If you are a gamer, the chances are that you'll have turned to YouTube at least once to look for tips, watch a walk-through, or to sit through an unboxing video, but even serious gamers may be surprised to discover just how much video gaming content there is on the site.
How much exactly? According to YouTube analytics specialists Tubular, a massive 15% of all YouTube content relates to video games, with Minecraft taking the top spot for most views. And it will come as a surprise to absolutely no-one that king of the walk-throughs, PewDiePie, owns the channel with the most subscribers in this vertical. Read More
Check out this infographic that gives a snapshot of the video game industry in the current YouTube eco-landscape
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In his talk, Mark Barnes discusses why we must move away from a traditional grading system and instead embrace a four step model to assess student success. Watch the Video
Victor Lee makes data fun for kids. Victor is an assistant professor at Utah State University, where he’s been working on ways to bring the Quantified Self experience into high school classrooms to improve data literacy and expose students to “more authentic forms of inquiry.”
I first met Victor at the 2013 Quantified Self Global Conference, where we had a great conversation about QS and education. A few weeks ago, I saw this wonderful presentation of his research (a video is embedded below). I couldn’t resist the chance to ask him a few questions about his work. Read More
From solar-powered classrooms to cheap tablets developed specially for schools, new technology is bridging gaps in education that many African countries have struggled with for decades.
In this episode of Innovate Africa, presenters Ndoni Khanyile and Tapfuma Makina travel to Kenya, Ghana and South Africa to meet the entrepreneurs and teachers who are using new advances in technology to accelerate literacy and learning in Africa.
eLimu is an interactive educational platform with rich digital localised content for the Kenyan Primary School curriculum. The application vamps up educational content with locally produced and culturally relevant videos, animations, songs, music, games and quizzes to improve learning and assessment outcomes.
Ben Nortey, otherwise known as the Botmaster, is a robot builder, entrepreneur, TV presenter and teacher. He is the founder and CEO of the Metro Institute of Innovation and Technology in Ghana. Ben leads an extracurricular coding course for children of all ages in order to spread his passion for robotics. Read More
Technology has significantly improved how teachers and students teach and learn respectively. Technologies provide rich and flexible media for better access to educational materials. The influence of technology on education can only get better. Almost everyone in college owns an internet-connected device. These devices are revolutionizing the way students study and interact with each other. Students now have greater access to course materials than ever before. Read More
Check out this infographic on The App Aided College Student - How Technology is Revolutionizing Student Learning
Apple’s iPad was the top learning device for U.S. schools and colleges for two years, but now the slick tablet is falling behind in an important market that could influence sales for decades.
The iPad is losing ground to a cheaper, bare-bones laptop backed by Google, which in the third quarter became the best-selling device for higher education and K-12 schools nationwide, according to research firm IDC. There were 1.13 million Chromebooks sold during the third quarter in the U.S. education market for laptops, desktops and tablets, beating 793,000 iPads, IDC said. Read More
Some call today’s students “digital natives.” Others call them the “distracted generation.” Whichever term you prefer, it’s clear they’re both far more than labels: they capture the core conflict many of us involved in education — educators, parents, and even students — feel about the use of technology in the classroom.
To educators who embrace new technologies wholeheartedly, digital devices are a powerful tool for creating an engaged and individualized educational experience. To those that are a little more hesitant, digital devices seem more like a quick route to Instagram and Facebook — that is, to distractions that interfere with the educational experience, rather than boosting it. Most educators, however, believe both of these things at once and to varying degrees throughout the day, based on the types of classes and resources available to them, and, really, what time it is. Read More
We all learn differently. What if we honor our differences by empowering teachers and challenging students with the specific tools they need to succeed—and using technology to accelerate and deepen learning?
Today, I want to highlight four examples of how schools and teachers are doing just that—working to meet each individual student’s needs, skills, and interests. I could share dozens of stories, but I hope these quick examples give you a window into how personalized learning programs are embracing the things that make each student unique.
We live in the 21st century and technology has become increasingly important in all aspects of our lives, including education. Children are accustomed to interactive whiteboards and the use of iPads for their ICT lessons from a very young age. It is therefore no surprise that higher education students are demanding innovative, engaging ways of learning and teaching. Universities have started to use technology to meet those demand however, if they do not keep up with the changing environment and meet the challenges of the digital age, they risk becoming irrelevant. Read More