Press Clippings: Emerging Technologies

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Feb 7, 2012. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • Acceptable Use Policies in Web 2.0 & Mobile Era
    This website gives an overview of the guidelines and polices for mobile use in schools around the United States. It addresses issues such as cyber-bullying and Internet filtering.
  • Apple iBooks Author App Lets You Make Your Own Books, for Free
    Apple recently announced the release of the iBooks Author App, which will allow users to create their own e-books for free from Word files. This smart app automatically determines how to best format the book and enables users to add and resize images.
  • Are Apps the Key to Revolutionizing Autism Learning?
    Tablets are proving to be effective learning and communication tools for some autistic children. Autistic individuals have a strong visual memory, so the touchscreen is visually accessible as opposed to a mouse and keyboard. An app aimed at non-verbal children “encourages players to focus on other people and their needs, something people with autism find difficult.”
  • Brazil combats truancy with microchip-embedded uniforms
    The city government of Vitoria de Conquista has funded an initiative to implant chips into the t-shirts of 20,000 students in 25 schools. “When a student walks through their school’s doors, a parent receives a text message, preventing the student-approved tactic of waving parents goodbye and then walking away from the school building. If the student is 20 minutes late or more, the parents are also notified via text message.”
  • Eureka! -Team Virtual Dreams - Brazil (video)
    This video describes Eureka, a program for any device (tablets, mobiles, computers, and even Kinect), that works well in a BYOD scenario allowing students and teachers to easily create and present interactive lessons.
  • Explosive Growth in Education Apps
    This article reveals some key finds about educational apps, including that 72% of such apps are geared towards preschool and elementary school students.
  • Educators Evaluate Learning Benefits of iPad
    This article explores the use of iPads as learning tools, and delves into the ongoing discourse about whether they are more viable for one-to-one solutions or as part of a group of shared classroom devices.
  • Google’s smart glasses: The biggest innovation yet?
    This article examines Project Glass as Google sells the smart glasses to developers. Google's goals through the devices are "communications through images and quick access to information.
  • A Horizon of Internet-Enabled Things for K-12
    In this article, Daniel Donahoo describes the current state of the "Internet of Things," bringing to attention that mobile phones and tablets are "simply the first iteration" of it. He discusses some of the lesser known projects that are impacting how students shape their own learning.
  • How YouTube Is Changing The Classroom
    A group of teachers are replacing in-class lectures with short online videos students watch at home to create a “flipped classroom” model opening class time for students to complete their assignments with their teacher standing by to offer one-on-one help.
  • Indigenous Children Connect Across the Globe Through Technology (Video)
    In the First Peoples' Project, children on five continents have used technology to share their respective cultures in a cultural exchange. Students research their customs then tell their stories digitally through each school's project website.
  • Intel Releases Rugged Education Tablet for the Developing World
    Intel has created a tablet called Intel Studybook that is made to be resistant to water and dust, as well as being more durable when dropped. This looks like a great option for mobile labs in which students take tablets out with them for field research.
  • iPad for Autistic Kids
    In South Africa, the Key School for Specialised Education is using the iPad to help autistic students with their communication skills. The iPad is easier to use than traditional computers because it can be manipulated via touch to give the students immediate feedback. Nonverbal students have been more interactive, communicating through pictures or repeating words pronounced by the iPad.
  • Kinesthetically Kinect to Learning
    This article explores the use of Xbox Kinect to engage students through gesture-based interactivity in K-12 classroom settings.
  • New Computers Respond to Students' Emotions, Boredom
    The new tutoring software, "AutoTutor" and "Affective AutoTutor," has been developed by university professors to respond to students' cognitive and emotional states, like boredom and frustration.
  • Open Resources: Transforming the Way Knowledge Is Spread
    This article examines the state of open content in education. Open Education Resources are vital to extend literacy and opportunity while cutting costs for schools, families, and students worldwide.
  • Polymer Batteries for Next-Generation Electronics
    A new polymer gel developed by University of Leeds scientists could replace the liquid electrolytes currently used in rechargeable lithium battery cells for laptops, digital cameras, mobile phones, and more.
  • Powering tomorrow's minds: A solar-powered Internet classroom hopes to overcome the infrastructure challenges preventing ICT access in rural schools.
    Many rural schools in Africa are without electricity, making computerizing initiatives impossible. This article discusses some of the innovative solutions that are being implemented to leverage ICT in these schools.
  • Remote iLabs Provide Real-World Experience
    "For teachers seeking to provide their students with real-world lab experience and access to scientific equipment, a free program called iLabCentral offers the next-best thing: remote laboratories accessible online."
  • RFID Technology Meets Education
    A new workbook has been published using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. In this book, the student lays a tool that looks like a pen near a math problem, and an explanation is given by a voice through the speaker on the pen.
  • Score One for the Robo-Tutors
    In a recent study, students at six public universities were assigned randomly to statistics courses that relied heavily on machine-guided learning software, and reduced face-time with instructors. Those students did just as well as students in traditional-format classrooms who met with professors three hours a week.
  • TED’s New Site Turns Any YouTube Video Into a Lesson
    TED's new online "flip it" tool allows users to take any YouTube video, add supplemental content and resources, and track participation and responses to create a complete lesson. This article includes pictures to show an example of a finished video turned lesson.