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October 2014 EdTech Recs

NMC Research and Content Manager Michele Cummins highlights the significant stories on our radar this month in our ongoing research for the NMC Horizon Project. This October edition features vocational high schools, two teachers who impart their wisdom on integral classroom concepts, a simple concept to help bridge the gap between offline and online education, and finally Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015.

Get to Know the Wiki Education Foundation

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog post are the writer's own.

This past August over 2,000 Wikipedians descended upon London for Wikimania, the 10th annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation. This was my third Wikimania, having attended in 2011 in Haifa, Israel and 2012 in Washington D.C., and each one is somehow more inspiring than the next. This isn’t surprising, considering that it’s a gathering of the community behind the most influential peer-produced encyclopedia in the world!

Open Innovations: #etmooc, Connected Learning, and "MOOChorts" of Lifelong Learners

There is a particularly sweet moment for us as learners. It’s that dazzling, paradigm-shifting, unanticipated moment in which we realize we have learned far more than we set out to learn, that our learning has created a new world of possibilities for us, and that we are part of something much larger than we ever could have imagined.

When (Big) Data Changes the Way We View Our World: A Brief Case Study

“Can I show you something?” is a question that often leads me to magnificent discoveries. So when I heard that question recently from Mitchell Yangson, a colleague working in the International Center at the Main Library here in San Francisco, I was eager to sit with him and see what was on his mind — and on the screen of his computer.

NMC Inspire Series: The Open Ed Jam

The NMC Inspire Series is a venue for sharing events, people, and projects that are inspiring progressive change in the realm of teaching and learning.

Not too long ago, I attended the Open Ed Jam, a small meeting that took place from July 25-27 in San Antonio, Texas at Rackspace headquarters and the San Antonio Central Library. It brought together a diverse group of teachers, community organizers, activists, and technologists to exchange experiences and information about open educational resources (OER).

99% Invisible: Technology, Design, and Communication

It’s time to stop thinking about technology as technology, but it’s hard to get people to do that. Users are either fascinated or fearful of new technologies, and these gut reactions make them blind to the ‘”why” of it.

Reflections on Community, Makerspaces, and the Future of Museums

If you’ve done any thinking, strategizing, or research on educational technology, you’ve likely found yourself in the midst of an impressively large, tangled web of ideas and theories. I know I have. It’s why the New Media Consortium is so important as a convener of dialogue around technology in our museums and our classrooms. I like to give myself a lot of time to think through the ways that our fast-paced world is changing and impacting learning, which sometimes leads me to a long overdue “aha” moment.

Using Networks for More Than a Single Click

By Dan Donahoo
You’ve probably seen a tweet or post appear in your feed from a teacher requesting that you, “Please retweet this so my students can see how quickly things can spread on the Internet." Somewhere, a clever teacher thought this would be a useful way to help students consider what and how they share through social media. It is, indeed, a quick way to get the elementary point across that networks are, by their nature, very challenging things to control.

Why You'll Never Hear Me Call Wikipedia "Crowdsourcing"

I can clearly envision the reaction to this blog title: “Lori! Don’t you write and talk about crowdsourcing all the time? And don’t you write and talk about Wikipedia just as much?” Well, yes. But it’s true. You’ll never hear me describe Wikipedia as an example of crowdsourcing.

The short answer? Wikipedia is so much more.

Here’s the long answer, which just might renew your respect for Wikipedia:

Sparking innovation, learning and creativity.
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Identifying the impact of emerging technologies.
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The Edward and Betty Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) provides timely, succinct and practical knowledge about emerging technologies that museums can use to advance their missions.
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The largest educational presence in any virtual world, involving more than 150 colleges and universities and a very active community of educators that numbers nearly 12,000.
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