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The ShareStream Pick & Play tool puts loading video lectures right at your fingertips inside Blackboard. Want to load a video lecture or a film clip? You don’t have to go through us at eLi – you can do it yourself! Simply go to your course, open the Pick & Play and get started. ShareStream Media Manager helps faculty organize media content to facilitate easy access from any of your Blackboard courses. ShareStream will officially go live in the Fall.
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Digital First – an initiative at Ohio State University – is trying some new, innovative projects to improve student performance using technology. The mission of their Digital First initiative is that…
Ohio State University recognizes that we live in transformative times, and students, faculty and staff expect to learn and work with relevant tools. Digital First will redesign the campus experience at Ohio State by optimizing wireless and classroom technology, providing faculty the opportunity to offer engaging digital learning content to students, and by enhancing the student experience from enrollment to graduation and beyond.
Intrigued? So was I. I started following them on Twitter – @DigitalFirstOSU, and checked out their website. My favorite quote from the below video was this from Dr. Tom Gregoire, the Dean of the College of Social Work:
As we thought of who to put the technology in front of, the directive was, if you’re not sure – do it!
The below video has some really interesting thoughts on their implementation of an iPad pilot.
So, as is typical of my generation, I was looking for videos to describe social learning, and came across this hysterical recap of cognitive learning theory presented by students in a class. It’s also a brilliant example of how a student’s work product from today can become a learning resource to be used tomorrow. That’s right, we love student-generated content ALMOST as much as we love OER:)
You’re welcome! I knew that would make you laugh! Sharing the good, the innovative, the randomly brilliant!
It’s kind of hard for me to weigh in on this one, having had a VERY non-traditional education myself. This video talk from Ken Robinson via our friends at TED is a very compelling watch. It really encourages questioning the assumptions and current system we have in education.
In a way, we all create our reality. Some are more fact-based than others, (I’m sure you know what I mean.)
Now, however, you can reveal a whole new world using your smartphone with a camera.
Aurasma is a radical new technology that allows you to reveal hidden messages, and create your own for others to reveal.
Click on the logo, or HERE, to check out their website for yourself. This quote – from their “What is it” page – encapsulates the potential of the technology.
Using the smartphone’s camera, GPS, compass, accelerometer and internet connection, the technology combines image recognition and a conceptual understanding of the 3D world to recognize objects and images and seamlessly merge augmented reality actions into the scene. Without the need for barcodes or tags, the app is able to see its surrounding environment and make it fully interactive.
While the reviews seem to indicate that there’s still some work to be done to make it seamless, it is revolutionary. Check out the demo:
I was so excited to read Mind/Shift’s 12 Education Trends to Watch in 2012. Particularly as I agreed with nearly all of them. Some highlights from the article:
- Mobile learning (where have you heard about that before?)
- Open Educational Resources!!!!
- Bandwidth issues (verrrry interesting – read that part in particular)
It’s definitely worth the time to check out this article.
ALSO, in related news, consider watching this interesting commentary by Sir Ken Robinson (from TED x in London) about how technology is going to transform education.
Here’s a great little video of young French students playing with older technologies, and trying to guess what they are. We had a good laugh over what these children thought of things like floppy disks and a GameBoy. It’s interesting how younger folks can take technology for granted because they’re just not aware of what came before it.
This video is Rated O, which means it may make some viewers feel older. Viewer discretion is advised!