Education

Robots Are Replacing Jobs, But Not Educators

September 13, 2017

When it comes down to it, students don’t connect with canned lectures or impersonal technology. They prefer to interact with real, thinking humans, whose feedback and decision-making skills are invaluable for creating an environment where students can thrive. MOOCs and early attempts at robotizing the teaching profession just don’t have the same impact, and research from Oxford University looking at online course dropout rates has suggested that teaching is one of the safest professions.

To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum

September 13, 2017

Your school just invested in a new set of Chromebooks or iPads. Now what? In a study of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states, more than half showed no evidence of students using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning. And in nearly two-thirds of the classrooms, students didn’t appear to use technology to solve problems or work collaboratively.

Is Ed Tech Really Working? 5 Core Tenets to Rethink How We Buy, Use, and Measure New Tools

September 13, 2017

Too many school leaders lack the support they need to ensure that educational technology investment and related activities, strategies, or interventions are evidence-based and effective. This gap between opportunity and capacity is undermining the ability of school leaders to move the needle on educational equity and to execute on the goals of today’s K-16 policies. The education community needs to clearly understand this gap and take some immediate steps to close it.

Will robots soon replace teachers in the classroom?

September 13, 2017

Inspirational teachers of the future will be intelligent machines rather than humans, according to a British university vice chancellor. Within 10 years a technological revolution will sweep aside old notions of education and change the world forever, Sir Anthony Seldon says.

How do you get kids into coding? Tynker and Parrot let them use it to fly drones

September 12, 2017

Educational software maker Tynker has partnered with drone maker Parrot to combine drones with programming education in multiple ways, allowing both schools and parents at home to teach kids to code through drones.

Senate education spending bill draws mixed reviews

September 12, 2017

Educational technology leaders have expressed mixed reactions to the education spending bill for fiscal 2018 that was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill would provide an additional $50 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the section that supports STEM learning and technology in education.

Tech in the classroom: Raising some big questions

September 11, 2017

In the last several years Columbia Public Schools has begun using technology more widely in its classrooms. In some schools all students are issued iPads, and internet access is enabled for neighborhood families. Printed textbooks give way to eBooks. Smart boards replace old black boards and chalk. Some parents and kids love the changes. Others, not so much. The big question for an outsider is whether this move to the web enhances or degrades education.

More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We're Asking The Wrong Question

September 11, 2017

Here’s the connection between educational technophobia or technophilia: Both presume that technology in and of itself has superpowers that can either tank or replace human learning. Technology can automate many things. What it cannot automate is how humans learn something new and challenging.

The 2 stages of successful early STEM education

September 10, 2017

With the ever-changing best practices and new technology in education, I always try to update and adjust my own learning. I’m a lifelong learner and I believe my students should be as well. That’s why our school gradually introduces STEM concepts, and coding in particular, to students as they progress through each grade level. We emphasize two learning stages to build fluid STEM integration from kindergarten to 4th grade.

Why we shouldn't push students to specialize in STEM too early

September 10, 2017

Today’s high school students are expected to decide on a life path early, and dedicate everything to pursuing that track. This is especially true for teens considering a STEM field, such as engineering or science, as they often use their high school experience to take all the STEM courses that will prepare them for college. While it can produce students with high technical capabilities, this hyper focus can have serious drawbacks.

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