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Curating Games-Based Learning

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Daniel Donahoo

You have probably noticed the rise in discussions about the importance of play and games to support children's learning. While many in the educational space see this as revolutionary, play-based learning has been the foundation of our understanding of how children learn for a long time now.

The Infrastructure Imperative: How Investing in Campus Technology Infrastructure Increases Access and Improves Learning for Students

Sean Devine | Posted 12.11.2013 | College
Sean Devine

If you take a peek inside a college students' backpack, in many cases you will find that smartphones, tablets, portable computers and e-readers have long since replaced more traditional essentials such as notebooks, pencils and textbooks.

MOOC-Eds Bring Professional Development Into the 21st Century

Bob Wise | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Bob Wise

In a time of financial cutbacks, schools and districts have slashed professional development budgets at an alarming rate despite new education standar...

Interstates and E-rates

Bob Wise | Posted 11.11.2013 | Technology
Bob Wise

To ensure that all students reach their education destination, it is imperative that the United States meet the goal of connecting 99 percent of the nation's students with high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries within the next five years.

'3D Challenges' for Higher Education

Mary Ellen Jukoski | Posted 11.05.2013 | College
Mary Ellen Jukoski

As I scan today's landscape of challenges and opportunities for higher education, I find it helpful to think in a "3D" way as well, though the dimensions I focus on are: Demographics, Debt, and Digital Learning.

The Global Search for Education: Log On

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

What are some of the specific ways in which educators around the world are using these digital tools?

Wakefield Survey Reveals Technology in Education Impacts College Students' Pocketbooks and Performance

Sean Devine | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Sean Devine

According to the National Retail Federation, total back-to-school and college spending is poised to surpass $72.5 billion this year. Topping the shop...

How Far Are We From the First Great Educational Video Game Console for the Home?

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Using a variety of design principles and mechanics, video games and virtual worlds have served as the epitome of the digital learning experience long before iPad apps, MOOCs and other digital learning environments invaded the educational world.

The Rise of Mobile Technology in Higher Ed

Sean Devine | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Sean Devine

Mobile technologies are creating new ways for students to connect with their course materials, their classes and their colleagues, while also providing new ways to save money, while increasing access, productivity and flexibility.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Wants Teachers To Get Into Students' Heads | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama imagines a country where teachers know what's happening in their students' brains. He wants "teachers to have an ability to ...

100 Ways to Spur Creative Learning This Summer

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

With summer break just around the corner, it's a perfect opportunity to get hands-on and creative, and we've shared some of our favorite creativity tools in our Digital Fun for Creative Kids Guide.

Imminent Chaos

Bruce Judson | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Bruce Judson

The essence of a good education is, to a large extent, the ability to recognize an important issue in a particular field of study, analyze a problem if it exists, and determine the best course of action.

Technology in Education: Before You Make a Purchase, Make a Plan

Bob Wise | Posted 06.16.2013 | Technology
Bob Wise

If you're a school or district leader who is considering using education technology and digital learning in your schools, stop. Technology can play a huge role in boosting student achievement, but simply slapping a netbook on top of a textbook is not enough.

Rupert Murdoch's Education Subsidiary Does Not 'In Any Way Endorse' Donkey Sex

Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.08.2013 | Media
Joy Resmovits

On Slashdot, user "theodp" ran a Google cache search of Amplify, Rupert Murdoch's education subsidiary. The results, as theodp put it? "Obscene."

Why We Must Learn From the Learners

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Are we talking to the digital natives to get an understanding of why they are so interested in that cell phone that we think is a distraction in the classroom? The answer may be deeper and more complex than "Oh, they just like to be on that silly Facebook."

3 Ways to Maximize Kids' Learning With Technology

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

There's a vast sea of apps, games, and websites out there. Keeping the three "Cs" -- connection, critical thinking and creativity -- in mind can help you find some of the gems.

Uncertainty Rules But Core Missions Remain

John D. Haeger | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
John D. Haeger

The rapid rate of change can be unsettling, but our core mission remains in focus: to prepare students for productive lives and careers through education. That is the gravity that keeps our feet on the ground even as a world of digital expectations hurtles past.

The Global Search For Education - Give Them Access, They Will Come

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Children will always learn to do what they want to learn to do. So, I'm going to bet on self-motivated, curious, creative little children. Give them access and they will come!

How Are Schools Harnessing Technology?

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

When it comes to education, the role and effects of technology has been a tough nut to crack. As tomorrow's Digital Learning Day approaches, education groups and officials are offering up their recommendations.

Educators, Please Stop Confusing Media Literacy with Ed Tech

Caitlin Barry | Posted 03.23.2013 | Education
Caitlin Barry

In many cases, misusing educational terms is inconsequential. For example, if a teacher does a good job of teaching to different learning styles, it doesn't matter if she calls the practice "differentiation." However, to conflate media literacy with technology use in schools strikes me as a dangerous misunderstanding.

The Year In Education: A Look Back At 2012

| Posted 03.04.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. In 2012, new teacher-evaluation systems and merit pay spread across the country. Technolog...

The Cost vs. Quality Conundrum: Top Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2013

Sean Devine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Sean Devine

Technology has transformed a variety of industries over the past decade, from ecommerce to entertainment. One could argue that 2012 was the year that technology accelerated its march to transforming education as well.

The Massive Problem That MOOCs May Help Clear Up

Larry Goodwin | Posted 02.04.2013 | College
Larry Goodwin

There are millions of working Americans who started college but didn't complete their bachelor's degree. After leaving, many took jobs in which they've succeeded, but now they can't move higher up the ladder.

Top Ed-Tech Companies Gather at the 2012 SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum

Tanyella Evans | Posted 12.05.2012 | Technology
Tanyella Evans

The software captured the rhythm and cadence of the sentences it read, and sounded scarily similar to my fourth-grade teacher (which I guess is modern progress).

Discovery Learning Is the New Higher Learning

Don Tapscott | Posted 02.02.2013 | Education
Don Tapscott

The university is in danger of losing its monopoly, and for good reason. There is a rapidly widening gap between the model offered by big universities and the natural way that young people who have grown up immersed in digital technologies best learn.