IoT Has Arrived (Just Not in the Way You Expected)

If your idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) involves smart environments that hoover up data from wearable sensors for more efficient traffic patterns, alert a teacher when a student’s eyeballs have wandered away from the lesson or notify purchasing when the pencil stock has dwindled in the supply closet, maybe it’s time to crank back expectations and look at what’s really going on in K–12 with IoT…

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How a Video Boom Led to Better Campus Collaboration

Reorganizations can be tough on everybody involved. Work left behind. People’s emotions rubbed raw. New managers struggling to gain staff trust. But a restructuring within Princeton University (NJ) turned out to be a great example of how collaboration in higher education ought to work. And it all kicked off when the university decided to create its first massive open online courses (MOOCs)…

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How to Set Up a VR Pilot

The headset goes on and the student is handed two controllers. She begins to manipulate a virtual model of a protein, turning it this way and that to study the structure. It’s not exactly like playing in Star Trek: Bridge Crew, but it’s still way better than looking at a flat illustration in a textbook, which is exactly why Washington & Lee University’s Integrative and Quantitative (IQ) Center is trying out the use of virtual reality in as many classes as it can. Even though it may feel like VR has been around for a long time (Oculus Rift began taking pre-orders in 2012), in education its use is still on the bleeding edge…

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