Monthly Archives: April 2016

Why elearning can be the future of education: 15 effective EdTech tools for students

Why elearning can be the future of education: 15 effective EdTech tools for students

Find out how effective elearning can be for the current education system and learn about 15 helpful online tools to use for productive learning process. When you imagine a classroom, what do you see? It’s likely that you conjure up an image of students sitting in desks, looking at […]

They can be accessed through corresponding mobile apps.

John Traxler: The Future of Mobile Learning

When it comes to digital learning teachers no longer have control over what device their students are learning with. They bring their own device, their smartphone and their tablet computer. And this is a nothing but a revolution in higher education, says John Traxler of Wolverhampton University, one of the pioneers of mobile learning. So how do teachers and universities cope with that new situation?

How Apple wants to transform medical research with the iPhone

How Apple wants to transform medical research with the iPhone

Image: Apple Researchers have been putting up fliers around college campuses and city centers to get people to participate in medical studies for decades. But the methods for obtaining this type of quantitative data has always been a challenge and has been largely unchanged. But now Apple is involved.

As a part of a major effort to help researchers learn more about various diseases like Parkinson’s and diabetes, Apple announced earlier this week its vision for collecting data from patients via iPhone. Because the device is sensor-laden and is usually kept in a pocket, data isn’t collected every three or so months like in many research trials; the tool will update with new information every few seconds.

ResearchKit, which is what the tool is called, works with Apple’s existing HealthKit platform. Patients with certain conditions can opt in to participate in various clinical studies and surveys (daily, weekly, monthly and so on) that can be evaluated and analyzed by medical researchers. The goal is to ultimately improve patients’ health and the ability to care for them.

ResearchKit was probably the biggest surprise coming out of the Apple event,” Scott Snyder, president and chief strategy officer at mobile engagement provider at Mobiquity told Mashable. “Other than working with HealthKit parters like the Mayo Clinic for HealthKit, Apple has shied away from getting involved with healthcare. But ResearchKit opens up the possibility of data from 700 million iOS devices to be mined for patterns and behaviors that create a whole new world for healthcare research.”


Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

[…] Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the field of education. In fact, there are so many “terms du jour” thrown around, tweeted and traded these days that their intrinsic value is often questionable, and confusing. Take the terms differentiated, individualized and personalized. What can we make of these three near synonyms? Short answer: Plenty!

Modern classrooms are teeming with students of varying interests, backgrounds, abilities and learning needs. To engage these students, learning must be every bit as diverse as they are. In the ISTE/Intel Education book Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology, which I wrote with my colleague, Peggy Grant, we tease out the crucial nuances that distinguish these terms in an attempt to demystify the approaches they refer to so that educators may better initiate more effective learning techniques.

Differentiated learning
Within the context of education, differentiation is a type of learning where instruction is tailored to meet the learning needs, preferences and goals of individual students. The overarching academic goals for groups of students are the same, yet the teacher has the latitude to use whatever resources and approaches they see fit to connect with a student or use practices that have proved successful for similar students.  […]

Individualized learning
Instruction calibrated to meet the unique pace of various students is known as individualized learning. If differentiation is the “how,” then individualization is the “when.” The academic goals, in this case, remain the same for a group of students, but individual students can progress through the curriculum at different speeds, based on their own particular learning needs. This approach serves students who may need to review previously covered material, students who don’t want to waste time covering information they’ve already mastered, or students who need to proceed through the curriculum more slowly or immerse themselves in a certain topic or principle to really get it.  […]

Personalized learning
Perhaps the most confusing term of them all is personalized learning. Some misuse the term, thinking it refers to a student’s choice of how, what and where they learn according to their preferences. Others confuse it with individualization, taking it as a reference to lessons that are paced at different rates to accommodate different students.  […]