In our book, “TechnoTeaching: Taking Practice to the Next Level in the Digital World,” we created characters to help illustrate our TechnoTeaching continuum. The TechnoNOs are those who create barriers against the digital age entering their classroom. The TechnoMaybes have a casual approach, but are not the barrier-breaking TechnoYes brigade. In our blog posts we want to ensure that we are challenging and informing all types. So, if you are a TechnoNo… this might blow your mind. If you are a TechnoMaybe, you may have heard of them but not integrated them into your lessons. If you are a TechnoYes this might also blow your mind - but hopefully in a great way.
Let me tell you about two emerging edtech trends. First, Wireless Projecting is being used in business for conferences and for in-house meetings. Teachers can too. Everyone has their own device, so why not use this fact to your advantage? If you can stream your video/images/presentations right into the palm of another teacher, why not? Better than having your audience all stare at a large screen…more accessible, more comfortable, more personalised…?
In education, the roll out of personal devices is more visible in schools and, if you have a class set of tablets wireless streaming is the next step in using them in your lessons. The second emerging edtech trend is very new—augmented reality. Only a handful of teachers are exploring the use of Augmented Reality in lessons.
Wireless Projecting for 1:1 Learning
To wirelessly stream from your device - especially when the school network goes down - Wireless Projecting for 1:1 Learning offers a great Plan B. However more and more teachers are using this tool as their Plan A. One benefit is that you can stream content directly to a hand held device, therefore making the learning 1:1 for students. It also doesn’t matter if you are using a Mac or iPad or PC. I have done the how-to searching for you (you’re welcome). For an Apple device, use Airplay. Also see this good roundup from a voice in the field. For Chromebook or Android users, try Chromecasting. Here are some tips for using Chromecasting in the classroom.
This is quite out there, even for us. Try using Layar to get started and see what the fuss is all about. It blew our TechnoTeaching minds. Then see this article. I see augmented reality as a really new trend, and in reality not many teachers will likely be using it. But still. It could very well be the shape of things to come. If film is not the future, as I have recently said as part of a live web chat, then this is. For more information, see this great article on Edutopia and another ‘How to’ from Edudemic.
We would love to know what you think after reading more. Do these sound like edtech trends you would want to establish in your schools?
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