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I was searching the archives and found the “STAR: School Technology Action Report: Emerging Trends 2011″by eSchool Media, Inc. submitted by Michelle Yamamoto (4-28-11).
The report had announcements and reviews of many emerging media tools and techniques for learning environments, and I realized that although the 2011 report might be a bit dated, the site that published it has an amazing number of articles and new reports on recent trends in education.
There is a free registration and login, and the site is set up as a collection of individual blogs covering different subjects. Some examples include Ed-tech best practices, applying for grants, success with analytics, lawsuits and government issues, empowering education through video, blended learning, and featured education sites.
Below are Michelle Yamamoto’s comments on the 2011 report from the archive:
I mistook the title of this report thinking it would be STAR test results – instead it is filled with exciting emerging trends in education related to technology. Several emerging trends were particularly intriguing to me and are things I would either like to find out more about or consider implementing.
– Blio eReader: As a Kindle owner and user, I am intrigued by a platform that is free and that can be used across devices. If the promises about it are true, this would actually give access to a very wide audience with many, many applications for education and beyond.
– Inverted Leaning: It is a reflection of how much I am a product of a traditional “sage on the stage” learning that this concept of inverted learning is so mind bending to me. The concept of students listening to lectures/instruction on their own time (homework) and then working with the teacher for guidance and practice does seem to make more sense then the “sage of the stage” learning that is so much more common.
-Mobile Tech: The idea of using mobile devises as a learning tool – ebooks, calculators, Internet access, etc. is one I have heard before. However, in the school settings I am accustomed to the norm is banning these devices and battling with students over them rather than using them for educational purposes. This is surely a controversial topic in many schools though I think it is a conversation that needs to be had and I am glad that there are those who have already stepped out ahead in this.