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2019 Horizon Report: Connections and Reflections

Overview The 2019 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition (Horizon Report) was published on April 23, 2019. The Horizon Report, created by a 98 person panel, is useful as both a reference and guide for all people involved in the world of education. “With more than 17 years of research and publications, the Horizon …

Networked Learning Space: Part 3

My ongoing quest to build a Networked Learning Space continues to make progress as I experience successes and setbacks. For a recap of Parts 1 and 2 of this series, click on the links provided. If you’re up to speed, read on! Goal #1 – Tweet at least three times per week I’m surprised at …

Networked Learning Space: Part 2

It’s been a busy and productive week in the world of contributing to a Networked Learning Space. For a recap of my project plan, view the Part 1 blog post. Here’s an update on how the process is going so far… Goal #1 – Tweet at least three times per week Using Twitter on a …

Networked Learning Space: Part 1

Educational technology plays a key role in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Teachers utilize educational technology across content areas to support creation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking inside and outside the classroom. In order to successfully incorporate educational technology into the classroom, teachers must have a deep understanding of classroom management, academic standards, and grade …

Meaningful Gamification in K-12 Learning

Gamification is everywhere. From coffee rewards to fuel points to cash payouts for weight loss, people living in today’s society could easily gamify almost every aspect of life. However, just because we have the ability to do something does not mean that we should. As game designers create new, gamified experiences, they need to keep …

At this very moment, technology is altering your brain.

“Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define and shape our thinking.” – George Siemens Neuroplasticity – The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. As humans interact with technology at increased rates, the brain is changing for better and for worse. Infographic Source: National Institute for the …

The Race for Our Attention

In his TED Talk, How a Handful of Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds Everyday, Tristan Harris discusses the main goal of major tech companies like Facebook, Netflix, and YouTube: To maximize the time spent on their pages. Harris also highlights three radical changes that he would like to see in the face of digital media: …

The 5 W’s of My First Twitter Chat

I was anti-Twitter for YEARS. A corner of the world wide web where people tried to impress fellow strangers with random thoughts and snarky comments? Thanks, but no thanks. Celebrity feuds and the remarks of political figures only furthered this negative opinion. I vowed to keep off of Twitter and stick to the social media …