Technology in Schools

The Power of One Teacher’s Vision

The Power of One Teacher’s Vision

| November 1, 2012 | 7 Comments

Ananth Pai is a masterful educator, who runs a dynamic, student-centered classroom humming with activity — what we imagine as the best-case scenario for blended learning. Pai has created individual learning plans for each of his students, which includes time with him, with other kids, and with online games. And though his students have shown […]

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What Works in Tech Tools: Spotlight on ClassDojo

What Works in Tech Tools: Spotlight on ClassDojo

| October 24, 2012 | 6 Comments

ClassDojo With the thousands of ed-tech tools available to teachers, it can be difficult to find those that work well and complement teaching strategies. It takes a lot of time to research and integrate, and for teachers in cash-strapped schools, access to some technology is completely out of their reach. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, […]

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What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

What’s Worth Investing In? How to Decide What Technology You Need

| October 11, 2012 | 16 Comments

Lenny Gonzalez The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and […]

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Survey: Despite Budget Cuts, Schools Prioritize Technology

Survey: Despite Budget Cuts, Schools Prioritize Technology

| September 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Karen Billings, Vice President of Education, SIIA Despite having to contend with deep budget cuts, schools are able to maintain current levels of technology growth, a surprising find from a recent survey by the Software & Information Industry Association. In its annual Vision K-20 Survey, which included 1,600 responders and comparisons over three years of […]

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Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

| May 21, 2012 | 23 Comments

By Katrina Schwartz When it comes to using technology in school, the tension between what students and parents want and what schools allow is becoming more apparent — and more divisive. Students want more control over how they use technology in school, but many classrooms are still making it difficult. That’s according to the most […]

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When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

| April 17, 2012 | 16 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools have been adopting iPads with lightning speed  — more than 1.5 million have already been distributed to students, a mere two years after the original iPad launch. But beyond Apple’s influence in education, the high-profile tablet appears to be the poster child for a different trend. Call it the consumerization of […]

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Shifting the Classroom, One Step at a Time

Shifting the Classroom, One Step at a Time

| January 11, 2012 | 12 Comments

On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge and thank educators like Shelley Wright, who tirelessly look for ways to inspire their students to dig deep and to love to learn.

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Teaching Without Technology?

Teaching Without Technology?

| November 14, 2011 | 12 Comments

Lenny Gonzales By Aran Levasseur New technology is a lightning rod and polarizing force because it not only begins to influence what we see and how we see it, but, over time, who we are, writes Nicholas Carr in his book, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.” It makes sense then, […]

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Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

| October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

TB Over the weekend, The New York Times published the second story in its series on “Grading the Digital School.” The first story in the series questioned the massive expenditures schools make on education technology, pointing to stagnant test scores as an indication that these investments might not be worth it. Last weekend’s story extends […]

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Applying the 7 Golden Rules: One Teacher’s Take of Technology

Applying the 7 Golden Rules: One Teacher’s Take of Technology

| October 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

TB In response to the article The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools, teacher Patti Grayson wrote a point-by-point summary of exactly how it plays out in her class. Here’s her take. By Patti Grayson Along with some colleagues in our lower school division, I lobbied to use money normally spent on workbooks […]

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