While many people might imagine that most school technology mistakes are made by professors, they forget the importance of higher education administrators. These professionals set the tone for the entire school and lead by example. It’s imperative that they understand how to implement technology properly, but many of them still make some common mistakes.
Today, the concept of a paperless classroom is more than just a trend. Schools across the country are now opting for apps and other software as a replacement for traditional pen and paper. And as technology improves, so do the benefits for teachers, schools and, most importantly, students. Here are the most compelling reasons to go paperless.
A K–12 expert offers tips for teachers struggling to integrate blended learning tools like Chromebooks.
When Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as FERPA, in 1974, school and district leaders could rely on once-a-year training and reviews to make sure they remained in compliance. But in 2018, when educators can add new apps with a few mouse clicks, managing student data privacy has become a never-ending task.
For K–12 schools implementing new classroom tools, professional development is crucial to guaranteeing that both teachers and students make the most of such investments. A recent PwC report notes that of 2,000 K–12 teachers surveyed, only 10 percent reported feeling secure in their ability to incorporate “higher-level” technology into their classrooms
The issues affecting the educational system, especially at the school district and classroom levels--budget constraints, staffing and training gaps, lack of material resources in many regions--are complex. And a tablet, Chromebook, or the next hot social learning app isn’t the solution.
Google is on a mission to teach children how to be safe online. That is the message behind “Be Internet Awesome,” a so-called digital-citizenship education program that the technology giant developed for schools. The lessons include a cartoon game branded with Google’s logo and blue, red, yellow and green color palette. The game is meant to help students from third grade through sixth guard against schemers, hackers and other bad actors.
If the basic uses of current technology is known to children, what can a school -- the place in which kids learn the most -- do to challenge children and help them use their devices in the most effective ways possible? As advanced technology continues to be created, elementary schools are correct in moving with the world and providing technology-based curricula for their students.
Some people argue that the increasing use of technology can have many helpful effects on society. But recent research suggests that using technology during class time may harm college students’ ability to remember and process the subject material they are learning.
As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity. But what exactly is a competency-based education system, and what role does technology play in the design and support of this system?