Education

Technology could eliminate snow days

Snow days don't have to stop instruction with today's technology, which the Wilson County Schools director says is one reason to equip all students and teachers with laptop computers year-round.

Why isn’t Mobile Technology Revolutionizing Education?

Considering how big the education industry is in the United States, it’s quite a bit of surprise that there appears to be a limited number of mobile apps focused on this space. This is really too bad. There are a lot of fundamental problems that need to be solved in the education space.

The 11 Barriers to Technology Adoption

Based on our more than 30 years in working with schools in the U.S. and more than seven recent years working in schools in Singapore, we have come up with a list of barriers that need to be addressed if technology is going to have an impact beyond the isolated classroom. (We're talking about personalized learning, and that’s not a cheap shot!)

Chromebooks smashing iPads out of U.S. education market

According to the analyst’s Personal Computing in K-12 Q4 2014 Market Track Report, the U.S. education sector recorded a 40.5 per cent growth driven by Common Core, and the movement towards online assessment. In addition Chromebooks are beating iPads, gobbling up 39 percent U.S. market share in 2014 (equating to over three million units), compared with the iPad’s 26b per cent market share.

Michigan State Tests Telepresence Robots for Online Students

The university offers a doctoral program in educational psychology and educational technology, which is available in both face-to-face and distance education formats, but the university has integrated the two options into a synchronous, hybrid model — a single, integrated program with online students typically participating via Skype or similar telepresence system on a fixed monitor in the classroom. However, integrating the local and online students into the same classes made it difficult to ensure that both groups of students were treated equally.

Testing Is Biggest Moneymaker for Education Technology Vendors

Software vendors and publishers raked in $2.5 billion on digital assessment products in the United States in the 2012-2013 school year, according to estimates released this week by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). The total market for software and content in U.S. preK-12 education was up by $480 million to $8.38 billion.

How Google and Coursera may upend the traditional college degree

Recently, the online education firm Coursera announced a new arrangement with Google, Instagram and other tech firms to launch what some are calling “microdegrees” – a set of online courses plus a hands-on capstone project designed in conjunction with top universities and leading high-tech firms. Coursera is one of America’s leading MOOC developers (Massive Open Online Courses).

Technology in the classroom

Chalk and slate tablets, books and pictures expanded to include films, radio, tape recorders and television, which have in turn made room for computers, mobile devices and other “smart” technology in the classroom. In each case, the end goal is not the tool itself: The goal is more accessible, efficient education.

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs -- What Will Be the Most Significant Classroom Innovation in the Next 10 Years?

Adam Steiner thinks that in the next ten years, new gadgets won't be as important as transforming students into creators of knowledge. Todd Finley advocates for mindfulness training and strenuous individualized exercise, believing that they will become widespread in the next ten years. Richard Wells thinks teaching students to teach themselves will be the next key innovation in education.

Will You Be the Next Great Education-Tech Entrepreneur?

The education-technology sector is ripe for disruption, investment and rapid growth, while offering the coveted opportunity to dramatically alter people’s lives and the global economy. The number of new startups and funding arriving to the field is undeniable (according to CB Insights, industry funding reached $1.25 billion last year). Yet it's one of a few sectors that have not caught up with the wave of innovation that has transformed the manufacturing, media and health care industries.

One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, and you get an education, not a degree

Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being taught in ways scientifically tailored to their individual needs, of educators, students and researchers being able to capi­tal­ize on global intelligence?

Top 6 Higher Education Technologies that Matter in 2015

Some technologies are fads (QR codes, anyone?) and quickly fade away. Others endure the test of time. The really important ones change our lives forever. These are the top six technology and service trends we see driving higher education and inspiring educators in 2015.

4 Ways Technology Is Making Education More Affordable and Available

Last year was a record year for the industry. A report from Ambient Insight found that global ed-tech companies raised $2.34 billion in funding in 2014, up from $1.64 billion in 2013. Here are the top ways those investments are changing the world:

How to Leverage Technology to Navigate a Changing Educational Landscape

Better networks and technology are also improving the performance of education applications at community colleges, where students are often more spread out. West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC), for example, has two campuses located 30 miles apart and has been working to provide students with access to learning without limits of time, location, or distance.

Bill Gates on online education

For the month of February, the billionaire inventor and philanthropist Bill Gates will be guest-editing the online site “The Verge” to talk about how technology will affect everything from banking to farming during the next 15 years. One of his most recent discussions with the site was about online education and the limitless possibilities with the platform.

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