Is innovation outpacing education?

Thomas Frey addressed a gathering of business leaders, entrepreneurs and community members on an issue he says is increasingly impacting the labor force: With the ever-increasing pace of innovation, traditional colleges and universities are failing to train and retrain workers quickly enough.

Avoid These Tech Mistakes as an Online Student

"Technology can be your best friend," says Dewey, who completed her degree in library and information science in 2012. Still, she admits technology can be a big hurdle to overcome, especially for online learners who tend to be older and less familiar with newer tools.

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The relatively low overall rating of “innovation in education” in the United States raises an interesting question: Where are all those great ideas in the United States that other countries have been able to utilize to improve the performance of their school systems during the last century? It is interesting that, according to the OECD, the United States exhibits only modest innovation in its education system but, at the same time, it is the world leader in producing research, practical models and innovation to other countries.

Educational technology advances growing in popularity, falling in cost

Educational technology is seen by many teachers and administrators as a key way to improve the standards and efforts of students everywhere. New reports have found that as the new technology developments in the market continue to decline in cost, they're only growing in popularity.

Kids coding app Tynker expands to Android and adds game-making mode

Tynker is one of several firms whose apps' visual programming interfaces are aiming to help children take their first coding steps, with rivals including fellow US company Hopscotch, and British startup Kuato Studios, with its Hakitzu Elite app.

Is U.S. innovation lacking?

The OECD report, Measuring Innovation in Education, compares educational innovation to innovation in other sectors, pinpoints specific examples of educational innovation, and also examines how changes in educational outcomes are related to educational innovation.

Flip, blend and serve up a more enticing education through technology

Blended learning incorporates a mix of traditional face-to-face learning with digital learning techniques. One increasingly popular specialized version of blended learning, the “Flipped Classroom,” has been garnering a lot of attention lately as it sees increasing rates of adoption.

Cloud comes for global education market

Companies have adopted cloud-based systems to improve business efficiency, relieve physical systems from the burden of storage, and to cut costs. But the education sector is feeling the effects of this new cloud world as well, albeit at a slower pace.

A million Chromebooks a quarter: What it means for Google in education

Google has worked hard to capture the education market with Chromebooks and in 2014 there have been multiple signs that Google is gaining a foothold. A report earlier this year said that Chromebooks captured 20% of the education market in 2013.

Apps as study tools

HLT’s apps test users' knowledge of exam material with questions like those they’ll have to answer. As they answer, the question lineup evolves to suit a student’s needs.

For the Love of Classroom Tech

The western world now has the first aging generation of a digital period where vast quantities of information flow at an enormous rate. As this wave of data streams through the channels of the cyber-universe, teachers and students alike are being challenged to better understand these tools while serving their students' in the best direction possible.

Cornering a Missed Pocket of the Ed-Tech Market

New technology is changing the way students learn. And as the ed-tech market grows, startups and big technology companies alike are jumping in to provide solutions to meet schools’ changing needs. Just how big is the opportunity?

This is educational ‘innovation’?

Yes, the OECD is measuring innovation in education. There are, of course, innovation metrics for evaluating businesses, but schools aren’t businesses and shouldn’t be operated as if they were. So what exactly constitutes “innovation” in the educational world as viewed by the OECD?

Educational Tech: What's Next? 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.


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