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It's Not a Technology Issue

Eric Sheninger | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Eric Sheninger

The point here is that it is not a technology issue, but many people make it one. The behavior argument that many make is flawed. It is first and foremost a school culture issue, which falls on the shoulders of leaders. Schools and districts that have embraced technology through a shared vision and resulting plan focused on learning reinforce appropriate use.

Population Education for the 21st Century Classroom

John Seager | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
John Seager

Since the dawn of the 21st century, technology has revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives -- from shopping to traveling, and the way we keep ...

Next Week's Forecast: Deluge (of Media)

David Kleeman | Posted 10.30.2015 | Media
David Kleeman

Next week, Common Sense Media will release a new study on media use among children 8-18. The world has changed radically since the last iteration of this study, five years ago.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First--Devices Second

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Hippo Reads

Given the enormous potential of edtech to assist teachers in highly diverse classrooms to truly personalize learning and obtain significant student academic growth, why are we seeing such consistent and large-scale edtech failure when it comes to gains in student academic achievement?

Making the Digital Connections to Improve Education in the 21st Century

Frank Islam | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

That is a key connectedness challenge and the opportunity for the 21st century. It is being addressed and answers are being developed. Progress over the next decade will determine the adequacy of those solutions

An Extra Hour of Sleep Can Do More for Daily Happiness Than a $60,000 Raise

Jackie Stroka | Posted 09.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

More and more scientific studies speak to the irrefutable benefits of sleep. A study published in Science even calculated that for the sleep depri...

Digital Narratives

Philip Kovacs | Posted 09.04.2015 | Education
Philip Kovacs

Yes computers are ubiquitous. Yes there are tools for differentiating instruction and personalizing learning, but those tools and methods currently serve the same narrative that has dominated schooling since its inception.

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.

Sleep Is the Most Underrated Health Habit

Jackie Stroka | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

The most basic shift we can make in redefining success in our lives has to do with our strained relationship with sleep. As Dr. Michael Roize...

Thoughts on #ISTE2015 Conference

Rob Furman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

Personally, I love ISTE and I love the opportunity to be a part of its magnificent conference. That being said, I do feel the keynote speakers should be educators and I do feel we have an opportunity and perhaps even an obligation to celebrate our heroes.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

Digging the Sandbox

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

The Sandbox Summit at MIT has long been a favorite event for me, in large part because it's always been a gathering point for academics and industry leaders to meet and exchange expertise.

3 Technologies That You May Be Using Improperly

Rob Furman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

As I present at many national conferences, sit on many educational technology forums and judge for many educational technology award groups, I am very frustrated by what I am seeing in terms of our use of EdTech.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

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.

The Gamification of the MBA: Implications for an Entrepreneur's Education

Penina Rybak | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Penina Rybak

There is both an art and science to technology; something Steve Jobs understood well and instilled in all the Apple products created in his lifetime. There is also both an art and science to entrepreneurship, something to keep in mind as we begin the new year.

Dash and Dot -- The Best Toy to Teach Computational Thinking

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Esther Wojcicki

So what motivates me as an educator to write about toys? As teacher of media and tech, I have been interested in ways to teach students computational thinking. This year was the first time I found a toy that helps do just that.

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.

5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology

Rob Furman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

We know that technology has changed education and it is only going to continue to do so. Teachers will not only accept these changes in technology, but will embrace them if they feel confident in the learning experience.

If School Leaders Don't Get It, It's Not Going to Happen

Eric Sheninger | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Eric Sheninger

It is time for the profession of education to catch up to society. In order to start moving schools in a better direction we must help leaders experience the true value of technology.

Teachers Receive Failing Grade on Social Media

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Educators who use social media should take the following steps to protect their online reputations and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that could end their teaching careers.

A Futurist Prediction for Virtual Education

Rob Furman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

As schools are starting to take seriously the concept of virtual class days during those blizzards and other days off of school, I believe they will need a more modern version of accountability.

How Social Media Changed Everything

Eric Sheninger | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

I was just like ever other principal on the planet prior to becoming connected. My narrow focus was on sustaining a school culture focused on rules, compliance, conformity, and preserving the status quo.

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.

A Starter's Guide to Flipped Parenting

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Technology is not only revolutionizing how kids are learning in a school setting, but also impacting virtually everything else they do. For anyone raising young children, don't be afraid to "flip" traditional parental functions in order to stay ahead of all the changes.