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Giving Children in War-Torn Areas a Chance to Learn

Peter Schouten | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Peter Schouten

Because the cost of lost education is immense. Nowhere is the need more pressing than in the Middle East, where particularly the Syrian crisis, now in its fifth year, has pushed the capacity of basic social services such as education to a critical point. With currently over 700,000 Syrian refugee children out of school in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey, the huge cost in human capital of the lost years of schooling is frightening. We need new solutions now to fill the gap where traditional education does not yet reach.

Around the World in 30 Days -- September 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In the response from our global teacher bloggers to our September question, "What was your most challenging classroom and how did you turn it around?", a common theme ran through all anecdotes -- an openness to student experience that allows for a more understanding, empathetic response to student's problems.

Fostering Grit in Today's Students, Classrooms and Schools

Peter Hutton | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Peter Hutton

For too many schools, it seems that their main goal is to make kids good students, a skill and a mindset useful 40 years ago, but not today. Who says, "When I grow up I want to be a good student?" No one.

The Global Search for Education: Can Tech Help Students Learn?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

A new report, "Students, Computers, and Learning: Making the Connection," investigates the stats on crucial contemporary issues of technology and education. The author, Francesco Avvisati, is an analyst of education reports for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

4 Ways You Can Drop the F-bomb Appropriately in Ed Tech

Adam J. Geller | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Adam J. Geller

Here are four models for free* distribution that may be convincing enough to win a district's' confidence and, ultimately, adoption of your product.

Pioneering a Startup in the Midwest

Bobby George | Posted 09.09.2015 | Technology
Bobby George

When faced with an opportunity to grow our educational app company, Montessorium, in the heart of Silicon Valley, or try to keep it in our hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we were confronted with a rather arduous choice.

Parents Weigh in on Screen Time Habits

Osman Rashid | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Osman Rashid

As a developer of an educational application for mobile devices, I often find myself wondering how parents are adapting to the new paradigm presented by mobile gaming. There has always been a debate of good screen time versus bad screen time, but as more technology is being adapted into the home that debate has shifted

Why Personalizing Video Learning in the Classroom is Important

Michal Tsur | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Michal Tsur

Let's look at how video can be used quite easily to personalize and adapt the teaching and learning experience for different types of learners, as well as their teachers. To illustrate, I'm using some of our favorite childhood characters.

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 09.11.2015 | 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.