Episode 9: Review of Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences for February 17-March 2

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of February 17-March 2, 2014. We discuss three trends we saw as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). The three trends were: privacy issues related to online student data, MOOCs remaining in the news (coming to a high school near you!), and wearables (especially Google Glass).

We also want to wish the Web a happy birthday! It turns 25 on March 14.

We have two picks of the week from the resources we flipped.

 

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:
Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2014, March 3). 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 17, 2014.

 

 

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.

Episode 7: A Review of Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences for January 19-February 2, 2014

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of January 19-February 2, 2014. We discuss four trends we saw as we flipped articles into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). The four trends were Net Neutrality/Access, artificial intelligence, continued discussions of MOOCs, and Facebook turning 10 (the grown of social media).

Our pick of the week from the resources we flipped is a report about advertising to children and teens. The report looks at how digital media has changed marketing. It is an interesting look at how the lines between advertising and entertainment have blurred. You can find a link to the article on our Flipboard magazine or view it directly by going to http://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/advertising-to-children-and-teens-current-practices

To cite this podcast:
Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2014, February 3). 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 February 18, 2014.

Episode 6: Special Podcast Presentation on Defining the Terms: Issues, Trends, & Fads

Image depciting issues, trends, and fads.In this special podcast presentation, we define the terms issues, trends, and fads. We discuss our approach to how we use these terms to examine our field.

A book we recommended in the episode for gaining a broad perspective on the seminal issues in our field is: Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary (Al Januszewski & Michael Molenda).  You can view the book by going to Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary

To cite this podcast:
Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2014, January 22). Trends and Issues in Instructional
Design,Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences
[Audio Podcast].
Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Episode 5: A Review of Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences for January 6-19, 2014

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of January 6-19, 2014. We discuss four trends we saw as we flipped articles into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). The four trends were Net Neutrality, 3-D printing, tablet devices, and wearables.

Our pick of the week from the resources we flipped is a news video from 1981 about the Internet. You can find the video in our magazine or view it directly by going to http://www.wimp.com/theinternet/

Our next podcast will be out February 3, 2014.

 

Episode 4: A Review of Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences for December 22, 2013 – January 5, 2014

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of December 22 through January 5. Understandably, several of the resources we flipped into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues) were reflections or “look-backs” on what took place in 2013. Major trends and issues that were discussed were big data, gamification, MOOCs, mobile devices (specifically tablets and phablets), and wearable devices.

We mentioned the annual Computer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas, Nevada (http://www.cesweb.org/) from January 7-10. We flipped numerous articles that were written by bloggers and journalists who had early access to the show.

We shared two readings that we recommend from last week’s flipped resources:

  1. Abbie mentioned the article that included 6 tips about working with remote instructional designers. You can view this at  http://bit.ly/JZfdwR.
  2. He also mentioned Twelve Tomorrows from the MIT Technology Review. You can view this at http://bit.ly/1dqTy8V. Of particular interest is the interview with Neal Stephenson.

Our next episode will be out January 20th, 2014.

 

Episode 3: An Insider’s View of the National Technology Leadership Summit, 2013

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Abbie took part in the National Technology Leadership Summit held in Washington, DC in October 2013. The National Technology Leadership Coalition holds an annual summit meeting to discuss issues related to Teacher Education, Educational Technology and Technology Education. Leaders from associations including AACTE, AECT, AMTE, CUFA, ISTE, SITE, (to name but a few), along with the editors of the major Educational Technology journals, meet for two days of discussion across the disciplines regarding technology and teacher education. The following audio is his take on the highlights of the NTLC.

For more information, see http://ntlcoalition.org and http://www.ntls.info

 

Episode 2: A Quick AECT Wrap Up

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We provide a quick summary of the latest (October 2013) annual conference of the Association for Educational and Communication Technology. Next year’s conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida.

The call for proposals recently went out. You can find the submissions information by visiting http://aectorg.yourwebhosting.com/events/Call/

 

 

Episode 1: We’re Starting a Podcast!

Podcast cover art for Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences.We’ve decided to produce a podcast that will be put out every two weeks. The podcasts will focus on a summary of the top three trends and issues we’ve seen over the two week span prior to when we produce a podcast episode. We are keeping the podcast episodes to under 10 minutes.

We hope you find the podcast episodes informative and useful.

Our first episode covers from December 8-22. Our next episode will be available January 7.

 

 

Welcome to Trends & Issues

About five years ago, Dr. Abbie Brown (http://www.ahbrown.com/) and I were approached to take over writing a chapter on trends and issues in instructional technology and educational technology for the Educational Media and Technology Yearbook  (http://tinyurl.com/l3za6ht)We were honored to take over for Dr. Michael Molenda (my dissertation chair http://tinyurl.com/monlenda) and Dr. Barbara Bichelmeyer  (http://tinyurl.com/bichelmeyer)  who had written this chapter for the EMT Yearbook for a number of years. Writing these chapters have provided us with the opportunity to stay current with the trends and issues in educational technology and educational technology in a variety of venues–the corporate world, the military, higher education, and K-12. This blog was created to share the resources that we come across as we prepare to write the annual chapter on trends and issues. In addition to sharing resources, we will also share our own perspectives from time-to-time along with sharing the projects we are involved with in these areas. We hope you find this resource useful.