Desktop Research: Reports, Research, and Miscellaneous

The initial listing of research, reports, and miscellaneous news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your additions here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add an item, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to mark items you think are of high interest to this project, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Michele.Cummins Michele.Cummins Oct 9, 2016. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • Closing the gaps – Improving literacy and mathematics by ICT-enhanced collaboration
    I think this study done in Sweden is really interesting as it clearly shows that ICT use must be well integrated into the pedagogy to be useful. If that integration is done correctly student achievement increases substantially. Key highlights: We test a method for improving literacy and mathematics by ict-enhanced collaboration. The method includes formative feedback and formative assessment among students. We test the method and compare it with two control groups using ICT and not using ICT. The method tested lead to higher student achievement in literacy and mathematics. The method leads to a lower gender gap in performance than the control groups. - lars.lingman lars.lingman Oct 18, 2016 - stefan stefan Oct 18, 2016
  • 10 Experts’ Predictions for Education and Technology in 2016
    Education thought leaders provide their predictions on what they expected to see in 2016. - susanne.kjallander susanne.kjallander Oct 17, 2016- stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Oct 18, 2016
  • The Cloud in K-12: CDW-G Tells Us What Educators Need to Know
    This article provides insights for educators to better understand cloud computing by addressing benefits, deployment processes, and security concerns.
  • A Conceptual Design Framework for Big Data Based Learning Analysis
    Big data is the backbone of learning analytics; as so it reasons that the collection and evaluation of data is essential in optimizing learning environments for students. This article examines one process of collecting big data, highlighting the importance of understanding where data comes from, what the data represents, and how it can be used to understand the process of student learning. - susanne.kjallander susanne.kjallander Oct 17, 2016- Anna.Carlsson Anna.Carlsson Oct 18, 2016- lars.lingman lars.lingman Oct 18, 2016- ngh ngh Oct 18, 2016- stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Oct 18, 2016
  • Design Education for the Future in Norway
    The Department of Art, Design and Drama at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in partnership with the interest organisation Art and Design in Education, planned a debate this spring on the future for the subject Art and Crafts in primary education. This article highlights some important themes, and discusses how art and making must be integrated into future curriculum with emphasis on learning, not only to creating – students must learn to be able to make better choices. Design must involve creating solutions that are better than they have been.- stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Oct 18, 2016
  • Evaluation of Suitability of Rapid Prototyping Techniques for Use by Children
    This study evaluates various 3D printing methods and materials to measure how well each can accommodate a child-led approach to making. (- Magdi Magdi Oct 18, 2016)- stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Oct 18, 2016
  • Finnish Excellence in Education
    Education Export Finland is looking to export their education expertise, which comes in varied forms, from educational and learning products – technologies, programs, applications, digital learning suites and software, educational content and materials – to services covering teacher training, pedagogical and vocational programs, as well as multi-functional solutions in the physical and digital learning environments. - ellen.k.fossvoll ellen.k.fossvoll Oct 17, 2016 (- Magdi Magdi Oct 18, 2016)
  • How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning
    Cognitive research theories are explored and applied to maker activities. Educators can maximize students’ learning potential through “unbundling” learning and creating, encouraging productive failure, and withholding solutions until students have brainstormed creative workarounds. - Anna.Carlsson Anna.Carlsson Oct 18, 2016(- Magdi Magdi Oct 18, 2016)- lars.lingman lars.lingman Oct 18, 2016- stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Oct 18, 2016- Dorte Dorte Oct 20, 2016

  • Influence of Flipped Classroom on Learner's Empowerment - A Study Based on English Writing Courses in China
    A researcher at Nantong University studied English writing learners in China and found that using the flipped classroom model allows more freedom in the classroom and promotes a sense of empowerment and autonomy in the learner.
  • Learning Analytics in the Norwegian School System
    While there is no central regulation concerning learning analytics at present, the Norwegian government has in 2015 etablished a national centre for learning analytics, located at the University of Bergen. A 2015 report cited two Norwegian case studies using Conexus, a leading Norwegian learning anaytics vendor, and Gyldendal Undervisning, a publisher collaborating with Knewton for personalised content.
  • Matching Edtech Products With Neurological Learning Goals
    The author hopes to help educators make a list of what they want from educational tools in order to better evaluate and select the most effective options.
  • Screen-based Literacy Practices in Swedish Primary Schools
    “The transformation of dominant print-based practices into digital practices raises questions about pedagogies and assessment in literacy education that enable learners to become creative and collaborative producers, rather than simply consumers, of digital media texts in schools.” - ellen.k.fossvoll ellen.k.fossvoll Oct 17, 2016 - susanne.kjallander susanne.kjallander Oct 17, 2016- ngh ngh Oct 18, 2016- stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Oct 18, 2016 - stefan stefan Oct 18, 2016
  • Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch
    This article presents resources for educators wanting to establish a makerspace, with an emphasis on integration into the greater global maker community. Guidance for outfitting a makerspace and tips for incorporating creative inquiry and experimentation are also included.
  • Supporting Primary-Level Mathematics Teachers’ Collaboration in Designing and Using Technology-Based Scenarios
    Based on observations and discussions with teacher at workshops in Denmark, this study has found that allowing teachers to be designers in their in-service education activities can increase their competency with new technologies and give them ownership and flexibility in how technology enhances their lessons.- ellen.k.fossvoll ellen.k.fossvoll Oct 17, 2016 - susanne.kjallander susanne.kjallander Oct 17, 2016- stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Oct 18, 2016
  • Universal Access to Alternate Media
    This paper discusses the need for automated alternate media solutions in a world of increasing mainstream inclusion. While society as a whole is shifting from educational, vocational and social segregation of people with disabilities towards inclusion and equal rights, the need to support the blind, partially sighted, dyslexic and other print impaired with textual material in alternate formats remains.
  • Next Generation Digital Learning Environment This paper from EDUCAUSE discuss the future of digital learning environments for higher education, but the discussion of modularization is relevant for all education - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Oct 17, 2016 (- Magdi Magdi Oct 18, 2016)- ngh ngh Oct 18, 2016- Dorte Dorte Oct 20, 2016