There can be no denying teenage reliance on their portable devices and Online provides a nice infographic on how college students are using their smartphones.

The dominant activity appears to be communication, although no data is presented on social media use.

If “idle time” is dominanted by smartphone use, is it still idle time?

I’ve just finished gathering data from a survey of high school students enrolled in elearning courses, on how they use their cell phones–there are some amazing results. Look for it in the future!




The rapid changes in Higher Education–in only the last year, has been staggering.

While Online Learning has been going on for the last twenty years, the rise of Udacity, MITx, and Coursera have legitimized eLearning for the masses and there doesn’t appear to be a slow down in sight.

The Best provides a great infographic detailing additional ways colleges may change.



We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.  – TED Mission Statement

Richard Saul Wurman and his partner Harry Marks founded TED in 1984 and the Technology, Education, and Design Conference has been held annually since 1990.

Since June 2006, the talks have been offered for free viewing online, under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license, through their web site at

TED is not without detractors (Against TED by Nathan Jurgensen) but, I’ve always enjoyed learning something new from the TED videos. There are so many incredibly interesting topics presented succinctly from some amazing people. As Albert Einstein is quoted: “If you can’t explain it to a 6-year old, you don’t understand it yourself”.

TED Ed : TED Videos and Educational Lessons

Recently, TED Ed was formed and pairs the outstanding TED talk videos with talented animators to give the talks even more impact with complimentary images and graphics. TED Ed has a high-powered advisory board which includes Jackie Bezos, Melinda Gates, Sir Ken Robinson, & Salman Khan.


What’s YOUR Favorite TED video?

I have SO many favorite TED talks, and if forced to choose only a couple, two I keep coming back to are:

HOW ABOUT YOU? Please leave YOUR favorite TED Talks in the Discussion Box at the end of this post


TED Talks Infographic


How are new digital technologies changing how teachers teach and students learn?

Network & Internet Security company Enterasys published the following Infographic based on a recent survey.

How do the results compare against YOUR institution?

Digital Technology in Education: Adoption Rates of New Styles of K-12 Teaching

Here’s a quick list of their findings:

  • 21% Currently Use Digital TEXT BOOKS; 37% plan to move to DIGITAL ONLY in the near future.
  • 40%+ Network Infrastructure INADEQUATE for Digital VIDEO content
  • 84% CAN monitor Student Network Use (CIPA FCC 11-125)
  • 27% canNOT customize student network by grade level (or with difficulty)
  • 46% of schools that plat to exclusively use Online ASSESSMENT for testing.
  • 43% Currently Use OR PLAN to try FLIPPED CLASSROOMS
  • *33% are currently using SOCIAL MEDIA.

PARTICIPATE in my survey

*IF you’re using Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, or Twitter, will you please participate in my online survey?

I’m looking for REAL examples of teaching and learning with Social Media.

GO TO–> Google Survey form. Please share this survey with others and I’ll share back the results! 


Adoption Rates of New Styles of K-12 Teaching