Technology in Schools

2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

| December 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

At the end of the year, pundits love to share their versions of summarized lists of what was hot in ed tech in 2012. In addition to the obvious — Common Core curriculum and assessments, games in learning, consumer tech in education — there are others that may be more subtle or even counter-intuitive. Here […]

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To Make Blended Learning Work, Teachers Try Different Tactics

To Make Blended Learning Work, Teachers Try Different Tactics

| November 2, 2012 | 32 Comments

By now, most would agree that technology has the potential to be a useful tool for learning. Many schools have invested in some form of technology, whether it’s in computer labs, tablets, or a laptop for every student, depending on their budget. But for many schools, finding a way to integrate the use of tech […]

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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 | 17 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 | 36 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 | 18 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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