15 Examples Of New Technology In Education


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What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013?

It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn permanently.

15 Examples Of New Technology In Education

1. Flashnotes

Remember the days of doodling on the side of your spiral notebook while you tried to take copious notes from your boring biology teacher? Would you be more motivated if you knew that your notes would not only give you an edge on the exam, but could also earn you a bit of cash?

Flashnotes allows students to upload their lecture notes and sell them to other students who need more help or resources. The rating system allows the best note takers to get more business and the general pool of knowledge expands as students continue to share their work with one another.

2. Lore

The new startup is using a Facebook type platform- riding the wave of what works- and tailoring it for education. This social network allows professors and students to communicate, follow one another, and discuss class work and lectures.

In addition to the social aspect, it allows for document uploads, calendar sharing, and a grade book option. So why is this better than Facebook? Simply put, social networks aren’t always the best place to develop academic networks. Students can follow their professors and interact with them without worrying about that compromising photo from a crazy weekend party.

3. Study Blue

Imagine your smartphone as your primary source for study materials. This company has created an app that allows students to organize their coursework, store notes and flashcards, and share their materials with other students.

Study Blue’s main attraction is that it is mobile. Whether standing in line for coffee, riding the train, or waiting at the dentist, a student can easily access their class work and prepare for an exam. The social aspect also helps students find other people studying similar subjects, capitalizing on a different set of notes and study guides.

4. LEAP Motion

Imagine the ability to sign your name on a digital document using only your finger and the air. That is technology behind LEAP Motion, a company intent on giving people a more natural way to interact with the computer.

LEAP has developed a piece of hardware that allows anyone to write, draw, zoom, play, and interact with their computer screen using a finger, fingers, or entire hand. By moving your hand over the device, the mouse follows your movements.

This is a huge improvement from the days of the stylus and pad- even with the fine motor control- it was difficult to make drawings look authentic. LEAP is set to do that.

5. Papertab

Papertab won’t be ready to use in 2013, but I think it’s interesting enough to include it in this list. Paper, afterall, is HUGE part of the school life.

6. Chromebooks

Despite the rising popularity of tablets, Google’s Chromebook may snatch the competition in the lower grade school classrooms. The laptops have a few distinct advantages over the apple iPad:

-They are less expensive

-One-button-push easy setup

-Easy to control settings and restrictions

-Offers the traditional keyboard for fast typing and note taking

-Hardware fixes are easier and less costly

7. Celly

Teachers are continually fighting against the ever-growing list of distractions that a smart phone offers to bored or shy students in the back of the room. But Celly is a text-messaging network that allows anyone to create a network anywhere- at a rally, event, in the classroom, or on a field trip using smartphones.

Teachers that have used this in their classrooms have noted that those who normally never speak up…do. It forces students to write their thoughts clearly and concisely. Rather than fighting the tide against texting, instructors are using it for academic purposes.

8. Flipped Classroom

While not a technology per se, this teaching model is using technology to change the way instructors teach. Rather than spending the class time lecturing the students, the lectures are delivered to the student’s in video format for them to watch at home (or in study hall).

Then, the classroom time is set aside for 1 on 1 help, discussion, and interaction based on the lecture homework. With nearly every student carrying a mobile device or laptop, this model may give students and teachers more time to work on areas of difficulty rather than simple straight lecture. For too long, instructors have seen that precious class time go to waste while a teacher scribbles on a blackboard and has their back to the students.

9. Snagit, Jing, Camtasia

These screen capture video software programs are making it easy for instructors to give online tutorials. TechSmith offers a host of different products from a free screen capture to professional quality videos.

Imagine a tech-ed teacher trying to explain how to download an app. He/she can record narration while capturing the screen shots as he/she demonstrates the action. This feature can also be used for teachers who are correcting a paper or demonstrating a math problem.

10. LessonCast

Teachers need help and support with their lesson plans just as much as students need help with studying for exams. LessonCast allows teachers to submit a 2-minute lesson plan strategy, idea, or resource using video, documents, Powerpoint, etc. and share it with other instructors.

The free-based software is just another way to offer networking opportunities and a general pool of knowledge that globally impacts education in a positive way. Teachers Paying Teachers is a similar network that allows educators to sell their lesson plans to other instructors.

11. Kid Blog

Designed specifically for younger students; Kid Blog provides a safe opportunity for children to start up their own blog connected to the classroom.

Teachers can help students design a blog around a science project, a history lesson, or an entire year’s worth of school progress. The students get the benefit of other students and parents commenting on their work- a great motivation for hesitant writers. Kid Blog makes it easy to keep the child and content secure from the dangers of the Internet.

12. Glogster EDU

Gone are the days of laboring over a diorama made from a shoebox or wrestling with markers on a poster board. When it is report time, students can use Glogster to creatively display their research.

Glogster allows students to collage pictures, text, video, and custom graphics to create a visually appealing presentation for their latest project. The Glogs are easy to make and share!

13. Donors Choose

Funding websites are popping up all over the Internet. People who are frustrated with the bureaucracy of grant writing decide to strike out on their own and build a project from the ground up. With Donors Choose, you can pitch your idea for your classroom.

Teachers create projects they hope to accomplish with their students. Much like Kickstarter, individuals can fund or back any project they choose. Then they share it across social media and if a teacher has created the project pitch well, it gets the attention and money it needs.

14. Live Binders

Those handy three ring binders are now digital. Using the same idea as pinning and bookmarking, the binder allows educators to collect and organize resources for lesson plans.

The Live Binder can also work for students who are amassing resources for a big project. You can also browse other binders and share your own.

15. Knewton

This new technology company aims at personalizing content for optimal learning. The platform monitors the student’s activity and uses the information to give the student the best personalized resources based on their level of performance.

The technology also boasts integration among different disciplines creating a more comprehensive set of resources that interact with one another. Knewton grows more intuitive the more the student uses the software. It can follow a student through their entire education career.

This is a cross-post from opencolleges.edu.au; Image attribution flickr user intelde

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Facebook Most Popular Trends [Year Review 2011]


Facebook status updates played a starring role in the evolution of the world’s largest social network in 2011.

As several major changes to status updates (increased character limits, for example) rolled out throughout the year, Facebook data scientists kept their eyes focused on tracking the trends among those status updates.

Facebook unleashed that research late Tuesday night in their end-of-year Memology list, which each Decembersince 2009 has helped users understand the most-popular topics, cultural trends and acronyms on the site.

Similar to what was popular on Twitter in 2011, high-profile deaths triggered (see image above) plenty of discussions among you and your friends. On Facebook, the death’s of Osama bin Laden, Steve Jobs and Amy Winehouse incited heavy activity in status updates.

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What E-Communication and Internet Snatched from Us [Article]


This is an age of Information Technology and we have faster access to people and Information. We are getting many benefits from electronic communication in many fields of life. It has resulted many changes in our lives, some of which
are harmful as well. Some old trends have been diminished almost. Here I am going to discuss some trends which have replaced older ways and what we have forgotten.

1. Letters

Gone are those days when people used to get excited on getting letters of their near and dear ones. Letter used to be a memory and it was considered “Half Meeting”. Letters were saved carefully sometimes so may be read again in future as memory. Today, letters have been limited to only few official posts. At least still we get happy when postman gives appointment letter to someone. :).

This is an age of Information Technology where people communicated through internet and Mobiles. Although, email facility is a blessing but sometimes we miss letters as letter has its own charm.

2. Greeting Cards

Through e-Communication, we can visit hundred of e-cards websites, but do it gives happiness which you used to have on receiving printed or hand made cards. I remember times when we used to buy eid cards with our pocket money. On different occasions, we used to search fascinating greeting cards. Good poetic verses were chosen to write on cards. Decorated cards with quotation, poetry and sometimes with stickers were sent to friends and relatives. E-Cards could never give me that happiness .Hand written eid cards used to entertain receiver and were saved for years as well. Nowadays, if you re-arrange your book shelf or cup board, do you get old greeting cards? Answer is perhaps “No” because electronic cards are saved in our inbox.

3. Book Reading

We remain all day busy with internet and mobiles. We have left reading books. Books are considered good companions of a person but today we have made mobile our companion. We don’t have enough time to read a long good book rather we can read 50-100 messages per day. Actually our attention has been divided into many things.

4. Peoples Gatherings Now in front of TV

Our grand father used to have gup-shup with friends and people had time for this. Then TV replaced those gatherings and our parents become used of Televisions but to an extent. It still did not affect that much when they did not have many TV channels to browse. Within some years, we got access to world wide channels and internet facility. Now, after returning from offices and universities, people sit in front of TV or Computer for hours.

Male don not want to leave sports channels, women are fond of Morning shows, cooking programs and entertainment channels. Children are eager to watch cartoons and animated movies. All this has become addiction perhaps a bad addiction.

5. Grammar and Spellings

If we are using spelling and Grammar feature of Word formatter software, it sometimes make us much dependent for corrections. In case of any spelling mistake, we quickly select correct option from help or choose some alternative. We don’t try to think ourselves. Result is that sometimes, we forget correct spellings when we are not working on computers.

6. Library Visits

It has been also observed that many students now prefer Internet for search instead of visiting libraries. On internet, sometimes, reliability is not verified.

7. Cut, Copy, Paste

In past, students, used to consult library books for preparing assignments. They used to surf different books and then carefully bookmark relevant information. After this, selected information was typed or written. In this way, students used to know more.  Nowadays, assignments are prepared from Internet material mostly. Just copy from 3-4 sites and paste in MS Word. This has affected quality of work and group discussions to some extent.

8. Unreliable Material/Sites

A student is asked to prepare assignment or to write a research paper. Internet is here, just writing a string and it will give you a list of sites. Are you sure that material you got is reliable?  We can’t judge sometimes.  So, wrong information is communicated if not properly handled.

There should be some check and balance to ensure trusted sites.

9. Moral Values

Parents of today have challenge whether their child is getting good moral values or not. Youngsters nowadays have much exposure. It is very hard to keep them away from all kind of dirty stuff.

Bundle of sms packages, cable channels and internet are badly affecting moral values unfortunately. Media sometimes present bad things as good and present unethical programs stuff in glamorous way that people are captivated.

10. Health Hazards

Much in-touch with mobiles, computers and TV are affecting our health and perhaps acting as slow poison. We are aware to some extent but are addictive. It takes our time which we used to surf for a walk.

Nine to five office jobs sometimes result in health disturbances like affect on eyesight, back pain, mental stress, depression, and affect on digestive system.

11. Misuse of Chat

Internet chat facility has many benefits but it is misused my youngsters mostly. Instead of using for useful purposes, I t is used sometimes for finding friendships with opposite gender. We also listen many stories   of deceiving people on chat.

13. Rumors (Mobiles)

You get an alarming message or a message having some wrong information or propaganda.

Like news channel, you want to spread it as soon as possible. You do not want to even authenticate information. Within few minutes, you send message to a list of contacts and within hours it is spread to thousands of people.  This kind of wrong information sometimes badly portrays an event, a religion, a personality and a concept sometimes.

Here it depends on you that how carefully you handle. Always try to verify such information so it may not cause any kind of damage.

14. Mess of Information

Amount of data on internet is increasing at immense rate. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to search useful information from a heap and we become confused. It is also difficult to judge what is wrong and what is right.

15. Propaganda

Internet is also been used for propaganda against personalities, religions, or countries. Everyone has right to say whatever one wants to convey. There are thousands of discussions forums on internet. It is common that a controversial topic is started as thread and end result is very harsh comments among participants.
It is common among enemy nations to blame each other and to use dirty languages.

16. At Home Away from family, near to Friends/Outer World

Due to Internet, Mobiles and other devices, we are now sometimes present at home but are actually away from our own family members. We spent many hours in chatting, messaging, browsing etc. This affects relationship. Excess of anything is bad.

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History of Social Media [InfoGraphics]


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Websites that Changed the Internet


It is an informative article on how internet is affecting us through websites.

There are millions of websites out there. Many of them are unique, either in small ways or in large ones. But the individual impact of any particular site on the overall Internet is generally negligible, if there’s any impact at all.

Not so with the fifteen sites here. These sites changed the Internet, mostly for good, in substantial ways. Included here is everything from Geocities (which could probably be blamed entirely, either directly or indirectly, for every ugly web design “trend” that’s ever been) to Wikipedia (which has made information almost universally accessible) to Google (which has changed or influenced virtually everything online).

1. Wikipedia.com

Changed the way we find information. Before Wikipedia, most online encyclopedias were either sorely lacking in information, or required you to have a paid subscription to access their content. Wikipedia changed all that by not only allowing anyone to view the content for free, but also by allowing individual users to review and update content, making it more complete and accurate overall. Wikipedia also brought crowdsourcing and user-generated content to the mainstream online, making both much more viable and valuable.

2. Amazon.com

Changed the way we shop. Prior to Amazon.com, online shopping wasn’t much different than shopping out of a mail-order catalog, except it wasn’t nearly as popular. While Amazon started out selling just books and related items, it has expanded to sell virtually anything you can think of, either directly or through partner sites large and small. Amazon also made free shipping a standard on orders over a certain dollar value, which has impacted the shipping rates and policies of many other online retailers.

3. Hotmail

Changed the way we use email. Before Hotmail came along, email was basically tethered to a single computer. When you checked your email, it was pulled and deleted from the remote server, meaning the only place you could view it was at your computer. Need an email at home that you received at work? Too bad. There was no way to access it unless you went back to the office. Hotmail changed all that by providing webmail that could be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Now, web-based email is widely used and provided by a huge variety of providers. Even though Hotmail is no longer the primary provider of webmail (and is now owned by Microsoft), they were still pioneers in the technology.

4. Facebook

Changed the way friends connected. While Facebook wasn’t the first social network, it has definitely become the most popular and has really changed the way friends interact with one another. Sure, people use FB to talk online, but they’re also increasingly using it as a way to plan get-togethers offline. They’re using it to follow and interact with their favorite bands, actors, and other personalities. People use it to keep in touch with business contacts, friends, family, and acquaintances. Facebook has made social networking mainstream, across a variety of demographics and virtually worldwide.

5. Project Gutenberg

Changed the way we read. Project Gutenberg has a much longer history than most people realize. They created the first ebooks, and gave them away for free. You can now read virtually every major book in the public domain, sometimes in multiple languages on their site. Without the pioneering steps the founders of Project Gutenberg took, ebooks would not be where they are today.

6. Twitter

Changed the way we communicate. Twitter has made one of the biggest impacts on the Internet in recent memory. The idea that 140-character messages, broadcast publicly (for the most part), would change the way people communicate with one another would have been hard to believe ten years ago. But Twitter has become not just a powerhouse in the way individual communicate with one another, but also in the way businesses communicate with their customers. Complaining about poor customer service on Twitter can often result in almost instant messages from the company in question, and often results in a satisfactory resolution. Twitter has also made celebrities more accessible, with hundreds of celebs now using the service to interact with their fans.

7. Pandora

Changed the way we find new music. Before Pandora, if you wanted to listen to music online, you usually turned to a streaming radio station with pre-programmed content. Sure, you might get lucky and find a station that had mostly music you liked, but maybe it wasn’t diverse enough, or it still kept playing that one song you HATED. Pandora changed all that. Now, you can program your own radio station by just entering the name or a song or artist and then giving the thumbs up or down to music played. With a minimal amount of user input, Pandora has gotten surprisingly good at creating playlists that reflect one’s musical taste. The bonus is that songs or artists you might not have heard of are often thrown into the mix, based on what you already like.

8. Apple

Made minimalist web design cool. Apple had one of the first corporate websites designed with a minimalist aesthetic. As far back as the late 90s, Apple was starting to show a more minimalist take on web design than many other corporate sites, and by early 2000, they’d adopted the white and gray color scheme and top navigation they still employ today.

9. YouTube

Changed entertainment. Before YouTube, there weren’t many options if you wanted to watch a video online. You could sometimes find a video here or there, but with bandwidth costs, they were few and far between. Website owners just didn’t want to pay the extra costs associated with video content. Then YouTube came along and made it free to post any video you wanted (as long as it wasn’t copyrighted or over ten minutes long). Web users now had a centralized place to go to watch video online. And because of YouTube’s pioneering effort, online video is now enjoyed by millions every day.

10. Craigslist

Changed classifieds. Online classified sites used to be nearly unusable. Between the huge number of spam postings and the fact there were few if any local listings in most areas, there wasn’t much point in using them. But then Craigslist caught on and suddenly there was an online classifieds site that rivaled most local newspaper classifieds. Now you can use Craigslist to find almost anything, no matter where you live.

11. The Drudge Report

Changed the stature of online news. When the Monica Lewinsky/President Clinton story broke in 1998, it wasn’t a mainstream news source that first reported it. Instead, The Drudge Report held those honors, forever changing the standing of online news sources. Now, online news sources break stories on a regular basis, and are considered by most to be just as reliable as television or print news sources.

12. GeoCities

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Made the web more accessible. In the early days of the Internet, the only people online (for the most part) were scientists, academics, and those involved in technology. It wasn’t a very exciting place. Then cameGeoCities, and suddenly anyone could set up their own webpage for free. Sure, GeoCities spawned a legion of horrifically ugly websites, but it also got a lot of regular people involved in the Internet for the first time and was likely the first design experience of many early web designers.

13. Digg

Changed the way we find and share news. Digg was originally set up as an experiment, but it has completely changed the way many people find news online. The idea of users determining which news was important, relevant, and interesting rather than editors or executives at big news organizations was revolutionary. Now, user-generated news sites are all over the place, both for mainstream news and for individual industries and niches.

14. LiveJournal

Hooked millions on blogging. Blogging wasn’t invented by LiveJournal, but they were the first site to offer free blogs to their members. Millions now use LiveJournal, and tens of millions more blog elsewhere, either through other blog hosts or on their own websites. If it weren’t for LiveJournal and similar free blogs hosts that came later, blogging might not have caught on as the global phenomenon it has become.

15. Google

Changed everything. This one might seem a bit dramatic, but it really is true. Google has invaded virtually every aspect of the Internet. No matter what you do online, you probably interact with one Google service or another multiple times every day. And most people use at least one Google product or service one a regular basis personally.

Whether it’s a Blogger blog, a Picasa photo album, a Google search, or even a YouTube video (or any of the dozens of other services Google owns), Google-controlled sites are everywhere.

Reference: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/

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