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Learning From Zappos: Why Every School Needs an Organizational Mindset

Peter Hutton | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Peter Hutton

Simply put, an organizational mindset is the aggregated mindset of an organization's members. Historically, schools have not placed much importance on defining these, which I think is a mistake. At Beaver, we have taken great care to identify the three key components.

Putting the 'Education' Back in Educational Apps

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Humans learn best in active, engaged, meaningful and interactive contexts. Whether the platform is digital or traditional, electronic or paper, the results are the same.

The Moments and People That Shape Us

Eric Sheninger | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

However, in a school of close to 2000 learners I felt that I could do more. Due to the influence of my father and a passion to help as many students as possible succeed, I ventured into the world of educational administration in 2004.

Reinventing the One-room Schoolhouse

Rob Furman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

The amazing thing to me about the one-room schoolhouse is that there was only one teacher in the room teaching multiple grade levels and multiple skill levels, all at the same time. Does this sound familiar? Today we call it differentiating instruction.

Cloud Computing and K-12 Classrooms

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.07.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Cloud computing has taken the business world by storm. Climate controlled rooms full of servers are quickly being replaced by remote storage technolog...

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.

We Have What We Need: The Next Steps in Education Technology

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Let's make it happen and empower today's youth so that they can empower the generation after them and beyond.

In Media, Home and Schools: I Teach. You Learn. I Hope.

David Kleeman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
David Kleeman

With roughly 150,000 apps in Apple's "education" store, most aimed at children, there is a legitimate, deep and tough debate to be had on defining and achieving quality in media intended to teach.

MOOC Mania Meets the Sober Reality of Education

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Keith Devlin

What are the benefits for the vast majority of students who, for various reasons, are not able to benefit significantly from taking a MOOC? Indeed, can the technologies on which MOOCs are built offer any benefits to average students?

These Apps Will Not Educate Your Baby

Josh Golin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Technology
Josh Golin

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed Federal Trade Commission complaints against two leading developers of apps for babies. It's hard enough to raise young children in today's digital world without being bombarded with false advertising.

Children and Families, Media and Play: The Five Minute Futurist

David Kleeman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

The coming years will look like the late '90s TV "gold rush," when companies staked out channel space in the expanding multi-channel universe. This time, though, the prospectors will mine distinctive content that can woo audiences in the "over the top" TV market.

The Device Conundrum

Eric Sheninger | Posted 05.27.2013 | Technology
Eric Sheninger

As we continue to advance in the digital age schools and districts are beginning to re-think pedagogy and learning environments by instituting either 1:1 device programs or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

Learning Grammar with a Joystick and Math with a Mouse

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | Technology
Impatient Optimists

When his young daughter was learning to read, Michael John, Game Director at the Games, Learning and Assessment (Glass) Lab--and known to friends and ...

Educators, Please Stop Confusing Media Literacy with Ed Tech

Caitlin Barry | Posted 03.23.2013 | Education
Caitlin Barry

In many cases, misusing educational terms is inconsequential. For example, if a teacher does a good job of teaching to different learning styles, it doesn't matter if she calls the practice "differentiation." However, to conflate media literacy with technology use in schools strikes me as a dangerous misunderstanding.

Bridging the New Digital Divide

Lori Day | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Lori Day

Now that most schools have basic hardware and connectivity, there is a socioeconomic division between those that have the high-speed connections that can support WiFi-dependent tablets or laptops, and those that lack these basic internal support structures for individual student devices.

Rising Cost of Textbooks: One University's Cost Cutting Measure Could Spark Industry-Wide Dialogue

Caroline Vanderlip | Posted 12.13.2012 | College
Caroline Vanderlip

The rising cost of textbooks has been vexing college administrators for decades. Then there is Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU President Paul Leblanc decided recently to use a novel approach to fight the high cost of textbooks.

Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals

Caleb Clark | Posted 02.06.2013 | College
Caleb Clark

While many children's home lives are abuzz with the same platforms and devices as the 21st century workplace, school just hasn't kept pace, and in many classrooms pedagogies are barely more inclusive of new technology than they were in the 1980s.

Driving Change to Transform Schools

Eric Sheninger | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Eric Sheninger

The many shifts, changes, and resulting transformation did not occur overnight, impulsively, or without calculated risks. It was these changes that took an average comprehensive high school and transformed it into the current institution that many have come to know through social media.

The True Value of Technology

Eric Sheninger | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Technology is not just a shiny tool that can increase engagement, but a conduit to endless possibilities that can enhance every facet of what we do in education. It is not a frivolous expense that is not worth the investment that many make it out to be.

The Future of Education Is (Almost) Here

Robert Schwartz | Posted 12.17.2012 | Education
Robert Schwartz

I've admittedly become jaded by all of the "innovations" in education. Most of these innovations are recycled, renamed, and repackaged ideas and concepts from generations past in education.

Teachers Matter: What I Learned at UNESCO's World Teachers' Day in Paris

Dan Brown | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

As the international consensus suggests, we must put all the resources we can into investing in the village it takes to raise quality teachers.

Enabling Schools of the Future

Robert Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2012 | Education
Robert Schwartz

We need to stop pandering to our "digital native" students and provide structures and platforms that better enable their success.

Common Misunderstandings of Educators Who Fear Technology

Eric Sheninger | Posted 07.15.2012 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Even as we are seeing more schools and educators transform the way they teach and learn with technology, many more are not. Some of the reasons for not embracing technology have to do with several misconceptions.

It's Time for Technology to Disrupt Education

Larry Magid | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

Thanks to technology, the world can be our teacher and the Internet our classroom. What should matter is not so much your degree or grade point average but how well equipped you are for the next stage in life.

Mission Accomplished!

Gary Stager | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Gary Stager

While Accelerated Reader suggests that it inspires literacy habits, its primary customer is the bureaucrat impressed by the marketing slogan, "Advanced Technology for Data-Driven Schools."