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A Teen Take on Ed Tech

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Let me tell you what my friends and I really think about technology in the classroom. Some of it's great, but for those ed tech enthusiasts out there, well, hold on, because the truth may hurt.

Going On Vacation? Don't Pack Your Email

Jessica Wang | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Jessica Wang

Some can't relax unless they know there are no fires burning at work, so they check email surreptitiously while their travel companions are planning the day's excursion. Not me, not anymore.

Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Jim Steyer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Jim Steyer

As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids

The Science of Learning and Trying

Mariette DiChristina | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Mariette DiChristina

There's no end to what we can achieve if we all start sharing, working, and learning together, to help prepare our students for a future that is ever changing. I, for one, can't wait to see what we'll come up with next -- together!

The Nation Should Follow California's Lead on Student Privacy

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

California has a long, well-deserved reputation as a center for public policy innovation. Now, California is driving the national discussion in another important policy area, as President Obama showed this week -- protecting the privacy of our students.

Do Your Best Work: Find Your "Missing" Two Points

Alex Wolf | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Alex Wolf

Is everyone chasing their own version of two points? If so, how old were you when you identified yours?

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

Is It Time for Schools to Rethink, Well, Time?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Haynes and a growing number of other schools around the country are trying to flip the script by making learning the constant, and time the variable.

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated into our classrooms in ways that protect student privacy.

Parents Are Watching: A Software Satire

Leah Plunkett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Comedy
Leah Plunkett

Parents, now you can have a new high-tech cop on the beat in your own home with PAW! (Parents Are Watching), an online service that monitors everything your child does through any Internet-enabled device.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

3 Data Protection Questions to Ask at Your Child's Back to School Night

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

By raising some of these important questions about data privacy, you will let them know that it's an issue that is a priority for you and should be for school administrators and teachers as well.

Kids and Media: Screen or Window?

David Kleeman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

Digital photography and video are essentially free, so why not let kids capture their own perspective on family trips or events?

Educational Tech: What's Next?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Following the successful mobile gaming application business model, ed-tech companies are starting to offer free services with paid upcharges. Consider Candy Crush Saga a way of doing business.

More Time for Educating: Technology and Teaching Efficiency

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The hours an educator spends in active teaching pursuits are just a small piece of the overall workload puzzle. Between developing lesson plans, repor...

Let a Citizen Watchdog Do His Job: Keep Architect Stuart Magruder on the Bond Oversight Committee

Cynthia Liu | Posted 08.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Cynthia Liu

For over a year in Los Angeles Unified, parents, students, teachers, and community members have wrestled with the details of Superintendent John Deasy's 1:1 iPad program and its $1 billion price tag.

The Global Search for Education: Which Digital Device Is Best?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

If you're not aware of the hottest current digital device debate, you're probably not a parent or an educator.

Why I Traded Textbooks and Chalk For The Silicon Valley Hustle

Quim Sabrià | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

In five months, my life shifted drastically. I exchanged my beloved students, the chalk and the noisy halls of a public school in Barcelona for elevator pitches with business angels in Palo Alto.

The Secret To Startup Success? Fail Fast -- And Often.

Quim Sabrià | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

Teaching at a public high school in Barcelona, I witnessed daily, and sometimes hourly, failure: students struggling through exams despite hours of preparation, missing days of school, threatening teachers and losing their motivation.

Here's Why We Need Video Games in Every Classroom

Jordan Shapiro | Posted 05.22.2014 | Education
Jordan Shapiro

Game-based learning can provide systematic, data driven teaching in a way that forces creative problem solving rather than rote memorization.

Will Online Learning Replace the Classroom?

Avi Yashchin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Avi Yashchin

Could a failure to integrate learning technology prove detrimental to an educational institution's long term sustainability?

Where Is the Netflix for College Textbooks?

Dean Florez | Posted 04.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Dean Florez

Where is the technology fix or app for skyrocketing textbooks? Where are the barbarians at the gate? Those Silicon Valley warriors that took down Motown, turned my neighborhood Borders into a laundromat, eliminated Kodak AND my camera?

Disrupting College 2.0

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to redefine our role in addressing the range of challenges that we as human beings face. It is our obligation to take up this call for the benefit of our students and our world.

The Best Apps for Students to Stay Organized at School and Home

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.16.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Organization is a pivotal skill that can be difficult to master, especially for children and adolescents. While there are thousands of productivity apps available for the iPad, only a precious few capably keep children organized in the classroom and at home.

The Back-to-School Apps for High School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While there are hundreds of worthy subject-based educational apps for high school students, the best teach adolescent learners how to use technology to be more productive so they can focus on topics that most inspire them. These five make our honor roll.