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The Importance of Understanding Metadata in Modern Society

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 02.17.2015 | Technology
Rajat Bhageria

Data is the fundamental basis for our lives today. Future generations will able to look back at all our data -- via sources like Twitter, Facebook -- and paint an accurate picture us. And yet, the vast majority of us simply don't understand how data works.

The Global Search for Education: The Tech Report - From Australia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.15.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Technology has become further integrated into the daily operations of most Australian schools. The entire teacher workforce can now collaborate nationally on innovations in practice that address the problems they encounter in implementing a new curriculum.

Increasing School Counselor Time With Students Is Important

Vinay Bhargava | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Vinay Bhargava

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 2-6, and it's a great time to pause and reflect on the amazing contributions that school counselors make every day.

Changing How Students Read: #NoMoreTextbooks

Vip Sitaraman | Posted 02.05.2015 | Education
Vip Sitaraman

All different students are able to both learn content better and improve their reading level--on their own. By automating student literacy, BirdBrain enables teachers to focus on what their good at: designing innovative lesson plans.

Use Twitter to Create a Global Classroom

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
Homa Sabet Tavangar

At a time when global news is sounding alarms across so many issues, the need to connect, be informed, and deepen our understanding is greater than ever.

Edtech Investment Is at Record Levels -- Where Is All the Money Going?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 01.07.2015 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

US educational technology companies raised a total of $1.36 billion in 2014, according to a recent report. But very little of that technology is likely to end up in the K-12 classroom as part of the teaching-learning process that education is supposed to be about. Why is this, should we worry, and can we do anything to change it?

2015 Educational Technology Forecast: Increasingly Cloudy Skies

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

By 2019, schools will be spending nearly 19 billion dollars per year on educational technology. That's a lot of leverage. Educate your administrators and board members and let them know what you need. The forecast is cloudy, and that's a good thing.

Better Learning Through Expensive Software

Michael Beyer | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Michael Beyer

The goal of school isn't to do well on a test. Doing school should never be for the purpose of more school. The goal of school is to create moral citizens that will fall in love with learning.

The Best Is Yet To Come: Tech Leaders Predict What's Coming Next

Grace Nasri | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Grace Nasri

As we begin to wind down the year, many executives within the tech industry are looking ahead to 2015 and evolving strategies based on expectations of what's coming next.

How JumpStart Trains Teachers to Become Video Game Content Developers

Brad Spirrison | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Brad Spirrison

Nearly three quarters of elementary and middle school teachers already incorporate digital games within their classroom curriculum, according to a recent survey by the Games and Publishing Council. The smart money is on this number going up in the coming years.

EdTech abstraction: How a teacher becomes a venture capital investor

Brad Spirrison | Posted 02.02.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

We frequently hear about teachers who are driven to start their own edtech companies after struggling to implement top-down technology initiatives in their classrooms. It is less common, however, for educators to graduate into the realm of venture capital investing.

EdTech Apps for the Collaborative Classroom

Shayla R. Price | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Shayla R. Price

Most parents and teachers agree that students need to build their critical thinking, communications, and collaboration skills. These are basic requi...

Blended Learning: It's Not the Tech, It's How the Tech is Used

Preston Smith | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Preston Smith

As a blended learning pioneer and enthusiast, I'm here to tell you technology, on its own, is no cure. More and more, blended learning has become a misused buzzword in education circles.

10 Tech Trends That Will Impact (Virtually) Every Teacher

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than 700 tech-savvy educators converged last week to compare notes (both digital and analog) and best practices at the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston.

From Educator to Venture-Backed Edtech Entrepreneur

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.04.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Although Eileen Murphy never planned to become an edtech entrepreneur before starting her company ThinkCERCA in 2012, she already had tremendous success building elite educational organizations.

7 Ways Video Games Will Help Your Kids in School

Kara Loo | Posted 01.04.2015 | Education
Kara Loo

Video games enable students to put themselves in the shoes of a character or immerse themselves in a place or culture that they are learning about in the classroom. These types of interactive experiences get students more excited about the material and support long-term retention.

Online Algebra App KnowRe Raises $6.8 Million as Teachers Embrace Math Games

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

While the science is still out on how (and to what degree) gamification helps elementary and middle school students learn lessons, teachers are increasingly incorporating games into their classroom curriculum. This is particularly true of math games.

The Education of Everything

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

From early childhood through higher education and beyond, there is little debate that the iPad -- still less than five years old -- is transforming how we learn.

How Google Glass Apps Showcase the Potential of Wearable Educational Technology

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

It's unclear whether this high profile focus on wearable computing will come anywhere close to matching the success of Google's Android operating system.

Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Since my twelve year-old son has been obsessed with the game for some time now, I thought I'd pick his brain about what exactly is so compelling about the virtual world and what he thinks about the idea of Minecraft in the classroom.

Rules of Engagement

David Kleeman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
David Kleeman

This past week, three colleagues and I prepared an article pitch, on historical and other reasons why research scientists and industry content creator...

EdTech Startups Make College Students Better

Shayla R. Price | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Shayla R. Price

Entrepreneurs in the edtech industry are shaping the next generation of technology in higher education. From homework help to online mentoring, startups are expanding the possibilities of how college students will learn.

Public Education (Finally) Speeds into Digital Age

Jane Swift | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Jane Swift

Despite the endless partisan gridlock in Washington, a groundbreaking vote by the Federal Communications Commission to restructure how it spends taxes on mobile phones will make a real difference in America's public schools.

A Primer on Educational Technology: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While many elementary, middle and high school students are already accustomed to technology-enabled classrooms, educators continue to incorporate digital learning innovations into their teaching styles. Even the most tech-savvy parents can find it difficult to keep up with all of the trends and terminology.

In Praise of 'Small Data': How Targeted Analytics -- Not 'Big Data' -- Are Transforming Education Today

Brian Kibby | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Brian Kibby

One of the more useful trends in education today is analytic-driven instruction, the strategic application of analytics based on targeted sets of learning data -- things like assignment scores, time spent on the material, progress in an adaptive learning environment.