Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information. We enjoy unprecedented instant access to expertise, from informal cooking lessons on YouTube to online university courses. Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area.
Originally Posted by Fabio Sergio, Co.Design
E-reading is on the rise. In 2011, digital books outsold paper books on Amazon.com for the first time, and a survey conducted in February by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found 21 percent of Americans had read an e-book, up from 17 percent in December.
Pew also found 19 percent of adults ages 18 and older owned an e-book reader (such as a Kindle or a Nook) and 19 percent owned a tablet computer. Plus, not everyone reads e-books on e-readers and tablets–many people also access e-books on laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices.
Originally Posted by Amy Southerland, The Atlantic
An Austin-based startup, Civitas Learning, has launched with $4.1 million in funding from Austin Ventures, First Round Capital and Floodgate to develop a digital platform for educational decision-making — through the concept of Big Data.
As colleges and universities stretch their resources to try and accommodate the diverse and ever-increasing pool of students, it can be difficult for them to maximize the potential of the information they possess to work out what’s working and what’s not.
Originally Posted by Charlie Osborne, ZDNet
If you’re responsible for educational technology at a college or university, you’re already very aware that mobile technology is popular among your students. You’re also likely already interested in capitalizing on these devices to augment their education and advance your institution’s strategic objectives—from attracting talent to propelling the school’s growth.Continue reading "3 Ways to Enhance Learning and Teaching With Mobile Technologies"