Education

Educational Tech: What's Next?

...it seems that most of the ed-tech "advancements" of the past decade have had more to do with utility than the actual learning process. Course management, online communication portals between educators and parents, and even continuing training for teachers have all seen some streamlining as a result of technology.

Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation

Having in-classroom technology more directly impacts the graduation rate by providing customized learning experiences. A student who needs extra help on a particular topic need not hold up the entire class, or feel embarrassed asking for that help, when there are computer modules and tablet apps available for individual learning experiences.

The Demand For IT In Education Moves Beyond Hardware

“As the education sector continues to transition toward digital, further avenues need to be explored beyond the hardware itself,” says Messenger, “with the flow channeling from hardware activity into software, content, infrastructure, and services.”

Schools: Beware Appealing Tech that May Become Ineffective Burdens

Great new things are happening regarding technology in the classroom, but some worry schools are focusing on programs, purchases and freebies without considering future restrictions on learning goals.

Parents give mixed reviews to school iPad program

Ninety-seven percent of teachers said the iPads have increased creativity and engagement from and among students. Most teachers also said the devices helped students be more organized, and boosted student achievement and collaboration. While survey results from students and teachers were overwhelmingly in favor of the iPads, opinions from more than 450 parents were decidedly more mixed, according to the report.

Ed tech that needs nothing but a TV and VCR?

MIT BLOSSOMS, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms.

The Next Evolution Of Education – St. Louis Style

Currently, teachers across the country are taking advantage of flip teaching through the CrazyForEducation platform.  A teacher will record a lecture that usually ranges from 8-10 minutes in length, and posts them on the platform for the teacher’s students to access.

Education clouds: Three things you need to know

Tapping into the cloud -- whether public, private, or hybrid -- can help IT teams serve their schools and organizations in an efficient, scalable, and cost-effective manner.

Skilljar Announces Bitcoin Support for Hundreds of Online Education Classes

Skilljar (http://www.skilljar.com), a technology company that enables companies to deliver online courses, announced today that instructors using its course platform are now accepting payments in Bitcoin.

Mooc Technology May "Destroy" MBA Programs And Cut Faculty By A Third

Wharton’s report, released today, says that the architecture of business schools may “change fundamentally”, and hints that technology embedded in Moocs poses a threat to schools.

FTC edits COPPA FAQ

The Federal Trade Commission made some edits to its FAQ page on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a 1998 law that restricts how companies can collect and share information from users under the age of 13.

Explosive Tech Investment Hitting The Classroom

The overhaul to the classroom backbone will create a lot of opportunities for those who want to invest in education technology. And there are a lot of industries who see the classroom as a place to expand their business.

VTech®'s Innovation Shines With Kidizoom® Smartwatch: World's First Smartwatch For Kids With Built-In Camera

Kidizoom® Smartwatch. The world's first Smartwatch for kids, this innovative, multi-function watch is packed with robust features such as a built-in camera, video and fun photo effects, offering an enriching fun and educational experience in a wearable, kid-friendly, take-anywhere gadget.

Online University Courses Have Growing Pains, But Are Supported By Secular Trends

MOOCs will cope with their growing pains. They’ll do so because the trends driving their adoption are secular, powerful, and likely irreversible. First is the funding squeeze faced by post-secondary institutions. They suffer from an economic phenomenon known as the Baumol Effect.

In Mississippi schools, access to technology lacking, uneven

In Mississippi, this technology access gap only compounds the state’s most persistent educational problems. In the 2011-12 school year, only 75 percent of students graduated in four years, compared to the national average of 80 percent. After students graduate, they often struggle to find jobs.

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