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Do Your Best Work: Find Your "Missing" Two Points

Alex Wolf | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Alex Wolf

Is everyone chasing their own version of two points? If so, how old were you when you identified yours?

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

Is It Time for Schools to Rethink, Well, Time?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Haynes and a growing number of other schools around the country are trying to flip the script by making learning the constant, and time the variable.

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated into our classrooms in ways that protect student privacy.

Parents Are Watching: A Software Satire

Leah Plunkett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Comedy
Leah Plunkett

Parents, now you can have a new high-tech cop on the beat in your own home with PAW! (Parents Are Watching), an online service that monitors everything your child does through any Internet-enabled device.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

3 Data Protection Questions to Ask at Your Child's Back to School Night

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

By raising some of these important questions about data privacy, you will let them know that it's an issue that is a priority for you and should be for school administrators and teachers as well.

Kids and Media: Screen or Window?

David Kleeman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

Digital photography and video are essentially free, so why not let kids capture their own perspective on family trips or events?

Educational Tech: What's Next?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Following the successful mobile gaming application business model, ed-tech companies are starting to offer free services with paid upcharges. Consider Candy Crush Saga a way of doing business.

More Time for Educating: Technology and Teaching Efficiency

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The hours an educator spends in active teaching pursuits are just a small piece of the overall workload puzzle. Between developing lesson plans, repor...

Let a Citizen Watchdog Do His Job: Keep Architect Stuart Magruder on the Bond Oversight Committee

Cynthia Liu | Posted 08.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Cynthia Liu

For over a year in Los Angeles Unified, parents, students, teachers, and community members have wrestled with the details of Superintendent John Deasy's 1:1 iPad program and its $1 billion price tag.

The Global Search for Education: Which Digital Device Is Best?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

If you're not aware of the hottest current digital device debate, you're probably not a parent or an educator.

Why I Traded Textbooks and Chalk For The Silicon Valley Hustle

Quim Sabrià | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

In five months, my life shifted drastically. I exchanged my beloved students, the chalk and the noisy halls of a public school in Barcelona for elevator pitches with business angels in Palo Alto.

The Secret To Startup Success? Fail Fast -- And Often.

Quim Sabrià | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

Teaching at a public high school in Barcelona, I witnessed daily, and sometimes hourly, failure: students struggling through exams despite hours of preparation, missing days of school, threatening teachers and losing their motivation.

Here's Why We Need Video Games in Every Classroom

Jordan Shapiro | Posted 05.22.2014 | Education
Jordan Shapiro

Game-based learning can provide systematic, data driven teaching in a way that forces creative problem solving rather than rote memorization.

Will Online Learning Replace the Classroom?

Avi Yashchin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Avi Yashchin

Could a failure to integrate learning technology prove detrimental to an educational institution's long term sustainability?

Where Is the Netflix for College Textbooks?

Dean Florez | Posted 04.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Dean Florez

Where is the technology fix or app for skyrocketing textbooks? Where are the barbarians at the gate? Those Silicon Valley warriors that took down Motown, turned my neighborhood Borders into a laundromat, eliminated Kodak AND my camera?

Disrupting College 2.0

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to redefine our role in addressing the range of challenges that we as human beings face. It is our obligation to take up this call for the benefit of our students and our world.

The Best Apps for Students to Stay Organized at School and Home

Brad Spirrison | Posted 11.16.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

Organization is a pivotal skill that can be difficult to master, especially for children and adolescents. While there are thousands of productivity apps available for the iPad, only a precious few capably keep children organized in the classroom and at home.

The Back-to-School Apps for High School Students

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While there are hundreds of worthy subject-based educational apps for high school students, the best teach adolescent learners how to use technology to be more productive so they can focus on topics that most inspire them. These five make our honor roll.

Educators Are the Heart of the Education System

John Baker | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
John Baker

Rote memorization and regurgitation are not the skills employers want. Our assessment systems need to change to better measure the outcomes we are ultimately striving to achieve.

Technology in Tennessee: Why State Schools Must Catch Up With the Digital Age

Liz Riggs | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liz Riggs

It's easy to argue that the best teacher could teach with nothing but a chalkboard and a piece of chalk, but we're not all Michelle Pfeiffer. And, considering our country revolves around computers, it's nearly impossible to prepare teachers and students for the future without access to technology.

The Academic Journey: Beyond MOOCS

Jon Kolko | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Jon Kolko

Yet what is lost in the ideological debate of MOOCs and online learning is an understanding of the actual students that are taking so long to graduate, wasting so much of their own and taxpayer's money, and graduating without employable skills.

Technology in Education: Before You Make a Purchase, Make a Plan

Bob Wise | Posted 06.16.2013 | Technology
Bob Wise

If you're a school or district leader who is considering using education technology and digital learning in your schools, stop. Technology can play a huge role in boosting student achievement, but simply slapping a netbook on top of a textbook is not enough.

Can Technology Disrupt Education?

Larry Magid | Posted 05.01.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

Sometimes I think there should be a big sign in front of some schools saying, "Welcome back to the 20th century." But just as online news, music and video helped revolutionize the media industry, we are starting to see significant changes in education.