Educational Technology

Does a Slow Down in Self-Paced E-Learning Signal Growth for Other Learning Technologies?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 00:27

by Ryann K. Ellis, ATD

The growth rate for self-paced e-learning in the United States is now negative at -2.7 percent, according to the recent Ambient Insight report, The 2015-2020 Self-Paced E-Learning Market. According to Ambient research, U.S. revenues will drop from the $21.3 reached in 2015 to $18.6 billion by 2020. But is this good news for other learning tech options that have been positioned for growth? “There is ample evidence that consumers are opting for mobile learning products instead of e-learning, and this is cannibalizing revenues in the segment,” Ambient Insight chief researcher Sam Adkins. This is known as product substitution in market analysis.

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How software that learns as it teaches is upgrading Brazilian education

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:38

by Claire Rigby, the Guardian

Some systems help teachers track students’ progress in real time, enabling them to spend more time with those who need extra support. Many systems also allow teachers to make their own curriculum. But there is a long way to go until adaptive learning is standard in schools. Teachers will probably have to be trained in how the systems work to ensure students receive the benefits of adaptive education.

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6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:35

by Andrew Miller, Edutopia

Project-based learning (PBL) naturally lends itself to differentiated instruction. By design, it is student-centered, student-driven, and gives space for teachers to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways. PBL can allow for effective differentiation in assessment as well as daily management and instruction. PBL experts will tell you this, but I often hear teachers ask for real examples, specifics to help them contextualize what it “looks like” in the classroom. We all need to try out specific ideas and strategies to get our brains working in a different context. Here are some specific differentiation strategies to use during a PBL project.

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2016 Google Tracker: Everything Google is working on for the new year

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 00:30

by Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica

It’s that time of the year again—welcome to the Google Tracker! This is a bi-annual series where we recap every ongoing project (that we know about, at least) inside of Google’s sprawling empire. Though from now on, perhaps we should say, “Every ongoing project inside of Alphabet’s sprawling empire.” “Google” is now a mere company inside of “Alphabet,” the newly formed umbrella company created by Google’s founders. Most of the Google side projects we’ve been tracking in the past have been spun off into companies inside of Alphabet, but rest assured we’re still keeping track of everything. As always, the Tracker is a big roundup of previous announcements, rumors, and a bit of speculation.

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