8 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 20

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This week we get serious about serious games. It’s a known fact that the best kind of learning comes as a result of well-designed experiences and as such games, with their high level of engagement and interaction, serve as the right mode for learning.

That iPads and smartphones have made their presence felt inside the classroom is a given now. Know how they will soon replace the classroom computers. Also get a sneak peak into the future of learning. Read it all here in our Weekly Digest – a collection of our top 8 links from the week gone by, each accompanied by a quick brief.

Need to quench your thirst for the latest in learning, technology and media links further? You can dig into our previous lists here.

1. Research: The Educational Value Of Serious Games Video games are exciting, challenging, and a vital part of life for many teens. The use of games as entertainment may be dwarfed by serious game applications as the value of serious games continues to increase. This is because today the learners, the teachers and the game designs are different.

2. 10 Surprising Truths About Video Games And Learning This blog post uncovers 10 truths (with research validated reasons) on how video games can assist learning.

3. Games And Smart Phones: The Future Of Education? While not a panacea for the educational system, games and smart phones could be one way to engage and motivate student learning. Know how.

4. BINARY – There’s An App To LEARN That! And Its A GAME! CISCO has an amazingly innovative culture that allows them to experiment with new technologies and ideas around learning. Their new FREE iPhone/iPad app called BINARY is a game that teaches players everything they need to know about the binary language without the boring techie bits.

5. Expert: Smart Phones Are the Next Classroom Computers An internationally known technology expert says smart phones will one day replace computers inside classrooms. Know if this prediction will be true.

6. What The Smartphone Market Will Look Like In 2015 [STUDY] IDC predicts that the smartphone market will grow 49.2% in 2011, due to an increasing number of users who will replace feature phones with smartphones.

7. How Educators Use iPads Since the iPad has entered the education filed, educators have used it in ways more than one to assist them in teaching. While some use it for classroom management and attendance tracking, some use it to take quick notes and check relevant websites. Find how more such ways in which academics use iPads.

8. The Future Of Learning We can’t state explicitly or emphatically what the future of learning will look like because things are moving so fast. But we can extrapolate some general characteristics from current trends. So what is the future of learning? Know it all here.

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