Integrating technology too tightly with education presents its own kind of problems

"The real problem is that technology ultimately amplifies whatever underlying human capacities are already there. So, technology is great for people with a solid education, with great social ties, with influential political power. But, for exactly the people who don't have it, exactly the people who in theory some of these efforts are trying to address, they're the ones who can't make use of the technology in productive ways that many of us enjoy."

Lessons from the Digital Classroom

In four small schools scattered across San Francisco, a data experiment is under way. That is where AltSchool is testing how technology can help teachers maximize their students’ learning. Founded two years ago by Max ­Ventilla, a data expert and former head of personalization at Google, AltSchool runs schools filled with data-gathering technology.

Data mining can improve our schools. Will Congress allow it?

In the past, as innovative efforts to use data to improve education began to take shape, those without a clear understanding of the benefits of data mining in education have stopped progress in its tracks, often because of misguided privacy fears. Now, bills introduced in the House and Senate could pave the way for more innovative uses of education data – but the bills simultaneously include provisions that restrict the potential for data-driven improvements to educational outcomes.

Link found between student's chosen major, parents' income

The study showed that students from high-income families were more likely to major in English and history than their peers, while students from low-income families were relatively more likely to major in law-enforcement. Weeden says that students from low-income families are less likely to be exposed to the arts and humanities and are more likely to pick a major with more job opportunities.

Inside Higher Ed Investments in ed-tech companies reach new high in first half of 2015

With $2.51 billion invested in educational-technology companies during the first half of 2015, investors continue to defy fears that interest in the sector is waning. Yet analysts say the staggering figure distracts from what and who isn’t being funded.

Why Consumer Technologies Cloud Our Thinking About Higher Education

We have witnessed the technology based disruption of many of the information industries that feel connected to our own postsecondary ecosystem. Music, news, entertainment, banking, and publishing have all been transformed by the digital revolution. So why has higher education been so resistant to the positive forces of technology evolution?

Connected Campuses: The Future of Higher Education

By 2025, more than 250 million students will be enrolled in higher education institutions. Despite this, many students don’t feel that physical classrooms are necessary for acquiring an education — they predict that higher education will become virtual. To continue to retain students and keep them engaged with the physical campus experience, it’s vital for schools to explore the options of connected campuses and take steps to address the challenges of implementing them.

Younger Students Increasingly Drawn to Online Learning, Study Finds

Prospective online students are skewing younger, tend to enroll in local institutions and put a program's cost and reputation at the top of their priority list, according to a recent survey. Those and other findings are outlined in "Online College Students," a July report by Aslanian Market Research and the Learning House, a company that helps colleges ​and universities improve their online degree programs. The report, in its fourth year, surveyed about​ 1,500 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled, recently enrolled or about to be enrolled in online programs in spring 2015.

This Great Program Teaches Computer Basics to Low-Income Parents and Their Kids Together

BOSTON - The initiative was launched in 2014 by Tech Goes Home, part of the nonprofit Open Air Boston, which works to expand Internet access in the city’s low-income neighborhoods. TGH trains teachers and administrators at local schools to lead the classes, in which parents are encouraged to ask their kids questions about what they’re doing and learning as they work on the computers. The goal is to bring technology to the pre-K crowd and help bridge the digital divide. In both efforts, parents are key.

Exploring High-End Visualization for Research and Education

The centerpiece of CURVE is the "interactWall," a touch-enabled, 24-foot-wide interactive video wall. Designed for collaborative, data-rich visual interactions, the interactWall is powered by CineNet Collaborative Visualization Software and the Alpha Video Wall Processor and Controller from CineMassive. The technology is used not only for big data research, but for instruction that leverages dynamic data explorations.

USU department 'may be the top program in the world' for research productivity

A department at Utah State University that trains future teachers in using technology and other innovative practices in the classroom "may be the top program in the world for research productivity," according to a report by the Association of Educational Communications and Technology.

7 Common Mistakes About Open Online Education

Higher order learning is an activity that cannot be scaled. Foundational knowledge may be appropriate for a MOOC (or a textbook, or even a really well-designed educational video game), but advanced learning works best with an educator. The skills that are most valuable for both personal growth and for employment are those best practiced in the context of a relationship with an educator.

Apple and IBM have big data plans for education

The Student Achievement App is a dynamic teaching tool that harnesses data analytics to provide educators with “actionable intelligence on a per-student basis”. The idea is to give educators deep insight into student learning outcomes, enabling better learning. The solution is under rapid development and will be available worldwide.

HP launches new technology and immersive computing

During ISTE 2015, HP announced new technology solutions for education that are aimed to enhance student and teacher experiences. New products include two convertible laptops, the HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 Convertible PC and HP Pro x360 310 G2 Convertible PC.

Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act

The Senate voted 81-17 Thursday to replace No Child Left Behind, the landmark federal education law that's now long overdue for an overhaul. The Senate's bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, would keep the signature feature of No Child Left Behind — standardized testing. But states would have more leeway to set goals for their schools and decide what to do if schools don't meet them, rolling back the federal government's role in education policy.


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