Education

Flipping the Traditional Lecture Hall

With all the flipped classroom's potential for active, collaborative learning and increased interaction between professors and students, there's still one bastion of higher education that has resisted the trend: the large lecture course.

Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing

Here’s a crazy idea: What if we focused less on selling technology to teachers by convincing them it makes learning more efficient, and more on how computers, like a bicycle, might make learning a little more dangerous?

Technology’s impact on higher education

When conversations arise about technology and education these days, alternate modes of delivery are almost always the focus. In particular, we have heard a lot about online learning over the last couple of years, and the potential it holds for increasing access and decreasing costs for students.

Do states really need an education technology plan?

Last week the New America Foundation’s Chelsea Wilhelm wrote about a startling trend in state education technology planning: by and large, it’s not happening. As Wilhelm summarized, after combing through public records she found that: Just 19 states have planned past the year 2012.

DreamBox Learning CEO: How tech will shape the future of schools

Some people believe kids aren’t going to spend a lot of time in a classroom with their peers, and I have to tell you, I hope that’s not true. We have the opportunity to have a lot of individualized learning with supportive technology, then pivot the model to be much more project-based and critical-thinking based so students can harness collective wisdom. - Jessie Woolley-Wilson

5 Reasons E-Learning Will Radically Change the Education System

Education is essential to helping the world progress, both technologically and socially. Unfortunately for many, access to education is not always readily available. There are many theories about how education can be improved but the ability to broadcast and disseminate knowledge is one of the easiest steps we can incorporate to enhance the standards of global education.

Technology in today's schools — Getting an early start is crucial, and costly

Early education in computers and computer programming in some European schools is starting to pay dividends. Utah needs to find ways to stay up to speed as well in high-tech learning — but the how-to's and the costs become problematic.

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.

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