Education

Kid-friendly Fable tablet comes to public schools, will hit stores in March

Unlike a product like LeapFrog, which looks like a toy, Fable’s sleek design gives kids the sense that they are using technology that is no different from the more grown-up iPad. The fact that VizitMe.com, the site from which Fable content can be downloaded, is password-protected by parents and teachers could leave adults at ease. The device, which weighs 15 ounces and holds 8 GB of memory, is also durable for accident-prone kids.

STEM and Medicine Are Driving Forces of the Fastest Growing College Majors in the U.S.

With STEM jobs typically being more lucrative, more students are seeking degrees in that field. But it is not just the lure of a large mid-career salary, as the STEM fields are known to be underemployed while several other career fields are competitive. But the college major with the second largest growth is in relation to the nation's emphasis on healthcare.

New study utilizes Kinect for Windows technology to teach elementary school students geometry

Smith's most recent study, published in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, showed significant gains in the understanding of angles and angle measurements by elementary school students who performed body-based tasks while interacting with a Kinect for Windows mathematics program.

HatchStore.com Introduces New Preschool Learning Materials and Educational Toys for Kids

Hatch, Inc., the leading provider of classroom materials and technology for early childhood, announces the launch of HatchStore.com, a new web store that features thousands of educational materials for early learners. The site is a one-stop online shopping resource for early childhood educators, providing busy teachers with an easy way to shop a wider selection of classroom supplies and educational technology.

Video-based learning highlights education conference in Orlando

Remote-control technology and gaming ideas commanded a lot of attention at this year's Future of Education Technology Conference at the Orange County Convention Center, but a more common household technology also got a lot of eyeballs: video. Video learning helps students with critical thinking and gives them comfort where they might normally feel nervous, Wood said.

Predictions for the Future of Student Data Privacy

"In five years I think education technology will be completely ubiquitous, and it will be integrated into parts of the curriculum that we are just beginning to conceive of," said Leah Plunkett, a fellow at Berkman Center for Internet and Society, speaking at a session she hosted with colleague Paulina Haduong Thursday at the FETC 2015 convention in Orlando, FL. This ubiquitousness will require that new privacy and security policies are implemented at schools.

2015: The Year of the Learner

Handing every student a tablet or laptop will not magically usher our classrooms into the future. Instead, the future of education will be created by learners themselves. It’s tricky for schools to keep up with the pace of innovation. That’s why the very students and learners who are so plugged in outside the classroom — texting, chatting, and using the latest apps — will steer the way towards harnessing technology more effectively.

9 Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2015

A number of concepts have emerged for the design of new learning spaces: those that enable a specific form of teaching; those that enable teachers to teach how they want; and those that enable students to learn how they want. Technology is now a key component of this learning environment, enabling teaching and learning in ways not previously possible — moving beyond just a projector in the classroom...

HP announces a large array of new products designed for the classroom

With the increase in pace of new technological developments and the wild array of new form factors available to the average consumer in the present however, technology is increasingly being seen by educators as something that is less and less alien to the core educational experience. What was once scary, expensive and a little 'sci-fi' is now affordable, ubiquitous and, above all, expected.

4 Education Technology Trends To Watch

Gamification, the maker movement, augmented reality, and distance learning aren't the first things that come to mind when you consider your local schools. Yet, these were among the hottest topics discussed at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando.

Community college to create fracking degree program

A southwestern Illinois community college has received the go-ahead to create a petroleum drilling technology, or fracking, program. "There's a huge need for petroleum workers, and we can't fill them fast enough," said Robert Conn, former dean of instruction at Lincoln Trail College and current dean of instruction at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Ill.

Why technology must be invisible during ed tech roll outs

When it comes to classroom and infrastructure technology implementations, it’s the equipment, software, and apps that usually take center stage. Rob Dickson thinks he’s found a better way to approach K-12 technology implementations, and in his mind the tech itself is not the focal point.

How Will Tech Companies Address Issues of Student Privacy?

As Bloomberg reports, schools have long maintained files on their students, keeping information such as their home addresses, grades, and family income. In recent years, however, school districts have turned to private contractors to provide software systems for this confidential data. These companies, as well as those who operate all of the software, tools, and platforms used in the classroom, can track not only personal information but a range of classroom data on how students perform.

Google, Khan Academy join in student privacy pledge

Fifteen more companies, including Google and the YouTube-based educational organization Khan Academy,  have signed on to a pledge to protect student privacy. The pledge was highlighted in a speech by President Obama last week, in which he also said he will introduce legislation to protect data collected in the classroom. The two companies, both major players in education technology, are among second wave of 15 that signed on to the pledge Monday.

3 Ways NYC Schools Stretch Their Technology Dollars

New York City schools like Amber Charter School and Mott Hall V are working hard to differentiate instruction with technology. And they're bringing in more technology by tapping into public and private funding sources, taking a frugal approach to their budgets and maintaining technology so it lasts longer.

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