The overall theme of this year’s ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN is Reaching Beyond Tomorrow, so we were fascinated to learn about a new “Gaze-tracking illusion [that] lets you draw with your eyes.” The software, which is still in development, would allow those with locked-in syndrome to write or draw on a screen. There is a brief demonstration on the New Scientist website: http://bit.ly/P1mn2M. We also tweeted about “20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms” http://bit.ly/HGUab9 which was complemented by “30 ways you should be using Google”, a colourful infographic that packs an informative punch http://bit.ly/NEOLol. Nevertheless, there are pitfalls aplenty if little thought is given to creating an effective implementation plan. Writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Pamela Hieronymi pleads with educators: “Don’t confuse technology with teaching” http://bit.ly/MZuwHe. Researcher and author Daniel Donohoo argues, in a blog entry entitled The future of apps for children beyond ABC and 123, that “It’s not a given that technology in the hands of young children will benefit their development.” See his Huff Post Education article here: http://huff.to/PeWE7i. On the other end of the educational pipeline, Elizabeth Eva Leach, writing on a London School of Economics and Political Science’s blog, argues that it’s high time senior academics turned to self-publishing online in order to lift the stigma off this quick way to get research noticed. What this approach would mean for the traditional peer-review process and professional standards remains to be seen, but her discussion will interest students and scholars alike http://bit.ly/N5Eukj.
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