Press Clippings: Challenges and Trends

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-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • The backbone for European science gets stronger: 100Gbps internet for individual researchers
    http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-756_en.htm?locale=en
    GÉANT, the superfast pan-European research network that helped discover the Higgs Boson, announced today that it could reach speeds up to 2Tbps (terabits per second) thanks to a major network upgrade. From today, capacity of up to 500Gbps is available across the core network. This means individual users across 32,000 universities, higher education institutes, research institutes, schools, libraries, museums, national archives and hospitals can transfer data at speeds of up to 100Gbps. - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013 Mostly interesting if we had a schoolnet in Norway like the current research network. - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Sep 18, 2013 This resonates well with an international discussion on what role broadband connectivity plays as a facilitator of innovative learning practices enabled by ICT. It also raises the issue of current connectivity in Norwegian schools, especially in primary schools. How connected are we really?- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013Schools in Norway, both primary and secondary are not connected for multi use (20-25 pupils) with a broad use of picture, film etc IN classrooms. There are still separated rooms for computeruse and even there the connectivity is not ajusted for several user in an advancted way.
  • Big Data Makes Its Mark on Schools—For Better or Worse
    http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/03/big-data-makes-its-mark-schools-better-or-worse
    Schools collect so much information on students and their educations but the challenge has always been how to pool that data in a meaningful way to improve learning. While designers of educational products could profit from access to more specific student data, some say obvious security risks and the potential for misuse among companies far outweigh the potential benefits for students and schools. - Sam Sam Sep 5, 2013 - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Sep 9, 2013~~ - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013The main point of bigdata must be to be able to and find new ways of adapting and make learning more personal and better for the individual student's learning style. Isn't this possible without misuse among comanies? There must be ways of make the individual student's personal data anonymous but still get the benefit of the data?

  • Building Classroom Community Amongst the Machines
    http://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-classroom-community-amongst-machines-andrew-marcinek
    The mobile device has become our community hub, where we go for information and to socialize. This is the most intimate relationship with a machine we’ve ever had, and teachers now must build a classroom community comprised of meaningful relationships that can coexist with a device. - Sam Sam Sep 5, 2013 - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Sep 9, 2013 - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013
  • Crowdsourcing Ideas for Better School Policies
    http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/08/could-crowdsourcing-help-set-school-policy/
    Poway Unified School District in San Diego built a site called InnovationU, for all district employees to submit ideas that could help improve the safety of students and staff at school. The experiment went so well, he told me, that Poway will launch its next crowdsourced challenge this September. “The most important thing that’s changed is the intangible — the culture change that’s occurred. … Everyone now feels the sense of being invested in the system and having the opportunity of an idea changing the entire district.”
  • Expiring Patents: What 3-D Printing Investors Need to Know
    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/08/01/expiring-patents-what-3-d-printing-investors-need.aspx
    Come February of 2014, a slew of selective laser sintering patents held by 3D Systems will be expiring. The last time key technology patents associated with 3-D printing expired, it sparked the open source movement that spawned the consumer-oriented 3-D printing revolution. In this video Steve Heller goes into detail about the patents, and what their expiration could mean for the industry at large.
  • 5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers
    http://www.edudemic.com/2013/08/flipped-classroom-issues-solutions/
    This article addresses common problems with structuring the class as well as with creating content to use when flipping your classroom. - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013
  • 5 Simple Rules for No-Plan Teaching
    http://www.edudemic.com/2013/08/5-simple-rules-for-no-plan-teaching/
    It is important for teachers to focus on goals over plans when teaching. This article explains how and why this works. - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Sep 9, 2013~~
  • Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning
    http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/08/four-essential-principles-of-blended-learning/
    How are schools mixing online and in-person instruction? This article outlines some best practices. - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013Having strong leadership at all levels are a major criteria for pedagogic use of any technology (for any pedagogy)
  • How Do We Educate in a Digital World?
    http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/2013/07/19/how-do-we-educate-in-a-digital-world/
    Exams at the end of a two-year course, linear, without coursework, test only one kind of skill, using memory as a proxy. But in today’s digital world, it is not the appropriate proxy. This article argues technology has the potential to transform the examination system. - stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Sep 11, 2013- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013We have to face that problem solving, de is as important as literacy and numerac. The students need greater
    emphasis on creativity, problem solving, teamwork and cross-curricular projects in schools
    Technology has the potential to transform the examination system, a very important position!
  • How To Tackle Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School
    http://www.edudemic.com/2013/08/first-five-days-of-digital-citizenship-at-your-school/
    Digital citizenship is not a one time discussion. It is an ongoing process that needs to be taught to all grade levels and to all stakeholders. The problem is that things are changing so rapidly that it is difficult for everyone to keep up to date with the trends.
  • ICT equipment collecting dust in Norwegian schools
    http://www.itslearning.eu/ict-equipment-collecting-dust-in-norwegian-schools
    According to the EC’s 2013 Survey of Schools: ICT in Education report, Norway has proven to be in the "middle of the pack" among other European countries even though Norwegian schools have the most PCs, fastest Internet connection and the most digital cameras. - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013
  • The Impact Of Technology On Curiosity
    http://www.teachthought.com/technology/the-impact-of-technology-on-curiosity/
    The proportional relationship between knowing and wanting to know–is the foundation of what is known as the information-gap theory, but technology has introduced aspects that keep the information-gap theory constantly off-balance, and ultimately stifling enduring curiosity. The author argues that educators “should create compelling visualizations, narratives, and dialogues about what there is to know–what’s worth understanding, and why.” - vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013Creating compelling visualizations, narratives, and dialogues about what there is to know–what’s worth understanding, and why is an important entrance to knowledge building. Different types of techology can help the teacher to do that...

  • iPads bring students with disabilities new ways to participate, excel in education
    http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/8040411-95/ipads-bring-students-with-disabilities-new-ways-to-participate-excel-in-education
    Using an iPad, blind students can now translate written words to verbal with one touch; students with dyslexia or other reading disorders can complete work using only their voice; and students with autism can find alternative ways to express their thoughts and feelings. - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013Important to expand educational opportunities for students with disabilities, Ipad can be one important tool!
  • Mozilla’s Firefox OS Gives The Open Web Top Billing On Mobile
    http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/25/firefox-os-gives-the-open-web-gets-central-billing/
    Mozilla’s new mobile phone is meant to fill what Mozilla believes is a “massive gap in the mobile space.” Right now, the organization rightly argues, mobile connectivity to the web is only for “the rich people in the modern world.” This new mobile allows users to more affordably access the internet.
  • Straight From Students: Smart Tips for Searching Online
    http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/08/straight-from-students-smart-tips-for-searching-online/
    Karoline Hestsveen, a high school student in Norway, collaborated with 26 other students and teacher Ann Michaelsen to write the interactive digital book Connected Learners: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom, a collection of anecdotes, tips, and ideas to help educators design their classrooms into student-driven, globally connected learning spaces. This is a chapter about using smart search tactics. - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Sep 9, 2013 - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013 - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Sep 19, 2013
  • Teaching teachers technology
    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-08-14-teaching-teachers-technology
    Up until just a few years ago teachers were the primary custodians of learning materials. Classroom resources like overhead projectors and calculators were first introduced to learners in the classroom, and by teachers. Pupils very rarely got the chance to be first in the know. The paradigm has now shifted so that students are often bringing in useful learning technologies that teachers may have never before used. - stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Sep 11, 2013 - Kristin.Skeide.Fuglerud Kristin.Skeide.Fuglerud Sep 21, 2013 The challenge for learners who need assistive technology is often that the teacher is not interested enough or does not have the capability or time to invest in learning their technologies.
  • The Top Ten Challenges of Implementing New Technology
    http://gettingsmart.com/2013/08/the-top-ten-challenges-of-implementing-new-technology/
    An Implementation Manager for CompassLearning who regularly works with schools that are adopting new technologies has witnessed successful implementations, and also not-so-fabulous ones. He lists some of the biggest challenges, and a few ideas about how to manage them for great results.- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013
  • Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Ed Tech
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2013/08/top_ten_ways_to_save_money_on_edtech.html
    How do you know which technologies are actually worth purchasing for your staff and students in the long run, especially when models change so quickly? These tips are meant to help teachers be selective.
  • Video: The Cloud Skills Shortage
    http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/video-the-cloud-skills-shortage-124232
    In the cloud a single action can affect hundreds of servers, so IT pros have to be aware of their new powers. They are also at the forefront of a drive for IT departments to function like real-world consumer-facing services – after all, tech-savvy users are going to threaten to move to public cloud offerings if they don’t like what they get from the IT staff.
  • Why wearable computers will need advances in notification technology to thrive
    http://gigaom.com/2013/08/09/why-wearable-computers-will-need-advances-in-notification-technology-to-thrive/
    As we quickly move into an era where even our jewelry, vehicles and household appliances are connected to the web, one of the chief elements of the mobile computing experience as we know it now will undergo a stark change: the push notification.
  • Bring the students into the design process: Design thinking on teaching space, competency goals etc
    http://designthinkingforeducators.com
    Students are traditionally perceived as receivers of knowledge, but the idea of including them in the preparation for teaching can give great results and increase their engagement. - ingunn.kjol.wiig ingunn.kjol.wiig Sep 10, 2013- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Sep 22, 2013