Google Re-Brands Apps for Work

Docs, Sheets, Drive, Slides, and Calendar all got new features to make them more competitive with Office 365. I like the Apps for Education, and they are all most people will ever need. I like to import PowerPoint presentations into Slides and use the Slides presenter because it is easier to use than the PowerPoint Presenter.

Why the Future of Adult Learning is Mobile

Dr. Joshua Kim lists these factors to support his conclusion:

1. Portability
2. You can study in small bursts on mobile devices.
3. You can study in between gaps in other things you are doing.
4. You can download all your study materials onto your mobile device.
5.  Formative assessment РShort bursts of questions over the material you are studying.

LinkedIn’s New Learning Portal

The network for working professionals, LinkedIn, has announced its new learning portal, LinkedIn Learning. The social network acquired Lynda.com, which has over 9,000 coursese online, for $1.5 billion a year and a half ago. Microsoft is in the process of acquiring LInkedIn for $26.2 billion. Personal disclosure – I nave competed dozens of courses at Lynda.com.

What if Our Technologies were Protean?

This paper was written by David Jones and Eric Schneider. They are going to present it at ACCE 2016. The paper asks the question, what if the technologies we use in education were more flexible and adaptable to the uses and needs of teachers and students.

The New Camtasia

Tech Smith, the company behind Camtasia Studio, has just announced its latest version. They are calling it simply Camtasia, not Camtasia Studio. There are no longer separate versions for the PC and Mac. The new Camtasia works equally well on both platforms. Camtasia has been upgraded to take advantage of 64-bit operating systems and has more powerful animation tools. It will be available in October.

MOOC-Based Micro Master’s Degrees

MIT and 13 other universities are launching “micro-master’s degrees. Students would complete up to one half the courses required for a master’s degree, taught via a MOOC, earn a credential, and then, decide if they wanted to complete the master’s program. MIT is charging $150 for each of its MOOC courses. Initially MIT is offering a master’s degree in supply chain management, which is endorsed by Walmart.

Tips for Creating Instructional Videos

I haven’t checked them out, but I think this article has some good resources. My main piece of advice for teachers who want to create videos for their classes is – Make you videos no more than five minutes long. Everyone hates having to watch long instructional videos. If you want to produce a video of an hour lecture, first decide you you can summarize it; then, break it up into several short videos.