Education

Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online

New York state's Department of Education expects to phase in the computer-based tests over the next several years, starting as early as the 2015-16 school year, officials said. "The question is not if there will be computer-based testing, but when and how," Education Commissioner John King recently said.

Krause Innovation Studio Hints at the Future of Education

The Krause Innovation Studio in the Chambers Building at Penn State might be the portal into the modern classroom that dedicated students and professors dream about. A technologically advanced learning center, this studio gives students the ability to utilize state-of-the-art technology to focus on group collaboration.

Online, gamified learning is where it’s at in education

Being a leader in the education technology space is more than just hooking up students with Internet access and publishing content online. For the founder of MCI Institute, Denise Meyerson, it’s about using technology to shake up conventional teaching methods and improve student outcomes.

These 7 ed tech solutions will split $20M from the Gates Foundation

Seven courseware developers are winning finalists for $20 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for online courseware that helps low-income students in 100- and 200-level college courses with large enrollments.

How Google Glass Apps Showcase the Potential of Wearable Educational Technology

Regardless of whether Google Glass will succeed, wearable technology -- sooner rather than later -- will profoundly impact learning. We are seeing how iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks are "flipping" traditional educational models by allowing students to view classroom lectures at home and reserving classroom time for personalized instruction.

At Schools and Libraries Broadband Conference, Educators Lament Lack of Internet Funding

High-capacity internet and networked services are the future of education because they will provide instructors and students with the necessary connectivity and capacity for 21st century educational technologies, said the Indiana state director of Education Networks of America at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference here last week.

Are 3D Printers the Key to STEM Education?

It may seem at first as though a 3D printer is little more than a way to make trinkets. Like a penny embossed with the name of a historic site, or an extruded plastic toy in the shape of a zoo animal, a model skull or a chess piece is nice but doesn’t have much inherent value. But as a connected educator, you know that edtech devices are not an end, they are a means to an end.

Why Wearables Are the New Gateways to Human Knowledge

Ray Kurzweil, American author, scientist, inventor, futurist — and now director of engineering at Google — said, famously: "Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge." It turns out that gateway is widening, especially on campus, where wearable technology is becoming the latest portal into human knowledge — and the future.

An Array of FCC Partners on ConnectED Program Strive for Digital Education

As technology permeates society, students are growing more comfortable with learning in the technology medium. Whether it’s organizing tables in Microsoft’s Excel, learning design software, or computer programming, there are increasingly fewer excuses to avoid technology.

Why colleges should stop splurging on buildings and start investing in software

In technology terms, higher-education has spent massive amounts in “hardware” while dramatically under-investing in “software.” Software is the technology, tools and systems that make any business or organization more effective and efficient.

Washington State Students Benefiting From Tablets In Classrooms

Rather than using an outdated textbook written for a national audience, interactive ebooks and other curriculum are being tailored for school districts, and even can be adapted for an individual student. New software apps make it possible for students to explore subjects in depth in ways not possible with a textbook.

$121 Million in Federal Grants Bolster Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

The federal government is awarding $121 million in grants with the aim of improving academic and career outcomes for those with disabilities, supporting technology, technical assistance, research and other programs with the aim of "promoting inclusion, equity and opportunity for all children and adults with disabilities to help ensure their economic self-sufficiency, independent living and full community participation."

The ethics of Hacking 101

Shenoi, Brumley and Hotz are players in a controversial area of technology: the teaching and practice of what is loosely called “cyberoffense.” In a world in which businesses, the military and governments rely on computer systems that are potentially vulnerable, having the ability to break into those systems provides a strategic advantage.

Education professor uses SMART Slates, Google Docs to better prepare students

Sharon Walpole, a professor in the University of Delaware School of Education, has been turning heads and impressing students with the technology she’s using in her classroom. “SMART Slates are handheld devices that allow you to turn your computer into a SMART Board with just your computer, a projector, and a regular screen,” she explained.

A Starter’s Guide to Flipped Parenting

For anyone raising young children -- human beings who are literally growing up alongside touchscreen devices -- don’t be afraid to ‘flip’ traditional parental functions in order to stay ahead of all the changes.

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