that it is an iterative process. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know how to tell if something controversial is actually true, but what if you want to read up on something without stumbling into half-truths and pseudoscience? Here’s how to use the internet as a powerful research tool without being led astray.

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How and Why to Intentionally Set Yourself Up for Failure #yam

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The old mantra is that you’re never supposed to set yourself up for failure. Thats true in most cases, but its not a black and white issue. Failures good for you, and its often the only way you learn. Putting yourself in a position to fail might sound weird, but its more beneficial than you think.We know that learning from your mistakes is one of the best ways to learn, but the idea of actually setting yourself up for failure is a road few of us are willing to venture down. That said, its important to remember that the cost of failure is nothing, and if you set aside a “safe zone” where you’re not afraid to fail when learning new skills, you’ll be better for it in the long turn.

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Microsoft Books for FREE on Amazon (Kindle) – Hot UK Deals #yam

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