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5 Gadgets and Gizmos on my EdTech Wish List

Posted by Phylise Banner on Mar 2, 2017 12:03:00 PM

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Modern Learning EdTechAs a Learning Experience Designer, I am always promoting the theory and research behind the work that I do, and stressing that “it’s not about the technology." We create learning solutions that meet the needs of our learners through mindful approaches, not through technology. 

At the same time, I’m a geek. I love my tech, and I love how technology enables me to think differently about the learning experiences that I create for my clients. I’m always on the lookout for new EdTech, or any technology that I can shape to meet my instructional needs.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 16, 2017 12:10:00 PM

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Virtual Reality Augemented Reality EdTech Last week, we looked at assessment and evaluation EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into augmented and virtual reality tools and apps. 

These tools and apps enable us to create immersive learning experiences for our learners. Simulations have been around for a long time, but newer tools and apps enable us to engage our learners in immersive experiences on a much lower budget. What was once a highly segmented toolset is now available for us to explore and integrate into our toolboxes!

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Exploring Assessment and Evaluation EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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LAssessment and Evaluation EdTech Toolsast week, we looked at social and community EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series on our EdTech toolboxes by diving deeper into assessment and evaluation tools and apps.

The tools that focus on quantifying or qualifying the impact of learning fall into this toolbox compartment. We use this array of tech tools and apps for tests, surveys, and assignments, as well as for determining the value of our learning initiatives. Adaptive learning is a hot topic these days, and the data and reporting tools that drive adaptive content are found in this area as well.

For some of us, these tools inform the effectiveness of our learning solutions, for others these tools indicate our business impact. Simply put, we are using them to measure, validate, forecast, and inform.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Exploring Social and Community EdTech Tools and Apps

Posted by Phylise Banner on Feb 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Social Collaborative Learning EdTechLast week, we looked at communication and interaction EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into social and community tools and apps.

Again, some of the tools and apps you find here stretch across multiple categories. We use social media to share content, communicate, and interact. Sometimes creating a community of practice or personalized learning network is not a project goal or objective, but we know that putting one in place will certainly promote knowledge and skill acquisition in our learner’s moments of need. These social and community tools and apps can help us do just that.

I’m going to approach this post a bit differently than the other posts in this series, as this category is broad, deep, and touches so many other compartments that I’ve established in our toolboxes. Instead of sharing my preferences of specific tools (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Slack, Yammer, etc.), I’m going to concentrate on overall features to look for, considerations, what you might want to learn more about, and my vision for the future of social and community tools and apps.

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Topics: EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

EdTech Tools and Apps for Encouraging Communication and Interaction

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 26, 2017 12:03:00 PM

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Communication and Interaction EdTech Last week, we looked at knowledge and content EdTech tools and apps. This week, we continue our series by diving deeper into communication and interaction tools and apps that will help you support your blended learning campaigns.

Again, these are the tools and apps you use to reach your learners – via email, announcements, and any other outreach broadcast media in this toolbox compartment, along with discussion forums, chat, collaboration, and virtual classroom meeting tools and apps.

At the core of each of these tools is functionality that enables us to talk to each other and share.

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EdTech Tools and Apps For Creating Knowledge-Based Content

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 19, 2017 12:05:00 PM

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EdTech learning tools and apps

We opened this series by introducing six technology toolbox compartments that are used in blended learning to provide content, develop interaction, and perform assessment. Knowing which tools to use in each piece of your modern learning design improves the learning experience. This week, we’ll start our deeper dive into these compartments by looking at knowledge and content technology tools and apps. 

EdTech Tools and Apps for Creating Documents

I use the standard tools and apps including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Open Office, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, and Framemaker. A few mobile apps I have explored are CloudOn and iWork. Both of these are much easier to work with than Mobile office, and cost less than $10 each.

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Topics: Blended Learning, EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Sorting Through the EdTech Toolbox: 6 Blended Learning Tool Categories

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.Blended Learning EdTechWe keep saying that technology is just a tool, but what do we really mean? I have a full toolbox out in the garage, but I have to admit that I’ve used a shoe to hammer a nail into the wall on more than one occasion.

Are we using the right tools to design, develop, deliver, facilitate, produce, and curate learning? Or, are we using our shoes, staplers, or anything sturdy enough that we have on hand to get the job done?

In the end, does it really matter?

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Topics: Blended Learning, EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

What Is Technology? How Does it Relate to Learning?

Posted by Bobby Carlton on Jan 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Edtech Blended Learning

What do computers, mobile phones, robotics have in common with a pencil, to-go cups from your local coffee shop, or an idea for better work flow? The answer is simple. They are all forms of technology. Technology is anything that was designed with the goal of having a purpose. Yes, a mobile phone is a great piece of technology, but so is the pencil, and those to-go cups you get from your local coffee shop.

Technology starts off as an idea, and evolves into a plan or concept, continues to grow and then evolves until we have a solution. And even with a solution, sometimes the technology will continue to grow with newer ideas and newer solutions. That is what technology is. And it is always evolving.

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Topics: Blended Learning, EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Work

Posted by Brigg Patten on Dec 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM
Virtual Reality at Work

We believe that organizational learning serves a higher purpose: we aren't just teaching people content, we're teaching people how to work. Understanding emerging trends, and how they'll impact work in the future, allows learning professionals to better support their learners. Virtual and augmented reality is already making waves in the workplace, and by extension, in training. Guest blogger Brigg Patten explores this new technology and its impact on learning and common workforce tasks. 

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality at Work

Virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two technologies that are making waves in the workplace and are set to grow even more than mobile in just a few years. Companies are already making use of tools like Magic Leap from Google, HoloLens from Microsoft, and Facebook's Oculus. AR and VRs don't have restrictions when it comes to their usage in work environments. Although it is not exactly new technology, some companies have not gotten around to adopting AR and VR in their operations. For some companies that provide custom elearning solutions, it is a matter of not comprehending the role that AR and VR can play.

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Topics: EdTech, Trends

Making Sense of Technology Overload

Posted by Katelind Hays on Nov 22, 2016 3:05:19 PM
Technology Overload in the Modern Classroom

BYTE Session Recap

Today’s workers, and by extension, our learners, often feel burdened by technology overload. Always connected often means “never unplugged.” How, as both practitioners and people, do we untangle ourselves from the sticky tech web, and make real connections?

Kittie Watson, former Chair of Tulane University’s Communication Department and Founder of Innolect, discussed this exact problem with BYTE session attendees recently.

This blog defines technology overload, the benefits of unplugging from our devices, and how, as a leader, you can encourage smart technology usage for your team.

Access Kittie’s full BYTE recording to learn about the connection between dialogue and employee engagement, how to encourage listening, dialogue, and conversation to address a company’s pressing challenges, and apply techniques for getting back to communication basics.

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Topics: EdTech, Virtually There