Educational Technology

New Device Can Turn a TV Into a Whiteboard

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 00:30

By Michael Hart, THE Journal

Incorporating touch technology, a new device can turn any flat-screen television or monitor into an interactive display. The Touchjet Wave was first introduced to the consumer market at International CES in January. It was introduced to the education market during ISTE’s annual conference taking place this week in Denver. The Wave is a device that hooks on to the top of a television and turns it into a giant Android tablet. It connects to any TV with HDMI and uses a mix of infrared technology, sensors and what Touchjet calls its Light Processing Unit (LPU) to track finger movements on the screen. A camera and dual-stereo microphones for video chats can also be added. The Touchjet Wave uses its own launcher on top of Android KitKat and offers full access to the Google Play Store.

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The Possibilities for VR to Transport Students Appeal to Teachers

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

1-to-1 programming up and running? Check. Blended learning in place? Check. Then maybe it’s time to add virtual reality to the classroom too. In a recent survey more than 9 in 10 teachers (93 percent) said they believe the use of VR would “excite” their students, and 8 in 10 (83 percent) say it might improve learning outcomes. The survey was run by a market research firm on behalf of Samsung, which sells its own VR headgear. Among the findings: Although only two percent of teachers reported having tried VR in the classroom, 60 percent said they would like to add it to their learning technology arsenal. Almost 8 in 10 respondents (77 percent) said they believe that VR could help students gain a better understanding of learning concepts, as well as increase collaboration (71 percent) and help motivate students in the classroom (84 percent).

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ISTE Formally Unveils New Standards for Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 00:35

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has unveiled new ISTE Standards for Students this week at its annual conference. More than 2,700 people, including approximately 300 students, from 52 countries helped to create the new standards. “Supporting a learner-driven approach, the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are a blueprint by and for innovative educators worldwide to guide education transformation and meaningful, future-ready learning,” according to a news release. “They are not about devices or using technology; they are about giving voice to learners the world over and ensuring that learning is a student-centered process of exploration and discovery.”

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Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 00:31

by JC Torres, Slash Gear

In this Internet age, a lot of information flows freely on the Web, but not all of them are reliable or even factually correct. A whole market, led by the likes of Coursera and Udacity, have sprung up to give a bit of formality to “online education.” Now Amazon is jumping in with its new Amazon Inspire platform, but with a very different twist. Instead of catering to students looking online instruction, Inspire practically crowdsources educational materials and resources that other teachers and educators can use and customize for their particular use cases. Teachers reveal to Amazon that they spend 12 hours a week scouring for resources to use in their classes, and that, more often than not, they favor those that come from their peers and fellows in the field. Sensing an opportunity, Amazon created Amazon Inspire to give these educators a single place to share and use those materials to not only help make their lives easier but also improve the quality of education, especially for K-12 programs.

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