Five Principles for Securing Student-Data Privacy

Given the risks, one may ask: Is it worth investing more in technology in our schools? In fact, the benefits are huge. With the cloud-based tools available today, educators can personalize student instruction to a degree that wasn't possible just five years ago. These tools can engage young minds in new ways, including many that no one has even thought of yet.

What Went Wrong with L.A. Unified's iPad Program?

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) tried an interesting new experiment: give every student a tablet computer equipped with a digital curriculum. It was a bold move that was supposed to push Los Angeles public schools into the 21st century. It turned out to be a disaster.

Amazon launches AWS Educate to promote cloud learning

Amazon has announced AWS Educate in order to accelerate cloud technology learning in the classroom. Announced on Thursday, the program is designed for teachers and students involved or interested in the cloud technology field.

A Teenager’s View on Education Technology

Remember when a TI-84 was the most technologically advanced tool in the classroom? I don’t! Tech has always been a part of my high school reality. But as digital and traditional learning mix and mingle, reactions have exploded over whether “EdTech” is enhancing or hindering education. On this question, we usually hear from teachers, parents, administrators, tech companies, and investors clamoring to fund them. Now, it’s time for teens to talk.

Technology improves individualized learning | Techno Know-How

Other young adults may remember during their high school years there were only two or three laptop carts that would roll around the school, and it was up to teachers to plan way ahead of time to coordinate when they would need the computers. “In the state of Washington, we have the largest deployment of Chromebooks per student,” Maynard said. “We have just under 5,000 Chromebooks that are in the district.”

Laptops Expected To Be Biggest K-12 Tech Expense in 2015

IT spending by K-12 in the United States is expected to hit about $4.7 billion for 2015. The biggest single area for technology spending will be laptop computers at $1.4 billion. Those estimates come out of a new IT spending pivot table from IDC Government Insights, which provides estimates and forecasts for the entire U.S. education sector, encompassing K–12, higher ed and "other" education.

Gov. Deal Signs Digital Classroom Act Into Law

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal last week signed into law legislation that encourages all instructional material purchased by a local board of education to be in a digital or electronic format by July 1, 2020. “Senate Bill 89 encourages Georgia’s school districts to evolve along with the advancements being made in education technology across the nation,” said Sen. Albers.

Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

Across the country, school districts in rural areas like New Cuyama and other pockets with low bandwidth are confronting a difficult task: Administering the new standardized tests to students online, laying bare a tech divide in the nation's classrooms. Overall, 63 percent of public schools don't have access to broadband speeds needed for digital learning. The problem is particularly acute in rural and low-income districts:

Lessons for Parents on Pink Versus Blue Tech

We treat our children different based on their needs and sometimes based on their gender. We buy them different clothes and different toys. We parent differently - whether by choice or completely unconsciously. Yet, we want the same things for all of our children. We want them to have access to the same education and career opportunities (and pay). We want both our sons and daughters to experience the same feeling of success and satisfaction.Ironically, we don't always give them access to the same tools - the same devices.

The Only Metric That Matters in EdTech: Student Outcomes

What’s often missing from this discourse is the most important goal of public education: outcomes. Whether one cares most about social mobility that drives economic competitiveness; serving special needs and gifted students; improving infrastructure; or closing the achievement gap, the only metric we should use to evaluate the role of technology in public education is the success of our students.

5 Gamification Features Every Teacher Wants

"The value of technology for transforming learning is lost if it is only used to digitize traditional materials (e.g. scanning worksheets makes them digital, but doesn’t improve the learning experience). Instead, think about innovative approaches that allow students to engage with content differently,"

Does Technology Belong in Classroom Instruction?

There’s no disputing that digital technology plays a major role in education. Millions of students are using personal computers, tablets and even smartphones to research and complete assignments, communicate with each other and with teachers about their courses and sometimes collaborate on school projects. But that still leaves plenty of room for disagreement on whether technology should play a major role in the classroom itself—

How To Transform Education With Video Games

What if we could leverage the skill with which games teach players to play? Consider the ease with which you learn the physics in Angry Birds, how quickly you came to understand Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom. What if we could use similar strategies to help students to master traditional academic content? Many people are trying to do just that.

Is your student's homework data private?

Indiana Congressman Luke Messer is spearheading bipartisan effort to set enforceable, national rules to keep companies from marketing directly to students based on their educational data. The online quizzes that are a regular part of homework for Rep. Luke Messer's kids give teachers instant feedback, but also raise questions about other ways the data might be used.

What Schools Must Learn From LA’s iPad Debacle

When Los Angeles schools began handing out iPads in the fall of 2013, it looked like one of the country’s most ambitious rollouts of technology in the classroom. The city’s school district planned to spend $1.3 billion putting iPads, preloaded with the Pearson curriculum, in the hands of every student in every school. Less than two years later, that ambitious plan now looks like a spectacularly foolish one.


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