Opinion

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.

Why is STEM Still a Four-Letter Word for Women? Seven Leaders Weigh In

Are women really less naturally inept at technical work? Or are deeply entrenched, nefarious social forces at play? More importantly, what can women do to overcome gender biases and make progress in these fields -- which just so happen to drive an incredible amount of societal progress?

Promoting Innovation: The Economics of Incentives

Over the past several years the U.S. Supreme Court has slowly, but consistently, eroded what is considered patent-eligible, most recently with decisions on software and gene patents. In essence, the universe of patentable innovations has been diminished. And with it, the country’s economic potential.

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?

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.

Rethinking STeM Education

The reason I opted for a lowercase 'e' in the acronym that is commonly used for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (or STEM for short) is that engineering is the one subject that is so commonly neglected in every talk about preparing future STEM workers.

Ed-Tech CEOs Speak Out

The leaders of three ed-tech companies talk about the challenges of working with K-12 schools and how they expect to see the marketplace evolve in the future.

Tech industries need more female workers

With women representing only 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce, we need to stop waiting for the next generation of girls to "happen upon" technology and discover what could be their greatest talent, passion and lucrative career.

Wyden: Aereo ruling will ‘discourage innovation’

“I want to be clear, I'm not saying that there should be no government, no oversight, no regulation,” he said. “What I want to make sure of is that various kind of government policies intended for 20th century services don't stifle 21st century innovation.”

Teaching teachers to teach STEM

The successful teacher will spark student interest and confidence in these areas by providing excellent instruction and hands-on application opportunities.

Internet of Things Done Wrong Stifles Innovation

Anticipate and embrace the changes the Internet of things will bring or it will do more harm than good.

Negative externalities

One problem is simple overuse: as Kevin Roose writes, "disruptive innovation" has been adopted and championed to egregious excess by the modern management class, particularly in Silicon Valley. But more broadly, more people are coming to feel that for them, for America as a whole, and indeed for most of the world, embracing disruptive innovation isn't working out very well.

Disruptive Innovation And Education

Disrupting our K–12 schools or our public school districts is impossible today because there is no nonconsumption of education in this country, but helping our schools use disruptive innovation to disrupt the classroom—the way they arrange teaching and learning—is possible.

Technology in the classroom: Widening a digital divide or narrowing the achievement gap?

Edtech can certainly enhance learning, but the instructional delivery model that remains most effective – at least thus far – is a strong teacher in a classroom.

The STEM Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion

Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate students today. Mediaplanet sat down with three thought leaders to discuss the swelling demand for better STEM education.

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