Resources: 7 Things You Should Know About

This is one of the most useful resources I found yesterday. It is called Seven Things You Should Know About from Educause Learning Initiative. From their page:

7 Things You Should Know About…pieces provide quick, no-jargon overviews of emerging technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts. Any time you need to explain a new learning technology or practice quickly and clearly

They cover a variety of emerging technology topics.  For each topic, they describe:

  1. What is it?
  2. Who is doing it?
  3. How does it work?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications of teaching and learning?

These questions (and the description) provides a much better overall perspectives of the topics covered. The coverage is non-technical and is a great way for any one curious about the topic to get a useful overview.

I like this format so much, that I plan to create a template and use it for our learning wiki.