THE Journal's Mobile Computing + Augmented & Virtual Reality Resources

Here you'll find articles covering 1-to-1 computing, BYOD, augmented and virtual reality and all things mobile! Topics range from strategies for managing devices to news and reviews about new hardware and software.


Fashioning a Framework for Maker Education

Jaclyn Gerstein will be presenting at two sessions during the ISTE conference: “A Framework for Maker Education: Frontloading and Reflecting on Maker Experiences,” on Sunday, June 25; and “Design Thinking and Universal Design for Learning for Makerspaces, STEM and STEAM” on Monday, June 26.

New Jersey High Schoolers Design VR App to Diagnose ADHD

Three students behind reVIVE, a virtual reality solution that offers an alternative way to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), took first place at the Disrupt NY 2017 Hackathon.

Leslie Fisher Thinks Augmented Reality First, Then VR in the Classroom

Leslie Fisher has turned her name and talents into her own successful ed tech consulting company. She will present at seven different sessions during the ISTE conference, June 25-28, in San Antonio, TX.

CodeREV Expands Tech Summer Camps Throughout CA and Beyond

Evan Boorman started CodeREV after running a successful tutoring company. He spoke with THE Journal to discuss the CodeREV summer camps, as well as the necessities of teaching coding and STEAM to young people.

Intelitek Introduces Coding Platform for Virtual and Real Robots

The new CoderZ online learning environment teaches students to code in a virtual environment and can also be configured with many physical robots, like the Lego Mindstorms Education EV3.

Transforming Learning Spaces With (or Without) Technology: 7 Questions With Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon is a an expert in K–12 learning spaces, and loves to explore the intersections of technology and learning space design.

Ed Dept. Names Finalists for Virtual and Augmented Reality Competition

The ED has selected five finalists in the EdSim Challenge, a national competition that aims to advance students’ career and technical skills with immersive, computer-based simulations. Finalists will each receive $50,000 and continue to develop their prototypes for a chance to win the $430,000 grand prize.

3 Reasons to Think Twice Before Implementing a Required BYOD Program

Schools that implement BYOD programs will choose one or both of two approaches: required BYOD and supplemental BYOD. While supplemental BYOD is a common-sense way to broaden students' and teachers' classroom resources, required BYOD is a problematic choice that will challenge a school district's staff and the community as a whole.

Study: Preschoolers Learn Similarly for Digital and Print Books

Reading stories aloud to children has long been proven to boost early literacy skills, but less has been revealed about the impact of a story’s format on learning. Now, new research says that preschool-age children will comprehend a story in both digital and print formats if they enjoy the story’s content.

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using images to communicate. In this week’s blog post, we present a "pro" and a "con" about the value of "picting" — using images — not words — for communication and self-expression.

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