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"Where we review the trends and issues and instructional design educational technology and learning sciences that we observed as we flipped resources into our flipboard magazine over the past two weeks in this episode. We have four trends that we will share along with a recommended reading for each of these trends and we end this episode as we do all episodes peering into the crystal ball and making predictions about the trends. We believe will observe in the upcoming two weeks abbey start off by talking about are four trends and sharing. I recommended readings. Thank you him. Will we do start off with. We are four trends but we should probably start off with sort of the the big stories that weren't necessarily ed tech stories yet but they Certainly affect all of us in the past week. We had a very challenging week in the united states with the certification of the electoral balance and a mob scene in in Storming the capital at In washington dc. And because we are who we are at tech people we suspect that this is going to reflect on us in some ways in that there is there's going to be a number of difficult discussions among educators and students about well basically placing social media in context in understanding what it what the rights and responsibilities. What we can and what we can't do using these kind of tools so we wanted to kind of put that out there to start with just to let everybody now the other one of course is the continuing pandemic which of course just because it's twenty twenty. One hasn't gone away from tim if you don't mind them. I'm glad i'm glad to hear you. Speaking because i know that you and your family have been kind of going through some of this. Because you're half yes we have. Yeah and It's it you know it's affecting everyone In different ways but it's affecting everyone And especially those of who are in teaching and learning and some degree whether worshi- lot of dislikes scott right exactly Yeah it's and discussions about whether or not to continue teaching remotely or whether to go into the classroom. We've found all over the united states rubbing a number of these conversations in school districts. So this is. There's a lot going on so i just wanted to put it out there in these large that larger set of issues before we talk about our four very targeted issues for our own group..
"educational technology" Discussed on Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences
"Owned by. Microsoft is borrowing microsoft teams together mode. I don't know if borrowings the right term maybe adopting but that now you can actually use it together mode in Skype so that you can kind of create a group call where everybody can see each other as if they were all sitting in a an auditorium or classroom together but those are our four trends and our four recommended. Reads tim Thanks abby and just want to point out. I think you came up with a new term. You said are trend. Dominator are trend dominant. I kind of hope that would fly away but okay now no. I picked up on it because i'm a student here. These things if that becomes a trend. Then you heard it here. I will these four trends measured high on our trend dominator for these best two weeks. Very trend ometer. Okay so now we turn our attention to peering into the crystal ball and as we we did before every episode we talk about the trends. We believe will observe that coming two weeks and We have a few want to start out sharing we do you. Yeah we will. Actually two things happened in the past. Two weeks to appointments were made right past two weeks that we think are Things to watch carefully. We're hoping to hear more. Good things from miguel cordona who is Joe biden's pick for education secretary of the united states and we're also hoping to hear from more from data newman. The new director of mit's media lab the director of the mit media lab and the education secretary in the united states are pretty powerful positions in terms of Swaying policy for people like us educational technology folks. So we're we're really interested to see what These two people have to say and what what direction they're going to take us in the next couple of years. We also expect to see a lot more Reporting on lessons. Learned from learning during the pandemic and i shouldn't say it is if oh it's i'm actually excited to see right learned So we're going to see a great we. We expect to hear a great deal moral about that. We also expect more predictions for twenty twenty one Because typically at this time of year december into january we start rolling a lump. Yeah we start seeing a lot more this and usually some very sophisticated authors. Who really know what they're talking about. It's very interesting to see what their suggestions are in their observations. Are we also expect similar authors to be providing year in review for us from twenty twenty and this is particularly interesting year to review because of all of the radical changes that occurred throughout the year. Definitely yeah so Along with our standard hardware and software online teaching and learning and security and citizenship. These are what we're expecting to see. As hot topics things that will ignite the trend dominator over the next couple of months so well placed with that word. Thanks for sharing what we view in the crystal ball for the upcoming weeks. And this is the conclusion of.
"educational technology" Discussed on Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences
"This may get reversed. There was discussion about that. Okay so we'll see what happens but it's just even the idea of highlighting it as such apple shares a manual. Pdf online on how to lockdown devices when personal safety is at risk and this is met with a lot of really positive response from people for very good reason. It's it's a manual. That explains how to kind of make sure that somebody who let's say that you're you become part of a a toxic relationship You don't want that person to be able to to follow you around and unfortunately sometimes the tools that help us follow each other around can also be used as stocking devices so this is a a really good. Pdf on how to make sure that you're not stackable that you're not able to be followed just because of your devices. The recommended read for security and citizenship. Though is one that is important to us as educators generally New york is the first state to temporarily ban facial recognition in schools by john. Fingers for gadget. This is kinda big because this is again. This is the first of the united states states to to enact us but we do know that there is something called facial recognition bias in the facial recognition software that it regularly miss identifies women children and people of color. And so. that's a problem but as as we were talking earlier. Tim you pointed out to me. It could also be a furby problem that their number different possibilities for privacy and security problems associated with using facial recognition in in school settings so We look forward to seeing more about this but this is an interesting for step. Number four is an interesting topic for us. It's one that that we only see on occasion and and only during the pandemic video conference software updates was actually trending. There were a half dozen articles just on announcements of video conference tool software updates echo the echo devices can now make group calls zoom updates a number of different zoom updates including one that allows it to support the new apple silicon macs. So we again. We're seeing a number of these upgrades to Software and hardware that allows us to do more with Videoconferencing our recommended reading. This area is skype. Latest update uses a i to make group calls less awkward by ebor boniface dick for and gadget and this is actually where skype skype.
"So there's about one hundred hundred and fifty schools that have sort of signed into this But it's something that we really all of us. Who were involved in distance ed at technology in general. Probably wanna keep an eye on because this may become a hub source for this kind of online. Teaching learning are recommended. Read though in hardware and software as a trend is from zoom to qube the tech winners and losers of twenty twenty by barbara or two today and may anderson for ap news and once again. As always i apologize. If i'm mispronouncing anybody's names number. Two our second trending topic of this past. Two weeks was online teaching and learning again. Unsurprising something that we see. Pretty regularly with the trending topics and what we're seeing in particular is focused on on the online teaching and learning in a pandemic. We're still in that sort of pandemic modem and we're gearing up for spring where we expect most people to continue teaching and learning online so we we saw a lot of articles about handling hybrid environments. We saw a real of interest in mooks because of the pandemic. We saw a very interesting article that provided advice to high schoolers who are learning online. Some tips and tricks that they can apply to In a enhance the experience Concerns about the digital divide continue. We've mentioned this a number of times before is a pretty important issue here that one of the problems of the pandemic in particular is. That aid is highlighted. Just how deep the divide can be. There's also a number of discussions occurring about redefining teaching and learning in general post pandemic. Get because of what we've learned from having to switch teaching and learning modes our recommended reading here though is Pretty practical one. it's the took. The title of the article is it's not production quality that counts in educational videos. Here's what students value most by. Sarah dart for the conversation. You and i were talking about this a little bit prior to recording tim. One of the reasons we're recommending this because it resonates with us as online educators. We've discovered over time that A less polished approach to video that you produce if you're producing say like a little five minute video for part of your class that a less polished approach can actually enhance the appreciation among students. For what you're doing because they realize that it's something that you're making for them kind of like the difference between homemade cookies and store-bought cookies right so if you have that dog barking in the background don't worry about it right. Exact or his or encourage the dog to bark a little bit not to the point where you can't just being centered but allow allow a couple of things to go a tiny bit right. Let the human element in. But this is a really good article in terms of standing what to do and why you're doing it so We we refer you to the article. Number three is security and citizenship. We didn't see ton of articles about a half dozen But it certainly enough to to indicate a trend on our trend. Dominator the new. Us stimulus bill makes illegal streaming a felony. Which is kind of big. But as you were telling me earlier tim..
"That we flipped in our flipboard magazine over the past two weeks in this episode of four trends that we will discuss and with each of the trans. We have a recommended reading that we will share. We ended episode by of the crystal ball and making predictions about the trends. We will be. We believe will observe in the upcoming two weeks abbey start off by talking about are four trends and sharing are recommended readings. Thank you tim yes. We are back to sort of our normal number For those who remember the previous episode we we kind of went into a dip where we had very few articles to work from. But the last two weeks saw a renewal of the normal number of articles that we expect to see and so we have four trends. Trending topics are number one trend. Pretty much as usual is hardware and software. This is not particularly surprising especially since we are coming to the end of the year. We have a lot of annual reviews also the height of the holiday season where people are thinking about gift giving. So we're we're looking at a lot of things. Well for example laptop and desktop. Sales are up tremendously but this is creating a problem in terms of supply one of the observations that was made in an article in the past. Couple of weeks is that Really tablet devices. Phones and tablet devices have been much more of interest to people over the past few years with the pandemic walk down that we see greater renewed interest in desktop and laptop devices. And that's creating a shortage in terms of supply because there was no way of predicting that a year earlier as manufacturing was occurring for these things we saw mac operating system. Big sur tips and tricks. Big sur has just been recently released within the last few months we Read more about artificial intelligence developments. We saw a number of tech gift reviews pc mag released. Its list of the best iphone apps for twenty twenty one. It is a huge list but a very good one. I think. I mean we were we as we reviewed it. We looked at it and said yeah. These are all things that we use Twitter is shutting down periscope. Now i know when this first came out you were shocked him. Yeah i was just a little bit. But i actually talked about it. I can understand why i was surprised to. But yes. They're they're closing down their periscope option. However there still will be a live streaming option within twitter Five g technology applied to education was a topic of conversation. This is interesting. We were particularly focused on this one tim. The startup frank which is actually a financial aid management service away for people to for students to identify scholarship opportunities and financial aid opportunities and to manage their scholarship and financial aid money They're working on a new project called class finder. Which helps students find online courses and pay for those courses using their financial aid money..
"Welcome to episode one hundred seventy five of our podcast where we review the trends and issues in instructional design educational technology and learning sciences that we observed as we flip resources into our flipboard magazine over the past two weeks in this episode. It's a little unusual. We normally have four trends that we talk about but due to The number of articles. We flipped we. Don't and abby. We'll we'll talk about that what we observed but we do have as we normally do four recommended readings that we will share with you In this episode saw abbey start us all by sharing where we are this over the past two weeks and what. We observed in sharing our four recommended readings. Thank you. that's you're right. I mean what we what we have in episode one. Seventy five is very similar a similar situation to what we had an episode one seventy three two episodes ago we have we normally in a normal episodes span of two weeks. We would normally collect thirty to forty stories on our flipboard magazine. Well in the last two weeks. We only flipped fourteen stories into the flipboard magazine. That happened in during episode. One seventy three as well that two week time span. We only had twelve or thirteen stories. So under the circumstances we don't really have anything specifically trending for top trends because we don't have enough to interpolate from. We suspect you. And i were talking about this just before we started recording. We suspect that in the last two weeks the focus of media attention has been on the pandemic vaccine news and of course Continued focused coverage on that aspect of of the world at this point along with that there has been renewed interest in the past two weeks in the presidential. Us presidential election coverage because of some of the disputes Or the Attempts to dispute the election outcome so with those kind of worldwide. Big attention news items. We suspect that People were doing a little bit less focused on instructional technology and on at probably everybody was doing a little bit less focusing on their sort of specific discipline so overall overall we did see kind of two. We won't call them trends. We'll just say that there were sort of some patterns We saw in the few stories that we looked at. We saw stories that about remote teaching and learning. We saw a story about the digital divide. We saw a story about creating and maintaining community among learners. We saw a story about promoting deep learning and these are all promoting deep learning. All of these things are among remote learners..
"Try to like a tweet that's labeled for potentially misleading information kind of away from doing that Zoom has new security features. There is continued. We talked about this. Last episode discontinued pushback against automated proctoring services. However this article that we flipped also mentioned that there's increased use of automated proctoring services. So this quake discussion going on about this right now. In the academic community our recommended reading for security and citizenship is intended to help all of us as we Talk shop with colleagues or discuss these things on our holiday. Zoom meetings or small family. Gatherings are recommended. Rita's incognito mode is actually pretty useless by sebastian mindich for vice it's a great explanation of what incognito mood mode in a browser does not do yes please read it. Don't bother setting incognito number four came as a big surprise to both of us virtual reality. It's back it's back now. We should point out that it didn't have nearly the number of articles as hardware software or instructional design and teaching but as we divided the articles into categories. Virtual reality had a one of the top four. It was one of the top four trends of the past two weeks. Oculus quest to updates medical students using vr during the pandemic very interesting article about medical students using vr to replace certain aspects of their education that involves being up close with people So very interesting. Application very timely v are also used for professional development. The use of avatars with voice actors behind them for virtual interactions practice among others are recommended. Read here is well. It's going to disappoint a number of k twelve teachers in particular and it has. It has already google shutting down expeditions app but will bring vr tours to arts and culture by abner lee for nine to five google so google has decided to fold expeditions into its larger arts and culture Setting which means that. We don't have those specific school-based virtual tours anymore. I mean we still don't just don't have them separated out. We now have the as larger database so not made. This is not gone over well with some k twelve teachers who are not happy. That school's once again changed a product. Well i think those of us who live close to the cutting edge or on the cutting edge. Expect us right. Well we do but we also bleed a lot when this happens. We're busy right making this available to other people so it's very disappointing. When you're when you're working with us on the other hand. I think we all have to realize that we're receiving it for free as you pointed out in an earlier question so we it's not like we can ask for a refund and they'll give it us free. Google is a lap. I mean these. Are these kind of things that we're receiving these labs and in many ways we are the lab testees not necessarily the lab clients so desperately avoiding the word lab rat. I know you did very well done. But then you brought it up. So they don't think google is thinking of us now. I think that there the we hope not. It's a series of experiments experiments at has and we're looking for what works and what doesn't work and they're not saying it's gone forever. They're just saying we're placing this area for now. Right so yeah. So those who are four transcend are four. Recommended readings him. Well thanks abby so now we move into a peering into the crystal ball and making predictions about the trends. We believe we'll observe in the upcoming two weeks and as we normally do..
"Welcome to episode one hundred and seventy four of our podcast where we review the trans issues and instructional design educational technology and learning sciences. That we observe as we flip resources into our flipboard magazine over the past two weeks in this episode. We have four trends that we will discuss along with a recommended reading. That will share. That goes with each of the four trends. So abby start us off by talking about are four trends and sharing are recommended readings. Thank you him. Well for those of you who are regular listeners. heard Or at least heard episode one seventy three the most recent episode before this one. We're back to normal. We've we we've seem to have the similar number of articles flipped into the flipboard magazine as we have regularly in the past so we had that little dip About a month ago but we're back to sort of our regular amount. The media once again is paying attention to educational technology and instructional design the way they have traditionally so number one no surprise to anyone at this time of year the the tr- the top trending topic is hardware and software and we predicted it. We well in. It's pretty easy to protect your kids. I i was trying to pat ourselves on the back right. We did predict it. And we've been doing this awhile. We do this regularly but it is that time of year. It's that time of year and so we see first of all. We saw a number of apple product reviews and the release of big sur. We also saw specifically in article about apple's clips app which apparently is working exceptionally well for a number of people in terms of sharing a little mini screen casts back and forth as their teaching and and as they're learning apparently learners also send these clips To teachers to figure out what the next step is. We saw virtual math manipulatives. We saw a hoot purchase drops drops language app. I believe and they That's kind of a big deal because it solidifies cahoots coats already pretty solid but it brings this new extra utility into the Universe salesforce has been seriously discussing a purchasing slack. And that may happen sometime this week. Apparently it's pretty close to to to finish in terms of a deal but that's a big deal for both salesforce and slack are ludo is a gaming app for the natural sciences. That was also an article that we flipped in. There's a new robot tutor. It's kind of pricey. I mean we're talking about the whole model being somewhere around five hundred dollars and there are school models that are about one hundred dollars more and I'm not sure how. I feel about the fact that it's named a b. I which i think is pronounced abby. It has.
"But this is if you need something to just kind of raise your eyebrows and maybe something to chat about with people Just something very interesting to share this article. Great this horrifying zoom hack will deter you from ever side chatting again by mark wilson for fast company. Now this article is based on research that came out of the university of texas at san antonio and the university of oklahoma. Now we all most of us engage at some point in side chatting that is texting back and forth to people using the chat area While we're in a zoom meeting or any kind of video conference it turns out that the researchers were able to reliably reliably predict like eighty percent of the time or better. They were able to predict what somebody was typing based on the person's shoulder movement recorded in the video so they didn't have to see the keyboard. They didn't have to see what you were typing. They just had to see the movement of your shoulders. Ina video and they could predict pretty reliably. What you were saying. So bizarre. I was are. That's my first reaction is so bizarre. And i don't even know what to say about that. But for of our instructional technology Brothers and sisters out there. Read this article on. You can sign cool at the next meeting that you have with informal conversation with people sharing dropping knowledge on them about security and if people wonder why that your laptop now aims up to the sky about your shoulders. You can tell them why. Well that's what we have. We don't have four trends. But that's what that's what we saw in our flipboard magazine last two weeks and those are our four recommended readings and we will share the url to our website where you can locate the links to those recommended readings. We'll do that at the end of the episode. So now we turn our attention to appear into the crystal ball and making predictions about what we believe will observe in the upcoming weeks. We flip resources into our football magazine. So as we normally do we talk prior to going live and we guess probably again you follow it as long enough one of them were going to say hardware and software hardware and software. Well we expect to see a return to normal number of weeks we think this is a blip but that We we expect to see hardware and software articles especially because we are coming up on the holidays. We are and we do expect to see articles about gifts that are appropriate for young learners college age learners. We also expect to see pandemic related instructional design stories reflections on teaching during the pandemic recommendations on strategies for teaching while in pandemic mode. We expect great number of Schools and universities are going to be teaching in this mode in the spring. Certainly to start out in january and february So we expect more and more people will be interested in learning more about this. We also expect to seem more about teaching and learning online in general And instructional design in general. But that's what we've got in the crystal ball tim. Thanks abby well that brings us to the conclusion of episode. One hundred seventy three.
"This week we have kind of an unusual episode. We didn't flip a lot of resources like we normally do and it. So that's why it's a little bit odd. So abby. talk to us about what's going on and what we found as we looked at the resources from our flipboard magazine. Absolutely thank you tim yes. This was an unusual two week period. We just came out of now again. It's not super scientific. The way we flip our our flipboard into the magazine. We're choosing stories that we think are of greatest interest to people in our discipline in instructional design technology but we only flipped twelve stories in past two weeks. Now typically we flip anywhere between thirty and fifty stories on a given two week period so with only twelve stories to work with. We really couldn't say that there were four specific trends but we did pick out for of our favorite articles from the past two weeks articles that we think are the if you have if you don't have time to review all twelve of the articles in our flipboard magazine from the past two weeks. These four are what we recommend for review so First of all in the past two weeks. There were a lot going on in general. Probably the thing that took up most people's attention at least in the united states was the united states elections elections for president and The senate and the house so local elections. So that took a chunk of people's i think focus right that was that was just about a week ago at at the time of this recording. We was actually election day so that was a big focus. Adc t held its annual convention. Virtually last week a is the association of educational communications and technology. And it's our home base in a lot of ways and so big shout out to everybody there it was. It was a virtual conference. It was a lot of fun it was very well done but we certainly missed seeing everybody live and in person so That was that was a focus that that was pulled in in all of last week overall the twelve stories just to give kind of a general picture of what we what we saw in the past two weeks. We saw stories about teaching and instructional design. In general. we saw a few of these stories were focused on the pandemic aspect of things. The idea of what to do with your students because you are obligated to be with them in an online or video conference setting or teaching a synchronous. Louis that Kind of people who are forced into it as opposed to the people who have chosen to engage but we saw a number of articles also about teaching an idea in general for those people who were choosing to be in the settings that the that they are in we saw a mix about online strategies and best practices for any setting which were very interesting. We saw a stories addressing security and citizenship. A few focused on concerns about online. There's been kind of this really wasn't a trend. Last week was just one or two stories flipped in but they overall since the beginning of the pandemic situation we've seen a few stories now and then about concerns over cheating online and about Proctoring students things like that. So and security issues. In general we saw a windows update and a review for the christiane seventy series touchscreen but again those are the only two hardware and software Articles that we flipped in the past two weeks but we do have these four recommendations. Here they are number one hosting class after parties on zoom and other new ways to reach students by. Jeffrey are young for ed search and this is a great article about keeping in touch
"For parents and families at home dealing with the technologies necessary for remote learning. We also saw a an article about the increase in support and professional development for online teaching at many universities and colleges. Our recommended reading this area is actually Well, Richard Mayor is somebody that you and I both admire him if we do. Yeah. And this article. For Ed search was quite good, it's a Richard Mayor has spent decades on educational research. Here are his pandemic teaching tips by Jeffrey, our young for search, and once again I, apologize if I'm mispronouncing any author names but this is a very good article it's it's not a long articles brief. Highly focused, but it gives some really good. Tips from somebody who has been engaged in. Multimedia. Instruction for a very long time. Yeah, and if you're not familiar with Richard Mayor. It's a good time to be introduced him and and his work. So we either recommend this article we do. Yes. This is right. Exactly. This is just getting. This is just dipping you toe in the water, but there's A. Number two, hardware and software. It comes as no surprise to any of our listeners more than a few episodes that hardware and software. Top Dr Our list of trans. It usually does videoconferencing upgrades a lot of software that focuses videoconferencing received upgrades or announcements in the last couple of weeks. Breakout rooms are a hot topic. We mentioned this in the last episode as well, but this idea of reconfiguring some of the video conferencing software so that breakout rooms are more easily. Used, is very helpful for anybody teaching online with their classes to get into smaller groups Samsung's new eighty, five, inch interactive display eighty, five inches. That's a wall to wall it is. At my house I need one of my house to Right. And There was a review of computer. In general twenty twenty s best computer monitors there was an article about five G. cellular networks in the US. This closely aligning with the release of the iphone twelve, which is pre configured for five G. networks. And was just released in the last couple of weeks. Presi introduces a dynamic video teaching tools which looked very interesting I can't say that I've tried these tools myself but I read the article in Looks Fascinating I. I've yet to use them either, but they do look the look promising you. NSA. The. National Security, agency launched open source training platform for APPS development and IBM is offering its online education resources to.
"The trends we will observe in the upcoming two weeks. Abbey start off by talking about are four trends and are recommended readings. Thank you tim. Yes. four trends of now this is. This first trend, which was by far the largest number of articles that we flipped into our Flip Board magazine had to do with teaching during the pandemic, which as you and I were just discussing before we clicked record here. Is a little bit different than what we've been looking at from some trending moments over the past few months. It's not a remote learning as much as it is teaching strategies in this pandemic situation. So it was the So the focus is more on teachers educators than it is on the student experience right which we've seen quite regularly of our last episodes it is and it's much more focused on teaching strategies that teachers can employ or have been employing as opposed to personal experience like a personal emotional experience of learner or teacher, which is an interesting shift. It's a big shift in very interesting shift. So we saw articles like New Rules of teaching during a pandemic sort of recommendations on what what the Standards should be building online learning community, which we see a lot. You know we've seen that a lot, but this was again focused specifically on. Maintaining community. In pandemic situation online debates there's some suggestion based on a recent study that online debates are equally effective as in-person discussion. So. This was kind of good news to everybody who's been. Forced to stay online during their teaching. Teaching online and in person simultaneously this idea of hi flex hybrid multi-modal situations. There was some discussion also about this whether it's working whether it's not what are the challenges that are related directly to this too which you and I both sort of smiled at each other and said, there are a lot of challenges. The many. And I think they'll come out over the weeks as more people do this absolutely edgy because a released a study that suggests the pandemic has amplified students reliance on technology, and this seems kind of. very logical but it's good to have this kind of evidence, the study evidence unit to say okay well, we've actually asked people we've actually asked him in A. In a in a research method way and we're getting some answers about this, and apparently this has created a situation where students who have always been reliant on technology over the past few years. This has ramped up by a significant amount so that they really are sort of hyper focused on their technology to to keep them connected to their schooling. It's an interesting read it very interesting rate creative applications of technology serving instruction during the pandemic. Again, this idea of how are you using what you already know in this pandemic situation kind of altering it to suit the situation. Another one that was interesting is the US Office of Educational Technology has released its parent and family digital learning guide. which offers guidelines.
Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek CEO of Women in Voice on Linguistics and its Place in Voice
"Know that's now I. I. Kinda WanNa. Go back a little bit because you're a linguist. And I mean I don't know how you characterize yourself to characterize yourself as a linguist. Yeah. Usually when people ask me say I consider myself primarily a linguist and researcher those are the two core identities that I inhabit most of the time. Okay. Great. So What originally got you interested in linguistics Yeah, I mean I think. I. Consider Myself as being linguist when I was little I like played with code things and you know babbling around I started taking French quote unquote foreign language. In Middle School, I would have been like eleven and. I just thought an unlocked, the coolest world's travel and culture, and you know my parents have always really prioritize travel instead of like buying a big screen TV's let's run off to Thailand So that kind of interesting language culture has always been there for me. Actually, my mom found his old document of mine working career stuff for high schoolers where you like plan out potential career directions. Apparently on this document, I circled linguistics French, and photography as the three things I was interested in which ended up being my undergraduate degrees, my master's degree. Topics right there. In my teenage years, I knew. That's perfect. Yeah. Well, maybe maybe we do. I. Say there's a sense that we ask college students to make decisions about the rest of their lives. You know it's such a young age but maybe we know at least some of us know much younger. I feel like I got really lucky I feel like. I. Don't necessarily know the names of the topics but I feel like there's a light at the end of the horizon that I'm walking towards at all times sometimes running a mostly walking in just knowing that directionality and honestly the privileged to be able to pursue the things that I'm so passionate about. Now given the you've spent so much time. Going into linguistics study research have you had time to keep up with your French photography? My I I taught French previously to pay the bills in my graduate studies and I worked in France between UNDERGRAD and graduate school. So I'm was very proficient I mean, my dad hopes one day become famous photographer. You know as a retirement career but no, I have A. Busy schedule today and those things take away backburner. Got It. Okay. So you started out French in photography you moved into linguistics and why don't you share with listeners? What some of the areas of study you focused initially and then how that evolved. Yes. So I don't masters in linguistics from UC Davis. And they did a really phenomenal job of forcing you to take all the courses. In the range of things I was always really interested in phonetics and sociolinguistics, but taking morphology and Syntax and typology natural language processing was of course it was very new at that time. And really. It's when I started actually studying to a link goes interfaces from a LP phonetics standpoint that I felt like I had a moment of like wait a minute. This is a big data multi-lingual back end. Used by millions of users worldwide. Like who is deciding what good enough means for the Audio You know At that time I focused a lot on ed tech but I think the multi lingual multi modal interfaces that I was looking at Babbel Rosetta. Stone presented at Rosetta Stone really thinking about the research that space blew my mind that was back in two, thousand, fourteen, two, thousand, fifteen. Yeah. So When you think about those systems because they've been around for a while and some of them very good is that a stone has been doing this a pretty high level for a long time before we had cloud computing to new redoing this office CDs. Because I remember. At least one of my daughters maybe both of them took a couple of full programs you know through. through his stump Are there elements of that that of of the language learning process? You think that help move the industry forward or was that always just sort of a fork in on its own I think. Educational Technology has such power especially in twenty twenty. You know anyone who has kids I don't finds this stuff wonderful I think Rosetta stone you're right I think back in the day was really innovative software I haven't seen significant innovation in the last decade I can't I'm under NDA can't tell you what I told her engineering team but my research that is public I mean the. The back end with they're doing the acoustics in the visuals that they show users and most users aren't linguists. An most users aren't fun additions like me. Or mostly incomprehensible. So I felt like there was a huge mismatch between what the back end was doing in the educational pieces of it. Could you actually learn and get better at your pronunciation from these tools? Right. So that's that's a critique on the application of the technology though correct? Yeah. Is opposed to the core technology in terms of being. Listen and. and. That's what I. Mike Critique is the scaffolding or like how it's structured could be significantly rated and their companies like Elsa and blue canoe that are doing the work to make it interpreted. Because we do have back ends that should be able to do this very well.
"And this is where I mean Homeland Security rarely Flags a Windows bug but apparently Microsoft servers that are at risk for the zero log on vulnerability. We're kind of weird a you know, a red alert as opposed to just a hey you might want to fix this it was like fix this now so that was interesting and also interesting and I don't know I guess this falls into the citizenship area or security area more more citizenship. I think Facebook just recently introduced something called rights wage manager for images and the point of this is to help individuals and groups protect their media content. So that one can actually check on where one's images are going from Facebook page. And can you know issue warnings to people saying look getting not cool. You're breaking a copyright, you know here so that's again a very interesting new feature off for Facebook. Our recommended read in this area. Also Echoes the fact that iOS 14 just came out this last two weeks iOS 14 privacy feature that breaks some Enterprise school and Retail setups by Ben Lovejoy 4925 Mac apparently for some institutions, like universities some institutions had some trouble with the iOS 14 privacy feature and you really have to read the article. I can't do it justice to try to explain how it works because I'm still trying to get my head around it myself. But but worth reading especially if you are the go-to person in your area and need to be able to explain this to somebody else why they're why they're phone is suddenly not getting email from the from campus. Well, that's what we've got him. Those are our for trends that are for recommended readings. Thank you. Now WE peer into the crystal ball and make predictions about the trends We Believe will see in the upcoming two weeks. I mean, you can guess some of them right teaching on behind remote learning rather has or Hardware software hardware and software even though which is interesting. It wasn't one of the trends. It wasn't. Yeah that we solved for this episode. We also talked about possibly seeing more about videoconferencing right? I think so, I think we're going to see a lot more about videoconferencing you and I said, this is kind of a no-brainer here on our part because just because of the ubiquity of its use right right security issues and so security issues as well. Yeah. Well, you'll be will see that. Go ahead. I also think that we're going to see more about these virtual experiences. Yeah the VR experiences because people are looking for Alternatives just something to kind of create a greater engagement. Everybody's always trying to improve the instruction no matter where and what we're discovering is that these are some options that we're experimenting with to see whether or not they improve the instructional experience when you're in a remote situation, so.
"In in teams, like building it into teams and our recommended read in this area also has to do with this. It's called Microsoft teams and OneNote bring these new features for remote learning by Liam tongue for ZDNet and now actually tongass focusing on some of the features like breakout rooms and perhaps badges. So you have built-in you have to describe virtual communities. Come on don't leave people hanging on that. I don't really know what the virtual commute actually like, I don't know how that works They Don't Really describe it. Well in the article, except they described the research behind it, right which is good which is apparently and, you know not wanting to brag but I talked about this years ago at conferences and making conference presentation based on some small amount of research. I did myself, but it did Echo this The research shows that people do well if they have 15 to 20 minutes opportunity at the beginning and the end of their work cycle to for quiet reflection to kind of think and to get themselves into a specific kind of head space and then to let themselves leave that head space and that's something that is missing when you don't actually commute to a campus or off go your go to school. But if you're if it's all just part of the regular day you get up and then just kind of roll over to the laptop and do something you may want to build in with this kind of reflective buffer time and they're referring to it as a virtual commute. Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how that works into the product. It is interesting. Yes, and I'm curious very curious to see but yes, so the other things that that tongue is talking about in his article is a breakout rooms, which is something that I've heard from colleagues a great deal is people asking about Out how best to sort of set things up so that they can have small group discussions and I think and zoom does that and I mean same as that it's good to see Microsoft teams working that into they all of the all of the companies seem to be working that in but it is it is interesting to see them improving the product and making it a little you know, each time. They're sort of raising the bar or so now our fourth Trend here is security and citizenship, which is an unsurprising Trend if one has been listening to us for any length of time this comes up a lot. And so we're kind of happy to see a bit of a focus on this here. First of all, there was a good review of the Netflix documentary the social dilemma, which I personally have not seen yet, but I haven't either I'm looking forward to watching it. I've heard very good things from people. I trust we also saw an article about VPN virtual private network issues related to students International students in foreign countries taking us online courses, in this case. One of the Articles Focus directly on Chinese students having a kind of difficulties with employing a VPN in their home country as they're trying to take a course in the US. It's particularly problematic given the way the Chinese internet setup works. So that was an interesting sort of security wage. Citizenship issue security-wise a critical Windows bug that received a rare Homeland Security emergency alert was reported in the last two weeks..
"I thought that was an interesting list. They're kind of fun they are but our recommended read is the best software for editing videos for YouTube bite down on May for creative block and this is a really good article on just sort of comparing and explaining the different editing Suites home. Things like Adobe Premiere which is sort of the highest-end but there was also you know, although that was listed and described there were a number of others as well kind of description of one for every price point and for every activity, you know, sometimes you need really powerful stuff. Sometimes you just need some real basic stuff. But in terms of what we saw of hardware and software over the last two weeks, this is software that I think speaks to the largest number of us right now because a lot of us are just doing a lot of video creation and production number four on our trend is instructional design and media production, which was interesting because we haven't seen instructional design really take the Forefront home. I'm happy to see that back. Yeah, it had taken the Forefront for quite a while but then the pandemic it and everybody kind of went to what we referred to as panic gachi and they were concerned about that. But in Rome Instructional design has made a bit of a comeback in terms of media. We saw evaluate evaluating and adopting new teaching and learning Technologies a very good article on learner analysis on the a TD website. We saw a pivoting from face-to-face to online teaching that is some strategies for making that shift and in some ways strategies for helping others make that shift because a lot of us who work and instructional design our support for a Content faculty and for the remote Learners or for Learners in general we saw models for Blended synchronous and asynchronous activities. Once again, this this synchronous asynchronous discussion is really cutting across all all life at this point. We even heard one of the most recent articles that we flipped as of our recording right now. Coined a new phrase for it. They called it by Cronus instruction for a little bit of a synchronous a little bit of synchronous very interesting that we're we're having those discussions at this point. Our recommended read in this area though is six keys to producing effective digital content by Bob spires for eCampus news. Now really, none of these keys that spires lists are about are specifically how to in terms of like how to make something but mostly how to change in terms of Designing effective pieces, and it's a good six tips. And Tim those are our for Trends and our for recommended readings. Okay. Thanks Abbey. So now we move into peering into the crystal ball and we talked before every episode. What do we what do we think we're going to observe in the upcoming two weeks?.
"This is focused indeed on universities as they plan to open up in the fall, but many of the topics addressed in this article are Universal and they would apply to a cake. settings as well Number four and again, we only saw a handful of articles about this but still that was the more of a trend than anything else. We saw except for the top three Lessons Learned From the pandemic as you and I had predicted Tim. This does become a bit of a trend at this point because we have enough time behind us where people around the world have been working wage on teaching in in what we refer to as emergency remote teaching situations, and now they're writing about it. They're they're providing their Reflections on what worked what didn't work what they would like to try later off. So we saw we saw a very interesting study come out from a few thousand teachers in the UK who were surveyed and their responses word that they felt that they needed more instruction and training in quality remote instruction, the 75% of the teachers who responded said that they needed more education than wage. Elves and how to conduct good online instruction. There's also a spotlight on project-based learning which refer to itself as you know, the the article itself said that that project-based learning is having its moment off because project-based learning is something that's a very applicable in cases where you have people remotely located are recommended read in this area is school closures five changes teachers want to keep by Helena Moss for Tes this again was very interesting kind of survey of teachers again in the UK, but it was five items that teachers want to incorporate into their regular professional activity. Now that they're transitioning from emergency mode teaching to actual either face-to-face instruction or planned online instruction. And that's what we have Tim. Those are our for Trends and our for recommended readings for this episode. Okay. Now we move into peering into the crystal ball and making predictions about the trends that we believe we all observe in the upcoming two weeks and we talked about this before we go on air. And again, if you've listened over the past couple episodes, you probably can rest. I mean some of the the ones we have teaching and learning online and teaching and learning online. Yeah, it's going to going to going to remain and we also had a well teaching but teaching and learning online. Certainly we're going to see that we agree, right but we and we also agree that we're going to see a lot more about teaching and learning online basics for a new audience and people who are for people who have not engaged in this activity until probably this past spring where they were doing it as an in an emergency situation actually and now they want to know more they want to know how do I do this month? I know I can do it in an emergency. How do I do it? Well when it's not an emergency, yeah, and and that quality aspect of it make right. It's high quality. We also mentioned Hardware software, right? That's absolutely we we predict that that's going to be a trend and we also do other things we talked about Academic Year planning that's going to be upcoming Academic Year for the next two days at least and probably for the next four to six weeks is going to be a hot topic of discussion and we expect to see a lot about it in the media and just like we've seen in the past month Couple Episode Lessons Learned From during the pandemic. We're going to see more of those. Yes as we continue on in the weeks. We're also going to see we we suspect that. We will see more about accessabilities..
Rising to the Challenge of Working From Home without Childcare with Susannah Quinsee
"Around mid-march, as all, the the pandemic is, is taking over in the UK was probably about a week behind the US where they the panic points. Ten so. Describe how you learned that everything was going to go online and sort of what that realization was like, both in terms of your work than massively scaling up at the same time that your child care was hearing. Yeah, so I tended to not work weekends where I could avoid it in before as I cooled it before life. I remember I think it was on the Saturday morning for some reason I picked up my fire, and it was just like. My email was just rammed with messages, saying that we were gonNA move everything online. By the twenty thousand mark will preferably Leah and that's what my team does like we support. The staff in the university to use online missiles says to defend that teaching, and so it was a moment of kind of okay, so we're doing this in how? So, yeah, that will weekend. Who tried to work? Our approach was really meant because it's one thing to say, we're moving online. But what does that really being? Then? Students had been told that we were. We were trying to work through. There was just no and I just remember that whole weekend was spent just trying to ride emails in between Juggling Children and family life, and my partner works at the same university and he's an it, so he was. Getting slammed at the same time and. We finally just went out for Wolf on the Sunday afternoon, and it felt so good to just kind of get what hadn't realized how stressed I was until we actually left the house, so yeah, that's how I found out about to Winton. older next week was just rammed at that stage. We still had childcare. But then we weren't sure when knockdowns that she going to start, there was quite a lot of uncertainty. He would be allowed to work and who wouldn't say, that was so of just evolving what was happening with schools, either at that point site that was that was kind of very up in the that happened very quickly as well, not my oldest daughter school. Just she went in in the morning, came home off new. We shot. Just kind of a lot of places places happened. Well, hopefully you are able to help your professors and students transition with a bit more A. Yes. How did you do that? Like what? What sort of support did you provide for for teachers like wait? I've never taught online before. Yes, it might seem Woah, absolutely amazing, just stepping up, and so I can head of educational technology instantly over that weekend produced a kind of Wiki page then we just all the material content on, and we start to die. That's quickly as possible and get that message out that. So as soon as we had that link, we will send around Dolphin University say okay. This is the information you need is is here. And funny enough like that morning. I'd just been kind of before. This will happen in thinking are really think we need to. Plan of things, how are we going to manage? This is a director until I see my team, saying these are the five areas that we need to focus on like that morning, and then by the often. Okay those changed little bit. Differently so yeah, that's what we did we. We went into so I. The deputy president at the Investi that we had various structures to like manage how you change policy because its policies and kind of contractual things you have to do with students that we kind of feed into committees around that what can with colleagues across invest t to support staff in particular Cessna? That was the big thing. We about to move into the exam period. That's why the investors had exams from Sawing April may so that was a big transition point to move Every of invested in kind of weld was doing it at the same time between different institutions. And so, what did you come up with I'm very curious what what is best practice for online assessment then? Yeah, sure so in the initial period. It was kind of what we call it. The emergency response so we had four five principles see if I can remember the words said one one was was around. Try and do as much as you can a think critically. Too, seriously, so in real time basically because I had no idea where our students were. Could be anywhere in the world. We have lot of international students, so said as much as you can to up, they can. Adapt flexibly. That was that was one thing. The other one was around. This is not perfect online learning. This is about best efforts to try and get as much as you out there and really communicate with your students. Should be very basic, so you shouldn't assume that anyone has anything moved a mobile phone and. Data collect point on a mobile because again all of us giants had carrying respond species living with parents who suddenly have other siblings at home so. That was one of them was. Keep it simple as well so you just be communicating with your students in university system, so they want rocket science united was it was a big
"educational technology" Discussed on In the Classroom
"Today is december twenty seven to nineteen wanted to give a brief technologies. I'm planning on using four next semester and Basically going to walk you through some Some aspects of my personal website as well as facebook or a facebook page called in the classroom before we get started. If you're interested in any of the topics that we talk about today and you want to comment or reach out to me directly probably the best way to do that is via my facebook profile and you can contact me directly Using my handle be in l. e. z. Bnl eez and or use the hashtag. Ed chat easy h. a. T. so if you want to ever be a part of the broadcast or if you have anything that you would like to share a full free free to reach out to me or obviously share some of your experiences and insights into some of the topics that were addressing here in the classroom again either via twitter or Directly with me if you wish to be a part of the broadcast so today wanna talk about my personal website. So many pull up that and you can access my website at benjamin l stewart dot org and since this also is going out as a podcast you might want to view this as opposed at this website. Benjamin store dot org to see the video since a lot of what we talk about. Today's going to have a visual component being able to see the actual website and the in the classroom facebook page that. I'm planning on using for next semester extra. I'm going to be teaching. Three classes of two groups are actually the same class. This is a a grammar context. To course and this is english language learners at an l. to be one english level proficiency and i'm also teaching a writing workshop for a fourth semester learners who are about at a b. one b. two english language proficiency level so i'm going to be using my website to host these two classes and i'm just getting started with some of the planning here We won't be able to see much of what i have here. But i'm gonna try to explain the way that i'm going to approach some of the content that i'm going to be using in my class important to mention that the classes that i do teach our face to face so everything that i talk about here is an effort to provide a blending learning experience kind of flipping the classroom if you will and basically trying to make content available to my learners as possible so that they have a lot of different ways that they can interact not just what we do in class but they have access to much of what we talk about. In working in class they also have access to interact with the same content outside the classroom as well as interact with themselves. So the website that i have here you'll notice along the top..