Talking with computers: How chatbots can help with learning

What is it about chatbots that has people excited and companies and organizations scrambling to set up their own chatbots? More importantly, what potential do they have for learning? In this post, I tackle what defines a chatbot, what they can help people do, and how educators can think pedagogically about this old technology that’s gotten a lot of new interest.

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Trends in Mobile Chat Apps and Their Implications for Learning

If you were to ask yourself what the under-25 crowd does most on a mobile device, you’d probably come to the conclusion that chat, text, and instant messaging apps draw a good portion of attention. Students use chat apps every day for numerous purposes, so using these apps is an alluring hook for educators to get kids engaged and interested in learning activities.

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Virtual Reality: Can New Advances be Useful for Education?

VR is not a new technology by any means, so what can we expect to see this time around? More importantly, how can we teach with new VR and how do we get started with VR for education?

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Unintended Outcomes of Technology Use: Lessons from Educators from Pokémon Go

What happens when classroom technology isn’t used in the way you thought it would be? Or, alternatively, what happens when students use technology exactly the way you intended, but undesirable outcomes happened? These are two questions that every educator has asked at some point as they attempted to integrate new technologies into their classrooms.

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Pokémon Go and education: Toward answering the questions about learning that are on everyone’s mind

The game that is finding its way onto the phones of everyone under 30 years old has started to find its way into the discussions of educators worldwide. Questions about whether or not Pokémon Go can be used for learning are expected as it gains popularity. Anything that is able to pull in such large numbers of players has to be beneficial for learning, right?

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Cyberbullying In Classrooms That Use Digital Tools: Keeping an Eye Out

In the age of social media, youtube accounts, and messaging apps, people have been able to connect in far more ways than years past. However, new forms of communication have brought new tools for bullies to hurt others. As teachers in modern, digitally driven learning contexts, we must keep our eye out for new types of antisocial behavior that can be hurtful and damage students’ abilities to learn.

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