Notes from Academica’s Top Ten – how does Memorial measure up to these trends? Thoughts anyone?
12 education technology trends for the new year: KQED’s MindShift blog outlines a dozen education technology trends likely to be seen in 2012. With more than 75% of US teenagers owning a cellphone, and about 40% owning a smartphone, the blog says “these mobile devices will help unlock some of the promise of ‘anytime, anywhere’ learning opportunities.” The blog suspects that more schools will grapple with their policies regarding students bringing their own devices to school. Other trends to watch are bandwidth issues, natural user interfaces, HTML5 technology, new analytical tools to track teaching and learning, adaptive learning, privacy/security, open licensing, peer-to-peer learning, the maker movement (encouraging people to make things by hand), and game-based learning. MindShift | Add/Read Comments
uManitoba launches new Web portal to connect Indigenous students, staff to resources: The University of Manitoba has developed a new microsite called Indigenous Connect to connect Indigenous students and staff with the rising number of resources and opportunities available at the university. The portal is a single online destination that streamlines existing Indigenous information from uManitoba’s main website and includes new content promoting Indigenous knowledge. Over 2,000 Indigenous students currently study at uManitoba, representing 7.1% of the institution’s student population. uManitoba News | Add/Read Comments
New online tool offers resources for future trades workers: The Trade School Initiative and TradeLinks.ca is a joint provincial-federal initiative designed to help future trades people with the complementary skills they will need to find a job or start a business. The site includes information on finding a job, financial resources, tax information, employee rights, employer responsibilities, health and safety tips, trades schools and community colleges, student aid, and career counselling. The initiative is being launched initially in BC, Ontario, and New Brunswick. NWCC News Release | TradeLinks.ca | Add/Read Comments