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More Time for Educating: Technology and Teaching Efficiency

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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.

Educators Are the Heart of the Education System

John Baker | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
John Baker

Rote memorization and regurgitation are not the skills employers want. Our assessment systems need to change to better measure the outcomes we are ultimately striving to achieve.

Technology in Tennessee: Why State Schools Must Catch Up With the Digital Age

Liz Riggs | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liz Riggs

It's easy to argue that the best teacher could teach with nothing but a chalkboard and a piece of chalk, but we're not all Michelle Pfeiffer. And, considering our country revolves around computers, it's nearly impossible to prepare teachers and students for the future without access to technology.

The Academic Journey: Beyond MOOCS

Jon Kolko | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Jon Kolko

Yet what is lost in the ideological debate of MOOCs and online learning is an understanding of the actual students that are taking so long to graduate, wasting so much of their own and taxpayer's money, and graduating without employable skills.

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.

Can Technology Disrupt Education?

Larry Magid | Posted 05.01.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

Sometimes I think there should be a big sign in front of some schools saying, "Welcome back to the 20th century." But just as online news, music and video helped revolutionize the media industry, we are starting to see significant changes in education.

Hey Teachers! Integrate Technology Without Knowing How It Works

Caleb Clark | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Caleb Clark

I work with teachers who don't like to look stupid in front of their class. This makes sense in their subject area. But with technology, if they are avoiding looking stupid by because they don't know how to use it, chances are, they are looking pretty silly to their students already.

Boston's LearnLaunch Hosts Distinguished Ed Tech Meet Up

Tanyella Evans | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Tanyella Evans

Even though the conference is over, LearnLaunch continues to be basecamp for the ed tech community in Boston. If you want to join in the buzz, check out the regularly updated discussions on their LinkedIn group.

Hey, Teacher Trainers: Get a Geek!

Caleb Clark | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Caleb Clark

You need teachers who know how to direct your passion for technology and media from consumption to literacy. You need teachers who think, "Projector, the cloud, the Web? No brainer!"

Education Can Learn From Games

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

What can we learn from games to improve our classrooms? Games are carefully and intentionally designed environments that create flow: the balance between challenge and progress. Great games are challenging, but not too difficult, and thus not boring.

The Future Of Learning: Short Film Take Fascinating Look At Ed And Tech

Posted 12.22.2012 | Education

From school e-readers and flipped classroom models to computerized testing and online courses, educators are still grappling with ways to shift an e...

Teachers Matter: What I Learned at UNESCO's World Teachers' Day in Paris

Dan Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

As the international consensus suggests, we must put all the resources we can into investing in the village it takes to raise quality teachers.

Can the Rise of Ed-Tech Startups Change the Course of Unemployment?

Zev Gotkin | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Zev Gotkin

As the sector of education technology continues to grow, traditional educational providers and employers alike will begin to embrace innovation that will transform the way we learn and build skills for the workplace.

Teacher-Made Khan Academy Parody Video Inspires Contest

Posted 06.29.2012 | Education

A Mystery Science Theater 3000-inspired parody of a Khan Academy video made by two teachers has prompted a group of education bloggers to launch a com...

The Future of Education Reform

Douglas Crets | Posted 06.05.2012 | Small Business
Douglas Crets

A certain generation works on the web, their conversation is actually more than just talk and relationships with politicians. It's proactive, active talk.