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.

Rethinking Vocational High School As a Path to College
In the past vocational education wasn’t designed to prepare students for college. But today that is changing as vocational high schools are now serving students by providing them with immediately marketable skills, while simultaneously giving them a good foundation for higher education if they choose to continue school. For example, at Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington, Massachusetts students can learn traditional trades like carpentry, plumbing and welding. They can also learn high tech fields such as video game design, engineering, and biotechnology.

Photo: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/education/rethinking-vocational-high-school-path-college

Do Our Students Understand Our Standards?
A 7th grade teacher reconstructed the standards for her class in a manner that focused on understanding learning objectives clearly. She came to an agreement with her students that there are multiple paths to successfully fulfill those expectations, hoping that this will help students see there is room for all of their abilities and not just the ones determined by her.

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving
Metacognition is the ability of a person to think about their own thoughts with the aim of improving learning. In this post two education researchers explore how the important skill can be explicitly taught and practiced.

Anyone Can Attend This Coding School That Meets in Coffee Shops
The two founders of Hackvard felt that when they were starting out learning to code, they wished they had access to a group of people who were going through the same thing they were. They created the platform to help connect learners to others in the community for meet-ups and support.

Photo: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/hackvard/

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015
Gartner, Inc. has highlighted its top ten technology trends for 2015 including context-rich systems, software-defined applications and infrastructure, web-scale IT, and risk-based security and self-protection.

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