Can an Online Teaching Tool Solve One of Higher Education’s Biggest Headaches?

Carnegie Mellon University has a problem. It’s a good one, this time—unlike when it lost dozens of researchers and scientists to Uber. The university’s new problem is not one of lack but of excess: Too many students are interested in taking a popular computer science course, and there’s not enough physical space in the classroom to accommodate them all.

ISTE 2015: Soledad O'Brien on How Technology Can Change Students' Lives

Broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien led an energetic opening keynote at ISTE 2015 that challenged educators to take students to new heights through technology.  "I might be in the wrong room to say this, but I think technology for technology's sake is a complete waste,” O’Brien said. Instead of dissent, O'Brien found raucous support from thousands in the audience. Technology is a tool, O’Brien said, a means to an end — not an end itself.

A Magical Classroom Combination - SMART Unveils SMART kapp iQ for Education

"Walk into any classroom today and you'll see teachers and students naturally gathering in groups to learn by sharing ideas and problem solving," says Neil Gaydon, president and CEO, SMART Technologies. "SMART kapp iQ enhances that collaborative learning process by providing an incredibly simple walk-up-and-use experience while seamlessly connecting with smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

Education is probably the single most important function in our society today, yet it remains one of the least understood, despite incredible levels of investment from venture capitalists and governments. Why do students continue to show up in a classroom or start an online course? How do we guide students to the right knowledge just as they need to learn it? We may have an empirical inkling and some hunches, but we still lack any fundamental insights.

No Child Left Un-Mined? Student Privacy at Risk in the Age of Big Data

On Facebook, it’s the season where parents are posting pictures of K-12 graduations, including moppets in tiny mortarboards. But unlike a generation ago, today’s smallest graduates are amassing a big data trail. Just as medical and government files have been digitized — some to be anonymized and sold; all susceptible to breaches — student data has entered the realm of the valuable and the vulnerable.

NMC Horizon Report: Tech Solutions Must Support Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches

Previous Horizon reports zeroed in on technologies to watch, but this year NMC chose to pull back and focus on trends in teaching and learning and how technological developments could impact them. The panel that worked on the report was composed of 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries on six continents. The report identifies six key trends, with long-term, mid-term and short-term impact; it also names six significant challenges ranging from solvable to difficult to "wicked.

5 characteristics of next-gen cloud technology

Leaders in cloud ed tech discuss what makes the best platform for institutions and their users. “Innovation,” “scalability,” and “streamlining” are all great catch phrases when it comes to cloud technology in education, but what does it mean, and what is the technology behind the companies and universities developing best practices in cloud effectiveness?

Touchjet Pond Projector Disrupts Education Market by Creating Interactive Classrooms

Today, at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, Touchjet announced the Touchjet Pond™ Projector to bring collaboration and cooperative learning to classrooms. This technology offers a counter balance to the one-to-one technology movement where students complete assignments and work on individual devices as opposed to together as a group.

Tackling BYOE in Higher Ed

...while BYOD may be commonplace, it's also evolving — growing to include not just devices but networks, cloud services and more. The expanding definition of BYOD has earned it a new acronym: BYOE (bring your own everything). "What began in the last decade as a faculty or staff member connecting a personal laptop to the campus network has exploded into an ever-growing ecosystem of personally owned smartphones, tablets, cloud storage, processing, and other individually owned technologies that are everywhere...

Most K-12 Teachers Believe Personal Tech Devices Can Link Learning to Real-World Activities

A recent national survey from University of Phoenix® College of Education finds that more than nine in ten (93 percent) K-12 teachers believe personal tech devices can link classroom learning to real-world activities and 89 percent expect they will be used in most classrooms in the next five years. The survey of more than 1,000 K-12 teachers across the country was conducted online by Harris Poll in April on behalf of University of Phoenix College of Education.

Apple Watch, wearable technology raising cheating fears at universities

The Apple Watch, along with other wearable technology, is forcing a number of universities and colleges to institute bans on the technology to curb potential cheating on exams and tests. In addition, students at the Australian college must take off their wrist wear and place it in a clear bag under their desks. In the U.S. students taking the GRE, SAT and ACT are also not allowed to have any technology, including smart watches.

Technology in schools must serve a purpose

Schools are being forced to embrace computers. Unlike their "digital immigrant" teachers, these students are "digital natives", born into a world where technology is an integral part of everyday life. Almost every student has access to a multitude of computers, laptops and tablet devices. It would be crazy to assume an assignment would not be written on computer in this day and age.

Teachers Who Implement Games in Classroom Rarely Control Purchasing Decisions

“People who make decisions are not the ones using it,” Cory Reid, of MasteryConnect, said at the Tyton Education Summit 2015 in New York City last week. “Put teachers on the team – include them in the design.” Administrators who hold the purse often ask to see evidence that a product worked in another school.

The Darker Side of BYOD in Education

Whereas most US schools see mobile devices as a way to support interactive learning and improve classroom activities, some surveys suggest they are not necessarily a positive change in education. Recently, a discussion paper published by London School of Economics found that banning mobile phones in schools lead to a 14.23% improvement in test scores for low-achieving students and a slight overall improvement.

How Tech Is Shaping the Future of Education

I've written about how Gen Z is the most knowledgeable generation we've seen, with their unprecedented access to information starting at a young age. Some question if the next generation will be quite as focused on physically attending a four year college, and what their primary and secondary education will look like. I wondered, could all those staples of our education - blackboards, number 2 pencils and potentially even the physical classroom become antiquated?


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