Monthly Archives: April 2012

Interview | Welcome to QwertyTown!

It’s an overlooked skill in this day and age (its predecessor, handwriting, can sometimes seem to be nearly an ancient art form), but whether it’s accomplished by thumbs or with proper finger positioning on a full-sized keyboard—typing is inarguably a … Continue reading

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Trends | Clever Cartoons

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Education and the Auto Industry

Is the U.S. education system ready for a bailout?  CLASSROOM 21 | by Greg Limperis A few years back, the American auto industry was in serious trouble. Manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors and Chrysler were panicking. In tremendous debt, … Continue reading

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Trends | E-rate Applicant Demand Exceeds $5 Billion

Looking for a discount on certain communications services for your school? You’re not alone. Requests for discounts have increased for the fourth straight year as schools and libraries nationwide asked for more than $5 Billion in E-rate funds for Funding … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | Pocket Literacy Coach

Scan these over: Fewer than 33 percent of America’s parents read to their nine-month-old children. Fewer than 39 percent read to their four-year-old children. Fewer than 28 percent remember to tell their child a story on a regular basis. Those statistics … Continue reading

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On Intrinsically Motivating Students

GUEST COLUMN | by Jen Lilienstein In late February, EdWeek’s Susan Sandler wrote about Personalization 3.0, or “a hybrid approach of humanity and technology…that uses technology to enhance teacher-student relationships, not replace them.” Sandler references Theodore R. Sizer’s work (late … Continue reading

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Interview | Incubating Young Minds to Hatch

Knowing that there was a serious lack of good software for early learners and not wanting to wait on others to fill that void, Ginny Norton began searching the country to find the right team of early education experts and … Continue reading

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6 Cloud-related Trends Impacting Higher Education

Increasing cloud presence in higher education transforms communication, business GUEST COLUMN | by Lawrence Levy Already proven across a range of industries for mission critical applications, cloud computing is beginning to play a starring role on the higher education stage. … Continue reading

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Trends | Infographic: Extending the Reach of Excellent Teachers

Here’s a refreshing, solutions-oriented infographic from Chapel Hill-based national education policy and consulting firm Public Impact in conjunction with Column Five media. In many ways it is centrally an edtech issue, really—and here’s a close-up of the tech component (click … Continue reading

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Cool Tool | The Lure of a Challenge

Now this is cool: FableVision Studios and MIT’s Education Arcade have issued a challenge to middle grade students and teachers: Between now and June 15th, use the web-based game Lure of the Labyrinth to improve student engagement and math instruction and not only will you … Continue reading

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Interview | Scott Kraege Alleviates Mobile Pain for Education

Bring Your Own Device programs, IT policies and strategies in the K-12 and higher education sectors are all the purvey of Scott Kraege, an expert in the space and co-founder of MOBI wireless management. His work in setting up pilot … Continue reading

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Is there an Educational Tombstone for Laptops in 2012?

GUEST COLUMN | by Kris Peterson Did Apple kill the laptop in education in a mere two years? At first blush this statement seems overly dramatic, but a closer look reveals some potentially fatal news for the laptops in schools. … Continue reading

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Interview | The e2020 Vision of Sari Factor

The people behind e2020 recognized early on that there was a substantial and largely unmet opportunity for technology as a means for inspiring learning and improving academic achievement. “Technology has had a tremendous impact on the way we live, and … Continue reading

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Tech for Student-Centric Instruction & Assessment Models

GUEST COLUMN | By Nick Gaehde Data-driven instruction is an approach embraced by most educators, but establishing a process and a school culture truly focused on data has proven to be an elusive goal for many schools.  However, when you … Continue reading

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Trends | Designing a New Roadmap for Student Performance

Here’s some interesting data: More than two-thirds of U.S. public school districts provide wireless internet access, computing devices and interactive whiteboards, according to the CDW-G 2011 21st-Century Classroom Report. In order to fully integrate these powerful learning tools, however, educators … Continue reading

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Interview | Goodbye Gutenberg Galaxy, Hello iversity

Very little change has occurred in the university over the past several centuries and, in too many classrooms across the world, the laws of Gutenberg’s Galaxy still prevail. “Faculty and students at universities around the globe suffer from inadequate digital infrastructures,” … Continue reading

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Trends | 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

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