ISTE 2015 Trends We Observed

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In this special episode we provide a summary of the trends we observed at the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. We observed a number of maturing technologies: VR, 3D printers, and display boards controlled by a mobile device. We also observed a number of vendors offering curriculum and professional development for using technology–the focus this ISTE seems to be more on the implementation of technology into the curriculum rather than a focus on the introduction of new technologies and how-to use the tools. Finally, we observed and took part in a number of excellent conversations about the effective use of technology in student-centered ways. As educational technologists, we love to have heard and been part of several of these conversations.

 

Episode 41 Trends for the Weeks of June 2-14 More VR, Security Issues, and Educational Apps & Web Site Lists

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of June 2-14, 2015 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). In this episode of our podcast, we discuss 3 trends. The first trend is a recurring one: AR/VR. There have been a number of articles discussing the strides made in VR headsets and software that works on VR headsets. We observed articles discussing how game-makers are getting more involved in designing software for VR headsets. The second trend is security flaws for a number of devices and platforms. The resources reminded us that cyber-security is an on-going issue that we need to be aware of as educational technologists. The final trend is a mixture of recommendations on educational apps and Web site resources that deal with instructional issues. There were a number of helpful resources that included “top 10” lists.

We have four recommended readings for the week.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2015, June 19). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be July 6, 2015

 

Episode 40 Trends for the Weeks of May 18-June 1 Google Cardboard, Robo-teachers as Teaching Assistants, & Lists of Effective Ways to Use Technology

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of May 18-June1, 2015 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). In this episode of our podcast, we discuss 3 trends. The first trend  was, as with last episode,  VR headsets, but specifically related to Google Cardboard. There were several resources discussing how Google Cardboard. The second trend focuses on use of bots, robo-teachers, and adaptive teaching support in online courses and in teaching. While we only provided a few resources on this topic, we felt it warranted a trend.  Our final trend focuses on a mixture of recommendations on technology and effective uses of technology. As we discussed in our previous podcast episode, we predicted that we would see more resources of this nature due to educators reflecting at the end of the school year on how they have used apps and other tools in their classrooms. The resources we provided this past two weeks are typically reflective pieces about focusing on how-tos in using technology to supporting teaching and learning.

We have four recommended readings for the week.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2015, June 2). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be June 19, 2015