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7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces
April 9, 2013

A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. Makerspaces provide tools and working room in a community environ…

7 Things You Should Know About Video Communication
March 11, 2013

A growing list o f communication tools takes advantage of the proliferation of personal computing devices that feature video cameras , allowing users to easily engage in synchronous vid…

7 Things You Should Know About Infographic Creation Tools
February 11, 2013

A new breed of tools is emerging that allow faster and easier creation of infographics , enabling users without deep skills in graphic design or the software that supports it. These …

7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Learning Spaces
January 8, 2013

Alternative classroom designs have emerged that support collaborative learning and shift the focus away from lecture-based formats. Collaborative learning spaces generally involve new…

7 Things You Should Know About Group Texting
December 12, 2012

Group texting is an easy means of sending one brief missive to many people by means of cell phone text messaging . Instructors create a group, or “cell,” for each class or learning tea…

7 Things You Should Know About Microlectures
November 1, 2012

A microlecture is a short recorded audio or video presentation on a single, tightly defined topic. Microlectures are typically produced by an instructor, who might begin by drafting a rough scrip…

7 Things You Should Know About Social Content Curation
October 8, 2012

An emerging class of online tools, including Pinterest, Scoop.it, EduClipper, and others, allows users to quickly and easily gather, organize, and share collections of online resources , parti…

7 Things You Should Know About Application Development Tools
September 6, 2012

A new class of application development tools allows nontechnical users to build mobile apps quickly and easily. With these tools, users choose from an available set of templates and menus…

7 Things You Should Know About Educational Design Research
August 6, 2012

Educational design research (EDR) addresses educational problems in real-world settings and has two primary goals : to develop knowledge, and to develop solutions . EDR tends to…

7 Things You Should Know About 3D Printing
July 10, 2012

3D printing is the process of creating an object using a machine that puts down material layer by layer until the desired object is formed. Such printers use specifications generated by …

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