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Three Ways Ed-Tech Can Help Bring Back the "Cool" Science Teacher

Osman Rashid | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Osman Rashid

When children fall in love with an educational subject, it is a great thing. This generally comes at a young age and through the influence of a particular teacher. Yet, as teachers become a dwindling resource and are over-worked and over-stressed, students are the ones that suffer.

Plan Before You Buy EdTech

Eric Sheninger | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Eric Sheninger

The importance of getting instructional design right cannot be stressed enough. Don't fall victim to the cart before the horse scenario. If you or your school has the ability and funds to purchase technology, don't rush to get it into the hands of staff and students.

An Education Fit for the Times: Who Will Engage the Millennials?

Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D.

Many Millennials are paying upfront for the promise of a costly degree that isn't delivering, or they are simply dropping out at alarming rates when they see little relevance in what they are learning. Unemployed and burdened by student loans, Millennials need new ways to navigate knowledge.

The Global Search for Education: Online Educational Tools

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Privacy is of course critical, but at the moment the dialogue nationally is focusing far too much on the privacy aspects surrounding data rather tha...

The Global Search for Education: 7 Teachers 7 Continents #EdChat on #EdTech

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

On August 4, EdmodoCon 2015 will be streamed live from San Mateo, California. Thousands and thousands of teachers from all over the world will log on to share the ways they are using Edmodo and other tech tools to personalize learning.

Have I Lost My Mind -- Or Only My Car Keys? Technology's Effect on Memory

Ossa Fisher | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Ossa Fisher

Whoever invented the key fob for cars did not design it for women with more than one purse. I feel like I am playing a constant game of hide-and-seek with my keys.

How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

Adam J. Geller | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Adam J. Geller

The current congressional debate for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the law which determines federal policy for public schools, is certain to create new opportunities for businesses and may even create new roadblocks.

How a Video Call Changed Children's Lives Forever

Adinda Veltrop | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Adinda Veltrop

Too often children in conflict areas are merely portrayed as victims, who have others speak for them. But this call to hear them speak for themselves, uniting them through modern technology, turned out to be incredibly powerful. Even though video calling is brand new to the kids in Gaza, they sure have plenty to say.

Technology: To Use or Not to Use, That Is the Question

Rob Furman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

Actually, that is not the question at all. You do not want to use technology just to say that you are using what has been provided. You do not want to use technology if it makes things more difficult. In other words, you shouldn't use technology just for the sake of saying that you are using technology.

Q&A: Michal Borkowski -- CEO, Brainly

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

After a $9 million Series A funding round, Brainly, the world's largest social learning network, is expanding to the US. With their new office in New York city and a US-based executive team, Brainly plans to dominate the market the same way it has in other countries.

The Global Search for Education: Families, Schools and Communities

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The goal of the Shaping our Future by Leading Together: Families, Schools and Communities conference in Chicago on June 22 to 24 is to expose its participants to successful community engagement strategies.

Closing the Tech Divide in San Francisco and Around the World

Stevon Cook | Posted 06.11.2015 | San Francisco
Stevon Cook

San Francisco is the epicenter of the innovation economy. These 49 square miles that I know and love are considered the premier international gathering place for those looking to impact the world through the latest technology.

Digital Learning Games Must Be More Than Skinner Boxes

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Marcus T. Wright

They must be more than a set of choices with rewards that possibly lack the need for any real critical thinking and problem solving. They must connect with the player, so that the player cares about their participation, involvement, and hopefully, the learning that they will transfer to real-life contexts.

Teacher Training Through A Tablet?

Saskia van der Kooy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Saskia van der Kooy

The quality of education in South Sudan is among the poorest in the world. The country has been plagued by decades of violence, brutal war and extreme poverty. Almost a third of the country's children are out of school. In the last ten years the number of children going to school has substantially increased, but the rapid increase has many bottlenecks.

If You're in EdTech, Then Hoping Someone Buys You Is Better Than a Business Model

Jimmy Leach | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
Jimmy Leach

For quite some time now, entrepreneurs have been looking to the EdTech market as one where money will be made. The inevitable transformation of the schools model by technology will open up vast possibilities for innovation.

The Well-Intentioned But Misguided Advice of Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Allocating More Time for Reading Is the Wrong Approach for Dyslexics

Todd Grindal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Todd Grindal

We applaud Dr. Tyson for his comments regarding the value of diversity in the scientific workplace. But his comments show that when it comes to understanding how to best support people with learning disabilities, even the smartest and most well intentioned allies sometimes get it wrong.

Do Kids Need to Digitally Detox?

Ossa Fisher | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Ossa Fisher

I believe that we can't lump all real-world experiences into a singularly positive or negative impact on our children, nor can we lump all media together as either singularly good or bad. This is particularly true when considering the impact of interactive media on cognitive development.

The Global Search for Education: Oppi-tunities for Parents

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Cathy Rubin and Randi Weingarten at Oppi Festival Kick Off Call me mad or just insanely curious, but I visited over 20 sch...

Thomas Whitby's Ascent As a Connected Educator

Brad Spirrison | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Digital media and its impact on education was still in an embryonic phase in the early 1990s when author and edtech pioneer Thomas Whitby received his Masters of Science degree in educational technology.

The Global Search for Education: Digital

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We live in a world now where anybody can ask any question anywhere and get thousands of answers within seconds, but it is up to the questioner to d...

5 Lessons Government Can Learn from Khan Academy

Steve Ressler | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Steve Ressler

Khan Academy is changing how kids (and even adults!) are learning across the globe. With over 2,400 courses from arithmetic to physics and 100,000+ exercises, millions of people across the globe are learning from the world's top experts at Khan.

How Follett Pursues Interdisciplinary Edtech Investing

Brad Spirrison | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than $2 billion in venture capital was invested in educational technology companies last year, and there are an increasing number of firms that are specializing in what is now a booming sector.

Why Tech Companies and Community Colleges Should Form Deeper Partnerships

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Felix W. Ortiz III

The time is ripe for community colleges to start partnering up with young tech companies. I'm proud that our company is leading the industry in forging a new kind of relationship.

'Only Connect': The Answer to Digital Learning Is in the Clouds, Not in the Hardware

Jimmy Leach | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Jimmy Leach

Anyone who has ever pottered around a typical school will have seen them, gathering dust.

How Edtech Developers Can Benefit From Teacher Testbeds

Brad Spirrison | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Motion Math co-founder and CEO Jacob Klein is among the most accomplished and successful educational game developers around today, with seven hit titles (and number eight on the way!) available to download on iOS and Android devices.