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EdTech in China: Goldmine, Minefield, or Both?

In examining all sides of the equation, some words of wisdom from an experienced founder. GUEST COLUMN | by Rohan Pasari Faced with a massive opportunity, most people become one of two things: excited or skeptical. With a booming education … Continue reading

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Settling Down for a Long Winter’s Read

‘Tis the season to relax, study, and learn new skills. GUEST COLUMN | by Todd Rothman The holiday season has officially started. Like every year since the emergence of e-commerce, many people around the country have been checking out online … Continue reading

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Beyond Pythagoras

The impact of Computer Science on STEM retention and student development. GUEST COLUMN | by George K. Thiruvathukal As an educator, I am frequently asked about the role of computer science and STEM. Although computer science subject matter can serve … Continue reading

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Three Lessons in Unifying University IT Systems

On-the-ground perspective from an award-winning campus IT director. GUEST COLUMN | by Tammy Jo Martinez Like with most public institutions, here at the University of New Mexico (UNM), our IT department has faced new challenges in recent years as operating … Continue reading

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Digital Classrooms 2017

Four K-12 trends and the technology strategies to harness their potential. GUEST COLUMN | by Dan Rivera During the past year we witnessed mobile-first digital learning move from experimental to mainstream as the convergence of technology infrastructure, digital curriculums, educator … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Not Fear Mobile App Learning

Used responsibly with admin support, technology to transform and invigorate learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Michael Cassidy Edtech is a new and exciting area of the classroom, but many educators are still wary of its promises and fear that traditional … Continue reading

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To 2017 and Beyond!

A pragmatic approach to predicting our edtech future. GUEST COLUMN | by Doug Mesecar Crystal ball predictions about the upcoming year in education are often compelling cases for bold, lofty ideas, but rarely fully consider public policy or government funding … Continue reading

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On the Shoulders of Geniuses

How an innovative, adaptive approach gets kids the tailored math education they need.   GUEST COLUMN | by Javier Arroyo  In 2009, the homework topic was brewing again. Schools were rethinking long-standing homework policies. Parents wanted to know whether homework … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter and Jelly

Finding the simple basics of a field with the power to change lives. GUEST COLUMN | by Karen Panetta In computer science class, students learn how to think in a structured and logical manner. This allows them to break down … Continue reading

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A Willingness to Do Better

For one teacher, innovative space is key—and her stats show it. GUEST COLUMN | by Julie Marshall Most classrooms are furnished with stationary desks in neat rows and columns. They’ve been this way since I started teaching more than three decades … Continue reading

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Building 21st Century Learning Environments

What if construction were designed to support ongoing change? GUEST COLUMN | by Betsy Maddox  We’re 17 years in to this century yet we’re still seeing newly built learning environments that pay closer semblance to those constructed around the time … Continue reading

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Beyond Programming Language

How to choose the best coding bootcamp. GUEST COLUMN | by Steven Harms Every year, more students are turning to coding bootcamps to learn the skills that will fast-track them into one of the lucrative technology jobs awaiting qualified applicants. … Continue reading

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The Uncommon ‘Happy Path’

As thruway to graduation and career success becomes more elusive, mobile can help. GUEST COLUMN | by Brook Bock In edtech software development, we often talk about the “happy path” – a best–case scenario where the student goes through a … Continue reading

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The Five Pillars of Quality EdTech Content

Re-examining the goals and purposes of our arena. GUEST COLUMN | by Nanda Krish For educators, the old standby of textbooks still works in the modern world. However, as educators know, relying solely on books in an age where information … Continue reading

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Data: The Key to Customized Instruction

Laying the cornerstone for the development of educational improvement at every level. THOUGHT LEADERSHIP | by Eliot Levinson and Bruce Thoren In the 1950s public education was a monopoly. Students had to attend their neighborhood schools. Education has evolved into … Continue reading

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Embracing the Dream 

Effectively navigating the college planning, search and application process. GUEST COLUMN | by Justin Shiffman Since the introduction of the GI Bill in 1944, college has been an important part of the American dream, in large part because it is … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Keep Millennials Engaged

Surveyed insights into what drives a new generation to work. GUEST COLUMN | by Darren Shimkus Udemy recently conducted a national survey to find out why organizations have trouble with employee engagement. We discovered that millennials, now the largest generation … Continue reading

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A Measurement Agenda

What is an edtech developer’s role in measuring blended learning success? GUEST COLUMN | by Saro Mohammed As the implementation of blended and personalized learning grows, questions about effectiveness are becoming relevant to more students and families, teachers, and classrooms … Continue reading

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Campus Mobility 2017

Six higher ed trends and the networking infrastructure to address them. GUEST COLUMN | by Gerri Hinkel Just as digital learning, flipped classrooms and the IoT drove wired and wireless networking demand on campus over the past year, 2017 will … Continue reading

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Lounge Lessons

Clearing up persistent teacher misconceptions on blended learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Juliana Finegan Having taught high school and middle school for almost ten years, I still have many friends who are educators and administrators throughout the country. Recently I visited … Continue reading

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Next Read

Tips to help your students become binge readers. GUEST COLUMN | by Rita Platt Binge watching has become an American phenomenon. With online choices including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Go, and more, viewers can watch their favorite television shows … Continue reading

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Digital Study Success

Three ways technology is changing today’s college students’ academic experiences. GUEST COLUMN | by Sally Shankland College graduation rates are disappointingly low, and educators across the country are working to identify new ways to increase student success. High-quality digital learning … Continue reading

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Collectively Flourishing

Makerspaces make sense for educating the workforce of tomorrow. GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Swearer  According to the most recent U.S. Department of Labor report, 65 percent of careers that students will be taking on in the future don’t exist … Continue reading

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Why Simulation is Vital

For teachers and mentors, examining a must-have step in engineering design workflow. GUEST COLUMN | by Sandeep Hiremath STEM-based robotics competitions are beneficial to students in a number of ways, but perhaps the greatest benefit is the exposure to project-based … Continue reading

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Textbook Example of Unbundling

Looking in the right places to see the transformation of a billion-dollar market.  GUEST COLUMN | by Alec Whitters For the unfamiliar, unbundling in business is the taking apart and selling of component parts that used to only come in … Continue reading

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