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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.

UK Start Up Erly Stage Studios: 'Make Learning Fun'

Anna Shen | Posted 05.25.2015 | Technology
Anna Shen

Farid Haque's mother speaks Arabic, his father, Japanese, his friends, Urdu and his wife, Norwegian. When this education technology entrepreneur, publisher and gamer launched his company, the road ahead was obvious.

The Projector That Will Redefine Classrooms

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Education
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

"My class does not have a plug point." Joanna Sundharam describes the typical dilemma of a teacher in the Internet Age stuck in a disconnected classroom. In these classrooms, there aren't even outlets to power any technology.

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

Brad Spirrison | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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 05.22.2015 | 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

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Viputheshwar 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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...