The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

April 09, 2017

Education technology is riddled with temptations and false promises. But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. He’s caved in before.

5 All-Too-Common Ways Edtech Implementations Fail

April 09, 2017

On the surface, adopting technology to support teacher needs or student challenges isn’t terribly complex: define the problem you’re trying to solve, identify the right tools for the job, and implement the tools effectively and with fidelity. In practice, these areas are fraught with challenges. End users are too often removed from the decision-making process during procurement.

Overuse of technology in education needs regulation

April 09, 2017

Public reliance on the internet and technology can have a negative impact on students in the form of internet dependence. The problem begins with the integration of the internet and homework assignments. In order to maintain the quality of education, it is important to balance the use of technology within the classroom.

Paid internships could help eliminate workforce skills gap, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito say

April 06, 2017

Despite being known as one of the most innovative states in the country, Massachusetts has a hard time filling positions in the STEM field with workers who are equipped with those skills. State officials are trying to fill that gap with collaboration between educators, the workforce and economic development professionals with an initiative that kicked off Wednesday at Worcester Technical High School.

'Herding Blind Cats': How Do You Lead a Class Full of Students Wearing VR Headsets?

April 06, 2017

“When you have a headset on, it’s a relative vulnerable position you’re in--you’re essentially blindfolded,” says Kyle Bowen, director of education technology services for the university. “You’ve probably heard the saying ‘herding cats.’ In this case you’re herding blind cats.” Bowen says his team is working to create software that can trigger several 360-degree videos to start exactly at the same time, so that a professor and students will all experience a similar scene, even as each can look in different directions.

Verizon Campaign Says #WeNeedMore for High-Tech Jobs

April 06, 2017

Verizon has launched a new campaign, #WeNeedMore to shed light on the four million science and tech jobs that currently remain unfulfilled. In it, celebrities--including NFL quarterback Drew Brees, NBA rising star Karl-Anthony Towns, actress and singer Zendaya, NASCAR driver Joey Logano, and international soccer star David Villa--all make the case for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Survey Ranks 10 Key Trends for K-12 Tech Leaders

April 05, 2017

The fifth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey conducted by the Consortium for School Networking, a professional association dedicated to education technology leaders, offers insights into the shifting priorities, struggles and demographics of the IT position.

4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12

April 04, 2017

Yes, textbooks are some of the last paper-based books to stick around since, yes, districts are still purchasing paper-based textbooks. (Want a reference? Check with your local school board!) But the paper-based textbook industry is not growing; just the opposite. Textbook publishers are cutting their workforces and regrouping to produce… digital materials!

Students Graduate With Mediocre Skills for the Workplace

April 04, 2017

Students and their families spend thousands of dollars on a college education to acquire knowledge and skills they will need for the workforce. However, most of them do not graduate with the skills today's business executives are looking for.

The 5 stages of digital readiness for adult online students

April 04, 2017

New research reveals that many adults suffer from a “digital readiness” gap that impacts their preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for online learning. U.S. adults fall along a spectrum of digital readiness, ranging from those who are fairly prepared to those who are relatively hesitant, according to Digital Readiness Gaps, a new report from the Pew Research Center.


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