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Cybrary Man's Jerry Blumengarten on the Unrealized Potential of "Learning Machines"

Brad Spirrison | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Nearly 50 years ago, Jerry Blumengarten predicted that "learning machines" would eventually transform classroom instruction. Today he laments that while everybody is connected, "they are not always connected for educational purposes."

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - What are the biggest mistakes teachers make when integrating technology into the classroom?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Our Global Top 12 Teacher Blogs Singapore is recognized globally as a high-performing education system. The Global Search for Education contributo...

Q&A: Eileen Buckley -- EdTech CEO and Former School Admin

Vip Sitaraman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Vip Sitaraman

Eileen Murphy Buckley, former CPS administrator and founder of ThinkCERCA, has developed a framework that gives teachers a common language and set of practices that can be implemented across subjects to achieve differentiated instruction regardless of classroom set up.

How Chicago Edtech Companies Are Rising to the Head of the Class

Brad Spirrison | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison

You could put it on the blackboard! Yes, Chicago is an epicenter for educational innovation.

How One Education Evangelist Designs the Use of Technology in K-12 Classrooms

Brad Spirrison | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

While there are more digital resources today that can complement and enhance lesson plans than ever before, teachers need guidance about how to use them within the unique context of their own classrooms.

Digital Learning Day and the Importance of Teacher-Curated Educational Content

Brad Spirrison | Posted 03.12.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Virtually everyday there are new apps, websites and technically-enabled teaching methods released that have the potential to transform one or multiple...

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.

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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | 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.