Welcome back to another weekly news roundup edition. Here is a quick look at what’s happening in the technology and education sector.
TedGlobal 2013 Conference
Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) learning has prompted great interest from educationalists. Among the speakers at the annual TEDGlobal 2013 conference in Edinburgh this week was Anant Agarwel, a professor of computer science at the Massachusett Institute of Technology. In 2012 Agarwel began to offer open online courses through edX, a joint venture between MIT and Harvard. To edX’s surprise 155,000 students signed up, demonstrating the appeal of MOOC. Agarwel’s talk can be accessed here. A list of ten recommended MOOCs can be found here: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities.
Video on: Adaptive MOOCs: Dr. Nish Sonwalkar and Prof. Anant Agarwal Keynote, from University of Massachusetts, Boston
TED prize winning professor Sugata Mitra was another key speaker at the conference. He champions the idea of cloud based learning bringing education to the developing word. You can find out more by reading these articles: Filmmaker to make documentary about TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra and Cloud schools offer new education.
Since their introduction to the market in 2010, sales of tablets have grown on an unprecedented scale, and families have been at the forefront of this development. Last week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released new data showing that 34 % of Americans over 18 owned a Tablet device, while 50 % of adults with children owned one. FK&Y’s Digital Kids and Youth research showed that 20 % of British families owned a Tablet device in 2012. Recent research carried out by YouGov showed that 29 % of adults over 18 now own a Tablet, but these numbers are likely to be higher for adults with children. Tablet sales are on the rise elsewhere in the world; in Africa the Tablet market grew by 184 % in the first quarter of 2013, and the growth was partly fueled by the increasing demand from the education sector.
Integrating Tablets into Teaching
Acknowledging the challenges of fully integrating Tablets into teaching, the educational technology blog MindShift has created a four part series exploring Tablet use in teaching. Two installments are so far available, consumption and content curation are so far available. Another guide to choosing appropriate educational content is available from Edudemic: The Teacher’s Guide To Choosing The Best Digital Content.
Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) programmes in schools
Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) schemes are becoming popular in some schools, and can offer students flexibility in their learning and increased access to technology without burdening stretched school budgets. Schools with BYOD schemes must however be flexible in their approach to content because:
- software is likely to work differently on different devices, and;
- not all software is available across all platforms and operating systems;
- the issue of equality can be a challenge as pupils bringing their personal devices can lead to bullying.
Tips on implementing BYOD schemes, recommended apps and resources
- How to implement a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) scheme
- 20 BYOD Resources For The 21st Century School
- App Suggestions for Learning Activities in BYOD Classrooms
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