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Author: Stewart Marshall - Emeritus Professor of educational technology, social network junky, infopreneur and coffee addict.
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The Klara app lets you send photos of your skin problems to certified dermatologists


Going to a dermatologist can be an intimidating experience. Now you can get your problems diagnosed online through Klara, an iOS and Android app that sends your photos anonymously to board-certified dermatologists who review your case.

Germany-based Klara launched its service first in Europe before bringing it to the US this summer. The app has you take two pictures of your condition, fill out a…

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iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Review: Bigger and Better, But Still Your Old iPhone

No longer. While the most radical new feature may be Apple Pay, which aims to render your wallet full of plastic superfluous–and which won’t arrive until October–the biggest news is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are, well, big. And the question on everyone’s mind is: Are they too big?

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus (right)

For current owners of Apple phones who aren’t tied up with a…

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Students’ life stories and counselling technologies in perspective

E-counselling implementation: Students’ life stories and counselling technologies in perspective Authors: Emmanuel Awuni Kolog, Erkki Sutinen and Marjatta Vanhalakka-Ruoho

Second Life chatGiven the current global trend of mimicking real life situations into digital counselling games and its related digital counselling platforms, we decided to contextually understand from the Ghanaian senior high school students,…

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Recent penetration of mobile technologies and its services in East Africa has provided a new platform for institutions to widen access to education through mobile learning. Mobile technologies provide learners with flexibility and ubiquity to learn anytime and anywhere via wireless Internet. However, far too little research has been conducted to investigate factors that contribute towards students’ adoption and use of mobile learning in East Africa.

In this study the researchers applied the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model to investigate students’ behavioural intention to adopt and use mobile learning in higher education in East Africa. The results showed that, four factors: performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence, and facilitating conditions had significant positive effects on students’ mobile learning acceptance with performance expectancy being the strongest predictor. 

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This study was designed to examine the undergraduates’ disposition to the online counselling services after 24 months. It also investigated the prevalent disposition, dispositional types and distribution of students across the types.

The results showed that students were mostly (94.9%) favourably disposed to online counselling services in OAU, particularly in form of trust (44.4%), curiosity (31.9%) and enthusiasm (13.9%). Although, the students’ disposition was not affected by their age and level in the university, sex and their awareness of the weblink significantly influenced their disposition to online counselling.

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The aim of the studies reported in this paper is to gain classroom based empirical evidence on the learning effectiveness of learning objects used in two types of study settings: Collaborative and individual.

The pretest and post test measures and observation data showed that though the learning objects were primarily developed for individual use, they may also help students working with peers.

The study provided evidence that using the learning objects in different modes is possible and designing and developing learning objects for the use of multiple modes is crucial.

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Wearable tracker for Parkinson’s disease gets FDA nod


Yet another clinically-focused, activity tracking wearable has now been cleared by the FDA, this one aimed specifically at the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Personal KinetiGraph, from Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporation, “offers comprehensive, automated reporting of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s movements so that neurologists and other physicians can…

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One of the most common misconceptions about Augmented Reality is that it belongs in the future, when in fact it is all around us – right here, right now. It is also incredibly user-friendly whilst utilising cutting edge technology, making it ideal for incorporating into learning environments.

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Last week the Huffington Post ran this article titled 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.

As an educator who advocates for the intentional and appropriate use of technology, I could go on about this forever. But instead I’m writing here as a mother.

Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well.

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