by Stephen Downes
Oct 26, 2015
Wearable tech expands new horizons in schools
The headline is misleading - the article is mostly about Google's Cardboard, a $16 set of cardboard goggles you can use with your mobile phone to see 3Dish scenes and videos using specially designed applications. Yes, schools are interested in this. "Thousands of schools in the United States, Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom are piloting Google Cardboard’s virtual field trip software called Expeditions this year." The article cautions that "Teachers need PD before they can integrate virtual reality, fitness and other programs into lessons. If no funding is available, district tech leaders can ask a group of teacher leaders to collect training and curriculum resources." You can also get more expensive viewers if you want.
ESPN Clips Vanish From YouTube Due to Rights, Legal Issues
Remember how great YouTube was and how important its free and open access to everything was so important for education, spawning such things as the Khan Academy? Well that's all about to change as Google introduces YouTube Red subscriptions on Oct. 28. More. We're going to see Google almost immediately exert pressure on broadcasters to comply. "YouTube has advised partners that their clips won't be viewable on the public, ad-supported service if they don't participate in the paid commercial-free version." This isn't a big first step - but it's a first step, and it heralds the creation of a two-tier service, and the end of the golden age of YouTube.
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