Technology in the Classroom: KIPP Bets on Blended Learning

KIPP’s ramp up of blended learning, where students get personalized lessons, drills and feedback via a computer or tablet along with traditional whole-class and small-group instruction by their teacher, is a potential touchstone in education. KIPP is not alone in adding digital learning to the classroom, but by virtue of its size and reputation, it could spur many schools to replicate that approach.

Cal Poly Working To Be On Cutting Edge Of Cyber-Security

Professor Zachary Peterson is with Cal Poly's Computer Science Department and the first person hired at the University as part of a system-wide effort to combat cyber hacking. He says the University is working to stay one step ahead of the criminals and the school has a new, specially-constructed lab just for this purpose.

Alliance for Education Emphasizes the Need for Next-Generation Network Internet Speeds In Schools

An Alliance for Excellent Education webinar on Tuesday highlighted the integral role that high-speed internet access in schools plays in the success for both the institutions and their students. As highlighted in the Pew Research Center’s recent report, next generation high-speed networks will help to bring about the next generation of teaching and learning in schools across the country.

Student Voices: Apps are apt to help

School is easier with the use of technology. For example, I use my phone as an organizer so I know what time to do my homework and when a project is due. I use my laptop to search for information if I need it during class or if I need to write something down. When I need help on something, I just email my teacher or chat with him on Google Plus.

50 resources for using tech in the modern classroom

The aim of technology may be to make processes more efficient and to expand our horizons, but unless used appropriately, it can also make life unnecessarily complicated. In the classroom, teachers are more and more often expected to show innovative and progressive thinking by integrating technological solutions into their lessons — but starting out isn't easy.

Technology and the Future of Higher Education

Today, traditional colleges and universities face reduced funding, changing student demographics, questions regarding quality and value, and increased competition. Their success requires transformative change to enable new teaching and learning approaches. Technology is changing the landscape of higher education. Educators are using everything from technology in the classroom, to massive open online courses (MOOCS), to flipped classrooms to find new ways to enhance access and the student experience.

How computers change the way we learn

This potential for technology to enhance the mind was explored by Google’s vice-president of research Alfred Spector at the World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York on 21 October. He outlined the ways that even simple apps could improve the way we think and learn. “Since I was a freshman in college, almost every piece of information technology is a million times better than when I started,” he said. “And there are reasons to believe that this will affect education.”

The Education of Everything

Technological advancements involving connected objects and wearables (the so-called Internet of Things), along with hyper-personalization and an exponential increase in the volume and sophistication of digital content will transform all walks of life. For education in particular, expect to see digital innovations that range from shoes that teach toddlers how to tie knots, to holograms of world class surgeons who explain state-of-the-art procedures to medical students.

Corporate student data privacy pledge

The intersection of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act of 1998, a growing number of state laws, district policies, vendor contracts, and privacy policies create a situation in which it is hard to tell what protections and rights exist for children or for adults. To witness this trend is to worry that legitimate privacy concerns threaten to derail the potential of education technology to improve personalized learning.

Impacts of MOOCs on Higher Education

An international group of higher education institutions—including UT Arlington, Stanford University, Hong Kong University and Davidson College—convened by learning researcher and theorist George Siemens gathered last week to explore the impacts of MOOCs on higher education (full list of participating institutions below). The takeaway? Higher education is going digital, responding to the architecture of knowledge in a digital age, and MOOCs, while heavily criticized, have proven a much-needed catalyst for the development of progressive programs that respond to the changing world.

Education, Technology and Analytics Prove a Strong Combination for a Bright Future - A Message That Resonates with College and University Students

In a recent statement by IBM, the company confirmed they spent more than $24 billion in R&D and acquisitions to build their capabilities in big data and analytics, and have cultivated partnerships with more than 1,000 institutions of higher education to drive curricula focused on data intensive careers.

Flipping the Traditional Lecture Hall

With all the flipped classroom's potential for active, collaborative learning and increased interaction between professors and students, there's still one bastion of higher education that has resisted the trend: the large lecture course.

Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing

Here’s a crazy idea: What if we focused less on selling technology to teachers by convincing them it makes learning more efficient, and more on how computers, like a bicycle, might make learning a little more dangerous?

Technology’s impact on higher education

When conversations arise about technology and education these days, alternate modes of delivery are almost always the focus. In particular, we have heard a lot about online learning over the last couple of years, and the potential it holds for increasing access and decreasing costs for students.

Do states really need an education technology plan?

Last week the New America Foundation’s Chelsea Wilhelm wrote about a startling trend in state education technology planning: by and large, it’s not happening. As Wilhelm summarized, after combing through public records she found that: Just 19 states have planned past the year 2012.


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