Episode 8: Review of Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences for February 3-16

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of February 3-16, 2014. We discuss two trends we saw as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). The two trends were wearable devices and the Internet of Things. There was a great many articles focusing on the future of wearable devices and their potential in a variety of areas–one being health assessment. There were discussions about privacy issues regarding the data that wearable devices gather. We believe that wearable devices point to the need for increased focus (at all levels of education) on computer programming and interface design skills.

We have three picks of the week from the resources we flipped–two of the resource are for fun. The two for fun resources are:

The other resource we suggest is 10  Simple Techniques for Photoshop Beginners. A very useful video (40+ minutes) on various techniques to help you design better images using Photoshop. http://bit.ly/1bYQdhu

We also mentioned the following podcast (EconTalk: Library of Economics and Liberty) and the episode (http://bit.ly/1gws4DC) featuring economist Eric Brynjolfsson. He talks about his book The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. The promotional information from the EconTalk Web site about the interview:

Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT and co-author of The Second Machine Age talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in the book, co-authored with Andrew McAfee. He argues we are entering a new age of economic activity dominated by smart machines and computers. Neither dystopian or utopian, Brynjolfsson sees this new age as one of possibility and challenge. He is optimistic that with the right choices and policy responses, the future will have much to celebrate” (http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/02/brynjolfsson_on.html)

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:
Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2014, February 17). Trends and Issues in Instructional
     Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences
[Audio Podcast].
     Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be out March 3, 2014.