Trends and Trajectories

There is some interesting stuff in the following two reports. In addition to the technology trends we have been hearing about for years (BYOD, OER, STEAM, badges, 3D printing) there is some good information about teaching and learning trends.

NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition
“What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions?”

Teaching – the changing role of teachers, technology in teacher training, moving teaching innovations into mainstream practice, teaching complex thinking, digital environments and hybrid/blended designs

Learning – adaptive learning, personalized learning, authentic learning, deeper learning, collaborative learning, students as creators

Educause > Six Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education
“Six individual trajectories of digital technology are enabling the ambitious goal of a responsive, personalized digital learning environment for higher education.”

Particularly interesting are ways to increase student success using learning analytics, integrated planning and advising services, and student swirl (student-created personalized multi-institutional degree)

Note that the first report is for K12 and the second is for higher education. There was quite a bit of overlap in the areas of personalized and adaptive learning and learning spaces.

Video in Education

Video is a great way to deliver content and assess student learning. Here is some basic information on recording and sharing videos (for teachers and students).  IMHO, YouTube is the easiest way to manage videos (unlisted privacy setting recommended). FYI, the Latest Word on Optimal Length for Education Videos is about 10 minutes.

Record your video.
• Record your video using a smartphone or other recording device (e.g. camera or iPad). Upload directly from phone/device to cloud OR transfer your video file to your computer and then go to your chosen cloud storage option and upload your video file.
• Record your video using your webcam and computer. Use iMovie or Windows Movie Maker OR use the software that came with your webcam (e.g. Logitech) OR record directly in YouTube (Upload > Webcam capture).
• Another option is to create a screencast using Jing or Screencast-o-matic and choose to upload your file directly to the cloud (i.e. Screencast.com or YouTube).

Once you have uploaded your video file to YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox or another cloud/online storage option, simply copy the URL (link) to share it with others.

Share from the cloud.
• When viewing the video on YouTube or Screencast.com, copy the URL from the address bar.
• Google Drive: Share > Advanced > Change > Anyone with the link > Save > Copy link.
• Dropbox: Share > Anyone with the link can see it > select and copy link.
Note: Video playback directly from Dropbox or Google Drive may lag. If so, download the video and then play it.

YouTube is not only used for uploading and sharing videos. You and your students can edit videos, create captions, and more using YouTube.
How To Use YouTube Video Editor
How to Add Captions to your videos using YouTube 

If you aren’t using YouTube, playing different video file formats can be a challenge. I recommended installing VLC player to be able to play all kinds of different video formats. (It can also be used for converting files to different formats).