Picture this: You’re walking through an organic chemistry lab on NC State’s campus. You put on your safety goggles and follow the professor over to a whiteboard, checking out the equipment around you along the way. A pretty standard student experience, right? It would be, except for the fact that you’re actually sitting at your kitchen table in front of your laptop.
“Lifelong learning” may be the latest buzzword in education. But for Masako Wakamiya, it’s much more than lip service. Three years ago, at the ripe age of 80, Wakamiya decided to learn how to code. Last year, she developed and published an app to the Apple’s app store, making her one of the oldest app developers in the world.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reiterated her long-standing call for educators to “rethink” school on Monday at the State Education Technology Directors Association conference, where she highlighted an award-winning elementary school technology program from St. Albans, Vermont, alongside her remarks.
The average cost for learning management software is $5 to $8 per student annually, according to Ben Davis, a senior educator analyst at the market-research firm Futuresource Consulting. For a district such as Baltimore, which has over 113,000 students, that could cost nearly $1 million a year. But Google Classroom and G Suite for Education are totally free.
While many people might imagine that most school technology mistakes are made by professors, they forget the importance of higher education administrators. These professionals set the tone for the entire school and lead by example. It’s imperative that they understand how to implement technology properly, but many of them still make some common mistakes.
Today, the concept of a paperless classroom is more than just a trend. Schools across the country are now opting for apps and other software as a replacement for traditional pen and paper. And as technology improves, so do the benefits for teachers, schools and, most importantly, students. Here are the most compelling reasons to go paperless.
A K–12 expert offers tips for teachers struggling to integrate blended learning tools like Chromebooks.
When Congress passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as FERPA, in 1974, school and district leaders could rely on once-a-year training and reviews to make sure they remained in compliance. But in 2018, when educators can add new apps with a few mouse clicks, managing student data privacy has become a never-ending task.
For K–12 schools implementing new classroom tools, professional development is crucial to guaranteeing that both teachers and students make the most of such investments. A recent PwC report notes that of 2,000 K–12 teachers surveyed, only 10 percent reported feeling secure in their ability to incorporate “higher-level” technology into their classrooms
The issues affecting the educational system, especially at the school district and classroom levels--budget constraints, staffing and training gaps, lack of material resources in many regions--are complex. And a tablet, Chromebook, or the next hot social learning app isn’t the solution.