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How Google Glass Apps Showcase the Potential of Wearable Educational Technology

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.17.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

It's unclear whether this high profile focus on wearable computing will come anywhere close to matching the success of Google's Android operating system.

Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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.

Rules of Engagement

David Kleeman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Media
David Kleeman

This past week, three colleagues and I prepared an article pitch, on historical and other reasons why research scientists and industry content creator...

EdTech Startups Make College Students Better

Shayla R. Price | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
Shayla R. Price

Entrepreneurs in the edtech industry are shaping the next generation of technology in higher education. From homework help to online mentoring, startups are expanding the possibilities of how college students will learn.

Public Education (Finally) Speeds into Digital Age

Jane Swift | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Jane Swift

Despite the endless partisan gridlock in Washington, a groundbreaking vote by the Federal Communications Commission to restructure how it spends taxes on mobile phones will make a real difference in America's public schools.

A Primer on Educational Technology: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While many elementary, middle and high school students are already accustomed to technology-enabled classrooms, educators continue to incorporate digital learning innovations into their teaching styles. Even the most tech-savvy parents can find it difficult to keep up with all of the trends and terminology.

In Praise of 'Small Data': How Targeted Analytics -- Not 'Big Data' -- Are Transforming Education Today

Brian Kibby | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Brian Kibby

One of the more useful trends in education today is analytic-driven instruction, the strategic application of analytics based on targeted sets of learning data -- things like assignment scores, time spent on the material, progress in an adaptive learning environment.

5 Steps to Bliss with Kids and Games: An Interview with Jordan Shapiro

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

"I grew up in a world where stories were still linear, they had beginnings and ends. And my kids are grew up in a world where stories have beginnings and a whole bunch of hyperlinks and never really come to an end."

Help! I'm a Teacher -- How Do I Get into Education Technology?

Deborah Chang | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
Deborah Chang

Education technology companies need educators. Not only do you bring expertise in teaching pedagogy and educational content, you also serve as the voice of the ultimate end users -- teachers and students.

Google Apps for Education Behind the Screens

Sue Scheff | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

We should commend Google for their apparent change of heart on the commercialization of our kids. But lingering questions still exist, especially those raised by privacy experts: what took Google so long and what is going to happen with the data Google has been collecting for the past seven years?

Google Apps for Education: Teachers and the Unsuspected Stranger

Sue Scheff | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

We know that privacy is slowing diminishing in our lives. As parents we try to protect the innocence of our children and students as long as possible, but what happens when you determine that the one place which should provide the ultimate safety is failing you?

Why Leading Philanthropists Are Banking On A Penguin Named JiJi

Janine Ingram | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Janine Ingram

Despite their deep attachment to and lightning-speed use of technology on a daily basis, U.S. students, as a whole, perform dismally in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math.

'Basic Skills' or 'Soft Skills:' What Should Be Taught and Tested?

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 05.20.2014 | Technology
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Soft they may be, but these skills constitute a combination that is essential to the core work of innovation, which rarely happens in instantaneous individual breakthroughs but rather evolves through collaborative group endeavors in which personal adaptability is a necessity.

EdTech and the Changing Role of Teachers Puts Questions in Different Mouths

Jimmy Leach | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Jimmy Leach

I read recently about a study in Communication Education that said that a "normal" child asks one question per subject per month. Separate research in...

Let's Tailor Technology in Classrooms to Serve Marginalized Students

Sabina Bharwani | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Sabina Bharwani

The field of EdTech has tremendous potential to empower students of color and accelerate their academic and personal growth.

How Teachers Can Use Digital Technologies to Motivate Students and Encourage Learning By Failing

Chris Liang-Vergara | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Chris Liang-Vergara

The promise of blended learning -- to guide students through an infinite range of content and learning experiences -- is amazing, but the digital content can't do it alone. Blended-learning approaches must respect the role, and the power, of the teacher.

While Choosers Aren't Users, the EdTech Disruption Will Take a Different Path

Jimmy Leach | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Jimmy Leach

Digital disruption of familiar industries has taken an almost familiar path - consumer expectations begin to vary from the traditional delivery of a s...

Top Learning Tools for the 21st Century Student

Zev Gotkin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Zev Gotkin

To survive in today's workplace, students need a unique skill set that oftentimes can't be acquired in a traditional, brick and mortar classroom. For many, online education is becoming the most affordable and convenient alternative.

Gender Differences in Coding Courses? Looking at the Numbers

Darrell Silver | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Darrell Silver

Our study of women learning to code at Thinkful concludes there's simply no difference in the performance of men versus women among adult learners. We do, however, find enormous differences in the ratio of women versus men who enroll in coding classes.

Android Not Far Beyond iOS in Quality Educational Applications

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

With the exception of early childhood categories, Android is in a virtual dead heat with iOS for the top five apps per categories as selected by experts.

Don't Give Up on MOOCs

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Sebastian Thrun's mid-course correction of Udacity, as chronicled at length in last week's Fast Company profile by Max Chafkin, has stirred consternat...

Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact

Will Morris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Will Morris

Please stop telling people that your EdTech venture is about bridging the achievement gap when it's really not. Middle and high-income students already learn at high levels, providing them with an alternative way to learn at a high level solves no pressing societal issue.

You Wish You Went To College At This Invention Space In An Old Factory On Top Of A Mountain

www.fastcoexist.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

Nestled on top of South Mountain, a ridge thick with hardwood trees that runs next to southeastern Pennsylvania's Bethlehem valley, sit two huge build...

This Coding Competition For Teens Was Also Created By A Teen

readwrite.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Huffpost Code

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Eirinberg was determined to give teens new resources for learning to code even if he had to build them himself. So he founded C...

Do It On Their T.E.R.M.S.

Rob Furman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

As with any good teaching/learning experience, you need to ENCOURAGE your teachers to do their best and enjoy the experience. Many veteran teachers may be reluctant to dive into new technology. Give them the necessary reinforcement.